For the 1966 Western starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum, click here.El Dorado
is a single-player electro-mechanical pinball machine
, designed by Ed Krynski
with artwork by Gordon Morison
. It was produced by Gottlieb
and released in 1975.
The name refers to a mythical lost city of gold, with the backglass depicting a group of cowboys who've just found an (unseen) fortune. The game itself is deceptively simple; use the four flippers to knock down all fifteen drop targets, then hit the single lit target for a Special. However, hitting all the targets and rollovers requires skillful nudging and flipper control, and moving the lit spot and hitting it on the same ball is a challenge for most players.
Pinball connoisseurs consider El Dorado
a classic Gottlieb "wedgehead" game, and it is frequently rated highly among all electro-mechanical tables. Gottlieb must have agreed, as the game was remade and re-released several times:
- An add-a-ball version called Gold Strike (1975)
- An Italian version called Lucky Strikenote (1975)
- A four-player science-fiction game called Target Alpha (1976)
- A two-player replay game called Solar City (1977)
- A promotional game for Canada Dry (1977), released in France for a contest.
- An updated remake, El Dorado: City of Gold (1984)
Digital versions of El Dorado: City of Gold
is available for FarSight Studios' Gottlieb Pinball Classics
and The Pinball Arcade
. Not to be confused with an identically named
digital pinball table from Zen Studios.
The El Dorado pinball and its variations demonstrate the following tropes: