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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.2, February 2009, Posted On: 2/16/2009

Stern Unveils Pinball Game Themed To Fox’s 24 Series

Nick Montano

New from Stern Pinball is 24, a game based on the Fox Network’s hit espionage drama of the same name. It begins shipping in February.

Designed by Steve Ritchie and Stern’s engineering team, 24 has been crafted to excite both operators and homeowners, the pinball machine maker reported. The new game incorporates action and storyline elements from the television show, which is now in its seventh season.  It airs Mondays at 9 p.m. (Eastern) on Fox.

The 24 playfield is enlivened by a “suitcase” that holds and releases pinballs for multi-ball play; a Sniper House that opens to reveal a bullet-spraying terrorist; a so-called “safe house” that explodes when the player shoots a ball into it; and several single-Sniper drop targets that can both obscure and free up playfield shots.

The game features original speech by heroes Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Pinball Hall of Fame artist Kevin O’Connor created the artwork, and Ken Hale did the sound. 

Stern Pinball principal Gary Stern observed that “‘24’ is the hottest show on television right now, and our game lives up to its reputation. [24 the pinball machine] is both challenging to the expert player and easy to understand by the casual player. We are very proud of this game.”

The new piece is available from Stern Pinball distributors and retailers nationwide. Information may be had by calling Jolly Backer at (708) 786-7039 or Shelley Sax, (708) 786-7030, or by emailing to jolly.backer@sternpinball.com or shelley.sax@sternpinball.com.

Fox’s “24” television show is described and celebrated online at fox.com/24. Stern’s latest pinball machine closely follows another based on different TV crime drama. Stern’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation pinball machine – which adapts the original TV series of the same name, which airs on CBS and holds the No. 1 spot on U.S. television based on viewership – was released late last year.

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