Just ahead of the game’s first public appearance at the Houston Arcade Expo this weekend, Deeproot Pinball released studio pictures of their new Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland game.

Deeproot’s Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland(picture: This Week In Pinball / Deeproot Pinball)

In a detailed article on the This Week In Pinball website, pictures of the John Popadiuk-designed game are shown in prototype form. Some elements such as the cabinet shape and cabinet, backbox and translite artwork are not the finished product, while other features such as the display and playfield layout are not expected to change significantly.

The front view of the game(picture: This Week In Pinball / Deeproot Pinball)

The cabinet and backbox look very conventional designs, but might change prior to production which is promised to begin by the end of June 2020.

The colour display is an ultra-wide-aspect panel which gives plenty of space left and right for in-game information but not much height for portrait-shaped objects such as faces, or indeed the game’s logo. Scoring for this ‘retro’ design is kept deliberately low with no trailing zero, but with room for the score to reach just shy of ten million.

The display layout

Speaker grilles are below the panel, not allowing for very large drivers but giving a more integrated look and providing space above for a full-size translite.

The cabinet shown has a very conventional shooter rod, start button and coin door, as well as just a single flipper button on each side.

So far, so traditional.

The playfield too harks back to the glory days of pinball design the mid-to-late ’90s when game designers were always striving to devise ever more imaginative playfield toys.

The Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland playfield

Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland was, of course, originally a Zidware design created by John in his studio in Streamwood, Illinois.

The design has changed significantly since then with much more emphasis on the theme park elements, although there are a few obvious similarities including the Z-O-M-B-I-E inserts, the centre-left ramp, the orbit lanes and the target at the very back of the playfield.

The original Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland Zidware design(picture: Pinball News archives)

The new design packs plenty