The thing about Jaws It is one of the best films ever made. So when someone decides to make a big table that doesn’t Jaws things out loud and repeatedly, I totally agree.
Fortunately, that is exactly what pinball machine manufacturer Stern offers us. The latest license from the people behind Jurassic Park and godzilla and countless other pinball classics It was announced last week and was available to play hands-on at CES 2024.
After a short hands-on session, my verdict is that Jaws is still great, and anything that reminds us of the greatness of Jaws It’s also great.
It’s a pinball shark, there has to be a twist.
I have to make something clear from the beginning: I am more of a Jaws boy than a pinball boy. I’ll indulge in a game or two at a bar every blue moon, but video games are more my bag.
That is why it is difficult for me to critically evaluate Jaws like a pinball game. My time with it was brief and took place in a cacophonous showroom where learning the mechanics involved was nearly impossible. It has all kinds of fins, spinners, ramps and other things that make pinball fun. That’s what I can tell you.
I can also tell you that the shark emerges from the top of the playing field to wreak havoc, and that’s pretty cool. This happened often enough to be funny, but not so often that he grew old.
There’s a lot going on here.
Perhaps most importantly, the Jaws side of Jaws It is respectful of the original. John Williams’ iconic score is included, as well as beautiful portraits of Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss. In fact, they also got Dreyfuss to record a new voiceover for the game, although I couldn’t exactly hear it. Did I mention the CES show floor is loud?
Still, the playing field is immensely fun to watch. Quint’s ship, the Orca, is included, as are references to the film’s Fourth of July setting and several types of sharks for all the fin-heads out there. It’s a delight.
Now the bad news: Jaws It costs a lot of money if you really want to own it. It starts at $6,999 for the starter edition and goes up to $12,999 for all the amenities (which I’m told are cosmetic in nature and don’t affect gameplay).
I can’t exactly recommend the table at that price, but maybe you have a friend who has a pinball room or a movie fan with space in their garage. Help them kindly and gently get them to buy it. Just don’t yell at the neighbors about it, or you’ll panic.