Monday, August 1, 2016
Pinball: Flight 2000
Here's another great pinball table I've been playing on Pinball Arcade - Flight 2000. Released by Stern in 1980, it was one of the first "talking" pinball tables (Gorgar, in 1979, was the first). It was designed by Harry Williams, who'd been working in the industry since the 1940s. He was mostly known not so much as a pin-table designer but for his pioneering work on early electronic video games, most notably Defender (which was, I think, the first popular side scrolling game). He also designed Joust, which I spent many quarters on at the old Price Chopper on 23rd St. in Independence, MO.
Flight 2000 first drew me in with the art, which is by Geraldine Simkus (Star Gazer, Split Second) and Doug Watson (Swords of Fury, Grand Slam). Usually I'm mostly attracted to pictures of people, but this one has a nice retro sci-fi vibe, with a great discolored Saturnesque world in the center, and a spaceship on the back glass that looks like it walked straight out of the Traveler RPG's famous "little black books."
Of course, Flight 2000 is considered one of Stern's most classic games, which is why it's included in Pinball Arcade at all.
Here's a cool video of the real (that is, not Pinball Arcade's digital version) table in play.