Site report by Simeon Brewer.
Location: The Galleria is on (literately) the A1, north of the M25 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
Situated along the walkway between the shops and the cinema, to the left of Mai Tai restaurant, is an arcade called Fantasy Zone.
Austin Powers did have a number of faults with it at the time of playing. This was my second visit to Hatfield, and on the first occasion, Dr Evil did not work (the whole rising from behind the time machine movement was missing). Still the case on this visit, and on closer inspection this time round, an error message is produced which says that his motor is knackered. However, more problems have now arisen with this table.
Fat Bastards toilet is defunct.
If you are unlucky enough to hit a ball into there, it gets stuck. The
gameplay stops, we wait a bit, the table hunts for the stuck ball and
it's 50/50 whether the ball gets ejected through a small hole in the
side of the toilet. By the end of my credits, I had four balls wedged
in there. Needless to say, the Fat Bastard bonus
There is also a sticky patch to the right of the bumpers. Can be sorted by a slight knock - but be careful of the tilt. And when you get an extra ball, or a replay, or a jackpot, the machine emits an ear-splitting crack. It's quite painful and a bit of a shock. I can't believe that is a valid sound. The display says something like "Sound E8". I reckon that's broken as well.
On the plus side, the replay kicks in at 50 million. Hit any kind of special bonus shot (the laser shot into Austin's hole was my favourite), and you are there straight away. I'm certainly not in the league of some of you out there, but I paid for 10 credits and got 16 plays (including a match). Not bad.
Moving on to the Addams Family
was not much of an improvement. I don't know how I have managed to avoid
it, but it was my first go with this table. I don't know if this is
right, but the whole upper portion was in darkness. I could just about
make out "thing's" hand grabbing the ball, and couldn't see
the ramps and loops up there at all. After a couple of dismal plays,
I gave up. Perhaps somebody in the locality who is familiar with this
game could give it a go and give us an update? Also, the location of
this machine is
I reported the Austin Powers faults to a member of staff who asked me to show him where on the game the faults where. He then said he would "get somebody to have a look at it". I hope that means it will get fixed soon - as I am rather taken with the Austin Powers table.
For information on getting there, check out http://www.thegalleria.co.uk/
Went back and sunk another £2 into Austin Powers to check its condition.
Anyway, back to the pins.
Nobody seemed to be on duty
to report the faults to, so will head back over at some other time (hopefully
it will still be trading!).
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