— This Week’s Top 5 Stories —
1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
On Friday, Jersey Jack Pinball dropped their most recent creation – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
Buffalo Pinball streamed the official reveal of the machine at the Midwest Gaming Classic – first they showed the introduction:
That introduction includes the INCREDIBLE teaser video that was made by Zach Meny of Straight Down the Middle, This Week in Pinball Podcast, and Flip N Out Pinball!
Next we got to see the stream with several special guests – check it out!
This reveal was also covered on multiple pinball media platforms in different ways:
This Week in Pinball
Straight Down the Middle
SDTM posted YouTube videos along with the reveal – a FIRST LOOK video including interviews with Pat Lawlor and Joe Katz:
They also posted a gameplay video – check it out:
Special When Lit Pinball Podcast
The Special When Lit Pinball Podcast held a roundtable discussion about the MAKING OF Willy Wonka Pinball with Designer Pat Lawlor, Programmer Joe Katz, Artist John Youssi, Sound Engineer Vikas Deo, and a surprise appearance by Jersey Jack Pinball Founder Jack Guarnieri – check it out here!
Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast
Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast shared an interview with Jack Guarnieri and Joe Newhart of Pinball Star, which was recorded during his visit to the JJP factory last week – check it out here!
Pinball News covered the European unveiling of Willy Wonka at the Flip Expo show in Le Treport, France – check it out here!
This got significant exposure for this new machine!
- On the stream, over 300,000 total live views and over 14,000 peak concurrent viewers
- On the YouTube videos, over 20,000 views (as of 36 hours after reveal)
- On the website articles, over 16,000 views (as of 36 hours after reveal)
- On the podcasts, over 4,000 listens (as of 36 hours after reveal)
Prior to the reveal, the guys from Special When Lit, Slap Save Podcast, and This Week in Pinball held a casual “New Release Tailgate Party” which was a blast – check it out here!
As a reminder, there will be differences between the pre-production builds that we’ve seen so far and the production machines that we should see rolling off the line in the next few months. The code is currently at version 0.43. Find this game and flip it!
2. Black Knight Sword of Rage Stream
This is a “second story”?? Last week Stern Pinball had our friend Jack Danger come and stream their newest creation, Black Knight Sword of Rage!! Check out the full stream here:
Here are just a few time stamps to check out during the stream:
- Tim Sexton explains the rules and features of the Pro Model
- Gameplay of the Pro Model
- Tim Sexton talks the rules and features of the Premium/LE Model
- Gameplay of the Premium/LE Model
- Steve Ritchie uses the Magna Save to perfection!
- 6 Ball Multiball!
Stern had over 20 of these machines at the Midwest Gaming Classic this past weekend – they will be shipping soon!
3. Beetlejuice Artwork shared by Christopher Franchi
Some odd things happening between Christopher Franchi and Stern Pinball – Franchi shared some very cool artwork for a possible Beetlejuice pinball machine on Facebook, and…well you can just read it:
George Gomez chimed in in the comments after Franchi called him out in the post. We’ll keep you posted on what is happening as we learn more…
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4. Oktoberfest on the Line and Shipping
American Pinball shared last week that Oktoberfest pinball machines are on the line and shipping – check it out!
5. deeproot Pinball has more than 12 Whitewoods?
Over the weekend someone on Pinside shared the following:
“Deeproot clue of the day: they have 12 whitewoods right now. T w e l v e. All supposed to be done in the next year.”
Robert Mueller, the creator of deeproot Pinball then chimed in:
“I appreciate your enthusiasm, but maybe not share stuff that’s inaccurate. That number is too low.”
Check out the exchange here. Of course this makes people wonder, what is deeproot up to? And will they be able to master the manufacturing process??
This week we talk Willy Wonka details and production changes and talk about some new deeproot info.
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Cover up that ugly VUK with our Attack from Mars Pinball Eat at Eddy’s Building! This martian-attacked building includes glowing light in the windows and easily installs over the top of the VUK. No permanent changes.Utilizes the games general illumination for power. Works on either the original AFM or the remake.
Team Pinball: The Mafia
Circus Maximus: Kingpin, Python’s Pinball Circus
Suncoast Pinball: Cosmic Carnival
Great Lakes Pinball: Exposé
Haggis Pinball: Wraith, Celts
Pinball Brothers: Queen?, Barry Oursler’s Original Theme?, Playboy?
Dutch Pinball: Bride of Pinbot 2.0, Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold), The Big Lebowski (production/legal issues)
Silver Castle Pinball: Timeshock
Phénix Pinball: Goblin Contest
Pinball Adventures: Punny Factory, Sushi-Mania, Ninja Mania, First Class, Canada Eh!