‘Tis the season of tradeshows, as new product aims to grab the attention of operators. I was sent a few pictures of “The Autumn Coin-Op Show”, attended by Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report & the DNA Association. Here’s a quick look at what was on hand:
With recent pinball expos, announcements have been coming along for some of the latest titles seeking attention for venues to pick-up and this was the show where UK manufacturer Heighway Pinball showed off their awaited Full Throttle pinball game, which is available now.
Here’s the trailer for Full Throttle in case you missed it:
Now you might be wondering about the post headline here – where is Alien Pinball? Well, this was the point I was waiting for. With Full Throttle now in production, Heighway Pinball has unveiled on their website that their next title will be a licensed game, based upon the ‘Alien’ franchise. According to the game page:
35 years after ‘Alien’ first came to movie theatres around the world, Heighway brings this terrifying title to pinball. Designed by industry legend Dennis Nordman, this all-new pinball game focuses on the first two movies, ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’. The player is submersed into the depths of outer space to play through multiple modes and stories featuring some of the most iconic storylines from both movies.
Dennis Nordman is quite a busy man it appears; another one of his games was recently announced, the Whoa Nellie! title that Stern is making. On Alien, there is not much more to go on at this point – we have a couple of silhouettes and Heighway is taking pre-orders. We can assume that it will follow the pattern used with Full Throttle, in that the monitor is built into the playfield as opposed to the backbox. This reminds me a little of SkitB Pinball’s Predator pinball which was supposed to be ready for this month but I think we will need to check on that to find out where it is(I’m reminded because of the theme, not the hardware; just an AvP sort of thing). Either way, Heighway is showing that they can manufacture and ship product, and by taking the bigger risk of doing a non-license first. The amusement industry really loves the Alien franchise, it usually has stuck to video games but now more bases are covered. We will share more once we have something more.
Anyways, back to the ACOS event with some Stern Pinball action:
Kriss Sport’s Neuron Race:
Baytek’s Flappy Bird videmption piece:
I believe this GoGo Pony game is being sold by UNIS in the US but not sure on the UK. The game itself was designed by IGS.
That pretty much does it for now. There was also a UNIS Open House and a Specialty Coin-Op Open House that took place in the US but I don’t really have any news/media to share on those yet. Either way, IAAPA is just a few weeks away when everyone is going to be shooting out their new product announcements so stay tuned to AH through November, it is going to be busy, busy, busy!