- Projects video onto the playing surface - ball interacts with video.
- There are other great points like the pivot-buttons around the regular flipper buttons, the neon light saber, etc... but the video is the main thing. It is impressive, it is a whole new way to play pinball. This should have been the future of pinball.
What went wrong:
- It had too much Jar Jar Binks.
- The pinball developers were not allowed to see the entire movie while they were working on designing the machine...I think the whole picture would have led them to better designs.
- It was a rushed production on a new platform...this led to a quick design that doesn't have as many shots as a well planned pin.
- Die hard Pinball Fans are resistant to change and hated the new system before it even came out (let alone have played it).
- Due to production issues (and Lucas dictations that it could not in any way come out before the movie), the pinball came out a little over a month after the movie hit the theaters...by that time all the publicity had died down and a lot of people didn't like the movie.
- Short sightedness by the company. Williams should have given Pinball 2000 a couple years to develop and mature before cancelling (but the lure of slot machines was too strong).
It is an impressive machine. You can get a taste of what could have been...but you are left hungry for what never happened. It is an easier game than some of my others so beginners like it quite a bit. I often get the following comments - "This is so cool. I've never seen one like this" or "How come they didn't make any more?"
P2K - I mourn our loss of you. You are one of my favorite things.