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* FollowTheLeader: After ''Humpty Dumpty'' hit the scene, Gottlieb's competitors all scrambled to put out their own flipper games. After only three months, nearly all pinball manufacturers had a flipper pinball available.


If there is one historical {{Pinball}} game non-enthusiasts have heard about, the odds are good that it's '''Humpty Dumpty''', an [[PhysicalPinballTables electro-mechanical table]] released by Creator/{{Gottlieb}} in October 1947 that is often credited for inventing the flipper.

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If there is one historical {{Pinball}} game non-enthusiasts have heard about, the odds are good that it's '''Humpty Dumpty''', ''Humpty Dumpty'', an [[PhysicalPinballTables electro-mechanical table]] released by Creator/{{Gottlieb}} in October 1947 that is often credited for inventing the flipper.


A digital version is available for ''VideoGame/MicrosoftPinballArcade''.

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A digital version is available for the original PC version of ''VideoGame/MicrosoftPinballArcade''.


Contrary to what some have said, flippers were already used on many arcade games before ''Humpty Dumpty'', but they were strictly mechanical bats for baseball games. ''Humpty Dumpty's'' electro-mechanical flippers were original in their strength and ease of use. Harry Mabs is credited with inventing the electro-mechanical flippers; however, Jerry Koci had earlier filed a patent for a similar device, for an unreleased game at Chicago Coin.

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Contrary to what some have said, popular misunderstanding, flippers were already used on many arcade games before ''Humpty Dumpty'', but they were strictly mechanical bats for baseball games. ''Humpty Dumpty's'' electro-mechanical flippers were original in their strength and ease of use. Harry Mabs is credited with inventing the electro-mechanical flippers; however, Jerry Koci had earlier filed a patent for a similar device, for an unreleased game at Chicago Coin.


Contrary to what some may claim, flippers were already used on many arcade games before ''Humpty Dumpty'', but they were strictly mechanical bats used on baseball games. ''Humpty Dumpty's'' electro-mechanical flippers were original in their strength and ease of use. Harry Mabs is credited with inventing the electro-mechanical flippers; however, Jerry Koci had earlier filed a patent for a similar device, for an unreleased game at Chicago Coin.

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Contrary to what some may claim, have said, flippers were already used on many arcade games before ''Humpty Dumpty'', but they were strictly mechanical bats used on for baseball games. ''Humpty Dumpty's'' electro-mechanical flippers were original in their strength and ease of use. Harry Mabs is credited with inventing the electro-mechanical flippers; however, Jerry Koci had earlier filed a patent for a similar device, for an unreleased game at Chicago Coin.


A digital version is available for ''VideoGame/MicrosoftPinballArcade''.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Humpty Dumpty is the only non-human character.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Humpty Dumpty is the only non-human character.


If there is one historical {{Pinball}} game non-enthusiasts have heard about, the odds are good that it's '''Humpty Dumpty''', an [[PhysicalPinballTables electro-mechanical table]] released by Creator/{{Gottlieb}} in October 1947.

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If there is one historical {{Pinball}} game non-enthusiasts have heard about, the odds are good that it's '''Humpty Dumpty''', an [[PhysicalPinballTables electro-mechanical table]] released by Creator/{{Gottlieb}} in October 1947.
1947 that is often credited for inventing the flipper.



Contrary to what some may claim, flippers were already used on many arcade games before ''Humpty Dumpty'', but the were strictly mechanical bats used on baseball games. ''Humpty Dumpty's'' electro-mechanical flippers were original in their strength and ease of use. Harry Mabs is credited with inventing the electro-mechanical flippers; however, Jerry Koci had earlier filed a patent for a similar device, for an unreleased game at Chicago Coin.

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Contrary to what some may claim, flippers were already used on many arcade games before ''Humpty Dumpty'', but the they were strictly mechanical bats used on baseball games. ''Humpty Dumpty's'' electro-mechanical flippers were original in their strength and ease of use. Harry Mabs is credited with inventing the electro-mechanical flippers; however, Jerry Koci had earlier filed a patent for a similar device, for an unreleased game at Chicago Coin.


Flippers were already used on many pinball games before ''Humpty Dumpty'', but the were strictly non-electrical bats, used exclusively on baseball games. ''Humpty Dumpty's'' electro-mechanical flippers were original in their strength and ease of use. Harry Mabs is credited with inventing the electro-mechanical flippers; however, Jerry Koci had earlier filed a patent for a similar device, for an unreleased game at Chicago Coin.

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Flippers Contrary to what some may claim, flippers were already used on many pinball arcade games before ''Humpty Dumpty'', but the were strictly non-electrical bats, mechanical bats used exclusively on baseball games. ''Humpty Dumpty's'' electro-mechanical flippers were original in their strength and ease of use. Harry Mabs is credited with inventing the electro-mechanical flippers; however, Jerry Koci had earlier filed a patent for a similar device, for an unreleased game at Chicago Coin.

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If there is one historical {{Pinball}} game non-enthusiasts have heard about, the odds are good that it's '''Humpty Dumpty''', an [[PhysicalPinballTables electro-mechanical table]] released by Creator/{{Gottlieb}} in October 1947.

As with other pinball games of the era, the objective is simple enough: shoot balls onto the table to hit the various bumpers to score points. However, ''Humpty Dumpty'' had six red "flipper bumpers," two inches long, located around the perimeter of the playfield; by pressing two "super sensitive control buttons", players could make the flippers kick the ball back up the field. As the player advanced, lights on the backglass show Humpty Dumpty falling off of a castle wall, to the amusement of the King and his royal court.

Flippers were already used on many pinball games before ''Humpty Dumpty'', but the were strictly non-electrical bats, used exclusively on baseball games. ''Humpty Dumpty's'' electro-mechanical flippers were original in their strength and ease of use. Harry Mabs is credited with inventing the electro-mechanical flippers; however, Jerry Koci had earlier filed a patent for a similar device, for an unreleased game at Chicago Coin.

It is not an understatement to say that ''Humpty Dumpty'' revolutionized arcade gaming; it took the market by storm and instantly made flipperless games obsolete. Less than a month after it was released, a distributor [[http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1254&picno=44095 placed an ad]] thanking Gottlieb for "making the greatest improvement in the history of pin games". Competitors quickly responded, first by releasing flipper conversion kits for existing games, and then offering their own flipper-featured games. By April 1948 -- just six months later -- flippers were standard on ''every'' pinball game available.

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!!''Humpty Dumpty'' demonstrates the following tropes:

* AdiposeRex: King Gottlieb is the fattest person around.
* BedlahBabe: Of a sort; the women of the court are wearing two-piece swimsuits with translucent skirts.
* ButtMonkey: Humpty Dumpty, who gets shoved off the wall and laughed at by everyone around him.
* TheChewToy: Humpty Dumpty is laughed at by everyone. Even the game's advertisements lampshade this:
-->"The player will LAUGH! The spectator will ROAR!"
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Why did Humpty Dumpty fall? Because the women in the court are pulling the ribbons around him, and he's pushed from behind by a knave.
* FollowTheLeader: After ''Humpty Dumpty'' hit the scene, Gottlieb's competitors all scrambled to put out their own flipper games. After only three months, nearly all pinball manufacturers had a flipper pinball available.
* RoyalHarem: The King is entertained by watching a half-dozen women try to pull Humpty Dumpty down from the wall.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Humpty Dumpty is the only non-human character.

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