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Elvira and the Party Monsters (Bally, 1989) HD

Bally SS Recreation FP Elvira and the Party Monsters (Bally, 1989) HD vBETA

No permission to download
by hauntfreaks, krokofant
at 2014-09-28
Type Recreation (real pinball)
Manufacturer Bally Manufacturing Corporation (1931-1983)
Tradename Bally
Date 1989
IPD No. 782

FP Physics 1.0

Description
"Elvira and the Party Monsters" is a game by Dennis Nordman and is

dated August 1989 (according to the manual). It is an extremely

humorous, spooky-themed pin, hosted by the "Mistress of the Dark"

herself, Elvira, and her "Party Monster" friends.



If you are unfamiliar with Elvira, she is the alter-ego of Cassandra

Peterson, who rose to fame as a TV hostess of grade-B monster movies

on a local American TV station. She'd host the showings of the films,

throwing in funny/gruesome comments along the way. If you never saw

the TV show, you can rent her movie, "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark",
Info
This table was layedout and designed by krokofant, "05/2014" as a beta...

the table was re-skinned to HD by HauntFreaks "FrankenCade" 09/2014 and is being released as v1.0

HD Mods:

-all new HD playfield

-all new HD Backglass

-all new HD Apron

-reworked plastics and targets

-new textures

-better more visable "2D" skull (looks ok in arcade cab mode)

(if anyone would like to model the correct skull that would be awesome)



to get the full effect this should be ran on a pin cab... but looks great in desktop mode as well



most of the credit need to go to krokofant, and HD grafhics by HauntFreaks
Rules
"Let's Boooogie!!!"



"Elvira and the Party Monsters", and dozens of other things in here

are probably copyright Midway Manufacturing Co., Manufacturers of

Bally Amusement Games.



"Elvira" and "Mistress of the Dark" are trademarks of QUEEN "B"

PRODUCTIONS.



Everything else is Copyright 1996-1997, Bill Ung. Freely distributable

if unmodified.



"Thank you, Boys (and gal)" to:



John Brannan <JohnBTCB@ix.netcom.com>

Manuel Delafortrie <mdelafor@is1.vub.ac.be>

Dean St. Antoine <skylor19@liberty.ca.idt.net>

Scott Piehler <rosco29@mindspring.com>

Scott Snadow <scott.snadow@gtedc.gtedcaa.gtedchq1.sprint.com>

John Morrison <jmm@Eng.Sun.COM>

Mark Kaufman <mk@sparc.SanDiegoCA.NCR.COM>

and

Sheri Nordman (Dennis' daughter)



for all sorts of fun information.





CONTENTS

--------



1. INTRODUCTION

2. PLAYFIELD LAYOUT

3. SKILL SHOT

4. WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS

5. SKULL LOCK

6. MONSTER SLIDE RAMP

7. BARBECUE TARGETS

8. CENTER EJECT HOLE

9. BARBECUE BONUS

10. BOOGIE BONUS

11. B-A-T LANES

12. THUMPER BUMPERS

13. J-A-M DROP TARGETS

14. PARTY PUNCH RAMP

15. PIZZA PASSAGE

16. GRAVESTONE-PIZZA

17. MULTIBALL

18. E-L-V-I-R-A

19. EXTRA BALL

20. REPLAY

21. SPECIAL

22. BONUS POINTS

23. BOOGIE MEN

24. GAME QUOTES

25. PARTY MONSTERS

26. ABOUT THE WOLFMAN

27. SOFTWARE

28. HARDWARE

29. GAME HISTORY

30. SMARKIE

31. VIDEO PINBALL

32. QUESTIONS





1. INTRODUCTION:

----------------



"Elvira and the Party Monsters" is a game by Dennis Nordman and is

dated August 1989 (according to the manual). It is an extremely

humorous, spooky-themed pin, hosted by the "Mistress of the Dark"

herself, Elvira, and her "Party Monster" friends.



If you are unfamiliar with Elvira, she is the alter-ego of Cassandra

Peterson, who rose to fame as a TV hostess of grade-B monster movies

on a local American TV station. She'd host the showings of the films,

throwing in funny/gruesome comments along the way. If you never saw

the TV show, you can rent her movie, "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark",

which came out in 1989. Her birthday is September 17, 1951.





The game credits are as follows:



This is a Nordman, Freres, Penacho, Granner, Pugh, Patla, Ritchie

and Peterson production.



Monstrous Support: Joos, Bil, Bauer, Ortega, Scalzo, Delgato,

Valosek & Co., Grabel, Haeger's 3DFX, Deal, Cardenas & Co,

Sharpe and The Line.



Dennis Nordman is known for numerous other games such as Party Animal,

Blackwater 100, Dr. Dude, Party Zone, Whitewater, Demolition Man,

Indianapolis 500 and his last, Scared Stiff. It is rumored that the

game was uncompleted at the time of his departure, and was finished

up without him. :( "Scared Stiff" also makes a reference on the

backglass, in the form of a book titled "Black Thursday", presumably

the day Dennis, and other fine Williams folks, were "downsized". If

it's any consolation, Elvira's latest favorite pin is, of course,

"Scared Stiff" (as said to me by the Mistress of the Dark herself,

on Monday, 11/18/96).



Indy500 is said to have a very similar playfield layout as Elvira does

(and it does), and the more and more I play Elvira, the more I can see

fringes of the same strategic forethought of what to shoot next, that

makes Whitewater such a great game. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.



ELVIRA was made shortly after the Williams/Bally merger. Though the

game uses a vaguely Bally-style cabinet and Bally-style flippers, all

the rest of the game hardware (including System 11B CPU and associated

board setup) are made up of 100% Williams parts. This is a plus, so

that owners don't have to go hunting for long obsolete Bally parts

(ie: coils, brackets).





2. PLAYFIELD LAYOUT:

--------------------



We'll take this in the usual clockwise fashion, starting from the left

flipper:



Left Flipper - Standard 3" yellow Bally-style flipper. This is actually

a Williams-style flipper, with a Bally-style flipper

plastic on top. The Bally-style plastic is approximately

1/4" longer than a Williams-style flipper, it does not

have the "W" logo and the top is not smooth. Instead,

it has vertical grooves, perpendicular to the length of

the flipper. I have these installed for "original

aesthetics" purposes.

Left Slingshot - Standard size slingshots for this era.

Left Inlane - Completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS lights the left inlane for

25 thousand points. Scores 5,000 points when unlit.

PARTY PUNCH Return Habitrail - Metal habitrail that returns the ball

from the PARTY PUNCH (right) ramp

(popper), and empties into the left

inlane.

Left Outlane - Awards SPECIAL when lit.

WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS - Four standup targets along the left-hand wall.

SKULL LOCK - Something of a left-orbit shot, except that the ball curves

around a U-Turn in back and lands under the MONSTER SLIDE

ramp, just behind the BARBECUE targets.

MONSTER SLIDE Ramp - This is the left-ramp entrance. This ramp curves

up and back behind the playfield back-wall, to

return down the bouncy MONSTER SLIDE return

ramp, to the right inlane.

BARBECUE Targets - These are two "flip-up" targets, that vaguely face

the lower-right corner.

BOOGIE MEN - Two dancing "Boogie Men", with no game purpose whatsoever,

aside from pure pinball fun!

CENTER EJECT HOLE - Shoot straight up the center lane and land the

ball in the eject hole saucer, at the top. The

saucer kicks the ball out to the B-A-T rollover

lanes, to the right.

B-A-T Lanes - Rollover Lanes in the upper-right corner of the playfield.

The ball typically shoots here from the shooter lane, the

SKULL LOCK and the CENTER EJECT HOLE.

DEAD HEADS - Three "Dead Head" images imprinted on silver mylar but only

seen when lit! A very cool effect, trust me. They "hang"

out on the upper-right back wall.

THUMPER BUMPERS - Three, arranged in a typical fashion. These are

Bally-Style "Thumper Bumpers", where the whole bumper

body moves up and down every time a bumper is actuated.

J-A-M Drop Targets - Three-Bank of Drop-Targets, that vaguely face a

point 1/3 up the left wall.

PARTY PUNCH Ramp - This is the right-ramp entrance. The ball curves

around toward the back and lands in a ball popper,

which returns the ball to the player via a metal

habitrail that empties into the left inlane.

PIZZA PASSAGE - Something of a right-orbit shot, that tosses the ball

up into the B-A-T lanes, instead of out a left-orbit.

GRAVESTONE-PIZZA - Two standup targets along the right-hand wall.

Shooter Lane - Manual plunger, with a metal rail that shoots the ball

up towards the B-A-T lanes. Only misses on rare

occasion.

Right Outlane - Awards SPECIAL when lit.

MONSTER SLIDE Return Ramp: Return ramp for the MONSTER SLIDE. The

tight metal ring the ball has to pass

through often slows the ball down

considerably, before dropping it into the

right inlane.

Right Inlane - Completing GRAVESTONE-PIZZA lights the right inlane for

25 thousand points. Scores 5,000 points when unlit.

Right Slingshot - Standard size slingshots for this era.

Right Flipper - Same as Left-Flipper, except in reverse (go figure!)





3. SKILL SHOT:

--------------



Pull the plunger back far enough to shoot the ball out onto the

playfield. It awards you 0 points, but it's a lot more fun than

watching the ball fall back into the plunger lane. Share this

skill with newbies.





4. WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS:

-----------------------



These are four standup targets along the left-hand wall. Completing

WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS will light one of the cool looking DEAD HEADS,

located behind the silver mylar, in the upper-right corner wall. For

completion of the targets, per ball, you get:



20,000 points for completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS the first time.

40,000 points for completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS the second time.

50,000 points for completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS the third time.

60,000 points for completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS the fourth time.

70,000 points for completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS the fifth time.

80,000 points for completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS the sixth time.



***200,000*** points for completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS every

time after the sixth time, plus a very

cool, playful little tune.



These point values carry over from ball-to-ball until Million is

lit, then the values reset at the start of each ball.



Completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS the third time, lights the CENTER

EJECT HOLE for 1 Million points, untimed, till the end of the ball.



Completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS the fourth time resets the lit

DEAD HEADS back to the first one. They are only reset this way

once per ball.



Completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS the sixth time, on the same ball,

lights SPECIAL.



Completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS also lights the left inlane.





5. SKULL LOCK:

--------------



Shoot the Skull to lock the ball, when lit. The flashing eyes

of the Skull indicate how many balls are locked. The Skull

kicks balls out from behind the BARBECUE targets, over the

center lane (hopefully), and into the THUMPER BUMPERS.



The Skull kicker is known to kick weakly on a regular basis, such

that ejected balls land in the center lane (and often go SDTM

:( ), instead of making all the way over to the bumper area.

(see also Section 28: HARDWARE)



The Skull can also be shot to collect 3 Million, when lit. This

is a 20-second timed event, accompanied by extremely cool music.



The LOCK lamp is not stackable, but lets face it, LOCK is not

exactly a difficult thing to light on this Nordman game. In

other words, this ain't Whitewater. :-)





6. MONSTER SLIDE RAMP:

----------------------



The MONSTER SLIDE (left) ramp awards:



SCORE - Awards 50,000 to 300,000 points, progressively, in

25,000 point increments per ramp shot.



Light HOLD BONUS - Two (operator adjustable) consecutive ramp

shots light HOLD BONUS at the CENTER EJECT

HOLE.



Light MILLION - Four (operator adjustable) consecutive ramp

shots will light the ramp for 1 Million points

(timed). Each time you light the 1 Million

shot, the number of ramp shots required goes

up by one. This maxes out at 11 ramp shots

(or, the 300,000 point shot).



Award MILLION - When lit (see above).



E-L-V-I-R-A letter - Complete B-A-T, J-A-M or WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS,

to light ramp for an E-L-V-I-R-A letter

(timed). Consecutive ramp shots after

collecting 1 Million will also award an

E-L-V-I-R-A letter, plus 250,000 points.



SPECIAL - When lit.



During Multi-Ball, both ramps must be shot in order to collect

the Multi-Ball Jackpot award. After collecting the Jackpot,

and before the end of Multi-Ball, the ramp awards "Party Ramp"

at 250,000 points per shot.



Shooting two balls up the MONSTER SLIDE ramp in quick succession,

during Multi-Ball, awards a 500,000 point "Double Slide" award.



Unfortunately, all of the usual awards, save for SPECIAL, are

suspended during Multi-Ball.





7. BARBECUE TARGETS:

--------------------



These are rather unique items on ELVIRA. Under a clear plastic

dome are two coffins. ELVIRA is in one on the left (Chief Cook)

and DRACULA is in the one on the right (Chief Kook). Shoot the

targets sticking out the bottom (should be shaped like the bottom

third of a tapered coffin). A clean, direct shot is required to

apply enough force to flip up the coffin top. Opening both

coffins lights the BARBECUE BONUS at the CENTER EJECT HOLE.



The coffins are reset (shut) upon collecting the BARBECUE BONUS,

or at the start of each ball.





8. CENTER EJECT HOLE:

---------------------



The CENTER EJECT HOLE can be lit for the following awards:



BARBECUE BONUS

BOOGIE BONUS

1 Million Points

and

HOLD BONUS



The CENTER EJECT HOLE ejects the ball to the right, above

the B-A-T rollover lanes.





9. BARBECUE BONUS:

------------------



Shoot the BARBECUE TARGETS to light the CENTER EJECT HOLE for the

BARBECUE BONUS random award. Possible awards are EXTRA BALL,

BONUS MULTIPLIER, light an E-L-V-I-R-A LETTER, Mystery Score or

SPECIAL. The BARBECUE BONUS lamp is not stackable. :(



Mystery Score has been seen as low as 50,000 points and as high

as 200,000 points. It appears to be random number.





10. BOOGIE BONUS:

-----------------



Complete the J-A-M Drop Targets to light the CENTER EJECT HOLE for

the BOOGIE BONUS. The BOOGIE BONUS starts at 25,000. As long as

BOOGIE BONUS is lit, the THUMPER BUMPERS add 1,000 points, per hit,

to the BOOGIE BONUS. Completing J-A-M again while BOOGIE BONUS

is lit adds 10,000 points to the BOOGIE BONUS. The BOOGIE BONUS

itself, maxes out at 255,000 points.





11. B-A-T LANES:

----------------



Completing the B-A-T lanes awards a Bonus Multiplier (2X to 5X),

lights the SKULL LOCK (as needed), and lights the MONSTER SLIDE

for an E-L-V-I-R-A letter.



Completing B-A-T if the Bonus Multiplier is maxed at 5X, awards

(progressively) 70,000-90,000,110,000-130,000-150,000 points,

maxing at 150,000 points.





12. THUMPER BUMPERS:

--------------------



As long as BOOGIE BONUS is lit, the THUMPER BUMPERS add 1,000 points,

per hit, to the BOOGIE BONUS. Aside from that, they also rotate the

SPECIAL lamp.



THUMPER BUMPERS are also called JUMPER BUMPERS, both on the game

flyer and on the game instruction card. They are called THUMPER

BUMPERS, though, in the game manual.



The game flyer states "A Bally Pinball Exclusive!" and "I'm the first

to give players the vertical action they've been waiting for!" So,

apparently, this means that Elvira was the first pinball game to use

JUMPER/THUMPER BUMPERS.





13. J-A-M DROP TARGETS:

-----------------------



Completing the J-A-M Drop Targets lights the CENTER EJECT HOLE for

the BOOGIE BONUS, lights SKULL LOCK (as needed), and also lights the

MONSTER SLIDE for an E-L-V-I-R-A letter.





14. PARTY PUNCH RAMP:

---------------------



The PARTY PUNCH (right) ramp progressively awards:



175,000 points

200,000 points

225,000 points + Light Extra Ball

250,000 points + Extra Ball



Once the Extra Ball is collected, the ramp resets to a 100,000

point base value, and progressively awards:



100,000 points

125,000 points

150,000 points

175,000 points

200,000 points

225,000 points + Light Extra Ball

250,000 points + Extra Ball



If an Extra Ball is collected twice off the ramp, the ramp then

resets to a *10,000* point base value (they really don't want

you to get the next EB), and then progressively awards:



10,000 points

25,000 points

50,000 points

75,000 points

100,000 points

125,000 points

150,000 points

175,000 points

200,000 points

225,000 points + Light Extra Ball

250,000 points + Extra Ball



The current point value of the ramp is held over from ball to

ball until the EXTRA BALL is collected. Once the EXTRA BALL

has been collected, the ramp will reset to the base value at

the start of every ball.



The point value of the ramp can be calculated by adding up

the values on the lit bottles of "potion", on the playfield

(except when value is at 10,000 points), in front of the ramp

entrance.



There appears to be no limit to the number of EXTRA BALLS you

can collect in this way (save for operator set maximums), but

it won't be easy.



During Multi-Ball, both ramps must be shot in order to collect

the Multi-Ball Jackpot award. After collecting the Jackpot,

and before the end of Multi-Ball, the ramp awards "Party Ramp"

at 250,000 points per shot.



Unlike the MONSTER SLIDE, the PARTY PUNCH ramp retains all its

standard award values during Multi-Ball.



Last, Elvira is one of the (relatively) few pinball games with

a "Consolation Extra Ball" prize (also known as the "Pity" EB)

such that if the game feels you are doing particularly bad, it

will automatically light the Extra Ball lamp on the Party Punch

(right) ramp, at the start of your third ball.





15. PIZZA PASSAGE:

------------------



Completing the GRAVESTONE-PIZZA targets lights the PIZZA PASSAGE,

progressively, for HEADCHEESE, EYE OF NEWT and then LIZARD TOUNGE.



The PIZZA PASSAGE awards:



25,000 points if nothing is lit.

50,000 points if HEADCHEESE is lit.

100,000 points if HEADCHEESE and EYE OF NEWT are lit.

150,000 points if all three are lit.



Collecting PIZZA PASSAGE resets all lights.





16. GRAVESTONE-PIZZA:

---------------------



These are two standup targets along the right-hand wall. Completing

GRAVESTONE-PIZZA will light one of the lights along the PIZZA PASSAGE.

You also get 20,000 to 200,000 points (progressively), in 20,000 point

increments for each completion of GRAVESTONE-PIZZA.



Completing GRAVESTONE-PIZZA also lights the right inlane.





17. MULTIBALL:

--------------



Multi-Ball starts with one of the best sound and light packages

I've ever seen! It's worth just seeing the effects, assuming

the game is in full working order. Lock three balls in the

SKULL LOCK to start Multi-Ball. All three balls are ejected

into the THUMPER BUMPERS, which is a particularly good place

to park balls during Multi-Ball, since you can place a ball

there either by shooting the SKULL LOCK, CENTER EJECT HOLE

or PIZZA PASSAGE.



During Multi-Ball, the ramps are lit for the "Party Monster

Multiball Jackpot. You must shoot both ramps to collect

the Jackpot. The Jackpot value may either be Progressive,

or fixed at 4 Million points.



The Progressive Jackpot begins at a base 1 Million points,

and is incremented by all standard points awarded while in

Multi-Ball, to a maximum of 4 Million points. The Progressive

Jackpot value is held over from game-to-game, until collected.



"Standard Points" means you would be points awarded for

a ramp shot, or a target, would be added to the Jackpot.

However, additional points awarded for completing a set

of targets or rollovers, would not be added to the Jackpot.



After collecting the Jackpot, and before the end of Multi-Ball,

the "Party Ramps" award 250,000 points per shot.



Also, shooting two balls up the MONSTER SLIDE ramp in quick

succession, awards a 500,000 point "Double Slide" award.





18. E-L-V-I-R-A:

----------------



Shoot the MONSTER SLIDE (left) ramp, when lit, to collect an

E-L-V-I-R-A letter. The ramp can be lit for an E-L-V-I-R-A

letter, either by completing B-A-T, J-A-M, WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS

or collecting the 1 Million MONSTER SLIDE (left) Ramp shot.

You can also collect E-L-V-I-R-A letters from a random

BARBECUE BONUS award.



Once you spell E-L-V-I-R-A, the SKULL LOCK is lit for 3 Million

points. This is a 20 second timed event. If you fail to make

the 3 Million shot, the game will reset to E-L-V-I (operator

adjustable), until you collect it.



E-L-V-I-R-A letters may be carried over from ball-to-ball,

game-to-game, or not at all, via operator adjustment. The

default is game-to-game (ie: always).





19. EXTRA BALL:

---------------



An EXTRA BALL can be collected from the PARTY PUNCH (right) ramp

(when lit), or as a random award from the BARBECUE BONUS. And

yes, it's worth collecting one, just to hear the quote. :-)





20. REPLAY:

-----------



Well, replays are awarded for achieving a pre-defined score.

Check your status report for this score.



Scoring a replay fires a delightfully **LOUD** knocker in

the backbox, and is accompanied by a particularly nice

sound and light show. In particular, the playfield lamps

are flashed according to COLOR SCHEME. I've yet to see

any other game make use of the color schemes like that,

usually they go for patterns, thus, I felt this deserved

a whole separate section. :-)





21. SPECIAL:

------------



SPECIAL is lit by completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS six times

(twice lighting all three Dead Heads) on a single ball.

The SPECIAL lamp starts on the MONSTER SLIDE (right) ramp,

then moves to the left outlane, then the right outlane,

then back to the ramp, on each hit of a THUMPER BUMPER or

slingshot.





22. BONUS POINTS:

-----------------



Bonus on this game is like the old days. You pick up bonus points,

for hitting various things around the game. None of it carries over

from ball to ball, unless you collect HOLD BONUS. Bonus Multipliers

are never held over.



From around the game, you get:



1,000 bonus points to start, however, you don't get another 1,000

if you had HOLD BONUS lit on the prior ball.

1,000 bonus points for any inlane switch (lit or unlit).

1,000 bonus points for knocking down a J-A-M DROP TARGET.

1,000 bonus points for any B-A-T rollover lane (lit or unlit).

1,000 bonus points for completing the B-A-T rollover lanes.

3,000 bonus points for any outlane switch (lit or unlit).

3,000 bonus points for completing WAKE-THE-DEAD-HEADS.

3,000 bonus points for completing the J-A-M DROP TARGETS.

3,000 bonus points for any E-L-V-I-R-A letter.



Completing the top rollovers will give you a bonus multiplier, from 2X

to a maximum of 5X. The bonus itself maxes out at 99,000 bonus points.





23. BOOGIE MEN:

---------------



"Let's Boogie!!!" These two guys are perhaps one of the

most favored toys in Pinball history. They do nothing,

other than jump up-and-down, dance and make people laugh.

They have also been considered the ancestors of the dancing

Martians on ATTACK FROM MARS. Shoot the CENTER EJECT HOLE

while the BOOGIE BONUS is lit to make them dance.



Nice shorts, too. :-)



There are *nine* Boogie Men represented around the game.

Unfortunately, only two of them dance. Can you find them

all?





24. GAME QUOTES:

----------------



As a System 11B game, ELVIRA has an astonishing number of fairly

high-quality quotes. Most of the quotes come from Elvira herself,

a few from Dracula, and one or two believed are from the Skull

at the lock and the Cyclops at the entrance to the MONSTER SLIDE

(right) ramp. The quotes from the game are:



Elvira:

Hey, Lets Party!

Oh, Deja-VU!

Now We're Cookin'

Don't Touch Me There!!

Oooh, Nice Organ!

How 'Bout Another Ball?

Let's Boooogie!!!

Party Pooper!

Oooh, Monstrous!!!

Oh, Yeah!

Oooh, Jackpot!

Head for the Cauldron!!!



Dracula:

Thank You, Boys!

Get Down, Get Funky!

Lights! Organ!!

Quick, to the Monster Slide!

Quick, to the Cave!

PARTY!!!!!!!

Blah!!!



Skull Lock:

HA HA HA!!!



Cyclops:

Ooooh, YEAH!

Oh, NO!



I'm told now that the voice of the Cyclops (and, based on the voice

alone, possibly the Skull Lock) was done by Dennis Nordman himself!

(Thanks, Sheri!)





25. PARTY MONSTERS:

-------------------



The name of the game is "Elvira and the Party Monsters". In case

you were wondering ... collected from around the game are the

following guest "Party Monsters":



Boogie Men

Cyclops

Dead Heads

Dracula

Elvis (or, at least his tombstone)

Fireball (?)

Frankenstien

Ghosts

Green Blob

Grim Reaper

Lizard Hands (?) (They're holding up the Barbecue)

Man in the Moon

Mummy

Organ Player

Skeleton

Skulls

Smarkie (see QUESTIONS)

Spiders

Tree (dead looking, with a face in the trunk)

Wolfman (see below)

Vampire Bats



Okay, so one or two are a bit questionable, but if it was found

on the game, I wanted it represented here in the list.





26. ABOUT THE WOLFMAN:

----------------------



Look closely at the backglass. Just behind ELVIRA's right

shoulder is the Wolfman, who, we're told, bears more than a

passing resemblance to Dennis Nordman, the game designer.



We are also told that game designer Jim Patla posed for

Dracula and artist Tim Elliott is the Muscle-Man.





27. SOFTWARE:

-------------



The latest known software releases are:



LA-4: Game Software -- Domestic release.

LG-4: Game Software -- German release.

LU-4: Game Software -- European release.



The final game software release, LA-4 / LG-4 / LU-4, is

rather suspiciously dated on 10/13/89. That would be in

the month of **October** (what better month, right?), and

on, of all days, ---Friday the 13th--- ! Pretty spooky,

huh? :-) I like it!



For comparison, the LA-2 Game Software release is only dated

10 days earlier, on 10/3/89. LA-1, however, is dated 9/12/89.



What's in LA-4? Here is a bulletin from Williams:



PROBLEM

There is a problem with the "contest mode" setting in

Elvira in versions prior to LA-4. In LA-1 through LA-3

you should not set contest mode to "YES".



SOLUTION

In these earlier versions, you can get the same results

as contest mode by making the following adjustments:

Adj# Adj Name Setting

35 Extra Ball Auto Fixed

36 Jackpot Value 4,000,000

40 Elvira Memory Player

44 Save Locks No.



NOTE

In versions LA-4 and later, the contest mode setting

works correctly. This was the only change from LA-3

to LA-4, so it is not necessary to update your program.



There are no differences in versions LA-1, LA-2, and

LA-3. The changes that caused these revisions were

for French and German game programming."



(end bulletin -- thanks, John)



As for sound:



SL-1: Sound and Music.



Please Email me if you have any software release, other

than what is listed above.



Bugs:



Well, this isn't exactly a bug, per se, but it is at least a

questionable design decision. Some games of this era allow

you to "steal" locked balls from other players. Elvira is

notably worse. If you are playing a Multi-Player game, and

Player A locks two balls, Player B may then lock one ball,

and **START MULTIBALL**! It is one thing to "steal" a locked

ball, but be able to steal full credit for a locked ball is,

in my opinion, wrong. What's worse is that the game doesn't

even remember the locks lit by Player A. Thus, they will need

to relight the locks, before relocking the balls. Nice, huh?

This was tested using LA-4 software.



Another, slightly "iffy" bug, is likely true for all System

11-ish games. This is when the scoreboard turns over (at

100M points), the game will award you another Replay for

passing the Replay score again (and again).



Speaking of the Replay score, the "fixed" Replay score settings

only range from 100,000 to 9,900,000. Pretty limited range on

a game that can track scores as high as 99,999,990.





28. HARDWARE:

-------------



This section is primarily for ELVIRA owners. Elvira is a standard

System 11B game. The setup is still more a Bally-style though,

with the displays in a single row at the bottom of the backglass,

with Williams-style displays, thankfully!



The flippers, as mentioned above, use yellow Bally-style flipper

plastics. These items may still be available and can be ordered

using part #: 20-9592-6. Some Bally-style flippers may have a

ridge in the shaft, near the bottom. For best performance, you'll

want the ones with an entirely smooth shaft. The yellow colored

ones (used on ELVIRA), really shouldn't have this problem, though.



Also, there are at least three documented cases of a faulty

resistor controlling Solenoid 5C, which are the flashers for

the Man in the Moon (center of the playfield) and the Wolfman

(on the backglass, to the left of Elvira). Finding it hard

to believe this is a pure coincidence, we believe the original

factory installed resistors were either part of a bad run, or

were possibly insufficiently rated. I replaced mine, located

at position "R5" on the backbox interconnect board, with a

5 ohm, 5 watt wirewound resistor, and it appears to work just

fine.



There are also problems with the lock (see section 5 above), so here

is a bulletin from Williams on the topic (thanks again, John):



PROBLEM

Experiencing trouble with balls jamming up in the upper left

ball trough of Elvira. If one ball is sitting in reserve and

another comes whipping in, the first ball will be knocked

forward just a bit. Then when the kicker tries to pop the

balls out, the arm does not contact either ball.



SOLUTION

Above the 3 switches, on the right side of the entry-way, there

should be a vertically mounted bolt. The purpose of this bolt

is to slow down balls that are shot into the mechanism. If this

is not doing the job (the ball should rattle a little between

the bolt and the left wall), then you should try installing a

"headless nail", a little higher, and sticking out a little

farther (with enough room for the ball to clear)."



[Note: I have not tried this]



ELVIRA also suffered from problems with the cabinet graphics.

Most ELVIRA games will show damage to the graphics, where the

game legs are screwed into the cabinet. Many games show this

sort of damage, but ELVIRA was, for some reason, particularly

susceptible to this problem. Thus, if you can find an ELVIRA

game with the cabinet graphics about the legs intact, this is

a relatively rare find, so buy it, and make sure you dismantle

it yourself, to hopefully prevent any damage.



The number of ELVIRA games actually made is still unknown.

However, based on the information collected in the Internet

Serial Number Database (Email <dusty@charm.net> for more

info), we can only account for a less than 2500 total units.

A pretty small run for any time, but especially in 1989,

when pinball was booming. If anyone has reliable data to

the contrary, please Email me.





29. GAME HISTORY:

-----------------



ELVIRA is known to be a little risque. As a precautionary

measure, ELVIRA games were shipped with a small, black

lingerie "decal", to be placed over ELVIRA's plunging

cleavage on the backglass. The software included a similar

option to tone down the quotes. This was the "Rated-G"

option, intended to "Protect the eyes and ears of the little

Party Monsters". I don't know of any games that ever made

use of such items. However, the lingerie decals remain a

hard to find item.



The slingshot/outlane plastics are bordered by long bones.

The "broken" bones on these plastics are an "inside joke"

about Dennis Nordman's motorcycle accident, which occurred

during the development of Elvira. (Thanks again, John)



In fact, Dennis Nordman broke many, many bones in the

accident and basically designed Elvira from a hospital

bed! (Thanks, Sheri!)



The graphic on the right side of the game near the pizza passage

with the monster carrying a shitload of pizza boxes. One of

the pizza boxes is named "Pinball Pete's", and this is the name

of the Arcade that Tim Arnold used to own (and subsequently sold

to his brother) in Michigan. Guess someone working on the game

wanted to point out Tim and his efforts in pinball.





30. SMARKIE:

------------



Elvira is shown on the backglass, holding a Hot Dog on a large

fork. Written on the fork is "I (heart) SMARKIE".



WHO THE HELL IS "SMARKIE"?



Smarkie is a reference to her husband/manager Mark.



Also, one of the pizza boxes in the hands of Frankenstein carries

the inscription: "Tony and Barb", which is a reference to pinball

artist Tony Ramunni and his wife.



Yogi Travis ('Yo, Travis!', on the Deadhead tombstone) is a guy

Elvira used to play pinball with, way back.



From "Pinball Art", by Keith Temple.





31. VIDEO PINBALL:

------------------



So you say you can't afford a real "Elvira and the Party Monsters"

pinball machine? Well, you may be in luck here, as there *is* a

handheld-video version of Elvira. Atari Lynx has produced a game

cartridge called "Pinball Jam", which includes two pinball games,

"Elvira and the Party Monsters" and "Police Force".



This version of Elvira includes a scrolling screen, two-ball Multi-

Ball, and numerous Elvira quotes. These quotes aren't exactly like

the original game. Some are similar to the original, some are new

(ie: they aren't included in the original game), and still others

don't appear to show up at all. The quotes themselves are also

distributed in a different way ... for instance, the "How 'bout

Another Ball?" quote, is played at for *each and every* ball (except

Ball #1).



I, myself, wasn't terribly impressed ... but then, it has that scrolling

screen, and I have the real thing at home, so I'm probably just a *tiny*

bit biased. :-) This rendition really isn't bad, even if I was never

able to directly hit the center eject hole as the flippers just wouldn't

do it. Anyway, if you like Elvira, it's definitely worth a look.



Special thanks go to Mark Kaufman for providing my test piece with the

"silver platter" treatment. :-)





32. QUESTIONS:

--------------



1. Like many other games, the THUMPER BUMPERs are not General

Illumination, they are controlled lights from the lamp

matrix. Unlike many other games, the slingshots are ALSO

controlled lights from the lamp matrix. To the best of my

knowledge, these are never used for anything other than

those superb light-shows, which is certainly a good enough

reason for me. However, has anyone ever heard of any other

reasons?



2. There are no known differences between a "Prototype"

Elvira game, and a production model. However, there

are a couple suspicious "holes" in the solenoids and

adjustments. Solenoid 4A is listed as "Unused", and

is kind of an odd place to have an empty solenoid slot.

At any rate, the software doesn't pulse it for any

reason, except during the COIL TEST. Also, Adjustment

33 is "Unused", where the game rules span Adjustments 31

through 46. Now I really don't know what you might add

to the game. I suppose you could add a kickback, or a

backbox toy. :-) But like I said, the software ignores

that signal line. Anyway, it's always interesting to

know what the game designers full intentions might have

been. Anyone who has reliable information on this topic,

please Email me!





------------------------------------------------------------------------



"Oooh, Monstrous!!!" Indeed ... **32** items later, I'm done.

Perhaps I went just a *tad* overboard, but this is really an

awesome game, and I felt it was deserved. Please Email me

(see below) if you have corrections, suggestions, alternate

ROM versions or are interested in tips on purchasing a game.



--

+-- Bill Ung -- ung@filenet.com -- ung@eatmyshorts.com ---------------+

| HIGH SPEED: "Dispatch this is 504, suspect got away." |

| EARTHSHAKER: "Ooohhh, bitchin!!" |

| WHITEWATER: "Dang, lost another one!" |

| ELVIRA: "Let's Boooogie!!! ..... Thank you, Boys!" |

+-- http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Arcade/2048/ ----------------+
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