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Rob Zombie Early Look

December 16, 2015

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Spooky Pinball one of the boutique manufacturers that doesn’t suck, and who brought us the excellent America’s Most Haunted, are ramping up to release their next game, Rob Zombie.

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Early thoughts: The playfield is a bit spartan but America’s Most Haunted was too, yet great shots, sounds and light show put it over the top. We’ll have to see if that’s the case with RZ.

The cabinet art looks great with obvious work put into it, but the playfield art is just serviceable.  Third party mirror blades or art inserts will go a long way to filling out the macabre carnival atmosphere.

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The upper playfield with mini flipper.

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The toys and plastics are nicely detailed and appropriately cheeky but seem a little “tacked on” in the same way the more questionable aftermarket toy ad-ons sometimes are.  Again, AMH gave me a similar initial impression but my mind completely changed after playing it.

Like a lot of recent games, this one includes an upper playfield.  I like it’s largely-out-of-the-way placement in the back right corner as it’s less likely to be a flow-killer.  Upper playfields tend to sound good on paper but are rarely much fun to play, and judging by the video (below) that’s likely the case here. I think most of the fun of upper and lower playfields is you often must unlock access to them somehow, i.e. the fun is in the journey not the destination.  When they’re “free all day” they quickly wear out their welcome.

Okay, so my initial impression is a bit critical but I still can’t wait to play the final product, especially after the treat that is America’s Most Haunted. Likewise, Spooky have beaten the rather poor odds that plague boutique manufacturers so hat’s off to them for that.

Rob Zombie is limited to 300 games and priced at around $6000 with $1000 pre-order price to lock in your spot.

More pics and ordering info here and here’s a gameplay video:

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  1. March 3, 2016 4:28 pm

    I had the initial impression that with all the effects and technology you put in a pinball game, it’s still a pinball game, I was wrong. Upon looking video, I was surprised on how fun it was when the game started. On how the elements were able to interact to the ball. The lighting and the screen also helped to lift the mood. The music on the other hand, enhanced the game. After watching the video, I became interested with White Zombie. Thanks for sharing this one, I think a lot of Rob Zombie fans will be happy with the game. Hoping for future posts!

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