Stern Pinball have officially announced what we revealed two weeks ago, that their next title would be The Walking Dead.
So far, two models have been announced - the Pro and the Premium. The Premium usually includes the same playfield as any Limited Edition version, with only the trim and bling being enhanced on the more expensive LE version.
The Pro includes red trim around the backbox to match the backbox side art, and a speaker panel decal to match the translite image. Although the TV company AMC is heavily promoted the style of the artwork is very much in the style of the comic books.
The Pro version of The Walking Dead
The Premium version has a brown theme, using extended side armor in that particular hue, and a fire button on the lock bar like the ones used on AC/DC and Star Trek.
The Limited Edition version of The Walking Dead
The Premium model features the same translite design and speaker panel as the Pro, but adds colour-matched legs and a different cabinet and backbox sides art package.
As you can see, both the Pro and Premium versions incorporate a standard DMD to show the in-game animations and the scores. This is not the first of Stern's next generation machines with an LCD panel.
On the playfield, the design bears more than a passing resemblance to Metallica's design but adds some additional shots and scoring opportunities.
The Walking Dead Pro playfield
There's no information about a Premium version yet, but when you move up to the LE model, you add the fish tank with the zombie heads over the right ramp, spinners, an a drop target on the shot back to the shooter lane.
The Limited Edition playfield
Both versions feature a bash toy in the centre right, and a shot on a magnet in front of the jail to start multiball. The Limited Edition model also adds a crossbow ball cannon on the bottom apron which can be used to shoot the ball at specific targets.
Here's a full list of the features in each model.
The feature matrix
Stern's website includes a number of pictures from the game.
Above the flippers is a series of counter inserts
The LE model includes a ball shooter above and behind the flippers
This operates like the laser shot on Austin Powers
The LE also adds the fish tank containing zombie heads on the backboard
Another LE feature is the raising left ramp to provide a shot beneath
The left ramp is raised
The Well Walker bash toy
The toy opens up to reveal the guts on the Limited Edition version
Cell Block C is at the top of the playfield
Bash on the doors to open them
Star rollover switches make a welcome return
Speaking of returns, here's the Woodbury return lane
On the LE it gains a drop target and a spinner
Here's what Stern Pinball had to say about their latest release.
Stern Pinball Brings The Walking Dead To Life World’s Leading Maker of Arcade-Quality Pinball Games Announces Pro and Limited Edition Versions of The Walking Dead
MELROSE PARK, IL – September 9, 2014 – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced today the availability of its Pro and Limited Edition models of AMC’s The Walking Dead pinball machine. Inspired by the hugely popular AMC drama, the newest Stern game brings the hit series to life on the pinball playfield.
AMC’s The Walking Dead, the most watched series among Adults 18-49, is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The drama tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse. Stern’s The Walking Dead pinball features everything fans would want in a flesh-eating pinball world. Players fight to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside series icon, Sheriff Rick Grimes, by battling zombies and completing various game missions. The game includes multiple zombie toys for adrenalin-filled zombie battles at familiar locations from the show such as the Prison and Cell Block C. A brilliant high-definition zombie-filled art package heightens the player’s excitement.
The Limited Edition (LE) version of the game offers unique special effects such as a fish tank with illuminated sculpted zombie heads and a motorized crossbow assembly that allows players to launch the ball anywhere in the game. The LE mirrored back glass with exclusive art adds to the dynamic pinball experience.
“The Walking Dead story has captured the intrigue of audiences for years – from the popular comic books to the hit TV series. We are thrilled to serve such a passionate fan base and to bring this game to pinball fans,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball.
Pricing and Availability: Pro Model: $5,995 (MSRP) Limited Edition Model: $8,595 (MSRP)
About The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season on Sunday, October 12 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics the series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in
search of a safe and secure home.
The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz and Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. The Walking Dead is executive produced by Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and Tom Luse.
About Stern Pinball, Inc. Stern Pinball, Inc., headquartered just outside Chicago, Illinois, is the oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games in the world.
Stern’s highly talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture a full line of popular pinball games, merchandise and accessories. Recent Stern titles include The Walking Dead, Mustang, Star Trek, Metallica, The Avengers, X-Men, AC/DC, Tron, Transformers, Avatar, Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman and many more! All of Stern’s pinball games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern’s expert team. Both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe enjoy Stern’s games.
For more information, please visit www.sternpinball.com.
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