Presentation in February 1979
1st machine designed by Steve Ritchie for Williams.
1st machine featuring a dynamic Background-Sound.
1st machine using FLASH-Lights, which got their name therefore.
1st machine with newly designed, smooth and much faster Flipper-Lanes.
1st machine since decades with a black cabinet, which became soon standard for each manufacturer.
With 19,505 Units built it's the most succesful machine under the Williams-Sign and the 3rd most succesful Flipper-Game of all time.
There were at least 4 more or less licensed versions around the globe - Zeus, Super-Zeus, Storm and Shock with identical artwork and the same playfield-design, sometimes missing some features. It's quite possible that if these versions would be added in the production-run FLASH could be the most-produced machine ever, topping Addams Family's 21,270 units.
Williams experimented at an early stage with black, red and blue models.
Steve Ritchie originally wanted a strobe-light on the backbox but Williams refused. This idea was realized in another way 7 years later on High-Speed.
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