Last week while in Las Vegas for a conference I was fortunate enough to spend some time at the 'Pinball Hall of Fame'. While the exterior may not be as glamorous as the casinos on the strip (see below), the interior was fantastic - 10,000 sqft of pinball!
They have a great mix of very early and very recent games, almost all in working order. Better yet, all machines take good ol' quarters! And best, the proceeds benefit charity! From their website:
The Pinball Hall of Fame is an attempt by the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club to house and display the world's largest pinball collection, open to the public. A not-for-profit corporation was established to further this cause. And since it's a non-profit, excess revenues go to non-denominational charities.
Check out their game list here. I think we were there for about 2 hours and didn't even go through $20 in quarters. That's cheaper than most of the buffets! Although they didn't have my favorite game (World Cup Soccer for those keeping score at home), I had a blast.
One game of note was Orbital 1 (video below) - with a curved field and spinning bumpers that results in a constantly spinning/curving ball. It's unlike any I've played before, and it has a robot voice.
If you find yourself in Vegas, be sure to take a trip off the strip to the Pinball Hall of Fame. I highly recommend it!