Transporter the Rescue (Bally, 1989)

Transporter the Rescue

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This game received 45 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.320 /10


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This game ranks #178 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.304

Artwork: 7.663

Sounds/Music: 6.625

Other Aspects: 7.346

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4 months ago
This game is pure fun! It has a very fun concept with the space ship and the multi ball is fun with a very challenging Jackpot. This game will keep we coming back for more with a good variation of shots and objectives. Glad to be lucky enough to find one and add to my collection.
1 year ago
This is a tough game that would be vastly improved if it had auto-save. I got rid of mine because I was the only person in the family that ever played it because everyone else felt it was too hard. I did really enjoy it myself.
1 year ago
Rare Sys11 title. Don't be put off by the hideous creature on the backglass, this is a cool game.
1 year ago
This game is way more fun than it looks I think. The layout reminds me of Flight 2000 a bit because of all the drop targets and the big ol' ship in the corner that doesn't really do much. The exit from the ship has a sweet across the playfield shot into a whirlpool though. Multiball is tough to start and even harder to score a jackpot in since you need to hit the drops in order.

Not a ton of shots, not very deep rules, but a strong theme and very fun gameplay.
1 year ago

A unique, odd, mystifying rare game from Bally.
Not just "another standard 2 flipper fan layout", if you want to own something different.
The gameplay theme is fun, strong and reminiscent of 1950-60s sci fi movies.
Excellent quality sound and music.
The transporter ramp shot is challenging to keep building jackpots, and unfortunately is normally broken on most games today, until the ramp is reproduced.
The "U.N. Orion" spaceship lock area is HUGE, and similar to the lock system used in Flight 2000.
Although it dominates the playfield, it is a critical link in ball control for multiball.
Like Swords of Fury, once you play the game, you will never will forget the memory, especially if the game is left on running in attract mode.

No one really knows why this game did not sell well during the period, as sales in general were not terrible with some of the combined titles of the BLY/WMS conjunction period such as BK2K, BoP, EATPM.
Yes, some other near released had the same fate, such as Altlantis and Mousin' Around, but they were all very good games.

In 10 years, good luck trying to find one in great condition (or at all), as they are almost all played out.
Another machine that is going to spike in the market in around 2 years or so, from the date of this review.
Watch and learn.

I have owned several in my collecting history.
The first was a standard production model back in the early 2000s, excellent condition, but typical cabinet fading.
The second is a "floor model" HUO x prototype number #11 purchased at the factory, which is in my collection.
Basically brand new with an unfaded cabinet, but there are some differences between the production model and mine, including missing artwork on the upper playfield, the red light boards, different flasher locations, System 11 PCB differences, and extra holes in various parts of the playfield when they were moving posts around.
Photos were uploaded to gallery for PinSide.
2 years ago
This is only my third pin and my first Bally/Williams (given proximity to the acquisition timing). I really enjoy Sci-Fi movies of all time periods and this is a great reflection of a 50-60's style where the alien is more of a monster than a biped that is a variation on human. Great mix of horror, sci-fi and campiness. The music and sound effects are entertaining and fit well with the theme, they are also less sharp than some games. Consequently, I believe they don't wear on you with time. Admittedly, it is not the most complex game; however, setting up multi-ball in the Orion is incredibly satisfying as is the transporter shot. Interesting link from the pf to the backglass pre-DMD.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Interesting artwork. My buddy has a real nice, well kept example but I just can't get into it.
3 years 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.
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Never even knew it existed until 03/15. Since that day? WANT...
4 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.
5 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.
5 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.
6 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.
6 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!!!
6 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.
6 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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