"On the night of July 2nd, 1947 a loud crash was heard near Roswell, New Mexico. Remains of an alien spacecraft were recovered, although this was officially denied by the United States Government. Was this craft the advance scout of an impending alien invasion of the Earth? Or was it simply an accident by a group of joyriders after having one too many at the... BIG BANG BAR?
—Attract mode narration
Welcome to the Big Bang Bar
, the rowdiest late-night alien dive in the cosmos! Check your carapice at the door, slither up to a table, and the waitress will be with you shortly. Get your groove on with the techno-thumpin' tunes and strobing neon lights, and feast your eyes on the gorgeous gyrations of the Tube Dancer at center stage. Or you can Tour the Bar, play some Cosmic Dartz, then try to score a drink award with Ray's Ball Busters. For more excitement, stuff the Loopy Martians until they get Looped In Space, fire up the Babescanner and the Lunapalooza, or just wait for a Multibrawl Multiball to break out. Complete all fourteen tasks for a shot at the Big Bang, and see how much you can really
score.Big Bang Bar
was originally created at Capcom Pinball
by Rob Morrison and illustrated by Stan Fukuoka. When players tried the pre-production tables in field tests and the 1996 Pinball Expo, they were immediately buzzing with excitement over its ribald humor, comic artwork, and nonstop action, praising it as Capcom's best table ever. Unfortunately, Capcom closed their pinball division soon afterward, leaving only fourteen prototypes made and relegating the game to the footnotes of history...
...until 2004, when Gene Cunningham of Illinois Pinball Inc. announced that he was buying the rights
from Capcom to produce a "remake". Despite substantial setbacks and cost overruns, the game was eventually delivered by "Pinball Manufacturing Inc." in 2006, with a total production run of 191 tables. While Big Bang Bar
is still hard to find, it shows up regularly at expos and tournaments, attracting new fans with each appearance.
The Big Bang Bar pinball demonstrates the following tropes:
- Adjustable Censorship: The game software supports "Family Mode", where the more suggestive sound clips are deactivated.
- Aerith and Bob: The various patron dropdown targets are labeled with the names of planets in the Solar System — except for Earth, which is "Pythos" instead.
- Alien Hair
- Alliterative Title
- Amazing Technicolor Population: The bar patrons, who tend toward green, blue, and orange skin tones.
- American Accents: The blue-skinned alien waitress speaks with a thick Joisey accent.
- Amusing Injuries: Regularly featured in the animated displays, often with various alien customers suffering the side effects of their drinks.
- Aside Glance/Cool Shades: As seen with the woman on the backglass.
- Bar Brawl: "Multibrawl Multiball".
Customer: "Are you looking for a fight?!"
- Barbie Doll Anatomy/The Faceless: The green-skinned Tube Dancer toy on the playfield has no face nor features, except for a lock of wild purple hair.
- Chick Magnet: The video display for "Get Lucky" shows a four-eyed alien who's suddenly peppered with kisses by various females.
- Cyclops/Extra Eyes: Seen on some of the aliens.
- Double Entendre: Lots, unsurprisingly.
Tube Dancer: "Harder... a little more to the left... a little more to the right... Oooh, that's good!" note
- Fanservice with a Smile: Illustrated by the waitress on the playfield, and invoked with the "Catch the Waitress" mode.
Customer: "Do we gotta catch the waitress or what?"
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: And blue, and orange, and...
- The Hedonist: Invoked by the "Babescanner" mode.
- Horned Humanoid: Ray of "Ray's Ball Busters", who sports a large pair of ram's horns.
- Humanoid Aliens/Plant Aliens/Rubber-Forehead Aliens/Starfish Aliens: The various bar patrons, of course.
- The Immodest Orgasm: The Tube Dancer has some very suggestive moans.
- Match Sequence: A drunken alien barfs up the match number.
- Mobile Fishbowl: One of the patrons is a slug-like alien in a glass bottle of green liquid.
- Ms. Fanservice/People Jars: The Tube Dancers.
- Random Drop: "Get Lucky," which gives a random award.
Tube Dancer: "You just got lucky!"
- Scenery Censor: Bubbles from their green liquid are used to cover up the Tube Dancers on the sides of the backbox and the backglass.
- Shaking the Rump: Done by the Tube Dancer on the playfield.
- Shout-Out: The logo for "Extra Ball" includes the stylized "X" from The X-Files.
- Sickly Green Glow: The predominant color of the game.
- Skill Shot: Shoot the ball into the lit rollover lane. Alternately, soft plunge the ball so it rolls back down to the upper flipper, then shoot the left inner orbit for a Secret Skill Shot.
- Snake People: One of the aliens is a giant serpent with a cartoonish humanoid head.
- Spelling Bonus: B-A-R increases the bonus multiplier, while B-R-A-W-L enables Multibrawl Multiball.
- Take That Player: Drain the ball too soon after launch, and the Tube Dancer dejectedly notes, "Wow, that didn't last long."
- The Place
- Title Drop: Used in the attract mode narration, quoted above.
- Volumetric Mouth: The Loopy Martians, who use their mouths to hold locked pinballs.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The multiball mode "Looped In Space" begins with two aliens barfing out pinballs locked in their mouths.
- Wizard Mode: "Big Bang," which is available after completing all of the game modes and features. This is a timed four-ball multiball mode, where you need to score as much points possible while constantly plunging drained balls back into play.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: "Cosmic Dartz"
Tube Dancer: "C'mon, let's get it on!"