The backglass measures 24" x 22" - Bally Bright Lights was Bally's first in-line bingo machine and wow, what a start – A 6-Card format that is likely to last forever. What happened, were these out-of-no where -or- did Bally see the market for one-ball machines - which they practically owned - drying up due to legislation that specifically identified one-balls as gambling devices.
Well yeah, the writing was on-the-wall, and while United's ABC beat Bally to market by a few months, the playfield introduced here became the standard for bingos.
This is a pretty straightforward Bingo, the game play doesn't get much simpler than this. Deposit one coin/credit per card, and shoot the five balls. If you get three or more in a line, you win.
…and a manual ball lifter, laugh!
It doesn’t matter if you shoot all five balls at once...there are no features that depended on you doing something before a certain ball was shot, and there are no extra balls.
…even though simple, and in the early years, Bally still set the machine up for the owner/operators - The payouts are adjustable using plugs inside the machine.
…and Bally provided different award cards for the operator to display on the playfield. The main adjustment was for the 5-in-line score, which could be as low as 100.
The game type has (6) 5x5 bingo cards on the backglass. Most games enable one card per coin/credit guaranteed, but a few enable the additional cards on mystery intervals. Individual numbers light on all enabled cards at the same time, and wins on each card were scored separately, although only the highest winner on each card counted (i.e. if you had two 3-in-line winners on the same card, you got paid for only one. If you had a 3-in-line and a 4-in-line on the same card, you got paid the 4-in-line amount). To encourage maximum coins to be played, the payouts generally increased for successive cards. The max payout for a game is usually only obtainable on card #6.
_ sweet _
_ following in Vic’s footsteps – some game-play notes _
Created on 01-01-2016