Stern Pinball today revealed details and pictures of their next rock band-themed pinball, Aerosmith.
Like earlier Stern Pinball games based on The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Kiss their new Aerosmith model is designed by John Borg, and features a lavish art package by ‘Dirty’ Donny Gillies. It also incorporates the company’s new colour LCD panel driven by the Spike 2 board system.
As usual, there are three models – a top-end Limited Edition of 500 machines, an unlimited Premium and a base Pro version which lacks some of the nicer playfield features. Each model sports slightly different cabinet artwork and colour schemes – dark blue for the LE, purple for the Premium and light blue for the Pro. The LE also features a numbered plaque above the left backbox speaker.
So let’s take a look at the playfield, and it’s a mix of the familiar and a couple of new, unique mechanisms. The LE and Premium both have the full-feature playfield, so let’s look at that first.
Bearing a certain similarity to the Kiss playfield, Aerosmith‘s two main toys are the toy box and the upper mini-playfield.
The toy box works like the Ark of the Covenant on Stern’s Indiana Jones – keep shooting it to add toys (locks) and then shoot the lock lane. The lid of the box is lifted and ball is ejected up and into the box.
As with Mustang, players can choose whether to start a 2-ball multiball, or lock more balls to increase the mayhem and the jackpot values.
When they take the multiball, the locked balls are lifted up inside the toy box Ark-style, and dumped onto the playfield.
The other key feature is the upper mini-playfield.
The is a single full-size flipper on the mini-playfield, along with an orbit lane, five standup targets and the Love in an Elevator exit to the lower playfield.
The mini-playfield is only available on the LE and Premium models. In the Pro only the metal ramp and wireform remain, while the Love in an Elevator toy moves down onto the main playfield.
Here’s the whole of the Pro playfield.
The through-the-bumpers and scoop shots are there from Kiss (albeit with the scoop slightly repositioned), as are the centre and ramp shots. The de rigueur lock bar action button is also present, while we get two inlanes on the left side which mean a thin metal shooter lane ball guide.
Nine Aerosmith tracks are included in the game, with each mapping to a feature in the ruleset. The nine are:
- Toys in the Attic
- Love in an Elevator
- Rats in the Cellar
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- Back in the Saddle
- Sweet Emotion
- Walk This Way
- Same Old Song & Dance
- Last Child
The feature matrix shows the differences between the three models of the game.
Here’s how Stern Pinball announced their Aerosmith game:
Stern Pinball Gets Back in the Rock and Roll Saddle With Its Release Of Aerosmith Pinball
Leading Pinball Manufacturer and Global Brand Management Firm Epic Rights Announce Newest Addition to Rock Lineup
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL – January 4, 2016 – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, and Epic Rights, Aerosmith’s global licensing agent, jointly announced today the availability of a new line of pinball machines that honor the classic and iconic rock band, Aerosmith.
Stern Pinball’s Aerosmith machines reflect the high-energy and excitement that accompanies the experience of a live Aerosmith concert. Players will rock to nine famous Aerosmith hits in the concert arena playfield and embark on an exhilarating pinball experience. Players score points and finish game objectives to raise the audience’s levels of energy, thrill and enjoyment. Higher scores amplify the experience–the higher the energy level, the bigger and louder the show–resulting in an Aerosmith pinball experience that cannot be matched.
The hard-hitting feisty American rock group best known for their powerful fusion of rock and blues has reached fans for more than four decades. This colorful band includes the much loved pop culture personalities of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. With sales of more than 70 million albums in the United States and more than 150 million albums worldwide, Aerosmith is one of the world’s all time best-selling American rock bands. To date, they have been awarded 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums and 12 multi-platinum albums.
“We’re thrilled to have Aerosmith join the ranks of Stern Pinball’s rock and roll line-up,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. “Aerosmith is an iconic band with a devoted fan base. Fans of both the band and pinball will be able to appreciate the extraordinary experience that the Aerosmith pinball machines provide.”
The Aerosmith machines all feature original hand-drawn art provided by “Dirty” Donny Gillies, who has produced work for bands including The Hellacopters, The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, The Wildhearts, Electric Frankenstein and the 126.96.36.199’s, but is most noted for his work with metal band Metallica. In addition, the machines feature custom speech from Brendon Small, creator of Metalocalypse, the American animated television series centering around a death metal band. Players will be mesmerized by the interactive “Jacky on the Box” mechanical feature on the playfield. Jacky sits on a toy box allowing players to launch pinballs through the air and slam dunk the steel ball into the box. The more balls launched into the box, the higher the opportunity for a player to earn multiballs.
“The Aerosmith pinball machines are an ideal way to expand the band’s global brand because they provide a unique and fun experience for fans and consumers of all ages,” said Lisa Streff, Executive Vice President, Global Licensing, of Epic Rights.
In addition to the heart pounding music and game experience, the machine features a full-color high-definition display. In conjunction with Stern Pinball’s new SPIKE-2 electronic platform, the display enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations. The game includes a highfidelity 3-channel audio system that is three times more powerful than audio systems of previous generations. Aerosmith Pinball entertains with an amazing array of modern and classic features, making it suitable for all skill levels.
Pricing and Availability:
Aerosmith Pinball is available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.
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We’ll be back with much more on the new Aerosmith game soon here at Pinball News, but in the meantime Stern Pinball have released a preview video showing parts of the gameplay on their Facebook page.