Video Pinball (1980 video game)

Video Pinball is a video game programmed by Bob Smith and released by Atari, Inc. in 1980 for the Atari VCS (renamed to the Atari 2600 in 1982).[1] The Sears rebranded version for its Tele-Games system is Arcade Pinball.

Video Pinball
Arcade Pinball (Atari 2600) cover art.jpg
Sears Tele-Games version
Programmer(s)Bob Smith[1]
Platform(s)Atari 2600
Mode(s)Single-player, 2 players alternating


Gameplay screenshot

Video Pinball is a loose simulation of an arcade pinball machine: ball launcher, flippers, bumpers, and spinners. Hitting the Atari logo on the playfield four times awards an extra ball.[2]

Moving the Atari joystick down pulls the pinball machine plunger back while pressing the joystick button shoots the ball into the playfield. The left and right flippers are activated by moving the joystick controller left or right. The ball can be nudged (as in nudging a table gently in real life) by holding down the joystick button and moving the controller in a particular direction. Nudging too much results in a tilt, forcing the ball to drain.


  1. ^ a b Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  2. ^ "Atari 2600 Manuals (HTML) - Video Pinball (Atari)". Atari Age. Retrieved 2013-10-05.

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