by Tim Ferrante, GameRoom
Magazine July 2001
GAME PLAN PINBALL MACHINES, A Complete Owner's Manual.
By Brady Miller
71p, 16 Schematics, B/W, 8.5" x 11", Comb Bound
I've never owned a pinball machine built by Game Plan. Oh, I had
ample opportunities to buy one. It's just that I was scared sh*tless
to even consider it. They were, well
different. And God forbid
I learn something new. So for many years I shunned them. This wasn't
always true. When Game Plan was in business, I used to play their
games in the arcades along the Jersey shore. I can still see the
brand new Sharp Shooter sitting there, bright red and exciting as
hell (I didn't know that the games designer, Roger Sharpe, was the
lanky feller drawing his weapon on the backglass.)
For the most part though, the Game Plan games were lacking something.
They just weren't a Gottlieb or Bally. Looking back, the company
wasn't around long enough to make any real impact. And they only
built something like 20 games. So here we are, it's 2001 and there's
still thousands of Game Plan machines lurking in warehouses and
collections. And like so many other pinball machines, finding parts
and information can still be a "pain in the ask anyone."
Brady Miller is a Game Plan pinball devotee. His website, www.gameplanpinball.com
is an attractive tribute and information center about this short-lived
amusement company. Brady is a newcomer to the pinball hobby, but
to look at his website and browse his new book, you'd think he's
been around since electromechanicals. With GAME
PLAN PINBALL MACHINES, A Complete Owner's Manual, Brady
has organized and compiled a perfect reference work. He's cleverly
assembled necessary parts identification pages along with 16(!)
fold-out schematics, combining them with troubleshooting tips, switch
settings, parts suppliers and more. In short, if you happen to pick
up a bargain Game Plan Captain Hook and its paper work is gone (very
likely), Brady's manual will get you going pronto. For example,
Game Plan used two MPU types (I didn't know that!): one for their
cocktail games, the other for full size pins. BUT! Did you know
that in some full size pins, the MPU uses DIP switch settings from
the cocktail pins? Me neither.
Brady's manual uses clean source material for its drawings and
has new typesetting throughout the text portions. It's a classy
treatment. Game Plan owners now have a place they can call home.
Visit Brady's site and shoot him an email. He's a good guy and has
handed this hobby a guide that's worthy of workshop libraries.
Buy it now! Click Here