Game Plan (company)

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Game Plan was a pinball manufacturer that produced pinball tables from 1978 to 1985.[1] Game Plan was a subsidiary of AES Technology Systems and was located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Game Plan's president was former Chicago Coin table designer Wendell McAdams.[2][3]

The company initially produced cocktail-style pinball tables and produced five different models in their first year of existence.[4][1] The company began producing full-size tables with 1979's Sharpshooter, a "Wild West" themed table. Sharpshooter, incidentally, was Game Plan's best-selling table, having produced 4,200 units in all.[5] From 1980-1982 Game Plan also released a small number of video games, most all of them licensed from other manufacturers, beginning with Tora Tora in 1980. Other games include: Killer Comet, Intruder, Megatack, Kaos, and Pot Of Gold.

Former Game Plan designer John Trudeau, went on to design many other pinball games at Gottlieb/Premier and later Williams, including titles such as The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot (1991) and The Flintstones (1994).[6][7] Ed Cebula later worked as a table designer and mechanical engineer at Data East Pinball.[8]

Pinball tables (full-sized and cocktail)[edit]

  • Real (1978, cocktail)
  • Black Velvet (1978, cocktail)
  • Camel Lights (1978, cocktail)
  • Foxy Lady (1978, cocktail)
  • Chuck-A-Luck (1978, cocktail)
  • Family Fun (1978, cocktail)
  • Star Trip (1979, cocktail)
  • Sharpshooter (1979, Game Plan's first full-sized pin)
  • Vegas (1979, cocktail)
  • Old Coney Island (1979)
  • Super Nova (1980)
  • Pinball Lizard (1980)
  • Global Warfare (1981, widebody; only 10 units produced)
  • Mike Bossy the Scoring Machine (1982, never produced)
  • Sharpshooter II (1983)
  • Attila the Hun (1984)
  • Agents 777 (1984)
  • Captain Hook (1985)
  • Lady Sharpshooter (1985, cocktail)
  • Andromeda (1985)
  • Cyclopes (1985)
  • Loch Ness Monster (1985, only one prototype produced)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rossignoli, Marco. The Complete Pinball Book: Collecting the Game and Its History. Schiffer Publishing, Limited. p. 81, 257. ISBN 9780764337857. 
  2. ^ "Game Plan Pinball History". Gameplanpinball.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  3. ^ Pinball Expo 1985
  4. ^ "The Internet Pinball Machine Database". Ipdb.org. 1980-04-01. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  5. ^ "The Internet Pinball Machine Database". Ipdb.org. 1980-04-01. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  6. ^ "gameplanpinball.com". Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  7. ^ "john trudeau list of games at arcade-history". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  8. ^ "ed cebula list of games at arcade-history". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 

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