‘The house lights go down, the crowd cheers and the drummer lays down a backbeat that just won’t quit. You pull the plunger, the ball screams to the top and the stage is set for your first pinball concert experience!’ So began the promotional screamer for Heavy Metal Meltdown, which was launched by Bally in 1987 and featured a design by Dan Langlois with artwork by Tony Ramunni.
1600 units were manufactured and this 4 player table proved a great entertainer, due in part to the stonking rock soundtrack. Described by some as ‘highly addictive’ and a worthy rival to ‘Captain Fantastic’ in the catalogue of rock based pinballs, this machine has some novel tricks up its sleeve.
The mechanism for the captive ball is totally unique, and the designers have cleverly managed to sync the playfield strobe lights to the drum beat. When you’re playing against someone it’s possible to steal the balls that your opponent has loaded in the dock, which adds a whole new level of competitiveness.
Fast and exhilarating yet generally thought to be undervalued, Heavy Metal Meltdown is quite an assault on the senses. From the ‘80s artwork to the screaming music and lights it’s a highly immersive experience, and one that will drive you totally nuts if you’re not a fan of the heavy metal genre. Shortly to be refurbished by our workshop, this is one pinball that needs turning up to 11. As they said on the flyer, ‘If it’s too loud then you’re too old!
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.