Monday, March 14, 2016

Pinball Arcade

Back when I was in college, my friends and I would spend far too much time and money in the lobby of our residence hall playing pinball. There were two games that we were particularly fond of: Addam's Family and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Manufactured by Bally/Midway in 1992, Addams Family is the best selling pinball machine of all time. Bram Stoker's Dracula was released in 1993 and was especially noteworthy for it's "Mist Multi-Ball" where a magnet was used to drag a ball across the board and the player was required to knock it loose from the magnet's grasp in order to start the multi-ball.

Last year, a digital version of Addam's Family was released for use with The Pinball Arcade, a game by FarSight Studios. I downloaded the game and both the Addams Family and Bram Stoker's Dracula pinball boards this week. They're almost as fun as the real thing. Better yet, you don't have to keep shelling out quarters in order to play. The only drawback I can see is that the controls are a bit laggy on Dualshock controllers, which makes it especially hard to make skillshots. But, if you're just using a keyboard, you'll be fine.

All told, my stills with both the Addam's Family and Bram Stoker's Dracula pinball games are quite rusty. I haven't been able to hit the jackpot in either game yet, but I have managed to hit the multi-ball. It's especially satisfying to hear Raul Julia's voice excitedly exclaim "SHOWTIME" upon triggering it in Addam's Family.

I've got a few playthrough videos up already. They'll give you a good idea of how well these games replicate the experience of actually playing the Addams Family and Bram Stoker's Dracula pinball games.

Addams Family Pinball

Bram Stoker's Dracula

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