The Ottawa Pinball Arcade
Canada's Largest Classic Pinball Arcade
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Pinball Games

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Black Hole – Gottlieb 1981

Black Hole – Gottlieb 1981

Mike Remembers: This is one of my all time favourite games, and was at Hampton Park Bowling Alley when it was new. It was right beside Haunted House, which was of course also a serious classic.

A difficult game for sure, with a lower playfield, visible through the plexiglass section of the main playfield, and slanted towards the back. You must complete a row of drop targets while you’re down there, compensating for the Pinball equivalent of reverse gravity, or it’s right out the gutter when the ball comes back up after you lose it downstairs!

The multi-ball, while difficult to achieve, is incredible, with three balls over two playfields at once!

This Black Hole has been through the Pinball Medics Custom Shop, and features many incredible modifications, which include;

A full LED conversion with colour matched inserts and psychedelic Black Light style Comet Purple Passion’s in the head, mated with Comet 1 SMD colour changers behind the rotating disc.

The lower playfield illumination has been converted from 24v to 6v, allowing for Comet Twin 2835 SMD Ice Blue illumination from above, combined with a blue Comet Matrix strip on the re-entry tube. The Purple theme is reflected again in the Purple Superband flipper and mini-post rubbers, with black rubbers including post caps rounding out the machine.

Beyond the flashback inducing cosmetic illumination mods, ground mods and pop bumper board mods, of course it features the upgrade of all Six flippers to modern fliptronics style units, proving once again that more cowbell and amps that go to 11 are never a bad thing, regardless of Time Space, and a distinct advantage when it comes to Gravity Wells, and this flipper mod is actually powerful enough to escape the event horizon of the Black Hole at the center of the Ottawa Pinball Arcade Universe.

The existing original working boards will be used for the first couple of weeks at the Arcade to ensure their reliability before being sold as certified working 100% for 14 hours a day every day, to make room for the patiently waiting Pascal all in one boardset which will add many custom features to the gameplay not available with the original equipment. We will update this post once it is installed. Contact us if you need any boards from this game other than the sound board, as it is still required at this time even with the FLIPPP system we will be installing.

Come experience the only Black Label Black Light Black Hole in the known Universes for yourself.

It’s a trip!

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Supersonic – 1979 Bally

Supersonic – 1979 Bally

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.

 

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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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Dolly Parton – Bally 1979

Dolly Parton – Bally 1979

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.

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Centaur – Bally 1981

Centaur – Bally 1981

 

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.

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Party Animal – Bally 1987

Party Animal – Bally 1987

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!

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Genie – Gottlieb 1979

Genie – Gottlieb 1979

Mike Remembers: Genie is one of my all time fave games. It was featured beside Circus (also here at the Arcade) at the Mister Arcade at Bank & Alta Vista when it was new. I always considered these “sister” games, but despite their similarities, I have always far preferred the artwork, theme, sounds, and most importantly gameplay of Genie. It has been on my must have list for many years, and this is the first time I have played one that works well since I was 15 years old! The wide body Gottliebs needed a lot of punch to get the ball around the playfield, and this machine features the first use of newer Williams flipper systems in a classic Gottlieb, making this the first Pinball Medics Custom Shop Black Label Gottlieb! Never have I witnessed a massive wide body Gottlieb that played this fast, it is extremely lively, and with an upgraded Pascal MPU, features additional options and depth of gameplay previously unavailable.

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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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Road Show – Williams 1994

Road Show – Williams 1994

 

Mike Remembers: To be honest, I don’t have any Arcade memories of this game, but it is one of the best DMD games I have played, and is the first in a series of 90’s machines that we have acquired. We have accepted that the 90’s were actually a while ago now, and as such are now considering all the great games from that decade to be “Classic” Pinball Machines. This game has been fully refurbished and upgraded by Pinball Medics and plays amazingly well. While we are moving into the 90’s with our game selection, our prices will still reflect the past, and this and all the newer games coming in will still be one Dollar per game, with 5 balls per game!

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F-14 Tomcat – Williams 1987

F-14 Tomcat – Williams 1987

 

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.

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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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Lightning – Stern 1981

Lightning – Stern 1981

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.

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Meteor – Stern 1979

Meteor – Stern 1979

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.

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Space Invaders – Bally 1979

Space Invaders – Bally 1979

Mike Remembers:

I first remember this from the arcade, I forget which name it was under at that time, at Carling and Broadview. It stood out from any other game at the time (and it still does), and you couldn’t help but be blown away by the double mirror and chasing lights. I walked up to it, dropped a quarter, and rolled the game on my first ball, and played it for the next hour or so. I would also play it at the Mr. Arcade on Alta Vista at Bank, and various other arcades in Ottawa and well beyond.

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Seawitch – Stern 1980

Seawitch – Stern 1980

Mike Remembers:

 

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.

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Harlem Globetrotters – Bally 1978

Harlem Globetrotters – Bally 1978

 

Mike Remembers:

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.

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Skateball – Bally 1980

Skateball – Bally 1980

 

Mike Remembers:  Skateball was a fixture in the Lincoln Fields Mall in 1980, same as Star Trek which I have positioned by its side like I remember them back in the day. A long line of quarters would work its way up the side of the playfield glass as we would all wait for our turn at this awesome super fast playing game with the wicked sound effects and the dude with the mirror shades.

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Royal Flush – Gottlieb 1976

Royal Flush – Gottlieb 1976

 

Mike Remembers: This game was a fixture at the Britannia Pizzeria at the bottom of Britannia Road when I was about 10 years old. We would bike down the hill to Smiley’s Confectionary which was located cross corner from the Pizzeria to stock up on candy and head over to spend the rest of our money knocking down the massive row of drop targets that almost covered the entire width of the centre playfield. As a fan of drop targets, this was one of those amazing old Gottlieb’s that was missing nothing in this area.

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Capt. Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy – Bally 1975

Capt. Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy – Bally 1975

 

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.

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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.

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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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Flash Gordon – Bally 1980

Flash Gordon – Bally 1980

 

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.

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Star Trek – Bally 1978

Star Trek – Bally 1978

 

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.

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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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