South of Orlando city centre, Florida, USA.
The Power Play arcade at Orlando Intentional Airport is unusual in two
respects. First, it has three pinball games - and they are all from
Stern. Second, they're in excellent condition both cosmetically and
Austin Powers is the oldest of the three but it could have come straight
out of the box. It's only when you see a game like this that you remember
what vibrant colours the playfield actually has beneath the usual layer
of dirt found on most site games.
The Monopoly is similarly clean although a night playing another Monopoly
at Gators Dockside meant we passed up the chance to play this one.
RollerCoaster Tycoon was much like the others. The only criticism of
this one is a piece of plastic tubing fitted to the top of the rocket
kicker which caused some ball hangups but presumably stops the ball
falling off the wireform. It required some moderate shaking of the game
to free the ball, although during multiball it frees itself eventually.
The games operate on tokens (25¢ each) with each game costing 50¢,
5 games for $2, and on all the games the outlane adjusters were set
to their widest settings. That made the games quite short, though the
replay value on the Austin Powers was sufficiently low that you got
free games quite easily.
One suggestion is to add a clock to the arcade. As we all know, it's
very easy to lose track of time when playing pinball (and most other
games too) and at an airport that can have dire consequences. That apart,
this is an excellent place to catch up on Stern's newest games and as
the arcade is before any ticket checks you don't even need to be flying
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Pinball News 2002