Quoted from o-din:
Now that I have a Beat the Clock, 8-Ball is about the last EM I would still consider buying after having had so many.
Thank o-din! That's high praise, coming from you. Would that be because Pit Stop, one of your favorite pins, is one of the few EMs that have the same ability to track the two players playfield accomplishments separately? From IPDB:
"The carry-over feature is an example of EM playfield "memory" and is accomplished by the Player Relay alternating between two step-up units. An earlier example of this is Williams' 1966 '8 Ball'."
"Two racetracks in center playfield, one for each player, use lights to show the cars racing. The positions of the cars on the tracks carry-over from ball to ball and do not reset until a new game is started."
My 8 Ball and Surfers purchase was influenced by my upcoming birthday. Did you know that September babies are most likely Christmas babies? Just a theory of mine...
Yes, but the reels only move one at a time and only one position at a time based on the features on the playfield that advance a single score reel, unlike a slot machine. Still, a very cool feature and wonderfully engineered to pay off properly. Note that some may have been mis-wired from the factory. From IPDB:
"Reportedly, an unknown quantity of this game left the factory with the wiring incorrect on the right playfield score reel as compared to the schematic. Two wires were crossed which caused incorrect scoring on some score reel combinations."
Quoted from fabsj82:
...and the button between the slings will drop it just when you need it most. Fun game!
Yes, that is so cruel and challenging as the ball is usually headed straight down the middle! Klondike giveth and Klondike taketh, as do most EMs!