‘On Beam’ is a generally underrated and increasingly rare game, of which only 1150 units were produced back in 1969. Fans of vintage pinballs praise it for its speed, artwork and awesome sound system, which incorporates loud bells instead of the weaker chime system introduced by Bally on some of their later models.
With its hand sprayed cabinet art and relatively sparse playfield layout it has a simplicity and retro 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.
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.
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.
On Beam is a very cool and highly collectable machine, enhanced by some terrific backglass animations and great playfield action, including targets which keep the spaceship changing beams and pop bumpers which keep the spaceship moving when lit. The backglass light animations show a space station and spaceship travelling on one of 4 beams and by getting the space ship to dock with the station on the same beam the player collects extra points.This in turn lights up the 'Special' target on the playfield, which triggers the release of an extra ball. Meanwhile, the playfield 'Beam-o-meter' allows you to track your progress without having to look up at the backglass.
When you win free balls they shoot up from between the flippers, which was highly innovative at the time and thought to be unique to this single player machine. Designed by Bob Jonesi with artwork by Christian Marche, On Beam is a sympathetically restored retro gem which perfectly captures the optimism around space travel and sci-fi in the late 1960's.
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.