A few weeks ago, some big news came along that Taito was testing out a new head-to-head pinball concept by the name of Space Invaders Pinball Jam. Readers were so interested in this story, that despite being published on the last week of 2018, it skyrocketed to become the #1 post published within the 12 month span.
Having the Space Invaders theme certainly helped – that and Taito had been quiet for so long, so fans of the brand were also happy to see them becoming more active again.
Today, we have another concept in the head-to-head pinball/multiball game that is on test in Japan, something that by one source I heard online, was first seen in Taiwan or China before Space Invaders Pinball Jam (SIPJ), and very similar in the concept. I present to you: Super Panic Ball:
Now before commenting on this with a few more photos, I just wanted to go off on a quick tangent that this is not the first time that such a concept has been done. In fact, arcades can order such a blend between pinball & air hockey for their venues right now by the name of I-Hockey. Brazilian manufacturer Imply has been making them for years and I have had one at my own arcade for over a year now (it’s a decent earner, definitely unique). Perhaps I’ll have to make a video of this one soon.
One of three i-Hockey models, Fire, Ice and Pub.
Anyways, back to Super Panic Ball. The basic design is similar to SIPJ, but this one has a much more attractive marquee. It also takes a page from their Big Bang Hockey/Pac-Man Smash air hockey designs, namely the self-loading container on the side that will reload the foosball/ping pong-like balls back onto the playfield. Users attempt to land as many