last column I talked about the possibility of Stern's next pinball
having a Playboy theme. At that time I hoped it wouldn't be
the case as the license could detract from the game's good points
and damage sales.
probably seen, Playboy is here. It's real and it's been reviewed
first by Pinball News.
reservations stand? Well, yes I think they do. Probably more
than they did when this was just a rumour. If you'll pardon
the pun, when you strip away the nudity (or semi-nudity) we
are left with a fun game with good rules and an interesting
layout. It's not earthshatteringly original but then pinballs
are a certain shape for a reason - it works!
you've played the game, have a think about the theme. Do you
have a problem with it, and do you think it will harm sales?
In the end you'll find that out for yourself when you try to
find one to play.
speaking, I don't find it especially offensive. I do think,
though, that it's anachronistic. There's a reason why nobody
made a successful Playboy pinball for 25 years. Playboy used
to be aspirational. Men were envious of Heff. Women yearned
to be Bunny Girls.
we've all moved on since then. Grown up, perhaps. Women don't
yearn to wear rabbit ears and the Playboy ethos is, quite frankly,
a bit embarrassing.
see that those thoughts are not shared by everyone and in some
parts of this wonderfully diverse world, Playboy is viewed very
the end, what do I know? Tell me I'm wrong.
the popularity of pinball is declining!!
I bought my first pinball machine (Getaway HS2) a year ago,
chosen because of fond memories down the pub many years previous.
It was every bit as good as I remembered it - fast and engaging,
it makes you want to play it again and again, and you are suitably
rewarded with great graphics and sound when the super jackpot
Second purchase was a Sega Harley Davidson, influenced mainly
by the bargain price of £850. Initially entertaining,
but nothing to draw you to play it over and over. Quality of
the game is poor compared to the Williams, the balls constantly
go where they're not supposed to, with guaranteed glass smashes
on every multi-ball!
This brings me to why I decided to write this... Whilst working
away, I went into a pub and was extremely excited to find a
brand new Stern Playboy machine out the back on the way to the
toilets! The excitement was short lived as it is an extremely
The controls and whole feel of the machine is the same as the
Harley, so no imagination or development there. Again, like
the Harley, the balls go all over the place, with regular glass
Weak flippers, tedious ball captures and an unnecessarily long
time between ball drain and next ball made me wish my credits
Most things get better as time goes on... Stern should source
themselves a good nineties Williams's to see just how a pinball
machine should be made!
that Stern has made a wonderful pinball machine. While the machine
may not be the most challenging in the world, it certainly has
a lot of things to look at *wink wink*.
the images of semi-nude women really make this piece something
to be treasured. I particularly like the idea of having a pinball
machine that degrades women so blatantly. When I put this in
my home, it tells any and everyone who sees it that I am the
king of this pinball castle. It will go well with my collection
of adult movies, and the stacks of girlie magazines that I keep
in my "Men's Only" game room. When my other bachelor
friends come over to my house, they will most certainly want
to play this machine in the hopes of acheiving a score that
will allow the beautiful vixens displayed on the pin to reveal
their true "hidden assets", if you know what I mean
is a wonderful game, and anyone who feels threatened by it or
offended needs to get their head examined. I!
love the pictures on the side of the machine, and the illuminated
rabbits head in the center of the back glass is a nice touch
as well. I can't wait to get mine and place it right along side
the greatest pinball ever made...the GUNS N' ROSES PINBALL MACHINE.
live Playboy magazine...helping young men come of age for decades...now,
they will reach new heights with the help of this wonderfully
been reading all of the comments with great interest, as I am
an avid pinball collector, and this hobby has become an important
part of my life.
played the Playboy pinball, and sadly, I am disappointed.
of all, the last several Stern releases (Playboy, Austin Powers,
etc.) have a "cheaply made" feel, in comparison to late Bally/Williams
machines. Is this Stern's attempt at keeping the cost down?
I would much rather pay more for a higher quality product, than
save a few dollars just to own one of these pins (by the way,
I have yet to purchase any of the last few Stern pins for this
The backglass lighting on these pins, especially on Austin Powers,
is really horrible, and most of the "toys" seem like they would
break rather easily. I take no offense to nudity - nor do many
of my fellow local players. However, other than looking at a
pretty face, gameplay on this pin seemed rather dry - almost
cumbersome. Plus, the sex theme gets boring rather quickly.
as "fun factor", I would have to say that the Austin game actually
delivers more entertainment. If I want to see lovely naked women,
I can see far better images elsewhere than those given on a
pinball machine, of all places.
have to note that the U.S. is not similar to the Pub culture
in the U.K., and that the majority of all places that have pinball
machines for the public to play are at family fun arcades, or
game arcades. As such, I can guarantee that none of these establishments
will buy and display this machine, simply because there are
multitudes of children in these places.
Stern to rely on an almost purely home-based game room market
in the U.S. is plain silly. I really want to see Stern thrive
- I have very high hopes for them, because I want more than
anything to keep seeing new pins being developed.
back monsters, space battles, and other more widely popular
licenses, increase game construction quality, and have far more
playfield fun and toys. Truly, paying more for a machine like
this would be well worth it.
hate saying this, but in my opinion, none of the recent Stern
games can even be considered in the same league as Bally/Williams
games (such as Medieval Madness, Cirqus Voltaire, Arabian Nights,
Theatre of Magic, just to name a few examples).
the Playboy game is great! It plays well, and it is most certainly
a conversation piece.
going to buy two for both of my Adult Movie stores...enough
a joke, Stern? What happened to creativity, family values, and
sound business decisions? PLAYBOY? Sorry, but that is taking
pinball more steps back than forward, without a doubt! I am
an avid collector and will never consider purchasing a Playboy
for home use, no matter how cheap it becomes!
I strongly feel that Stern needs to take a hard look at producing
new pins that are challenging, family oriented, and that I believe
will not be offensive to many. Do you really believe that families
will be playing this pin? In Bowling alleys? I think not! This
has got to be the worst way to make a real advancement in the
Stern better be prepared when this pin is ready for market.
I'll bet they do not sell too many of these pins.
Good luck, Stern!
mind the theme really, I think this country is a little too
about nudity anyway,.
Especially here in Texas. I mean come on people you have Playboy
under your bed, just imagine this as a BIG magazine;)
I know the new Playboy pin will be the source of a lot of debates
what this country is turning in to and "OMG my children
might see this" All
I can say is relax, there are more important things to get upset
as the aesthetics of the machine, I think I could have done
job on the backglass. It looks like just another collage of
together in Photoshop. How many games have the ole collage look
backglass? I can think of at lest 6 right off the top of my
playfield looks pretty cool, although I'm not too sure about
playmates of the month taking up so much space on the playfield.
art looks real cool, I like the gold Playboy on the side with
could be a fun game to play and I cant wait to check it out
highly doubt it since there will be some people or Groups that
totally against it. Hell we still have dry counties in Dallas.
When I lived
in Tyler (a small town in East Texas) I had to drive 25 miles
to get a beer.
Do any Northern States have dry counties?
female pinball player I'm pretty appalled by the theme of the
new pinball, not because I have a problem with nudity or even
Playboy magazine but because I have a problem with this machine's
CLEARLY sexist and out dated theme.
a place for glamour stuff (for wont of a better word) but it's
not on a pinball machine that's probably going to be housed
in a pub or similar. It's not 1965 for gods sake, aren't we
supposed to have moved on just a little bit?
image is not going to be helped at all by attaching itself to
what is really, outdated and puerile, I mean, you are rewarded
for good play by pictures of naked women!! This is objectifying
women at its worse.
If pinball wants to survive it has to have a bit of a rethink
- I think we all know that and this game is most certainly not
going to help.
It's a shame as the game itself looks pretty interesting.
posted earlier on having doubts about a new Playboy themed game,
I think I also should you know what I think of the new game
now that it is here.
My first impression was: Why photos on the playfield? Sure the
technology is much better now than in the 70's but somehow I
feel pinballs come much better to their rights when the artwork
is drawn. This also counts for backglasses. In stead of the
truly outdated 80's looking photos that are on the playfield
now, I would have preferred drawings of these models in a certain
pose (not just a face close-up). Drawings are much more erotic
and sexier too.
Regarding all the toys and other stuff: I think this can be
a fun game to play. You won't know until you played it of course,
but it does not look boring. The fact that nobody reached the
final level on the ATEI shows that it might be tough to get
there and you keep trying and spending your quarters. I think
the design team did a great job and have made this a fun game.
However keep in mind that sounds are also important and as I
did not hear it (just seen the photos here) this can be a disappointment.
Games like Scared Stiff and Medieval Madness have such good
sound quotes that I can only hope it will come close.
Like I said: I haven't played it yet, so my opinion is only
based on the article here and the pictures that were shown.
It looks promising, apart from the Calendar photos. Hope to
have a chance to play it soon.
not surprised to see you are against the Playboy game. But that
is a conservative stance - which is OK, but the people I know
that like Pinball would love a concept such as this. Flashy,
sexy, and fun. Just add this one to your rec-room collection
and tell your kids they can't play this one.
the "larger than usual" metal washers on the slings
in Stern's "playboy" table.
I feel that this is a wise choice, as it will likely help users
from chipping/breaking the plastics used on the slings, due
to a stray or airborne ball. I think that this is a great idea
in terms of increasing the longevity of some parts in a home/commercial
user's machine (as seen in the Platinum edition of Monopoly)