Eight Ball Deluxe (Bally, 1980)

Eight Ball Deluxe

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This game received 169 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.757 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Eight Ball Deluxe". The group itself ranks #69 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.004

Artwork: 7.628

Sounds/Music: 6.58

Other Aspects: 8.033

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Eight Ball Deluxe". The other version is: Eight Ball Deluxe Limited Edition

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42 days ago
good cabinet..i docked it a little because of it's age..otherwise worth playing
59 days ago
Best Bally game made without a spinner? Gotta be Eight Ball Deluxe! The game is absolutely charming, and serves the pool theme well by looking past green felt and pool balls, to include the experience of playing pool in a sh*t-kicker bar--guns, bull-riding, and cowboy hats. When I first stepped into Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, I felt like I was stepping under the glass in this machine. It feels real good to grab that eight ball shot from the upper flipper. The sounds only add to the charm of this game. I like other Bally games from this era a tad better, but EBD has a special feel to it, and no other Bally table feels quite it.
64 days ago
My favorite game of it's era. I'm havlooking no ne restored now and plan to keep it.
3 months ago
A favorite frustration table, fast draining, but just one more game!
Love the sound!
7 months ago
Best Pinball of it's time. Wherever you prefer to shoot you will get a special after some time. And the stress if you don't hit the last Deluxe-target "One more for deluxe!" was far beyond it's time.
7 months ago
Classic Bally Pin, great speech and a fantastic layout. Redefined the classic pool theme.
7 months ago
Challenging rules, and somewhat prone to draining, but a fun game overall.
8 months ago
This is one of the best game designs of all-time - especially if you out in the context of '80's Sold State. Just really fun and doesn't get old. My only gripe: while I love the Wedtern theme, I'm not a fan of the artwork. Could have taken a page out of the simple, graphic eloquence of El dorado, for example. The ladies in high-bottom jeans mustache-guy and the busy graphics and colors make it a game I won't have in my collection, as much as I love the gameplay.
10 months ago
Cool game good artwork, good rules, and a good theme
10 months ago
I don't understand why this is a top 100 game. Mercifully, my game finally ended... I have no need to play this game ever again.
10 months ago
Eight Ball Deluxe, "shoot the 5 ball." A wonderful 3 flipper layout that has more than one way to attack it. The mark of a great game is there is more than one way to score big points. This game has that. There is both luck and skill involved in hitting shots to drop down targets and progress through to the deluxe portion. This game can be very fun to play and sometimes very cruel. Nothing better then getting settled into a groove...hitting shots and scoring points. It has that ONE MORE GAME factor that keeps you hitting the start button and even putting quarters in if on location. A classic that stands up well against other eras.
1 year ago
The best SS game in my opinion. Was my 1st pin and still one of my favorites. EBD was IT in the early 80's. Just could never get enough of it. Love the layout and the inline drops (2-5X) and the Horseshoe drop targets. Another game with a simple ruleset that was simple enough to understand, yet much harder to achieve. Nothing more fun that trying to get the DELUXE targets once all eight "ball" targets were dropped for another Special. Classic pinball at it's best. If you look up pinball in a dictionary, EBD should be pictured. Hope to get another one soon. "Quit Talkin and Start Chalkin"
1 year ago
I can't stress enough how historically important this machine is in relation to all pinball machines that came before it. If you are comparing companies, it is JUST as important to Bally as Firepower was important to Williams in the early 80's.

This table is considered by many to be the best single ball solid state pinball machine ever created.

Personally, I think that it was the BEST integration of a pinball THEME up to it's point in pinball history.

It was JUST as significantly important to 80's pinball as TAF was important to 90's pinball. One of the masterpieces IMHO.

Masterpiece "themed" SS pinball machines: 80's=EBD, 90's=TAF, 2000's=LOTR
1 year ago
This game is not for me. Super slow and worse than basic.
1 year ago
One of the games that defined the 1980s generation of the Early Bally Solid State Era.

This was one of the "go to" games in the arcades in the day alongside games like Black Knight, Black Hole, and Haunted House, during the 80s revival period.
This is a "one more game" title.

A great game for novices and experts alike.
Straightforward ruleset, nobody gets confused.
Fun horseshoe targets bank to shoot the pool balls, very addictive.
Outstanding artwork by Margaret Hudson, her best work IMHO.
Great competition game as well, or up to four players.
This is a good choice for a collector which can stand well on its own or a collection of 100+ pinball machines.

A lot of people say the game is "not fast enough". (See another example above...)
If you do not feel challenged, put a PowerBall™ into a EBD (hey, a "mini" cue ball, novel idea!), raise the back legs up up as high as possible, and jack the game up on 2X4s.
Players were overjoyed when I did that.
Stop making the game play like a woodrail, the flippers are MORE than strong enough to make all the shots.
The game then REALLY rocks, outlanes and center are deadly, and ball time is less than 15 seconds unless you are EXTREMELY good.
EBD at its finest.
"Long live the artwork of Margaret Hudson."

I have owned FOUR EBD in my lifetime, 2X original, and 1X 1984 version, including building one from scratch from a wired playfield, and the fact I still carry a NOS glasses on my wall. Yes, it is that GOOD.

"Stop talkin' and start chalkin'"!

NOTE: If you do the modification I mentioned above, make sure you ADJUST the tilt bob (or remove it), or the game will be UNPLAYABLE! (The incline angle is well above 10+ degrees)

Old Simple 2005 Review:
Classic, fun for all skill levels, "Suitable for any collector!"
1 year ago
24 things I look for:

* Asymmetry: Very good
* Backhands: Very good -- you can make the 8-ball shot with a backhand.
* Ball Control/Hazards: Very good: pops middle of PF, and posts around the inline targets, makes for some danger
* Ball Time: Excellent. Super short game.
* Drops (Sweepable): ok -- not sure how sweepable they are, but you can likely get two at a time on some shots.
* Flasher Blinding: Excellent. I don't think there are any flashers on this game.
* Flippers and shots: Good. 3 flippers, and the top one can't easily make the 8-ball shot. It's kind of a bummer.
* Flow/Stop n Go: Excellent. Ball never stops, unless you hit a specific 8-ball shot and then it pushes right out of the saucer.
* Fun/Lastability: Excellent. It's a very punishing game, and you want to keep playing "just one more".
* Inlane Flow: Depends. Some EBD's are not set up right, and the flow is weak like on a typical Bally. There is an opportunity for good flow, since it's using a long plastic inlane guide.
* Lateral movement/Nudging: Excellent. You really want to laterally nudge this one, and try to manage the ball from going to the outlanes.
* Multiball: NONE.
* Orbit Shots: NONE.
* Originality: Decent. There have been a lot of billiards games.
* Outlane save-ability: Fair. I find most shots to the outlanes are tough to save, it's all metal.
* Pop bumpers: Very good. One very mean pop center of PF, while the other two kinda just hold up the ball a bit. I played on two games where a pop hit did NOT push the ball up into the A / B lanes. I would like to see that.
* Scoring Balance: I presume it's fine. No idea.
* Skill shot: Fair. You plunge, then nudge for A or B.
* Sound/Callouts/Voice: Very good. The famous Bally voice is there with many call outs. Not very sinister though.
* Spinners: NONE.
* ThemeArt/Lights: Very good. It's a nice art package and lighting, but I wasn't blow away by it.
* Toys/Gimmicks: The gimmick that makes you play is that you can earn a SPECIAL doing almost anything 3+ times. It's really neat. But I'm wondering how interesting that would be in a home add-a-ball situation.

One of the BEST location pins of all time. Short ball times, yet LOOKS so easy to play.

1 year ago
While county + western pool hall, as a theme, might not interest me in the slightest, the beautiful artwork, appropriate rules, and well executed digital speech make everything integrate extremely well.
I can only imagine the splash this must have made in the arcade when it was released!

I really enjoy the simple rules of this game, and very much appreciate the strategy that arises because of them. It is addictive to the highest degree and a GREAT game for competing against friends.

The drops are individually controlled, allowing your progress to saved after others play. This gives a satisfying linearity to the game, since each balls builds on the prior (bonus carries over,) and that allows you to adjust whether you're going for the rack, the 8ball + bonus collect, or the bonus multipliers.
1 year ago
This is a timeless classic, played it often on the PC but the real thing is even better!
Great design, often copied, never as good as the original.
Drop target heaven, good for competitions.
2 years ago
Classic game. Simple rule set, impossible to master.
2 years ago
Not really a theme that tugs at the heartstrings but this is a classic Bally, 'Shoot the Eight Ball!' the electronic voice tells you. One of those games everyone seems to want to own and I can see why.
2 years ago
I grew up playing this game and have thousands of plays on it. The level of difficulty on it is just right. I've been close to turning it over but haven't which is about perfect to me.

The backglass deluxe is an awesome feature that makes the game even more attractive when it is close.

A true classic and the best of its era.
2 years ago
Love 8 ball deluxe. Many hours played on this machine when i was a kid. It keeps you interested and wanting to play the next game. This is one I would like to ad to the collection.
2 years ago
One of the greatest games ever made as far as the actual game play is concerned. The game is fast, very fast, fun and trains your reflexes. The rules are simple but the shots are very challenging. Keep the ball away from the outlanes as they drain very easily. The flippers are relatively close together, the ball rarely drains there if you play it right. The annoying voice tells you what to go after. This is helpful if you don't know the rules but gets old very quickly after you figured it out. The artwork is well above average for the regular version. LE kind of sucks because of the weird cabinet. That's a real shame, such a great game deserved better artwork and cabinet.
The play field offsets nicely against the fast moving ball, flippers are strong, the 3 bumpers work well together in the confined space up top. The side targets are relatively easy, the 8 ball and bonus multipliers are a bit more difficult. Especially the 5x multiplier and the bonus collect hole behind the "8 ball" target require some excellent aim.
After you take the side targets down you're left with stand up targets which is cool. There is really not that much "stuff" on the playfield but it all works together well for a coherent whole. A game for the advanced skill level that never gets old. As far as lastability goes this is it as far as I am concerned. No other game except maybe Joker Poker keep me coming back again and again.
2 years ago
Sounds of this game kill it for me.
2 years ago
Great older voice machine. Not my kind of theme but a decent layout. Not as fast as some, kind of laid back but fun just the same.
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