43 year old vintage Pinball Machine "Kick Off"
Kick Off is a Electromechanical (EM) pinball machine produced by Bally Manufacturing Co. in 1977 for up to 4 players. Kick Off is an excellent and vastly underappreciated EM game. It is probably one of the best 4-player titles.
The Kick Off is highly saught-after as it was the very last electromechanical pinball machine Bally ever made. There were only 1.655 items ever manufactured, only few left in working condition.
Kick Off is a Electromechanical (EM) pinball machine (explanation below) produced by Bally Manufacturing Co. in 1977. Bally released more than 800 different machines under this trade name, starting in 1930.
This “Kick Off” soccer themed pin has 4 flippers, 3 pop bumpers, 7 drop targets, and 1 roll under spinner. Up to 4 people can play. Kick Off (and the 2-player equivalent Quarterback) is an excellent and vastly underappreciated EM game. It is probably one of the best 4-player titles, up there with Surf Champ and Top Score.
The playfield art is basic, but animated with vivid colours. The backglass vibrant even has an unlicensed FIFA mention. The Kick Off is highly saught-after as it was the very last electromechanical pinball machine Bally ever made. There were only 1.655 items ever manufactured, only few left in working condition. The chance to ever find one is now.
An Electromechanical (EM) pinball machine are amongst the first ever electrical ball amusement games ever produced. Unlike recent pinball machines which use complex computing systems and microchips, electromechanical pinball machines rely on countless numbers of switches, relays and miles of wire to operate.
Typical of an electromechanical pinball machine are the signature electrical hum, the mechanical spinning score reels and the sound of bells as points were scored throughout your game. They have no electronic ‘brain’ so to speak, and no actual power to actually compute what is happening on the playfield. As a result, electromechanical tables tend to not be that complicated, and offer very simple, but challenging gameplay.
The electromechanical pinbal machine era laster all the way through until the late 70s where solid state technology began to take over.
Due to their simple gameplay, incredibly meticulous internal design and lack of fault-finding facilities, electromechanical pinball machines are not really a recommended first choice to the new pinball buyer. Their early-days nature make them notoriously difficult to diagnose and fix faults, these can be a very challenging time to keep operating reliably.
As a result, these original electromechanical machines are very popular mainly amonst true collectors for the pureness of their vintage look and play. They can provide true ‘vintage’ game pleasure, nevertheless periodic maintenance – particularly when not played on regularly – shurely will be your part.
Medium wear consistent with age and use.
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