Stern Pinball, Inc. and Marvel debut an all-new line of pinball games featuring one of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex, and iconic characters, Venom – who’s ready to wreak havoc.
Venom, an alien symbiote that bonds with various hosts, including former Spider-Man antagonist Eddie Brock, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man comic book series in the ’80s. The symbiote gives its host superhuman strength and agility, providing creative and versatile powers out of its material. With its unique and visually striking appearance, Venom quickly became one of Marvel’s most recognizable and popular characters. Venom has inspired numerous products, including action figures, apparel, collectibles, and pinball – cementing its continual influence on popular culture in game rooms and entertainment locations worldwide.
Stern’s Venom pinball games will immerse players into the mayhem of this antihero’s Marvel Universe, featuring more than 20 characters, including Eddie Brock, Flash Thompson, Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker, Black Suit Spider-Man, Miles Morales, Riot, Agony, Lasher, Phage, Doppelganger, Venomized Hulk, Venomized Wolverine, and Venomized Captain America. Venom’s arch-enemy Carnage collects Codices to awaken Knull, the God of the symbiotes. Venom must stop Carnage by battling through his army of symbiotes and the Infected to prevent him from taking over the world.
Playing as Venom, gamers will select a host to bond with at the start of each game, altering the gaming experience physically and digitally. Vertical pinball lock symbiote containment vessels on both sides of the playfield lock and quickly release balls for constant frenetic action as players explore shots through the mechanically changing Agro-Lab and Life Foundation pathways. Players will bash an interactive, custom-sculpted Carnage captive ball back into Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane. A surprise Doppelganger attack can also swing into action at a moment’s notice, unveiling three uplift targets wreaking chaos.
Canvassing the Venom pinball game experience is a collection of hand-drawn comic book-style artwork by renowned artist Jeremy Packer (AKA Zombie Yeti). Depending on which host you choose, players will hear a variety of different styles of music throughout gameplay, including over a dozen music tracks from GRAMMY Award-winning musician Mark Tremonti.
Venom pinball games include Stern’s award-winning Insider Connected™ system, which enables players to interact with the game and a global network of players in various ways. Through Insider Connected, players can save their game progress through connectivity persistence, allowing anyone to become an (anti)hero as you advance through the game to reach the final wizard mode at the end, no matter how many tries it might take.