Blast Off

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Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (United States)

May 1st, 1967

4635 units

Blast Off on the IPSND.

Main details

1 player game

mechanical reels







Popularity and ranking

This machine has been rated by 15 users and currently ranks #1 in the Top 100

Playfield details


Design team

Concept: Norm Clark
Game Design: Norm Clark
Mechanics: Norm Clark
Artwork: Art Stenholm
Animation: Norm Clark

Noteworthy features

  • - there's a right outlane diversion gate to the plunger lane that's activated with a center shot.
  • - alternating orbit shots allowing 300 point scores when lit.
  • - the bagatelle-style "rocket launch" mechanical toy/animation in the backglass adds to the score, or scores a special, when the ball drains, as a form of randomized bonus. This is earned by hitting all ten "countdown" rollovers in the center playfield rocket, in order, with each number from 10 to 1 lighting in order to simulate a rocket launch countdown. The countdown number value rolls over from ball to ball.


  • The Lunar Shot-Italian export version lacked the snazzy cabinet graphics of the US domestic Apollo and Blast Off versions, but has a unique star-lighting system designed to subtly allow gambling payouts. Italian versions were also shipped with flippers with the word "flipper" on them painted white; 'flipper' was a term of art in Italy at the time meaning a particular form of pinball that paid out with replays, which was illegal in the 1960's.

Backbox ornament(s)

The artwork features a backlit control tower overlooking a launch gantry, where a bagatelle-style "Rocket Launcher" mechanical toy is activated by ball drain if the Countdown rollovers are all hit during game play. The bagatelle has a mini-sized steel ba

Video mode

This machine has no dot matrix or video display, so it has no videmode.

Latest software version

Latest software version is unknown.

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