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“Black Belt is one of those rare games that is rare for a reason.

The Pros:
A crazy upper playfield with an inverted flipper that shoots a ball up a ramp and down the PF at the same time. Drop targets with standups behind them are always a good thing in my book. Hitting the upper left to upper right ramps shots repeatedly is incredibly satisfying. The mid- playfield lanes that drop to the outlanes remind me of some classic Krynski designs. This deck features the first pinball "Kick you in the nuts" (say it like Cartman!) shot in the history of the world. The Target of Tranquility is a true skill shot.

The Cons:
This game sounds weird. Oooooh, Uuuuugh, Ohhhh... What is this? This game could easily be re-themed into a pornographic pinball game. The art package must have been rushed, because I know that Greg Freres can draw up a storm. The middle of the PF is a gameplay trap that is a bore. Best of luck finding plastics for this game if they get cracked. Once the ramp novelty wears off, this game falls flat. Proof positive that game design is a balance and a true craft. Dan Langlois's ONLY table worth playing is Radical!, and that's with the updated tourney roms.

The Takeaway:
A truly novel layout that really doesn't have much else going for it.”


“I've looked for this game for a few years and finally found one. In great shape too. I love the unique layout and scoring of the game and the unique features of it. As others mentioned the spinner is a great shot but it is quite hard to hit regularly. It is flanked by a pair of lower posts making it be a tight accurate shot with a possible STDM rebound or a light rebound to the sides. This can be an issue as a light rebound to the side makes a funnle shot SDTM. I absolutely love the vari targets as well. I think they are perfect for this application and quite fun to go for. We have fun challenging each other for pinball traditional scores as well as football scores available on this game. I'm so glad to get this into my collection!!”

  • KingNine currently owns this game.

  • “I played this game with the timed roms in it.

    The Pros:
    The timed set of rules mean that you are always on the lookout for shots that will give you more time. I do love me sum Gottlieb drops.

    The Cons:
    Shooting for the targets that give you more time means you are wasting more of your life that you will never get back on this pin-bomination. Artwork blows. The sounds do not say "James Bond" in the least. They say bloop-bloopity-squeak-bloop.

    The Takeaway:
    Run away in the opposite direction, as fast as you can until you drop.”


    “The game is a lot of fun to play - the modes are challenging, great audio and the split ramp is a neat idea. I like the shots and I am not a Ford guy, rather a car guy. It is not your typical music type pin and a refreshing change with great lighting. The current code 1.20 made a huge improvement and I am happy to own this game! Fun for everyone, center drain is vicious :)”

  • MN-Flipper currently owns this game.

  • “Artwork: The sculptures are great, I just wish they were more interactive.
    The playfield art, I like. I never minded the SEGA art or artists though, as it's more of a fine art style than a metro style like B/W machines of the era had.

    Layout: Not a lot of shots. If I had to mark it down in any one area the most, it would be here. The ramp shots are long and take a good long while to return to the flippers. A lot of pop bumper action, as many of the shots end up there. The ball can return to the shooter lane which is just weird.

    Music: Good, but repetitive. Needs a sub-woofer to take full advantage of the soundtrack.

    Rules: Simple, but difficult to attain. The goal is to stack multiple multiballs together to attain the biggest possible jackpots. You need to get 2,3,4 or 5 ready to go, and then shoot the shot to start them all at once (while of course holding off shooting that shot to not start them too early). That isn't very easy, and is where the challenge comes in with this title.

    Magnet gimmicks and the shaker motor winds up making this somewhat rarer title really feel like a cohesive package. A solid game if you just want to have fun flipping!”

  • tamoore currently owns this game.

  • “Shark!”


    “Shots and Ramps all over the place! Love the variation on the playfield. I think this game would be fun even in a small collection at home.”


    “Would have liked the modes to play more like episodes with some story telling. Relaly like the layout...maybe the best themed pop bumpers ever! mini playfield is VERY small but actually plays well. Challenging game when it is set to hard modes and no rubbers on the outlanes! Still fun no matter how you slice it.”


    “Plays very nice. Easy to figure out but fairly deep ruleset. Great theming, funny modes but not cheesy.”


    “This game is a good change of pace as compared to many others. A great game to just turn on and start flipping and have fun.”

  • Doozie currently owns this game.

  • “Splat bugs. That's the first thing you want to do when playing this machine, and you keep getting back to do it. It is a surprisingly fun machine to play, and I'm wondering why it is so low in the ranking. Basically, you kill four types of alien bugs on different planets. You do this by hitting various targets spread around the playfield. Each type of bug has its own colour, and the amount of each type bugs still to be splatted is shown on four 7-segment displays on the playfield. After each planet you might need to capture a huge brainbug that pops out of the plafield. There's also a bug you have to hit and push back to reveal a target hole that starts a multiball. The game has awesome lighting flashers and lots of toys. The best feature might be that it has three flippers at the bottom; two normal sized ones, and one extra at the left side. This little flipper takes some getting used to, but once you get the hacg of it it is a very nifty feature, and its use is awarded extra points. The sound (not stereo) and playfield art could have been better, but for anyone who has seen the film, it's all worth it!”

  • FreeBee has this game on the wishlist.
  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “This game will leave you coming back for more. You light up the pop bumpers with each roll over. You light up the specials on the kick out holes for some serious points. In order to do so you need to collect the green rollovers for one of the special and the yellow rollvers for the other special. The kickout hole by itself on either side is worth 100 points. With each special it goes up to 200 and then 300 points. Get every single roll over and you light main "Special" (extremely hard to do) The best special is the special in the middle of the 5 pop bumpers. for each phase of rollovers the special in the center lights up more often. (top roll overs, green roll overs, yellow rollovers specials...etc)

    The game iteself is very hard to locate for some reason. I really don't think very many of these survived the past 50 years and the ones that have stay in collections for decades. I think the game itself is slightly over rated. The game is a great game and very fun to play. I would give it a solid B+ This would make a great game for a collection that has 6 or more pins. I wouldn't recommend getting this game for a small collection like I have. The only reason I picked this game out over others I wanted was due to its scarcity and the fact that I may not ever be able to find a copy of this game to own.”

  • Rat_Tomago currently owns this game.

  • “FB Home Edition??... Seriously??”


    “I am a bit biased due to owning an I'll Be Back In Black edition. There are some outdoor glam pics on page 44.

    http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/terminator-2-clubmembers-only/page/43#post-1568292

    I hope that TERMINATOR 2 gets the 2.0 treatment.

    http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/wpc-20tm-extensions-to-wpc-20-games-from-tpf-pps-seminar”

  • LITZ currently owns this game.

  • “Great simple but fun ruleset...love getting the four ball multiball!”


    “I had the pleasure to play this rare pin recently. The confrontation between the two players is well implemented, especially when playing for goals, non points. The PF layout implement a direct confrontation between 2 players well. Artwork is basic but fits the theme. Note that the game may be played alone.
    I found the game quickly boring with its permanent 2 balls multi ball, but my friends enjoyed it. An original addition to a lineup if you find one.

    Note: the pictures in the gallery do not correspond to this pin, but to its brother, USA Football. We are talking about soccer here !”


    “Finally got a chance to play this one at kickback cafe in Pittsburgh. Great condition, worked well. Never played it before but I logged about 7 plays on it...lots of fun and quite challenging! The one ball lock shot is tucked away very tight in the back right.

    Also has one of the best skill shots ever....it actually takes...SKILL! Perfect plunge is satisfying. The upper flipper can get you three shots between targets and ramps...not a one trick pony. Ruleset was easy to pick up on, would like to master it sometime though. Right up there with my favorite system 11s.”


    “I picked up an Avengers Pro that had been dialed in and I really like it. The game plays great, and on my machine balls very rarely get stuck behind Hulk. The Tesseract also spins like a top - a very satisfying shot to be sure. And there are a LOT of excellent shots in the game.

    The gameplay is really, really deep. I consider it a huge accomplishment to make it just to the mini wizard mode (Attack on the Helicarrier), which I should note is an absolute blast. The versus modes are tons of fun as well, and follow the movie's plot in a very logical, enjoyable manner. For instance, in Iron Man vs. Thor, you have to hit each character's shots back and forth, until eventually you hit Captain America...because he stopped that fight in the film. Awesome.

    I think the voices on the game are really good and I may be in the minority, but am glad they are not from the movie. This allows for a lot more variety, and some of the lines are absolutely hysterical. Sure, some of them are bad (Hawkeye, Black Widow), but some are really good (Hulk is great, and Thor is excellent too). The music is great too.

    The only thing that weighs down the machine is the infamous Black Widow shot. That shot is just so difficult to complete consistently. There are times when I am zoned in, and will hit it three times in a row...then there are times when I can't hit it at all for three games! The worst is when you hit it clean, it gets about half way across the bridge...and then just dies, and comes rolling back out. Remind me a lot of the left Bride ramp on Monster Bash, but WAY harder. If that shot was just a little easier, I'd have bumped several of the ratings up a notch.

    Look, I understand why some folks don't like it. It can be a very brutal, very unforgiving, hard game. And on stock examples that haven't been tweaked, it is harder still. But play a dialed in machine, and I think you will change your mind. I have friends over all the time who ask how on earth this machine could be rated so low. I agree - it's criminally underrated!!!”

  • RDReynolds currently owns this game.

  • “Copied from my review of Gottlieb Soccer...

    The comparisons are always out there! Two separate games which are so close together in design, we can't really separate them! Soccer (2-player)/Super Soccer (4-player) vs. Too Score (2-player)/300 (4-player).

    I had the pleasure of having both Soccer and Top Score side by side for several months. Since they were both almost identical, one of them had to go - that was Top Score.

    I'm not a fan of the Soccer theme (I played it in gym class in school because we had to), but beyond the theme, Soccer is a fun if not tough game from Gottlieb!

    A classic bonus Hunter, set to three-ball play, the last ball gets very interesting - I didn't care for either game in five-ball play. In five-ball play, the last ball has a doubled bonus. In three-ball play, the bonus is doubled on the second ball and tripled on the third ball.

    Soccer is simple - build the bonus, and collect it without draining. It's simple in theory, but that ball wants to drain!

    With three-inch leg levelers on the back, a good coat of wax, and new rubbers, Soccer is a ton of fun to play! If you can grab one, do it!”

  • AtlanticPinball currently owns this game.

  • “The comparisons are always out there! Two separate games which are so close together in design, we can't really separate them! Soccer (2-player)/Super Soccer (4-player) vs. Too Score (2-player)/300 (4-player).

    I had the pleasure of having both Soccer and Top Score side by side for several months. Since they were both almost identical, one of them had to go - that was Top Score.

    I'm not a fan of the Soccer theme (I played it in gym class in school because we had to), but beyond the theme, Soccer is a fun if not tough game from Gottlieb!

    A classic bonus Hunter, set to three-ball play, the last ball gets very interesting - I didn't care for either game in five-ball play. In five-ball play, the last ball has a doubled bonus. In three-ball play, the bonus is doubled on the second ball and tripled on the third ball.

    Soccer is simple - build the bonus, and collect it without draining. It's simple in theory, but that ball wants to drain!

    With three-inch leg levelers on the back, a good coat of wax, and new rubbers, Soccer is a ton of fun to play! If you can grab one, do it!”

  • AtlanticPinball currently owns this game.

  • “When I first saw Darling, I thought it was a cool looking game. Not much going on on the playfield, but the five captive balls looked intriguing! I grabbed it, hurried home, set it up, and started playing it.

    The novelty wore off fast. This game looks cool, and could be cool as a head-to-head battle or something, but in a single player game - forget it!

    Not that I spent a lot of money on Darling, but right now it's my most expensive parts game... :(”

  • AtlanticPinball currently owns this game.

  • “In college, we had a Ice Fever in the arcade next to a Williams Comet. Ice Fever hardly ever got played.

    I found this game to be slow, plodding, really not a ton of fun to play when compared with a Bally or Williams game from the same era. Some of the shots are fun to hit, but the points are in the spinner. Spinner, spinner, spinner...

    Fast forward to 2010, and now I'm repairing an Ice Fever for a customer. It was still wrought with the same problems I had with it as an eighteen year-old! I appreciate the game for what it was, an under-powered Gottlieb (Premiere) product in an era when Gottlieb was no longer number one! It's not the worst game out there, but I won't be getting one any time soon!”


    “Review based on 1.51 code. After a number of plays on this game with earlier code, I was extremely "meh" on it. Start sparky, snake, coffin or grave marker MB with seek and destroy and fuel. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    Then I played it on the latest code and the game clicked big time. They did so many things right with the code / rules in 1.5 on. Outstanding use of the GI lighting, especially in fade to black, enter sandman, mystery, etc. Nailed how the hammer should sync with the sounds. Great risk reward in the crank it up modes. Love how the main MB modes are separate from getting to crank it up modes (i.e. you do not need super jackpots to get to CIU), but you still have the seek and destroy strategy to light the lanes to help get you to CIU. Great playfield and backbox artwork. The cabinet artwork on the pro / premium is ok, but the LE looks awesome.

    Love the toys - WAY more interactive than other Stern games (e.g. Star Trek). Snake 2x scoring strategy is so well done. Hammer / coffin toy is extremely cool. Grave marker and sparky are solid.

    I am not that big of a Metallica fan (music wise), but the gameplay sold me on this one. Great job Lyman and Borg!”

  • Apollyon currently owns this game.
  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “A decent table cocktail game. The left bank of drop targets + standup targets is the most interesting area, but can only be reached with the right flipper (at least on the game I tried). Nothing really exciting to shoot from the left and it is very hard to reach the upper lanes. Plays slow.

    Despite these shortcomings, the game is surprisingly OK. I enjoyed its layout with the slingshots propelling the balls to the upper part of the PF. Outlanes are not greedy. Building bonus is the key. I would not mind owning one...

    PS: you need to give a ranking to the game backglass... interesting concept for cocktail table ;-)”


    “WOZ is a sight to behold in any home game room or location. It begs to be played and it is a fantastic game. It does take a while to learn the rules and to begin to formulate a general strategy of attack. As being very familiar with the depth of games like TSPP and LOTR, this game has a step up on both in terms of game rules. It will take quite a feat to get to Somewhere over the Rainbow, which will keep this games lastability in any collection. I also enjoy how know two games are ever exactly alike and the sayings are varied and the sound is fantastic. The modes (Fireball Frenzy, Melt the Witch, Munchkin sequences) and various multi balls are perfectly executed. I have seen WOZ from the beginning and am just amazed how far it has come. I still believe there will be more updates that will make this game even better. This was an amazing effort from a great pinball team/company and it will continue to set the standard for future pinball for years to come.”

  • plinde1 currently owns this game.


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