this app you have knowledge about every pinball machines ever manufactured in the palm of your hand. You can look up pinball machines, get fun facts, playing tips, write your personal reviews as well as rate the pinball and register your personal high scores.
The Dutch pinball players Gerard Vos and Richard van Zijll de Jong are
launching a Kickstarter to raise money for their pinball app. They launched the Kickstarter at the Dutch Pinball Open, the crowdfunding will continue untill December 31st.
The Kickstart-contributors are rewarded with cool presents for their support. Depending on the pledged amount, the contributors will receive cool pinball photographs, a t-shirts, or a signed “Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Mellons” translite or even a signed Harlem Globetrotters backglass.
How did you get the idea for the Pinball Assistant?
Richard: “Gerard and I are always playing pinball against each other. We keep
scores, review pinballs and talk about strategies. We often try to find information about the played pinball machines. We noticed that good information is hard to find. It’s often incomplete, incorrect or it’s so extensive that it’s boring. With The Pinball Assistant we want to make an app that’s fast, practical and easy to use. We want to make a product that all pinball players will like.”
But there’s more to the story...
Gerard: “Yes, we also want to make sure that the pinball heritage is preserved. During the fifties and sixties the most beautiful machines were made. It is a terrible shame if information about those machines gets lost or will be stacked away to never be seen again. With our publishing background in mind we thought that it was time to do something about it.”
You’re asking for 17.000 US dollars. What will you use it for?
Richard: “We are planning to use the kickstarter-money for the technical development of the app. We not only have a huge database we want to share but we want to develop a good interactive component as well. We also need the money for getting the app in the stores and to inform the world about our app. The more money we raise, the more extras we are able to put in, our ideas are endless.”
Gerard: “But we also think it’s important to bring future players in contact with pinball. Therefore we will start in February 2016 providing opportunities for kids to play pinball in competitions in the Dutch Pinball Museum in Rotterdam and at the Dutch Pinball Association in Veenendaal. We would like to organize such an event a few times a year in other countries as well, depending on the success of the Pinball Assistant, of course.”
How can the pinball fans help?
Richard: “By backing our kickstarter-project. If you check out the link https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thepinballassistant/the-pinball-assistant
you can read all about our project The Pinball Assistant – Your PA to pinball.”