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Cue, 1982

Features: Flippers (2), Pop bumper (1), Passive bumpers (15), Spinning target (1). A single digital score display serves all four players. A large magnet under the center playfield is always energized unless the ball rolls over its surface switch, momentarily disabling the magnet, causing the ball to fly off in an unpredictable direction. Only one outlane, and it is protected by the lone pop bumper at bottom of playfield. Reversed flippers catch the ball if it goes out a side lane. The ball will sit at the end of the flipper until the flipper button is pressed. The left flipper returns the ball to the very top of playfield. The right flipper sends the ball through the spinning target to the upper playfield area.
Manufacturer: Stern Electronics, Incorporated, of Chicago, Illinois, USA (1977-1984) [Trade Name: Stern]
Date of Manufacture: 1982
Players: 1982 / 4
Year: 1982
Production: 6 units   (confirmed)
MPU: Stern M-200 MPU
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Theme: Billiards
Design by: Harry Williams, Brian Poklacki
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Machine Type: Solid State Electronic (SS) 
Notes: Brian Poklacki tells us that Harry Williams was technically retired at this time and living in Palm Springs, California but was still doing game designs for Gary Stern. He adds this: For years I was the liaison between Stern and Harry Williams. Cue was a game that was conceived by Harry Williams. Harry's concept was to go back to a simpler design and less expensive game to try and keep pinball alive. This also never made it past the Prototype run. This is the last game he worked on before he passed. Cindi Knox worked for Stern 1981-1983 and was involved with the on-site testing of this game. She provided the following information: It was the first machine an operator asked us to take back. Original name was "Rotation". Only prototypes were built, although they had full graphics. One machine was dismantled in Stern's URL plant at 700 Chase in Elk Grove. Backglass and large magnet coil saved. The owner of the game with images credited to Swain informs us that no manufacturer sticker or serial numbers were found anywhere on/in the game.
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