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Need game identification

By Yoski

4 years ago

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#1 4 years ago

Hi all,
I looked through the pinball database but can't find the game I am looking for. It's an EM from around 1970 - 75. On my way home from school (in Germany, about 1973-76) I came by a bar that had this machine right at the window. I usually stopped to watch people play, sometimes for hours which greatly upset my mom.
I don't remember the name of the pinball or the manufacturer, maybe somebody here does. It had 2 flippers at 3 inches, return lanes (so it wasn't one of the early EMs) and the bonus counter in the middle of the play field had a bunch of navy vessels with lights indicating the bonus next to it, similar to Gottlieb's 1974 "Far out" but with navy ships. Like a patrol boat for the lowest bonus working its way up to a battleship and finally an aircraft carrier. It was a 4 player game. I am pretty sure it also had a return gate for the ball to get launched, also similar to "Far Out". It had a non-symmetric layout with a bunch of consecutive lanes (3 or 4 maybe) running down on the right side that ended with a drain or the return gate in case it was open.
Any ideas?

#3 4 years ago

Interesting. What kind of targets are those 3 metal "torpedo" targets? Some sort of vari-target?

#4 4 years ago

Messenger balls.

#5 4 years ago

Hybrid game with electronic sounds like a woosh of a torpedo taking off! Was ported to Virtual pinball years ago. I used to play that on my computer for hours. Would be neat to find one of those, but like many other foreign made pins, rarely made their way over here.

#6 4 years ago

This has to be it! I guess I was confusing the lanes with another game, its been about 40 years. Awesome, thanks much!

#7 4 years ago
Quoted from DirtFlipper:

Messenger balls.

Makes sense now that I look closer...

#8 4 years ago

Funny you saw this game in Germany. I actually played this game on location in Austria back in 1979.
I have the remains of one that was abandoned at a pinball show many years ago. I know I don't have the backglass, but may still have the body and the mechanics from the head. I believe I tossed the head cabinet which was falling apart, and I think I either gave away or sold the plastics to someone years ago.

2 months later
#9 3 years ago

Remembered this thread.

There's one on ebay right now:
ebay.com link » Pinball Machine Underwater

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