I asked the newly minted 2012 Canadian Pinball Champion, Sanjay Shah to play a game of STERN’s X-Men Magneto Limited Edition so that I could get a video of it. Zeus Manolis, the 2012 Toronto AC/DC STERN Launch Party Champion, also allowed me to tape a qualification attempt on the game.
So far, I like what I see with X-Men pinball. The Magneto Multiball already offers a decent risk/reward system. The more mutants you bring into Multiball, the more each jackpot is worth, and the more shots are available to score those jackpots when you are trying to defeat Magneto. You shoot Magneto to relight shots you have used up so you can damage him again.
There was an issue with the game sometimes letting two balls out of the Magneto lock when it wasn’t time for Multiball. However, the game does realize this and will fix itself if you either drop or re-lock one of the balls.
This game has good potential for expansion on the rule set, so I look forward to see what those additions will be. I hope one of those additions will be the voices and music from the X-Men cartoon show. Yes, I know … keep dreaming.
Stretch Goal #4 - $50,000 level ACHIEVED! - There and Back Again! Fund a cross-country trip from PAPA Headquarters to the PAPA Circuit Tournament "It Never Drains in Southern California" in January 2014. We will take along the latest and greatest pinball machine, and turn this trip into a long-distance public relations effort for pinball itself. In addition to livestreaming the Circuit Event in Southern California, content for a monthly show on PAPA TV will be created daily, with stops at arcades and private collections, interviews with pinball personalities, and visits to local leagues. We will be setting up the new machine in as many places as possible to encourage new players to enjoy the game. In addition to the monthly show, we will stream content live during the trip. This level includes the purchase of a PAPA TV van or trailer, which will also be used to haul equipment to future Circuit Events.
Stretch Goal #5 - $57,500 level IS LIT - We will develop and release a mobile app for PAPA TV. This cross-platform app will be a unified source of information for competitive players, offering rulesheets, tutorials and gameplay videos, as well as live tournament updates. Future updates may include features such as pinball locators, annotated playfields, ranking information, league features, and more.