Bingo, A Fun Challenge!
In Hawaii, where I live, there are over 100 bingo machines in
operation, almost all 'Magic Screen' machines. (Images for the following
machines are in the Pinball Nirvana Bingo Gallery,
clicking on the machine name will take you to the Internet Pinball Database
for that machine!) Carnival Queen, Sea Island, Ballerina, County Fair, Laguna Beach, Roller Derby, Can-Can, Bikini and Lido are among the more popular bingos. MAGIC
SCREENS : First introduced in Carnival Queen, the numbers on the card are
stationary, but a moving metal screen is slid across them. The screen has in-line
scoring and irregularly shaped colored section scoring. In the sections, rather
than needing 3,4,or 5-in-line, you can get 3,4, or 5-in-section to score. While
some sections have numbers that are in a line, to win in a section, the lit
numbers DO NOT need to be adjacent!
What makes these games so
popular? Is it is pure relaxation, or is it the money that could be won?
For me, it is both. Are these games gambling devices? Not at all. A
gambling device is defined by law as a 'game of chance', i.e. a slot machine,
a crap shoot, etc. Bingos are pure physical and mental skill. These games
should be an Olympic event But in the real world, ironically, after
mastering a bingo game, the highest honor a player can get is to be '86'ed'
[not allowed to play) in a bingo parlor, because the player almost always
leaves with a profit. I know there are countless bingo players out there
like myself who would love to play a new magic screen bingo on their PC. If
we all contact Druadic, show our support and feedback, he will see the
demand and build the first magic screen table. As I have been encouraging
him: "Build it and they will play".
And although there are no Magic Screen bingos recreated for VP yet, Pinball
Nirvana does have 14 regular bingos to try out and enjoy. They can be found
in the Bingo download section,
and include 400, Atlantic City, Broadway, Coney Island,
Gayety, Lite A Lite, Metro, and Stars.