Video Pinball (1980 video game)

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Video Pinball
Arcade Pinball (Atari 2600) cover art.jpg
Sears Tele-Games version of Video Pinball
Programmer(s)Bob Smith[1]
Platform(s)Atari 2600
Mode(s)1–2 players alternating

Video Pinball is a game for the Atari 2600 programmed by Bob Smith and released by Atari, Inc. in 1980.[1] The Sears rebranded version for its Tele-Games system is Arcade Pinball.


Gameplay screenshot

Video Pinball is a loose simulation of a pinball machine: ball shooter, flippers, bumpers and spinners. It includes a unique rollover bonus with an Atari Inc. logo on the playfield; hitting the logo four times results in an extra ball.[2]

Most of the game play involves learning how to perform specific functions, such as launching the ball or activating the flippers, with the Atari joystick. Moving the joystick controller down pulls the pinball machine plunger back while pressing the joystick button shoots the ball into the playfield. The left and right flippers are activated by moving the joystick controller left or right. The ball can be nudged (as in nudging a table gently in real life) by holding down the joystick button and moving the controller in a particular direction. Nudging too much results in a tilt, forcing the ball to drain.


  1. ^ a b Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  2. ^ "Atari 2600 Manuals (HTML) - Video Pinball (Atari)". Atari Age. Retrieved 2013-10-05.

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