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Split Second is a Stern, talking, multi-ball, wide-body game produced in the early 1980's. There are several simultaneous scoring strategies, but they primarily revolve around the 3 sets of drop targets to spell out the words S-P-L-I-T S-E-C-O-N-D. When accomplished, 3 balls come into play which can lead to much higher scoring opportunities. Other switches and targets around the playfield increase the scoring multiplier which greatly increases the score upon loss of the ball in play. Overall, Split Second is a fast, fun, old-style pinball game that never loses it's excitement!

Split Second was produced by Stern Electronics in 1981.

Stern Electronics released 67 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Stern Electronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Stern Electronics during the time period Split Second was produced include: Ali, Astro Invader, Berzerk, Nine Ball, Star Gazer, Lightning, Moon War, Freefall, Armored Car, and Iron Maiden


Name Split Second
Developer Stern Electronics (United States)
Year 1981
Type Pinball
KLOV/MOG # 5638
Sub-Type Solid State
# Maximum Players 4
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Split Second KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.53 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 4.80

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 4.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Split Second Census

There are 14,850 members of the Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,512 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,983 machines (6,922 unique titles).

Scarce - There are 4 known instances of this machine owned by Split Second collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are original dedicated machines.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Split Second machine for sale.

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

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


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