Sure Shot

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This game received 19 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.782 /10

7.782

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #110 in the Pinside EM Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.912

Artwork: 7.524

Sounds/Music: 2.933

Other Aspects: 7.795



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9.128/10
1 year ago
A classic Gottlieb wedgehead, simple but fun layout. I really enjoy roll over games and this one plays to that perfectly. I love how the scoop is more valuable the more light pool balls you have, so there is always something to shoot for. Artwork is a lot of fun and this has become the most played game in my collection by my friends. Play it if you get the chance!
8.428/10
1 year ago
Sure Shot is a classic. Decent and fair rules, good playfield, and some hard shots to hit! You CAN hit the center lane with the flippers with practice, but it's very tough to do. Winning a replay is a rarity. Replay value is high. Great EM.
7.967/10
1 year ago
Sure Shot is a solid Gottlieb wedgehead. Simple but fun job to collect all the balls. You have to be good on the plunge to get the number 1 ball as that's the only way to claim it. More challenging than it looks.
8.100/10
2 years ago
this one lasted a long time..not bad for it's age
6.196/10
3 years ago
I was skeptical about this game upon restoring an example I received for free from a friend (it was a barn find and need a lot of TLC).  Surprisingly, it is a decent game with plenty of scoring opportunities.  The two instances of  bonus based on balls collected—during play at the saucers and end-of-ball bonus—are nice features.   On my example of the game, I have clearcoated the playfield, provided a steep pitch and opened up the outlanes, so Sure Shot provides plenty of challenge--collecting all fifteen billiard balls in one game is not a foregone conclusion…you gotta work for it.  Brutal outlanes on the game, for sure.  I’m not a fan of the art/theme, and it is one of Gordon Morison’s rare misses.  The early-century barroom scene really doesn’t do it for me.  It would have worked better with a greaser pool hall feel, a la Bally’s Eight Ball, and it looks like the side art adopts this style, but the playfield and backglass do not.  Just another instance of Gottlieb keeping their themes as wholesome as possible.   Once all pool balls have been collected, there isn’t really much to do except collect the specials at the saucers and upper middle rollover.  Fun when on location, but may leave the collector wanting more to shoot for once the main goal has been achieved.   This isn’t a game I would have went out of my way to own if it didn’t fall into my lap the way it did, and I can’t see it sticking around for too long, but it’ll be fun for a few months.
9.000/10
3 years ago
Will never leave my collection
7.769/10
4 years ago
Sure Shot was my first EM and it was a beauty! I loved the classic artwork and it looked great in my living room. The rules were simple: hit all the pool ball targets, and then chase the special.
I wouldn’t mind having it back again someday. Good thing I sold it to someone local.
8.451/10
4 years ago
Fun Game. Tough to complete the pool rack. You will feel challenged and will play it over and over.
8.180/10
4 years ago
When shopped correctly and playing like factory new this Gottlieb Pool themed game is a very good player. You must make the 1 ball on the top arch rollover and also be able to flip into the 2 kick out holes at will to beat this tough to beat game by score or special. The wide open playfield is especially nice because you can get the ball moving rally fast without any restrictions and can make for some extra sharp skilled shots from just about anywhere on the playfield. Great artwork/coloring on playfield, cabinet and special nice early 1900's look on the backglass. If you like rollovers then this is the game for you. There are 3 bulls eye targets that play an important part in the kick out hole 1000 point scoring. The game is mid 1970's(no drop targets)but has the 1960's Gottlieb type of playfield layout which is nice and reminds me a little of ther Classic 1960's Gottlieb Bank a Ball. Also the "special" for replay moves from left kick out hole to right kick out hole to center number 1 rollover on top arch, you have to catch it right to score a special. Any target or rollover score moves special around.
8.006/10
5 years ago
A nice but albeit frustrating game. So often so close but ultimately the score falls short of the mark.
Terrific theme backed up by a glorious backglass and complementary playfield. This machine is typical of Gottlieb superiority in the EM era.
I was fortunate to pick up a delightfully original game from the US with low plays and in pristine condition. It assumes pride of place in my collection.
8.063/10
5 years ago
Skill Shot is the AAB version of Bank Shot. Bank Shot was the game that Roger Sharpe used to demonstrate the "skill" involved in playing pinball that got the game back into NYC.

The Pros:
Lots to shoot for. Some shots are gimmes. the lane shots at the top of the PF can be shot from below (so tough) as well as dropped in from above with a bit of nudging and luck. Complete all 15 ball targets ASAP and hit the alternating lit "WOW" at the saucers and the center "1" upper lane. The 1 lane from the top is the "skill" shot Roger hit to prove his point to the NYC legislators and is an absolute priority from the plunger. Lighting 1-5 also lights up the pops which can offer big points!

The Cons:
Finding a copy with a nice PF and BG is a tough call.

The Takeaway:
A very simple, but never easy game from Master K and the king of pinball in the early 70's, Gottlieb. This game is a true player that keeps on giving.
7.075/10
6 years ago
A perfect addition to a game room that has both pinball and pool. It's a fun game with 14 drop targets, acting as balls 1-7 and 9-15.
8.647/10
6 years ago
This game irritates me. The artwork isn't great. The Playfield artwork is colourful but not great. What makes this game so addictive? I find myself playing this game more than all the others in my collection with the exception of Capt. Card. The secret to my liking it so much is those two kick out holes and chasing an elusive special when you've lit all 15 balls. The game always has me coming back for more. I look at the backglass and think "I could have done better than that", yet I find my self smiling at it. I think nostalgia has started to creep into my life big time.
There was a Sure Shot lined up a few games down from an Atlantis in The Crystal Rooms in the Strand in London back in 1976/77. That same arcade now has only gambling machines and is often empty and always soul less a true reflection of modern society.
Sure Shot is a simple yet very infectious game. I was fortunate enough to buy one from a lovely guy in Ottawa. I have restored the cabinet and the Playfield is as good as new. It is ultra fast and whilst it irritates me I can't help but loving it.
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