Genco's first effort was incredibly solid. Cabinet and playfield were made out of painted aluminum, and could be interchanged with future games.
The game's playfield glass has the score and instructions screened on, along with the scoring information for each of the lanes at the bottom of the game.
Very attractive for only using a small group of colors (red, yellow, brown), along with the combination lifter/shooter lever, and the coin slot on the side of the glass make for a very interesting machine.
A simplified version of Bingo - Baffle Ball has four large circular colored scoring sections, arranged in a diamond pattern.
If you make a matching colored marble into the matching scoring circle, you earn double points! A small trap hole at the top will also double all scores.
Due to the location and construction of the trap hole, landing a ball in that hole is best done on your last shot - otherwise, you are likely to knock the ball out of that hole.
Baffle Ball is Gottlieb's first original design.
3-Ring Circus was the first game that provided a score card from the manufacturer that listed payoffs for particular score thresholds.
The playfield has beautiful pin work, accentuating the 3 rings of the circus.
The flier for this game has all kinds of interesting details.
Bingo was one of the first, if not the first coin operated pinball machine.
Bingo Novelty Manufacturing was the designer and initial manufacturer, however, it was quickly licensed to D. Gottlieb & Co. (a name you may recognize), newly formed, who themselves appeared to have some difficulty keeping up with the demand.
Production was sublicensed to other distributors, including Keeney (another later pinball producer).
Miss America '75 is the second incarnation of Bally's popular Miss America series of games.
A new artist and the double or nothing feature, ported from the 6 card bingos of the early 1970s, makes this game take on another entire dimension. Any ability to earn double the replays normally awarded is pretty cool.
The ability to move every number on the backglass on both cards is still the main draw.
Leader was the first United game to have the extra ball feature. It also used a playfield layout almost exactly the same as the competing Bally for the first time.
This game has attractive coloration on the backglass and playfield, and reminds me very much of games that United made in the 1940s.
The cabinet is one of the floor-length models similar to the earlier United bingo games.
Todd is a former NBA player, pinball collector, and operator in the Pacific Northwest.
He joins me to talk about some of the fantastic EM arcade games in his collection, along with a few new additions.
Todd has a variety of modern games at various establishments around Seattle - be sure to look up those establishments next time you're in town!
Just catching up on what's happening in my bingo world.
I was interviewed by Nate @ coast2coastpinball.com regarding the bingo row and my love of the games. Thanks Nate!
I joined a pinball league and actually played pretty well on my first night (total accident, I assure you).
The ebay auctions I reference:
Miss America was an incredibly popular bingo produced by Bally starting in 1957. They brought this idea out several times throughout the years they were producing bingos.
Magic Lines A-E will light to shift the numbers on each row horizontally, allowing for some interesting combinations.
This game has two cards, and will light card #2 (also called the Extra Card) on a mystery interval (read: multiple coins).
Corners scoring on the main card, quadruple deck scoring, and the best bingo curtains I've yet seen make this a game to remember.
Ballerina was an interesting experiment in bingo history.
A Magic Screen game with positions up to 'H' (the last with this feature), the game gets really interesting when you have the ability to increase the Magic Screen feature awarded by hitting rollovers on the playfield, and the ability to reverse the top row of holes (ex: 1 becomes 7 and 7 becomes 1).
Beautiful artwork (another curtain!), and interesting gameplay make this game very unique.