Spidey in my basement

It finally arrived this week:

Spiderman 3 Pinball by SternCall me old-fashioned, but I've always been a pinball aficionado. In 1997 it almost looked like the last pinball companies woul disappear, but fortunately we've seen a bit of a rebirth lately with Stern Pinball in the US and the Pinball Factory in Australia reviving Bally and Williams machines.

And I was very excited when I learned about this Spiderman pinball game earlier this year, as Stern has added some very exciting features - chief among them the Fusion Malfunction (a magnetic lock right in front of Doc Ock).

I first got to play the game this summer at Canobie Lake Park, and our entire family immediately became fans.

It's not just Doc Ock - there is Sandman, the Green Goblin, Venom, plenty of ramps for skill shots and combos, and some nicely-done audio effects that complement the game.

Here it is directly quoted from the Stern Pinball website:

"This Stern Pinball Machine, SPIDER-MAN™, was designed by Steve Ritchie, Lyman Sheats, and the engineering staff at Stern Pinball, the pinball machine takes Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 and puts them all into one fast-paced pinball machine that will excite both operators and homeowners.
In the SPIDER-MAN™ pinball machine, you are Spider-Man™. Your goal is to defeat the villains from all three movies: Green Goblin from Spider-Man, Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2, and Sandman and Venom from Spider-Man 3. There are detailed, vibrant toys of each of the four villains on the playfield with an associated shot. Defeat all four villains and experience Battle Royale!

What can I say... this game simply rocks:

Current high-score in our house is 128,626,000 (held by my wife, Nora).