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Williams Sorcerer

It was released in March of 1985 and was designed by Mark Richie, Steve Richie's brother. Art work by Pam Erickson.

This is a beautiful pinball machine. The cabinet is black with orange and light yellow designs. The playfield and backglass are very colorful featuring the sorcerer and dragons. Several of the playfield plastics are extensions of the art on the playfield. The slingshot plastics are part of the sorcerer's beard and the plastic over the targets is the sorcerer's hand. It creats a 3D effect on the playfield. Another 3D effect on the playfield is the Sorcerer's eyes at the back of the cabinet. They glow and flash with the action during the game. The backglass is mirrored glass with the sorcerer and dragon artwork, very classic.

 
    The top rollovers advance the multiplier and feed the 3 pop bumpers. These pop bumpers see a lot of action. Three drop targets to the right of the pop bumpers score 10, 20 or 50 thousand depending on which light is on. The third flipper (a left flipper) is used to hit the drop targets. The middle of the playfield contains 6 standup targets that along with the 2 spinners spell SORCERER. A stainless steel ramp is in the upper left corner. It sends the ball on a rail above the rollovers to the right side multiball lock. There is a spinner on each side of the playfield. One is fed by (or feeds) the plunger lane and the other has a little tunnel behind it that feeds the ball toward the pop bumpers. The slingshots and flippers are pretty standard.

The game is a lot of fun to play. Scoring is evenly split around the playfield with no one feature awarding a lot of points. You have to keep the ball in play a long time to score in the millions. The game has good sound effects and a neat voice for the Sorcerer. The 2 ball multiball is pretty straight forward. The first ball up the ramp is locked, the second starts multiball. It's harder than it sounds. Hitting the ramp during multiball advances the multiplier. Spelling SORCERER lights the spinners and then the special. The game has a bell that rings when you earn an extra ball, it sounds like an old fire alarm and is quite a surprise when you are not expecting it.

Special note: The original pop bumper caps are orange-red with white radial lines around the outside edge and a ying yang symbol in the middle. I replaced mine with the transparent red caps seen in the pictures. They match the rollover guides and in my opinion look much better than the originals.

   

 

The flyer is available at
GameArchive - Sorcerer
  An instruction card can be found at
Ken's Instruction Cards
  Specifications from the Pinball Database are at
Pinball Database - Sorcerer
 
  Pictures-      
Sorcerer playfield Sorcerer lower playfield Sorcerer upper playfield Ball view left side
Sorcerer backglass Backbox art Cabinet art Ball view right side
         
  Other-      
 
Sorcerer Credits Card
     

 

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