Retro Coin Op Synopsis
Pinball was originally developed as a small game that could fit on a tabletop, but its size soon changed as its popularity grew. By the 1940’s, large, stand-up pinball games were the norm in the arcade world. This trend changed temporarily at the end of the 1970’s with the development of ‘cocktail-style’ arcade games. These games were built to resemble a cocktail table and were designed for sit-down use in arcades, bars and restaurants. Although they were developed with video games in mind, their popularity ensured other games would be remade in a cocktail-style form.
Take Five made arcade history when it was released in 1978, becoming the first pinball game in a cocktail-table format. It was housed in a lovely-looking hardwood cabinet with the pinball action visible through a glass countertop.
The game itself had a ‘hanging out’ theme to it: the playfield art depicted hip-looking young people lounging around near the flipper area, while an illustration of a bartender cleaning his bar sat atop a target cabinet near the back. The action included the standard array of bumpers, targets, flippers and alleys, but they were all scaled back in size and number to fit the cocktail-table format.
The novelty presented by the compact size of Take Five led to a brief wave of cocktail-style pinball machines like Pinball Lizard and Attila The Hun, but by the mid-1980’s, production of these smaller pinball machines had ceased. Just the same, pinball games like Take Five will be remembered by arcade fans for briefly allowing pinball to return to its small-size roots.
Arcade Machine Release History1978 - Take Five
Arcade Game Sub Categoriespin ball