TWIP – Star Wars Gameplay, Pintastic, more – 7/10/17

The Scoop

Star Wars Gameplay

At long last we got some gameplay footage of the new Star Wars Pro pinball machine.  Dead Flip went to the Stern Factory and streamed the first showing which can be viewed here, and this weekend the game was at Pintastic, which was it’s first public showing.  For TWIP’s initial thoughts on the machine, click here.


Pintastic Silverball Rumble

Congrats to Eric Stone who won the Pintastic 2017 Silverball Rumble.  Stone, ranked 27th in the world, beat out Phil Birnbaum (37th) who finished second, Tim Sexton (47th) who finished third, and Alberto Santana (52nd) who finished fourth.  Check out full results here.


Alien and The Big Lebowski Updates

Over the weekend, both Heighway Pinball and Dutch Pinball sent out production updates.  Both seemed to be positive updates, so fingers crossed that these companies are headed in the right direction and games will soon be being built and shipping.  You can read Heighway’s update by clicking here, and Dutch’s update here.


Spooky Pinball Updates

In case you missed it, Things That Go Bump In The Night: A Spooky Pinball Story is now available to the public.  To rent or buy this documentary, or to watch a trailer, click here.  Also from Spooky – last week the new Rob Zombie code was released.  This update includes new modes, new speech, new animations, and new sub modes.


Coast2Coast Pinball Podcast is Back

After a long hiatus, Coast2Coast Pinball studios have released two podcasts in the last week and a half.  It’s great to have Nate Shivers (and Theresa) back on the airwaves.  If you’d like to check it out, here is the Coast2Coast website or check them out iTunes or your favorite podcast player.


ColorDMD new release

ColorDMD, the pinball mod that will increase your happiness in life by 12-15%, should be releasing a new title very soon.  Speculation is that it is The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.  Stay tuned!  Checkout ColorDMD here.


Pinball Arcade new release

Pinball Arcade released Wipe Out, the Gottlieb machine from 1993.  The hint in their newsletter seems to indicate that Firepower II will be their next release.  To learn more, check out their website by clicking here, or download the Pinball Arcade app onto your phone or tablet.


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Pin of the Week



Interesting notes about Firepower:

  • “Firepower was the first solid-state electronic pinball to feature 3-ball Multi-Ball, as well as “Lane Change.” This feature allows the player to control the lamps of the topmost rollovers utilizing the right flipper button.” – Wikipedia
  • “It was the second Williams pinball to talk (Gorgar being first), and the voice is from the God of pinball himself, designer Steve Ritchie (“the King of flow”)!” –
  • “The first playfield animation. This “countdown to multiball” animation was innovative and amazing in 1980. It was also near the limit of the electronic and computational capacity of the hardware.” –


Manufacturer: Williams
Display: Digital
Players: 4
Flippers: 2
Ramps: 0
Release date: February 1980
System: Williams System 6
Design: Steve Ritchie
Programming: Eugene Jarvis
Artwork: Constantino Mitchell
Mechanics: John Jung
Sound: Eugene Jarvis
Voices: Steve Ritchie
Production run: 17,410


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Welllll, Lets See What We’ve Got Here

 Identify the pinball machine pictured below for a chance to win a gift card to Pinball Life!


photo courtesy of Christopher Hutchins, High End Pins (HEP):

Hint #1: Magic is not in the title
Hint #2: World traveller


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Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC Vault Edition
  • Star Wars (shipping soon!)


  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Guardians of the Galaxy?
  • Iron Maiden?


Spooky Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Dominos
  • Jetsons


  • Total Nuclear Annihilation
  • 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)

Jersey Jack Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Wizard of Oz
  • The Hobbit
  • Dialed In (now shipping!)

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 (coming soon)
  • Cannon Lagoon (coming soon)
  • Cosmic Cart Racing (coming soon)



  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)