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My Son’s Top 5 worst pinball machines of all time

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Top 5 worst pinball machines
Top 5 worst pinball machines

This is a post my son wrote. He really got into pinball this year, and has played a lot of games as a result.

In my opinion what makes a pinball machine bad is a bad rulesheet, nothing cool or unique about it, and very easy to get to the wizard mode. This list is entirely my opinion and hopefully you enjoy it.

5. Monster Bash, I know lots of people love this game but I definitely don’t. This game is very easy to beat, and I find very annoying just shooting Frankenstein and the center orbit to get the regular multiballs. The modes are as boring as they can get.

4. The Getaway: High Speed 2, this game also like monster bash on how it’s super easy to beat, but also has boring multiballs and bad rules.

3. Scared Stiff, This is the most overrated game of all time in my opinion. The multiballs are no fun at all because all you do is shoot ramps, the wizard mode is so easy to get to some people have gotten there over 5 times in a single game! 

2. Star Wars(Data East), Although the theme is great, this game is not. Wanna know how to get a highscore? Shoot the death star 1000 times. There isn’t any goals in this game other than get multiball. The multiball isn’t even fun. Every time I play this game I like it less and less.

1. The Munsters. I don’t like this game at all. The lower playfield on the Premium and LE is one of the worst lower playfields I’ve ever played. I find the multiballs super boring. The music in this game is also very bad. This game is also very easy to beat and this game would probably not last you over a month for home use.

My Son’s Top 10 favorite pinball machines of all time

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Top 10 Pinball machines for kids
Top 10 Pinball machines for kids

This list comes from my son who in the last year has really gotten into pinball. He typed up the whole thing so all the thoughts are his.

In my mind a good pinball machine for me has to have a good/deep rulesheet, cool and unique toys and features , and how hard it is to beat. When a game has none of those that’s what makes the game a lot less fun. This list is entirely my opinion and I hope you enjoy it.

1. Star Trek The Next Generation, this game is the closest thing to a perfect game you can get. It has a great rule sheet, it has a risk-reward system when getting to the final frontier, and it has one of the coolest things in pinball, when the ball fires out of the borg ship.

2. AC/DC, Amazing game with a great rulesheet and super fun and challenging multiballs and a great wizard mode.

3. Lord of the Rings, Probably the 2nd deepest rule sheet in all of pinball, the only problems are The Return of the King multiball and it’s super long ball time.

4. Iron man, greatest short lasting ball time of all time with lots of awesome features.

5. The Simpsons Pinball Party, probably the deepest rulesheet in pinball and lots of great mini wizard modes to keep you busy.

6. Elvira’s House of Horrors, this game doesn’t even have a finished code yet, but this game has super fun multiballs, fun modes,  and so many cool and awesome features in it. I could definitely see this game moving up on my list when it’s code is finished.

7. Spiderman, lots of super fun multiballs and modes.

8. Attack from Mars/Medieval Madness. I’m ranking these games together because they have the same basic idea, destroy castles and saucers which is super fun. The problem is these games aren’t very hard to beat and can get boring shooting the same shot over and over again.

9. Corvette, this game has one of the greatest combos in pinball with the upper flipper, this game also has lots of ways to get to the wizard mode, this is probably in my top 3 favorite wizard modes of all time.

10. Paragon, my favorite older game of all time. Short lasting games with lots of fun things to do in it.

Big Buck Hunter Pinball Pop Bumper Mod

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Big Buck Hunter Pinball Pop Bumper Mod
Big Buck Hunter Pinball Pop Bumper Mod

Pinball mods are big thing now in pinball. 10 years they barely existed outside of ones for The Addams Family and Twilight Zone, now they’re on almost every game in existence. Taking a cue from all the mod creators today, my son created some pretty awesome pop bumper mods for Big Buck Hunter pinball.

UFO Pop Bumpers

So the pop bumper caps that came with the game are pretty plain. In fact they’re pretty ugly overall, about the cheapest things you could possibly do. But with the budget that they had to work with back in 2010 when the economy was pretty awful, there’s not much else they could do. See below:

Old Big Buck Hunter Pop Bumper Cap
Old Big Buck Hunter Pop Bumper Cap

Today though things are different, a lot more creativity is going into all parts of pinball machines. Including improving aspects of older games.

These are the pop bumper toppers my son made:

Big Buck Hunter UFO Pop Bumper Pinball Mod
Big Buck Hunter UFO Pop Bumper Pinball Mod

As you can see, they’re pretty awesome. I was really impressed with what he made. They even wiggle a little when the bumpers go off, like the saucers are being hit.

If you’re interested in ordering them, we can probably make you some. Email me at gameroominfo@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Increasing Volume on Samsung 8500s or 9000s Rear Speakers

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Steps to Increase Volume

  • Press the settings button (gear icon on remote)
  • Press the settings button until ‘Rear level’ shows on the soundbar
  • Press up on the circle to increase the volume, press the scroll down to decrease the volume
  • Most people will want to increase to +6 as the volume is normally soft

You can also watch my video here:

This should make it clearer on what to do. Hope this helps people out as this was confusing to me as well initially.

Big Buck Hunter Pinball Review

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Big Buck Hunter Pinball review
Big Buck Hunter Pinball review

Layout/Overview

  • It has one ramp on the left side that takes the ball to the right flipper. It can only be hit from the right flipper if cradled up.
  • It has 2 orbits that are decently hard to hit. The left orbit will take the ball to the right side. The right orbit will take the ball to the left side.
  • Center stand up target in the middle for multiballs ( It sends the ball straight down the middle quite frequently).
  • A ram to the left of the center target that fires the ball at you.
  • 3 targets on the left wall.
  • 2 flippers
  • Buck that runs across the playfield
  • 3 pop bumpers
  • B-U-C-K targets scattered across the playfield

The playfield is pretty similar to iron man

I would rate the layout a 8/10

Game rules

Overall the rules of this game pretty good, but very unbalanced.

Big Buck Hunter Pinball Deer Target
Big Buck Hunter Pinball Deer Target

EX: You can light the Buck insert on the play field with only 3 shots. But in order to get the bird insert to light up you must hit the tricky center target about 30 times (4 different bird multiballs). The pop bumper modes are set up pretty well where you have to hit a certain amount of pop bumpers to light a mode on the right orbit. There are 5 modes total and I think they are worth playing. The problem is there isn’t a direct way to feed the bumpers so at the end of the game if pop bumper modes are the only thing you need, it can really annoying trying to feed them.

Big Buck Hunter Pinball Upper Playfield
Big Buck Hunter Pinball Upper Playfield

I’d say the other main problem in the rules is the buck multiball. In order to start it you must hit the buck in 5 different places, but in order for the buck to come out you must hit him out from where he is hiding, or wait like 5 to 6 seconds which can be extremely boring. Playing the multiball is very difficult to beat( You must beat it to get to the wizard mode). The first half is pretty hard, but then you have to hit the deer 20 TIMES! This is probably the biggest problem in the game. Hitting him 20 times is very fun but EXTREMELY hard and there is no payoff for doing it besides lighting up monster buck. Also if you don’t complete it that time the progress you made in your multiball does not save so if completing that multiball is the last thing you need you have to start all the way over the next time you get there.

Fun

I’ve had this game for only a week and I think it is a great challenging and fun game. It’s really nice to have a game that has short games that last like 5-10 minutes on average. I haven’t beat this game yet which is good because I like games that are very challenging. This game also can make you very angry and make you keep playing until you’re satisfied with your performance. I’d say this game has some of the most fun, challenging, and most annoying multiballs in all of pinball, which is a good thing.

Big Buck Hunter Lower Playfield
Big Buck Hunter Lower Playfield

Would I recommend buying this game

The answer is definitely. This game has a very good price. A theme that I don’t mind at all and I have never been hunting in my life. This game might last you as long as some games like LOTR or STTNG, but I think this game would last me 1-2 years depending on how soon I get to the wizard mode. Overall this game is a great mix of fun and challenge and my family and I have already played like 200 games on it in a week and keeps us coming back for more.

Written by: Jake Taylor