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3 years ago
I picked this game up on a lark and took the time to restore it mechanically and cosmetically even went full color matched LED- I always wanted a cocktail cabinet and most are not known for their amazing game play so I was basically buying this as a novelty and because it was in good shape.

Game play is surprisingly fun, the pop bumper on the bottom left near the out lane adds a lot to the game, the right side out lane save gate is easy enough to open that your constantly trying to make that shot (even though its not points) because it saves the ball- and it works, it brings that shot into the game. Aside from that, you have a couple other shots to make to advance bonus they are not super balanced- easy to hit top left rollover if you just hammer the ball up there- right standing target is a much harder shot- but hey... in just a few games I can tell you what to shoot for and I apparently have developed a little strategy- worse things have happened.

To get bonus multiplier you need to drop a sequence of drop targets- and this is where the game differs from a "pinball" game in that the drop targets each do something different, some reset the drop targets (this can be good or not what you want). Thats a little arcade like and allied leisure was an arcade company- this is a 1979 pinball game with real LED segmented numeric displays... thats very advanced for pinball in that era- but I am not sure I fully get it yet...

The drop targets also operate as typical drop targets, put down a set of them (they have colored symbols in front) and your bonus multipler goes up, again this is something I shoot for, and its another level (think 1979, not Jersey Jack) of strategy brought into the game, and I appreciate that.

All in all- if you want to play pinball but you would like to do so with your beer set firmly on the glass -all in good fun enjoying the throughly retro and decidedly non-annoying beeps and bops ala 1979- its a great game. I can trap the ball, live catch, and generally play pinball. If I want to nudge a game and play serious, I go play one of my full size games, but this is surprisingly fun and honestly packs a whole lot into a very small package.

My kids vote two thumbs up, its their size, is fun, and they can see everything going on.

On another note, the build quality on this is fine, but for every part that Williams or Bally or Gottlieb had engineered to withstand a beating- Allied leisure used plastic. In home use, I hope it holds up and certainly its playing strong and well... but replacement parts are hardly routine.
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