The Ottawa Pinball Arcade
Canada's Largest Classic Pinball Arcade
— 2559 Baseline Road, Ottawa —
The Ottawa Pinball Arcade is targeting to re-open the beginning of August, pending the COVID-19 situation at that time.
We will require patrons to wear a mask or face covering, and to follow social distancing guidelines.

Past Pinball Games

These are games we have retired, but you can still
select to read historical Ottawa memories of each game
(you can submit your own memories, too!)

High Speed – Williams 1986

High Speed – Williams 1986

Mike Remembers; High Speed was a groundbreaking machine, heralding the resurgence of pinball in the arcades at a time when video games had all but obliterated their presence in the early to mid 80’s. With it’s amazing background sounds and speech, working police light, and classic Williams feel; fast and smooth.

It was popular game that was found in many locations, but the High Speed at Hampton Park Bowling lanes is the one I played the most, and I will always identify it to that spot.

This High Speed has been thoroughly reconditioned with LED displays, LED illumination colour matched to inserts, rebuilt pop bumpers, new fliptronic style flippers, and a new aftermarket computer, driver board, and sound board, and hours of tweaking to bring the ultimate High Speed experience to the Arcade.

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Vector – Bally 1982

Vector – Bally 1982

Mike Remembers: I don’t have any specific memories that come to mind for this game, it is somewhat rare by Bally standards. This Vector has just been refurbished, and is now in residency at the Arcade before being listed for sale. Come try it now before it’s gone, or buy it yourself! Includes a full LED conversion, Bally/WMS Fliptronic style lower flippers, upgraded roms with additional speech, Superband flipper rubbers and miniposts, and much more!

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Black Knight – Williams 1980

Black Knight – Williams 1980

Mike Remembers:

This game was a fixture all over town, but I remember it best at the Wizard arcade in Carlingwood Mall in 1980. Every day after school I would change busses right in front of the arcade and would of course always visit. This game would have a line of quarters halfway up the playfield with a line of kids to match, and at 50 cents a game, it was doing very good business.

Black Knight was a groundbreaking game for a number of reasons. First multi-level playfield, first use of Magna -Save, speech, 3 ball multiball with playfield points multiplier, 4 flippers, 4 sets of timed drop targets, and a great theme, sound, and light package. All that and a cowbell!

This Black Knight had been upgraded with all LED illumination featuring colour matched inserts and a full psychedelic general Illumination treatment, LED displays, newer fliptronic style flipper assemblies, Superband flipper and post rubbers, fully rebuilt pop bumper and target banks, and much more!

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Silverball Mania – Bally 1980

Silverball Mania – Bally 1980

Mike Remembers: The first time I saw this machine was at the short lived futuristic multi-levelled Arcade on the East side of Bank Street just North of the Wizard Arcade. This was a fave weekend hangout with the Fat Albert’s Pizza shop right there for a quick break from buying quarters to feed to the machines lining Bank and Rideau, the two Main Streets in Downtown Ottawa, when just a little over 10,000 copies of Silverball Mania were rolling off the presses back in the USA at the Bally production headquarters in Chicago.

No drop targets, but more stand up and rollover targets than you can imagine. One for each letter of S-I-L-V-E-R-B-A-L-L-M-A-N-I-A.

It had advanced sounds at the time as well, similar to Space Invaders Pinball, which came out two months later. Aside from the sounds, they also shared the same center horseshoe feature, as well as the arrangement of 3 pop bumpers stacked Chessboard style with 4 dead bumpers that score but do not “Pop” to repel the ball.

Of course the incredible use of Mirror finish in the background art with the fantasy liquid mercury Silverball Maniacs in a Cosmic Fusion with the liquid mercury Pinball Machines are one of the most iconic and stunning visuals of the medium in that late Golden Era period just before translites and generic cabinet art would start adorning Pinball Machines two years later.

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Lethal Weapon 3 – Data East 1992

Lethal Weapon 3 – Data East 1992

Mike Remembers: I’ve played this game in many different locations, as it was a popular game at the time, but the old Merivale Arcade which I believe was King Arthur’s Court at the time, is where I recall playing it the most often. It was a brand new game at the time, and had advanced sounds, courtesy of Data East, purveyors of fine Pinball tables in said time, with as the still new”ish” at the time Dot Matrix Display!

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Doctor Who – 1992 Bally

Doctor Who – 1992 Bally

Mike Remembers: Doctor Who was one of the first Dot Matrix Display games I remember playing. I played it at the Imperial Arcade on Bank street when it was new as well as many other locations across the city. A great theme with a great soundtrack and tie ins to the seminal BBC series it is based on.

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Six Million Dollar Man – Bally 1978

Six Million Dollar Man – Bally 1978

 

Mike Remembers: The first time I played this game was at the Pizza shop at the bottom of Brittania Drive, kitty corner to Smiley’s Candy Store, at least that’s all we bought there! The Six player option was pretty cool, and I believe this may have been the first time I heard Bally’s new Solid State electronic sound board. It also holds a bit of Pinball synchronicity for me as this game replaced the first digital display game I ever played, at the same Pizza shop, Bally Eight ball! Odd that with all the Arcades I frequented, this little Pizza shop was my first exposure to these two huge milestones in the history of Pinball. Not only in Ottawa, but in the World!

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Fireball II – Bally 1981

Fireball II – Bally 1981

 

Mike Remembers: My most vivid memories of the Fireball II Pinball Machine were at a corner store in Vanier up the road from my friend’s place.

The three banks of drop targets and both close in and long sweeping shots, combined multi-ball and speech made it a great package, sort of Skateball meets Eight Ball Deluxe, with one of the best art packages to ever grace a mirrored glass.

It is a very challenging game as well and very difficult to obtain multi-ball. This was usually made even more difficult when the qualifier targets so close to the upper flippers were not set up correctly with with properly functioning capacitors.

The good news is, this is another Pinball Medics Custom Shop Black Label Pinball Machine.

This includes a complete LED conversion with custom lamp drivers, LED displays, rebuilt and upgraded processors and power supplies, and much more. And the reason it has black rubbers like newer dot matrix games? We put in our signature flipper upgrade system with matched parallel wound coils, and the old white rubbers don’t last more than a couple of days with these fire breathing monsters!

And yes, the aforementioned caps on the qualifier targets have been replaced and all switches are working flawlessly, so Demon catching has never been easier.

Don’t take our word for it, come experience the ultimate Fireball II for yourself, and find out why the Ottawa Pinball Arcade is renowned for having the best playing Classic Pins in the known Universe. In this era or that from which they were forged!

 

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Eight Ball Deluxe LE – Bally 1982

Eight Ball Deluxe LE – Bally 1982

Mike Remembers: One of my all time favorite games, which I first became acquainted with at the Hampton Park Bowling Alley. This game really had it all and was the perfect combination of sound, light and game play. As a fan of drop targets in general, this game was a tour de force with a seven bank and two sets of inline drop targets. With more ways than any other game I can remember to achieve a “Special”, many hours were spent playing this game over and over, obeying its command to “Quit Talking and Start Chalking”.

This 8 Ball Deluxe is the Limited Edition version, which came out as a re-issue of what is arguably the best Classic Pinball Machine ever made, but what really separates this one from the pack, besides all new drop targets, rebuilt pop bumpers and slingshots, and a head full of new connectors, this is one of our Pinball Medics Custom Shop Black Label Pinball Machines! This includes a complete LED conversion with custom lamp drivers, LED displays, rebuilt and upgraded processors and power supplies, and much more. And the reason it has black rubbers like newer dot matrix games? We put in our signature flipper upgrade system with matched parallel wound coils, and the old white rubbers don’t last more than a couple of days with these fire breathing monsters!

Don’t take our word for it, come experience the ultimate Eight Ball Deluxe for yourself, and find out why the Ottawa Pinball Arcade is renowned for having the best playing Classic Pins in the known Universe. In this era or that from which they were forged!

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Sinbad – Gottlieb 1978

Sinbad – Gottlieb 1978

Mike Remembers: Sinbad was one of those games you saw all over Ottawa back in the day, and that was a good thing, as this game was a pile of fun. With tons of drop targets and not one but two sets of double flippers, this is still a great piece.

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King Pin – Gottlieb 1973

King Pin – Gottlieb 1973

Mike Remembers: King Pin was another of the classic single player Gottlieb tables with smaller wedge shaped heads, commonly referred to as “Wedgeheads” , that graced the Merivale Arcade in the mid Seventies. Its huge row of drop targets is a real challenge to complete, and for its time, similarly to more than several of its Wedgehead brethren, was amongst the most advanced rule sets in Pinball until the advent of Solid State electronics. These games were so coveted by the experienced players at the time, that Gottlieb continued to produce them for a couple of years after the industry had shifted over to Solid State electronics, and Arcade owners knew these Gottlieb mechanical beasts were the Gold Standard in Pinball since the flipper hit the steel ball!

Check out the ten (10!) pin line of drop targets:

 

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Time Line – Gottlieb 1980

Time Line – Gottlieb 1980

 

Mike Remembers:This game was at the Games Room on Rideau for a time. I remember there also being another wide bodied Gottlieb Star80 game there at the same time, Panthera. I enjoyed both those games, and as was the norm for these oversized beasts, the wide body Gottliebs generally had many drop targets, and this is no exception. Awesome sounds and lights add up to a really great hidden gem of a game, as only 3167 were ever produced.

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Pioneer – Gottlieb 1976

Pioneer – Gottlieb 1976

 

Mike Remembers: I can remember seeing this game around back in the late 70’s, but have more vivid memories of the four player version of the same game, Spirit of ’76:

 

This machine was a fixture at the Wizard on Carling across from the Brittania Drive-In. Lots of drop targets, and an almost Bally like symmetrical playfield, which was uncommon on the Gottliebs. I would mistaken it for the similarly themed Bally Freedom, and always be pleasantly reminded of how awesome the old Gottliebs could be.

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Jet Spin – Gottlieb 1977

Jet Spin – Gottlieb 1977

 

Mike Remembers: I can’t say where I played this game and only have only vague memories of it in the days of my youth. It reminds me of one of my favorite Gottlieb’s, Target Alpha, with its use of colour and pulp sci-fi artwork. Although it has no drop targets, I enjoy its asymmetrical playfield design and its inclusion of a roto-target, a vari-target, kick out hole and in lane stand up target which combined make up for the lack of said drop targets.

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Surf Champ – Gottlieb 1976

Surf Champ – Gottlieb 1976

 

Mike Remembers: Surf Champ is a beautiful game that I remember enjoying as a kid. Though I can not remember the specific locations where I played it, with its drop targets, spinner, roll-over, and kick out hole, it possesses most of my preferred features found in pinball machines. Combined with its awesome art work, this remains one of my favorite electro mechanical pinball machines to this day.

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Wizard! – Bally 1974

Wizard! – Bally 1974

 

Mike Remembers: As the sister game of Capt. Fantastic, Wizard! also holds a prominent spot by its side at the Arcade. My earliest memory of this game was at the Wizard Arcade across from the Britannia Drive In Cinema on Carling Avenue. Another beautiful work of art by Dave Christensen, this game would still draw coins from my pocket even after the solid-state pinball machines had taken over, where at 2 games for 25 cents, it was a great value and still a fun game to play.

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Space Station – Williams 1987

Space Station – Williams 1987

 

Mike Remembers: I have always enjoyed Space Station for its fantastic sound track, sound effects, and speech. When the multi-ball mode is achieved, the entire playfield illumination changes from the standard white to green to amazing effect. I don’t remember exactly where I played it, perhaps someone can remind me of some of the locations it was available to play in Ottawa, though I seem to vaguely recall it being at the arcade in the strip mall at Ogilvie and Montreal Road.

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Elvira and the Party Monsters – Bally 1989

Elvira and the Party Monsters – Bally 1989

Mike Remembers: I used to play this machine at the Midway at their first location on St. Laurent Boulevard. It was one of the last games that to me still retains some of the classic feel of the pinball machine of my youth.

This Elvira was the first game to grace the floor of the Ottawa Pinball Arcade, and after 3 years, it came home for a quick visit to the Pinball Medics Custom Shop to receive  a full rebuild and bullet-proofing, and is now a certified Black Label Bally! If you liked the way this game played before, you will be blown away by how it now plays, and looks!

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Comet – Williams 1985

Comet – Williams 1985

 

Mike Remembers: Comet was one of those games that you had to line your quarters on and wait to play. My most vivid memories of it were at the Mister Arcade at Bank and AltaVista. The first ever one million shot in pinball combined with the plastic ramps, which were a novelty at the time, made it a very popular game.

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Eight Ball – Bally 1977

Eight Ball – Bally 1977

 

Mike Remembers: Eight Ball was the first solid state pinball I ever saw. I still remember bicycling to Britannia Road to the pizza shop kitty cornered with Smiley’s confectionary to play Royal Flush with my friend. Imagine my surprise to see Royal Flush pushed to the back of the seating area and a brand new Eight Ball in the front window with bright orange electronic score displays. The fact that the game remembered the balls you had achieved by hitting the corresponding targets from player to player and from ball to ball was nothing short of amazing. From the first game, I knew pinball would never be the same.

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Mata Hari – Bally 1977

Mata Hari – Bally 1977

Mike Remembers: Mata Hari was positioned beside an old Stern Stars at the Spider’s Web Arcade underneath the Britannia Plaza. I would frequent this location throughout my childhood and the arcade owner would always answer my many pinball questions and tell me stories of the games, their makers, and their significance. I remember him explaining to me that this game came in two versions. both solid state with electronic displays, and electro mechanical with the roll over digits. This was at the cusp of the solid state revolution and it seemed that almost overnight the electro mechanical marvels I was so drawn and accustomed to were becoming yesterday’s news. Even at that young age, Dave Christensen’s artwork stood out to me and as it first did with Captain Fantastic, and to this day stands for me as the pinnacle of pinball art and style.

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Power Play – Bally 1977

Power Play – Bally 1977

 

Mike Remembers: My best memory of Power Play was at a little diner in the small town of Waterloo in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. I would visit my grandparents and this was the only pinball machine in the town. My grandmother would reluctantly give me quarters to bike down the hill every morning to play that infernal “slot machine”. I would do my best to achieve as many specials and free games as possible to stretch out my only pinball fix while away from my regular supply of pinball arcades and locations in Ottawa.

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Evel Knievel – Bally 1976

Evel Knievel – Bally 1976

Mike Remembers: The first place I remember playing Evel Knievel was at the House of Pizza at the corner of Woodroffe and Richmond. It was one of the first solid state games I remember playing and was worth the bike ride down the parkway. I remember it again at another Pizza Shop across Baseline Road from the Old Pinto in the Shoppers City West parking lot. Being just a couple of years after his famed jump attempt of the Snake River Canyon, Evel was a great licensed theme at the time.

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Stargazer – Stern 1980

Stargazer – Stern 1980

 

Mike Remembers: I used to play Stargazer at the games room on Bank Street. I always loved the great sound package and the astrology theme was very attractive to me as well. The classic Sterns were some of my favorites and this and some of their other rare titles have always held a special place in my heart.

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The Incredible Hulk – Gottlieb 1979

The Incredible Hulk – Gottlieb 1979

 

Mike Remembers: The only location I remember playing the Incredible Hulk is at the Mister Arcade at Bank and Alta Vista. They always had a great selection of Gottlieb games. The angry Hulk sounds really stood out for me and it always drew me back in because once you lit the specials you could rack up the free games. And with the TV show being a hit at the time made it that much more special.

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Circus – Gottlieb 1980

Circus – Gottlieb 1980

Mike Remembers: The first time I played this game was at Mister Arcade at Bank and Alta Vista. It was an extra wide body Gottlieb, with the largest playing surface of any standard game along side its sister game Star Race. It was nestled beside Gottlieb Genie and while it was not my favorite game at the time, though I have grown to appreciate it much more here at the arcade.

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Devil’s Dare – Gottlieb 1982

Devil’s Dare – Gottlieb 1982

Mike Remembers:
I remember being blown away by the artwork on this game when I first saw it at the Hampton Park Bowling Alley.

Although it was a very difficult game, it drew me back time and time again with its unusual playfield layout, the reverse back hand upper flipper, and its difficult to achieve multi-ball mode.

Combined with its awesome sound track and sound effects, this game has always been one of my all time favorites.

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