Lightning Ball

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8.236/10
5 years ago
Lightning Ball has one of the best skill shots of any wood rail--that "round the bases" shot that hits the green, yellow, and blue to advance LIGHTNING BALL, and then returns to the flipper for another try is truly addictive. You get into the groove and make 3 or 4 in a row, and you think you're the best player in the world (for about 10 seconds until the gobble holes get you).

The gobble holes really suck, but at least they give you up to 500,000 points (and a special) for getting into one. Learning how to avoid them is the most challenging part of the game.

The play field artwork was way ahead of its time. The lighting bolts, the rainbows, and the heavy use of yellows, greens and blues make the machine look like something from the psychedelic 1960's instead of the boring 1950's. The back glass is another story, either you like it or you don't. Personally, I think the woman is probably the creepiest thing Gottlieb every put on a back glass, especially those dead shark eyes and the weird flame hands covering her breasts, but at least you notice it, so I guess it does its job.

All in all, this is a game that holds your interest, and it's one of the best of the "just one more game" wood rails. It'll be one of the last machines I ever sell.
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