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
are 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: