Gather round, me hearties, for the tale of a legendary pinball table from a faraway land.
Launched with the marketing slogan, ‘The Greatest Pinball Adventure of All Time!’, 'Pirates of the Caribbean' is an action packed table that never disappoints. It was launched by Stern Pinball of Chicago in 1999 and has won plaudits not only for its design, by the renowned Dennis Nordman, but also for Kevin O’Connor’s stunning artwork and its cool sound effects. Thanks to a first class audio system you can really crank up the volume without fear of distortion and be sure of hearing it all the way from the crow’s nest.
Shiver me timbers? It'll shiver your neighbour's timbers too!
The playfield incorporates many fun ‘toys’ such as the sinking pirate ship and treasure chest, and overall it has a great feeling of solidity and quality. The gameplay has also been praised by collectors, who describe it as ‘fast-paced and challenging’. Skilled players will find that four successive hits on the ‘Interceptor’ ship will send it sinking slowly below the playfield - a brilliantly innovative feature that never fails to amuse.
Generally acknowledged to be ‘One of Stern’s finest’, we are proud to offer this booty-full example in mint condition after carrying out a thorough refurbishment at our own workshops. Fire it up and you’ll be greeted with a rallying cry of ‘Yo, ho, ho, it’s a pirate’s life for me!’, which immediatley sets the tone. If you’re looking for derring-do on the high seas and swashbuckling action then look no further.
Allow us to explain how and why we go to such extreme lengths when repairing and restoring vintage games.
Over the years we are fortunate enough to have gathered together a select few individuals whose enthusiasm for jukeboxes, pinball machines and vintage arcade games ensures that they are never less than 100% committed to the task in hand. They quite simply love breathing new life into old circuitry and want to see as many of these classic pieces preserved for future generations as possible.
Not for them the perfunctory checklists and proverbial ‘tyre kicking’ which pass for an inspection at other dealers but instead an unflinching determination to get to grips with the detail. This usually begins with a thorough strip down of the machine and a forensic examination of the internal workings. They’ll be aware of the particular quirks and foibles of any given piece and instead of just replacing failed parts they’ll always go the extra mile, swapping out components which are likely to fail in the near future.
An obvious comparison would be between a classic car which remains on show in a garage and one that you can actually enjoy driving.
Rare though many of these machines are, rarer still are the examples which have been properly restored or can truthfully be said to be in full working order. It goes without saying that when unrestored machines come up for sale online or at auction, they’ll often be priced rather lower than the machines sold by The Games Room Company, and the point we wish to get across above all others is that there’s a reason for this.
In this business The Games Room Company’s reputation is second to none, and as it’s been hard won over the years it’s something we never take for granted. Every machine that goes off to a customer, be they corporate or private, is a potential advertisement for the business and if we didn’t do our job properly then we wouldn’t have the high number of loyal, returning customers that we do.
We’re justly proud of our One Year Parts and Labour Warranty, which extends to on-site visits so if your machine does require some attention, you won’t necessarily have to endure the pain of separation.
We’ve always recognised that with specialised products such as these the after sales service is just as important as the initial sale. It takes a long time to build a reputation and over the years our commitment has won us not just the loyalty of our clients but also the trust of the last remaining American Jukebox manufacturer, Rockola, who in 2014 appointed us as their Exclusive British dealer.
The Games Room Company is one of the oldest pinball dealers in the country. Our founder, Reginald Waldersmith, played his first pinball game in 1960, and described it without irony as being “flipping excellent”. We’ve been selling pinball machines since 1962, so know a thing or two about our products! Our showroom will gladly assist you on any questions you may have before or after you purchase any Games Room Company equipment.