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EM A-list?

By n1teowl

10 months ago

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    #99 9 months ago

    As others have noted, the difficulty in ranking and recommending EMs is that their commonality is outweighed by their differences. For example, the sensibility of a fantastic woodrail is quite different than that of a wedgehead.

    Asking which EMs are the best is akin to asking which alcoholic beverage or which snack is best. The question is simply too generic. Categories are necessary so that games from different eras with divergent appeal are not deemed to compete with one another. I would go so far as to subcategorize by manufacturer (and perhaps by single vs. multi-player and/or flipper size) since each manufacturer bestows a unique "feel" to the fun factor.

    With that predicate, I consider the following titles (listed alphabetically) to be especially successful designs in both gameplay and art [* denotes 3 inch flipper game; # denotes multiplayer game; all others are 2 inch flipper games]:


    Fireball '72#
    Rocket III


    Big Hit*
    Blue Note/Rock Star*
    Hit the Deck/Neptune*
    Joker Poker*#
    King of Diamonds
    Strange World*
    Surf Champ*#


    Flying Turns#
    Race Way#


    Chicago Coin Thing

    Gottlieb 1950 Bank-A-Ball
    Gottlieb Daisy May
    Gottlieb Grand Slam
    Gottlieb Harbor Lites
    Gottlieb Niagara
    Gottlieb Queen of Hearts
    Gottlieb Spot Bowler

    Williams Sea Wolf
    Williams 21

    There are so many great EM titles, especially among the wedgehead and woodrail categories. These are just a few that come to mind. I hate omitting so many wonderful titles from my list. However, I see those games on the lists of others who have posted.

    #112 9 months ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    THING by Chicago Coin
    It features a guy who finds an object and then is shunned by everybody for the rest of his life
    When he dies, St Peter sends him to Hell because of it, and at the gates of Hell, Satan won't let him in cause he's afraid of it.
    Great game that's not a CCC theme (Cards, Clowns and Cowboys)
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