Fireball

Fireball

Pacific PInball Museum Machine Information: Fireball “Fireball” Bally1972 4 Player High Score: none set yet 10/10/03 MCS After many false leads and broken promises, I finally scored the holy grail of EM pinball machines….Fireball! It took a few months as I was on the road working and then the owner had Holiday commitments, and then family obligations,…it was driving me crazy! Then I finally arranged to meet him so the Edster and I drove down to Visalia, CA in my wife Melissa’s van and took a look at it. It was gorgeous! Everything I remembered it was back in 1972 when I first played it at the San Mateo Bowl in Albuquerque. It had a few problems but when I got it home to the Ju Ju, I was able to get everything working perfect. This is a complicated, engaging, hard to beat machine. The artwork by Dave Christensen is second to none. It is one of the best themed games incorporating a center-field spinning disc ridden by a stylized comic–book super devil who graphically hurls fireballs at you mimicking the action of the disc itself. It has multiball engaged by first locking the ball in one of 2 saucers labeled Odin (whom I know) and some other fire god I’ve never heard of; Wotan. But hell, it’s a pinball machine, so forget mythological accuracy! You can release each ball via its own mushroom bumper or free them both and open the right side ball gate by hitting the captive ball to “Release Fire Gods!” and return Wotan to the shooter lane. The skill shot is the best of any machine ever. A simple ramp requires you to go over the wire divider but not past the gate, too soft doesn’t do it either. When you nail it, it goes over 3 rollovers and lights the bumpers. Hard to do even after lots of practice, kinda like throwing a free throw in basketball. There’s no bonus, no extra ball, no special, but they did install some closeable (Zipper) flippers and a kickout to the left death lane which are activated/deactivated by rollover buttons around the spinning disc and a mushroom bumper centerfield. One last thing, after you’ve locked in Odin, a sequencing score from 1 to 5 thousand begins and when you release him, it awards you the score it stops on. What a game! The pride and joy of the PPM!

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Year: 
1972
Manufacturer: 
Bally Manufacturing Corp.
Artist: 
Dave Christensen
Engineer: 
Ted Zale
Collection: 
From the Pacific Pinball Museum Collection, In Memory of Al Garber