Everyone is familiar with the story of King Kong, and probably seen at least one of the movies in which the character is portrayed. In a nutshell, the story of King Kong goes something like this: King Kong is a gigantic ape-creature, who is captured on Skull Island and taken to New York City to be put on display as the “eighth wonder of the world.” Things go terribly wrong, as they tend to do in disaster movies, and King Kong escapes causing havoc to the citizens of NYC. In a climactic scene, King Kong climbs to the top of the Empire State Building and is tragically killed trying to protect his captive human (who he loves).
Beauty and the beast, indeed.
There have been many remakes of the classic 1933 film, and indeed King Kong has transcended the movie genre to which he was born to be recreated in various comics, books, and, of course, video games. Today’s remarkable find is one of those rare pinball games, the “King Kong Pinball Machine. Extremely rare prototype”
It appears this is a rare prototype, one of only nine pinball games ever made. The listing goes on to detail the game:
“Each of the nine games were different from each other; specifically in the flipper lengths. This is the only game featuring extended-size flippers in all three locations. While none of the other 8 games were ever completely finalized (play-field plastics) this one is completely functional and, as stated above, a truly rare and unique collector’s item. This game will never be produced again.
While a few details were not finished, the cabinet, play-field, and back-box art were all fully executed for this short production run.
NOTE: The seller had the game upgraded to include the newest Sound-ROM-chips providing the highest level of sound & back-box light animation. This upgrade combined all of the other Sound-ROMS from the other 8 games that were produced. (None of the other eight pinball machines contained all of the Sound-ROMS making this a one-of-a-kind gaming experience.)
The artwork on the body, back-box, and play-field are all fresh and bright. There is no perceptible wear on the play-field. The game features a true back glass, not a trans-light and the artist’s signature is clearly displayed. There is no peeling of paint and the mirrored surfaces are all perfect.”
The seller also offers this interesting detail about the artwork on the pinball machine:
“King Kong is climbing the Sears Tower in Chicago, IL rather than following the original story line atop the Empire State Building in New York City. All three national sports teams of Chicago (as of 1992) are represented on the play-field; Chicago Bulls, Bears, and Cubs.”
Here is the clip from the 1933 movie of Kong climbing the Empire State Building: