Coaster-themed Pinballs

Thursday, August 26, 2004 3:21 PM
In a german forum we were discussing the proposed Tower of Terror for Paris, when we jumped from discussing the Twilight Zone TV-series (nearly unknown in Germany ): ) to the legendary Twilight Zone pinball.
This made me research pinballs which are themed to coasters.
Apart from the great "Funhouse" and the obvious RTC-Pinball, I came up with the following (seemed to be a trilogy):


(Ronald and Nancy Reagan (wearing a "say no to drugs"-shirt) in the frontrow)


Then there used to be some very old machines which had a coaster theme, and some which had completely different themes but had coaster-like elements ("White Water" and "Fish Tales").

I searched this site and apart from some RCT Pinball threads I didn´t find one which focused on coaster-pinballs.

Doy you know if there are any more out there and do you have any memories?

I hope this is not a yawner, but somehow I think that coaster lovers are likely to love pinballs too (rattle rattle, shake shake, giggle gigle and then the money´s gone :) )

Thursday, August 26, 2004 3:59 PM
Cue LG's story about his RCT pinball machine in 3,2... ;)
Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:00 PM
Here are some others, also from the Internet Pinball Database:

Gottlieb's Roller Coaster (1971)

Playmec's Speed Rush (1975)

Another amusement-park themed game was Jolly Park, made by a Spanish company in 1996

And a note about Stern's RollerCoaster Tycoon - it was designed by Pat Lawlor, who did FunHouse, Twilight Zone, Addams Family, and other greats.

I practically grew up on Cyclone, playing it at the local Putt-Putt (remember those?)

Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:07 PM
Game Plan made a machine called Old Coney Island. I own one although it is no longer operational.

Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:10 PM
Nah, he specifically asked for info on machines other than RCT and Funhouse.

Without that line, all gloves would be off :)


...think they'll run a similar contest for RCT3? Nevermind, wrong forum.

*** Edited 8/26/2004 8:11:09 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***

Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:10 PM
Spinball Whizzer... oh wait... you said Coaster-themed pinballs, I was thinking Pinball-themed coasters.
Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:28 PM
For those that don't realize it, Gonch won an RCT pinball machine in the official RCT2 contest. Bastard. I really like that machine.

We've talked many times about getting a second machine to compliment the Jurassic Park machine we have, but the truth is that there aren't a ton of machines that really hold our attention. I've played some of those other coaster machines and they were kind of boring. RCT, once you get to know it, has lots to do.

That said, a shiny new Lord of The Rings machine would be nice. :)

Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:31 PM
Don't you have the RCT machine, Jeff?
Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:37 PM
Speaking of Spinal Whizzer:

I always loved the "Whirlwind". Especially the one which stood in a sleazy take-away restaurant which was never cleaned. When you hit the "Whirlwind mode" the incorporated ventilator would blast chunks of greasy dust into your face! I cried when the health authority closed this place...

Thursday, August 26, 2004 5:06 PM
I can't seem to play any pinball machine without comparing it to the Twilight Zone machine.

If you're still looking for a second machine, Jeff, get it. I know you've played it. Hasn't everybody?

I played the RCT machine once at Belmont Park in San Diego and it held my attention for three balls on a five ball game.

Thursday, August 26, 2004 6:17 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
Don't you have the RCT machine, Jeff?

No, He has Jurasic Park

Thursday, August 26, 2004 6:53 PM
Of course, you can always make your own using Visual Pinball.

and for support, downloads, etc...

I think there are a few ride/park/amusement fan created ones up there for download.

Thursday, August 26, 2004 10:44 PM
Personally, I think Cyclone is still the best all-around pinball machine I have played. It's just old enough that it's almost all mechanical...there is no video mode, the highest score on the playfield apart from the jackpot is a million points, and it may very well be the last pinball machine produced that only has one ball in it.

Circa 1988, I think. The machine at Hersheypark I think is a testament to Cyclone's playability. Hersheypark has a whole row of pinball machines, including several that are older and several that are newer than Cyclone. Of all those machines, Cyclone is in the worst condition (worse even than the older Comet machine next to it) which suggests to me that it gets more play than the other machines.

Hmmm...I really don't have a good place to put a pinball machine...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Thursday, August 26, 2004 11:11 PM

1EyedJack said:

No, He has Jurasic Park


I just seemed to recall in one of the pinball threads of past that I was given the impression he had one, but here it sounded like he didn't.

Friday, August 27, 2004 12:10 AM
Gonch, you need to brush up on your reading skills bud...

Jeff opined:

"We've talked many times about getting a second machine to compliment the Jurassic Park machine we have..."

Friday, August 27, 2004 12:28 AM
Hence my explanation that in the past I was given the impression he had a second machine, while this thread sure makes it sound otherwise.


It's irrelevant anyway - an afterthought.

Friday, August 27, 2004 12:49 AM
the Sierra PC Pinball game "3D Ultra Pinball Thrillride" has many elements of its sponsor, Hersheypark, embedded throughout the game! I consider this one of the best pinball sims ever!
Friday, August 27, 2004 1:05 AM
Man, and I feel lame for just having an old "Faces" table... I've always dug "Whirlwind", but the new tables are way too busy. Give me a classic table anyday.
Friday, August 27, 2004 6:36 AM

Gruelurks said:
Of course, you can always make your own using Visual Pinball.

and for support, downloads, etc...

I think there are a few ride/park/amusement fan created ones up there for download.

Yep - that is right buddy. Some of us have already been playing these in our homes for years now. :) Nice to see you 'round these parts.

Friday, August 27, 2004 10:44 AM
Funhouse = best pin ever, hands down.

Though I always liked Whirlwind too, especially the little spinning platform in the middle.

I once played a pin that had a bayou theme, and you could get the ball up into the backglass, where you launched it vertically with several sets of flippers. Anyone know what that one's called?


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