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Can you name this game?


By wtatumjr

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    I owned a game in the 60's (Christmas present!) and I love to figure out what it was. It was circus/fair themed I believe and it had a "Price is Right" style wheel sunk into upper middle. The wheel would turn to increase point value when you hit things but the max value was "50" (as I remember). My guess is it was built between 1958 and 1963. It was a four person scoring game. 'Hard to believe I played a zillion games on it but 'can't remember the name.

    #3 3 years ago

    Maybe World Fair? It's a single player game though:

    http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2812

    #4 3 years ago

    maybe GTB
    Merry Go Round
    http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1578&picno=7379&zoom=1

    2 player though and score wheel goes to 100/200/300

    They did not have roulette wheels on playfields until the late 60s/early 70s
    with advent of AGoGo
    http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=27

    #5 3 years ago

    A little late for the years you're guessing but maybe GTB King of Diamonds?
    ebay.com link » 1967 Gottlieb King Of Diamonds Pinball Machine

    #7 3 years ago

    Thanks for the guesses. Kismet is pretty close - same style of game. But think of a scoring wheel mounted low under the playfield so you only saw one or so numbers. You could advance the reel by hitting a target and then every time you hit a pop it would register those points. I think the scale went from 5 to 50 points. I remember this because the coil advancing the reel went bad so I replaced with the extra game kicker coil.

    #10 3 years ago

    I think he's describing a vertical reel, like on Klondike/Yukon/Gold Rush, but one with numbers, 4-player game, circus/fair.

    #12 3 years ago

    It wasn't a woodrail - 'was later than that but still had stenciled side art . Correct it had a vertical reel set in the middle upper playfield.

    #13 3 years ago

    My first thought was Gottlieb Circus, which has a roto target in the upper left playfield. But it's a SS from 1980.

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    Maybe a Gottlieb Roller Coaster from 1971 with the big dial in the upper playfield?

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    #14 3 years ago

    maybe 1960 Merry-Go-Round - http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=merry&sortby=name&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick#1578

    but only a two player game and no vertical reel

    #15 3 years ago

    The Williams games (Klondike/Yukon/Gold Rush) are the only ones I can think of which have a true 'vertical' reel on the playfield. And of course none of those match the year or theme.

    Surely there must be more games that had a vertical reel on the field?

    #16 3 years ago

    could it have been a two player instead of 4 player? adds more choices
    and vertical reel or roto target?

    like High Dolly (with clown on PF) http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=dolly&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick#1158

    #17 3 years ago
    Quoted from DirtFlipper:

    The Williams games (Klondike/Yukon/Gold Rush) are the only ones I can think of which have a true 'vertical' reel on the playfield. And of course none of those match the year or theme.
    Surely there must be more games that had a vertical reel on the field?

    The only ones I can think of off-hand that had a single playfield reel like that are Jungle and Friendship 7. Neither with a circus theme or multi-player.

    #18 3 years ago

    Caravelle maybe? Although the theme seems to be Paris, it is a 4 player with a center vertical reel.

    #19 3 years ago

    Hmm, how about Mardi Gras?
    http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1544

    I see that IPDB uses the term 'drum' to describe a playfield feature like that. A search yields 15 games:
    http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?gtype=EM&ft=drum&sortby=name&searchtype=advanced

    Caravelle might be another candidate, but for the theme:
    http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=444

    #20 3 years ago

    Mardi Gras seems promising based on the description except it actually has two drum units on the sides.

    #21 3 years ago

    Well, there are more apparently.

    Fiesta:
    http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=838

    (but it's a woodrail)

    #22 3 years ago

    Another good possibility but only 2 players.

    #23 3 years ago

    I know this has been metioned before but could it be "Hi Dolly"?

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    #24 3 years ago

    hmmm.... I'm picking Caravelle. Fits perfectly if you consider that in the original flyer,
    someone fell off the Eiffel and was referred to as "that clown...."
    hence the reference to the circus theme.....

    #25 3 years ago

    Off topic but I'm glad clowns are not as popular as they used to be. The clown calling Dolly on the telephone on the "Hi-Dolly" machine is really creepy.

    #26 3 years ago
    Quoted from wtatumjr:

    Correct it had a vertical reel set in the middle upper playfield.

    Can you narrow it down a bit with the style/type of vertical reel you are remembering/describing?
    Was it a GTB Roto-target type value reel (ala Gaucho) http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2120&picno=40634
    or a WMS style on playfield score reel (ala Jolly Roger) http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1314&picno=13383

    #27 3 years ago

    It was the Jolly Roger type. The reel was not so far up though. Definitely 4 player

    #28 3 years ago

    Jolly Roger is the closest yet but my machine was a bit older. I'd guess about 4 years older

    #29 3 years ago
    Quoted from wtatumjr:

    It was the Jolly Roger type. The reel was not so far up though. Definitely 4 player

    Quoted from wtatumjr:

    Jolly Roger is the closest yet but my machine was a bit older. I'd guess about 4 years older

    Then that eliminates most all Gottliebs,
    its most likely a Williams
    And we also know it is not a multi slot reel on PF game.

    below is a list of all WMS 4 player pins made in 60s
    only a few have the score drum reel on the playfield though
    http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?gtype=EM&mfgid=413&yr=1960-69&pl=4&sortby=date&searchtype=advanced#415

    #30 3 years ago

    I'm thinking it was Caravelle. I guess the theme was not as I remembered or they released a similar rethemed game. The playfield picture though blank looks spot on as to placement of stuff. The year 1961 was about perfect - my dad purchased it for $50 and it was about 5 years old in 1966.
    I guess that's about $450 in todays dollars (gas was 3 gallons for $1). Thanks for all the answers! I'm thinking of picking up a nice EM to give my WOZ some company.

    #31 3 years ago

    I just looked at Caravelle again - The playfield is correct but the cabinet is wrong. It didn't have that odd shelf near the shooter.

    #33 3 years ago

    Mardi Gras has two of those score drums

    #34 3 years ago

    No - wasn't a woodrail. I had a 1941 Spot Pool that was woodrail so I knew the difference a an early age. It just had a center single reel - placement of pops and reel was very close to Caravelle. It looked like they took a regular scoring reel, downsized it a bit, and mounted it under the playfield just like in Caravelle.

    #35 3 years ago

    BTW - O-Din- I guess you realize where I got the inspiration for my avatar.

    #36 3 years ago
    Quoted from wtatumjr:

    BTW - O-Din- I guess you realize where I got the inspiration for my Avatar.

    Nice! Now get those old Christmas photos out and tell us what game you had.

    #37 3 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Nice! Now get those old Christmas photos out and tell us what game you had.

    It's odd but I don't have a single picture of the 2 pins or pool table I grew up with. Pins were not in most homes and even considered slightly "seedy". A 5 or so year old pin could be had for $50 which is about $450 in today's dollars. Now everyone wants a gameroom and a pin or 2 in it. Of course we didn't have phones that took pictures back then

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