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What’s the oldest pinball you enjoy?

By Trond

18 days ago


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    #1 18 days ago

    Just like the title of the thread: what’s the oldest machine that you truly enjoy? Not so much for the historical value (which is valid) but since you think it’s a great game.

    #2 18 days ago

    Oldest game I've owned is from 1974, but anything from the Gottlieb wedgehead era on works for me. Before that it's more of a novelty.

    #5 18 days ago

    Really enjoyed Kismet when it was at Lyons Classic Pinball. Really fun and challenging for a 1961 stubby flipper game. It was designed by Steve Kordek, who deeply understood how pinball is supposed to work.
    I also like Gottlieb Seven Seas from 1960. A very snappy, fast-playing woodrail with a good layout and artwork (but watch out for the gobble holes!).

    #6 18 days ago
    Quoted from Aurich:

    Oldest game I've owned is from 1974, but anything from the Gottlieb wedgehead era on works for me. Before that it's more of a novelty.

    Yes, I am a big fan of most of the Gottlieb wedgeheads. Atlantis is probably my favorite.

    #7 18 days ago

    Sing Along

    #8 18 days ago
    Quoted from Trond:

    Just like the title of the thread: what’s the oldest machine that you truly enjoy? Not so much for the historical value (which is valid) but since you think it’s a great game.

    So far, Queen of Hearts

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    #9 18 days ago

    My 1954 Williams Major League P&B. So much fun playing that and so nostalgic with the running man unit. It was also the world's first ever 6 player capable machine.

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    #10 18 days ago

    my uncle had this when I was a child...I think it was good? All I remember is, I thought it looked cool.

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    #11 18 days ago

    1950 Gottlieb "Joker". Love that backglass!

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    #12 18 days ago

    1933 Rockola Jig-Saw

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    #13 18 days ago

    Lady Robin hood, 1949. Didn't expect to enjoy it when I bought it on a whim, but it's actually pretty fun

    #14 18 days ago

    1963 Cross Country

    Usually when I play older games, they keep me entertained for a game or two, I appreciate them for what they are, and then I move on. However, I played it at a show last year, and kept coming back to it.

    As far as non-pinball goes, probably 1955 Williams Safari rifle game. There's is/was one at the Silverball Museum in NJ.

    And of course, skeeball is timeless. I had a chance to play some EM skeeball machines, again at the Silverball Museum. I'm not sure of the specific year of those particular games, though.

    Then there's also the 1960s domed basketball games by crown and taito. Those can be a really fun 2-player game.
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    #15 18 days ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    1963 Cross Country

    I shouldn't have sold mine. Had two of them for a short period in time.

    Anyone remember Bill Davis? He cleared one of the PF's

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    #16 18 days ago

    For me GTB Knock Out from 1950. This one I won't sell.

    #17 18 days ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    1950 Gottlieb "Joker". Love that backglass!
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    Very Nice.

    Looks like the artist was going for the "Marilyn Monroe" look there. She was on the rise at that time too.

    #18 18 days ago
    Quoted from marksf123:

    1933 Rockola Jig-Saw[quoted image][quoted image]

    Awesome machine!

    Rockola made 1934 World Series in that similar style too. Another fantastic game, esp for it's time.

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    #19 18 days ago

    For me, any of those oddball woodrails—as long as they have flippers. None in particular, but just in general.

    They really took some fun design risks in the 50s on some woodrails, and I find them all such a pleasure to play.

    On the whole, I find them way more entertaining than most 60s/70s EMs.

    #20 18 days ago

    1938 Stoner Chubbie. We have one at a location I work at and it's a lot of fun for a flipperless game.

    Here's a picture of it when I brought it home to work on it. You have to hit the 15 bumpers to unlight them. Once all are unlit they all relight and every bumper hit scores 2 points that are indicated by the center of the backglass. Hit the lit green #7 bumper to release an extra ball.

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    #21 18 days ago

    Chicago Express. It’s definitely got some of the novelty factor being the first pin with a ramp, but beyond that it’s very satisfying to hit that ramp.

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    #22 18 days ago

    1964 Wms Heat Wave. I have older machines, but this is the one I’m most in love with.

    #23 18 days ago

    Well, for me, it is Comet. I remember hunting this down in laundromats and arcades back in the day. I own one today and won't ever sell it. Very simple game, but nostalgic.

    #24 18 days ago
    Quoted from DOOOMTRAIN:

    Chicago Express. It’s definitely got some of the novelty factor being the first pin with a ramp, but beyond that it’s very satisfying to hit that ramp.
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    Wow, cool. All those metal pieces are nice. Is it aluminum, steel?

    #25 18 days ago

    I play my 1947 flipperless Bally Rocket at least once a week. Love that thing.

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    #26 18 days ago

    1978 Stern Stars. I started in the DMD days and T2 was the pin I played the most growing up, so this is a bit older to me.

    Quoted from undrdog:

    1964 Wms Heat Wave. I have older machines, but this is the one I’m most I’m love with.

    I’m dying to play this one, if for nothing more than it’s appearance in The Thing.

    #27 18 days ago

    1951 Bally Coney Island
    It was the 2nd bingo manufactured by Bally. The first was Bright Lights.

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    #28 18 days ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    For me GTB Knock Out from 1950. This one I won't sell.

    Darn it! I want it!!!!!

    #29 18 days ago

    I appreciate bagatelle games for historical and they feels like plinko from the prices right fun for a couple of plays but gtb sittin pretty I like alot .

    #30 18 days ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    I shouldn't have sold mine. Had two of them for a short period in time.
    Anyone remember Bill Davis? He cleared one of the PF's
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    Sure do! That guy cleared a NOS Paragon playfield for me back in the day, looked amazing of course!

    #32 18 days ago
    Quoted from TigerLaw:

    Target Alpha. Awesome game.

    Target alpha is one of the most underrated games in all of pinball.

    #33 18 days ago

    Funhouse. I’m a 90’s or newer guy

    #34 18 days ago

    Screamo is a good time. It's one of those "one more game" machines for me.

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    #35 18 days ago

    Fleet Jr is from 1934 and is really cool and fun. I hope to buy one this year.

    I just sold my Dodge City to a friend after owning a few years. Its from 1965 and I challenge you to find a better head-to-head game. The rules were made progressive and each player picks up the scoring where the previous player left off. You can steal points and extra balls. I don't like playing multiplayer games on newer machines because they take too long. On Dodge City, a 4-player game goes quick and is exciting.

    Teacher's Pet from 1965 is a great one player game. I play it as much as any game in my game room. I played it earlier today in fact and haven't played any of my other games.

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    #36 18 days ago

    Gottlieb 2001.
    Any Ted Zale late 60's Bally.

    #37 18 days ago
    Quoted from ASAC_Schrader:

    Funhouse. I’m a 90’s or newer guy

    And 34 years prior came the 1st.
    This one has 3 Trap Doors. The Trap Doors make the game.
    Not the oldest machine, but it's the oldest pinball that's set up,
    and it's a good player..

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    #38 18 days ago

    1967 Blast off! Interactive backglass common, stop it! I can't wait for the holiday this uncle gets in the rotation!

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    #39 18 days ago

    I had a 1947 United Mexico with flippers. I was fun for about a month and then nobody wanted to play it. I was happy to let it go even though it looked cool.

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    #40 17 days ago

    Doctor Who.

    If you get the joke, we can be friends.

    #41 17 days ago
    Quoted from ASAC_Schrader:

    Funhouse. I’m a 90’s or newer guy

    You are missing so many great games....

    #42 17 days ago

    For me its Eight-Ball

    #43 17 days ago

    For me it's 1976 Volley, hands down. I love drop target games. Joker Poker, Cleopatra, Count-Down, et al. But the oldest one that I love the most has got to be Volley.

    One of the best games ever made. I just had mine restored. New playfield, backglass, plastics, posts, rubbers, etc. If this is how the game played brand new, holy cow.

    #44 17 days ago

    Not my oldest game but my oldest pinball is Frontiersman (1955). I got it from O-din 2.5 years ago. He said it was a great game and he wasn't wrong. I don't play all my pins every week but I always put a few games on this one. It's still fun every time.

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    #45 17 days ago
    Quoted from ASAC_Schrader:

    Funhouse. I’m a 90’s or newer guy

    Plus one for Funhouse.

    #46 17 days ago

    1931 Mills OFFICIAL

    #47 17 days ago
    Quoted from jackd104:

    Wow, cool. All those metal pieces are nice. Is it aluminum, steel?

    I’m not sure, actually. I don’t own it; I just played it at the Paris Pinball Museum.

    #48 17 days ago
    Quoted from AlexF:

    Not my oldest game but my oldest pinball is Frontiersman (1955). I got it from O-din 2.5 years ago. He said it was a great game and he wasn't wrong. I don't play all my pins every week but I always put a few games on this one. It's still fun every time.
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    You gotta know I want that!
    I'm just across the lake when you are ready.

    #49 17 days ago

    1954 Sweet Add A Line.

    Biggest jackpot game Gottlieb ever did, I believe?

    Complete all 16 rollovers to win 26 credits and a non-stop knocker fest.

    Incredibly hard to do.

    Think even Keith Elwin would struggle to complete this game!

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    #50 17 days ago

    The one that is rumored to be released on a theme I want, but hasn't been released yet because then my hopes and dreams are shattered. /s

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