Best Batman Dark Knight Pinball Machine to buy online. Batman pinball by Stern includes villains from DC Comics Batman universe, including The Joker and Scarecrow.It was widely suggested that this new Stern game would be called The Dark Knight, but simply calling it “Batman” gives it longevity beyond a single movie and greater brand recognition.
Batman pinball games have always followed the style and scope of the movies on which they are based. Features of the pinball include The Jokers Reveal Mechanism, a mechanical cylinder that rotates to reveal a taunting Joker; Scarecrows Crane, a mechanical crane featuring a spring-attach pinball which the player can strike with the pinball; and the Batmobile Bridge, a see-saw mechanism that races a pinball against a miniature Batmobile. Batman pinball also features an upper mini-playfield.
Batman is a two-flippered, four-ball game. Ever since his initial game design Corvette, George Gomez has eschewed the use of a third or fourth flipper, which means there are no cross-playfield shots, resulting in what is often called a “fan” layout where all shot paths radiate out in an arc from the two flippers. Batman provides plenty of variety with ten different fixed feature shots as well as a moveable shot, more of which later.
The white flipper bats provide good contrast to the background but the black flipper rubbers tend to blend into the background. In fact we’ve brightened the image above so you can see the flippers more clearly.
The playfield was pre-drilled for biff bars to be installed behind the flippers, although they were not factory fitted and not supplied in the accessories bag. Speaking of the accessories, this was the first game in a long time that didn’t come with any key ring plastics in with the spare lamps and spinner stickers, so perhaps Stern used up every last square inch of the butyrate sheet with in-game pieces.
Back to the game and the shoot again insert is in the correct place, squarely between the flippers. There is no centre post or up post, nor is there any kickback, so once the ball is gone, it’s gone.
Gary Stern says, “Batman was a great brand for us when we made games in the 1990’s. This new Batman game could be the best game we have ever built.”
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