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“Y’know, things break,…”
I heart pinball. I like the real thing. Do you know what’s almost impossible to find? A public table that isn’t busted. Do you know what I also like? Modern Video Pinball. Why? That shit never breaks. I don’t boot up Pinball FX and find the left flipper don’t work. Hell no.
Hey, you know what would be kinda cool? A pinball cabinet that would frikkin’ work no matter what day of the year I walk up to it. That would be a crazy idea, wouldn’t it? It’d be like somebody took a Pro Pinball game for Playstation, hooked it up to a pinball cabinet, made the TV HD, then tate’d the screen.
I walk into Lucky Strike in Novi, MI., A friggin’ leprechaun appears and he’s all like, “Bam! Ultrapin! Go play it!” ‘n I was all like, “Werd! ^_^”
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This unit I got to play had ten selectable tables with the baseboard dot matrix display kept intact for every machine. There are twelve possible pinball tables selectable on these cabinets: Funhouse, Black Knight 2000, F-14 Tomcat, Fathom, Eight Ball Champ, Strikes and Spares, Sorcerer, Xenon, Firepower, Attack From Mars, Pinbot, and Medieval Madness. The flippers have the same mechanical feedback as a real table, almost as if there were two real flippers activating right under the tv screen. The cabinet also has motion sensors so tilting the cabinet will work like it does in real life. ‘Tis a slick contraption indeed.
How well does the Ultrapin work against the real thing? They take some getting used to. I spent some credits on Attack From Mars and Pinbot. I pretty much tanked on both games quite a few times. Normally on Attack From Mars I pretty much always get the Replay. This VR one, I couldn’t break 500 million. I noticed also some ramp shots were somewhat easier to hit than the real table. I could rarely hit the ramp and ball lock shots on accident in the real thing for Attack From Mars. The girlfriend didn’t fare so well. She didn’t like the VR tables very much. She recognized Attack From Mars in the laundromat we went to a few times ago and was all about playing me in this video version because she beat me the last few times at the real thing. She didn’t have any timing skills on the Ultrapin. It made her look like a noob and she wasn’t havin’ it. She said there was a delay in the flipper response. I didn’t really think so, but I’m writing here to report things. “That’s what she said.” End joke.
Here’s some comparison action from robertbrooks9
I always wanted to own a pinball table. I also know I wouldn’t know what the fuck to do if parts on my personal pinball table started to fall apart. Would I buy an Ultrapin instead? Yes I would. If the price was right…
Lucky Strike is a really high-end adult lounge/arcade/bar. Like, “A Bud Light is $4.75,” high end. Similar with a Dave & Buster’s or a Gameworks if you know what those are. If you wanted to track Ultrapin down, those kinds of places would be where to start.