"The K.O. Action of Ali!"
Muhammad Ali: "You gotta be tough to take on me,
But only the best can whup Ali!"
is a Licensed Pinball Table
that pays tribute to the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali
. It was designed by famed pinball designer Harry Williams
and released in 1980 by Stern Electronics
Like Muhammad Ali himself, this is a fast, bombastic game that never lets players forget who they're up against. The table is festooned with famous Ali-isms, such as "I am the Greatest", "Three-Time Champ", "Ali Shuffle" and "Rope-A-Dope", all drawn with comic-style pop lettering. The center of the playfield has a portrait of Ali pointing at the player along with a facsimile of his signature, while the backglass features the boxer's face surrounded by his form in the ring. The game also supported the then-new Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, and gave players an extra game for using one.
Aside from being one of a handful of pinball machines themed after an individual athlete, Ali
is memorable for being one of the few Stern pinball games that was actually designed by Williams Electronics
' founder Harry Williams
. Though it was not a standout when first released, Ali
has attracted its fans over time who appreciate its uncluttered gameplay.
The Ali pinball demonstrates the following tropes:
"The roar of the crowd, the flashing of light,
At the ring of the bell you've got a fight!"