Transporter the Rescue (Bally, 1989)

Transporter the Rescue

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This game got 43 approved ratings and currently scores 7.120 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #213 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.117

Artwork: 7.606

Sounds/Music: 6.433

Other Aspects: 7.08

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1 month ago
A rare game you don't see too often (less than 1,000 made) and one I am lucky enough to own. Not sure why I have a soft spot for this game. A combination of nostalgia, art and design. I played this game a couple of times as a kid, and the art really stuck with me. And by “stuck” I mean scared the living hell out of me. The game creates an eerie sci-fi mood unlike any other game of its time. There are some interesting design elements, and the game is packed with stuff...leaving a few of the features (the X-Value target and the Transporter saucer) totally obscured by the upper level accouterments. Has perhaps the best physical ball lock in the Orion space ship, however it is one of the main reasons everything is obscured—its so big! Hitting the drops in order to score the jackpot is a challenge. Rules are straightforward, but plotting out where everything is on the crowded playfield takes a while.
4 months ago
Interesting artwork. My buddy has a real nice, well kept example but I just can't get into it.
9 months ago
The backglass is very odd. Still not sure what's going on there. The playfield adds some intrigue though. One of the more unique playfield layouts and gameplay for the era.

I like it. but could understand why others don't because it is so different...I do like the "transporter" effect though.
11 months ago
Quirky game, but fun. As others have mentioned, it has that 50s-60s B-movie sci-fi feel to it. The transporter shot is fun to shoot, as is the ramp shot that feeds the balls into the "Orion" ship. The music for each locked ball is catchy. The jackpot is tricky in that the R-E-S-C-U-E drop targets need to be hit in order during multiball, kind of novel instead of shooting for a ramp. Not a deep game for sure nor does it have a lot of shots, but a well executed game none the less.
11 months ago
Never even knew it existed until 03/15. Since that day? WANT...
2 years ago
Very cool quirky science fiction themed pin in the vein of 60's science fiction like Forbidden Planet, Fantastic Voyage, or Planet of the Vampires, etc.,.
Probably lacks high ratings due to low production and not many people knowing about it.
Very cool for its time and different from a lot of pins coming out in that time period.

Love the music and sounds especially. Game play is fun and fits well in any collection.
3 years ago
Transporter to the rescue is a game that should be more than it is. It's a novelty that deserves to be more with a better ruleset.

The Pros:
Creative pf and an insane art package.

The Cons:
The flippers had better be super strong and the transporter shot is really all you are going for. The spaceship takes up half of the upper PF. Seriously unbalanced scoring.

The Takeaway:
An interesting game if you can find it. Play it a few times and... then you can say you played it.
3 years ago
The SOS and attract mode of this game make it very unique. It is one of those games that leaves a lasting impression.
4 years ago
I was fortunate to play this many times as it's at a local arcade. It's a fun game and keeps me coming back to play. For it's age it has good flow and all the shots needed for a good game. Sound and music is a little lacking in my opinion but that would not stop me from playing it. Rare pin only 800 or 900 made. Love the extra ball shot.
4 years ago
excellent pin and very fun to play.. love the sounds and ship on playfield... first played it at papa in carnegie pa and it took me two years to get a chance to buy one.. worth anywhere from 800-1500. if you get a chance to get this rare pin ,dont pass it up as it is loads of fun and not too expensive!!!
4 years ago
I have had this machine for 6 months, restored it, clearcoated the playfield and really like the artwork and gameplay. Its simple but really is a hoot.
4 years ago
Try to find one to play NOW! It is a great machine! Too bad so few of them were made...
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