Pinball / Cue Ball Wizard
"Just watch the Wiz, baby."
Cue Ball Wizard
"Quit talkin' and start chalkin'."
is a 1992 Physical Pinball Table
designed by Jon Norris
(under the Premiere label), with illustrations by David Moore and Jeanine and Constantino Mitchell.
Unsurprisingly, a game called Cue Ball Wizard
has a cue ball prominently featured on the table, along with an eight ball in an oscillating kicker on an upper playfield. If the player shoots the cue ball correctly, it hits a target on the kicker, which knocks the eight ball into an upper set of targets. This is used during 8-Ball Multiball; hit one set of targets (solids or stripes), sink the eight ball, then use the kicker during multiball to hit the upper targets for a Super Jackpot. Alternately, complete the six game modes on the Wagon Wheel for Pool Ball Mania, then finish it with a quick round of 9-Ball for a 500 million
Among pinball buffs, Cue Ball Wizard
is well-regarded for its innovative playfield, tricky shots, numerous hidden bonuses, and smooth flow, a game that's not too difficult for beginners but fairly challenging for experts. If there is a downside, it's in the cartoonish sound effects and voice clips, which are too lighthearted to sell the game's "Urban Cowboy" motif. Regardless, Cue Ball Wizard
became one of Premiere's best-selling tables of The '90s
, a record it held until the company closed its doors.
Digital versions of Cue Ball Wizard
appear in Microsoft Pinball Arcade
(PC version only) and The Pinball Arcade
Just watch the tropes, baby:
"You ain't thinkin' of leavin' now, are ya?"