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Top 10 early solid state games

By DrJoe

7 years ago

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    #51 5 years ago

    I like:
    Harlem G's
    Joker Poker

    I don't consider anything after 1983 "early SS".
    I also can't stand Xenon,
    Playboy, Flash, Kiss, or Gorgar. They are just gimicky and don't contain the gameplay of other respected classics.

    I also want to state that your favorite games from years past are probably not the best games from that time, just the ones you had access to when you were playing pins back then.

    #52 5 years ago

    Black Hole
    Joker Poker
    Black Knight

    #53 5 years ago
    Quoted from snyper2099:

    I also want to state that your favorite games from years past are probably not the best games from that time, just the ones you had access to when you were playing pins back then.

    Wow. Thanks for the insight.

    #54 5 years ago

    No particular Order

    Harlem Globetrotters, Seawitch, Star Gazer, Frontier, Eight Ball Deluxe, Magic, Big Game, Paragon, Viking, FirepowerDSCF1060 copy.JPGBally Classics.jpeg

    #55 5 years ago

    No one has mentioned it yet, but I really like El Dorado City of gold

    #56 5 years ago

    Lets not forget Star Gazer.

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    #57 5 years ago

    6 Million Dollar man is in the 10 ten for me.

    #58 5 years ago

    Here’s a r.g.p. favorite old games poll from august 1994:

    9 votes: Black Knight

    5 votes: Centaur

    4 votes: Haunted House

    3 votes: Black Hole
    Eight Ball Deluxe
    Silverball Mania

    2 votes: Eight Ball
    Jungle Lord
    Space Invaders

    1 vote: Firepower II

    No love for Fathom in the nineties.

    #59 5 years ago

    Really my favorite area!

    Flight 2000
    Black hole
    Big Game

    #60 5 years ago

    No Order:

    Six Million Dollar Man
    8 ball Delux
    Black Hole
    Black Knight
    Haunted House
    Flight 2000

    #61 5 years ago

    I'm still a newbie to this era...

    My 2 clear cut favorites: Farfalla, Devil Riders

    In no particular order: Medusa, Elektra, Stargazer, Black Hole, Paragon, Embryon, Seawitch, Fathom

    #62 5 years ago

    Firepower - game play, multiball and sounds
    Gorgar - speech
    Time Warp - banana flippers
    Black Hole - speed and lower pf
    Playboy - theme and launch sound
    Evil Knievel - art work
    Strikes & Spares - colour and artwork
    Phoenix - game play
    Flash - drops
    Galaxy - art and theme

    #63 5 years ago


    Time Warp, Gorgar, Playboy, and Phoenix all have ZERO gameplay.

    #64 5 years ago

    I guess it depends on what you mean by early. I'm thinking like no later than 83, which would exclude sys 9 games like Space Shuttle. I haven't played all of them, but of the ones I have:

    Eight Ball Deluxe
    Haunted House
    Black Knight
    Black Hole

    I'd love to see a new game with a really crazy layout like Paragon or Haunted House. You don't necessarily need 10 flowing ramps and subways all over to make a game fun and flow well. Most of these games proved that point. And most of them took some big risks for the most part, either in art or layout.

    #65 5 years ago

    My opinion is based on what I have played. Still a few great titles out there, especially some of the early Sterns, that I haven't had a chance to play yet (Star Gazer, Big Game, Seawitch, etc.), but I'm sure I'd love. In alphabetical order.

    Andromeda - fantastic artwork and my favorite of the Game Plan era; love the saucer capture and multiball release; left pop near flippers keeps you on your toes and a tough, satisfying spinner shot.

    Barracora - complicated and interesting scoring, resetting drop targets, and an awesome spinner to rip; what a beauty!

    Embryon - big fan of the polarizing artwork and complete art package of this machine; great shots to the left and right that keep you coming back for more; love the "secret" passage under the left plastic, the flip save, and all of the captured ball shots

    Fathom - incredible in-line drop targets, multiball, great spinner location, and probably the best art package to date; like playing a piece of pinball art

    Flash Gordon - fast, nasty, and unforgiving; great spinner to ramp shots and fun moving all over the playfield to max out multipliers; probably my favorite single-ball SS

    Frontier - great spinner, in-line drops, and incredible collection saucer placement; I'm probably in the minority as far as digging the art package and sounds, but there's just something endearing about them

    Jungle Lord - multi-ball, bagatelle, and magna-save; love the upper playfield drops and the lower playfield horseshoe

    Medusa - another great upper playfield drop target game; the art package is just incredible

    Skateball - great art package and an amazing bonus collect system; love the mismatched outlanes, which keep you on your toes

    Split Second - the table that made me appreciate widebodies. I played it along side of Embryon at PAPA and knew that I had to own both; two great machines to pair up.

    #66 5 years ago

    The one thing in common all these machines have for the most part is amazing original (mostly, some borrowed) artwork.

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    #67 1 year ago

    My top 10 early solid state pins (the best era in my opinion)

    1.) Firepower Williams
    2.) Black hole Gottlieb
    3.) Fathom Bally
    4.) Superman Atari
    5.) Flight 2000 stern
    6.) Xenon. Bally
    7.) Mars god of war gottlieb
    8.) Blackout Williams
    9.) Wild fyre stern
    10.) Incredible hulk gottlieb

    #68 1 year ago

    Talk about a Zombie thread. Come on man.

    #69 1 year ago

    Joker poker

    Both great machines.

    #70 1 year ago
    Quoted from fireball2:

    Also, if you look at the back glass art squinty-eyed it looks just like the female reproductive system. Look at it. Now you see!

    Okay now I can't get on ipdb.org. Did you silly kids bring it down?

    #71 1 year ago

    1-10) Eight Ball Deluxe

    #72 1 year ago
    Quoted from Black_Knight:

    Talk about a Zombie thread. Come on man.

    The Phoenix thread has risen , always good reading though

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    #73 1 year ago

    Too bad this thread did "semi-die" about 4 years ago.

    With all of the new people here, I suppose that many haven't ever played many or those late EM's and early to mid-80's SS that are so fun...and also difficult to find either for sale or somewhere to play.


    #74 1 year ago

    Big fan of early 80's Bally's

    1. Flash Gordon
    2. Centaur
    3. Medusa
    4. EBD
    5. BMX
    6. Elektra
    7. Paragon
    8. Viking
    9. Skateball
    10. Harlem Globetrotters

    #75 1 year ago

    All right... I'll bite this zombie...

    1. Fathom
    2. Joker Poker
    3. Centaur
    4. Medusa
    5. Black Knight
    6. Harlem Globetrotters
    7. Stars
    8. Seawitch
    9. Sinbad
    10. Meteor

    #76 1 year ago

    1. Stargazer
    2. Quicksilver
    3. Fathom
    4. Centaur
    5. Skateball
    6. Seawitch
    7. Magic Castle (zaccaria)
    8. Elektra
    9. Nineball
    10. Gamatron

    #77 1 year ago

    I had Centaur for about 5 years. undoubtedly a top 5 for that list. I wish I still had it.


    #78 1 year ago
    Quoted from Calipindave:

    I had Centaur for about 5 years.

    Had one for like 3 months. Do-not-miss.

    Quoted from brenna98:

    1. Stargazer
    2. Quicksilver

    Ick! Those games are both single shot objective bore-festivals. I mean, Skateball and Seawitch are better designed but even those have layout issues (Seawitch) and scoring exploits (Skateball).

    I will however agree that Fathom is a better game than Centaur.

    #79 1 year ago

    I am a huge fan of early SS games.
    I have: EBD, Seawitch, Farfalla, Genie and Joker Poker
    I would like to round out the top 10 with: Quicksilver, Fathom, Centaur, Stargazer and Pinball Champ'82 (Zaccaria)
    Unfortunately I am out of space, so that won't happen any time soon. I play those more than the modern day machines.

    #80 1 year ago
    Quoted from snyper2099:

    Had one for like 3 months. Do-not-miss.

    Ick! Those games are both single shot objective bore-festivals. I mean, Skateball and Seawitch are better designed but even those have layout issues (Seawitch) and scoring exploits (Skateball).
    I will however agree that Fathom is a better game than Centaur.

    Ha, it's funny how we all have differing opinions on these things. That's what makes it so cool and a community like this important. We need to hear that certain games are not universally loved an accepted but it also gives us some idea of the ones that get large scale acclaim.


    #81 1 year ago

    1. Gorgar
    2. Centaur
    3. Black Knight
    4. Fathom
    5. Firepower
    6. Space Shuttle
    7. Eight Ball Deluxe
    8. Black Hole
    9. Xenon
    10. Fireball II

    #82 1 year ago

    I love me some early ss Bally! Future Spa and Skateball should get asterisks for being fun enough to overcome those bgs and make many people’s lists! Flash too, come to think of it...how did they sell 20,000 of those?

    #83 1 year ago

    I've only owned Fathom of those listed, but if you extend the time-frame from 1984 to 1985...I owned a Comet also. Both of which I had for awhile and enjoyed while I owned them.

    These games are so difficult to find in California, when I look in the marketplace they almost all seem to be east of the Mississippi.

    The ones that I have played (up to 1984) and like: Laser Cue, Fathom, Black Pyramid, Centaur, EB Deluxe, Jungle Lord, Gorgar, Seawitch & Harlem Globetrotters.


    #84 1 year ago

    Flash Gordon

    Oh, do I really have to come up with seven more?

    #85 1 year ago

    I can't disagree with any of these you all have mentioned! I second these...

    Flash (I own one and I love it! 19,500 of these speak for themselves)
    Firepower (just solid all around - only downside - I always see them with torn up playfields - a good sign of popularity)
    Flash Gordon (Good looking and tough - as a kid I hated it for stealing quarters, now I respect it)
    Xenon (simply beautiful!... not groundbreaking etc. but her looks are amazing - 70s sci-fi!)
    Paragon (arrrgh - this one just begs me to keep coming back over and over and I generally don't like widebody)
    Medusa (simply gorgeous - I almost get sad when my ball isn't at the top)

    I will add...
    Galaxy (sorry, I had fun playing it)
    Blackout (GI lights go out - how cool is that)

    #86 1 year ago

    I didn't see these two machines listed and I haven't played them. Maybe someone had them listed and I missed it, but can anyone tell me how these 2 machines compare to the others on your lists? Andromeda & Nine Ball. They look pretty cool.

    #87 1 year ago

    In no order
    Joker Poker
    Star Gazer
    Nine Ball
    Flash Gordon

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    #88 3 months ago

    1. Big Game
    2 fathom
    3. Centaur
    4. Evel Knievel
    5 Harlem globetrotters
    6 playboy
    7 embryon
    8 cheetah
    9 paragon
    10 Bobby Orr

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