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List Your Top 3 Bally Electro Mechanical Pinball Machines

By DanMarino

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

Now that I have resurrected a Bally Fireball and Time Zone from the dead, I'm curious what people consider to be the top 3 Bally EM pinball machines. I am growing fond of Bally EMs and find them pretty easy to get working. I haven't played very many Bally EM's (I need to play more), but my top 3 are:

1. Fireball
2. Old Chicago
3. Time Zone

#2 1 year ago

1) Fireball
2) Air Aces
3) Bon Voyage

All have their unique qualities in my opinion. Many say Air Aces is a drain monster, which it can be. But that drop target bank is so much fun.

I can list several that I do not like:
1) Twin Win
2) El Toro
3) Ro Go

Curious to see everyone's input on this topic.

#3 1 year ago

Fireball, Nip-It, Captain Fantastic

Then Wizard, Knock Out, 4m BC, Hokus Pokus

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from DanMarino:

I am growing fond of Bally EMs and find them pretty easy to get working.

Interesting that you say this.
I started out only wanting Gottlieb EM's. Had 5 or 6 of them before I bought a couple of Williams games (That are no longer here).

But the more I started playing, the more I realized that Gottlieb made the.... Well, the third best EM's behind Bally and Williams.

Williams always made the most creative rules, but the art was atrocious in most cases.
But Bally.. man.. those games are just really fun to shoot.

But now I have 4 Gottliebs and 5 Bally games. Sorry Williams

#6 1 year ago

4 Million BC
Cosmos
Old Chicago, the only 3" flipper Bally I like

#7 1 year ago

From a maintenance standpoint I prefer working on William’s and Bally’s as well. The short throw relay stacks on Gottlieb’s can be finicky. I’ve sold my So76, Gridiron and Gold Strike in search of other Williams and Bally pins.

Currently have a Wizard, Time Zone and 4MBC. Would love to get an Old Chicago one day among a few others.

Haven’t played enough of them to say what I like the best. So if anyone in the Michigan area has a Bally project pin I’d be very interested

I just dig Bally’s.

#8 1 year ago

1.Capersville
2.Skyrocket
3.Hokus Pokus

#9 1 year ago

1. Fireball
2. Wizard
3. The Wiggler

#10 1 year ago

Olympic Hockey
Melody
CC Moon Shot

#11 1 year ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Olympic Hockey
Melody
CC Moon Shot

Literally NONE of those are Bally...

#12 1 year ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Literally NONE of those are Bally...

True, but love my Olympic Hockey!

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from Garrett:

True, but love my Olympic Hockey!

You're not wrong. Great game.

#14 1 year ago

Love me some Bally EM's!
My favorite right now are
Rockmakers
Boomerang
4Million BC
I moved out a few gottliebs to make room for the Bally's was the right move
B

#15 1 year ago

1. Fireball (only seen at shows)
2. Grand Prix (See Mom's Organic Market in College Park Maryland for nice example).
3. Hot Tip (See Mom's Organic Market in College Park Maryland for nice example).

Runner up:

Little Chief (See Mom's Organic Market in College Park Maryland for nice example).

Distant placement:

1776 (Was one at Crabtown)

hundreds of pinball machines

.




Old Chicago

Edit:

Dang it... Grand Prix and Hot Tip are Williams. Same company now so it counts?

#16 1 year ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Literally NONE of those are Bally...

Wow! Bad senior moment on my part.

Bally Only?

Night Rider
Bazaar
Fireball

#17 1 year ago
Quoted from Garrett:

True, but love my Olympic Hockey!

I have mine in the restore queue, just got a "film" from Coos for the backglass that looks superb.

#18 1 year ago

The Bally Trifecta:
Old Chicago
Hokus Pokus
Flip Flop

At one point I owned all three but my wife HATES the art on Flip Flop (I sorta have to agree but the game freaking rocks)

#19 1 year ago
Quoted from truemagoo102:

The Bally Trifecta:
Old Chicago
Hokus Pokus
Flip Flop
At one point I owned all three but my wife HATES the art on Flip Flop (I sorta have to agree but the game freaking rocks)

Why? I’ve watched gameplay video and it looks cool but why is it a keeper for you?

#20 1 year ago

I dig Old Chicago. I like the crazy pop bumper design where those lower pops shoot the ball out of play and down the drain. So punishing. I also love spinners and drop targets. So Old Chicago has those.

I am open to a Williams Argosy or Hot Tip though.

#21 1 year ago
Quoted from DanMarino:

I dig Old Chicago. I like the crazy pop bumper design where those lower pops shoot the ball out of play and down the drain. So punishing. I also love spinners and drop targets. So Old Chicago has those.
I am open to a Williams Argosy or Hot Tip though.

Based off of that I'd highly recommend checking out Paragon (there is one at Spinners in Fredrick). Not an EM, but close.

#22 1 year ago
Quoted from SantaEatsCheese:

1. Fireball (only seen at shows)
2. Grand Prix (See Mom's Organic Market in College Park Maryland for nice example).
3. Hot Tip (See Mom's Organic Market in College Park Maryland for nice example).
Runner up:
Little Chief (See Mom's Organic Market in College Park Maryland for nice example).
Distant placement:
1776 (Was one at Crabtown)
hundreds of pinball machines





Old Chicago
Edit:
Dang it... Grand Prix and Hot Tip are Williams. Same company now so it counts?

So is "Little Chief"!

"Hi-Deal"
"Hi-Lo Ace"
"Delta Queen"

#23 1 year ago
Quoted from truemagoo102:

but my wife HATES the art on Flip Flop (I sorta have to agree but the game freaking rocks)

Oh, man. That's one of the best backglasses ever! I bought one just for the look. Not the game, just the glass.

#24 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

So is "Little Chief"!
"Hi-Deal"
"Hi-Lo Ace"
"Delta Queen"

I had a Hi-Lo Ace. I really didn't care for it. Having a Supersonic with the same top area, being able to return the ball to the shooter lane is something that I thought Hi-Lo Ace could have used.

To me, Bally spinners are the best (for EM games).

#25 1 year ago
Quoted from Skidave:

I had a Hi-Lo Ace. I really didn't care for it. Having a Supersonic with the same top area, being able to return the ball to the shooter lane is something that I thought Hi-Lo Ace could have used.
To me, Bally spinners are the best (for EM games).

The score reels trying to keep up on Night Rider is classic.

#26 1 year ago

I'll play:

1 Safari
2 Fireball
3 Expressway

#27 1 year ago

Old Chicago = great art, fun layout, fun bonus collect game

Hokus Pokus = 3 spinners, nuff said

Aladdin's Castle = sentimental reasons

#28 1 year ago
Quoted from Skidave:

I had a Hi-Lo Ace. I really didn't care for it. Having a Supersonic with the same top area, being able to return the ball to the shooter lane is something that I thought Hi-Lo Ace could have used.
To me, Bally spinners are the best (for EM games).

"Hi-Lo Ace" has almost exactly the same playfield layout as Gottlieb's "Bank A Ball"/"Flipper Pool". Has an extra bumper, but otherwise very similar. Busy and colorful artwork with the ever attractive card theme make it a great looker as well.

#29 1 year ago

Sorry missed the Bally part

Wizard
Hokus Pokus
Hang glider

#30 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Grand Prix
Jungle Queen
Hot tip

Good games, but reread the thread title.

#31 1 year ago
Quoted from TreyBo69:

Good games, but reread the thread title.

They tricked me. I swear it didn’t say that. Haha

#32 1 year ago

OK I will bite
SkyRocket
Magic Circle
Mata Hari EM

Honorable mention Star Jet

#33 1 year ago

I got to play a lot of the VFW's Bally EMs (zipper flippers)
at Clay's show last month
my favs were
Bazaar, Cosmos and 4 Queens
the sleepers.

#34 1 year ago

Fireball
Nip-It
Wizard

#35 1 year ago

Night Rider
Freedom
Old Chicago

#36 1 year ago

Not top 3 maybe but I love my See-Saw. German version.

The game is loaded

Flippers (2), Pop bumpers (4), Mushroom bumpers (2), Slingshots (2), Rollover buttons (7), Standup targets (6), Kick-out holes (2), Upper ball return gate, Right outlane ball return gate, Left kickback outlane, Up-post between flippers.

#37 1 year ago

Bally’s ems from 1974-the end 1977 are some of my favorites of any games.
Bow and arrow, 4mbc, flip flop

#38 1 year ago

Bally Hoo (69)
Delta Queen
See Saw

#39 1 year ago

Bow and Arrow
Wizard
Captain Fantastic

I love Supersonic, so I guess I‘d like it’s EM counterpart. Ditto Mata Hari

#40 1 year ago

Capersville
Dixieland
4 Million BC

#41 1 year ago

Hokus Pokus
Fireball
Vampire

#42 1 year ago

Capt Fantastic
Wizard
Air Aces

#43 1 year ago

Hmmm...

Joust
Hay Ride
Gold Rush

They just happen to reside in my lineup in that same order.

#44 1 year ago
Quoted from drsfmd:

Hmmm...
Joust
Hay Ride
Gold Rush
They just happen to reside in my lineup in that same order.

"Hay Ride". Very attractive, but as a typical '60s Bally, very brutal player. Hard to beat, but skill and patience can yield a good score every now and again.

#45 1 year ago

El Dorado
Sing Along
2001

#46 1 year ago
Quoted from Kingpin22:

El Dorado
Sing Along
2001

I'm pretty sure people aren't seeing the "Bally" part

#47 1 year ago
Quoted from Kingpin22:

El Dorado
Sing Along
2001

Bally, Bally, Bally!!!

#48 1 year ago

Reading is fundamental! Haha

#49 1 year ago
Quoted from homebrood:

I love my See-Saw. German version.

Oh I forgot about SeeSaw
Mine was a German import model also

#50 1 year ago

Fireball
Capt Fantastic
Wizard

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