Pinball: The Avengers (Stern)
For Zen Studios' digital pinball "The Avengers," click here.The Avengers is a Physical Pinball Table designed by George Gomez and released by Stern Pinball in 2012. Based on the blockbuster movie, the game requires the player to recruit the six members of the team, test their mettle against each other, then lead them to victory against the Asgardian trickster Loki in a Battle for the Earth. Use the Tesseract to build up cosmic power and raise your score, but watch out for the Hulk, as his short temper and flailing fists make things rather unpredictable.The pinball table was released in four different variations, including a Premium Edition with expanded rules and an all-green "Hulk" edition.In 2013, Stern Pinball produced a home version of this pinball, the second in their line of "The Pin" consumer tables. As a redecorated version of Transformers: The Pin, The Avengers: The Pin is an In Name Only version of The Avengers that shares only the original's theme and artwork.
The various Stern Avengers pinballs demonstrate the following tropes:
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: "Assault on the Helicarrier"
- Big Damn Heroes: As seen on the backbox art.
- Boss Rush: "Assault on the Helicarrier", which requires making each of the heroes' shots again, in order, twice.
- Cosmic Keystone: The Tesseract. Spinning it spells COSMIC and enables the Super Jackpot.
- Gotta Catch Them All: The player must recruit all six Avengers to reach the first Wizard Mode.
- In Name Only: The Avengers: The Pin, which has only a superficial resemblance to the original. It supports only one or two players, removes the dot-matrix display and sound effects, and has a completely different playfield layout from the arcade game.
- Shoddy Knockoff Product: The Avengers: The Pin is seen by many as this.
- Interface Screw: Bad enough that some of the ramps block the view of the playfield lights, but it's worse that the HULK lights aren't even aligned with their targets.
- Level Grinding: Required to recruit some of the Avengers. The Black Widow is arguably the worst, as you need to spell out B-L-A-C-K-W-I-D-O-W repeatedly to progress through the game.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Recruiting the Avengers isn't enough; you have to pit them against each other in a two-ball multiball mode before the final Wizard Mode is available.
- Licensed Pinball Table
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition
- Match Sequence: The Hulk (offscreen) smashes the number onto some surface.
- Off Model: The characters on the animated display only bear a passing resemblance to their movie counterparts.
- One-Man Army: Captain America, as seen in his animation.
- Skill Shot
- Spelling Bonus: Several, mostly for character names — THOR, LOKI, HULK, HAWKEYE, IRONMAN, and BLACKWIDOW.
- Unstoppable Rage: The Hulk, who flails his fists and grabs pinballs during the game.
- Premium editions of the game even include a "Ramp Throwing" action where the Hulk throws the Black Widow ramp before starting multiball.
- Wizard Mode: The Avengers features two:
- "Assault on the Helicarrier" is the sub-Wizard Mode, enabled when all six Avengers have been recruited into the team. Make each heroes' shot twice, in order, then shoot the Loki lock to collect.
- "Battle for Earth" is the main Wizard Mode, and is only available after all the Avengers have been pitted against each other. It's a four-ball multiball mode, requiring four shots for each hero before the balls drain.