Malibu Beach was the last EM bingo that Bally produced, and the final Magic Screen game.
This game has exactly the same feature set as Laguna Beach (produced twenty years earlier!).
Rumor has it that Nevada asked for a rerun of Laguna Beach to put in the casinos in 1980, and Bally would not agree to reproduce the earlier title. Instead, they agreed to make an entirely new title with the same features.
Nevada changed their mind after Bally went to the trouble of producing the games... and as such, "somehow", the games got out into the world. It seems to be a fairly common game for home collectors, as I've seen several.
Tahiti is a love/hate game - the last of the 20 hole machines that Bally produced, Tahiti brings back the ball return feature from Galaxy. Instead of returning half of the card, it will return only the balls in either section B or C.
The Mystic Lines return, but this time, can be awarded in any order. You can earn only C or B and so on.
The red letter game does not return, nor do extra balls.
Bally also reduced the amount of replays earned for all four numbers in the star zones to 100.
Galaxy is a one-off bingo with a 24 hole playfield.
You cannot bring the ball back to a ball return on this game. You can actually return one half of the numbers to shoot again. You can also move two columns at a time up or down one position (on this 6x4 card).
This game does not have the spotted numbers features from Miss Universe (another interesting experiment), but it does have extra balls.
Galaxy looks like it was completely engineered to make you lose a ton of money, quickly.
Another holiday visit from Fake Nick Baldridge, this time with a very special guest. Miriam Cobblebottom, widow of the Nantucket Nickel company figurehead, Eustacious Cobblebottom, provides some revelatory insight into the little-known pingame manufacturer’s company history.
Miss America Deluxe is the last of the Miss America games made by Bally.
It contains all the features (extra card, magic lines that move each row of numbers one position left and right, the red letter game, corners scoring on the main card, all 4 star zones score your green 5 in a line odds, and roll overs to extend your time for the moving numbers feature) of Miss America Supreme from the year before.
This game adds the 'red diagonals' feature from High Flyer! In this case, they call them 'Striped Diagonals'. This allows you to win on the odd diagonals, but only on the extra card.
High Flyer is another great six card bingo. This machine has an eight coin max. Your first six coins light the bingo cards, and coins 7 and 8 light the red diagonals (diagonal connections between odd diagonals) on each card.
There are rollovers to light super lines and corners for each card, and the Double or Nothing feature returns!
The third Miss America game from Bally - typified by two bingo cards side-by-side with the ability to move numbers on each row left and right one position.
Miss America Supreme adds 'Star numbers' which can be used to earn 5 in a row green odds, or start a red letter game!
Corners score red 5 in a line, extra balls, and alternating rollovers return from Miss America '75.
Bonanza is the last of the Magic Squares games. Aside from the standard corner mounted squares, there is also a center Magic Line, allowing for some great action - necessary as there are four different colors on the bingo card, corresponding to four true independently moving odds sections.
This game has no extra balls, but has an extended time tree to after 5th, corners scoring for 100 and 200 (at random), and a huge redesign of many of the units inside the head.
This game would be interesting to work on - many units are actually simplified.
A bell will sound as you earn features or odds jumps!
Bali is a three card bingo pinball with a few interesting features:
1) 7 coin max - the game gives you all you can get with 7 coins
2) First three coins light the three cards
3) Second three coins will light "Super Score" - doubling 4-in-line and 5-in-line wins on all three cards
4) Last coin will give you a guaranteed extra ball.
Jeffrey and Robert rejoin the show to talk about various bingos, issues with Bally's design as engineering changed the design of various units, unique or unusual features that were only used once or twice, United games, and the fun method used for us to play the games at Robert and Jeffrey's homes.
I had a great time visiting Robert and Jeffrey - can't wait to talk about the games I got to try on the trip!
Some of the photos from Robert's collection and a great photo of myself, Jeffrey and Robert: