Unlike previous ‘The Pin’ models such as Heavy Metal, the two Star Wars games and Ultimate Spider-Man which shared a common playfield design with differing artwork and models, Jurassic Park Pin is a new design by Jack Danger who is better known for his Dead Flip pinball streaming channel on Twitch.
Jack has teamed up with software engineer Waison Cheng and mechanical engineer Robert Blakeman to create this new design. Rather unusually, Jurassic Park Pin features the same backbox artwork previously only available on the full-size Limited Edition variant of Jurassic Park, although that top-end game had a mirrored backglass whereas the Jurassic Park Pin‘s artwork is printed on a translite.
The Pin range is not designed to be operated and thus doesn’t have any coin mechanism on the front door. It also moves the start button onto the lock bar to make it more obvious.
The playfield includes two metal ramps with wireform returns, three drop targets, two spinners, a Raptor pen, a captive ball and a ball-spitting T-Rex model.
The main toy in the game is the T-Rex which has a 3-bank of drop targets in front, a shot beneath and it can hold the ball in its mouth.
The left ramp includes a gap which has to be jumped, otherwise the ball drops into the top D-N-A rollover lanes.
Stern have produced a flyer for distributors to use to help promote the game.
Jurassic Park Pin is priced at $4,599 which is $1,600 less than the equivalent Pro model of the same title (or $1,900 less compared to a Pro with the Insider Connected QR code reader installed). To achieve the lower price there are some alterations to the game’s construction, including making the playfield and bolted-together cabinet out of MDF rather than plywood, having fewer mechanisms and flippers, making the pop bumpers operate as one rather than having individual control, and making the LCD panel in the backbox significantly smaller.
With an MDF playfield, some of the targets have to be mounted from the top-side rather than screwing into the underside.
As the game is not intended to be operated, there is no space for a pricing card on the bottom apron. Instead, we find the rules for the game. Most ‘Pin’ models have rather simple rules, but it looks like Jurassic Park Pin has a rather deeper ruleset.
The game is planned to go into production in November in time Christmas or holiday season deliveries to customers.
Here’s how Stern Pinball announced their new Jurassic Park Pin:
|CHICAGO, IL – October 12, 2021 – Stern Pinball, Inc., announces the availability of Jurassic Park Pin, a new stylish, affordable, and fun pinball machine designed and engineered for the home.|
Jurassic Park Pin immerses players in a pinball journey 65 million years in the making. Based on the blockbuster film Jurassic Park from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, the Jurassic Park Pin experience will transport players to Isla Nublar, an amusement park where escaped dinosaurs are running amok! With the volcano on the island erupting and threatening to destroy everything in its path, it is the player’s mission to rescue park staff, evacuate and recapture dinosaurs, and escape before it’s too late! Players will experience heart-pounding excitement right from the start in this action-packed pinball adventure filled with suspense, twists, and turns around every flip.
Jurassic Park Pin brings to life the most fearsome predator ever to walk the earth with an interactive, custom sculpted T. rex. Players will battle against the Spinosaurus by bashing a captive ball and corral Raptors in their enclosed pen with precision shooting. Fast flowing metal ramps, lightning quick spinners, and kinetically satisfying physical drop targets will provide players with an adrenalized game experience packed with unmatched action and fun. The all-LED playfield lighting provides dazzling light shows in sync with the iconic Jurassic Park theme music to create an immersive pinball experience.
The easy-to-setup Jurassic Park Pin is affordable, reliable, built to last, and engineered with genuine Stern commercial-quality parts. The playfield is housed in a stylish cabinet with dynamic, high definition, hand-drawn artwork. Complementing the iconic theme and exciting gameplay, Stern Pinball’s powerful SPIKE electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations on the LCD display. SPIKE also reduces system complexity and energy usage, resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing.
“Jurassic Park is an iconic film featuring something we all love…dinosaurs! The Jurassic Park Pin is designed to provide quality family entertainment and bring pinball fun to homes everywhere,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “This game will be an incredible addition to any home!”
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There is also a promotional video available:
There is also a longer video which explains the game’s rules:
Finally, game designer Jack Danger will be streaming gameplay from the Jurassic Park Pin on Friday 16th October at 6pm US Central Time on his Dead Flip Twitch account.