Having revealed the production version of their Houdini game in March 2018, American Pinball wasted little time before unveiling the company’s second title in October of the same year.
Game Designer, Joe Balcer, had announced the title of game two at the Vancouver Flip-Out Pinball Expo earlier in the year during his seminar.
Pinball News was privileged to see Oktoberfest: Pinball on Tap at the American Pinball factory during our tour just before the Pinball Expo 2018 show where the game was going to be officially unveiled.
The game was presented to the public soon after during the American Pinball seminar at Pinball Expo.
Oktoberfest was then available for seminar guests to play before heading to the Vendor Hall for everyone to enjoy.
As with Houdini, several changes were made to the game between it’s unveiling and the start of production.
For one, the cabinet and backglass artwork was revised, making the game’s name clearer and removing an over-familiar monkey from the backglass. There were changes on the playfield too.
The barrel’s tap on the left was re-designed to make it more aesthetically-pleasing, along with several other playfield tweaks.
Since then the game has been a staple at most major pinball shows, with production machines starting to ship in April 2019 and game manufacturing continuing through the rest of the year.
As with Houdini, there have been several software updates to Oktoberfest. The most recent at the time of writing (V19.7.27) added a mini-wizard mode, additional voice calls, attract sounds and music, plus numerous adjustments to the game’s rules and scoring.
You can read more about Oktoberfest at the American Pinball website.