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Top 3 Gottlieb Wedgeheads

By jgelman

1 year ago


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    #1 1 year ago

    I saw a topic on "Top 3 1970s Williams EMs. My machines have mostly been Gottlieb EMs. I am sure there have been many similar threads in the past and "Top 100 EMs lists etc, but people's preferences change.

    My top 3 are Aquarius (not a collectors classic but the one I played as a kid), Buckaroo, and Flip a Card.

    Curious what others think"

    #2 1 year ago

    El Dorado
    North Star
    Volley

    #3 1 year ago

    Volley
    4 Square
    Strange World

    #4 1 year ago

    Extreme tough to pick just three, but...

    Cow Poke
    Melody
    Lucky Hand

    #5 1 year ago

    Sing Along
    Sweet Hearts
    Gigi

    #6 1 year ago
    Quoted from DB62:

    Extreme tough to pick just three, but...Cow Poke, Melody, Lucky Hand.

    Lucky Hand
    Melody
    Bank Shot

    My personal favorites!

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    #7 1 year ago

    My three:
    Central Park
    Subway
    Skyline

    But I only own Central Park.

    #8 1 year ago

    Sweet Hearts
    Jacks Open
    El Dorado

    #9 1 year ago

    Sky Jump
    Bank-A-Ball
    Kings and Queens

    #10 1 year ago

    Rock Star/Blue Note
    Abra Cadabra
    Strange World

    Honorable Mention: Big Hit

    #11 1 year ago

    I’ve gotta go with

    Flipper: the original
    Majorettes: miracle saves galore
    Melody: a looker with great personality

    #12 1 year ago

    Volley
    Sure Shot
    Jacks Open

    #13 1 year ago

    I have had 13 and the one I'd like back is Majorettes. Nice art and a blast to play.

    #14 1 year ago

    Lucky Hand
    Bank Shot
    Atlantis
    honorable mention Slick Chick

    #15 1 year ago

    Capt Card
    Flip A Card
    King Pin

    #16 1 year ago

    Not possible to name only three. I could probably name a top ten but even that would be tough. I've owned all of the US versions with the exception of TKO and a few Add-A-Balls. MOST of them are great games.

    #17 1 year ago

    You are all wrong. Deep in your hearts, you know the top 3 are:
    Atlantis
    Abra Ca Dabra
    Centigrade 37

    #18 1 year ago

    There's lots I haven't played but of the ones I have.

    El Dorado
    2001
    Jacks to Open

    #19 1 year ago

    63-67 GTB are what I collect. They are all great and lots of "firsts" in that era. But my favorite three are:

    King & Queens
    Buckaroo
    Sweet Hearts

    #20 1 year ago

    Centigrade 37
    Team One
    Sky Jump

    #21 1 year ago

    Flip a card
    Majorettes
    Eldorado

    #22 1 year ago

    Atlantis
    Slick Chick
    Abra ca dabra

    #23 1 year ago

    The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. My vote is:

    Jacks Open
    El Dorado
    Abra Ca Dabra

    #24 1 year ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Not possible to name only three. I could probably name a top ten but even that would be tough. I've owned all of the US versions with the exception of TKO and a few Add-A-Balls. MOST of them are great games.

    I want to hear your picks for the worst 3 wedgeheads.

    #25 1 year ago

    Lucky Hand
    Dimension
    Gold Strike

    Add-a-balls rule for home gamerooms too!

    Just sayin'.

    #26 1 year ago

    Abra Ca Dabra
    El Dorado (or Gold Strike)
    Sky Jump

    #27 1 year ago

    ONLY 3??

    Hmmm:
    Abra Ca Dabra
    Target Pool
    Majorettes
    (Jack's Open and El Dorado as also-rans, LOL).

    #28 1 year ago

    Jacks open
    El dorado
    Abra ca dabra or volley..
    Abra w the nice artwork, volley for the drops!

    #29 1 year ago

    Jacks Open
    Cross Town
    Centigrade 37

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    #30 1 year ago

    2001
    Volley
    Sky Jump

    #31 1 year ago

    Seriously...….They're Wedgeheads!

    How can you possibly pick a top three?

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    #32 1 year ago
    Quoted from c0wb0y:

    I want to hear your picks for the worst 3 wedgeheads.

    Road Race
    Baseball
    Aquarius

    #33 1 year ago

    Co-signed! Boring layout. Most of the points are plunging the 300 lane and hoping the bumpers put it back up there for you. Collecting a special is satisfying, but then you have no desire to play the game again.

    #34 1 year ago

    Abracadabra
    Centigrade 37
    Atlantis

    #35 1 year ago

    Astro
    SweetHearts
    Team One

    #36 1 year ago

    Sky Jump
    Atlantis
    King Pin

    #37 1 year ago

    Centigrade 37
    Buccaneer
    Blue Note

    #38 1 year ago

    C37
    El Dorado
    Atlantis

    #39 1 year ago

    I have pretty much all the classic AABs, but haven't yet set many of them up.
    But if I could only have 3 of the ones that are set up. Diamond Jack for sure,
    Majorettes, maybe Hearts & Spades, (although not actually a Wedge Head),
    but 3rd place (and/or 1st and 2nd) could be one of many titles. Lucky Hand,
    Subway, Cowpoke, and the list can go on and on..

    #40 1 year ago

    Plus one on Subway... ball hardly ever stops... we called the center target "The Pink Pussy Shot" because the insert lights up pink when add a ball is available, and you were a pussy if you didn't go for it.

    #41 1 year ago
    Quoted from yancy:

    Co-signed! Boring layout. Most of the points are plunging the 300 lane and hoping the bumpers put it back up there for you. Collecting a special is satisfying, but then you have no desire to play the game again.

    Haha. I start a thread on Top 3 Wedgeheads, and then there is a post about why Aquarius was a bad choice. Of all of the Wedgeheads, my favorite was selected for this distinction on my own thread. Huh.

    Well.... I do have a special fondness for Aquarius because that was the game I played as a kid. It was when I saw that game in an antique store 18 years ago that I became aware that I could own an Aquarius and one thing led to another.

    Back in the early 1970s, I played pinball in the game room of a swim club in Avon Lake Ohio called Aquamarine. There were perhaps 5-6 machines including Fireball. By far the most popular machine was Aquarius. Perhaps this is because with skill you could rack up free games along with other reasons. BTW, on my HUO Aquarius (my most expensive and only HUO machine), I can get the ball back up to the top with the flippers if I hit is just right.

    This is not a game to appeal to those seeking high scores. I have turned it over (Sam Harvey told me he never did, and so I have bragging rights on that). For me it was all about hoping to light special early, where you can get a free game or many free games by hitting the lit number in 1 of 2 locations. Perhaps some of the appeal of hitting special has less appeal than getting a certain score when home machines are free play.

    Obviously I am biased.

    #42 1 year ago

    1- Hurdy Gurdy
    2 - Majorettes
    3 - Crosstown

    I was thinking on including Slick Chic but mine is such a ball drainer I soon get irritated with the thing. Nice to look at though!

    #43 1 year ago

    Ice Review, Sweet Hearts and Cross Town...favorite Williams reverse wedgeheads are Big Daddy and 4 Roses

    #44 1 year ago

    My preferences are:

    Jacks Open
    K&Q
    King Pin

    #45 1 year ago

    So far, the machine most often on the top 3 list is El Dorado. Behind that is Jacks Open closely followed by C37, Atlantis, and Abra Cadabra.

    Some love for King Pin, Sky Jump, and Sweet Hearts, Crosstown, and Majorettes.

    #46 1 year ago

    Interesting to know that of all of the Gottlieb Wedgeheads, the most common selections - El Dorado, Jacks Open, C37, Atlantis, and Abra Cadabra, are all big flipper games.

    My Gottlieb EMs have always been the small flipper, but one of the reasons I sold a couple of small flipper EM games was because I wanted more than 2 big flipper machines and also more SS and multi-player. Space is an issue.

    #47 1 year ago

    Mopar did mention "Diamond Jack", but I can't believe no one else mentioned "King of Diamonds"!
    I'm an add-a-ball guy, but I'd say it's gotta be #1. It's so hard to name #2 and #3, but "North Star" and "Kings & Queens" are two I wouldn't argue with. All three replay games!!! Shame on me!

    #48 1 year ago
    Quoted from c0wb0y:

    I want to hear your picks for the worst 3 wedgeheads.

    "Road Race"/"Stock Car"
    "Big Casino"
    "TKO" (flame suit on)

    #49 1 year ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    "Road Race"/"Stock Car"
    "Big Casino"
    "TKO" (flame suit on)

    Don't worry JR, you're not alone ....
    Mostly big flipper games for me as well.
    1. Atlantis is always a challenge
    2. Lucky Hand great progressive rules and two ways to collect AABs
    3. King Pin/pin up lots of drops and flippers including two inch.
    Honorable mentions: 4 Square, Dimension/2001 and Capt. Card

    #50 1 year ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    but I can't believe no one else mentioned "King of Diamonds"!

    And funny thing is, and not to disagree, but I traded of a KOD as soon as I went through it.
    For me it was like night & day to DJ, which I myself especially like, but then again, N.S. didn't
    do anything for me, but now that I have added space, I'll be resetting that one up, and willing
    to give her some other tries..
    Not a Wedge Head, but one Replay I've been advised to get set up is 1962 Trade Winds..

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