Predating Stern’s Star Trek pinball table by almost 35 years was this minor classic from Bally, who took their inspiration from the original TV series and cast when they created this 1978 machine.
With its hand sprayed cabinet art and relatively sparse playfield layout it has a simplicity and charm that is lacking in many later Sci-Fi themed offerings. Don’t be fooled though - A well-maintained Bally of this era is usually a very hard-kicking, fast playing machine. Star Trek has speed of play in spades, and enough flipper force to make the upper left shot end in multiple ricochets off the upper gates, or even make the upper target shot result in a loud glass "ping." This is without doubt a very complete machine with variety, flow, many sequences, excellent ball movement, and proper levels of challenge and reward. Unusually, it also features an especially tricky ‘back to plunger’ shot, which means you can start the fun all over again!
It’s also an excellent multi player game so as a package it makes for terrific family entertainment. Factor in the pop-nostalgia element and you have a very collectable table, and one that sold an impressive 16,482 units in its day. Of course, if you’re a confirmed Trekkie then no other table will do, but even those with only a passing interest in the Star Trek franchise will find much to enjoy here.
Allow us to explain how and why we go to such extreme lengths when repairing and restoring vintage games.
Over the years we are fortunate enough to have gathered together a select few individuals whose enthusiasm for jukeboxes, pinball machines and vintage arcade games ensures that they are never less than 100% committed to the task in hand. They quite simply love breathing new life into old circuitry and want to see as many of these classic pieces preserved for future generations as possible.
Not for them the perfunctory checklists and proverbial ‘tyre kicking’ which pass for an inspection at other dealers but instead an unflinching determination to get to grips with the detail. This usually begins with a thorough strip down of the machine and a forensic examination of the internal workings. They’ll be aware of the particular quirks and foibles of any given piece and instead of just replacing failed parts they’ll always go the extra mile, swapping out components which are likely to fail in the near future.
An obvious comparison would be between a classic car which remains on show in a garage and one that you can actually enjoy driving.
Rare though many of these machines are, rarer still are the examples which have been properly restored or can truthfully be said to be in full working order. It goes without saying that when unrestored machines come up for sale online or at auction, they’ll often be priced rather lower than the machines sold by The Games Room Company, and the point we wish to get across above all others is that there’s a reason for this.
In this business The Games Room Company’s reputation is second to none, and as it’s been hard won over the years it’s something we never take for granted. Every machine that goes off to a customer, be they corporate or private, is a potential advertisement for the business and if we didn’t do our job properly then we wouldn’t have the high number of loyal, returning customers that we do.
We’re justly proud of our One Year Parts and Labour Warranty, which extends to on-site visits so if your machine does require some attention, you won’t necessarily have to endure the pain of separation.
We’ve always recognised that with specialised products such as these the after sales service is just as important as the initial sale. It takes a long time to build a reputation and over the years our commitment has won us not just the loyalty of our clients but also the trust of the last remaining American Jukebox manufacturer, Rockola, who in 2014 appointed us as their Exclusive British dealer.
The Games Room Company is one of the oldest pinball dealers in the country. Our founder, Reginald Waldersmith, played his first pinball game in 1960, and described it without irony as being “flipping excellent”. We’ve been selling pinball machines since 1962, so know a thing or two about our products! Our showroom will gladly assist you on any questions you may have before or after you purchase any Games Room Company equipment.