|Pinball and Space Exploration
Forty years ago, on July 20, 1969, 10:56PM EDT, Neil Armstrong became the
first human being to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. Bally's
Cosmos pin from one year earlier depicted a futuristic moon colony in a
beautiful backglass, one of my favorites. The world changed when we could
finally look at our planet from the far away perspective that the moon provided.
There were many great space-themed pinball games released from the late
1950's through the 1970's, mirroring the enthusiasm that the public at large
demonstrated for NASA's conquest of the solar system. Cosmos was but one
Some Space-Themed Games
The following list is by no means complete but includes a lot of the
space-themed games made in the USA from the late 50's through to the end of the
eletromechanical era. Notice the two games that Chicago Coin came out with in
the summer of '69, theoretically capitalizing on the peak of the interest in
- Rocket Ship
- Space Ship
- Friendship 7
- Moon Shot
- Rocket III
- Astronaut (CCM, June 1969)
- Moon Shot (CCM, August 1969)
- Space Time
- Space Lab
- Space Mission/Space Odyssey
Of more recent creation is Sega's Apollo 13 game from 1995 (a game that I own). It was based on the A13 movie and portrays the dramatic story of that
ill-fated Apollo mission to the moon in April of 1970.
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