First up, I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of 2" flipper games from the 50's and 60's. Sure, they have amazing art and they obviously paved the way for the awesomeness of the 70's and beyond. But those little flippers which more often than not feel like hitting the ball with a wet noodle just doesn't do much for me at all.
Of course there are exceptions to the above, and I could rattle off a bunch of said games that I actually do rate. Gottlieb's Cow Poke is one of them.
Cow poke is the less common "Add A Ball" version of "Buckaroo" and the main objective is to light 1 through 7 by spotting the numbers on the Roto Target in the middle of the playfield. Of course they weren't going to make it easy for you, so the lucrative number 4 is the toughest to spot, as it only takes up one position on the Roto Target. So it's nice if you can get the 4 early in the game.
It's a real nudgers game because of the 2 rollovers and post between the flippers. It makes for some great saves! Another great addition to this game is the mechanical back box animation where the horse kicks the cowboy. Very cool, and you could imagine the game would have pulled in a lot of coins back in the day just because of that.
Be sure to visit next week, where we'll skip forward around 30 years, and check out Super Mario Bros :)