TWIP – Kosmic Khaos Pinball?, Blurry Thunderbirds Playfield, New Bowen Pinball Tutorials, More

The Scoop

Kosmic Khaos Pinball Machine?

The Texas Pinball Festival released their 2018 theme – Kosmic Khaos – on their Facebook page last week (see it here).  It contained the following statement “Presenting the #TPF2018 theme and shirt design! Art by Blake Dumesnil. “Kosmic Khaos” concept by Mark Ritchie (more on that to come).”  Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast interviewed Blake who shared that the Kosmic Khaos theme stems from an idea Mark Ritchie had for a original pinball theme.  The theme is being developed for TPF, but they are also going to “develop it further into something that could possibly be rolled into a game one day”.   Click to hear the portion of the interview that discusses the possibility of this game.  Keep an eye out for further updates from the Texas Pinball Festival to see if this gets some legs and actually is made into a pinball machine!  You can check out the Texas Pinball Festival on Facebook here or at their website here.

Almost/Sort of a View of Thunderbirds Playfield

More Thunderbirds teasing from Homepin!  Mike from Homepin is unable to show the full playfield because not all of it has been approved as of yet, but last week they did release this video showing some blocked gameplay.  Combining a still from that video and zooming in on a photo from this post, we have our best (blurry) looks at the playfield seen here and here.  Homepin previously released a video of a possible playfield toy and part of the playfieldelectroluminescent headbox decals, steel aprons with built-in leveling bubbles, and a pic of the lock inserts.  Homepin plans to show off the machine at Pinfest in Australia coming up October 7th and 8th.  Check out Homepin’s Facebook page here for more updates.  Rumor has it that the Head2Head Pinball Podcast may be interviewing Homepin this week – check their website here and their Facebook page here.

Alien Updates

There are a few updates to report for Heighway Pinball from last week:

  • On Heighway’s Facebook page they announced they would be skipping software V0.99 and that all Alien machines would ship with “at least” V1.0 installed.  For a full list of all the software updates, click here.
  • This video was posted on Instagram of the beacon in action on the Alien Limited Edition model.
  • Word is that there is a shipment which was previously delayed on the water currently on it’s way to the United States.  The contents (parts/games) of the shipment are not fully known at this time.

New Bowen Pinball Tutorials

If you’re unaware, Bowen Kerins is the current master of pinball tutorials.  Last week, his Dr. Who tutorial was released on the PAPA YouTube channel – check it out here.  More Bowen tutorials will be released soon – upcoming tutorials include The Big Lebowski, Pinball Magic, Mousin’ Around, and Rollergames.  To check out Bowen’s other tutorial videos, click here.  Want more tutorials?  Support Bowen by contributing here.

Interview with Zach Sharpe – Pinball News

Last week, Pinball News released an interview Stern Pinball’s new Director of Marketing, Zach Sharpe.  Read the full interview here.  Zach discusses his role with Stern, growth opportunities for pinball in the future, and more.  His optimism and enthusiasm are exciting to see as we look forward this hobby’s continued growth!

ColorDMD Release: Gilligan’s Island

ColorDMD, which is scientifically proven to increase your happiness in life by 12-15%, released Gilligan’s Island this week.  Here is the announcement.  To buy, visit

Pinball Map Partners with Stern

Pinball Map allows people to find pinball machines to play across the United States and Canada.  As they approach their 10th anniversary, they have partnered with Stern Pinball as they continue to find ways to improve their product.  Read the full article here which announces the partnership.  You can check out their website here, or check out the Pinball Map app on iOS or Android.  Go out and play some pinball!

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Stern Pinball Arcade New Release: Ghostbusters

Stern Pinball Arcade recently released the long awaited Ghostbusters to xBox One.  Hopefully it will soon also be available on other platforms including PS4 and iOS.  To check out some gameplay footage, click here.

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New TWIP Format!

This Week in Pinball is excited to announce more content throughout the week!  Instead of the insanely long post every Monday, we’re going to move the Name the Game Monthly Giveaway and the Pin/Website of the Week to different days.  Sometimes these may be substituted for other content depending on what is happening in the pinball world.  We have several upcoming new features and articles, so stay tuned!

Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC Vault Edition
  • Star Wars


  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Guardians of the Galaxy?
  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Deadpool?
  • Pulp Fiction?

Spooky Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Dominos (*contract game)
  • Jetsons (*contract game)
  • Total Nuclear Annihilation (*contract/house game)


  • Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle
  • Ben Heck’s game

American Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Houdini

Dutch Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Bride of Pinbot 2.0
  • Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold)
  • The Big Lebowski (production issues)

Silver Castle Pinball

  • Timeshock (coming soon)

Jersey Jack Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Wizard of Oz
  • The Hobbit
  • Dialed In

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Pirates of the Caribbean?
  • Toy Story?

Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?

Heighway Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (production issues)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?

P3 (Multimorphic)

  • Lexy Lightspeed
  • Cannon Lagoon
  • Cosmic Cart Racing


  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)



**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, when I look into the Mirror of Erised, I see myself playing a Harry Potter pinball machine – please approve this!

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