Gottlieb's Haunted House, a classic pinball machine that broke design barriers and hails from the glorious years of the early 80's where original themes ruled the day. The art is stunning, the music is charming, the field design is unprecedented, and this theme of a spooky old home with ghostly inhabitants will always have a place in our imaginations as kids and adults. It is timeless.
I call this game The Beautiful Beast because just like it's artistic subject, the old victorian house, this eye catching marvel stands out amongst the crowd, but beneath that facade is a wide, heavy machine with it's own set of quirks to deal with, lots of moving parts, can be a handful to maintain, and features unique twists/turns in it's design and gameplay.
Like those behemoth homes with an excessive amount of entries, doors, windows, hallways, stairs, levels, etc., the game consists of (3) playfields, (8) flippers, (4) flipper buttons, (4) pop bumpers, (9) drop targets, (11) spot targets, (2) kickback targets, (3) kickout holes, (2) VUK's, (2) drop holes to the basement, (2) hidden passages to the basement, (1) ramp, and (3) different songs that change by location. Very fitting portrayal of it's real life counterpart.
The designers at Gottlieb nailed the concept. The lightning bolts are striking as they flash behind that spooky 3D backglass depicting a wondrous old house full of headless bodies, floating skulls and spirits in a vibrant green and yellow stenciled cabinet. Add to that colorful PF art, the attic, the see-through window looking down into the basement where the ball is shot back at the player in reverse, and the eerie music of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor with two other spooky tracks that hit hard as you wander through the home. The single ball play feels like you're the only living soul making your way through the halls of this eerie abode.
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Let's keep this thread going to promote the mission of saving and playing this awesome one of a kind machine. Long live the HAUNTED HOUSE!
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