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What was the first pinball game you ever played?

By fatality83

1 year ago

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    #51 1 year ago

    I think it was Meteor in the a spare room at the volunteer firehouse (my dad was a volunteer firefighter, which in my town at least, it meant you really liked beer.)

    #52 1 year ago

    I can't recall the first one but TAF took the most of my quarters!

    #53 1 year ago

    The 2nd game I played was Gtb Wildlife at our local ice rink, Manchester UK. For the life of me I can not remember the name of the first game I played although I remember playing it and the situation that lead up to playing it. I was about 12 and my parents met up with some old friends one holiday. Their daughter said, “Stef, there’s this awesome game you have to play - pinball.“ It was a short flipper EM and it was incredibly fun although it kicked my ass. That was the start of a passion (addiction/ obsession) that’s lasted till this day.

    #54 1 year ago

    Gladiators. It was this pin which make me love this hobby a long time ago.

    #55 1 year ago

    First game I ever remember playing was South Park in a bowling alley.

    #56 1 year ago

    Gottlieb's Mini-Cycle and a few minutes later, Sing-Along at Pine Tree Bowl in Dearborn, Michigan

    #57 1 year ago

    Black Pyramid. The guy across the street from my house growing up had one in his dining room. It was fascinating at the time since I was probably in 5th grade the first time I played it. I wanted to own one ever since!

    #58 1 year ago

    A pizza parlor in Farmington, MI introduced me to pinball in 1973. They had a Swinger and a Wild Life. I probably played the WL a little more than the other, don't really remember why at this late date. Unfortunately the pizza parlor (and the pins I presume) were destroyed in a fire several months later.

    Some time later I came across a Sky Jump in the local drug store, and played that whenever I got the chance. I remember that one had ALL replays disabled on it (a hand-written index card was taped on the apron under the glass: "NO FREE GAMES ON THIS MACHINE --ORDER OF POLICE DEPARTMENT"). No other pins in that town had that that I ever saw.

    #59 1 year ago

    I got addicted playing Bingo Pinball at the age of 4-5.
    When I was allowed to Walk to school at 7, I got hooked on Williams, Shangri-La.
    I would not each lunch sometimes, and use my lunch money to play.
    Other times, I was winning free games, my parents thought something happened to me, to
    have the Police find me, playing about 3 hours after school.
    Even Played hooky, and spent the whole day there.....Boy was I addicted at a Young Age!

    #60 1 year ago

    Elvira Party Monsters at Harvey's Lake Tahoe...My father gave me $10 in quarters as he played blackjack in the casino.


    #61 1 year ago

    Brand new Sinbad placed in the student center at my college

    #62 1 year ago

    Laser Cue my dad bought it for the family for Christmas... haven’t played it since I was a kid

    #63 1 year ago

    I was in grade school, and I remember visiting my cousin in the neighboring town. He took me over to the local bowling alley. Haunted House was there....and we were blown away when you got to the basement. We had no clue what we were doing.
    Few years later, I remember trying out Taxi ...and thought the spinout cup was so cool.

    #64 1 year ago

    On a bunch of -not so happy- occasions there always seemed to be an Bally Atlantis around,... in fact I didn't knew there were other pinball machines since all games I ever encountered were Bally Atlantis.

    (Wich is a funny story in itself since Atlantis was the last Bally pinball game the importing gambling company "Bally Wulff" brought to Germany, and - as far as I get it 30 years later - presented them to the public followed by an immediate (?) shutdown and selling all that games... - And that kinda seems to have happened in my area since as I said every pinball machine I've encountered was an Atlantis, and that machine is not particulary common.)

    In addition I hated that game, since it relates to bad memories... and for the most part I had trouble to spot the ball with all the lights burned out standing in a dark place.

    That's why I bought one... to reconcile.
    And I actually quite like it and at the moment it is my only (non project) pinball machine.

    Around 2014 I encountered a pretty "Beat the Clock" (and with that remembered that pinball machines exist and learned that they can actually be playable and fun) and soon after jumped into the hobby.

    But forget Addams Family: In my subjective but correct memory Bally Atlantis will always have been the most popular pinball ever!

    #65 1 year ago

    I played at an arcade in a mall. Those don’t exist anymore... The arcades, not the malls. Anyway, it was Addams Family for me!

    #66 1 year ago

    Can't remember the exact first one but I do recall the bingo machines at the local bowling alley and loving F14 and BOPB at Topdog. I'm sure I played other games before but that was when it clicked.

    #67 1 year ago

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    #68 1 year ago

    Bit hazy now,but the earliest recollection i have is:


    I was around 10 at the time and thought how cool would it be to have one at home.Got to 35 until i did.

    #69 1 year ago

    Great thread in that it has me questioning how I came to like pinball. For many of us, I'm sure there are the games we played as kids; those memories are hazy for me. Then, there are the "re-discovery" games as adults where this hobby becomes a true passion.
    For me, those games are Tales of the Arabian Nights and Walking Dead.:

    Sadly, I do not recall what I played as a kid, though I think T2 and Addams Family are reasonable guesses.

    Now, I know I'm happiest when playing Deadpool with friends and family.

    #70 1 year ago

    First game i remember playing was a williams lucky 7 but i had played another game at the corner shop prior to that it may have been a gottlieb Big brave.Both were em's.The first game that hooked me on pinball was a Bally Strikes n Spares.This a great thread.It has jogged my memory to remember why pinball was and still is so much fun.

    #71 1 year ago

    Aladdin's Castle. Played at Myrtle Beach in 1977 with my brothers. I wrote a story about the experience here on Pinside.

    First Pin in my collection, it will never leave as the saying goes...

    #72 1 year ago

    TAF in the back of a card/comic book store. My brothers would trade and buy sports cards. While not being interested in that and 5 or 6 at the time;I’d tag along. I remember needing a milk crate to play it.

    #73 1 year ago

    Our neighborhood 7-Eleven had a Bally Freedom, it was the first game I can remember playing. summer of 77.

    #74 1 year ago

    I can't remember the 1st because I was too young. The 1st pin that foreshadowed this sickness was Little Chief in my friends basement. After elementary school we would run to his house to play until dinner.

    #75 1 year ago
    Quoted from wtuttle:

    Then, there are the "re-discovery" games as adults where this hobby becomes a true passion.

    That’s also a fun question. and that game I do remember. It was Star Trek TNG in my girlfriends brothers basement. She had said he had some arcade games, but as soon as I saw and played that, I wanted one! Evel Knievel showed up at my house a couple months later (quickly followed by Embryon and the Getaway I still own), and the rest was history.

    #76 1 year ago

    First one I can clearly remember was a 1968 Williams Lady Luck, it was up in the cafeteria at the high school quite a few years before I was able to go there.

    #77 1 year ago

    Space invaders that my next door neighbor owned growing up.

    #78 1 year ago

    Terminator 2 when I was 4 years old hanging out at the American Legion while my dad played cards. Never could get enough. It was there for 3 or 4 years before it broke and was removed. I was pretty bummed

    #79 1 year ago

    Tales from the Crypt at a local pool hall. My buddies brother ran the place, and let us play whatever we wanted for free afterhours. Played the SHIT out of it. Still love the game

    Edit: I also remember a family friend had a Gottlieb Spiderman and he let us play it with the glass off and showed us inside of it, that probably sparked my fascination with it too...

    #80 1 year ago

    Pretty sure it was a TAF.

    #81 1 year ago

    Williams Ding Dong, at a local children's theater, of all places.

    #82 1 year ago

    Very interesting to hear all the stories. Keep em coming. Also surprised to see that a lot more people then I ever imagined had games in their own home or knew someone that did. For me I never knew anyone that had these games in their home. I remember always thinking how cool it would be to own one but as a young kid figured it would never be possible.

    #83 1 year ago

    I definitely remember chimp flipping a harlem as a young lad. And a ton of em's that I will never remember (mid 80's timeframe). I remember my brother saying it was "cheating" to trap the ball up, haha.

    My family was into camping growing up, and it seemed nearly every campground had a rec hall with a couple of video games and pin.

    I want to say the first game I realized there were rules and skills involved was F-14, maybe in '88 or so.

    The first game I recall getting somewhat "good" at was cyclone a year or so later (as the games were swapped out yearly).

    I distinctly remember when Banzai Run came out (there was one at my local movie theater), and thinking how crazy cool it was. I remember it being so frustratingly difficult. And I think it was $.50 vs. $.25 for the other games then.

    I VIVIDLY remember seeing T2 when that came out like it was yesterday. MIND. BLOWN. The DMD made it so "special" then.

    I fondly remember when AF was literally everywhere. Every pizza place, theater, family rec places, social clubs, etc. When the other kids were lined up waiting to play SFII/Mortal Kombat, this guy was starting "SHOWTIME!!!".

    Ahh, memories.

    #84 1 year ago

    Hard to remember but it were a few I remember best
    - Space Invaders
    - Paragon
    - Sexy Girl

    It was at an arcade on the promenade in Scheveningen , no longer exist of course.

    #85 1 year ago
    Quoted from rvdv:It was at an arcade on the promenade in Scheveningen , no longer exist of course.

    But there are still a lot of pins on the pier in Scheveningen, or did they remove them all this year?

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