pinball machine


Definition of pinball machine

: an amusement device in which a ball propelled by a plunger scores points as it rolls down a slanting surface among pins and targets

called also pinball game

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He's also credited as the designer of this 1979 pinball machine manufactured by the now-defunct Elk Grove Village company GamePlan. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "The First Family of pinball: Meet the local wizards behind the game's huge resurgence," 3 May 2018 The highest-selling pinball machine, Bally's Addams Family, sold 20,000 units in 1992. Peter Rugg, Popular Mechanics, "Inside America's Last Great Pinball Factory," 27 Mar. 2017 But in terms of major pinball machine makers, only Stern Pinball is still in the game. Peter Rugg, Popular Mechanics, "Inside America's Last Great Pinball Factory," 27 Mar. 2017 Named the Shuttle Interactive Coffee Table, this creation of Altar Furniture is an original 1991 Star Trek pinball machine wrapped inside a body that looks like the hull of a shuttlecraft. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Star Trek Coffee Table Is Also a Pinball Machine and a Meteorite Cabinet," 26 Apr. 2016 Just outside the theater, a large display cabinet houses all of the merchandise that Knievel sold during his years of fame: bicycles, pinball machines, ceiling fans. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "How the heck did an Evel Knievel museum wind up in northeast Kansas?," 26 June 2018 No stroll on the Boardwalk is complete without a visit to the Silverball Museum, home to more than 600 pinball machines. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Weekend Getaway: Asbury Park, NJ," 31 July 2016 The 21-and-over bar features arcade games and pinball machines from the '80s and '90s. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "It's true: The ShowBiz Pizza robot band is back, at a retro arcade bar | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 In reality, Fortnite is not that different from past youth-centric cultural crazes, from Minecraft to Donkey Kong to Atari to pinball machines. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Poised to Rule the Summer. Are Parents Prepared?," 5 July 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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