Little Joe

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6 years ago
A fun early 70's Bally, I love the broke gambler , "little Joe" the gates on the right are tough to score and i just love the early 70's bally Mushroom Bumpers, a hold over from the 60's machines, a fun machine, I would be happy to make room for one in my collection
6 years ago
Little Joe is a solid game from Jim Patla and the Bally Team.

The Pros:
This game has quite a bit to do on it and has a unique stacking systemm for scoring points in the game. Ideally you want to hit the 2 or 3 dice from the top (skill shot) and not the 6 or 1 which will remove scoring opportunities in the game. With the yellow mushroom bumpers the action and the switching of features on and off happens in the blink of an eye. Your shot strategy is constatnly changing. You can also plan to hit the targets, but that is trick as the pf is short with so much of the length of the game taken up with the top. Definitely a control game. Pointy people by Mr. Marche round out the package. Forgive me for the pun... I had to do it.

The Cons:
Finding one? The game seems to be a bit slow from the pops (AC power?). The man who I wanted to buy it from wanted too much for it.

The Takeaway:
A great thinking man's table from 1971. Are you looking for the most features on the table, drop a 2 or a 3 from the top lanes. You need just over 5 k to win the game? Shoot for the 5 or 6. All the women on this art package are stuck up prudes but considering the theme, it's perfect and funny as hell. Jim's next game was space time/time zone and that game has crazy skill/randomness with the tunnel in it as well. A hard to find game that is well worth the search. Jim Patla was obviously under the influence of the great Zale with this deck.
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