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What is the best early SS pinball machine and why?


By Dantesmark

27 days ago



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    #1 27 days ago

    You can only have one.

    #2 27 days ago

    Define "early".

    #3 27 days ago

    Gottlieb 1980 Circus

    #4 27 days ago

    Maybe the most loaded question ever posted, and you can never have only one.

    I'd choose Fathom personally, with Quicksilver a close 2nd.

    #5 27 days ago

    If I could have only one early SS pin it'd be Gtb Black Hole.
    Why? Nice layout, two level PF, speech and wild but
    difficult to get multiball.
    Steve

    #6 27 days ago

    Quicksilver, great layout fast and good sounds.

    #7 27 days ago
    Quoted from RWH:

    Gottlieb 1980 Circus

    This was the quickest game to leave my collection.

    #8 27 days ago

    Gottlieb Punk!

    #9 27 days ago

    Hard for me to pick bc i havent played enough of them... but so far Centaur is at the top of my list. Artwork, simplicity, but challenging.

    #10 27 days ago

    Quicksilver. Two banks of sweep-able drop targets, two spinners, cool artwork, fast, great sounds, awesome bonus countdown, I just wish there were more of them out there for people to play.

    One of the best tutorials for a pinball machine with a blown-out playfield:

    #11 27 days ago

    That green though...

    #12 27 days ago
    Quoted from Mitch:

    This was the quickest game to leave my collection.

    Sorry for your loss.

    #13 27 days ago

    Wow, crazy to see QS being so popular! And deservedly so!

    Stern, time to bring this one back from the vault!

    #14 27 days ago

    Centaur due to its badass art and awesome gameplay

    #15 27 days ago

    Word is they are making zepp using the quicksilver playfield layout... similar to beatles.

    #16 27 days ago

    Paragon!

    Because it always gives you that "just one more game" feeling.

    #17 27 days ago

    I've owned most of the early solid states that I wanted to, only exception being Centaur. I've played it plenty, but haven't owned it to really evaluate. Given that my choice is going with Flash Gordon. I'm comfortable saying that's the best solid state game for me.

    #18 27 days ago

    I think Eight Ball Deluxe is pretty great. Pure and simple, but always has that "one more game" for me in spades.

    #19 27 days ago

    So far Catacomb.

    But need more time on other classic Sterns.

    #20 27 days ago

    That's easy;
    PEZ, Cherry PEZ.

    Ohh wait....That's the answer to an 80s movie question.....never mind.

    #21 27 days ago

    Eight Ball Deluxe

    #23 27 days ago

    Flash Gordon is, in my mind, the best ss game. Love it. Never gets boring

    #24 27 days ago

    Seawitch or flash Gordon. I'm torn.

    #25 27 days ago

    The one we have all played way too much of... Harlem Globetrotters.

    #26 27 days ago

    If I could only have one, it'd be Harlem Globetrotters. If two, add Black Hole. If three, add Flash Gordon.

    #27 27 days ago

    Is Bally eight ball or playboy a contender to anyone?

    Idk that one of those would be my "one and only", but certainly good.

    #28 27 days ago
    Quoted from pacmanretro:

    Is Bally eight ball or playboy a contender to anyone?
    Idk that one of those would be my "one and only", but certainly good.

    Eight ball, yes! Playboy is a good looker but not such a great player.

    #29 27 days ago

    Agree on Eight Ball.

    #30 26 days ago

    See, I would go eight ball too, but I have to admit, I like playboy quite a bit more than many others....just my opinion.

    #31 26 days ago

    Since you asked..... I would have to go with any one of the only Six SS machines that I own:
    Star Gazer, Quicksilver, Frontier, Magic, Harlem Globetrotters, or Nine Ball. Of these I think Quicksilver is my favorite. Magic would be the last to leave my collection though!

    #32 26 days ago

    Bally Strikes and Spares for me.

    #33 26 days ago

    Xenon for best art and sound.

    #34 26 days ago

    Best is in the eye of the beholder. If defining "early" as games from 1977-1981, they were advancing every year with better sound, playfield layouts and rule sets. I roamed arcades and played most released during that period. Have owned dozens since. Many had great artwork but were lacking in game play. It isn't fair to compare a 1977 Eight Ball to a 1981 Centaur. That's like comparing a 1980 VW to a Porsche. Both German engineering but night and day different in performance. Dollar wise for the fun factor my pics are:

    1) 1977 Eight Ball. Bang for you buck, almost 20K made. Nice examples are under $1200. Great artwork. You'll never lose $$ if you buy right.

    2) 1979 Harlem Globetrotters, same as above, cheaper to buy.

    3) 1979 Meteor, great player, lots of fun, cheaper to buy.

    Money no object choices:

    1) Fathom, best of the best, open your wallet wide.

    2) Centaur, Owned it sold it. Great game but like owning a vintage MG, lots of stuff can go wrong.

    3) Flash Gordon, personal favorite for price vs fun.

    4) Embryon, best wide body ever, sorry Paragon ( I own Paragon)

    5) Nine Ball, crazy hard rule set but a blast to play. Anyone selling?

    6) EBD, very challenging game that still hasn't gotten crazy price wise.

    Many more I could list that are great games I love playing.

    #35 26 days ago

    Best write yet!
    Thx!

    #36 26 days ago
    Quoted from tomdrum:

    Best is in the eye of the beholder. If defining "early" as games from 1977-1981, they were advancing every year with better sound, playfield layouts and rule sets. I roamed arcades and played most released during that period. Have owned dozens since. Many had great artwork but were lacking in game play. It isn't fair to compare a 1977 Eight Ball to a 1981 Centaur. That's like comparing a 1980 VW to a Porsche. Both German engineering but night and day different in performance. Dollar wise for the fun factor my pics are:
    1) 1977 Eight Ball. Bang for you buck, almost 20K made. Nice examples are under $1200. Great artwork. You'll never lose $$ if you buy right.
    2) 1979 Harlem Globetrotters, same as above, cheaper to buy.
    3) 1979 Meteor, great player, lots of fun, cheaper to buy.
    Money no object choices:
    1) Fathom, best of the best, open your wallet wide.
    2) Centaur, Owned it sold it. Great game but like owning a vintage MG, lots of stuff can go wrong.
    3) Flash Gordon, personal favorite for price vs fun.
    4) Embryon, best wide body ever, sorry Paragon ( I own Paragon)
    5) Nine Ball, crazy hard rule set but a blast to play. Anyone selling?
    6) EBD, very challenging game that still hasn't gotten crazy price wise.
    Many more I could list that are great games I love playing.

    Great options, but you left out paragon and catacomb.

    The great thing about these games is almost all of them are underpriced.

    -3
    #37 26 days ago
    Quoted from Daditude:

    Great options, but you left out paragon and catacomb.
    The great thing about these games is almost all of them are underpriced.

    Nope, post was spot on. There is nothing amazing about either of the games you mentioned.

    Hell, Big Game is better than either of those two.

    #38 26 days ago

    Hot Tip

    #39 26 days ago

    Fathom. Great shots and fun to try and crank the bonus. Two sets of inline targets. Great artwork.

    #40 26 days ago

    +1 for 8BDLX

    #41 26 days ago

    FIREPOWER!
    Iconic is a word I would use for this game

    #42 26 days ago

    EBD hands down

    #43 26 days ago

    Whats ebd

    #44 26 days ago

    eight ball deluxe

    #46 26 days ago

    Sinbad. One of earliest ss games, and old fav. Gets a bad rap but a fun game

    #47 26 days ago
    Quoted from Hayfarmer:

    Sinbad. One of earliest ss games, and old fav. Gets a bad rap but a fun game

    #49 26 days ago
    Quoted from Dantesmark:

    Sorry... im lazy.

    How dare you start a topic on a forum instead of looking for years old threads that haven't been used in several months /s

    back to topic, I love Harlem Globetrotters. It's affordable, has in-lane drop targets, three (!) spinners, a gate, and the split flippers. It challenges a player to utilize a lot of the playfield.

    #50 26 days ago

    No love for Circus, Com'on, plenty to do. Drop targets, roto targets; spinner; kick out hole for bonus; upper set of flippers and two half loops one each side; fantastic art and before you say it, yes, 1980 sounds. Have mine set a six degrees and it is a blast to say the least.

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