Oh wow you guys. I didn't think I'd be getting this much help/interest in trying to figure this out.
Quoted from Otaku:
Unfortunately, this is something nearly EVERY machine does (well at least we know it's not an add-a-ball ), so it's going to be difficult if you can't think of anything else, even little details. Regardless, I've had good luck just scrolling down IPDB and looking at pictures to identify games that people have posted vague pictures/ideas about.
Do you remember the manufacturer? The big names are Gottlieb, Bally, and Williams.
I know it's something all games do, but I was able to say that a couple of games weren't it just because they would be at 800 or 1000 and not 700. I'm not sure if it was every 100 points after, and he wasn't certain on that point either, but was fairly sure it was at 700. I am drawing a complete blank on manufacturer, even though I'm sure it was plastered all over the place. The thing that I didn't know about was the popping sound he was talking about. I don't remember ever hearing something other than a standard "knock" but if there were a few tables that did something different, I thought it could narrow it down dramatically.
Quoted from Mopar:
Your Brother (older I assume) has a pretty good memory of the game. Perhaps if he saw pics
himself of machines (especially the playing surface which is what he was consentrating on while
playing), may bring back other memories. On a hunch, I'm guessing it was a 1961-1963, but
maybe up to 1965. Keep us posted on other additional info. Good luck.. (T)
Yes, my brother is 10 years older than me and he was probably about 5 when they got it and I was anywhere from 4-10 (I think closer to 4 or 5) when my parents sold it, which put him between 14 and 20, so he got to play it for about 10-15 years and does remember it better than I. I'm almost certain it was sold before he had graduated high school. Probably around the time they bought him a Commodore64. I played it a lot, but I can't remember much from being that young. I had sent my brother a link to the pinball database and he was trying to look at tables while his students were busy, but it was a bit overwhelming as I don't think he had tried using the advance search to narrow it down.
Quoted from Darcy:
Can you remember if it had stainless trim on the cabinet, or could of it been a Wood Rail pin?
I want to say it was metal rails. My mom remembers that it had silver legs, though I'm not sure if that would narrow it down or if they were even original legs. Before we got it, it was from an arcade and from what I understand, upkeep wasn't something arcades did a lot of, so they're probably original?
Quoted from Otaku:
2-player Gottliebs with 3-reel "light up 1,000" scoring. If it was a woodrail then we have a ton more possibilities...
I had seen some of those backglasses on the database and some of them looked familiar, but there's several that look quite similar and nothing that jumped out at me as an "OMG! That's definitely IT!" unfortunately. I'll have to show my brother those and see if he has better luck with remembering. Some of them had things on the playfield that I didn't think were on ours, but I really can't remember the playfield at all, so I couldn't say for sure.
I dug through all of the albums at my parents house and couldn't find a single picture of the pinball machine. With as much as we played it, I find that really hard to believe. Probably used Polaroids when taking pics with the pinball machine and those didn't usually go into the photo albums. I'll have to ask my sister if she has any photo albums from back then of pictures she took with her camera.
You guys (and possibly girls, I wasn't checking profiles) are great! I'll definitely let you know if any of these tables you've suggested are a match to his memory.