Terminator 3 is shipping now (got to play it while on a factory tour - it is a very cool game and evokes memories of the T2 pinball, especially since it is made by the same designer). Simpsons Pinball Party was the previous machine, and was preceded by a brief re-run of Monopoly and then RCT. The factory only produces one title at a time, then switches everything over for the next title, similar to a car factory, only quicker. Sometimes they will go back and make a few more based on demand (like Monopoly and Harley-Davidson).
RCT is a fun game too, designed by Pat Lawlor (Addams Family, Twilight Zone, FunHouse). As far as keeping it in the box, where's the fun in that?! ;)
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Its not a great pinball machine. I played it at the mall in "The Game Room." The Knex one you build is better because you can add to it if your good at K'nex. The RCT is good because it's RCT and i would like to get my hands on it one day along with the board game and all other RCT stuff so i could have a room dedicated to RCT.
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There is already a T3 on a location in the Twin Cities at the Carmike Theatres in Oakdale, MN. I haven't played it yet but at elast I know where I can find one. A buddy of mine has The Simpsons Pinball Party (TSPP) and there at at least a dozen of more RCT machines on location in the Twin Cities area. BTW There are at least 3 other TSPP on location the the Twin Cities area and Grand Casino in Hinckley,MN have recently added one (TSPP) *** This post was edited by Pink Floyd Fanatic 7/1/2003 8:08:52 PM ***
The Simpsons Pinball Party is the best machine that Stern has designed in a long time (since Tommy, IMO). It's amazing what happened when Stern got to hire some of the talent left jobless from the WMS pinball shutdown.
T3 has been getting good reviews on the pinball forums. can't wait to play it.
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I agree. The newer Simpsons one is simply outstanding. I love that machine. RCT on the other hand was a complete disappointment to me. It really just seemed like the RCT theme was slapped on an existing design. Where are the (very familar) RCT sounds? The game could of been so much more.
We have been very fortunate with the latest Stern games. RCT was the best Stern game so far, then Simpsons beat that, and now T3 improves yet again. (I'd go so far as to say that T3 is better than many late 90s Williams games!)
And while RCT is already out of production, there's no reason why Gary can't put it back on the line at a later date. Following T3, Simpsons and Harley (and maybe Mono too) will be back on the line for a while .. until the next game: "International Pro-Celebrity Knitting"!
After a few days with the RCT machine, I like it. It's relatively low scoring which is kind of cool.
One major flaw in design that I see. I'll try to explain the best I can. (sorry for my lack of pinball lingo)
Under the troll to the player's right is a little pathway that comes from behind. At the end of this pathway are three little white troll "knockdown" thingies. If you come from behind (like when launching or whatnot) and hit the middle one, it'll drop making an opening to get through. The problem is that roughly 2 out of 3 times (on my machine at the very least) the ball with get stuck behind the one on the right. Not sure if there's just too much space behind that one and the ball has a tendency to slip behind it when it kicks off the middle one or if the middle one is sticking up just a hair too high when down for the ball to get over when moving slowly. It almost looks like a combination of both to me.
That's my only complaint with the machine. I dig it. I think they did about a good of job as possible at getting the RCT feel (getting peeps, building and opening rides and stalls). I thoroughly dig the multiball sequence with the animation of all the trains whipping across the coaster at once and the frantic cry of "Multibaaaaaaall"