Build a kick-ass flash pinball game in 20 easy steps

Last summer I was commissioned by Tequila/Agency to build a hyper-realistic pinball game, to fit in their launch campaign for the new Nissan Juke. A small SUV city car.

You can see the result on this link http://slightlyoverdone.be/jukeballdemo/.
As cool as the end result looks, by my humble opinion, the process of getting here is even cooler (and it’s not even completely finished). Below you can see a small collection of images documenting the production process.

20 easy steps to build an online pinball game

Step 1: Find a really cool vintage pinball machine

Step 2: Get lots of technical info on pinball machines
Step 3: Get your pinball machine to a studio (and find a hammer)
Step 4: Check out inner workings for fire-hazards
Step 5: Clean dirty parts for better electric contacts
Step 6: Learn to trust your pinball machine
Step 7: Disassemble upper parts, and document every part
Step 8: Further disassembly until every part is removed from the playing field
Step 9: Get tracing paper and trace positions of different parts on the playing field
Step 10: Make cardboard versions of upper parts
Step 11: Make paper template of playingfield
Step 12: Make vector version of template
Step 13: Marvelous design by An Gielens from Agency/Tequila based on this template
Step 14: Get some lighting in your studio
Step 15: place a blue key on the playing field
Step 16: place a greenkey on upper parts
Step 17: make some close up shots of the ball interacting with the machine
Step 18: fit a print of the real design on the machine
Step 19: Shoot your pinball machine, and place the design on the blue- and greenkeys. Get a book on Actionscript 3 and make a flash version of the machine.
Step 20: Finally ask the development guys from Agency and Tequila Belgium to build a kick ass interface and website around the game.

Go play this game here: http://slightlyoverdone.be/jukeballdemo/

I know what I did last summer 🙂
Design and Concept by Tequila/Agency Belgium
Campaign made for launch of Nissan Juke in September 2010

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