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[[caption-width-right:350:"Am I allowed to say 'Ayyyyyyy'?"]]

'''''Eight Ball''''' was a PhysicalPinballTable designed by George Christian. Released by [[Creator/MidwayGames Bally]] in 1977, it set a new record for the industry with 20,230 tables sold, a threshold that was only surpassed by ''Pinball/TheAddamsFamily'' nearly fifteen years later.

As one of Bally's early solid-state pinballs, ''Eight Ball'' was groundbreaking for being able to track the progress of each player via software. Targets would reset for each player based on their earlier state, preventing players from "stealing" the work of others. ''Eight Ball'' followed the rules of pool in the pinball game, requiring players to sink the seven balls of their type (solids or stripes) before shooting the eight ball for the jackpot.

''Eight Ball'' is also noted for "borrrowing" the likenesses of The Fonz and Pinky Tuscadaro (Henry Winkler and Roz Kelly) from ''Series/HappyDays'' on the backglass and cabinet art. Reportedly, Bally got in trouble with Paramount Television and CBS as a result, but the details of the settlement[[note]]if any[[/note]] are unclear.

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!!''Eight Ball'' demonstrates the following tropes:

* AbsoluteCleavage[=/=]BareYourMidriff[=/=]WhoWearsShortShorts: "Pinky".
* AsideGlance: Done on the backglass by "Fonz" and "Pinky".
* BoobsAndButtPose: Done by "Pinky" on one of the triangle bumpers.
* CaptainErsatz: "Fonz" and "Pinky", obviously.
* TheCasanova: Not only is the "Fonz" playing pool with his girl on the backglass, but one of the waitresses in the background is also eyeing him.
* TheFifties
* GreaserDelinquents: "Fonz", of course.
* HellBentForLeather
* JerkJock: One of the guys on the backglass.
* MaltShop
* NudeColoredClothes: Done inadvertently; due to how the playfield is lit, "Pinky" appears to be wearing a tan/pink-colored top when the pinball machine is turned off.
* UnpluggedVersion: Although it's a solid state game, ''Eight Ball'' generates its sounds using a controlled chimebox, for the nostalgia of electro-mechanical chimes.

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[[caption-width-right:350:"Quit talkin' and start chalkin'."]]

Naturally, the success of ''Eight Ball'' led Bally to develop a sequel. Released in 1981, '''''Eight Ball Deluxe''''' was designed by George Christian, with art by Margaret Hudson. Instead of The Fifties malt shop-and-greaser theme of the original, ''Deluxe'' went with an ''Urban Cowboy'' atmosphere. The game takes place in a western bar, complete with mechanical bull and sawdust on the floors. The main draw, though, is the unnamed shooter, a steely-eyed mustached cowboy (and his attendant girl) having a game of pool against the player.

''Eight Ball Deluxe'' took advantage of the technological advancements of the day, offering a more complex set of rules and digitized voice clips. While it was not a record-breaker like the original, it was still a hit. Bally offered a "Limited Edition" a year later, and re-released the original in 1984; they featured different cabinet designs and art, but the playfield remained the same.

[[DigitalPinballTables A digital version]] of ''Eight Ball Deluxe'' was developed in 1993 by Creator/LittleWing and published by Amtex for the AppleMacintosh and MicrosoftWindows computers. Amtex' bankruptcy has left the game in legal limbo.

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!!''Eight Ball Deluxe'' demonstrates the following tropes:

* BadassMustache: Just ''try'' to turn your eyes away from the shooter's mustache.
* TheComputerShallTauntYou
* {{Cowboy}}: Everyone's either a cowboy/cowgirl, or dressed like one.
* HatShop: The shooter's white cowboy hat (with the ears turned up).
* {{Hunk}}[=/=]MountainMan: The shooter on the backglass.
* MadLibsDialogue: Used to identify what the player should be shooting for, and done rather well.
-->"Nice shot. Shoot the eight ball, corner pocket."
* MaleGaze: One of the playfield images is a woman in tight jeans with her back to the viewer, leaning over the pool table...
* MatchSequence: Sounds like a car engine sputtering out while the numbers flash rapidly before slowly, before landing on the number.
* OralFixation: The shooter has a cigarette hanging in his mouth.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: The playfield shows two six-shooters firing at the pool ball drop targets.
* SpellingBonus: Sinking all seven balls (solids or stripes) and then the eight ball allows the player to shoot for DELUXE for more points and possibly a Super Bonus.

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[[caption-width-right:350:"Too bad, you scratched."]]

Bally returned to the well once more with 1985's '''''Eight Ball Champ'''''. This time around, George Christian and artist Tony Ramunni set the game during TheEdwardianEra, with two [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman sharp-dressed men]] playing pool at the local gentleman's club while others hang around the background. Once again, the objective is to sink your seven balls, then pocket the eighth for the win.

Unfortunately, while players consider ''Champ'' a decent game, it did not catch on as well as its predecessors did, possibly because it was a single-ball game at a time when multiball was popular. In the end, fewer than 2,000 units of this game were made.

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!!''Eight Ball Champ'' demonstrates the following tropes:

* AnachronismStew: Invoked by the mixture of the Edwardian-era art design and the game's digital sound effects and MachineMonotone voice.
* AsideGlance: Done by one of the players on the backglass.
* MachineMonotone: Unlike ''Eight Ball Deluxe'', the voice clips used by ''Eight Ball Champ'' are notably more robotic, elevating the game to MostAnnoyingSound for many players.
* MadLibsDialogue: Recycled from ''Eight Ball Deluxe'', but not as well done due to the MachineMonotone.
* NiceHat[=/=]PimpedOutDress: Worn by the woman on the backglass.
* ProperLady
* TheEdwardianEra: Invoked by both the backglass art and the playfield trimmings.
* SpellingBonus: Spell C-H-A-M-P to increase the score of the left outer orbit. Spell E-I-G-H-T to light the letters in B-A-L-L, which gives extra points or an extra ball.
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