Checkpoint Pinball Machine by Data East was manufactured by 1991. Checkpoint Pinball Machine is a sports – auto racing theme.
The machine’s game play centers on a ramp with a so-called Lasermatic speed detection feature that “clock” a pinball’s speed by measuring the time between the ball hitting one switch and then a second, translating that time into a speed analogous to that of a racing car. The minimum is 80 MPH; a skilled player can achieve a speed upwards of 250 MPH. In addition to the customary high score list, Checkpoint also let players record their initials if they set the machine’s speed record.
Scoring objectives can be met by achieving certain shot speeds. The game has four single-ball modes Fast, Blue Light Special, 1 million ramp/10 million ramp and Hot Nitro Round. Checkpoint was also the first game to provide players with a choice of music before setting the first ball in motion. A player can select from among several musical styles, including Country, Rock, Jazz, Rap, Classical, and Soul.
- An ignition key to start the game
- An auto plunger
- A shaker motor that let the table rumble like a racing car
- A Porsche Carrera theme with a spinning wheel in the backbox
- An image of Neuschwanstein Castle in the background of the backglass
- 2- or 3-ball Multiball
- Flippers (2)
- Pop bumpers (3)
- Slingshots (2)
- 4-bank drop targets (1)
- 3-bank drop targets 91)
- Single drop target (1)
- Standup target (1)
- Vertical up-kicker (1)
- Kick-out hole (1)
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