(Topic ID: 28589)

The Remarkable Bally Class of 1981


By Xerico

6 years ago



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  • Latest reply 6 days ago by Mardi-Gras-Man
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#1 6 years ago

Since I picked up a Spectrum and Fireball 2 this week, I took a moment to review Bally's Class of 1981.

It's an amazing run!

February 1981 - Flash Gordon
April 1981 - Eight Ball Deluxe
June 1981 - Embryon
June 1981 - Fireball II
August 1981 - Fathom
September 1981 - Medusa
October 1981 - Centaur
December 1981 - Elektra

I'm not sure if there was a better year by a single manufacturer.

All of these games are Hall of Fam games in my mind.

Marcus

#2 6 years ago

Great year to be sure. Williams had some great years as well. Not as many games as Bally in 1981, but every game in 1988 and 1990 were awesome.

1988
Banzai Run
Cyclone
Jokerz!
Swords of Fury Williams
Taxi

1990
Diner
Funhouse
Riverboat Gambler
Rollergames
Whirlwind

I was in University during those years and I remember playing those games for the first time. This was before the Internet. A new game was truely a new game. Trade publications weren't readily available back then. It was cool to enter an arcade and see a game you had never seen before.

And the best was yet to come. TAF was truely amazing the first time I saw it....

Cheers,
Duane

#3 6 years ago

Stern in 1980 was pretty damned amazing too:
Galaxy
Ali
Big Game
Seawitch
Cheetah
Quicksilver
Star Gazer
Flight 2000
Nine Ball

#4 6 years ago

...and of course Bally/Williams in 1993
WH2O
BSD
TZ
IJ
JD
ST:TNG

#5 6 years ago
Quoted from DrJoe:

Stern in 1980 was pretty damned amazing too:GalaxyAliBig GameSeawitchCheetahQuicksilverStar GazerFlight 2000Nine Ball

Yep. That's a damn fine list.

Man, 1980-1982 were power packed with awesome games.

My local arcades, in small Texan town, were mostly video games during the early 80s. The convenience stores, go-cart track and skating rink had pinball machines, but the arcades were dominated by video games.

I bet it was quite a site to see these games brand new and in the wild!

Marcus

#6 6 years ago

More uses for my time machine, once I perfect it.

Hadn't thought about the Bally or Stern lists and they are great; but Williams certainly had some awesome years.

6 years later
#7 6 days ago

Wow, 1981 was an amazing year for pinball. Bally put out 8 fantastic games. A feat we will never see again.

#8 6 days ago

I think all of 'the big 4' put out fantastic games in 81, and each company had its own distinctive design and appeal.
This were great times.

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