Space Race – the pinball game that dwarfs Hercules
(Thanks to Gary S. for the tip)
While Atari’s Hercules pinball has long held the title of the largest pinball machine ever manufactured for the public, I think that this Space Race takes the cake. Only seven have been made but it’s a surefire way to turn heads at any theme park or fair. At first it may not appear to be a pinball machine as the game lacks flippers, instead there are pins placed throughout the board along with some holes for the ball to fall through, making it a game of chance rather than skill. This is how original pinball machines were designed, as flippers weren’t a part of the game until Gottlieb’s Humpty Dumpty (1947). Since there are so few Space Races out there finding one can be a little difficult but not impossible with a recent sighting at the MultiFest in Charleston, WV; Pinballnews.com also has a nice article with pictures and video of a Space Race as seen in June at Colorado Springs.