I have owned
different arcade games and pinball machines since I was 15.
Since I moved out onto my own I started buying more games to
furnish my place. My first pin was 1977 Joker Poker which I
still have and is probably my favorite game. From there I started
looking at other games and ended up buying a Data East 1991
Batman game. My most recent purchase is 1991 Data East Checkpoint.
Once a month in the winter at my house we have a pinball tourament.
It involves five nights of pinball with each player playing
10 games each. Each score is recorded from each game and then
totalled with the others. The person with the highest score
after the 50 games is the winner. This really gives a good idea
of how consistant you can be from game to game and night to
is a three flipper game that was made the last year that electro-mechanical
pins where manufactured. Meaning most of the game is mechanical,
except for the scoring which is electronic. This game has a
decent, but used, playfield and has the flippers fairly far
apart. Adding in that the ball moves fairly slow it is not a
major disadvantage having the flippers so far apart. The one
feature on this game is the third flipper on the top of the
playfield. This game is my favorite game out of all of the ones
I own. High score for this game is 860,590, which has
never been challenged by any of my friends that have played.
of Joker Poker
of Joker Poker
is a three ball multiball game with one ramp. The reason for
purchasing this game was to get something that had multiball
play. Getting 2 ball multiball is fairly simple on this game
and 3 ball is also not to difficult (my 5 year old can do it).
One thing I am disappointed about in this game is the flaw with
having a ball get stuck by the top left popper. I have inspected
the mylar very carefully and it looks perfect in that area,
but yet the ball will get stuck up there once in awhile. Luckily
with all my games I disable the tilt so it is not a major ordeal
when it does get stuck. High score on this game is also held
by me and is 160,698,000.
was purchased in April of 2002 and it is not so simple to get
multiball unless you understand what you have to do to get it.
You really do have to follow a pattern to get multiball or the
main jackpot. This is a feature I wanted when I purchased this
game, something not so simple to score points with unless you
had some skill in hitting the ball and being able to do it in
a certain time frame. I do not remember at this time what the
high score is, but it is over 7,000,000.
is the newest game in my collection and it is fairly simple
to get multiball. The playfield is fairly open and it has a
lot of great sounds from the characters. The ball really moves
fast on this game, although since the playfield is so open it
does not make the game as difficult as Checkpoint. The high
score is over 8,000,000, but I do not recall the exact
score right now. I will update later with the actual high score
and pics of the backglass and playfield too.