Location: Brighton is in Sussex on England's south coast. The A23 from London and the A27 from the west connect with Brighton and there are good train connections with London and along the south coast.
by Pinball News readers Dave
Roberts (updated by Spencer Allen) and Andy Davies.
After leaving the Station,
the first arcade you come to on your way to the
Typical of arcades near town centres it is quite a small place, and mostly packed with fruit machines, with a few video games out front. However if you make your way inside you will find a Star Wars:Episode One Pinball 2000. (The Addams Family shown below has now been removed.)
The Star Wars machine is in a bad state - few working bulbs, a sticky right flipper and the plunger is very weak - in other words, desperately in need of an overhaul.
Another disappointment with this venue is that the game is sitting on a carpeted 'shelf', rather than on its legs. The front legs are still fitted to the machine, but they don't even reach the ground. This means that the machine sits a little higher than normal, and (unless you want to risk an injury) I would not recommend trying to nudge it, as it would take a lot of effort to affect the ball movement at all. This has been mentioned to the management, but the response is that the arcade is small and it is the only practical place to put them.
Down to the seafront and heading east towards the Palace Pier you come across Carousel Amusements. They had three pinballs here last year but now they have all gone, so it's time to move on.
Just before you get to the Pier there is an arcade in the seafront arches.
Having not played Jurassic
Park before I wasn't sure of the game rules.
Back outside and a stroll
down Brighton Pier, this used to be called the
Sadly the are now no pins on the pier, but it's worth walking down to the end just for the views.
Back onto solid ground and
the next arcade we come to is 'Aladdins', just to
Along with the obligatory
Addams Family (There must be an obscure By-law in Brighton that says
you cannot operate pinball machines in an arcade without an Addams Family!),
we also find a Twilight Zone, Red and Ted's Roadshow, No Good Gofers,
and just to provide a little variety there is also a Data East Batman
in the line up.
The Batman looks a little
dirtier than the others, but is still fairly clean
Locking a ball for multiball
reveals another fault, that the auto plunger
This game is also set for
five games for a pound, which is unusual, as the
The Addams Family is clean
and in fairly nice condition. The only noticeable
The Twilight Zone looks like
the cleanest example I have seen in an arcade,
The only real problem with
this machine is that it, along with Roadshow, is
The lighting problem is less
noticeable on Roadshow, as it is a much brighter
The ToM played well although the Basement kickout did send the ball straight down the middle a few times. Apart from that, no problems cropped up.
With Buzz's voice still fresh
in my mind "This must be embarrassing for you",
Peter Pan's Playground was
always a good place for the pinball player. The
But I was very disappointed,
the arcade is 'Under New Management' and has
Reviewers Note: Before making
a trip down to Brighton remember that it is a
Update by Andy Davies, April 2005
Another week off work, another day out! This time a trip east to Brighton.
It's been at least 8 years since I visited this resort and I recalled from that visit the pier was the best place for pins. However, I should have read the review on Pinball News about there being no pins on the pier before setting off to the end of the wooden structure in a force 9 gale and driving rain!
Anyway, my quest for pins is strong and looking for the nearest arcade to the pier I saw Nelsons just to the east of the pier entrance, right next to the beach. All I can say about this arcade is; God bless the arcade technician! Greating me on the left hand side of the arcade was 6 of the best looking pins I have seen for a long long time. I could count the number of bulbs that were out on all six tables combined on the fingers of one hand. From left to right the tables were; Batman, Twilight Zone, Addams Family, Red and Teds Roadshow, No Good Gofers and Creature from the Black Lagoon. I am very hard pressed to remember the last time I saw 6 pins together in any arcade, which as we all know is a shame. But to say I was like a kid in a candy shop was an under statement!
First up, Gofers! As you may know from my previous reports, I don't get out much! and this was the first time I've played this. What a machine! This is the most fun I've had on a table since the first time I played Medieval Madness. This is a fast, fully working, (yes everything works - not a single fault!) fun table. Managed to get to hole 7 on my first credit! The only thing I can say against this wonderful table is a slight tilt to the left. But only very very slight. The first ball of the multiball fires straight between the flippers, but you get that back.
Next up, Twilight Zone. I have played this before and now realised why I forgot it! I know this table has a good following, but I didn't like it. Wide body pins aren't my thing and it just didn't feel right. I don't know whether it was because I'd just come off Gofers, but this pin is not for me.
Batman was next to take my pound coin. Again faultless. Yes the plunger was a bit weak but it still reached the top if you got it right. The flippers were very strong, the kickout from the cave ramp worked, the joker worked, it was a great table. The reply value however was very low. Even the other half got a replay!! Started at about 2 million. Hence we left a few credits for the locals.
3 played, 3 to go.....
..............but that is were this arcade is very very strange. Off to the change desk to get some more pound coins. No one was there! I spotted a change machine, but whatever note I fed it, no pound coins, just my note returned unchanged.
Couldn't spot one member of staff in the whole arcade. Went to the shops next door but I think they had wised up to people asking for change and no joy. The sea air had make us both hungry so we left it there, promising we will return to play the other 3, but it would be another day.
We headed off to the marina for some food, drink and a movie (and found the only free car park in Brighton! and here's my hint for the day. Park in the free car park at the marina and get the seafront train to the pier £2.50 return and it saves on parking in town. Anyway back to pinball. There is a bowlplex at the marina which has a Simpsons pintable. Another quirk, it takes tokens which you must get from a machine. Anyway the table played well apart from the garage door only went up every now and then but all flippers were strong and it was more enjoyable than the one at Bournemouth I played last year.
So another day out comes to an end, but Brighton will see us again for the other 3 tables in Nelsons and a search for more in the city's arcade. Off now to e-mail the pier and ask them why there are no pintables on it. I'll let you know if I get a reply!
© Pinball News 2005