Ars Technica covers Walking Dead

Originally posted at Ars Technica.

TWD-intro-980x550It’s been a little while since we’ve reported on a new pinball at Ars; almost exactly a year ago we covered the release of Star Trek. Now Stern Pinball, one of the last bastions of physical pinball manufacturing, has announced its latest title, themed after AMC’s The Walking Dead, which is of course based on the highly popular black and white comic created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.

The Emmy-award-winning show has a large following—people can’t seem to get enough of zombies these days—and Stern hasn’t disappointed in dishing out walkers and gore for the fans. If you’re a pinhead who’s been waiting for a new horror-themed pin for what feels like ages for your personal game room, your local arcade, or barcade (should you be so lucky—if you’re not sure, check Pinball Map), then you’re going to be in heaven (or hell as the case may be). It’s been a long time since so much blood was scattered on a playfield. We approve!

The Walking Dead pin is designed by John Borg and programmed by Lyman Sheats Jr. (with an assist from Stern programmers Tanio Klyce and Mike Kyzivat). Lyman and Borg are the same team that brought you games like Tron Legacy and Metallica, both excellent, so hope is high for lightning to strike a third time on this one. Lyman is known for deep rule sets with a lot of approaches to strategy, and he typically incorporates well-balanced scoring suitable for tournament play. We’d expect to see this game show up in PAPA tournaments shortly after release.

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