Hearing many good things about the cult classic Swords of Fury, I finally got to play it at a local pinball event. I instantly fell in love with this game! The fast gameplay and constant movement of the ball is intense. The artwork and call outs are very much late 80's...a hybrid of themes from Gauntlet, Lord of the Rings, and He-Man comes to mind. The music is superb. This game was created by some veterans of older pinball design and they really knew how to make the game fun without employing too many complex mechanisms or toys.
When I tried to find a Swords of Fury for sale, I realized the days of these things showing up for $1000 on Craigslist was in the past. I searched for 6 months and finally two games popped up from different sellers on the same night! I went for the retail one rather than the Ebay auction (which ended early). I was told the game was a "9 out of 10" and they put more than 30 hours into it. When it arrived, I cried and sulked for days over the ACTUAL condition, then I set about fixing this game up.
A couple of notes: First, sorry but I didn't take many before pictures. After doing this for years, I just don't spend much time taking pictures of dirty worn pinball machines any more. Second, I am NOT a high end restoration guy. I worship those people and the amazing things they do! This is more of just getting the machine really clean and nice for the average person!