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Male Announcer: "GO FOR THE WALL!"

Rollergames is a 1990 pinball game designed by Steve Ritchie, with artwork by Pat McMahon and released by Williams Electronics. It is based on the short-lived roller derby "sports entertainment" television show of the same name from 1989.

Its most notable features include the Deep Freeze Magna-Flip, which, when lit, magnetically freezes the ball next to the upper right flipper, for an easy shot to the Wall ramp, and the multiball launching loop, which, during normal gameplay, kick the balls out of (and back into) the lock at random times.

Rollergames is one of Steve Ritchie's most underrated titles, due to the game being released well after the show was cancelled. In the opinion of most players, it's a great action-filled game that is only held back by its license, and proof that one cannot judge a pinball by its backglass.


Rollergames features the following tropes:

  • All-American Face: The T-Birds.
  • Adjustable Censorship: The Options menu allows the operator to disable some of the mild profanity in the game (e.g., "KICK BUTT!").
  • Assist Character: The Deep Freeze Magna-Flip.
    Male/Female Announcer: "DON'T FLIP! FLIP!"
  • Bald of Evil/Hell-Bent for Leather: Chuck Skull (the Violators' manager) on the playfield has both.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: One of the "T-Bird Twins" (Jennifer and Kristine Van Galder) has this pose on the backglass.
  • Cap: The score rolls over at 99,999,990 points.
  • Creator Cameo: Steve Ritchie was the voice of the male announcer.
  • The '80s: The artwork for this game is very eighties-influenced, with neon colors and pastel geometric shapes everywhere.
  • '80s Hair: The female skaters.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot
  • Faces: The T-Birds, Hot Flash, and The Rockers.
  • Advertisement:
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Worn by the male and female skaters.
  • Golden Snitch: Well-played Sudden Death rounds are usually the bulk of a player's score. They also seem to happen completely at random with no known trigger.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Light all six teams to light extra ball.
  • Heels: The Violators, Bad Attitude, and The Maniacs.
  • Large Ham Announcer: Both the male and female announcers.
    Male Announcer: "It's Sudden Death! GO FOR THE WALL!"
  • Product Placement: Both the playfield and cabinet feature endorsements by Pepsi, Slice Orange Soda, Mug Root Beer, GamePro, Thermos, and ShareData.
  • Ramp Jump: The "Wall of Death" ramp.
  • Random Drop: The Roller Motion awards.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: This game uses a remixed version of the show's main theme song for its gameplay music.
  • Score Multiplier: All scoring values (except for jackpots) are doubled or tripled during multiball, depending on the number of balls in play.
  • Signature Style: This game features most of Steve Ritchie's trademarks, including fast and flowing gameplay, and the "Devastating" Combo shot (Left Jetway shot to upper right flipper, then shooting the Wall ramp).
  • Spelling Bonus: Spell the following for these bonuses:
    • J-E-T to increase the bonus multiplier.
    • W-A-R to light the locks.
    • A-B-C to relight the Atomic Whip (kickback).
    • S-K-A-T-E relights the Magna-Flip and advances W-I-L-L-I-A-M-S.
    • W-I-L-L-I-A-M-S to start the Scoring Cycle hurry-up bonus, which scores up to four million points, and is carried over from game-to-game. It is collected by shooting the Pit.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: On the playfield, Chuck wears a denim vest with torn sleeves to show off his thick arms.
  • Spiritual Successor: The playfield layout is similar to High Speed.
  • Timed Mission: Sudden Death is one, though the timer can be reset by shooting the ramp.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Though it was released in 1990, Rollergames is heavily influenced by its eighties aesthetics, particularly the '80s Hair on the women, animal-skin uniforms for the men, neon and pastel colors everywhere, and, of course, the whole roller derby resurgence fad.
  • Zonk: One of the Roller Motion awards is the Penalty Pit, which gives the player zero points.

Male Announcer: "DEVASTATING!"

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