(Topic ID: 196251)

Wood Rail rating system?

By Grayman_EM

1 year ago

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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by Jozepp
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    #1 1 year ago

    To be honest I am not sure where to post this. Nothing comes close to the rating of the pinball games here on the board. Please move this if I am wrong in that area of judgment but here it goes.

    I have been looking at wood rails and so have others by the posts but there is no wood rail rating system? I would think they would be included with EM's in some years but you are not going to get the 5 necessary ratings to post I figure. Also the interest is not as great as on the modern machines.

    I don't think there are any wood rails on the TOP 100 EM's? Am I wrong? Just a thought that has anybody ever suggested a third TOP 100 thread for them?

    #2 1 year ago

    Frontiersman and until recent changes in the rating system, Rocket were top 100 pinside EMs. Both of which I own and are definitely top EM games.

    The best thing to do is not go by a rating system, but do your own research and find the art package, layout, and features you like and then hunt them down.

    #3 1 year ago

    Sluggin Champ was number 1 for a while ( 1955 ) but the em ratings system is hit and miss.

    It really doesn't help that they need 5 approved ratings - never going to happen. Should be 2 just to give them a day in the sun.

    Read here for some ratings......


    From 1950 most games rated - woodrails/GTB anyway.

    1954 was probably the high point for Gottlieb titles.

    #4 1 year ago

    Don't look over the roto-target games of the late 50's. I bought my first one, '58 Criss Cross, then quickly added a couple more good ones ('58 Sittin' Pretty and '60 Wagon Train). Got to have a good aim with those little flippers

    When I read the title of the thread, I thought it was about these. This is from '59 HI-DIVER, a four flipper game with back box animation. '60 Dancing Dolls is another keeper here, too.

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    #5 1 year ago

    Love the rating system

    Sittin Pretty is an all time classic - a real brutal game that keeps you coming back for more!

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    #6 1 year ago

    Another vote for HI-DIVER. Just got mine working 100% and it's a very good game with four flippers to keep the ball in the upper part of the playfield and the diver animation on the back glass to score points . Another favorite is SPOT-A-CARD , excellent cards theme , should have never sold it . I think most players don't give woodies a chance , they are a different breed from modern games and even late era EMs. Love the manual ball feed , hate gobble holes. I've found a common problem when working on wood rails is that you often have a ton of bad solder connections and cold solder joints on most of the switch stacks and wiring. It looks okay till you tug on a wire then it pops right off. Don't assume it's a good connection. Manually check every single wire to contact point, it will save you a lot of frustration and time.

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