Pinball Machines For Sale

Everyone loves pinball machines, from those classic pinball games of yesteryear to the complex modern machines of today. So imagine how much fun having home pinball machines for your entertainment can be, especially when you pick up cheap pinball machines online and save yourself a heap of credits. You don’t have to be a pinball wizard to appreciate the refurbished pinball machines in our catalog; all of the pinball machines for sale in our shop are high quality, and the used pinball machines are all in pristine working order. You can even find the antique pinball machine you’ve been looking for and have a true classic in your home.

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History of Pinball

Modern Pinball has only been around for the last century or so, but the origins of pinball go back to the original creation of games!  Pinball is basically a game where you have a ball and try to hit targets. In this way, the beginnings of pinball can be seen linked to games like Croquet, Golf or even horseshoes. It wasn’t until the invention of springs that something like the modern day pinball table was created. The introduction of coin operation allowed early pinball machines to become monetized, but the biggest leap forward in pinball came from adding electricity, flipper bats and lights. With the ability to add electric switches and pop bumpers, the game became even more interesting and wild.  During World War II, the pinball industry suffered drastically. Like other manufacturers, the pinball companies in the Chicago area had to assist in the war effort. Manufacturers couldn’t use copper as it was being used overseas. Many manufacturers tried to refurbish older machines or otherwise stay relevant and by the end of WWII, only 10% of pinball manufacturers had weathered the storm. The gold lining? Those who remained saw a resurgence in pinball manufacturing as the war ended and people wanted to get back to playing pinball. Flipper bats were then introduced to pinball machines to help keep the ball stay in play longer. Manufacturers were always on the lookout for how to make the game more interesting or innovative.  Pinball machines where once considered illegal because it was deemed a “game of chance” Many companies added flippers to control the ball, to aim their shot and turn pinball into a game of skill. Since its humble beginnings, pinball has been on the up-and-up. Pinball continued to grow and change in a market, and forced companies to innovate and become competitive. Companies came and went, were sold or just closed down, but here’s a  list of the most influential pinball manufactures from the early days of pinball.

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Classic Pinball for Sale

A high-quality pinball machine takes many aspects into consideration. Some games like the Wizard of Oz really try to harken back to the good old days of pinball. Here are some aspects that make fantastic pinball games. It’s a very simple question, but the response would be different depending on who you ask. So, the answer to what makes a good pinball great is entirely subjective. The best person to answer that question is you!

That said, there are a few features that most people can agree help make a pinball machine great. These features include:

  • Theme – This is usually important. The theme is what a player sees at first glance. If the pinball has a theme they like, say The Walking Dead for example, then that person is already hooked. Just walking up to the machine and giving a touch to the buttons, checking out the translite, watching the playfield light up is enough to draw that person in. They’ve already made a connection to the game.

If someone hates sci-fi, then they probably wouldn’t want to play a Guardians of the Galaxy or Star Wars pinball machine. While Stern pinball does make great machines, those examples just wouldn’t speak to someone.

  • Sound – Sound is another big feature that weighs heavily on the scale of importance in pinball. Imagine if you played an Aerosmith pinball machine or a Metallica pinball machine and the speakers were dinky little things. How much of a slap in the face would that be? Imagine having a pinball modeled after one of the greatest bands in rock history only to barely hear your favorite songs!