Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera was released in April of 1990. It was designed by Joe Kaminkow and Ed Cebula. The art work was done by Paul Farris (see Paragon & Hook).
The Phantom of the Opera is based on the 1911 Gaston Leroux novel of the same name (not the famous musical - I guess the rights to the novel were easier to get).
The game is considered by some to be shallow in the rules department but the beginner or average player will enjoy the game very much.
The backglass is unique on this game. It is a true backglass, not a translite, that is painted on both sides. For that reason, I have heard that it is hard to find one in really good shape. The glass on the machine pictured here had been touched up. By painting both sides of the glass, the Phantom is normaly shown with his mask on. When the area behind it is lit, the horrible face beneath the mask is visible. Even with out the visual trick, it's a very nice looking backglass in the true Paul Farris tradition.
The main "toy is the Organ in the upper right corner. It opens to capture the ball for multiball play. The ramp in the upper left corner is challenging, spelling "PHANTOM" as you make the loops and doubling your score with two loops on the last ball. The playfield also has 3 pop bumpers, a spinner, 9 targets (three on the organ) and two "holes that collect the ball and fire it back onto the playfield from the middle right. The game has two standard flippers and slingshots.
The organ shot is pretty easy and starts 2 or three ball multiball. This gives the player a lot of multiball action.
I enjoyed the sound package very much with the exception of the "scream/screech" when you lose a ball. The organ music and sound effects are pretty neat and fit the theme of the pin well. For laughs, high points of the game are called out by a male singing voice.
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|backglass||back box||upper playfield||lower playfield|
|Phantom's Mask||cabinet art||mid playfield||playfield|
|coin door||organ close-up||ball view of playfield|