Posted tagged ‘vintage’

Bowling Machine Restoration at the Krow’s Nest

January 29, 2008

I have an update on the ball bowling machines at the Krow’s nest. They have just brought in another machine which brings them up to 6 large ball bowlers and one puck bowler for a total of 7 machines. The new machine is not ready to play yet and it will probably be a while before it is since it has to be restored before it can be enjoyed by the public. Here is a video showing the insides of the machine (holy crap its complex inside!). I will be keeping all the readers updated on the restoration of this wonderful machine with updates when they occur.

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Bowling Machine Restoration at the Krow's Nest

January 29, 2008

I have an update on the ball bowling machines at the Krow’s nest. They have just brought in another machine which brings them up to 6 large ball bowlers and one puck bowler for a total of 7 machines. The new machine is not ready to play yet and it will probably be a while before it is since it has to be restored before it can be enjoyed by the public. Here is a video showing the insides of the machine (holy crap its complex inside!). I will be keeping all the readers updated on the restoration of this wonderful machine with updates when they occur.

Report on the Ball Bowlers at the Krow’s Nest

January 5, 2008

Ok, I went back to the Krow’s nest to get some more pics of the bowling machines that I reported on previously. There are 5 Ball Bowlers and 1 Puck bowler. All of the machines work. I also took a video of me playing one, however since I don’t have anyone to help me out with this I have to hold the camera while I play the machine, so the video is a bit shaky, but enjoy.


Puck Bowling Machine

Bowling Machine 1

Bowling Machine 2

Bowling Machine 3

Report on the Ball Bowlers at the Krow's Nest

January 5, 2008

Ok, I went back to the Krow’s nest to get some more pics of the bowling machines that I reported on previously. There are 5 Ball Bowlers and 1 Puck bowler. All of the machines work. I also took a video of me playing one, however since I don’t have anyone to help me out with this I have to hold the camera while I play the machine, so the video is a bit shaky, but enjoy.


Puck Bowling Machine

Bowling Machine 1

Bowling Machine 2

Bowling Machine 3

The Zamperla Telecombat – The ultimate Game/Ride simulator

December 9, 2007

In continuing with my efforts to inform the public about different simulator games today I will discuss an unusual piece, the Zamperla Telecombat.

This machine is an unusual combination of Amusement Ride crosses arcade game. I have always thought this was quite a nice combination because if your an amusement ride enthusiast like me, and also like arcade games, then this becomes the ultimate, perfect simulator for you. I only know of one instance of this ride existing, and that is in the Amusement Park Marineland, which is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. There are other rides called the telecombat but they are not the same as this particular ride. There is little information about this ride however I believe it was installed in the park in the late 1980’s. It definitely has the late 80’s or even early 80’s type graphics so it is a classic machine and not something modern.

This is technically an amusement ride, so it has multiple ride vehicles, probably about 10-12 2 person pods. The ride accomodates both children and adults. Once you get into the ride and strap yourself in you are faced with a joystick similar to Space Harrier with a trigger on top. I haven’t been to Marineland since about 8th grade so my mind may be a bit fuzzy on some of these details. When the ride starts you see the other pods on the screen, which correspond to the actual pods on the ride. The object of the game is to shoot down the pods on the screen, and when you hit one, the actual pod is sent spinning and it lowers to the ground to indicate a hit. If someone else hits the pod you are in on the screen, then your pod will descend as well. The pods spin around and raise and lower with movement corresponding to the way you move the joystick. From what I remember this ride does not work very well and its quite complex to maintain. The monitors are also difficult to see in the sunlight so the experience is hampered a bit. Its very cool and unique though and has that great late 1980’s feel to it. I am actually surprised they are still operating this ride, and I hope they don’t decide to get rid of it for something newer. Here are some pictures of the ride. Click the link and picture to see them.

If anyone can elaborate on this ride, such as year of installation and futher details on its game play I welcome any comments about it.

Zamperla Telecombat

Zamperla Telecombat Ride

The Exidy Vertigo Simulator

December 7, 2007

This post will be part of my efforts to inform the public about some vintage simulators that are relatively unknown. There is some debate over which motion simulator was actually the first one ever produced for the video arcade for use by the general public so I will cover a few of them that I know of that were made around the same period. Its no surprise that there is debate over this matter as there were quite a few small companies trying to produce something for the arcade scene that was new and different to help arcades recover after the big arcade crash.

The first one I would like to talk about is the Vertigo, made by Exidy in 1984. Most people don’t know that Exidy, manufacturer of games like Mouse Trap and Death Race, actually produced a full-sized simulator at one point. There is little known about this rare game, and I have not heard of an instance of this game existing today in the full-motion cabinet. These games were mostly placed on test location in the Southern California area, so if you lived around there during the mid 80’s, you may have encountered an Exidy Vertigo in an arcade. I know a person who trashed about 20 of these Vertigo machines in the 80s (ouch!), so there must have been at least around 20-30 of them produced, maybe a few more. Like most early simulators, they were around for a short period of time then disappeared due to failure of the machine or low earnings. The gameplay was a sort of a flying game with vector graphics.

If you have played or remember the Exidy Vertigo, feel free to leave your comments.

Also here is a picture and a link that gives more information about this rare, elusive game.

Exidy Vertigo at Trade Show

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