Bally bingos made after 1960 had multiple tilt states - a 'hard' state, from which the game could not be revived without additional money or credits, and a 'soft' state or 'sleeping' state that would allow the player to revive the game by pressing the 'R' button, or playing for extra balls.
A unique mechanism in later Bally bingos, the auto-mission coin divider allowed operators to automatically set aside a portion of the game earnings in a special cashbox for the bar owner.
What if the game you purchased accepted nickels from the factory, but you want to put it on route and collect quarters to match other games that you may have in various locations?
You have to add extra switches or change adjustments to accept the new denomination.
If you wish to just do a one-for-one coin exchange, you just change out the coin mech, but if you want to provide some extra value for higher denominations, you have to add additional circuitry. This gets more complex in Bally bingos, since you have multiple systems that are already working together in the start circuit.
Moon Shot is a neat game with a unique set of ball return gates (shaped like metal flipper bats) on the left and right outlanes.
The layout looks like a skilled player can really rack up points easily by running up the rocket values to 500 points and collecting.
Extra balls, two separate bonus steppers and cool Christian Marche artwork complete the package.
In 1963, Bally was hunting around for a replacement for their bingo business in the U.S.
Things were looking rather bleak, until they hired Ted Zale, the designer that would add multiball, chicane lanes, etc. to later games.
For his first effort, Moon Shot, he made a 100% carbon copy of Gottlieb's Tropic Isle from the year before.
I've had the pleasure of playing Tropic Isle, but I've never seen a Moon Shot.
Tropic Isle has two sets of two pop bumpers, and an A-B-C-D sequence to make a monkey climb a tree on the backglass. Once you get three monkeys up the tree (this is a carryover feature), the game will award specials! You can also light special by completing 1-5 at the top rollovers.
Moon Shot is very much the same with a space theme.
Continuing last night's episode, some interesting tidbits learned while in Ohio, some games I've been working on recently, and various other things going on in my world.
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I spent a few days in Ohio recently, and wanted to discuss some of the games I played and various features that I was either incorrect about in my speculation, or thought would bear in-person impressions.
Had a blast losing on all these bingos!
Continental is the very last Bally bingo pinball produced. In 1980, a Belgian firm ordered the entire run be shipped overseas. This firm ended up using the designs and creating their own line of bingos - which have been produced up to this day (over several company name changes)!
Note that at least some of these games were put out on location in the US - interesting!
Continental is a six card bingo - in fact, it's a feature-for-feature remake of 1978's Dixieland. The only difference is the solid state boardset that drives all of the computation.
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.