Fire Queen

Pinside rating

This game received 15 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.572 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #176 in the Pinside EM Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.52

Artwork: 8.254

Sounds/Music: 2.402

Other Aspects: 7.616

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7 months ago
The 1 and 4 lights can be made on top, and also by outlane, but the 1-5 sequence resets with new balls. So what's the point of making 1 and 4 by outlane? If an extra ball is earned through black drop targets plus 5 target, then there's no reset.
7 months ago
The 2 player version of the more common 4 player vulcan with the superior backglass. Build up your bonus, light the rollovers, then shoot around the left orbit until the cows come home.
1 year ago
It's fire queen who's related to fireball and more. Has alot of fire bonus. It's the last of the era but has the era feeling with all roll and pops. The ramps are what all pinball is about. The board is the same like the rest of the bunch and is another title. Maybe one day a pinball arcade ver. w/ dairy queen or ????
3 years ago
I enjoy the theme of the game, do wish Fire Queen was re-made as a SS pin.

The artwork is nice, and is especially excellent from it's era. Probably one of my favorites. Fantastic back-glass 6/6.

Take into consideration I give EMs a lower score because they lack the typical sound effects found in SS games. The music & sound effects are very important to me, I included it in my rating. I did not exempt them from the rating just because this is a EM. There is no music, which is understandable on a technical level, but I can't take the repetitive bells, chimes and dings the game cranks out.

I'd recommend this game for folks who are into EMs. EMs just don't work for me.
5 years ago
Fire Queen, the two player version of Vulcan, is superior to its four player brother for two reasons - one of the most gorgeous backglasses in pinball, and with only two score windows, more of it to see. The game plays fast, and an extra ball is just four drop targets and a stand-up target away, but hitting the stand-up target takes good aim to avoid a drain. The game is simple but moves fast. Only 970 units compared to over 3,500 for Vulcan, but get the Fire Queen, especially is you only have room for one or two EMs. A 1977 pin that Gottlieb should have been making into a SS instead of Cleopatra.
7 years ago
This game has decent flow with the lwft loop shot getting back up to the important numbered roll overs. Collect the 4 green drops, extra ball shot, then double your bonus with all white drops down. Scores climb quickly if you can achieve this. Also, the novelty of scoring a special on hitting the last lit number on the outlanes is a fun surprise. Sought after for good reason. Gottlieb got it right on this one.
9 years ago
Game is unique, but too easy to beat. Got rid of it a few years after having a real nice example. Pretty game, and liked the special target feature.
11 years ago
A solid game from Gottleib that plays rather generously.

The Pros:
Great shots and action all over the PF. Gordon Morrison makes that fire queen look great! The whole art package looks vibrant and keeps the excitement high. The orbit on the left side of the PF is a great shot and the four lanes at the top require a soft plunge and nudging. Great angles on the drop targets to make sure the ball travels all over the entire PF. The curved metal rails on the outlanes in conjunction with the sling angle and lower inlane/outlane post mean ball control is a high priority.

The Cons:
Hitting drops to an extra ball all day long can make for extremely LONG game times. Is there and adjustment for this in the game rules somewhere other than just turning off/disconnecting the extra ball target? I always thought there should be another bank of targets under the extra ball standup... what can I say... another bank of drops on a Gottleib game is something that I like.

The Takeaway:
Another Krynski classic design. A good player for the pinhead looking for a classic and relaxing game.

Just like any other pinball game out there, fresh rubbers and maintenance makes all the difference! Get this game nice and crispy and it will take you up, down, across and around the playfield with a big lane on the left. Lots of drops and nudging at the 4 lanes at the top of the playfield will keep you pinball happy!
11 years ago
This is my favorite machine! There's just one thing I don't like about it. The scores required for replays, are just not in line with the way the machine plays. I know I can improve, but I currently hold the high score on this machine at The Silverball Museum/Arcade in Asbury Park, NJ at 160K. and you have to score 110K for a replay. If I was pumping in quarters, I'd have to give up on it.
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