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Pinside rating

This game received 42 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.223 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #221 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.382

Artwork: 7.495

Sounds/Music: 3.861

Other Aspects: 7.507

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8 months ago
Another really entertaining early solid state from Gottlieb. This pinball might look a little goofy, considering theme and colour- but the gameplay is solid and comparable to some of the best from this era. Once again, here is a game that proves that symmetric playfields doesnt automatically mean boring or stale play. Sure- this is not a fast pinball table, but the shots are challenging and varied with a properly balanced scoring. Biggest drawback is the cabinet art and the monotone bliip-bliip audio. But this is a fun title with a tendency of tempting you with "one more play". Worth checking out.
1 year ago
Not a entertaining game with no real attraction to bring you back a tad disappointing
1 year ago
One of the best System 1 games. Addictive game play and great to play with friends.
2 years ago
If you like shooting for drop targets, this is the game for you! There are 4 banks of 4 drop targets, and basically you are trying to hit down the different banks in order (top left, top right, middle left, followed by middle right) to get multipliers on your bonus. Such a simple ruleset, but somehow it just works. I generally like games with a little more "action", but I really enjoy Count-Down.
3 years ago
simple to play- hard to master. super satisfying when you can get the countdown bonus.
5 years ago
My first pinball love. Everyday after school at Happy Joes pIzza.. We got so good we would put a jacket over the top half of the play field to test ourselves.

This is drop target nirvana. 4 banks, get them in all down in sequence to raise your multiplier up to 5x.

That's it simple straight forward Gottlieb System One. Not much there, but what a great game to play to work on target practice. Rolling this machine over brings a tremendous amount of satisfaction. I own two of them now thanks to Pascal Janins all in one board.... Old Sys One Gottliebs never die...
5 years ago
I love drop targets and hate symmetric fields. This game has both. Pretty straight forward, 4x4 target banks and 4 flipper make for an entertaining game but eventually gets old. The layout is so-so, love the targets and 4 flippers but the upper field is very difficult to access and somewhat a waste of space. The artwork is OK, certainly nothing extra special. Overall a decent game
5 years ago
I grew up playing this one at a small arcade, I got so good at it they would not let me play anymore, lots of fun with basic sound
6 years ago
Easy to understand. Most basic game play. Challenging to get all drop targets. Top 10 for me.
6 years ago
Gottlieb games play a bit differently, compared to the newer machines but can still be a bit of fine. They have a coolness about them but its a personal thing and not for everyone. Countdown has a cool theme and the playfield has a few interesting shots. Having 4-flippers is brilliant and sets this game apart from many. Pretty good effort from Gottlieb. Not for me but id still have a game or two.
7 years ago
So so game. I like drop targets, but could not really enjoy that game. Ugly backglass.
7 years ago
Count Down is one of those games that is SS but feels completely EM. And that works well on this deck.

The Pros:
A simple layout and rule set that makes you shoot sharp or you get worked. 4 flippers that make the entire PF available to you. Hitting the saucer when bonus is lit is a hard thing to do from the upper flippers. Great angles from the lower drop targets. The PF and the BG look great! Another winner from Gordon. The SS version has a more interesting ruleset than the EM deck (Sinbad/Eye of the Tiger, Joker Poker, Pyramid/Cleopatra and the similar vintage)

The Cons:
The game is so straightforward that you end up making the same shots in sequence every ball, every game. I kind of wish there were lanes at the top of the pf sometimes... I would rate the audio higher if it had the chimer conversion on it.

The Takeaway:
A great Krynski/Morrison package that when properly set up will keep you on your toes. Just remember: green-yellow-red-blue and then go for that upper saucer! Your ball will chase goals around the pf from the top to the bottom to the top again.
8 years ago
This game is really hard to walk away from .It looks so simple and easy you think you could just light it up but just try and get that extra ball or free game. When you do get a great score you will know you can do better and keep playing more .With some leds it looks pretty sweet Great pin for the money
8 years ago
A classic early Solid State pin. Great art, four sets of drops, four flippers, and plays fast as hell for its generation. I fell in love with this one at the PHOF.
8 years ago
Simple but effective. Green,Yellow,Red,Blue ball in the hole countdown! Great art never gets old. Sold this pin and picked up a Joker POker
9 years ago
system 1 at his best. Really challenging
9 years ago
I'm a big drop Target fan so count down sort of drew me in . Count Down is a really simple game but very hard and addictive. There are four sets of 4 bank drop targets and you have to knock down each bank in a specific order to score big. This sounds easy but its not. Over all good game that can be found pretty cheap.
10 years ago
A drop target paradise early solid state game. The backglass is beatifull and the sound is typically monotonous. A Challenging game and a change of pace compared to the DMD's.
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