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Game Show pinball machine by Bally for sale
- Just the standard two lower, in standard size.
- The usual two above the lower flippers.
- Standard spring loaded manual plunger. Delivers ball to raised plastic field for Skill Shot.
- Left/Right Inlane and Outlanes
- Standard setup on both sides, no Kickback or other save mechanism on either side. Right inlane Lights 'SPIN' on wheel. Left Inlane lights 'NUDGE'. Well rubberized in/out posts :).
- The wheel is made up of a circle of lamps in the lower center of the playfield, such as the lightning wheel on BK2K.
- Wheel Ramp
- Wide-mouthed ramp entrance is located about in the center of playfield, like the placement of the ramp in Police Force. After the initial (steep) rise, the ramp takes a sharp right and makes a 270 degree turn, with the return path passing be low the ramp entrance and leading to the left inlane. Entrance to the loop actually passes over an open section of the return path- the ball must 'clear' this crevice to make it through to the loop; if not, it will fall into the lower path and return directly to the left inlane.
- Two, located just below the CASH rollovers, quite obscured by the Wheel Ramp.
- C-A-S-H rollovers
- 4 in-line rollovers at the top of the playfield. Each has a light which can be steered (either way???) with the flippers. The lane lights are repeated on the back-board of the playfield as they are obscured by the skill shot plastic.
- Collect Ramp
- Ramp entrance is located 2/3 way up the playfield on the extreme right side- it actually connects into the plunger lane ramp just after it's initial rise, thus continuing to the Skill Shot playfield..
- Collect Saucer
- Located about 2/3 way up the playfield on the extreme left side, just opposite the Collect Ramp entrance. Only accessible through the Collect Ramp when Collect or Jackpot is lit. Acts as the lock for 2 ball multi-ball.
- Skill-Shot playfield
- a raised plastic field accessed by the plunger lane. Located wholly above the CASH lanes and has 4 holes which drop the ball directly into one of the 4 lanes (BATMAN sound familiar?).
- T-V Targets
- Two single targets located upward and to the left of the Wheel Ramp entrance.
- T-R-U-C-K Targets
- Five single targets lining the Left wall, just below the Collect Saucer.
- T-R-I-P Targets
- Four single targets lining the Right wall, just below the Collect Ramp entrance.
- CAR Drop Target
- Located to left of CASH lanes, accessible by a shot just to left of the T-V targets.
- Rear Loop
- Large radius two way loop around the extreme far end of the playfield. Left entrance is to the left of the CAR drop target. Right entrance is hit by shot passing between the pop-bumpers and the Collect Ramp entrance. Each entrance has a spi nner (or was it just a gate?), a SPOT arrow, and some other lighted features, as explained below. A weak shot into the loop that doesn't make it out the other end will place the ball above the CASH lanes.
- Big Bucks
- A sink hole located behind the CAR target. Only accessible after the CAR target has been dropped. Ball is returned (via an under playfield route) to the Right Inlane.
Game Show has a single level playfield. Plastic ramps for the wheel, skill shot and collect ramps cover alot of the area. There are a variety of shots off the flippers, ranging from the close-quarters Wheel Ramp and the TV, TRUCK and TRIP targets, to th e distant Loops and CAR/Big Bucks shots.
The rear, vertical panel at the far end of the playfield is rimmed with clear bulbs, which continuously 'chase', giving the game a glitzy, game show appearance.
Another noticeable thing is the large "APPLAUSE" studio light on top of the backglass. Lights during most major point scores, as well as randomly whether the game is being played or not.
The backglass depicts the Host, an Assistant, and 4 contestants. If anyone can fill in the names please do.
Host: Keith McTeeth. Asst: Contestants: Ms. Geri Tol,
Start of game quote:
"Welcome to Game Show, I'm your host, Keith McTeeth" (McTeeth is apparent from the cartoon of our host on the backglass).
The plunger delivers the ball to a raised field above the CASH lanes. Object of the Skill Shot is to hit the flashing CASH lane for X Bonus. The flashing lane cannot be steered. Bonus X's start at 2X and max at 10X, with a step value of 1. Because the Collect Ramp connects into the plunger lane, it is possible for a weak plunge to roll backwards down the Collect Ramp and into play. A very weak plunge not even reaching the peak of the Collect Ramp will always return to the plunger.
The whole object of Game Show is to win prizes :). To do this, you must light each prize for collect, then collect them. Once a prize is collected, it cannot be collected again until all others have been collected. Prizes can be lit and collected in an y order.
There are 4 main prizes, a TV, TRUCK, TRIP and CAR. Each prize has a target/target set associated with it. On the multi-letter prizes, each target has a lamp noting whether that letter has been spotted.
Each time a prize is completed (ie, hitting all letters in TRIP), that prize is lit for Collect on the Collect Ramp. The base of the Collect Ramp has a lamp for each prize; a flashing prize means it is ready to be collected. Steadily lit prizes have alr eady been collected. To help the flashing/steadily lit impaired, there is also a large Collect lamp at the entrance to the ramp which indicates if there is a prize to be collected.
Besides direct hits on the prize targets, prize letters can be spotted individually by traversing the rear loop in the direction indicated by the SPOT arrow at the entrance to the loop. One of the two entrances will always be lit; the lit side alternates with things hit like the pop-bumpers and sling shots. Only a full traversal of the loop counts; making it half way through then falling into the CASH lanes don't cut it. The SPOTed loop direction does not change when a loop is completed, thus continuous SPOT loops can be made; a ball returning from a CCW traversal of the loop returning to the left flipper can immediately be shot to the right loop entrance for another SPOT , over and over. It's one of those fast shots that just flipping when the ball nears the flipper seems to put it through the loop again, where it comes back to flipper again, and again... (like the Freeways in High Speed or the Chase Loop in T2). Prize letters are SPOTed from least valuable up; TV letters are given first, then TRIP, then TRUCK, then the CAR.
Now to explain the seemingly simple Collect Ramp. During the Skill Shot and when Collect is not lit, both the plunger and the Collect ramp will continue to the raised Skill shot field, but will be diverted from continuing to the Collect Saucer. Only whe n Collect is lit will the diverter allow the Collect Ramp to continue on to the Collect Saucer, where the prizes are actually collected (well, almost only. More below). However, even if Collect is lit, a weak shot up the Collect ramp not continuing thro ugh the diverter will end up in the Skill Shot field just the same (shot must have enough speed to completely bypass the entire Skill Shot area). A really weak shot can sometimes land back in the plunger lane, just as a weak plunge can sometimes come back down the Collect Ramp.
As each prize is lit for collection, the assistant notes "Collect the [ TV | TRIP | TRUCK | CAR ] !". When a single prize is collected, Keith states "You've just won a [ color tv | fabulous trip | sporty new truck | shiny new car ] !". If multiple prize s are collected in one Collect Ramp shot, Keith adds a little something, for example "You've just won a fabulous trip, a sporty new truck, and that's not all.... a shiny new car!". It's clearly heard that the quotes are pieced together as needed, it's always the same "You've just won..." followed by whatever is appropriate. Needless to say, the whole Game Show environment is quite amusing and the corny quotes really add to the game.
Showcase Bonanza is the major prize round possible after collecting the above prizes. When the four prizes have all been lit for collect, the Collect Ramp is also lit for Lock. It doesn't matter if some prizes have been collected and others not; once the Collect shot has the possibility of completing the Collection of all four prizes, Lock is also lit. Luckily, if some or no prizes have been collected but the rest are lit for collection, hitting the Lock/Collect Saucer will still award the full "You've just won..." sequence, followed by the Showcase Bonanza stuff. Would you believe Showcase Bonanza begins with the quote "Showcase Bonanza!".
Showcase Bonanza is a 2 ball Multi-Ball. The second ball is served to the plunger immediately after the first enters the lit Lock, or after prize collection quotes are finished if needed. During Showcase Bonanza, the Collect Ramp is lit for Jackpot. When the second ball is plunged, and until some switch is hit, the ramp diverter is activated so no shot (including the plunger shot) will continue to the Collect Saucer (where the first ball is now locked). Apon hitting any switch, the first ball is eje cted from the saucer and the diverter is de-energized so a shot up the Collect Ramp will continue to the Collect Saucer, where Jackpot/Showcase Bonanza is scored. Showcase Bonanza/Jackpot starts at $3,000,000 and remains there for the first few seconds after Multi-ball is started. It then begins decrementing at a rate of about $100,000 every couple seconds, and bottoms out at $1,000,000, where it stays until collec ted or a ball is drained.
Showcase Bonanza Quote: "You just won... Showcase Bonanza!!" (could you guess?).
Showcase Bonanza can only be collected once per multi-ball. Game play goes back to normal after it is collected, even if both balls remain in play. Prizes can be lit for collection and collected. The only difference is Lock cannot and will not be lit u ntil one ball is drained, even if all four prizes are collected.
The wheel is scattered with various amounts, ranging from something like $25,000 to $250,000, I think starting at the 12 O'clock position and increasing clockwise. The wheel automatically spins at the start of each ball, placing it in a random position.
The Wheel Ramp can be lit for SPIN or NUDGE. SPIN is lit by the Right Inlane. NUDGE is lit immediately after a successful SPIN and remains lit for several seconds afterwards. Merely hitting the swinging gate at the entrance to the ramp restarts the NUD GE timer. Once NUDGE times out, SPIN must be lit off the Right Inlane to activate the Wheel again. When SPIN is lit, making a full loop around the Wheel Ramp spins the wheel and awards the newly lit value. Making consecutive loops, before NUDGE times out, advances the Wheel one space, and awards that value. As NUDGE is re-lit by the left inlane, wher e the ramp returns to, it is easy to 'nudge' your way all the way around the Wheel. Note to award a SPIN or NUDGE, the full 270 degree loop must be traversed; up the ramp and straight back into the return path doesn't count.
Besides the general point values around the Wheel, there are also 4(?) features connected to 4 of the point values. These are marked by clear, circular lamps on the perimeter of the Wheel. The values (I can remember) are: $1 Million, $4 Million, Lite Ex tra Ball, and Hold Bonus. At any time, one of the features will be flashing. If the wheel lands on the flashing feature (by either SPIN or NUDGE), that value is also awarded along with the point value of that spot on the Wheel.
$1 Million awards $1 Million immediately, Quote: "$1 Million (?)".
$4 Million (not really) lights the Left Loop entrance for $2 Million. If the Left Loop is hit before the $2 Million times out, then the Right loop entrance is then lit for $2 Million, which also times out shortly. Quotes: "Be a contestant for $2 Million, You just won.. $2 Million" (repeated for Right Loop).
Light Extra Ball lights the Left Loop entrance for EB, which remains lit for the remainder of the ball in play. Quote: "Get the Extra ball, Extra Ball" (both by the assistant).
Hold Bonus does just that, but in a much more noticeable way than say, White Water. The Bonus X is carried to the next ball, or if on the last ball, gains a second bonus count up at the end of the ball. What actually makes up the Bonus Value escapes me, but when up to 10X can be scored, it's worthwhile to score.
Once each feature is scored (or lit, such as the EB or $4 Million), that feature remains steadily lit on the Wheel. Only after all 4(?) awards have been lit will they be available again.
It seems there is some other way than the Wheel to light the Extra Ball (at the entrance to the Left Loop). From what I recall, it must be reaching 4X Bonus. Lighting this way probably only holds for the ball in play. If scored, 5X must be reached next , then 6X, etc.
Big Bucks is scored via the sink hole behind the CAR Target. It begins each ball at $100,100. Each time it is hit on the same ball $100,100 is added to the value. As the sink hole returns to the right flipper, it is quite possible to continuously hit t his shot. I faintly remember the CAR target resetting at some point, mabye after $900,900 is reached. Can't say for sure. When it does, it essentially means 2 shots are required to hit the hole, one to drop the CAR, and another to hit the hole.