Quoted from The--Who:
I read the following statement on the Internet Pinball Database regarding Ice Revue:
"Backglass light animation (spotlights rotate on ice skaters as playfield hole values change)"
My 6 smaller skaters all flash at the end of a game, then go out whenever a new game starts and stay off during the game. The only skaters that stay illuminated during game-play are the male skater with the lady on his shoulder and the large female skater in the lower left corner of the back glass.
The IPD statement has me confused. Should there be something going on with the skaters on the back glass during play?
I own the game and I wrote that a long time ago. I'm sorry I was vague or incomplete. I played a few games with the glass off just now to verify what I am about to say. I apologize again if I now over-explain. I didn't remove my backglass but I can say that each of the six small backglass skaters has two bulbs, one flasher and one steady.
You will notice on the backglass, on the left side are three small skaters and, from top to bottom, the top one stands in a red circle, the middle one stands in a white circle, and the bottom one stands in a blue circle. Ditto for the right side.
At start of game, all six circles are dark. During play, once you hit all 6 standup targets, the two kick-out holes light up. At this time, two of your six backglass circles will light up steady and not blink. One on the left side and one on the right side. Which two circles light up steady at this time depends on the lit hole values:
Left hole special and right hole 100 = left skater in red circle, right skater in blue circle.
Left hole 200 and right hole 200 = left skater in white circle, right skater in white circle.
Left hole 100 and right hole special = left skater in blue circle, right skater in red circle.
Maybe if Gottlieb had used blue inserts for the 100 point values we would see better the color correlation.
Until the end of the game, as the lit hole values change, so do the lit pair of skaters on the backglass according to the pattern above.
If you do NOT light the holes, then yeah your skaters stay dark until game over when at that time only the flashers all light up behind each one. Then your six skaters flash independently of each other but simultaneously, if you know what I mean.
But, if you DID light the holes during play, thus lighting a pair of skaters during play, then at game over, in addition to the six flashing bulbs, the last pair that was lit steady will stay lit steady along with its flasher flashing. So, at game over, two of your six skaters will have both a steady lamp lit and a flasher lit.
The lit hole values only change when the motor turns. I didn't look inside my game tonight but, IIRC, the values are controlled by changing states of two side-by-side relays controlled by the motor.
The large skating couple in dead center and the large lady in lower left are GI and will always be lit. Therefore, if you've never noticed your six small skaters ever lighting during game play, either you suck at playing this game to have never hit all six targets (joking!) or maybe your steady bulbs are all fried or missing, or maybe the relays and/or motor contacts ain't working in concert, or some other electrical problem.
I'd be curious what you find out.