The Pinball Compendium: 1982 to Present
(as of Oct 24,2020 01:06:46 UTC – Details)
From the Publisher
Batman was released by Stern Pinball in July, designed by George Gomez, artwork by Kevin O’Connor and Margaret Hudson. The first Batman was released back in 1991 by Data East, followed by Batman Forever released by Sega in 1995, and this version in 2008. The game was based around the movie The Dark Knight. BATMAN the pinball offers many exciting features, including: The Joker’s Revel Mechanism, a mechanical cylinder that rotates to reveal and fight a taunting Joker.
SPIDERMAN was released in June, designed by Steve Ritchie, artwork by Kevin O’Connor, Mark Galvez, Margaret Hudson, and Marc Schoenberg. The game featured three motorized toy figures that move up and down. Another feature on the game was the open lower half playfield challenging players in making the right shots. The company released a special edition with a limited run of 500, called BLACK SPIDERMAN.
Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings was released in October, designed by George Gomez, Kevin Johnson, and Chris Granner with artwork by Jerry Vanderstelt, while not directly involved in the actual film making process, was used by New Line Cinema or one of its licencors. When Stern wanted to use “The Lord of the Rings” theme for their next game, New Line Cinema suggested that they should contact Jerry to do the artwork on the game. This made a lot of sense as in the past nearly every license game had a problem with the images used and normally a lot of money was spent getting the final approval.
Indiana Jones was released by Stern Pinball in April, designed by John Borg, artwork by Kevin O’Connor. It is good to see John back designing games after a seven year absence. His last for Stern was Austin Powers back in 2001. He worked on games for Data East and for Sega; some of my favorite games he designed were Guns & Roses, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars. One of the main features on the game was the ark that hold hold 4 balls in play and opens to spit them out.
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