- Video Pinball
title = Video Pinball
developer = Atari Inc.
publisher = Atari Inc.
designer = Bob Smith (2600 version)
released = flagicon|US 1977
modes = Up to 2 players, alternating turns
cabinet = Upright
arcade system =
display = Horizontal orientation, Raster, medium resolution
Dedicated console, Arcade, Atari 2600
Paddle, Bumper, Joystick
Video Pinball is a
dedicated consolereleased 1977 as another Atari Inc. coin-op to standalone home console translation, by bringing the game " Breakout" to home players. Bumper controllers on the sides or a dial on the front were used to control the games depending on the game selected. There were three game types — Pinball, Basketball, and Breakout.
Video Pinball allowed 7 games (4 pinball variations, 1 basketball, 2 breakout variations), and used a micro-controller and a small amount of ram rather than the "pong on a chip" IC's used in the slew of pong machines Atari Inc. had been releasing. Pinball was played with the side bumpers, and Breakout and Basketball with the dial.
Atari Video Pinball Coin-Op
Released in 1978, Mounted inside the cabinet is a 3-D playfield with bumpers, LEDs and fully decorated with a city nightline, neon stars and disco dancers. The control panel consists of a start button, a plunger to "launch" the ball, and flippers on the left and right sides. The control panel also has a spring that allows the player to push down on it for a nudge effect.
Released for the
Atari 2600video game console in 1980, it featured actual simulations of a pinball machine ball shooter, flippers, bumpers and spinners. The game also implemented a simulation of a real ball's actual physics. The game also features a unique rollover bonus with an Atari Inc. logo on the playfield; hitting the logo four times results in an extra ball. [http://www.atariage.com/manual_html_page.html?SoftwareLabelID=588] It was programmed by Bob Smith.
Most of the game play involves learning how to perform specific functions, such as launching the ball or activating the flippers, with the Atari 2600
joystick. Moving the joystick controller down pulls the pinball machine plunger back while pressing the joystick button shoots the ball into the playfield. The left and right flippers are activated by moving the joystick controller left or right. The ball can be nudged (as in nudging a table gently in real life) by holding down the joystick button and moving the controller in a particular direction.
Midnight Magic (Atari 2600)
* [http://www.atariage.com/software_page.html?SoftwareLabelID=588 AtariAge - Video Pinball page]
* [http://www.atariage.com/manual_html_page.html?SoftwareLabelID=588 AtariAge - Video Pinball instruction manual]
* [http://www.criticalmess.net/PinballWizardry.htm Article on Video Pinball at CriticalMess.net]
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