- "Quit talkin' and start chalkin'."
Unsurprisingly, a game called Cue Ball Wizard has a cue ball prominently featured on the table, along with an eight ball in an oscillating kicker on an upper playfield. If the player shoots the cue ball correctly, it hits a target on the kicker, which knocks the eight ball into an upper set of targets. This is used during 8-Ball Multiball; hit one set of targets (solids or stripes), sink the eight ball, then use the kicker during multiball to hit the upper targets for a Super Jackpot. Alternately, complete the six game modes on the Wagon Wheel for Pool Ball Mania, then finish it with a quick round of 9-Ball for a 500 million bonus.
Among pinball buffs, Cue Ball Wizard is well-regarded for its innovative playfield, tricky shots, numerous hidden bonuses, and smooth flow, a game that's not too difficult for beginners but fairly challenging for experts. If there is a downside, it's in the cartoonish sound effects and voice clips, which are too lighthearted to sell the game's "Urban Cowboy" motif. Regardless, Cue Ball Wizard became one of Premiere's best-selling tables of The '90s, a record it held until the company closed its doors.
Just watch the tropes, baby:
- Company Cross References: One possible outcome in the "Where's the King?" video mode is Cactus Jack (from the Gottlieb table of the same name).Cactus Jack: Surprise, tendafoot!
- Cowboy: Everyone in the game is a cowboy or cowgirl, with over-the-top dialog to match.
- Expy: The Shooter is clearly meant to be one for Clint Eastwood.Shooter: "Make my day."
- Fake Difficulty: Not on the real table, but the Microsoft Pinball Arcade version of this game makes going up the ramp a much more frustrating task than it needs to be (especially considering you're supposed to be able to shoot it without too much effort). Get ready to hear a lot of "You shore need that ramp, shot." Thankfully the later version in The Pinball Arcade was a bit nicer.
- Golden Snitch:
- Completing 9-Ball rewards an overwhelming 500 million points, which becomes more lopsided if DOUBLE is enabled at the time.
- DOUBLE can be considered this, too. It doubles EVERYTHING. Including Extra Balls and Specials.
- Medium Awareness: If you drain the ball down the outlanes, the Shooter comments, "I hate these outlanes."
- Off-the-Shelf FX: The cue ball and eight ball on the playfield are genuine pool balls. Operators can also remove the cue ball to make the game easier for players.
- Score Multiplier: DOUBLE doubles all points on the current ball. Having it on turns the 500 million points for winning "9-Ball" into a 1 Billion bonus.
- Shout-Out/Spiritual Successor: This game has so many references to Bally's Eight Ball Deluxe, designer Jon Norris' favorite pinball game, that it could be considered a Spiritual Successor. The game's theme and white-hat opponent aren't coincidences.Shooter: "Quit talkin' and start chalkin'."
- Skill Shot: Time the launch so the rotating shooter strikes the eight ball into the center (blue) targets.
- Spelling Bonus: P-O-O-L enables the Video Modes and the Sweet Spot, W-I-Z-A-R-D lights the No Way target for 10 million points per hit, and D-O-U-B-L-E doubles all subsequent scores for the current ball.
- Take That Player: A weak ramp shot will result in the Shooter asking, "What kind of cow pie shot was that?"
- Timed Mission: 9-Ball, which gives the player 90 seconds to shoot down the 1 through 7 targets, hit the 8-Ball saucer, then shoot the 9 ball.
- Video Mode: Two of them.
- "Catch the Pool Balls" is a simple version of Avalanche or Kaboom!, where you move a pocket to catch cue balls as they fall from the top of the screen.
- "Where's the King?" is a simpler guessing game, where you try to find Elvis Presley behind one of three sets of curtains.Elvis: "You found the King, darlin'."
- Welcome to Corneria: The game's instructional callouts quickly get repetitive."You shore need that ramp shot."
- World of Ham: The dialog is a nonstop cavalcade of Western clichés."Yeeeee-hah! Multiball, awayyyyyyyyyy..."
- Zonk: One of the possible results in "Find the King" is a cow pie, which is worth nothing.
- "You ain't thinkin' of leavin' now, are ya?"