Hollywood Heat. Somebody always brings it to SFGE, and I play the daylights out of it.
Quoted from MeNaCeFiRe:
Anyone who doesn't like playing Orbitor 1 or Robocop is a jerk
There was an Orbiter 1 for sale at Pinfest 2 or 3 years ago. I hemmed and hawed, and then decided I should buy it... and by the time I did it was already sold. I regret not getting it. My collection is big enough that it could have just been a fun diversion. Regrets... I've had a few.
Lots of great calls here, I enjoy all the games people have mentioned. And if you have a beautiful example of a “bad” game, you should enjoy it without any guilt at all!
Fireball Classic. They said;
It doesn't have Zipper Flippers
The Art is a pale comparison to the Original.
It is not a Real Fireball.
The first Fireball was my first experience with a pinball machine. Played it for days.
When the Classic showed up in 1983 at a local Biker Bar me and Harry risked our life to play it everyday.
Slowly the sounds and the countdown bonus replaced the memories of the EM and became THE sounds of Fireball.
I didn't know Bally was suffering during this period.They made cheap cabinets from MSD, the sides were covered with
decal graphics that faded fast. So did the back glass.
The Pop Bumpers fly to pieces, at least the top parts do. Easy to replace, to make better.
With only 2000-plus made and many destroyed for their boards not a lot out there.
A lot of Folks ooh and ahh over the original EM Fireballs.
Fireball Classic is my guilty pleasure, as far as I'm considered it is Fireball, period.
Quoted from swampfire:
I LOVE Fireball II. I played it at Texas and vowed that if one ever came up locally, I’d jump on it.
Fireball 2 is a great game. Unlike the EM or Classic, "2" embraces devil influences. with demons everywhere and a non-necessary lucifer peering out from a corner of the back glass.
Odin and Wotan were inspired from Germanic Traditions of Imps, not devils, hurling grief upon humanity.
The red guy is not a devil, like Gorgar
Fireball 2 is still affordable and a great player.
I guess I have a thing for Gottlieb System 80b games. My favorites are Victory and Gold Wings. I liked Victory for the numbered shots that you have to finish to complete the race. That game came soooo close to be great, if only they had found a way to incorporate multi-ball into it. Gold wings is also a wacky layout, and once you figure out how to drive up the scoring multiplier, it becomes really fun. I only had Gold Wings for a month or so while I shopped it out for a friend of mine, but man I played the snot out of it.
As much as I like late model EM’s, I love playing my older Bally Bally Odds & Evens and original Fireball. The Odds & Evens can just be so difficult at times, and then there’s the joy of hitting the captive ball on Fireball and releasing the fire gods for multiball! Just a great game with all that action, while it last anyway.
Central Park, Octoberfest which seems not to get the respect it deserves. who the hell cares about the theme when in the end gameplay is all that matters
Never played one, but I've always wondered how easy it is to get into since the layout is very difficult to read. It's like no other playfield on earth.
Roller Disco. Just love the art on it. But it has to be a quality machine. Some I've played have been a lot of fun. Some have been miserable.
How about another pool theme that is incredibly addictive yet nobody ever talks about it. Rack Em Up!! This game is the definition of that “one more game” thing. Everyone sleeps on this pin but it really is a blast to play.
Jive Time. I like the randomness of the back cabinet spinner, and the corners are brutal. Also, to try and light the pop bumpers for more points, requires lots of shots to the top of the playfield to activate them.
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