Bingo newby - Bally The Twist


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2 weeks ago


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    #1 15 days ago

    After collecting EM pins since 1977 have decided to buy a Bally bingo. The game doesn't work but is complete. Have been offered a Bally The Twist from 1962 and just wanted to check in on a few things:

    Is this a good game and what length are the legs supposed to be? The seller has a set of timber and steel legs with it but I get to take only one set. The game came was made with steel legs but just want to make sure they are the right length.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    #2 15 days ago

    The Twist is a fun game with a unique moving number feature - the Magic Card. It's also relatively rare. I've only seen one put together.

    The only problem with this game is that it was made in a climate where you are required to receive something of value for your coin (more than a light show). As such, this is the -only- bingo that will tell you what your next coin will do. It has a higher than normal odds step for each color, and 10 positions on the magic cards.

    It also has an extra ball buyin feature.

    It wasn't popular with operators and they likely didn't make/sell that many of them.

    I would pick one up, but know that it is not necessarily indicative of other bingo pinball machines (you lose the random award nature).

    The gameplay is pure fun, though. The card feature changes the order of the numbers on the card, sometimes duplicating the same number on the card twice! You have to think pretty carefully while playing.

    It came with steel, should be standard Bally size legs, which unfortunately I don't know off the top of my head. Will try to measure and get back to you unless someone else can chime in.

    #3 15 days ago

    Most of the legs on my bingos are 30 1/2".
    What are the size of the metal legs that come wit the game?

    #4 15 days ago
    Quoted from Vic_Camp:

    What are the size of the metal legs that come wit the game?

    not sure Vic, don't get the game until Friday week.

    #5 15 days ago

    The metal legs should be red and 30 1/2" to be factory spec. My Bally 1961 Lite a Line (6 card game) has 30/1/2" red legs and so does my 1961 Silver Sails. My Gay Time moving lines and magic pocket game has 30" wooden legs.

    I always was attracted to the Twist game and thought the coloring stood out against some of the other bingos manufactured in the early 1960 's and the theme wasn't used much through the near 30 years Bally produced these wonderful machines. The best part about a bingo is playing it and trying to make the ball go into the correct hole to score replays or free games, this is where thrill and fun is for a bingo player.

    The Twist would make a good first bingo for any flipper collector with its easy to understand features and less mechanical/electrical units to repair and maintain. Post some pictures if of the game if you can, i woud love to view it.

    #6 14 days ago

    Thanks Vic. It should use the same size legs as Silver Sails, and red, just like the ones on SS.

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