Got a burning desire for pinball?
Then Bally’s sizzling hot Fireball is the one for you. This acclaimed machine is an absolute riot to play, due in no small part to the unique spinning turntable feature (AKA the Fireball) which will hurl the ball off at random angles whenever it passes across the surface, thereby introducing a thrilling element of chance.
With a terrific playfield and toys a plenty, Fireball also has a number of features which save an otherwise lost ball. First, there's a left lane kickback rescue feature, which returns the ball to the playfield when lit. Second, there's a right lane free ball gate which, when open, returns the ball to the shooter lane and third, there's the fantastic zipper flippers, which mean you’re always in with a chance of saving the day.
Inspired by the idea of a cosmic fire God, the highly respected pinball artist Dave Christensen did a smoking job on the artwork, and the backglass is widely considered a classic of the genre.
Described by many aficionados as way ahead of its time, it’s no wonder Playboy Magazine’s December ’72 issue hailed Fireball as the best pinball machine of all time! Even today we’d certainly rate it in the top ten, and that’s 45 years down the line.
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.