At the Pinball Expo 2014 event in Chicago last night, Jersey Jack Pinball unveiled the production version of their new The Hobbit Pinball game, which was first announced to be in development way back in November 2012. As a part of this unveiling, Jersey Jack Pinball has revealed that they have 3 versions that will be available: Standard, Limited and Smaug Gold Special Edition.
Here are the flyers which lay out the differences:
As the flyer mentions, Smaug can “steal” i.e. grab the pinballs; there is a player controlled diverter to provide a “first-ever inclined loop shot” as well as a “patent-pending Total Control drop targets over 3 banks”. They also have redesigned the LED lighting system in some way using 65 bulbs.
Here are some jpeg compressed pics posted to JJP’s Facebook page:
Some celebrity power, Ed Robertson from the Canadian music band Barenaked Ladies got some time on the game:
The Smaug The Dragon toy
I will have a chance to check this game out at IAAPA next month to report some hands-on time with it. What are your thoughts about it based on this info?