Made by Fascination International Inc. in August 1979. FII is really an
Allied Leisure Inc. company which was a short lived manufacturer that made
mostly cocktail-style pinballs. The short lived nature of ALI is usually
attributed to poor quality engineering and the market for cocktail pinballs
being too small.
This is a cocktail-style two-player pinball machine. A cocktail pinball is
essentially a large end table with a pinball machine inside. The playfield
is a little shorter and a little wider than standard machines. It was
intended for use in a bar or restaurant like Pizza Hut. It has no backglass
and the scoring displays are at front area of the machine just under the
glass and over the flipper buttons.
The theme of this game is Greek mythology. The playfield features are
similar to other ALI games of the same period. It has four drop targets,
three pop bumpers, and no in-lanes. It also has an extra ball, which can
only be won on the last ball, and then only once. It also has a free ball
The playfield has two sets of four lights--one set green and the other
white. Each set is numbered one through four. Hitting one pop bumper
cycles a lit light through the white set. Another cycles the lit light
through the green set. When the green 4 and the white 4 are both lit then
the upper left turnaround is lit for a special.
I didn't own this machine for very long. When I picked it up it didn't work
and had less than 2,000 plays on it. It was mint. Everything I've heard
about ALI machines seems to indicate that the good condition and low mileage
is not unusual. This is due to their machines breaking down early and not
being fixed, or not worth being fixed. As soon as I got it working I traded
it for what I considered a real pinball machine--Dogies.
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