IT'S JUST NOT CRICKET
Location: Brisbane & Adelaide
Report from Pete Young
Well it was meant to be a trip out to Australia to see England win the Ashes. As cricket fans will know it never quite worked out like that. Nevertheless Australia is still a great place to go to especially if you want to spend a few hours playing pinball.
First stop for the Barmy Army was of course Brisbane. The first indication that Oz is a great place for pinball was when the Airport train arrived in the Roma Street terminus in central Brisbane, though I've also heard there's also a machine in the departure lounge of the airport somewhere. Nested amongst the food court is a small video games arcade, thankfully air conditioned, and the first thing you notice are aTwilight Zone and Streetfighter 2 Okay, we are not talking about huge numbers of machines in any one location but the little but often mentality towards pinball distribution is certainly prevalent out there.
An initial inspection of the playfield shows the machines to be in almost perfect condition, a standard which seems fairly consistent throughout my trip. Now I have to admit a bias towards Twilight Zone, it has always been one of personal favourites though Ive often been severely dissappointed by the condition and functionality at other locations. No such problem here, after inserting my first $1 AUD (about 35 pence) Im hooked.
The play is clean, the flippers
strong and the replay score is achievable though challenging. The Streetfighter
2 machine also plays well though it is not one of my favourite
machines and the lure of Twilight Zone means that is where
my money mostly went. With regards to staff there is only a change provider
who seems fairly amused at the 'Mad Pom' feeding the pinball machines
but isnt really able to give any information on maintenance or
Three days later and Ive given up hope on England salvaging anything from the test match. So its off to the centre of Brisbane to drown my sorrows. In the center is a Replay which is your typical video emporium. However there are three pinball machines just dying to take my money.
Theres a Whodunnit, a South Park and a Star Wars. After giving all three a go the majority of my time is spent on South Park. I havent really played this machine much in the past but it quickly becomes one of my favourites.
A couple of weeks later and its time to see England get their revenge in Adelaide. Three days on and, once again, Ive given up hope as regards to cricket.
To find one working perfectly sort of summed up what was a great holiday - shame about the cricket though.
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