Swinger

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Made by Williams in January, 1973. This is a two-player machine with a pop music theme. I believe it has a cousin with an identical playfield named Fun-Fest.

Backglass: Dance scene of women and a couple of men, drawn in comical style.

Playfield: Symmetrical layout with five jet bumpers at the top just below the top rollover lanes. Between the top rollover lanes is a saucer that advances the "swing reel"--a 0-9 scoring reel in the backglass that is reset to zero at the start of each ball. The "swing reel" numbers are pink rather than black. A center swinging target scores points on a clock-driven cycle of playfield inserts scoring 1,000 to 3,000 points. The left out-lane features a kickback, and the right out-lane features a ball-save gate. Between the flippers is an up-post. The basic colors of the playfield are yellow, green, and pink.

Cabinet: Colors are blue and red on a white background. The stenciled shapes are circles and musical notes.

This game as plenty to shoot for but unfortunately much of the game requires shooting up the sides into the bumpers and waiting to get lucky. Besides that I believe the game is fun. I usually like lots of gadgets and this has plenty, with a moving target, the "swing reel", and the drain-protection features.

I purchased this machine from another collector. I enjoyed playing it because of the gadgets and the brightly colored artwork.
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