But here we are with a wonderful example of the iconic classic, the machine that would set a high water mark against much of the 1980s...
EIGHT BALL DELUXE!
This game is oh so much fun. A great ruleset, especially consider how it is set up.
For example, get A and B rollovers, then C or D to drop 2 targets.
Collect the 8 ball, then you can spell deluxe to reload the drops during the same ball.
This is a tournament play classic: The drop target resets fully, then individual drops return the drop bank to the position you left off last time.
And you better damn hope you clear a rack on your first ball or else you're playing mad catchup.
This game was graciously lent to me by a friend who just happened to have doubles. A good problem to have, and a generous game to offer!
Very little wrong with it, but of course I can always fine-tooth comb some issues:
- the "game over" lights on the backglass don't light, transistor issue
- drop-bank ball #13 doesn't light, also transistor I think
- backglass lights should be swapped for warm #555 bulbs so as not to bake the (NEAR MINT) backglass unneccesarily.
- inlane clear plastics are makeshift and warped, and should be replaced so the ball always returns smoothly to the flipper (shades of my Corvette issue!)
- right slingshot would fire and stick out
- plunger spring is a bit broke and should be replaced
Here are those inlane plastics. I think they have been replaced once before with something, but I should try and get some cleaner and smoother plexiglass or lexan forms in there, tracing from a better copy and then adjusting...
|bumpity bump on the little lip|
|I assure you that is not supposed to stick out. Turns out it just needed a new coil sleeve and general cleaning.|
|This will have a lot more satisfying punch with a new spring|
Oh, and you know what the only downside to this pin is? The head is massive.
|So that's a normal sized head, with an extra large trim at the front.|
Yep, that means this great pin is relegated to the exiled "4th position" in my lineup for good due to the size.
Don't worry EBD, you know I still love you.