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Vintage Pinball Machines

Updated on June 27, 2017

A Game of Motion

Bright lights, loud music, unique colorful graphics and row after row of vintage pinball machines. Children and adults are hunched over the games their fingers flying as they furiously hit the buttons that manipulate the flippers.

And then the metallic ball is pushed back into the fast-paced pinball game.The ball hits targets and rings bells, the flippers are pushed frantically as the pinball player attempts to keep the ball in motion. Watch the player's eyes follow the motion can you see the flashing lights and hear the ringing bells?

Remember don't push too hard against the machine or you'll hit TILT and then the game is over!

Classic pinball machines are not only fun to play they are collectible and a glimpse into the history and eras of graphic design. Whether you're a collector, a history lover or just love playing pinball take a walk with me through a local pinball arcade in Manitou Springs, Colorado.


The Graphics of Pinball

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A cowboys and Indians themed pinball machine from the 1940s.A pinball game before a digital scoreboard feature women dressed as bunnies and elf like creatures.Keep the ball in motion by flipping the flippers!A popular Bally machine features Elton John as Capt. Fantastic!A space themed pinball graphic from the 1960s.Elton John Pinball Flipper ButtonThe colorful graphics of a vintage pinball machine can be a clue to how old the machine is.
A cowboys and Indians themed pinball machine from the 1940s.
A cowboys and Indians themed pinball machine from the 1940s.
A pinball game before a digital scoreboard feature women dressed as bunnies and elf like creatures.
A pinball game before a digital scoreboard feature women dressed as bunnies and elf like creatures.
Keep the ball in motion by flipping the flippers!
Keep the ball in motion by flipping the flippers!
A popular Bally machine features Elton John as Capt. Fantastic!
A popular Bally machine features Elton John as Capt. Fantastic!
A space themed pinball graphic from the 1960s.
A space themed pinball graphic from the 1960s.
Elton John Pinball Flipper Button
Elton John Pinball Flipper Button
The colorful graphics of a vintage pinball machine can be a clue to how old the machine is.
The colorful graphics of a vintage pinball machine can be a clue to how old the machine is.

Pinball

As early as the late 1700s, people were playing a game similar to the popular arcade game of pinball. Modern technology brought coin-operation, bumpers, flipper and digital displays but the object was the same. Try to collect as many points as possible without losing the metallic ball to the game. If you keep the ball in motion you win additional points, bragging rights and additional balls.

On a recent trip to a local arcade in Manitou Springs, Colorado the history of pinball was on display as many of the early arcade games to modern pinball games today were restored and ready to play!

Buying a vintage pinball machine?

  • What to look for in a vintage pinball machine?
  • Colorful graphics
  • Unique design
  • Game play
  • Does it work? If not can you find someone locally who works on pinball machines
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      Writing Nag 2 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks me too!

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      Claudio Vieira 2 years ago

      I love it all!

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      reasonablerobby 3 years ago

      Love 'em I spent most of my commercial career in the coin-op business :)

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Retro and Vintage pinball machines are very cool. If you're ever in Las Vegas, pop into The Riviera Hotel and Casino - they have quite a few vintage pinball machines that you can actually play.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I adore pinball with vintage machines. Check out http://www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org/ - a place we used to volunteer, a wonderful free or cheap museum with many pinballs.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Parents used to own an arcade, so vintage pinball machines do bring back the memories!

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      I sometimes play pinball on my computer, but the real thing is still the best

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      My son has begun collecting vintage pinball machines and they are really fun. :)

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I haven't played pinball for years. I'd love a pinball machine in my game room...of course I'd have to get the game room first. *sigh*

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I can remember playing pinball when was a teen. :)