Best Place to Play a Mean Pinball 

Lucky Ju Ju Pinball

Ever since you were a young kid, you played the silver ball. However, these days the game seems exceedingly more stimulating but less invigorating. You pull the plunger, the ball barrels down the chute and countless lights go off, alarms ring, characters in the machine dance, a short film plays on the scoreboard, and before the ball hits the flipper for the first time, you've scored 7 billion points. Good for you, you just did nothing. At Lucky Ju Ju Pinball, the emphasis is on the game of pinball, not the flashy lights. With a collection of forty vintage machines, you can lose yourself in the simple clicks and clunks of your childhood. Though they're only open on the weekends, $10 ($5 for kids under twelve) buys you unlimited free play on machines dating back over forty years. The scoreboards range from old-school analog to latter-day solid state, the flippers can be sluggish, the balls are heavy, and it's all wonderful. Doubling as a museum exhibit, each machine gives a glimpse into the progression of the game and puts a mirror up to our society of decades past. Older generations will lose themselves in childhood memories, and the kiddies may learn to appreciate a game based on skill and timing rather than special effects. They may not be as stimulating, but these old machines are certainly more visceral.
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