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Doctor Pong Doctor Pong - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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Description

A table top version of the original game designed for pediatrician office waiting rooms to help keep children occupied. Doctor Pong, actually Dr. Pong, was invented as late as August or September of 1974 for placement in the waiting rooms at doctors offices. Like Puppy Pong, it was designed for free-play, and had no coin mechanisms though both games were advertised as being able to be ordered with an optional factory coin mech. The concept didn't appeal to doctors and this machine was not commercially successful.

Doctor Pong was produced by Atari in 1973.

Atari released 137 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Atari was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari during the time period Doctor Pong was produced include: Pong, Barrel Pong, Space Race, Pong Doubles, Gotcha, and Snoopy Pong

Specs

Name Doctor Pong
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1973
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7597
Class Wide Release
Genre Ball and Paddle
Monitor
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
Controls
  • Rotary: Analog
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

The object is to keep the ball in play and hope your opponent misses.

Game Play

A ball is launched onto the playing field. Using a flat paddle, you deflect the ball towards your opponent. Your opponent also with a flat paddle, does the same. Points are scored when the opposing player missed and the ball gets past him/her. The first player to ten points, wins.

Doctor Pong KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Miscellaneous

Not commercially successful. Led to Puppy Pong.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Doctor Pong Census

There are 14,908 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,161 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Rare - There are 2 known instances of this machine owned by Doctor Pong collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are original dedicated machines.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Doctor Pong.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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

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Legacy

  1. Pong
  2. Pong In-A-Barrel
  3. Pong Doubles
  4. Barrel Pong
  5. Superpong
  6. Rebound
  7. Coup Franc
  8. Quadrapong
  9. Elimination
  10. Spike
  11. Coupe Du Monde
  12. Snoopy Pong
  13. Puppy Pong
  14. Doctor Pong
  15. Pin Pong
  16. Goal IV

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