Friday, January 3, 2014

Gottlieb's Goin' Nuts

Since Hercules pounded Long Island with almost a foot of snow last night I went ahead and pulled one of my videos from Las Vegas and it's a special one! Today we're checking out a game that never made it into full production, Gottlieb's Goin' Nuts from 1983. Only ten units of this game were ever produced before Gottlieb decided to pull the plug. According to one of our YouTube subscribers, rarecoolitems he said Gottlieb decided to pull the game due to the multiple balls nicking each other and damaging the playfield and toys.

The thing that makes this game unique is it's a multiball game. There's no plunger on the game, once you coin up all three balls are released and you have to knock down the set of drop targets in order to score points and build up time. Because once you loose two balls the timer begins to countdown. Once it hits zero, the flippers go dead and your ball is lost. I think another reason why they pulled the game is because you can build up a lot of time if your good enough.

The unit that's on display at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas is number three out of ten that were produced and they had taken the game out because the guys over at Farsight wanted to get more reference photos of the game before they released it again on The Pinball Arcade. So if you're a Pinball Arcade fan the game that's in the second part of the video is the exact game that's in the app. Sadly due to it's age the game was a bit flaky. Out of the four days I visited the Hall of Fame this game I have on video was the only full game I was able to watch. I went to play it right after I took the video and only one ball would come out and it screwed up with the game's timer since it thought all three balls were in play but at least I got a video of it running so you can see the app version and the real thing, side by side.

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