UPDATE: The full playfield was just unveiled. Since it’s so soon and this story from the other day is still in the top 5, I’m just going to bump this up. According to Joe Balcer of JJP: “The game is all about Smaug and his extreme interaction with the player. Creating The Hobbit journey with a pinball layout is an awesome challenge that I have totally enjoyed putting together. Can’t wait to start shooting a full game!” From the looks of it, there are twp drops in the middle of the field, at least I assume those are for going under the playfield. Hopefully before too long we’ll see some whitewood examples with a few toys but I imagine it will be some time yet until we see the playfield with all artwork and toys.
Ok, finally something to report in the news drought that has been going on lately.
The Hobbit Pinball machine that was announced Jersey Jack Pinball some time ago, not much was seen about it except for a cabinet mock-up and a little later, a tiny portion of the lower playfield. Jump forward to today and JJP has unveiled more details about the game, which is certainly useful given the pre-orders they are taking on the game (intended release is next Summer). According to the email sent out “This will be a 4 flipper game with multiple shots from all 4 flippers. The upper flippers are very active with the game rules. ” They also plan on showing the entire playfield by the end of this month; the game development is moving along faster than with Wizard of Oz since WOZ had to establish a platform for their other games to use. With that out of the way, certain things don’t need to be done over again for The Hobbit and others.
In the mean time, here is pretty much the whole bottom part showing the 4 flippers: