Let's start with a picture. Here is what I actually bought:
This is Royal Flush by Gottlieb from 1976. An electro-mechanical classic, and a beauty of a machine. There would be only a few years after this came out until the solid-state era.
It has a very good rule set, for an EM at least. The main feature is the 9 drop targets, which award 1000 each and if you get the right combos, award bonuses. But there are also 3 Joker targets, and hitting each increases the value of the drops by 1000 each, as well lights various rollovers for 3000 each. There is a eject hole that awards 1000 per joker lit, as well as a roll-over that opens a gate in the right out-lane to save your ball.
Only a single pop-bumper, but I like games with just a single bumper.
For some basics of pinball, I highly recommend this article, The Absolute Beginner's Guide To Buying And Owning a Pinball Machine.
The first few things I learned about that I want to go over:
- moving the pinball machine
- getting inside it and the basic guts
- documenting problems