Hey, do you remember Pinball – those coffin-shaped boxes where you hit a silver ball around a chaotic playfield? If you thought this game of skill died out in the 90’s, you’d be wrong. Sure, Pinball machines are no longer as prevalent in arcades, bowling alleys, or bars as they once were; but the culture of Pinball is alive and well. Despite the staggering decline in pinball gaming, new machines are being made all the time. Particularly to promote pop movie and television licenses; with such titles as: The Walking Dead, Star Trek, The Avengers, Game of Thrones and more.
Now another big license is making its way into Pinball form – a new machine that begs a very simple question: “Who You Gonna Call?”
That’s right, for the first time ever, The Ghostbusters are getting their very own pinball machine. Before you have a heart condition, Stern’s Ghostbusters is not based on the upcoming reboot. It instead, is based of the classic Ghostbusters you know and love: Ray, Venkman, Egon, and Winston. Oh, and Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Ecto-1, of course.
Why, after 30 some years since the original film, has Stern decided to make a Ghostbusters pinball machine? According to Stern’s Director of Marketing, Jody Dankberg, the reason it’s happening now is simple, “It’s just a timeless, great movie. It’s somewhat scary for little kids, it’s funny, and it’s [got] iconic lines, quotable lines for days.” And those lines are included in the game’s audio, along with the original theme song, and newly recorded callouts from OG Ghostbuster, Ernie Hudson.
Like all great Pinball games, a table will have toys and unique gimmicks on the playfield. One of the many things this table has going for it, is Slimer (a toy on a mechanical swinging arm you can bash with the ball) and the Stay Puft colossus peering over the miniature New York City in the upper playfield — that changes to various colors thanks to computer-controlled RGB lamps.
Like other recent Stern tables, Ghostbusters comes in three versions:
The Limited Edition (LE) is Slimer-themed, with green metal armor on the cabinet, unique hand-drawn Slimer side-art, and a handful of of different toys and gameplay features.
Premium Version with a unique art package based on the Marshmallow Man’s rampage. It has all the same features of the Limited Edition.
Pro Version has its own unique art, but is much more bare bone often significantly less features the Premium and LE; such as diverting the central ramp to a hidden subway path, toys like the Library on the left side of the playfield, and the ghost “Storage Facility” toy on the right.
LIMITED EDITION AND PREMIUM :
Of, course, LE and Premium versions are the ones you’re gonna wanna play/buy as they have by far the coolest feature – An interactive holographic projection of famous ghosts to battle. Dankberg describes this feature saying, “We call them the Ecto Goggles, and when peering through the Ecto goggles, you’ll be able to shoot various ghosts who are not really there.” Using a reflection trick and an LCD screen, The Librarian, Slimer, and the Scoleri Brothers appear hovering on the playfield. Dankberg continues, “There [is] a sensor switch there that will note you went to it, and it’ll change where you hit it and explore or splat or whatever it might be. So, we’ve put a ghost into a Ghostbusters machine.”
Here are some other details Stern shared with IGN:
Ghostbusters was designed by John Trudeau, who designed classic pinball machines like Creature from the Black Lagoon and Bride of Pinbot.
When you hit Slimer he “slimes” the playfield, turning a bunch of the led lamps green. In this mode you have to shoot targets to clean up the slime.
Ghostbusters pinball features something called “para-normal magnetic action slingshots” which we want to know more about.
The playfield and other artwork features the likenesses of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis.
The Scoleri Brothers appear as targets that pop out of the open middle playfield.
This backglass will feature a dot matrix display, not a full LCD display. Although Dankberg told us that “[Stern] will be releasing LCD display technology this year.”
Hardcore Ghostbusters references are included in the art, like references to Tobin’s Spirit Guide and the Van Horne Pneumatic Transit subway system. These people really like Ghostbusters.
The Limited Edition has a suggested retail price of $8,795, the Premium is $7,595, and the Pro model is $5,995.
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