Date: May 2010
Report by Richard Thomas
I came across a new pinball machine that's close to where I live. It's the Batman one and I found it in the Bowlplex amusement gaming area of The Atrium in Camberley, Surrey.
The Atrium has a wide selection of amusements, including racing games and crane grabbers. All of the arcade machines are open for walk-in visitors, not only those visitors using the bowling alley.
I bought 20 machine tokens for £10 and went over to the pinball machine. It needs two tokens (£1 worth) per play, each game being 3 balls. I found that it often rejected the tokens I was putting in it, but after a few re-tries I managed to get it to accept them.
The playfield was in good condition and all the lights were in operation. The only exception was that in the 10 games I played, the ball got stuck twice at the top of the playfield; right at the top of one of the dividers that make up the 3 lanes that the ball passes through. This worked out in my favour in the end, as the machine detected the ball being stuck and went through a ball search to try and free the ball. When that didn't work, it launched a second ball into the playfield, so I had 2 balls for the price of one.
There is a snack bar in the arcade with soft drinks and refreshments. There is also a pub right next door and in the Atrium area outside the Bowlplex are a number of family restaurants.
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