Stern Pinball, Inc. and Marvel proudly unveil a groundbreaking line of pinball games showcasing one of Marvel’s most mysterious, intricate, and iconic characters – Venom, ready to unleash havoc.
Debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man comic series in the ’80s, Venom, an alien symbiote with a penchant for bonding with various hosts, including the infamous Eddie Brock, grants its host superhuman strength and agility. Venom’s visually striking appearance propelled it to the forefront of Marvel’s most recognizable and beloved characters, inspiring a myriad of products from action figures and apparel to collectibles. Now, Venom takes center stage in the world of pinball, solidifying its enduring influence in game rooms and entertainment venues globally.
Stern’s Venom pinball games thrust players into the chaos of this antihero’s Marvel Universe, featuring a diverse cast of over 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. The storyline unfolds as Venom’s arch-enemy, Carnage, collects Codices to awaken Knull, the God of the symbiotes. Players assume the role of Venom, battling through symbiotes and the Infected to prevent Carnage from seizing control of the world.
Playing as Venom adds a unique twist, as gamers choose a host at the beginning of each game, altering the entire gaming experience physically and digitally. Vertical pinball lock symbiote containment vessels on both sides of the playfield add to the frenzy, quickly releasing balls for constant action. The mechanically changing Agro-Lab and Life Foundation pathways provide dynamic shot exploration. Players can bash an interactive, custom-sculpted Carnage captive ball back into Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane, and brace for surprise Doppelganger attacks with three uplift targets wreaking chaos.
Elevating the Venom pinball experience is a collection of hand-drawn comic book-style artwork by renowned artist Jeremy Packer, AKA Zombie Yeti. The choice of host influences the in-game music, with over a dozen tracks from GRAMMY Award-winning musician Mark Tremonti.
Venom pinball games feature Stern’s award-winning Insider Connected™ system, allowing players to interact with the game and a global player network. Through Insider Connected, players can save their game progress, persistently advancing through the game to reach the final wizard mode, regardless of the number of attempts.
For collectors, a limited edition of 1,000 games worldwide is available, featuring a Venom vs. Carnage inspired full-color mirrored backglass, high-definition reflective foil decal cabinet artwork, custom Venom-inspired “goo” powder-coated pinball armor, autographed bottom arch, inside art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Stern President & CEO Seth Davis.
“Collaborating with Marvel has given us an opportunity to create this truly unique, engaging, and dynamic pinball experience inspired by Venom,” said Seth Davis, President & CEO, Stern Pinball. “The artwork and animations pop. The music rocks. And we can’t wait for fans to sink their teeth into this game-changing pinball experience and get connected today.