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Games featuring a pair spinners in the middle of playfield

By classicgamefan

4 months ago


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#1 4 months ago

I love spinner games. What games have a pair of symmetrical spinners in close proximity next to each other in the middle of the playfield? (For this list, I'm disqualifying games such as Grand Prix, Snow Queen, Iron Man, etc where the spinners are symmetrical but in the orbits or otherwise nearer to the edges of the playfield than to each other.)

Here are the ones I can think of:
Bally Bow & Arrow (1975)
Stern Disco (1977)
Bally Harlem Globetrotter World Tour (1979) [Also has a third spinner on the left.]

What other games am I missing?

#2 4 months ago

Gottlieb super soccer. Super fun

#3 4 months ago

Snow derby, snow queen

#4 4 months ago

Hokus Pokus might be a good choice

#5 4 months ago

Zaccaria Star God

#6 4 months ago

Red Baron
Mars trek (kind of)
Swords of Fury (kind of)

#7 4 months ago

Prospector

#9 4 months ago
Quoted from rufessor:

Gottlieb super soccer. Super fun

I don’t think you could get any closer than Soccer/Super Soccer

#10 4 months ago

King Kool?

Rock Star/Blue Note?

#11 4 months ago

Swords of Fury. Lionman!

#12 4 months ago

Conquest 200

New World

#13 4 months ago

Blue Max

#14 4 months ago

I own 2 . Bow and arrow and Prospector. Love ripping them.

#15 4 months ago

Thanks for all the feedback! Based on my original criterial that the pair of spinners must be in the middle of the playfield, I've moved a few of the games mentioned to an "Honorable Mention" category. Below are the 8 games (13 counting variations) ordered by release date that meet the stated criteria so far:

1972: GOTTLIEB King Kool (2p) / King Rock (4p)
1975: CHICAGO COIN Red Baron (2p) / Blue Max (4p)
1975: BALLY Bow & Arrow
1976: PLAYMATIC Conquest 200 (1p) / New World (4p)
1977: GOTTLIEB Soccer (2p)/ Supper Soccer (4p)
1977: SEGASA Prospector
1977: STERN Disco
1979: BALLY Harlem Globetrotter World Tour (aka Basket World Trotter in Italy)

It's interesting that all of these games came out in the 70s, are mostly EMs, and peaked in 1977 with three games. Also, 5 different manufacturers made at least one game with this feature, but no manufacturer made more than two. (I'm counting Chicago Coin and Stern as the same manufacturer since CC became SEI when Sam Stern bought them.)

Also interesting is that the last game released meeting the criteria is also one of the best selling of all time, with Harlem Globetrotter shipping nearly 15,000 units! We don't have numbers on all of these, but Disco may be the worst performing of these games with just 812 made.

Here are the honorable mentions that didn't make the cut based on my "middle of the playfield" criteria technicality since the spinners are closer to the edge than the middle or offset to one side:
1976: WILLIAMS Blue Chip (Close, but spinners appear to be nearer to the outside edge of the playfield than the middle)
1977: SEGASA Mars Trek (Offset to right)
1980: ZACCARIA Star God (Offset to right and slanted)
1988: WILLIAMS Swords of Fury (Offset to left and slanted)

If anyone thinks of any more games (especially anything that predates King Kool) then post it here and I'll update my list.
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