Stern Pinball announces a new range of pinball games featuring JAWS.
Regarded by many as the first official blockbuster film, Steven Spielberg’s JAWS swam into theatres on June 20th, 1975 starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw as a trio on the hunt for a deadly shark terrorizing beachgoers on the Fourth of July. Spawning three less-than-stellar sequels, a popular amusement park ride, and serving as the inspiration for a tidal wave’s worth of imitators, the movie was inducted into the ranks of the National Film Registry in 2001 and continues to be lauded as one of the most influential motion pictures in history.
Stern’s new trio of tables allows players to experience the JAWS movies as never before thanks to new mechanical features and state-of-the-art technology. Available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models, each table encompasses all the thrills and chills of Universal’s timeless film franchise.
JAWS transports players to fictional Amity Island, a small fishing community and popular summer vacation spot threatened by a killer shark. In the JAWS pinball games, players grab their harpoons and assume the roles of Brody, Hooper, and Quint as they attempt to save the island’s residents and the Fourth of July weekend. As one of the grizzled fishermen, you’ll battle the most dangerous ocean creatures on the planet. Feel the tension mount as you fire pinballs at the motorized shark fin swimming across the playfield. Navigate the Orca boat and activate the radio stand-up target to call for help. Witness blood in the water and watch as a custom-sculpted great white shark comes crashing right through the bottom of a fishing boat. Will you survive the hunt?
Adding to the experience, Stern’s innovative JAWS pinball games feature unique layouts and immersive film and audio assets integrated into the action. In addition to movie clips and the iconic film score of John Williams, each game also features custom speech by actor Richard Dreyfuss, who famously portrayed oceanographer Matt Hooper in the original Spielberg blockbuster.
“Honoring one of the greatest movie franchises of all time, we’re giving JAWS our most advanced software and hardware to date,” said Seth Davis, President & CEO of Stern Pinball, “We can’t wait to debut JAWS Pinball’s heart-pounding gameplay to the world!”
Each pinball game also includes Stern’s award-winning Insider Connected system, which allows players to interact both with the game and a global network of players in multiple ways. Players can not only track their progress and hunt achievements, but also take part in special quests and work on their lifetime bounty hunter rank. The app, available for iOS and Android, also provides a special operator-focused toolset with everything from automatic code updates to remote diagnostics for easy maintenance and upkeep.
As a bonus, those who purchase the highly collectible Limited Edition table will be treated to a host of extra features:
- A full-colour mirrored backglass based on the iconic JAWS movie poster by renowned artist Roger Kastel
- Full-colour reflective foil high-definition cabinet decal with hand-drawn artwork by Michael Barnard
- Exclusive custom “Great White” powder-coated pinball armour
- Speaker Expression Lighting with JAWS-themed game effects (sonar, water, blood in the water, and more)
- A custom designer-autographed bottom arch and exclusive inside art blades
- Upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, and shaker motor
- A sequentially numbered plaque
- Certificate of Authenticity signed by Stern President and CEO Seth Davis and Chairman and Founder Gary Stern
Available for purchase through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers worldwide, the JAWS Pro Edition pinball machine is priced at $6,999 USD, the Premium Edition costs $9,699 USD, and the 1,000-piece Limited Edition version — complete with all the bells and whistles — will set you back $12,999 USD. Fortunately, Quint’s $10,000 bounty on the shark should help cover most of that!