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Now displaying: January, 2016
Jan 31, 2016

London is a Mystic Lines bingo with a couple of really cool features.

There is a "Twin Numbers" feature that will light either 17 or 18 if you get one or the other number.  Same for 11 and 19.  That is a really powerful extra feature.

The 'tower game' on this machine is the "Triple Play".  In this case, the game has a symbol for each hole on the playfield (three different).  Your first ball can land in any hole, but then you have to aim for one of the other two symbols.  Your third must be the last symbol.

At that point, you can cash out, or you can shoot the flashing symbol to increase your payout.  You can also do this with your 5th ball!

Accomplishing this meta-game while accomplishing your goals on the standard Mystic Lines game would be challenging indeed.

Backglass:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/london/resources/bg-london-1.jpg

Cabinet:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/london/resources/cab-london-1.jpg

Playfield:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/london/resources/pf-london-1.jpg

Jan 30, 2016

Venice is a 20 hole bingo machine.  This game carries forth the Double-Up special game from the previous game, Orient.  In this case, the max payout has been increased.  The same alternating hole gameplay applies, though.  I think this feature would be very fun.

All 4 star zones can also pay up to 900 replays!

Backglass:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/venice/resources/bg-venice-1.jpg

Cabinet:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/venice/resources/cab-venice-1.jpg

Playfield:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/venice/resources/pf-venice-1.jpg

Jan 29, 2016

Orient is a great 20 hole game with an entry into a whole new world of features: solid state!

That's right, in 1967 Bally was using solid state in a production game!

The solid state component is a 'white-button' feature - a whole separate game that will allow you to play by alternating sinking even and odd numbers.

Very cool, especially as you have to pay attention to the main Mystic Lines game underneath!

Backglass (modified to say Bamboo):

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/orient/resources/bg-orient-1.jpg

Cabinet:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/orient/resources/cab-orient-1.jpg

Playfield:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/orient/resources/pf-orient-1.jpg

Jan 28, 2016

Bahama Beach is the next to last beach-themed bingo that Bally produced.  The beach themes are iconic and (mostly) timeless, aside from the swimwear.  This game contains all the features of the previous, but entirely new artwork, in case the cabaret theme was too racy.

It may also have been a sign that the game itself was very popular, as with the flipper games that reused the same layouts and rules.

The playfield image is a reason not to move your bingo with balls in.  It is easy to smash those light towers when the balls are clanking around.

Backglass:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/bahama_beach/resources/bg-bahama_beach-1.jpg

Cabinet:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/bahama_beach/resources/cab-bahama_beach-1.jpg

Playfield:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/bahama_beach/resources/pf-bahama_beach-1.jpg

Jan 27, 2016

Folies Bergeres is the sister game to Beauty Beach.  It also contains the ability to double or triple one set of odds, quadruple deck scoring, extra balls, the red letter game, all 4 star zones score 300 or 600 replays and Mystic Lines!

Flier:

http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=3105&picno=5764

Jan 26, 2016

Beauty Beach contains all of the features of the previous game, Border Beauty, but adds tripled odds for one color.

Along with, it can double odds for one color, has the red letter game, and can award 300 or 600 replays for all 4 star zones.  The Mystic Lines return for this game as well.

Backglass:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/beauty_beach/resources/bg-beauty_beach-1.jpg

Cabinet:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/beauty_beach/resources/cab-beauty_beach-2.jpg

Playfield:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/beauty_beach/resources/pf-beauty_beach-2.jpg

Jan 25, 2016

Border Beauty is the first 20 hole bingo pinball game.  It has a brand-new feature: Mystic Lines.  This moving numbers feature allows you to swap columns of numbers on the left and right side of the bingo card, and move the center column up and down two positions.  

Border Beauty also allows you to double any color.

 

Backglass:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/border_beauty/resources/bg-border_beauty-1.jpg

Cabinet:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/border_beauty/resources/cab-border_beauty-3.jpg

Jan 24, 2016

Fun Spot '63 is the last of the "Ohio Dime Games" that Jeffrey Lawton has written about in "Bally Bingo Pinball Machines".  These games award score rather than replays, and will retain your score from game to game, though it will reduce by 500 with each new game. 

As Jeffrey mentions in tonight's correction, the games always required a single coin drop.  At that point, it will tick down your score until it either runs out or lights all six cards.

Fun Spot '63 is pretty much exactly the same game as '62's model, but with a different cabinet.

Backglass:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/fun_spot_63/resources/bg-fun_spot_63-1.jpg

Cabinet:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/fun_spot_63/resources/cab-fun_spot_63-1.jpg

Playfield:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/fun_spot_63/resources/pf-fun_spot_63-1.jpg

Jan 23, 2016

Shoot-A-Line is a one-off Bally bingo that has a unique playfield layout: 28 holes!

Each row contains 7 holes, which would make this very challenging.  Especially because each bingo card only contains 25 numbers!

The backglass and cabinet artwork are not very inspired, and I am curious as to why Bally experimented with the playfield layout and iconic image, but the playfield artwork is pretty great!

Backglass:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/shoot_a_line/resources/bg-shoot_a_line-1.jpg

Cabinet:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/shoot_a_line/resources/cab-shoot_a_line-1.jpg

Playfield:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/shoot_a_line/resources/pf-shoot_a_line-1.jpg

Flyer:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/shoot_a_line/resources/fly-shoot_a_line-1.jpg

 

"Look! 28 Holes!"

Jan 22, 2016

Lido is one of the two Futurity games (Bikini is the other).  Often praised for their use as home games, these games will allow you to save up your OK game and play it at a later time.

In this way, rather than relying on the green odds to advance to a particular point before really playing to light the OK feature, you can earn advances on the Futurity for even low green odds.

Lido has a fantastic art package.  For those who have not seen Phil Bogema's restored Lido, I have before and after photos on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.  Check those out - incredibly impressive!

I cannot link those here, but these are great photos of the artwork.

Backglass (with some Magic Screen sections showing):

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/lido/resources/bg-lido-1.jpg

Playfield:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/lido/resources/pf-lido-3.jpg

Cabinet:

http://bingo.cdyn.com/machines/bally/lido/resources/cab-lido-1.jpg

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