These are games we have retired, but you can still
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Police Force came out when I was past my teenage Pinball heyday, but it is of the same era as Taxi, Elvira, Diner, and other late model Williams alpha-numeric titles that paved the way for the Dot Matrix animated displays that would come out the following year.
This unit has been severely upgraded with all the usual Pinball Medics mods, including a full LED conversion with colour matched inserts and flashers, LED displays, new Fliptronics style flipper mechs, all now pop bumpers, and much more.
Mike Remembers: I was 14 years old and a huge fan of the Bond series since I was into Pinball as a young boy of 4 years. This game is rare, and I only recall playing it in one location at a now closed cinema downtown.
The unique thing about this game is it is based on time, not the number of balls.
Filled with drop targets. you can add time, as when you run out, your current ball is also your last!
This game has been brought back from the dead. It was literally a barn find from the East coast, but due to it’s rarity and the awesome theme, we decided to give it a full overhaul. Come try your hand on this drop target infested precision shooting gallery and see if your flipper fingers are as accurate as a professionally weilded PPK.
Mike Remembers: Xenon was the first game to feature female synthesized speech, and was a real eye catcher with the infinity effect and chase lights. The sound package was a tour de force with distinct female and male voices, and classic Bally electronic sounds.
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.
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!
Mike Remembers: Gorgar was a very popular game that was available to play at many Ottawa locations in 1979, but I remember playing the one at the West end Skateway on Morrison Drive the best.
This game came out at a time when Williams were starting to push the envelope and give Bally a run for their dominance in the world of Pinball Sales and innovation. Gorgar has the distinction of being the first Pinball Machine capable of speech, with a vocabulary of 7 words, used in various combinations to great effect!
It also featured one of the most awesome background sounds ever, a deep thumping heartbeat that speeds up as play progresses.
It is the first use I can think of a playfield magnet, used to temporarily “capture” the ball in the Pit feature, prompting Gorgar to say “ME GOT YOU!”.
This Gorgar has been upgraded with new Bally/Williams Fliptronic style flipper assemblies, LED displays and bulbs with colour matching inserts, rebuilt power supply, MPU and driver board, fuse mods on the bridge rectifiers, and much more.
After a tour of the Arcade, it will be available to purchase through Pinball Medics. But don’t worry, we have two more in stock currently, so the option to slay Demons in Ottawa will still be a reality for some time.
Come experience the first talking Pinball Machine.
Mike Remembers: Star Trek was the only Pinball Machine I can remember from the Fire Button Arcade at the corner of Richmond and Woodroffe from the early 1980’s. It was one of the first Dot Matrix Animation games I can remember, and with the awesome theme featuring call-outs from the actual actors from the original TV series, and the very cool transporter effect, this game did stand out at the time.
This Star Trek was brought back from beyond the grave, stored in a non climate controlled environment for decades, every single board severely damaged or missing, and it’s innards picked through for parts to go with other games.
Now fully refurbished, updated, and bullet proofed, featuring LED displays, all illumination converted to LED with colour matched inserts and flashers, Superband rubbers, fully rebuilt pop bumpers, and much more.
Mike Remembers: I was 12 years old when this game was new, and while I have vague memories of it, I can’t put my finger on a local Ottawa location with this Pinball Machine in it.
It an amazing game, littered with drop target banks! A single drop target, a 2 bank, 3 bank, and 4 bank of drops on the lower playfield, and a 5 bank up top shootable with the mini-flipper!
With 15 drop targets, this game is a beast, and completing the cards associated with each bank of targets makes up the hands that score your bonus.
Featuring a full LED conversion with colour matched inserts, all new drop targets, completely rebuilt pop bumpers with all new parts, all three flippers converted to the modern Bally/Williams Fliptronics systems, and a Pascal All-in-one CPU/Driver board/Power supply allowing for many new gameplay features never available with original equipment.
This game was also produced in an electro-mechanical iteration, and while this game is the solid state version, it retains the original “Chime” Unit for sound, adding an old-school charm to this amazing souped up old game!
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.
Mike Remembers: Supersonic was another one of the great classic Bally machines I enjoyed at Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre in the 70s’ and 80’s. In 1979 when it was new, this game showed up one day, and was an instant fave. It had all the great Bally features I loved then as now, including a 5 bank drop target bank, a kick-out hole, 3 pop bumpers, a spinner, a ball save gate on the right out-lane, 4 stand up targets, and a pile of star roll-overs, including 5 of them in a row on the side alley.
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!
Mike Remembers: Dolly was always a tough game, and it was in several locations in Ottawa, though I can’t say where would have been my most vivid memory of the game. It was a difficult game to beat, and based on that and it seeming somewhat “girly” to me as a young boy, I did not give it the attention I now know it deserves. This is a quintessential classic Bally, and one of the most challenging and exciting early Solid State games in our collection.
Mike Remembers: The first time I laid my eyes (and ears) on a Centaur was at the Games Room on Rideau. This was a game that had a few really cool features that made it stand out immediately. First off, five ball multi-ball. That alone made this game responsible for a good percentage of my chronic early 80’s quarter depletion condition. Of course the artwork is a tour de force, in Greyscale with Red as the only actual colour used anywhere on the glass, playfield, or cabinet.
The other amazing thing unique in all of Pinball to this game, is the analog echo unit, the Bally “Say it Again” board, which complimented the already amazing synthesized speech and futuristic sounds of the Bally “Squawk and Talk”. The background music/sound uses the eerily dissonant “diabolus in musica”, often referred to as the “Devil’s Interval” for those not versed in Latin, a musical scale believed to have been forbidden by the Catholic Church back in the day, reminiscent of the background music in another of my all time faves here at the Arcade, Devil’s Dare, as well as some of my favourite Zeppelin and other Classic Rock songs, and many great pieces of Classical Music.
This Centaur has of course received the full hot-rod & restoration treatment from Pinball Medics, and is a Certified Black Label Bally, featuring rebuilt pop bumpers, Black Rubbers with Superband flipper & post rubbers, Williams/Bally Fliptronic style flipper assemblies, all new drop targets, a full LED conversion using Comet TWIN 2835 SMD bulbs with colour matched inserts, using only a few strategically placed red and mostly Natural White for general illumination, with unfiltered white UNO LED displays to enhance the Greyscale and Red effect that is one of the unique and beautiful features of this amazing classic.
Mike Remembers: This game was at the Arcade beside the Dairy Queen on Walkley just East of Bank Street when it was new. I recall the music and sounds were very advanced at the time, and with three ramps, 3 ball multiball, inline drop targets and 3 flippers, and lots of speech, this was a flashy game. And of course Pinball Medics has upgraded all the flippers to the new Williams system they put on all their old Ballys, rebuilt the custom blue pop bumpers, and performed a full LED conversion with color matched inserts, so like all our games here, plays better and faster than new. It is here at the Arcade for a limited time, and will ultimately be sold or returned to the Pinball Medics showroom once it has passed the Ottawa Pinball Arcade stress test, but in the meantime, come enjoy this great game this summer while it is in residency!
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!
Mike Remembers: F-14 was a fixture at the Games Room on Rideau street, and when I first played it I was blown away by the speed and incredibly fast flow of this game. Of course within a year, this was the norm, but at the time it was like hearing Eddie Van Halen for the first time before everyone else was trying to play like him too.
Four ball multi-ball, four flippers an three police lights on top, the crazy kickback feature, ball save, advanced background music and callouts, this really was a groundbreaking machine, and to this day still plays faster than most games out there.
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!
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!
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:
Mike Remembers: Volley was a fixture at the Merivale Arcade for years, and even a couple of years (think current Iphone models for perspective, pinball technology was moving forward at warp speed from 1976 to 1982) after the advent of Solid State Pinball, Volley was one of the few Electro-Mechanical Pinball Machines to still take in a decent piece of the quarter dropping action. With its plethora of drop targets, beautiful colours, and fantastic artwork, it’s still a fabulous game to play.
Mike Remembers: This pinball machine has not been seen by many, and even as an avid arcade hound when his game was new, I only have vague memories of playing it in Ottawa, though if I had to guess, I think it was at the Wizard on Bank Street, where rare classic Stern games were commonplace. The incredibly fast two level gameplay and three ball multi-ball make this a very challenging game, and the amazing synthesized speech of a Classic Stern is hard to beat. We are thrilled to present yet another in our series of the best playing Classic Stern pinball machines available to be played anywhere in Canada.
Mike Remembers: This machine first caught my eye when it was in front of the shoe rental kiosk at the West end Skateway Roller Disco. It was beside an Asteroids, and they went so well together I spent a lot of time right there as they were two of my fave pinball and video games at the time. The constantly higher pitched background sounds, an abundance of drop targets, and incredibly fast gameplay made this an instant classic, and I’m thrilled to be able to share this game at the arcade.
This rare game was at Hampton Park Bowling Alley when I was 14 years old or so. It was incredibly fast playing, and after playing this game, I considered Stern machines to be up there with the best of them. Great sound effects, a great art package, 4 flippers, and many drop targets make for one of the best games in our collection.
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.
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.
The first Flash I played was at the Merivale Arcade near the North West corner of Kirkwood and Merivale. The background sounds were amazing with their constant ever building intensity, and the first use of high powered Flasher bulbs under the playfield that would go off when you completed a bank of drop targets were stunning, accompanied by electronically synthesized thunder. I would bike a long way just to play this game there when it was new, and it still brings back those early memories as soon as I hit the start button. The playfield configuration is very similar to another of my faves here at the Arcade, Skateball by Bally from 1980. I have to assume the layout was “borrowed” by Bally from this hugely successful groundbreaking machine which established Williams as a serious competitor to Bally, and was the first to use what I consider to be some of the coolest pinball sound packages ever which were common to the Williams games produced over the following few years.
Harlem Globetrotters was another staple at the Lincoln Fields mall in the late 1970’s. This was one game I chose to play not only for it’s cool look and great new fangled at the time Bally second generation electronic sounds, but because it was very generous in the free game department. After racking up a few credits I would sell them at 2 games for a quarter, or face value if there were eager players in wait, to put in the tougher games in the lineup. The inline drop targets were always a favourite as well, and while the double flippers were a hard lesson for many to learn, my early schooling on Capt. Fantastic left me prepared for the treacherous between the same side flipper drain, and has also always been a feature I quite enjoy.
I recall this game from the Imperial Arcade on Bank Street. It was late in the Arcade era when Pinball was in it’s decline before the DMD revolution a few short years later.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Remembers: I was barely 10 years old when I first played the Captain and it was the game that pushed my love of pinball over the top. My grandparents had a winter place in Florida we would visit with an arcade on the grounds, and I spent countless hours pumping dimes into the most amazing pinball machine I could have imagined. Before even knowing the story of Tommy the pinball Wizard, I was captivated by its theme and the incredible artwork by Dave Christensen.
Even after I ran out of coins, I would sit and stare at the detailed artwork, entranced by its beauty and incredible detail. It was as if I knew every character on the backglass and to this day this is still the machine I cherish the most. In the early 1990s, I would play it at the Imperial Arcade at Bank and Gilmore beside Barrymore’s where it brought back memories of my childhood even then. I am thrilled to share this game here at the arcade where it sits in prominence as the shining jewel of the electro mechanical collection.
Mike Remembers: Fire! is another game I remember playing at multiple locations but can’t put my finger on one specific location that stands out in my memory. I do remember the incredibly steep ramps and fast looping shots that would soon become the norm with Williams pinball machines.
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.
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!
Mike Remembers: This is a game I don’t have many memories of playing in the arcades. I have owned a couple and the animated skull is a novel toy and the jumping ramp with the magnetic assist is a great test of hand eye coordination and timing. It is a great “newer” game, and will ultimately be sold for someone to enjoy in their home and make room for some more treasured memories to fill the dream arcade of my youth.
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.
Mike Remembers: My first memories of Flash Gordon were at the Hampton Park Bowling Alley. The incredible sound effects, two level playfield and strobe light combined with inline drop targets made it a very attractive game to play. It was a very challenging game as well and very difficult to obtain a free game on. The quarters seemed to disappear very quickly when playing this game; however, Emperor Ming would always draw you back for one more game with Bally’s amazing speech synthesis capabilities and the games taunting vocabulary.
Now Flash Gordon is fresh back from a visit to the Pinball Medics Custom Shop, Flash Gordon is now a Certified Black Label Bally, joining it’s fellow hot-rodded Classic Pinball Machines in the lineup.
Now featuring Williams Fliptronic style flipper systems all around (even upstairs), completely rebuilt pop bumpers, reenforced machine screwed posts with black rubbers, full color matched LED conversion, LED displays, and all the other features and extensive fine tuning common to the Black Label series of Classic Bally & Sterns featured here at the Arcade.
This machine, like all early Solid State multi-level games, suffered from a lack of flipper power, most obvious when trying to reach the upper play area. While some of our hot-rodded games may feel over the top to some players or purists, this is a game where these modifications can only be felt as a huge improvement in overall game play, and while this game is fast, even faster than new in fact, it now has flippers that can more than handle whatever the game can throw at them.
Mike Remembers: My fondest memories of Star Trek were at the Lincoln Fields shopping centre where it was in residence for some time in the four-pinball line-up at the top of the escalator from the old Woolco Department Store. I remember loving the early electronic sounds reminiscent of some of the theme music from one of my favorite TV shows, and at the time the first of a series of movies. I played the game before seeing the first Star Trek movie, and remember wondering why they were wearing blue uniforms on the backglass.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.