Date: 13th March, 2023

Having confirmed the title four days previously, Chicago Gaming and Play Mechanix today launched their first joint collaboration with the reveal of their Pulp Fiction game.

The game comes in two versions – the top-end Bad Mother Flipper Limited Edition with a maximum of 1,000 units, and the simpler Special Edition. Both, as we previously reported, have a definite old-school feel to the design both on the outside and on the playfield.

The Bad Mother Flipper Limited Edition of Pulp Fiction
The Bad Mother Flipper Limited Edition of Pulp Fiction

The game uses alpha-numeric LED displays rather than a dot-matrix display or an LCD panel, meaning there will be no clips from the movie displayed. However, the game does feature more than 250 sound samples from 19 different characters. It also includes five music tracks featured in the film – Comanche, Jungle Boogie, Misirlou, Son of a Preacher Man and You Never Can Tell.

The sounds and music come from speakers below the backbox behind a stainless steel grille.

The speaker panel
The speaker panel

The brushed stainless steel coin door is similar to an ’80s Bally design, with two illuminated coin slots, two coin return flaps, a backlit game name panel and a lit start button.

The stainless steel coin door
The stainless steel coin door

The cabinet artwork is also retro-looking with a three colour design giving a stencilled appearance, although it probably uses cabinet decals like all modern games.

The top of the backbox sees the Limited Edition-exclusive animated topper featuring Mia and Vincent doing their iconic dance at Jack Rabbit Slim’s.

The animated topper
The animated topper

Here’s a video of the topper in action:

The $9,499 Limited Edition comes with a range of extra features over the Special Edition, such as a shaker motor, mirror blades, a numbered sculpted wallet on the bottom arch and a promo banner.

The Bad Mother Flipper wallet on the bottom arch
The Bad Mother Flipper wallet on the bottom arch

The $7,999 Special Edition comes with the same cabinet and backbox artwork as the Limited Edition, but lacks the topper, the flourishes on the speaker panel.

The Special Edition of Pulp Fiction
The Special Edition of Pulp Fiction

For those who wish to operate the game with a bill acceptor or card reader, a version of the Special Edition with a standard coin door is available at the same $7,999 price point.

The Special Edition with a regular coin door
The Special Edition with a regular coin door
The Limited Edition and two Special Edition models
The Limited Edition and two Special Edition models

The playfields of the Limited and Special Editions appear to be identical.

The Pulp Fiction playfield
The Pulp Fiction playfield
(As with all pictures, click to enlarge)

As we said before, it’s a throwback to an age before ramps were mandatory with most of the action taking place at playfield level.

Pulp Fiction is a two-flippered game
Pulp Fiction is a two-flippered game

That doesn’t mean it lacks playfield features though. In fact, the reverse is true.

The central playfield area
The central playfield area

There are three inline drop targets in a lane leading to an upkicker, three more drops in an angled bank in the centre with a subway lock behind, and another drop target down a lane which ends with a saucer. There are spinners in the left and right orbit lanes, and a grab magnet on the right triggered by hitting a standup target.

The ball-grabbing magnet on the right of the playfield
The ball-grabbing magnet on the right of the playfield
Spelling out P-U-L-P-F-I-C-T-I-O-N is one of the features
Spelling out P-U-L-P-F-I-C-T-I-O-N is one of the features

Up at the top, there’s a classic saucer with adjacent lanes as seen on games such as Mata Hari. It’s worth noting that while the wallet on the bottom arch uses the phrase “Bad Mother Flipper”, the writing on the plastic next to the ‘2’ lane is less modest.

The top saucer and lanes
The top saucer and lanes

There are several sculpted models on the playfield.

Jules is at the top left of the playfield
Jules is at the top left of the playfield
A Royale with Cheese burger
A Royale with Cheese burger
Vincent with the glowing briefcase
Vincent with the glowing briefcase which rotates and opens
The internally-lit gold watch model
The internally-lit gold watch model bearing the game designer’s name

Here are the details of the main team members who created Pulp Fiction.

Game designer, Mark Ritchie
Game designer, Mark Ritchie
  • Game Design: Mark Ritchie
  • Game Software: George Petro
  • Art Design: Scott Pikulski
  • Sound Design: David Thiel
  • Game Rules: Josh Sharpe
  • Mechanical: Eureka Design
  • Manufacturing & Distribution: Chicago Gaming
The game's back panel
The game’s back panel

The rules are more complex than a typical early ’80s game, but nowhere near as complicated as its more modern counterparts. There are five multiball modes, for example, as well as three mini-wizard modes and a full wizard mode called Divine Intervention.

Here are the rules of the game:

  • 1-2-3-4 Lanes: Advance Bonus X, lights Extra Ball and lights Royale W/Cheese Hurry-Up.
  • Big Kahuna Bonus: Make the upper left and right targets, then hit the right magnet target for instant 2x or 3x scoring.
  • Briefcase Boogie: Lock 3 balls in the left saucer to start Briefcase Boogie. Shoot Payoff shots for big points.
  • Royale W/Cheese: Awards Hurry-Up points, lights Super Spinners and lights Gun Bonus.
  • Roll Scene: Right drop target lights Roll Scene. Make the right saucer to start 1 of 5 Roll Scene modes.
  • Cast Chaos: Start 1-5 characters at the top saucer. Collect characters and light at the right saucer. When all 5 characters are lit, shoot the right saucer again for Cast Chaos.
  • Pulp Fiction Frenzy: Make all 7 red arrow targets to advance P-U-L-P-F-I-C-T-I-O-N spell out. Shoot the Pawn Shop for Pulp Fiction Frenzy.
  • Pawn Shop Panic: Make 3-bank drop targets to light locks. Lock 3 balls into the Pawn Shop for Pawn Shop Panic. Shoot 3-bank targets again to re-lock and advance to light Payoff shots for big points.
  • Drive Fast: Left and right lit return lanes light Drive Fast and raise MPH Bonus at orbit shots. Collect MPH Bonus at the target behind the centre 3-bank drop targets.
  • Gun Bonus: Collect Gun Bonus at right magnet target. Awards lit value in the Gun Bonus string.
  • Divine Intervention: Complete all 5 modes for Divine Intervention.

A flyer is available for Pulp Fiction. Here it is:

The front of the flyer
The front of the flyer
The back of the flyer
The back of the flyer

Chicago Gaming announced their new game with the following message:

Pulp Fiction was developed in a collaboration between Play Mechanix and Chicago Gaming Company, and is being sold exclusively through Chicago Gaming Company’s pinball dealers.
 
Pulp Fiction is a retro-inspired full-featured modern pinball machine. Developed at the request of Quentin Tarantino who wanted an 1980’s style Pulp Fiction themed pinball machine for his home.

Tarantino’s continued involvement throughout the project shaped the final game. Tarantino rarely licenses his intellectual property, it is a unique privilege to produce a game which pays tribute to this masterpiece.

Pinball designer Mark Ritchie masterfully crafted a playfield which on its surface appears comparable to games from this era but outside of initial perception features more mechanisms and greater depth than most games produced today.

David Thiel forcefully pulls the player into this world utilizing over 250 iconic lines from Pulp Fiction’s legendary cast, five licensed songs from the original movie soundtrack, and a number of original compositions.

Josh Sharpe developed an approachable rule set that is both intuitive and deep enough to engage even the most skilled player.
 
o    250+ Iconic Lines of Pulp Fiction Dialogue Featuring 19 Movie Characters

o    5 Licensed Songs from the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack – Comanche, Jungle Boogie, Misirlou, Son of a Preacher Man & You Never Can Tell

o    Mirrored Backglass with Custom Hand-Drawn Artwork from Pulp Fiction’s Legendary Jack Rabbit Slim’s Dance Scene

o    RGB LED General Illumination Lighting, 15 RGB LED Featured Inserts, RGB LED Lower Arch Lighting

o    Vintage Stainless Steel Coin Door with LED Pulp Fiction Logo & Start Button on Door (Non-Coin Operated Models ONLY)

o    4 Memory Drop Targets, 3 Drop Targets, Pawn Shop 3-Ball Subway Lock, Briefcase 3-Ball Lock;  Knocker Assembly

Here’s the matrix showing which of the various features are included in each model. The SED model noted here is the Special Edition with the black door.

250+ Iconic Lines of Pulp Fiction Dialogue Featuring 19 Movie CharactersALL MODELS
5 Licensed Songs from the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack – Comanche, Jungle Boogie, Misirlou, Son of a Preacher Man & You Never Can TellALL MODELS
Custom Sound & Music Audio Package Designed By David ThielALL MODELS
Mirrored Backglass with Custom Hand-Drawn Artwork from Pulp Fiction’s Legendary Jack Rabbit Slim’s Dance SceneALL MODELS
Playfield w/ Custom Artwork Featuring Vincent Vega, Jules Winnfield, Mia Wallace, Winston Wolf & Jimmie DimmickALL MODELS
Classic Pinball-Inspired Cabinet & Backbox with Custom Hand-Drawn Pulp Fiction ArtworkALL MODELS
Retro 13-Segment Alphanumeric LED Scoring DisplaysALL MODELS
Knocker AssemblyALL MODELS
RGB LED General Illumination LightingALL MODELS
Fully-Integrated, Built-In RGB LED Lighting System on Lower ArchALL MODELS
15 RGB LED Software-Controlled Featured InsertsALL MODELS
Gun Magnet Capable of Catching & Throwing PinballsALL MODELS
Custom Sculpted Vincent Vega & Jules Winnfield Figures, “Royale With Cheese” Burger, Illuminated Gold Watch, and Interactive BriefcaseALL MODELS
Playfield Plastics with Custom Hand-Drawn Artwork Featuring Vincent Vega, Jules Winnfield, Butch Coolidge, Captain Koons, Pumpkin & Honey BunnyALL MODELS
Pawn Shop with 3-Ball Subway Locking AssemblyALL MODELS
3-Ball Briefcase Locking AssemblyALL MODELS
4 Memory Drop Targets & 3-Bank Drop TargetsALL MODELS
2 Adrenaline Heart Hall Effect Spinning TargetsALL MODELS
5 Multiball Modes Including “Briefcase Boogie” & “Pawn Shop Panic”ALL MODELS
5 Roll Scene Modes – “Twist Contest”, “BMF Wallet”, “Gold Watch”, “Clean The Car” & “The Shot”ALL MODELS
3 Mini-Wizard Modes – “Cast Chaos”, “Pulp Fiction Frenzy” & “The Shot”ALL MODELS
“Divine Intervention” Wizard ModeALL MODELS
Vintage Stainless Steel Coin Door with LED Pulp Fiction Logo & Start Button on DoorSE & LE ONLY
Traditional Black Coin Operated Pinball Door with DBV Connector and Start Button Located on CabinetSED ONLY
Jack Rabbit Slim’s Topper Featuring Custom Sculpted Vincent Vega & Mia Wallace Dancing Figurines, Custom Sculpted Classic Car Models with Flashing Headlights, Jack Rabbit Slim’s Neon Sign with Scintillating Starfield & RGB LED LightingLE ONLY
Vintage Chrome Speaker Grill with Play Mechanix Pinball & Chicago Gaming Company MedallionsLE ONLY
Shaker Motor AssemblyLE ONLY
Interior Mirror BladesLE ONLY
Custom Sculpted Bad Mother Flipper Wallet with Exclusive Limited Edition PlaqueLE ONLY
Pulp Fiction Pinball Promotional BannerLE ONLY
Certificate of Authenticity Signed by Game Designer Mark RitchieLE ONLY
Production Limited to Only 1,000 MachinesLE ONLY
CoinUp Online ConnectivityALL MODELS

Finally, there is a fairly lengthy promotional video showing all the key features.

Texas Pinball Festival has confirmed that you will be able to play Pulp Fiction at their show later this month, and of course we’ll be there to report on it. You can click here to buy tickets if you too want to attend.

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4 Comments

  1. KILLDOZR

    17th March, 2023 at 3:31pm

    Are they sure that isn’t a Big Kahuna burger? That actually appeared in the film…

    Reply

    • Pinball News

      17th March, 2023 at 3:40pm

      Maybe. It says “Royale with Cheese” on the insert in front of it though.

      Reply

  2. PATRICK STAVOLA

    19th March, 2023 at 3:31pm

    I am interested to see what their version of insider connected is. Cannot find much online on it yet.

    Reply

  3. L E Bates

    21st March, 2023 at 10:24pm

    Relagating Bruce Willis to plastic art when he’s a main character is stupid. And where is Ving Rhames? He ties the whole film together.

    Reply

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