Ever thought about what game you'd like to add to your collection from your birth year?. For me it's 1971, and Klondike would have to be high up on the list.
Designed by Norm Clark with Christian Marche providing the art, Klondike is a killer game that has a lot going on considering the year of release. With 5 pop bumpers that provide some great action, 3 kickout holes, an up-post between the flippers, a bunch of stand up targets, and of course the main feature of the game a 3 reel slot machine at the top of the play field.
The object of the game is to line up winning symbols on the reels and collect the awards from the centre kick out hole. Awards range from 500 to 5000 points depending on what combination of symbols appear on the reels. There's no need to keep your eyes on the reels. It's best to watch the award lights and then nail the centre hole when there's a decent award lit. Another good strategy is to go for the 2 upper kickout holes to light the bumpers for higher scoring.
It's great when you have the post between the flippers in the up position. Of course the "Down Post" rollover button is positioned in such a place where it's kind of hard to miss. But that's half the fun!
Backglass art is a little hit and miss for me. I like it, but with a lot of pinball art in the 70's, they seem to choose a really weird colour palette. I mean, a pink horse?. Hmmm it's not as bad as the pink Jolly Roger on Gottlieb's Buccaneer I guess.
I think the theory is that they used weird colour choices because they wanted it to stand out in a crowd of competing machines, and if they used more natural colours, it wouldn't achieve that.
Thats my theory anyway, and I'm sticking to it! lol
Until next week