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TIP Pinball machine for cafe

Discussion in 'Projects & Mods' started by Strongsoul, Dec 23, 2019.

  1. Strongsoul

    Strongsoul New Member

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    Hello to everyone. I'm newbie here and I need your advice.
    Recently I got a small cafe and I want to make game zone there with darts and pinball machine, maybe I'll also place a foosball table there(who knows). Btw, I don't know which option is the best for me.
    I'm choosing between Stern Pinball Star Trek and Stern Pinball The Beatles.
    I don't think they are really different, except their design.
    Anyway, I decided to spend a good sum of money for this machine, so, I don't have any strickt limits.
    Any advice are welcomed.
     
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  2. Strongsoul

    Strongsoul New Member

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    Ohh, I forgot to mention Stern Pinball Deadpool, I like its design so much.
    It's a little expensive, anyway, but I think it may worth it.
     
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  3. BMHouze

    BMHouze Active Member

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    Deadpool may have the best re-sale down the road.
    Star Trek is probably your second best bet for retaining value.
    Beatles is not a machine that gets much love or chat. My concern is that it is a dog title. It's like you have to be pre 1964 to get why the targets are marked that way. Stay away from this title (my opinion).
    At the end of the day with a Stern if you want some value later you better buy above the base (pro) model.
    Otherwise, wait a few months and catch one on the downswing.
    Look at games to extend stay, not get them in the door.
     
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    mcuzz Active Member

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    If you are only getting one machine, theme will be the most important thing to keep the people playing. I would avoid Star Trek and Deadpool, they are very niche themes. Jurassic Park or ghostbusters would be better choices because of their wide appeal, just my opinion.
    Mike
     
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    BMHouze Active Member

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    Could even go with a nice B stern.
    Elvis is a gem for replayability vs cost.

    Plenty of titles, match the decor.
     
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    eh97ac Active Member

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    Go with crowd favs. Deep rules sets and theme of the day do not make money. I just saw an operator thread on Pinside, biggest earners are Simpsons (DE and STERN) and Super Mario Bros.
     
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    AC/DC is a fun game as well, if this fits in with the cafe's theme. They are priced pretty reasonable if you buy it used.
     
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    Agreed that the theme is probably the biggest deal. If something fits with the location, then go for that. Jurassic Park is a good choice, and I think Deadpool could do well too. Beatles might be too "retro" for what you're looking for. New Sterns are probably a good bet from a maintenance perspective.
     
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