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Author Topic: Exidy - Robot Bowl - 1977  (Read 1449 times)

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chopperthedog

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Exidy - Robot Bowl - 1977
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:13:54 pm »
Sooooo, this kinda happened 48 hours ago. Scored this off CL for cheap, filthy as fck, dead and had some strange hacks to the harness. My ordering practices for random stuff paid off, "oh you need 1 right now, might as well order 3". I had new power cable, power supply, leg levelers and plates, monitor cap kit and a plenty of molex pins and sockets in stock along with some other items.




Not only is it a pretty rare game, it's also a rare example. Take note of the separate bezel and marquee package on mine. The standard production of this game has an unlit 1 pc. bezel/marquee. I sucked at taking before pics on this one and just wanted to dive in.




Started with temping in a new power supply for 5v after monitor work and was greeted with this!!! So that meant it was full steam ahead with de-scumming this f-ing thing.






Clean as a whistle... Went through 2 rolls of paper towels and a full bottle of formula 409. This thing was a dirty mofo inside and out.




Being from 1977, it's still the era of exidy pulling 5v dc from the monitor (yeah, I know, pretty f'd up of them) to power the pcb. Cleaned the harness and made the needed adjustments to accommodate the new switching power supply tucked under the monitor shelf.






The game came with a 12" fluorescent fixture, which clearly wasn't stock for the cab. In the 2nd pic above you can see 2 vertical lines, those were the original markings for the "stock" fixture sockets. There was only one socket remaining and it was something I had never seen before. Found a sweet 23" slim fluorescent fixture at menards that fits perfectly.




There's a neat little animation that happens during a 2 player game right before the 5th frame. Fun stuff.




Doesn't get any sexier than this. From zero to hero in 48 hours!!!




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Re: Exidy - Robot Bowl 1977
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2016, 01:36:17 am »
Great pickup, Chopper. Love these old machines.
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Re: Exidy - Robot Bowl 1977
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2016, 11:57:33 pm »
Great pickup, Chopper. Love these old machines.
Thank you sir...



Pulled the panel and all the buttons apart for detailing. The buttons had a special blackness on the inside, plus that ring of dirt, skin, snot and RC cola that forms around each button on the panel that almost needs to be chiseled off. .




Interesting approach, wonder if the plastic leaf switch holders didn't exist yet in early 77. Some tiny little leaf switches on there.



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Re: Exidy - Robot Bowl 1977
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2016, 12:40:11 pm »
Love that bezel, hows the game play? I was never one for bowling games but I picked up League Bowling for my MVS and its pretty fun.
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Re: Exidy - Robot Bowl 1977
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2016, 07:34:40 pm »
Exidy does have some of the best bezels in the biz, Circus is another great one when you look at the detail.

It's a fun little game. I'm learning how to do hooks right, and it's about timing with hitting the button at the right time as the ball travels. You get a strange feeling like you're playing an 8 liner with the panel layout, kinda funny. It will be a tough and fun one to master since there are no lane markings and the right hook is about timing. I dig these games that require minimal mental and time investment, but keep you coming back to get better.



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Re: Exidy - Robot Bowl 1977
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2016, 05:20:25 pm »
This is hilarious. My son loves that game on my MAME cab (He's four years old). It's a very primitive game, but kind of fun in it's own way.

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Re: Exidy - Robot Bowl 1977
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2016, 08:57:08 pm »
This is hilarious. My son loves that game on my MAME cab (He's four years old). It's a very primitive game, but kind of fun in it's own way.
Awesome stuff!! Sounds like you have a smart young future black & white collector.  :applaud:




Moved the game from the garage to house a couple days ago and I was basking in the glory with my other B&W games, when I noticed my precious Extra Bases had no image one minute when it was working fine just a couple minutes before. :( Looked in the back and saw no green led on the switcher. Continued here with other great news: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,148675.msg1568543.html#msg1568543.

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