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This game received 15 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.476 /10


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This game ranks #170 in the Pinside EM Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.744

Artwork: 7.188

Sounds/Music: 3.213

Other Aspects: 7.549

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15 days ago
A solid 1970's Gottlieb pinball machine. The rules are straight forward. Two features I like is the progressive (1x to 5x) a 1,000 scoop increased by the green drop targets. This shot mostly depends on luck which makes it a little more exciting. Also the 5 rollovers that bring the ball back to the top of the playfield. It's nice to have an expressway to the top which can reward you based on your shot. It's easy to hit 3 on the way up. 4 is a bit of a challenge and I have yet to hit 5.
2 years ago
Nice game to play. Artwork is not exceptionnal, but good enough.
2 years ago
Great game, one of the best em pins, way better playability than many above it!
3 years ago
Though some people prefer the Fire Queen for her pretty appearance on the backglass over the muscle-bound guy on Vulcan, I think both are thematically great. The playfield always draws my eye with its colorful design and artwork, and something about that fire-ish theme just seems right. The game has plenty of targets and objectives to keep you busy, and the game simply looks great in a lineup. If you can find one in good shape, grab it, you won't be disappointed in my opinion. While not on my top-10 list of EMs, it still holds a special place on the overall list. It's enjoyable and solid, nice artwork and fun to play.
3 years ago
Much easier to find than it's little 2 player sister. Same great playfield artwork and layout. Lots of satisfying shots, including 9 drop targets. Some would argue a bit too easy. Still a classic Krynski/ Morison game frome the end of Gottlieb's great EM run of the 70s.
6 years ago
One of the better 4 player Gottliebs from the 1970's. Asymmetrical play field design, with lots to shoot for, including 9 drop targets. I'm a big fan of 70's Gottlieb games, especially drop target games (of all the EM's I've owned, I have only kept Gottlieb games with drops). It also includes features such as bonus, double bonus, extra ball, and specials. It has a left ally shot with roll-overs that sends the ball back up to the top of the table. This is a very fun, yet challenging design that will keep you coming back for “just one more game.”

I do agree that the 2 player version has a more appealing back glass (Fire Queen), but the overall all art package is nice. The game would be a nice addition to any game room, yet because of space (same old story) I had to sell it (it went to the owner of the Museum of Pinball of So. Cal.). The good news is that I will still be able to play it in the future!

I picked up the game at a yard sale (only the 2nd game I've ever found this way) and it was a project! But with some time and energy it shaped up to be one of the best examples of this title (all the art was fantastically preserved). Cleaning and mechanical issues (plus new bumper caps and new rubbers) and it was a beauty! Hated to sell it!
6 years ago
Fun game, great EM multi-player for family or tournament as skill setting for the ease of collecting the free ball can change the level of difficulty.
7 years ago
Vulcan is one of my favorites EM in terms of game play. Artwork is OK but nothing special.
7 years ago
A solid game from Gottleib that plays rather generously.

The Pros:
Great shots and action all over the PF. Gordon Morrison makes that Vulcan look great! I like the BG on Fire Queen (the 2 player version of this deck) better, but this still looks solid. The whole art package looks vibrant and keeps the excitement high. The orbit on the left side of the PF is a great shot and the four lanes at the top require a soft plunge and nudging. Great angles on the drop targets to make sure the ball travels all over the entire PF. The curved metal rails on the outlanes in conjunction with the sling angle and lower inlane/outlane post mean ball control is a high priority.

The Cons:
Hitting drops to an extra ball all day long can make for extremely LONG game times. Is there and adjustment for this in the game rules somewhere other than just turning off/disconnecting the extra ball target? I always thought there should be another bank of targets under the extra ball standup... what can I say... another bank of drops on a Gottleib game is something that I like.

The Takeaway:
Another Krynski classic design. A good player for the pinhead looking for a classic and relaxing game.
8 years ago
What can I say I own it and love it. For a 1977 last of EM era I thought it was done well. It plays well and has a little of everything for that era. A plus is the adjustable skill shot for an extra ball. The art work is a personal preference since it is the exact same game as Fire Queen.
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