So after nigh-on two decades of having only one pinball manufacturer suddenly there are three regularly producing tables – stalwart Stern; cutting-edge technologists Jersey Jack; and these guys, Spooky Pinball.
Spooky has the weakest reputation – of their two previous tables America’s Most Haunted House did some interesting things replacing coil kickers with mini-motor pistons but elements broke and the ball got stuck somewhere so often you could tell they shorted on playtesting, while maybe in compensation Rob Zombie was chintzy and basic. But it’s an ongoing concern at all (inheriting the Wisconsin role from Wico), that’s something.
But, one of the nice thing about the boom is we’re seeing original themes again. (Dialed In!’s theme is “Pat Lawlor’s other games”, which if you know how inside-jokey pinball gets, like no, more than that, plus a touch of SimCity)
So, I give to you: Outrun, the Pinball