The Pinball Arcade Gets the Go With The Addams Family Kickstarter

The Pinball Arcade recently got the green light after raising the amount of money that was needed through its kickstarter to release The Addams Family. A kickstarter to raise the $97,640 needed for licensing was initiated on September 12, 2014 and will run until October 12, 2014.  At its current moment the kickstarter is at $112,023 beating its amount that was needed initially. It has 3,852 backers with 28 hours to go.

The Addams Family was designed by Pat Lawlor and programmed by Larry Demar through Bally Williams.  It is the highest selling pinball machine of all time. It sold 20,270 units upon its release in March of 1992. I have the actual pinball machine in my collection and really enjoy it.

Here is a blurb from the Pinball Arcade’s Facebook page promoting the kickstarter.

This time we want to digitize the most popular pinball table of all time! This table was released by Williams in 1992 and is unquestionably one of the greatest pinball tables in the history of pinball with over 20,000 units sold (More than any table ever!). It was designed by the legendary Pat Lawlor and Larry DeMar (who also designed Twilight Zone, Banzai Run and Funhouse). This table was integrated more deeply to the movie than any other licensed pinball table of its time. The Addams Family® featured the first ever optical target bank (in the bookcase), and the “Thing Flip” which was the first time a pinball tables flippers could be controlled by the tables CPU. When the “Thing Flip” is active the table can actually make shots for you. Another great feature is “The Power” which causes magnets to dramatically effect the direction of the ball on the playfield. It’s one of our favorite tables ever!

We’ve succeeded in negotiating all of the licenses we’d need to digitize The Addams Family® and bring it to the Pinball Arcade. Unfortunately there are several licenses involved: in addition to the Williams license, we need a license for The Addams Family®, the actor likeness of Raul Julia (Gomez Addams) and Anjelica Huston (Morticia Addams),  on the backglass and play field, and the right to use the actor voiceovers during gameplay. When we add up the costs of each required license and calculate what we’d have to charge for the table, we’ve concluded that The Addams Family® is just not commercially viable. The more we charge for the table the fewer people will be able to buy it- and our goal is to expose as many people as possible to this great table, not just a select few.

Below is the Pinball Arcade’s video of the introduction to The Addams Family kickstarter.

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