When I went on my trip to Michigan Pinball Expo, I stayed in Windsor and during my time in Rose City, I came upon a couple of pinball machines! Seeing as the last trip report was all about Motor City and cars and stuff, I think I have something to talk about... What has 2 wheels but four legs?
Banzai Run at Pogo's Lounge! DANG! Banzai Run is a real rare table with only about 2000 tables being manufactured. Another wild thing about Banzai Run is it's playfield... or should I say play...FIELDS!!!
Banzai Run has not one but two playfields! Yeah SO? There were tables in the early 80's with dual layer playfields like Black Knight and Flash Gordon! They were even at Ottawa Pinball Expo! But Banzai Run is not like those tables, oh no... the secondary playfield is not located on the main playfield but where the backglass should be!
Banzai Run was the very first table he designed and what a table he designed! He really came out swinging with something to prove to the pinball world with his first table.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
First up in the Guelph Pinball Club's trip report are the NATURAL DISASTERS
These are two great system-11 tables released in '89 and '90 respectively. They are also two of Lawlor's earliest tables and many of his signature design characteristics can be witnessed in these two solid tables. When Lawlor hit the pinball scene, he was already shaking things up. His first table design was Banzai Run, the only table to have a fully functioning secondary playfield... IN THE BACKGLASS!
Banzai Run? I think it is! Maybe a review is on it's way ;) Anyways, Earthshaker was Lawlor's follow up to Banzai Run and he keeps up the clever design of his previous output! Although Earthshaker doesn't have a secondary playfield, it does have a few neat gimmicks and a wild layout.
Earthshaker's layout is quite unlike many of Lawlor's later releases. Seeing as it is only his second table, you can see how he's experimenting with his designs with features later appearing on tables like Funhouse and Monopoly, specifically the third flipper and it's accompanying shots. The third flipper is hard to get to and set up a good shot for the ramp and loop. Unlike most tables, Earthshaker does not have traditional orbit shots that can be made from the main flippers; the left orbit leads right into the jet bumpers while the right orbit is behind a ramp and can only be hit from the third flipper.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
I think it's time for a new pinball update. My last update was back in March so we're definitely overdue for a new update of the latest pinball happenings in Toronto.
A FINE HUNT up in the Glencairn and Bathurst area. Bathurst Bowlerama is host to several machines. In their ranks is a Spider-Man...
Spider-Man? Oh I think that is Nightmare On Elm Street!
Nightmare is one far out table. It does not have a traditional playfield layout whatsoever; almost every table has an outside orbit but instead there's a small orbit around Freddy's head. There is also instant multiball off the plunger if you hit the skillshot into the furnace.
Nightmare on Elm Street!
Street Fighter II table in their lower arcade, which is another odd-ball Gottlieb/Premier table like Nightmare. I wasn't able to snag a picture when I was there as I wasn't aware of it but My buddy Adam brought it to my attention during his visit.
I have another FINE HUNT that is a little more in the downtown area. Football Factory on Bathurst, just south of Queen St. W. has Striker Xtreme! How appropriate!
Now it's time for some updates!