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Pinball: Devil's Dare

Devil: "You're close...!"

Devil's Dare is a widebody pinball machine released by Gottlieb in 1982. It was designed by Tom Sczfransky and originally illustrated by longtime Williams pinball artist Doug Watson.

As pinball games go, Devil's Dare is a straightforward design of the era — hit the drop target banks to enable the Capture Cave and the Capture Pit, then lock two balls for three-ball multiball play. If you score well during multiball, you'll be rewarded with "Multi-mode", an extra multiball round after multiball ends.

Devil's Dare is notable among pinball historians for being Gottlieb's first game not illustrated by Gordon Morison, Gottlieb's exclusive game artist for a decade. Morrison's Comic Book-style pin-up girls meshed well with Gottlieb's family-friendly image, and Doug Watson's imposing devil artwork (originally accomplied by naked green bat-winged succubi) caused management to balk. While Watson worked on other projects, artist Dave Moore created a minor variation to showcase a four-color glass-printing process. The attention Moore received for the art prompted Gottlieb to reconsider, and they greenlit the project with the modified backglass.

Approximately 3,800 tables were produced, and the majority of them were shipped to Europe without speech support. As such, it's considered something of a rarity in the United States.


The Devil's Dare pinball demonstrates the following tropes:

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