Picked this machine up last spring in the back of an open ended storage container. Its got dirt, rust, rotten wires, missing parts, and more but overall is in great condition for a game thats 88 YEARS OLD.
From my research this is one of the first games Gottlieb made Electro Mechanical (EM) originally powered by a set of single celled batteries. In fact they were still producing Pure Mechanical (PM) games for at least a year after this machine was manufactured. I'd like to get more specifics on these time lines as info/dates is scarce and contradictory.
For such an old machine it has what I'm anticipating to be pretty fun game play. More so then many games 10 or more years newer as once pop bumpers were invented game play started to suffer as designers relied heavily on them. Plunge 5 balls (marbles) up the shooter lane for score. Each hole has a value. Miss the scoring holes and you land in the "OUT" hole at the bottom. Land in the "Push Over" hole and any balls inside kickout holes will be pushed over (once) to higher scoring holes. Also any balls in the "OUT" hole will be returned to trough for continued play. There is also a repeater hole which if a ball is kicked out by the push over hole being landed in then the sequence of advancement will happen a second time. Pretty cool.
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