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Interested Buyers Please Note:
Thank you for your interest in this classic and professionally reconditioned pinball game. Even if you are "just looking" and not necessarily in the market for a game such as this, we appreciate your stopping by for a look! We hope you enjoy what you see here!
While this game has been overhauled and reconditioned to look, play, and work as good and reliably as possible, all pinball machines- old or new- will require some adjustment, maintenance, service, and repair as time goes on. There simply is no such thing as a "zero maintenance" pinball machine- anywhere. Older vintage pinball games such as this one that not only have many moving parts, but also have the inherent aspect of older age on their side, may tend to require a bit more upkeep in their day-to-day operation simply due to their age and previous use. This game is offered for sale under these conditions and based on these considerations.
We ask any interested buyers to please carefully consider the aspects and responsibility of owning and maintaining a used, restored pinball game, understanding that occasional repairs, adjustments, maintenance, and service will more-or-less be an integral part of owning and using a vintage game such as this one, as time goes on.
Repairs and adjustments of this type are not covered under warranty for non-local customers (customers outside the local Salt Lake City, Utah, area), so any out-of-town customers are advised to take the above information into consideration before making a decision to purchase or not to purchase this game. If you need any further information, please e-mail us.
Thank You! - Action Pinball & Amusement Management & Staff
Game Description:Blackout is one of the classic-style electronic pinball games produced by Williams during the height of pinball's golden era of the early 1980's. With it's popular "outer space" theme, cool artwork, stunning sound effects and speech, and fantastic lighting effects, this game kept the quarters stacked up on the glass in arcades all over the country.
One of the more popular games of its time, Blackout often got heavy play out in the arcades and it's very difficult to find a Blackout game that's still in really good condition. We're proud to offer this classic Blackout game- reconditioned and overhauled for great looks, fast fun play, and reliability- and sure to entertain for many more years to come!
Aside from lots of pinball fun, the main object of game play in Blackout is to complete the three banks of green, red, and yellow targets to light the right saucer for "Blackout"- a unique award that produces a stunning light and sound show in the game, and awards the player 50,000 points! Not as easy as it sounds- this game will challenge your Pinball Wizard skills and keep you coming back for more, time and time again!
The 5-bank of "green" targets on the left advances the upper left spinner lane toward Extra Ball. Shoot a full orbit shot through the left spinner orbit lane- crossing the top rollovers area- and coming back down the right upper spinner lane- and hear the game speak to you by announcing "Orbit Completed!" Each completed orbit also advances the left spinner lane toward Extra Ball. Shoot the right saucer when lit to collect Extra Ball.
Two 3-bank drop target units are found on the playfield- the "red" targets being the bank in the center, and the "yellow" targets being the bank in the upper right corner. Complete these, along with the 5-bank of "green" standup targets to light right saucer for "Blackout!" Each time you complete a target bank, hear the game announce, "Condition Green!", "Condition Yellow!", and "Condition Red!".
This game also features three fast-action pop bumpers, three rollover lanes at the top with the popular Lane-Change™ feature (first year Lane Change™ was introduced!), three spinners, a kickout saucer, fast slingshot bumpers, and lively flippers- all making for fast, fun play that will take you back to the arcade of years past. Great colors and classic Williams pinball artwork adorn the playfield and backglass and really make for a great, fun, pinball experience- for beginners and experts alike. Enough to really challenge the best of players, but still straightforward enough, and fun, for novice and "newbie" players alike. After a game or two, we think you'll agree!
Game Condition:Playfield: Playfield on this game is in overall very good condition and has a very nice-looking, attractive appearance. Playfield was fully stripped, cleaned, polished, and waxed during the restoration process, which restored a nice glossy shine to the finish. All plastic pieces, or "light shields", are present and in great condition. All rubber rings and bumpers have been replaced with brand new parts. Burned-out light bulbs have been replaced and all plastic light "inserts" in the playfield have been cleaned from underneath to remove dust/dirt and allow maximum light to shine through.
Bumpers have been tuned and adjusted for quick response and fast play. All standup targets, drop targets, and spinner targets have had brand new target decals installed and once again look brand new.
Drop target units on this game- commonly problematic parts in vintage Williams games such as this one- have been fully cleaned, rebuilt, and upgraded, to perform better and more reliably and help avoid problems. Each drop target bank has been fully removed from the game, broken-down into all individual parts, thoroughly cleaned (including plastic targets, which have also had brand new target decals installed), and everything rebuilt. In addition, we have also cleaned and polished the contacts on the backs of the targets and on the small PC boards that mount behind each target, which have the "wiper contacts" that are often the source of problems in these games. To help avoid problems in the future, and add to the reliability of the game, we have cleaned and polished the target contacts, and applied a coating of DeoxIt anti-oxidation compound which helps lubricate and keep the contact surfaces cleaner, longer, and greatly improves reliability. We have also removed and replaced all of the old jumper wires that were connected to the target PC boards- these are also common sources of problems where wires would break off from vibrations over time. We have installed brand new wires on the backs of all the targets, so they are healthy and fresh, and will help add to the reliability for years to come.
Flippers on this game have been completely replaced and upgraded with complete brand new modern units which provide a much firmer, crisper flip, and feature modern-day components that can easily be serviced/replaced if/when necessary- no archaic obsolete parts on the flippers in this game! Flippers have been tuned and adjusted for maximum performance and reliability.
Playfield finish is in very good condition and easily rates "above average" compared to other games of the same era and popularity- well preserved. Some minor spots of touch-up have been done by a previous owner of the game- mostly in the solid-black areas here and there on the playfield, and are not obvious. Slingshot bumpers have had Mylar protectors installed in front of them by a previous owner as well, so these high-traffic areas are protected against wear/tear and will also help to preserve the playfield finish. Some very minor signs of wear/tear from past normal use are of course still present on this original playfield, as is common on any older, vintage pinball. Overall, the playfield on this game is in very nice condition and attractive with no major signs of wear/tear, neglect, or damage. Very well-preserved- we would rate it at slightly above-average condition for a game of it's age and popularity.
Backbox: Backbox on this game is in great shape, having had only a few small chips and scratches on the sides and corners- mostly in the solid black areas- most of which have been touched-up to be less conspicuous. Front surround, top, and back of the backbox have all been repainted with matching semi-gloss black enamel paint for a clean, fresh appearance.
Insert panel behind glass has been cleaned and new light bulbs installed as needed. Displays and cables have also been cleaned. Interior of backbox has been cleaned out and circuit boards checked/tested for proper operation. All circuit boards have been removed and have had the solder reflowed on the backs of their connector pins to repair and eliminate any hairline cracks from old age and vibration, which are a common source of intermittent problems in older games such as this one. Score displays are all fully functional and great looking with no burned-out or missing segments, etc. All look and work great.
MPU board has had a new remote-mount battery kit installed, with quick-disconnect connector. This relocates the batteries from the original on-board mounting position, to an off-board location, and protects the board against battery leakage damage which can occur should the batteries go neglected for a long period of time. The MPU board in this game is original and in good working condition, showing no signs of any battery leakage damage or any signs of previous repair work.
All connector pins on all circuit boards and displays in the backbox have had DeoxIt anti-oxidant compound applied to them, which both protects against oxidation and intermittent connection failures, as well as lubricates the connector pins to reduce stress and strain on the connectors and boards when connectors are removed/installed for service.
Main Cabinet: Main cabinet is in very good condition all around. A few chips and scratches were present when we acquired this game, most of which have been touched-up during the overhaul. The back of the main cabinet has been fully repainted in matching semi-gloss black enamel, and new white nylon gliders installed to replace worn original gliders. Cabinet "neck", which backbox mounts on, was also repainted in original semi-gloss black enamel for a fresh clean look. New leg protector pads have been installed under each leg to help protect against wear/tear on the cabinet. Legs have been cleaned and shined-up with new leg levelers installed.
Coin door has been cleaned and adjusted for proper operation, including U.S. quarter and dollar coin mechanisms which can be used for coin play (game comes set on "free play" but can be set back to "coin play" easily, if so desired).
Like all pinballs we sell, this machine also comes complete with instruction/operation manual and schematics, and fully functional coin door with all parts present and working. For our local customers, this game also includes delivery, setup, and a full warranty on parts and labor, at no additional charge. For out-of-town customers, we offer our limited warranty.
For more details on our work on this particular game, see our restoration information page.