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Fire! (Champagne Edition), 1987

Features: Flippers (2), Slingshots (2), Standup targets (15), Moving ramps (3), Horseshoe lanes (2), Plunger skill shot. No pop bumpers. Has speech. Rotating color cylinder under playfield simulates building on fire. The player must quickly "put out fires" when they appear in various places on the playfield, by either completing a bank of targets or making a lit shot. These objectives award points increased by the "Fire Multiplier" as displayed in the upper playfield inserts indicating 10x-7x-5x-3x-2x. Each ball in play starts with this multiplier at its highest value of 10x and counts downward each time a fire is not put out within a timed interval. Each end of a large horseshoe lane is protected by ramps that raise and lower. When lowered, they deliver the ball to ball locks. Upper playfield has a ramp that raises and lowers during play, allowing a ball to enter an elevated opening for multiball. A small horseshoe lane above this ramp advances bonus multipliers 2x-3x-4x-5x-10x which display in the storefront windows in the lower playfield. Top of backbox has a ringing bell. The first and second player score displays are alphanumeric and the third and fourth player displays are numeric-only. Mechanical backbox animation (color cylinders rotate to simulate fire).
Manufacturer: Williams Electronics Games, Incorporated, a subsidiary of WMS Ind., Incorporated (1985-1999) [Trade Name: Williams]
Date of Manufacture: October 08, 1987
Players: October 08, 1987 / 4
Year: 1987
Production: 273 units   (approximate)
MPU: Williams System 11A
Model Number: 556-SE
Theme: Firefighting
Design by: Barry Oursler
Art by: Mark Sprenger
Animated by:
Music by: Chris Granner
Sound by: Chris Granner, Rich Karstens, Brian Schmidt
Software by: Chris Granner, Rich Karstens, Brian Schmidt
Machine Type: Solid State Electronic (SS) 
Notes: Based on The Great Chicago Fire of October 8-10, 1871. The 'Champagne Edition' was produced with an oak cabinet and gold fittings. The backbox also has rotating light cylinders which are not found in the regular version of this game. Model number 556-SE is printed on the manufacturer sticker found on each game. Production Run Records for Fire! (Champagne Edition): Production Start Date: Oct-8-1987 Production End Date: Jan-18-1988 Production Run Quantity: 273* First ship date: Oct-12-1987 Last ship date: unknown, 1 unit still in inventory when Daily Production Logs ceased referencing this game on May-24-1988. * This number is from Williams Daily Production Logs. The WMS Games Sales History printout dated 20-Dec-94 issued from the Accounting Department shows a total of 7,987 units of 'Fire!' that were produced and for which they were paid. This total would include sample units but not prototype units (unless they, too, were sold and payment received) and was reported in the Company's financial public stock records therefore the accuracy of this quantity is guaranteed. There is no separate listing on this printout for the Champagne Edition so its quantity must have been included in that total. Even so, the sum of the Daily Production Log quantities for both games does not equal the total quantity listed on the Sales History printout.
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