It's a big country... Someone's got to tear it up!
Red: Let's rip some road!Red & Ted's Road Show
(often just called Road Show
) is a 1994 pinball machine
released by Williams Electronics
. It was designed by Pat Lawlor
, Dwight Sullivan, and Ted Estes, with artwork by John Youssi
. Country singer Carlene Carter plays the voice of "Red".
Red and Ted are a couple of demolition experts on a cross-country trip in their bulldozer, wreaking havoc and having fun along the way. As they go from day to day and city to city, help them blast obstacles, buy souvenirs, and rack up those miles. Watch out for Flying Rocks and angry taxi drivers, keep the radio playing country music, and — most importantly — collect those paychecks. Stay on your toes when the machine starts rumbling, because Red and Ted will be watching you the whole time. And if you can get to the West Coast, you might be able to start Super Payday for big bonuses!
Players have mixed feelings about Road Show
. On the one hand, it's a solid pinball game, with lots of depth and humor to keep players entertained. On the other hand, it feels like an evolutionary amalgamation of Pat Lawlor
's earlier games, especially FunHouse
— but following blockbusters like The Addams Family
and The Twilight Zone
is a challenge for anyone
. Regardless, Red & Ted's
blue-collar humor resonated with a lot of players, and the table remains highly popular in truck stops and rural establishments.
Red & Ted's Road Show demonstrates the following tropes:
- Alien Invasion: This happens in Seattle.
- Art Evolution: Compared to Rudy from FunHouse, Red and Ted's "PinMation" heads feature more detail, including eyelashes and hair.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: San Francisco gets attacked by a giant monster.
- Blue Collar Comedy
- Celebrity Star
- Character Title
- Country Music
- In Nashville, the player must keep the radio playing Country music and avoid the dreaded Talk Radio.
- Carlene Carter's "Every Little Thing" plays during multiball and jackpot modes.
- Creator Cameo:
- Carlene Carter appears on the billboard in the backglass.
- The driver of the red Corvette in the backglass is Pat Lawlor.
- Determinator: The taxicab driver, who's out to get revenge on Ted for smashing his cab in New York.
Cabbie: I have returned for you, mister bulldozer man!
- Everything's Better With Cows: One of the souvenirs is a picture plate with a cow on it.
- Good Ol' Boy/Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Red and Ted.
- Hot Pursuit: A police chase breaks out when you get to Ohio.
- Human Popsicle: Red and Ted try to thaw out some folks in Minneapolis.
- I Ate What?: Invoked whenever you shoot a pinball into either Red or Ted's mouths.
Red: Bleah! How can you eat those things?
- It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Going to New Orleans lands the duo in the middle of a parade, and Ted decides to clear the pedestrians in the most expedient way possible.
- Karma Houdini: Red and Ted never suffer any serious consequences for their actions, due to Rule of Funny.
- Kitsch Collection: Ted's tacky souvenirs.
Red: We came here for this?
- Vendor Trash: Going to the Trading Post in Albuquerque lets you sell (some of) the souvenirs for more points than you paid for them.
- Locked In The Bathroom: Happens in Atlanta, with a worker trapped in a porta-potty. Red and Ted help blast him out.
Ted: See, that didn't hurt a bit.
- Ash Face: What happens to the poor guy afterward.
- Mars Needs Women: The Alien Invasion in Seattle.
Red: Hey look Ted, aliens!
Ted: I think they like ya, Red.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: FunHouse + The Addams Family + The Twilight Zone = Road Show
- Platonic Life Partners
- Protagonist Title
- Real Song Theme Tune: Carlene Carter's "Every Little Thing".
- Mythology Gag:
- Skill Shot:
- Launch the ball into the Blast Hole without hitting anything else to get a free souvenir and a score bonus.
- Alternately, plunge the ball into Bobīs Bunker before hitting anything else to get the Secret Skill Shot, "Bob's Lotto".
- Spiritual Successor: To FunHouse.
- Stuff Blowing Up: This is Red and Ted's approach to anything they can't knock down.
- Take That: One of the random signs in the window of Bob's Bunker is "Secret Video Mode", apparently a mocking reference to the absent "secret video mode" from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Take That Player: If you finish multiball without getting a single jackpot, Red shouts "You missed EVERYTHING!"
- Vanity License Plate: The Corvette on the backglass has "GAME BIZ" plates.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: From time to time, such as when Red questions Ted's lowbrow tastes.
- Viva Las Vegas: One of the stops.
Red: Hey look Ted, slot machines.
Ted: There goes Friday's paycheck.
- Wizard Mode: Super Payday, available at any of the West Coast cities. Lock two balls, then the Earth blows up(!), and a three- or four-ball multiball starts with everything lit for maximum points.
Red: Don't be a stranger!