Medieval Madness Remake @ Pin-a-go-go 2015




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Published on May 16, 2015

Just a quick cameraphone video taken of the "new" PPS Medieval Madness remake pinball machine. The MMR's were being played by the public at the 2015 Pin-A-Go-Go show in Dixon, California on Friday 5/15/15. I have a gold trimmed Limited Edition on order and today was the first day that I had the opportunity to play one of these Remakes and give them a closer (than the internet photos/video) inspection. We placed our $1,000. deposit for our LE MMR back in October of 2013.... I think it was '13.... it's been such a long wait for our machine and the many, many months of the calendar have been turned.

IMO: The units that were on display at the PAGG show had their volumes turned down way too low over the noise of the auditorium and all of the other machines. The black trimmed MMR LE also felt like the power for the flippers could have been raised higher to rocket the balls up the ramps. It was also turned off for around 30 minutes due to some topside playfield part coming off (from what I had overheard). The gold trimmed MMR LE had the right flipper badly misaligned making cradling the ball difficult & generated a real funky feel of its shots due to its misalignment. In the P-A-G-G halls lighting, the gold trim didn't "pop" like I had hoped that it would, but it also wasn't the "baby poop" color as had been described by others a year or so ago. Both of the machines backglass art seemed washed out and not overly vibrant like I would expect from a $8k pinball machine. The led lamps on the playfield had a very "original and dated" warm white feel and appearance. The LCD displays were set to 1 color (as expected) with running the early software and I'm so very much hoping that the full colorization comes super soon. Oh, and the shaker motors were way, way, way to subtle for something that could really enhance the game play. If that was the shakers best, what a freaking fizzle of a dud! (Please, please, please, Planetary Pinball and Chicago Gaming take a lesson on shaker motor integration perfection from Stern's AC/DC LE/Premium works of art. I also did not notice any "screen tearing" as had been reported earlier by others, but I had seldom looked up at the display while playing or while I watched others play some games on them.

Overall, I feel that in a better lit home environment and with some individualized set-up tweaks these Limited Edition Medieval Madness Remakes can be a home run hit. But like the original 1997 Williams MM, only time will tell if it too becomes ~truly legendary~~

In addition to the new black and gold powder coat trimmed Medieval Madness Remake pinball machines making their very 1st appearance at the Dixon, CA PinAGoGo show was the always welcomed sight and products of NIFTY LED's crew. You guys are the b-o-m-b! Thanks for your great products and service. Hope to see you there in 2016!

Steveo's Gameroom


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