As an early solid-state pinball, Genie is all about building up your score and collecting a huge bonus. Use the three lower flippers to get the bonus up to 20,000 points, then enter the mini-playfield and complete the red drop targets to light the Special. Get the white targets to increase the score values and enable the Extra Ball, hit the Spinner when lit before it goes out, then activate the ball trap and collect the full bonus without draining the ball.
Genie is considered by many to be one of the best widebody pinballs of all-time, and a true Gottlieb classic. Its a great representation of early solid-state pinball design, with a single-minded focus on increasing the bonus value. Although the goals are fairly basic and the pace is not overly fast, the game itself is extremely hard, and the numerous scoring opportunities and subtle rule nuances keep players on their toes. Though it has a few detractors, one thing everyone agrees on is that this is an attractive game, with bright warm colors and a beautifully iconic backglass.
Digital versions of Genie are available on both Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection and The Pinball Arcade.
Genie demonstrates the following tropes:
- Bare Your Midriff: Seen on both the genie and the apprentice behind the wizard.
- Benevolent Genie: On the playfield, the genie playfully teases the wizard who summoned her.
- Brainy Brunette: Implied, as the wizard's apprentice is unmistakably brunette.
- Familiar: A small monkey-like creature can be seen near the wizard.
- Fog Feet: The genie's lower torso is always shown as a swirl of magic smoke.
- Genie in a Bottle: Said genie is emerging from a magic lamp on the back glass.
- Kirby Dots: The genie's manifestation is accompanied by a swarm of dots.
- Our Genies Are Different: They're sexy and playful.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: The wizard is characterized by this trait.
- Wizard Beard: This is the other thing identifying the character as a wizard.