'Tron: Legacy' pinball looks like a quarter quencher

Forget those game apps, Stern Pinball and Disney reveal a "Tron: Legacy" pinball machine ready to take your cold, hard cash.

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Perhaps the most Crave-worthy pinball machine in recent memory. Click to enlarge. Stern Pinball

In "Tron: Legacy," we were once again exposed to the madness of a virtual world created by an eccentric programmer. And now the grid has inspired a new game.

The playfield on the new "Tron: Legacy" pinball game. Click to enlarge. Stern Pinball

Get ready to load your fanny pack full of quarters. Stern Pinball and Disney recently unveiled a full featured "Tron: Legacy" pinball machine perhaps worthy enough for Flynn's Arcade. The playfield features light cycles, deadly discs, and other notable imagery from the film. The audio doesn't slouch either, as the original Daft Punk soundtrack and character sound clips emit during gameplay.

Well-known names in the pinball industry collaborated on the project: John Borg is the playfield architect, artist John Youssi designed the art, and David Thiel engineered the sound.

After pulling back on the plunger, players take on the role of Sam Flynn, who is attempting to fight off villians Clu and Rinsler. According to Stern Pinball, gameplay features are numerous, including the option to "ride the two ramps for Light Cycle battles on different levels of the Grid; defeat the motorized Recognizer target bank to expose Rinsler's spinning Identity Disc; or fire the ball from Rinsler's Disc to simulate a Disc War."

There's even a limited edition "Tron: Legacy" pinball machine (about 400 will be made) that Pinball News has described in greater detail. The LE model features EL wire lighting, chrome trim, enhanced playfield artwork, an extra playfield toy, and other enhancements.

I'm hoping I can play soon. Anything to get closer to Olivia Wilde (Quorra).