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Lyons Classic Pinball – A Walk Through Pinball History

In a gaming world overtaken by Play Stations, Xbox 360s, and the Wii console, the game of pinball may seem like a game of the past.  Unfortunately, it is very rare to find a pinball game in an arcade or entertainment establishment that carries new electronic videogames.  Because pinball machines are expensive to purchase and meant to be played by people over five feet tall, they don’t really top the list of popularity with the children, and nowadays are mostly found in dive bars and bowling alleys. 

 

So what is a pinball fanatic to do?  Well, that is exactly the question that Colorado couple Kevin and Carole Carroll asked themselves.  As self-proclaimed incurable pinball machine collectors, their answer was to build a business surrounding their passion to play pinball.  So the Carrolls opened Lyons Classic Pinball, and for the past eight years they have shared their collection of new and vintage pinball machines with the public. 

 

Thanks to the Carroll’s family owned and operated business, Lyons Classic Pinball is currently the largest public collection of pinball games in the state of Colorado.  This way-cool establishment is now a place where pinball fans from generations past have found a game haven, and new fans have found a place to walk through a piece of pinball history.  Each of their 37 machines has a framed description above it giving all the details of its history, and with games dating from the 1960s to the 2000s; there is something for everyone at Lyons Classic Pinball.

 

Colorado Pinball Machines

When you walk into Lyons Classic Pinball, you will quickly notice a two-player pinball game called Joust.  This game is great if you are with a competitive friend, and truly a rare find in the pinball world.  Joust is almost like the pinball version of air hockey, but with multiple metal balls going back and forth at all times.  It’s a real rush trying to both block your opponents balls from entering your goal zone, and shooting balls across to their goal zone with your flippers.  

 

The Hercules, which is another fun and rare pinball game, was built in 1979 and is located in the back room of Lyons Classic Pinball.  The Hercules truly lives up to its name!  It is in fact the largest production pinball game ever built.  With a billiard ball for the “pinball” this machine is a bit slower than a regular pinball game, but totally worth the experience. 

 

Besides Joust and the Hercules, the Carroll’s collection of more conventional pinball games is so extensive that even people who have never stepped up to pinball machine would be hard pressed not to drop in a few quarters and pull the plunger.  With games based upon music, movies, movie stars, sports, and comic books, there is certainly something that will catch your attention and beg to be played. 

 

During your first visit, just mention it’s your first time and Kevin Carroll will set you up with four free games on any machine of your choice. If he has the time, he may even give you a lesson on that game, which can make all the difference when learning how to navigate a pinball game. 

 

It’s clear to see that since the 1930s, pinball has stood the test of time and continues to be source of entertainment for even the most accomplished and sophisticated gamer.  If you are looking for a fun way to spend an evening with your friends, then head on over to Lyons Classic Pinball.  They are open Thursday through Sunday in the late afternoon and evenings, and offer a clean, smoke-free environment with vending machines and a public restroom.  For one set price, you can also reserve the facility for birthday or corporate parties.  Lyons Classic Pinball – Come Play!

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