You may remember that several months ago, I bragged about Devolutions’ amazing pinball machine collection? Please don’t be jealous – you’re always welcome to stop by and play (and you don’t need a pocket full of quarters!).

Today I’m thrilled to share that our pinball machine roster has grown from 7 machines to 12! Yes, that’s right: 12!! It’s like we’ve all been transported to pinball heaven.

At a later date, I’ll give you a rundown of the new machines. Today, I really want to shine the spotlight on one in particular that is ridiculously cool. It’s unlike any pinball machine I’ve ever seen – although if you were an arcade fanatic in the 1970s, chances are you’ve seen it many times, and probably played it too.

The 70s Baby!
Maybe I’ve been influenced too much by That 70’s Show and Austin Powers (YEAH BABY!), but I think that being a teenager in the 70s would have been AWESOME. And a big reason is that I could have spent way too much time and money playing our newest (and yet oldest) pinball machine: a fully restored Fireball. It was made in 1972 by the legendary company Bally.
Behold the Epic Fireball

What’s so special about Fireball? There are a bunch of things. First, it’s an electro-mechanical pinball machine, which means it’s not electronic or digital. It works with circuits, relays, motors, switches, etc. It’s also different because there’s a constantly spinning disc in the middle of the game area (and yes, this makes the game harder!). Other sweet features include:

  • Two zipper flippers (they move!!!)
  • Three pop bumpers
  • Three mushroom bumpers
  • Two Slingshots
  • Two captive ball kick-out holes
  • One messenger ball
  • One standup target
  • One spinning disc (as mentioned above)
  • Multiball (2 or 3)
  • Left out lane kickback
  • Right-side ball returns gate
  • Skill ramp shot

On a personal note, I must say that my experience with Fireball hasn’t been very rewarding so far. It’s SO different than what I’m used to that it’s taking me a while to get the hang of it. For example, there’s a short delay between clicking the flippers and actually having them move, and so you need to be VERY fast – and even think ahead a little. But even though I’m not racking up the points (yet!), playing this crown jewel of pinball machines is a real delight. If you’re ever in our part of the world, make sure you stop by and give it a try.

Stay Tuned

As mentioned (and bragged about!), in the near future I’ll spend some time looking at the other new additions to our glorious pinball machine collection. If you’re also a pinball wizard or just have some interesting pinball-related stories, please share them. And if you know where we can find some cool machines, make sure you let us know – we’re always looking to add to the roster.