The arcade version of Video Pinball, with superimposed graphics.Video Pinball
is a series of Digital Pinball Tables
released by Atari
between 1977 and 1980.
The original Video Pinball
was an upright arcade cabinet. A mirror reflected video images of the pinball, flippers, and targets over a printed background. Pushing down on the control panel simulated a nudge on screen, and up to four players could play at once.
The second version of Video Pinball
was a dedicated home video console. It played four versions of pinball, as well as two versions of Breakout
and a paddle-based basketball game. An OEM version of the system was produced for Sears' Tele-Games label, under the name "Pinball Breakaway."
The final version was a game cartridge released in 1980 for the Atari 2600
, and was programmed by Bob Smith. It featured simplistic simulations of a pinball machine's plunger, flippers, bumpers, and rollovers. A "nudge" feature allowed players to change the ball's movement with the joystick, but excessive movement would "tilt" the machine. This game is now available on Xbox LIVE Arcade
, as well as Code Mystics' Atari's Greatest Hits
The various versions of Video Pinball provides examples of: