Mad World

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Bally Manufacturing Co.

May 1st, 1964

2050 units

Mad World on the IPSND.

Main details

2 player game

mechanical reels







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Playfield details


Design team

Concept: Ted Zale
Game Design: Ted Zale
Mechanics: Ted Zale
Artwork: Art Stenholm
Animation: Ted Zale

Noteworthy features

  • One of the earliest multiball features, Mad World has a feature where a ball can be captured in a feeder slot, which is then let down by progressive steps by hitting two targets (of three; two mushroom targets and a rollover) per step, and finally released back into the plunger lane. This, by design, was meant to allow players to try to steal a captured ball from an opponent. Featuring an asymmetrical layout, the top rollovers are raked to make a plunger skillshot to open the gates for this multiball feature. The gate can then be opened if that shot is missed by hitting a left and then right rollover shot. Truly another amazing Ted Zale innovation and allowing a real skill challenge unlike any other machine of its era.


  • The machine was clearly meant to riff on the success of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", a 1963 movie featuring a large ensemble cast racing to find a buried cache of stolen money. But the whacky Art Stenholm art work isn't a direct quote of the movie characters, but rather a smorgasbord of weird comic personas. The font, however, is taken directly from the "Mad Magazine" font, so was probably done to borrow the sense of satire and comedy from that notable periodical.

Backbox ornament(s)

It is unknown wether any backbox ornaments were available for this machine.

Video mode

This machine has no dot matrix or video display, so it has no videmode.

Latest software version

Latest software version is unknown.

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