The Solid State version of Pinball by Stern, was made from September 6 to December 27 1977 with just 1,654 units made.

This was the first solid state machine produced by Stern Electronics Inc. and their first all original design after taking over Chicago Coin at the beginning of 1977.

The game ROM is shared with the following Stern release, “Stingray”, but with a very different playfield layout and target types.

The art and theme is based on an early-mid 1970’s advertisement for Chicago Coin’s Pinball division.

Some changes occurred during production including a switch from the early Bally solid state style backbox that had a door that hinged out the entire front frame and backglass together, to the standard locking backglass that conceals the door.

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Design team

Game Design: Mike Kubin

Game details

Stern Electronics, Inc.
September 1977
Solid state
Stern M-100 MPU
1,654 produced
$920 - $1080


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Game quote

"From the Ad poster Pinball was inspired by: “Watch out for Chicago Coin. We’re going to be the biggest thing in pinball.”"

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