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Forbidden Planet - Custom Pinball (in progress)
« on: March 26, 2012, 07:34:51 PM »
Only a few bits of info out there on this one - AFAIK they don't have a website, it is a one off machine and John Trudeau is head of the design team.
http://ipdb.org/search.pl?any=john+trudeau&sortby=date&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick

The design team itself is unique in that they are apparently from multiple continents (US and UK primarily) and each member is working on a specific aspect of the machine.

Here is some  info from one of the members of the team based in the UK:
"Yes the upper playfield is jet bumpers, it also has a lifter mechanism that transports the ball from the lower to upper playfield, not a VUK, a proper lifting mech. You can also drop the ball back down it. Also theres another exit that drops the ball from the top playfield to a subway ramp that exits just in front of the skillshot and feeds the small upper flipper...
It went to the show principally as I was handing it over to the next person in the chain. It's going off to be wired. The underside is fully populated.
You are correct, the ramp does indeed lift up. This is a temporary bit at the moment but when it lifts it will also lift side skirts. The upper clear part of the ramp is not flat but has a slight dish in it to keep the ball on the ramp... "


Yes it has a LCD screen, part of the modes will integrate shooting the ramp with the ball seeming to roll into the screen (it won't, it'll drop onto the top playfield). Sure we will need any pics we can get when it comes to getting it working.
Talking of which it will use all custom hardware (not P-ROC, WPC or any other existing), this is almost complete. I already have the OS written and low level code which runs on a mini itx running linux and is programmed in python (same as P-ROC). I wrote this about 8 years ago for another project. Can't give any more details as another of the team is working on that. It's not secret, I just don't know!


Reading the comments from the member of the design team about an LCD in the backbox and a lifter mechanism to bring the ball from the main to upper level playfield it sounds very familiar.  #@#

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Re: Forbidden Planet pinball (in progress)
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012, 07:44:16 PM »
Very impressive, there are alot of clever people out there.

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Re: Forbidden Planet - Custom Pinball (in progress)
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2012, 08:58:57 PM »
It is amazing how many people are out there doing their own pinball thing! This one looks reasonably well advanced, hopefully they will be able to finish it and show off an interesting title.

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Re: Forbidden Planet - Custom Pinball (in progress)
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 11:43:57 AM »
Looks like there will be more info about the Forbidden Planet project at the upcoming Midwest Gaming Classic this weekend.

Scroll down to the entry under 4pm Saturday in this link:
http://www.midwestgamingclassic.com/at-the-show/panels-presentations/

Let's hope they decide to take this to production, layout looks very innovative and a great old-school sci-fi theme.

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Re: Forbidden Planet - Custom Pinball (in progress)
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 11:57:34 AM »


Very, very interesting game this one - Forbidden Planet is one classic film, surprisingly good special effects for the era, and interesting story (a re-telling of The Tempest). Very early film for Leslie Neilson too - and not a comedy!
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Re: Forbidden Planet - Custom Pinball (in progress)
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2014, 09:13:01 PM »
a few recent photos of this with P3 being used to get it running, cool glass / lowdown with colour changing effect
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Re: Forbidden Planet - Custom Pinball (in progress)
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2014, 09:18:57 PM »
pop up jump ramp

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Re: Forbidden Planet - Custom Pinball (in progress)
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2014, 01:54:52 AM »


Very, very interesting game this one - Forbidden Planet is one classic film, surprisingly good special effects for the era, and interesting story (a re-telling of The Tempest). Very early film for Leslie Neilson too - and not a comedy!

Leslie Neilson was know as a dramatic leading man way before he did any comedy.
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Re: Forbidden Planet - Custom Pinball (in progress)
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2014, 04:38:40 AM »
Footage from the Pinball Expo

« Last Edit: October 12, 2014, 04:44:50 AM by pinsanity »