(Topic ID: 165796)

Pins with 8 balls per game setting

By NoQuarters

3 years ago

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#1 3 years ago

I recently acquired a Hearts And Spades which I have added to my collection. Much to my surprise this is the first game I have run across that can be set to an 8 ball game. There is a stock factory plug with adjustments for a 3, 5 or 8 ball game.

I got the game with a stock 8 balls per game card in the apron and the setting set at 8 balls. Apparently it had been played this way for about 20 years according to the fellow I bought it from.

Are there other games that have this option for setting the game to 8 balls per game ?
This is the first one I have run across...

#2 3 years ago

Most Wedgehead AAB have this option from the late 60's into the 70's. My Astro & Dimensions 1971 and Melody 1967 can be set to 3,5, 8 balls.

#3 3 years ago

Wow, that's crazy. Real bang for your buck there, AND you can still add balls.

Bring it set up like that to a pinball show and watch all the DMD guys wince even more and quickly run away.

#4 3 years ago

Stick some dolls under the pf glass and watch 'em line up for it.

(that's horrible, I'm sorry

Seriously though, I had never known about an 8 ball setting either. Learn something new everyday.

#5 3 years ago

So far I've got 8 cards for games with settings for 8 balls minimum.
All Gottlieb games.
Astro, Batter-Up, Dimension, Fun Park, Melody, Mini Pool, Palace Guard and Pop-A-Card.
For Hearts And Spades I've only got the 3 Balls minimum card (back and front).
Please send me a scan of the 8 balls version too and if you have it, the 5 balls version.

inkochnito at kpnplanet dot nl

#6 3 years ago

There are a few more I think.
I did a search for "minimum" on my website and the following games came up:
Bank Shot
Card Trix
Flipper Clown
Flipper Parade
Fun Park
Hearts and Spades
Jungle King
Mini Pool
Palace Guard
Pin Up
Rock Star
Ship Ahoy
* Team One (3 and 5 balls only)
World Series

For most of them I've only got the 3 and 5 balls version.

#7 3 years ago

Here is what the 8 ball card for Hearts and Spades looks like.


#8 3 years ago

Hmm I have Team One and didn't know that. I'll have to pull it out and take a look. Maybe I'll be able to beat it now!

#9 3 years ago

Pull it out and check out things in the back of the head when you have a chance - verify for us if there are indeed three settings !

#10 3 years ago

My Team One only has the 3 and 5 ball plugs in the head.

#11 3 years ago
Quoted from NoQuarters:

Here is what the 8 ball card for Hearts and Spades looks like.

Is there anything on the back side?

#12 3 years ago
Quoted from Pinbee:

My Team One only has the 3 and 5 ball plugs in the head.

I guess we can take this one of the list.
Too bad I don't have any of the schematics for these games....

I did a search on the ipdb for Add-a-Ball games and a very long list came up.
Filtering to Gottlieb only revealed 89 games.
Not all of them have 8 balls minimum, but a lot of them have up to "10 balls to play" on their backglass.

#14 3 years ago

The later Gottlieb AAB titles with the additional "litebox advance unit" stepper only do three or five balls to start. These titles include Bank Shot, Ship Ahoy, Team One, Lucky Hand, Neptune, and Rock Star. They also have a "novelty mode" setting where you can't win extra balls. Instead, WOWs are worth 50k points.

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