The Heat Is On!
is a Physical Pinball Table
designed by John Trudeau
with art by Larry Day. It was released by Premier
The game itself is a blatant attempt to invoke Miami Vice
; the backbox translite features a white-suited Crockett wannabe posing next to a red Corvette with two bikini-clad women, underneath the "Hollywood Heat" logo done in the Vice
typeface. The table itself is more interesting, with a translucent red spiral and a miniature playfield nestled among neon flamingos, palm trees, and pastel-colored eighties pop art. A set of chutes sends the ball in various unorthodox directions, while the "Hot Shots" jump ramp allows players to quickly return to the upper mini-playfield.
As with other Premier pinballs of the period, the rules are not overly complex, making it suited for intermediate players looking for a fun, straightforward game. It's considered an overlooked jewel by those who managed to get past the silly theme
, and is regarded as one of Premier's better games. Steve Ritchie
has called it one of his favorite games of all time.
Hollywood Heat demonstrates the following tropes: