For Sale – “Counterforce” by Gottlieb. Released in 1980 and is part of their “Star80” widebody series.
The machine has been completely rebuilt, with all assemblies dismantled, cleaned and worn parts replaced. Many new parts installed on the playfield to make it look as close to new as possible. Gameplay is similar to Missile Command and Space Invaders in the Arcade. Hit the 7 bank of targets to destroy incoming missiles and protect your bases (which are your score multipliers).
Stand up targets are placed around the playfield which will also activate a corresponding drop target. One really nice feature is the game will remember the state of the drop targets between players, so when it’s your turn again, the targets will set up how they were when your last ball drained.
The playfield has been cleaned, polished and waxed. There is some playfield artwork damage due to age, which has been cleaned up and covered with mylar to prevent further damage. I’ll show some photos below of these areas.
New drop targets and pop bumpers have been installed, along with new rubbers, new target decals, star posts, lane guards, globes, metal caps and clear Lexan washers to protect the plastic set. All plastics cleaned and polished. All 5 displays are working and bright.
Counterforce plays great – it’s a reluctant sell.
The playfield includes 4 flippers, 7 drop targets a bonus saucer and several stand up targets – there is plenty to aim for and challenging gameplay to defend your bases while increasing your bonus and activating additional bases for a better multiplier.
For a detailed breakdown of all the work I’ve done on the machine, you can view my blog entries here – http://www.enteryourinitials.com/category/pinball/counterforce/
For a video breakdown on the gameplay rules – you can view this YouTube video by the guys at TNT amusements – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qldmAwTUGGY
For more general information on the game you can view it on the pinball database here – http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=575
Price is $1400. Cash on pick up only. Any questions, please ask. Inspection before purchase is welcomed.
I wanted to include some specific shots of the presentation issues in the machine. The playfield has a number of wear patches, which I suspect (based on the condition of the machine when I purchased it) are the result of someone in the past doing a poor job of mylar removal. There areas were cleaned up and mylar put over the top to prevent further damage. One of the small plastic pieces has had two of it’s corner broken off and the lower backglass has some flaking.
Showing the broken sections on a small plastic piece (left side of the playfield). A couple of small wear patches also:
Showing the lower backglass area lilt up where the backglass artwork has issues:
A clear shot of the wear around the lower playfield area :
A shot to show the wear behind the saucer and along the left lane:
A shot to highlight some wear behind the lower pop bumper and on the top missile row:
Machine now sold