(Topic ID: 227624)

Unique EM Machine to play Advice

By zermeno68

7 months ago

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    #1 7 months ago


    I am going to Pinball Madness in Banning, CA this weekend and wondering if some people who know about EM machines can tell me a few things.
    I am looking for EM machines to play considering this is a good opportunity to check them out.

    My questions:

    Which EM machines would you recommend for me to try out?
    Which EM machines have unique features for that time period that is worth a look?

    Some knowledge for other Pinheads would make me appreciate the machines that I will be playing this weekend.

    FYI, I have only played a handful of EM machines in the past. The only one that comes to mind is "Abra Ca Dabra".

    Thanks in Advance!!

    #2 7 months ago

    Doodle Bug, Old Chicago. Something with zipper flippers. Spanish Eyes.

    #3 7 months ago

    4 Million BC or Fireball, both are zipper flipper games with a skill shot, outline kickback and multiball. Way ahead of their time.

    I'd also add Wizard for its flip-flag features, I never pass up a chance to play this one. And if there are any single-player Zaccarias from the late 70s, those are always worth a shot with a distinct kind of feel.

    #4 7 months ago

    A lot of good advice already here! Single player Gottliebs from the 70s are fun (Abra ca dabra is one). The best ones make you choose between two strategies....shoot for points or shoot for specials. You can tell right away why they are called wedgeheads.

    If you can, also try some older games with the really funky flipper arrangements for something different.

    #5 7 months ago

    All Gottlieb wedgeheads...

    #6 7 months ago
    Quoted from poppapin:

    All Gottlieb wedgeheads...

    Particularly the rare last few - Centigrade 37, Gemini, Hit The Deck, Blue Note, Strange World, TKO.

    #7 7 months ago

    Williams reverse wedgeheads.

    Most are extremely challenging, and pretty much the only games from the 60s, beside the Williams multiplayers, to feature drop targets and swinging targets.

    Pit Stop if you can find one. Crowd favorite here.

    #8 7 months ago

    Another unique feature would be the disappearing jet bumper found on Wms. Gusher, Sea Wolf, and Music Man.

    Williams Nags has a rotating platter with six jet bumpers on it.

    Not sure if this place has a diverse enough collection to include any of these though.

    #9 7 months ago

    Thanks everyone for input as I used this for reference as I walked around.

    Day 1 at Banning, CA allowed me to play a LOT of these games!! Concur, Great selection...

    Who cares all the new STERN machines are lined up with people, these games

    Quoted from poppapin:

    All Gottlieb wedgeheads...

    Amen!!! I actually liked most Gottlieb games so far... Just sad that some were not fully maintained (flipper response was weak).

    Quoted from Eightball88:

    really funky flipper arrangements for something different.

    So agree with this comment! Comparing these different positioned flipper arrangements to the "re-skinned" STERN standard 2/3 flipper arrangements really made me like classic games.

    #10 7 months ago

    Beside flipper arrangements did you find any other unique features?

    I've never been there but am also curious which reverse wedgehead Wms they do have.

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