Skateball [Model 1210]
A 38-year-old Coin-op Pinball by Bally Mfg.
Emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): skatebll
Bally MPU AS-2518-35
Model Number : 1210
Main CPU : M6800 (@ 475 KHz)
Sound CPU : M6802 (@ 895 KHz)
Sound chips : General Instrument AY8910 (@ 895 KHz)
Released in September 1980. 4,150 units were produced.
The development of this game took 5 months.
Skateball had a faulty design that allowed players to score excessive points, lowering operator profits due to many free games being awarded. Players could easily hold the ball on the right flipper and make it roll in and out of the right inlane by briefly releasing the flipper button. This caused the bonus to raise to the maximum award which would award a special upon reaching 60k. Operators reportedly tried a number of different solutions to solve the problem.