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Woodrails, tell me about them...let's see them!

By 5280wzrd

4 years ago

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#2 4 years ago

My take is that flipperless games are as fun to play as a broken gumball machine. At any price.

Gottlieb "owned" the 50's, with what are considered by most as the best play/art packages, with a very few exceptions...Bally's Balls a Poppin and Williams Gusher and Sea Wolf come to mind. Those are high $ games, though. I'd suggest looking for a single player Gottlieb, and there are many that are very good players, too many to list here. I'd also suggest that you avoid reverse flipper games, such as College Daze or Joker, where the pivot point of the flipper is on the inside of the flipper. Also, I don't particularly like the "turret shooter" games like Telecard or Buffalo Bill that have nice art packages, but with wide open playfields (like a pitch and bat baseball game) and no pop bumpers.

Prices on woodrails seem to be declining over time, and you should be able to find lots of choices in the $1000 range, +/-.

Once you see something you like, priced and located right, post back and ask opinions for a particular game.

#12 4 years ago
Quoted from DefaultGen:

I have a United Mexico (same playfield as Rio, different rules) and I can say it's more fun than a broken gumball machine. It's the game I play when I don't even have time for a 5 minute game. I mean not pay $500 fun, but better than my old pinball gumball machine.

Well, with that rousing endorsement, I stand corrected. I also stand validated.

#14 4 years ago
Quoted from dgpinball:

My best advice is to make sure you play whatever game you find a lot before you buy, some woodrails are really not good players, and even the ones that are generally considered to be good don't appeal to everyone. Woody's are very subjective, more so I think than any other era.

Hmmm...sounds like a good idea, but why does it make sense to play a $750 game a lot before you buy it, when so many people pay 10X that amount, in advance, for a game they've never even seen, let alone played?

#37 4 years ago
Quoted from BenetBoy78:

1954 and 1955 could have been the best back-to-back years in pinball history to date, IMHO. 2012-1013 were great too.

As McEnroe used to scream, "You can't be serious!!!!!!!"

Unless I am missing something, 2012 and 13 brought us ACDC, Avengers, XMen, Metallica, Star Trek, and WOZ, in various flavors.

6 new games, in two years.

1954-55, just for Gottlieb, not counting Williams:

Green Pastures
Lovely Lucy
Mystic Marvel
Jockey Club
Hawaiian Beauty
Daisy May
Gold Star
Twin Score
Lady Luck
Deluxe Jumbo
Diamond Lill
Stage Coach
Twin Bill
Gypsy Queen
Duette Deluxe
Sluggin' Champ
Southern Belle
Sweet Add-A-Line
Wishing Well
Easy Aces
Spot Pool

And 10 or 11 of those are in the "A" list for woodrails.

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