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Zone the pin
Zone (TZ for short) is widely regarded by pinball collectors as one of the best
machines ever produced and the ultimate in pinball experiences. Much
effort went into designing this pin and its obvious from first glance.
Twilight Zone is a moody and dark
sci-fi/fantasy theme taken directly
original television series. Like the show,
"The Twilight Zone"
features its host,
creator and writer Rod Serling.
This pinball even plays a version of "Twilight Zone" as its main theme music by
Pat Lawlor and designers incorporated a few
extras into TZ from other popular pinball machines they created including
The Adams Family (TAF),
Many of the items on the playfield and artwork can be
directly traced back to one of nostalgic
Its a fun game to watch from the
sheer mechanical aspect. The rule set is deep and difficult.
Twilight Zone has a ton of shots that vary from easy to very difficult.
Pat Lawlor's shot between the pop bumpers is partially hidden by a mini
playfield. You don't see the shot right away but after you
play its really satisfying to make.
Twilight Zone is a wide-body pinball machine with interesting playfield and
numerous toys. The
playfield features a working analog clock, 3 pop-bumpers, 4 flippers, working gumball
machine and mini playfield. Even the plunger has a slight twist. The
pin has a manual skill
shot plunger that will send it to an auto plunger to launch. Twilight Zone
is the first and only pinball machine to use a very light ceramic pinball termed "Powerball"
that plays extremely fast on the playfield. There are 18 game modes and 5
different multi-ball modes such as the famous 6 ball "Lost in the Zone"
multi-ball. If that wasn't enough it also has 2 magnets under the
playfield to catch and re-direct pinball's back at the player. The back
glass also has a dot-matrix display for game status, score and entertaining
animations. Great artwork, incredible sound-effects and fantastic
music all oozes effortlessly together in this machine like giant pinball
Did you know?
When you are awarded a
replay, the three reels on the display spins to spell RE-PL-AY. Watch the left
and center reel, where the cows are. The right reel reads "The Stunt Cows".
To see the animation in slow motion,
Flipper bonus: When you
are awarded a replay on your out hole bonus, press both flippers when the first
reel has stopped. This will give you a 5M flipper bonus.
During Attract mode,
press the following sequence to see the Design Team:
5R, 1L, 1R, 1L, 5R, 1L
DOHO can be seen in the
animation for the Jet Bumpers, look carefully at the radiator grill on the right
car. Scott Slomiany (aka. Scott Matrix) "created" the DOHO and it stands
for Doris Ho, Scott's wife.
Quotes from older Pat
Lawlor pins are heard during "Fast Lock", in reverse chronological order:
The Addams Family: Cousin It blabbing. Hitting lock: Cousin It: "Aaaah!".
Funhouse: "Hey, it's only pinball!". Hitting lock: Rudy: "Gulp...ptooey!".
Whirlwind: "Return to your homes!". Hitting lock: "Do not panic".
Earthshaker: "It's sunny drive time!". Hitting lock: "Ooh, Gimme shelter!".
Banzai Run: "Welcome race fans!". Hitting lock: "Go for the hill!".
Hit The Clock six times
during "Clock Chaos" to hear Rudy from Funhouse: "Quit playin´ with the clock!".