Friday, March 16, 2012

PINBALLZ in Austin, TX

My friend Liz Prince sent me this awesome cell-phone photo of a playfield hanging on the wall of PINBALLZ in Austin, Texas.  

I had never heard of the place, and when I asked Liz about it, she replied:
It's an amazing arcade in Austin that might have more machines than funspot (definitely more of the awesome ones).  I was there again last night and I was thinking that this is probably a pinball destination that'd be worth traveling to for you. All of the games I played we're in excellent condition, etc.
It definitely sounds like my kind of place!  I'll have to check it out if I'm ever in Austin.  It's Spring Break this week at CCS so I'm heading out on the road for a few days.  As ever, I'll keep my eyes peeled for pinball machines out in the wild, and I'll report my findings here when I get back!


  1. Sorcerer is a super fun machine. It's sort of one-dimension (lock balls, start multiball, light spinner, melt spinner), but it's REALLY hard to pull off. It's one of those games where you get obscenely close to pulling off a good game nearly every ball.

    And yeah, I want to visit that arcade. It sounds rad. We just added austin to the pinball map!

  2. I googled this place and it has, like, a hundred machines! When's the next flight to Texas!?!

  3. If you take Pinside Pinball's word for it, Pinballz houses 48 of the 50 best pinball machines ever made. and 92 of the top 100. While some have their issues (maintaining them all seems like a Herculean task, or maybe Sisyphus is closer), there's so many to choose from. Sometimes it can feel a little too family friendy, but I'm still up there at least once a week.

  4. Sounds awesome, Sven. I'll definitely have to check it out next time I am in Austin!

  5. I'm picking up a Sorcerer on Wednesday!!!