September 8, 2017 5 min to read
Arcade Favorites – DC Comics Super Heroes Coin Pusher
Category : Arcade Favorites
Collect Both Heroes and Villains in the DC Comics Super Heroes Coin Pusher Arcade Game
DC Comics has a long history of great comic book characters that translate very well into a character collecting coin pusher. The DC Comics Super Heroes Coin Pusher Machine has four separate hero and villain themed stations to play on, with a silver age look and design to the characters.
Each station is chock full of design details for fans of DC and/or just the characters themselves. Whether you are longtime comic reader or just a fan of the recent Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman movies and animated series there is something for you to enjoy in the design. Batman’s station is of course partnered with the Joker, and Harley Quinn even finds her way into the cabinet design. Harley is an interesting choice for the silver age style as she is a more modern character, making her debut in the 90’s Batman “The Animated Series”. Which, if you have not seen “The Animated Series” and you are fan of Batman, you really should check it out. It has some of the best Batman stories ever told and shows an understanding of the character better than most of the movies.
DC’s Best Characters are Available to Collect for Bonus Tickets
Batman isn’t the only hero featured – Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Aquaman all have a collectible card in this game. The four themed play sections prominently feature Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and The Flash, while the other heroes are just on the cards. Joining the heroes are the villains – Joker, Lex Luthor, Harley Quinn, Cheetah, The Penguin, Captain Cold and Darkseid. Collecting the hero set at this location will get you 3000 bonus tickets and the villain set will get you 5000 bonus tickets. If you collect both sets, 14 cards total, you’ll get a super ticket bonus. You might find different payouts depending on where you play.
The Gameplay Gives You Less Control Compared to Other Coin Pushers
Unlike the Wizard of Oz, Pirates and Star Trek coin pushers where you control where coins come out on a left and right axis, the DC Comics Super Heroes coin pusher has a fixed coin shoot. They fall in the middle and only the middle. That said though, you do have some control over how many coins drop per play.
When you fire a coin, it doesn’t just roll down the ramp and onto the play field but rather moves the big wheel located above the play field. As you can see in the image above, there are coins set in slots on the left slide of the wheel. When you press the play button one coin will drop down through a set of flippers that constantly move left and right. Depending on how the coin travels through the flippers it’ll then pass through the middle section under Superman and Lex Luthor and whichever token section the coin passes through determines how many coins will roll down the ramp and into the play field. You can get 1-6 tokens per play. The bonus drop at this location drops 6 total tokens at one time. If you fall through the 5 slot it’ll drop 5, same with the 3 slot and 1. The coins then roll down the fixed ramp onto the middle of the play field. Because you cannot change the ramp to the left or the right it makes getting any cards of the edges of the machine much harder to drop.
After doing a few plays you’ll need to learn the timing for both the coin flippers to maximize how many coins you get per play, and the motion of the coin pusher to make sure the coins you drop get the maximum movement per play. The timing is a bit different since you have to allow time for the coin to drop from the wheel above and through a coin number slot. It’s somewhat similar to Plinko as it drops down, only with no pegs to bounce left and right on. The flippers at the top dictate the direction your coin will fall. To get the bonus coins you’ll need to drop it close to straight down, however, by doing that you also risk it falling through the 1 coin slot instead. Some players will aim more to the edges to try and get more coins per turn without risking a one coin drop.
Lots of DC Comics Character Cards to Collect for Ticket Bonuses
Cards will slide out from the left and you can get a sneak peek at what card is next if you can easily recognize all characters. The rare card in the hero set is Aquaman and the rare card for the villain side is Darkseid. The cards themselves have a vintage silver age comic book design and have the hero and villain’s portrait on one side and stats and background of the character on the back. There are also some group cards with multiple characters that don’t count towards the bonus sets, but do give you more tickets per card. Similar to the Stuart card in Despicable Me JellyLab.
Overall the DC Comics Super Heroes Coin Pusher is fun but it has some drawbacks. Not being able to move the coin ramp left or right means cards on the edges take a whole lot more to move over the edge. The platform that the coins and cards sit on before dropping down to the win zone is angled up at a frustrating degree. Many players have experience moving cards close enough to the edge that they are just about to drop down, only to see the cards slide back down the play field since the angle is just a bit too high. Even with these cons, we think this
game is a must play for any comic and especially DC comics fan – just know that the game takes patience to collect the full set of cards. This is partly due to just the total number of cards it takes to collect both the heroes and the villains, but also because they can be a bit harder to win compared to other coin pushers out there. If you are in an arcade with this game often it might be a good idea to just try for a few cards at a time and build up sets over a few visits.
Have you played the DC Comics Super Heroes Coin Pusher yet? If so, what did you think of it? Did any cards slide back on you while playing? Have you completed the card sets yet and how long did it take you to complete them? How do you think this compares to other card pushers you’ve played? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading!