(Topic ID: 199019)

Roto-targets have disappeared - why?


By westofrome

2 years ago



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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by epthegeek
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#1 2 years ago

Per IPDB, the last game to feature roto-targets was Zaccaria's 1986 Black Belt, prior to that, Gottlieb's 1980 Circus.

Why have roto-targets disappeared from pinball, and is it deserved?

#2 2 years ago
Quoted from westofrome:

Why have roto-targets disappeared from pinball

Cost. Also it's easier to change the value of a target in software. Just took a while to phase them out in the solid state era.

Cool mechanism, though. I enjoy my Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

#3 2 years ago

They cost a lot, they are a servicing headache, and, let's face it, they aren't that cool. They take up WAY too much real estate on a playfield. They also really aren't very satisfying. You don't get that tactile response or THUNK from hitting one, it just kind of glances off and you hope you get credit for the hit.

Not a huge fan.

I thought the rotating 4-sided target on a few Williams EMs was far more clever.

#4 2 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Not a huge fan.

... but the target is! Aaaayyyyyeeeeeee. [finger guns]

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