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Bally Camelot

It was released in October of 1969 and was designed by Ted Zale. Ted designed approx. 70 pinball machines for Bally between 1962 and 1972, including Fireball. Art work by Christian Marche. Christian did the art work for over 140 machines between 1963 and 1979. Only 1,865 Camelot's were made. An additional 791 were built as a two player version called Galahad.

This was my first electro- mechanical pinball machine. I was lucky that the machine kind of worked when I got it. It would start up with several games skipping player one altogether. I was careful and did a lot of observing and reading before I started messing with it. The first step was to replace the fuse holders.

Cleaning the start button contacts, adjusting the 9/0 contacts on the score reels and cleaning the pin connectors corrected most of the problems. From that point it as dealing with individual playfield features. After 4 or five hours of work, it was running.

 
    The cabinet is tan with brown and light green graphics. The playfield and backglass are use the same basic colors with reds, white and blues. The graphics are a 60's style with tall thin stick like figures. It may not be the prettiest EM machine around but it has some interesting playfield features.

There are lots of rollover buttons scattered around the playfield, 4 pop bumpers, two kick-outs, 3 targets and 2 drop posts. A pair of button rollovers at the top of the playfield turn on the "A" or "B" pop bumpers, which then score 10 points rather than 1. Most of the other rollover buttons control the two drop post. A button below the top center target drops the post blocking the shooter lane (this lets you start the ball over again). Three other buttons between the slingshot bumpers raise one of the two posts (the second post is between the flippers) or lower the post between the flippers.

A narrow lane in the top left corner feeds the ball back above the top rollover lanes. When lit, it awards 300 points and an extra ball. One of the three targets sits between the extra ball lane and the pop bumpers. The 4 pop bumpers are centered on the playfield in a "T" shape with the "A" bumpers across the top and the "B" bumpers aligned vertically.

The upper right corner of the playfield contains one of the kickouts. This one awards 50 points or 500 if the ten times light is lit (the 10x light, lights on every fifth 1 point target). The second kick out is midway down on the left. It scores 100 to 500 depending on which lights are lit. The 3 targets advance this scoring feature.

As I said, this was my first EM machine and I was surprised at how many different features it had, especially the extra ball and the chance to start a ball over again.

Game Play

The game is a lot of fun to play. Scoring is evenly split around the playfield with no one feature awarding a too many points. It's seems a little weird to have targets award just one point, but it's all relative, you just reach a smaller total. The game has two bells for sound affects, no chimes. As far as sound goes though, the sounds of all of the mechanical parts are classic and pure pinball.

Unlike electronic pins, features do not stay lit once a set of targets is hit. Instead, for example, the extra ball light comes on after a random number of 1 point targets are hit and only stays on till the next target is hit. Therefore you really have to keep your head up and have the skill to take a shot during the brief time that it's offered to you. That's a different strategy than hitting timed targets, something that I will hopefully learn to do.

   
     
Camelot Flyer  Specifications from the Pinball Database are at
Pinball Database - Camelot
Instruction Card
Camelot Manual
7 pages - gif files
It's sister, 2-player machine, Galahad,
Specifications from the Pinball Database are at
Pinball Database - Galahad
Game Features
"Rules"
         
  Camelot Pictures -      
Camelot inside backbox Camelot under playfield Camelot playfield Camelot backglass
Camelot inside cabinet Camelot lower playfield Camelot mid playfield Camelot upper playfield
         
  Camelot Pictures (high res.) -      
Camelot inside backbox Camelot under playfield Camelot playfield Camelot backglass
Camelot inside cabinet Camelot lower playfield Camelot mid playfield Camelot upper playfield
         
  Camelot (before and after restoration) -      
    Camelot before and after    
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