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Early EM Multi-Ball, First, Best,Worst?


By phil-lee

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

Other then Fireball(a favorite) could anyone recommend an EM Multi-ball to look out for as a Player?

#2 3 years ago

Capersville is a great one.

#3 3 years ago

Nip It has a 2 ball.

#4 3 years ago

early 60s gottlieb single player EMs (credit games) allowed you to put all 5 balls in play

#5 3 years ago

I haven't come across one so I can't recommend it.

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#6 3 years ago

I have always like BLY Balls a Poppin,
Though kinda hard to find and when you do be prepared to spend
$1000-2000.
Star Jet is ultra cool, (artwork wise) but a side drain monster,
though I will never let mine go for any price.

#7 3 years ago
Quoted from pinhead52:

early 60s gottlieb single player EMs (credit games) allowed you to put all 5 balls in play

I guess that was one way to do it. As opposed to Bally and Williams that integrated multiball with playfield ball locks.

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#8 3 years ago

The Wiggler
Mad World
1957 Bally Circus
4 Million B.C.

Bally seemed to be the king of early multi ball.

#9 3 years ago

It looks like Ted Zale liked the idea and ran with it.

#10 3 years ago

Big Valley was always one I wanted to try. But now I realize it has those huge flippers.

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#11 3 years ago

I have owned a few of these over the years and despite the fact that they used to be sought after big time, I found it an overrated machine. Anyone else remember it or have one?

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#12 3 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

The Wiggler
Mad World
1957 Bally Circus
4 Million B.C.
Bally seemed to be the king of early multi ball.

Not sure "Mad World" is really a multi-ball game since the second ball is released into the shooter lane instead of onto the playfield. Seems to me like it's just a creative way to win an extra ball.

#13 3 years ago

Pretty machines Folks!

#14 3 years ago
Quoted from phil-lee:

Pretty machines Folks!

Damn right. I need to get a woodie for my collection.

#15 3 years ago

I own and would highly recommend Nip It. It is fun to play with the grabber mech. , zipper flippers plus a great backglass too !

#16 3 years ago

Most early EM's with manual trough kick outs can be

#17 3 years ago

4MBC is a great pin. Miss mine but there have been a few popping up. Zipper Flippers, multi-ball, cross field ramp skill shot, stealing trapped balls from another player on the carry over...

#18 3 years ago
Quoted from presqueisle:

4MBC is a great pin. Miss mine but there have been a few popping up. Zipper Flippers, multi-ball, cross field ramp skill shot, stealing trapped balls from another player on the carry over...

Yeah, but the ugliest plastic lightshields ever!

#19 3 years ago

Capersville is up there with fireball.
Balls a poppin is super overrated and just expensive novelty for 15 minutes

#20 3 years ago

Capersville is a great game.

I used to want to buy a Fireball. After playing it again, I've kind of backtracked on that. I was never a huge multiball fan, and outside of the novelty of the spinning disc, there's really not a lot to do on that game.

I was going on my memory from impressionable teen years when the game came out. Playing it again years later changed those impressions.

#21 3 years ago

Surfer/Surf Champ...scratch that...thought it was multi-player, not multi-ball. Friday brain.

#22 3 years ago
Quoted from Wickerman2:

Surfer/Surf Champ

Say what?

#23 3 years ago

HA...thought it was multi-player! Need my eyes checked

#24 3 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Yeah, but the ugliest plastic lightshields ever!

But 4MBC... Dinosaurs? That makes up for it right there!

#25 3 years ago
Quoted from nikpinball:

Capersville is up there with fireball.
Balls a poppin is super overrated and just expensive novelty for 15 minutes

i own both and have them sitting side by side, for me capersville is a better player..here is mine in action

#26 3 years ago

Fireball, 4 Million BC, Capersville, The Wiggler, Nip It

#27 3 years ago
Quoted from dasvis:

I need to get a woodie

Can't help you with that one.

#28 3 years ago

I think 4MBC is the best player out of all of them, especially if you're playing 2 or more players. Wiggler is a lot of fun too, but doesn't have the strategy that 4MBC does. Star-Jet is fun with the best art package. Fireball has a great art package as well, and the disk adds that element of randomness that gets the emotions going sometimes when you get a good or bad redirect. Depends on what's most important to you.....

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