1973 Gottlieb Jumping Jack Pinball (2 player)

Description: Gottlieb Jumping Jack pinball. Same game as Gottlieb Jack in the Box, just different number of players (4 players versus 2 players). Gottlieb sold this game design in the two flavors, though they are essentially the exact same game (with slight artwork differences). The 2 player version (Jumpin Jack) had a lower price, and was marketed to game operators with less money to spend.

A bank of ten drop targets vertically across the top of the playfield. Before the ball gets to those, there are two kick out holes above the drops. Four 3" flippers, two pop bumpers, no slingshots. The pop bumpers are near the lower flippers, making the pinball game a potential drain monster if your luck is bad.

Jumping Jack and Jack in the Box are considered two of the sexiest pinball backglasses ever made. Did they ever make another glass with more well endowed females? I don't think so! And the game play is pretty simple but good. Hitting drop targets (and in this case LOTS of drop targets) is always fun. If you knock all the drop targets down, the game will give an extra ball or replay. This is dependent on the position of the score motor. The motor rotation is divided into three 120 degree positions. One position gives a replay, the other two give extra ball. So depending where the score motor is sitting when the last target is knocked down, the game will give a replay or an extra ball. The top kickout holes alternate between 300 and 3000 points, which are alternatively lit by the 10 point scoring switches. At the end of the ball the game scans the drop target bank and gives a 100pts bonus for each downed drop target. On the last ball the bonus is 10x for each downed drop target. Other than that there's not a lot of rule depth to this game. (It's shallow mindless fun beating on drop targets, but I guess that's why I like it.) The two pop bumpers are suicidal in their position. But a good player can nudge the ball out of the "danger zone" to keep the ball from draining.

They made 8300 Gottlieb Jack in the Box pinballs, and 4975 Gottlieb Jumpin Jack pinball machines. The scorecard is available for download in photoshop format here.

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