Made by Williams in June, 1973. This is a simple add-a-ball single player
machine. If it has a replay cousin, I am not aware of it. I am told it
does have an add-a-ball cousin Tropic Fun
Backglass: Beach scene of swimsuit clad people playing with a beach ball.
The artwork is in the common late 60s/early 70s sharp angled style.
Playfield: Symmetrical layout with three jet bumpers just below the top
rollover lanes. A center standup target spots positions on a tic-tac-toe
grid in the center of the playfield. One lane is on each side of the upper
playfield. All lanes together spell S-P-E-C-I-A-L.
Cabinet: Colors are green and orange on a white background. The stenciled
shapes are beach goers playing with a beach ball.
It's one of those few electro-mechanical machines that play much
better with a steep playfield angle. The play is very simple--earn an extra
ball by scoring either special. One special is lit by completing
three-in-a-row on the tic-tac-toe grid. The other is lit by lighting each
letter in each lane.
This game was made during the period when manufacturers were pushing games
out as fast as possible. Because of this many of the machines were very
simple and had similar layout and play appeal to other machines of the same
time. In a sense many of these machines are considered rather bland. This
machine is not yet considered very collectible.
I have owned two of these machines. The latest was in rough mechanical
shape and had a shattered backglass. I was able to obtain a new backglass
in excellent condition and restore it to good working condition.
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