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Description

Elaborate scoring rules add to the fun on this first commercially successful pinball game. Matching the color of the ball with the color of the pocket doubles that point. A ball remaining on the Baffle Point doubles the score of the entire game. D. Gottlieb & Co. 1931.

Baffle Ball was produced by Gottlieb, D. & Co. in 1931.

Gottlieb, D. & Co. released 632 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1929. Gottlieb, D. & Co. was based in United States.

Other machines made by Gottlieb, D. & Co. during the time period Baffle Ball was produced include: Trip-L-Jax, 3 Jacks Pocket, Funland, Roll-Et, Baseball Roll-Et, Baffle Ball Senior, Bingo, Miniature Baseball, Stop and Sock, and Battling Champ

Specs

Name Baffle Ball
Developer Gottlieb, D. & Co. (United States)
Year 1931
Type Pinball
KLOV/MOG # 768
Sub-Type Mechanical
Class Wide Release
# Maximum Players 1
Control Panel Layout Single Player
Controls
  • Pinball Plunger - Launch Ball

Game Play

This information was found at http://www.yesterdayland.com/ :Players would get five balls. Using the plunger, the ball was launched to the top of a sloped playing feild. It would then roll back down, being deflected by pins as it did so. The object was for the ball to drop into holes in the playing feild or at the bottom. You had to keep score in your head as there was no score keeping system on the game.

Baffle Ball KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Being so small and with no electrical ways to prevent it, the game was often tilted to make the ball go where you wanted.

Trivia

This game is considered as the first pinball game. It shows where the 'pin' in 'pinball' came from. The game uses a ball and the playfield had pins, hence the name 'pinball' was born.

This game was invented in Chicago in 1930 by David Gottleib. The game was a hit, selling 50,000 units at $17.50 per unit.

A sequel was made in 1932 called Baffle Ball Sr. and in 1935, a Baffle Ball remake with electricity was created. This game also can be found on the "Microsoft Pinball Arcade" for PC's.

Cabinet Information

The game was only 16 x 24 inches. It was designed to set on a counter top.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Baffle Ball Census

There are 14,845 members of the Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,944 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Very rare - There are no known instances of this game owned by one of our active members.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]

Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 17; Color photo
  2. Encyclopedia of Pinball, Volume 1 Bueschel (ISBN 1889933015) Page: 19; Black and white photo
  3. Pinball Art Temple (ISBN 1872532101) Page: 31; Color photo Price guide: No
  4. Pinball One: Illustrated Historical Guide to Pinball Machines Volume 1 Bueschel (ISBN 0866670475) Page: 0; Color photo
  5. Pinball One: Illustrated Historical Guide to Pinball Machines Volume 1 Bueschel (ISBN 0866670475) Page: 106; Black and white photo
  6. Pinball One: Illustrated Historical Guide to Pinball Machines Volume 1 Bueschel (ISBN 0866670475) Page: 109; Black and white photo
  7. Pinball One: Illustrated Historical Guide to Pinball Machines Volume 1 Bueschel (ISBN 0866670475) Page: 135; Color photo
  8. Pinball One: Illustrated Historical Guide to Pinball Machines Volume 1 Bueschel (ISBN 0866670475) Page: 154; Black and white photo
  9. Pinball! Sharpe (ISBN 0525474811) Page: 30; Color photo Price guide: No
  10. Drop Coin Here Rubin (ISBN 0-517-532980) Page: 91; Black and white photo Price guide: No

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