Faithful recreation of the classic Gottlieb’s 1977 pinball machine

Sep 26, 2010   //   by josecastello   //   Blog  //  Comments Off

Gottlieb Bronco pinball: same game as Gottlieb Mustang pinball, just different number of players (4 players versus 2 players). Gottlieb sold this game design in the two flavors, though they are essentially the exact same game (with artwork differences). The 2 player version (Mustang) had a lower price than the 4 player (Bronco), and was marketed to game operators with less money to spend.

The Gottlieb Bronco pinball has three individual drop targets at mid-playfield. Two kickout holes, three pop bumpers, two dead slingshots (they do not kick), two side kickers (which feed the two kickout holes), and two 3″ flippers. A kind of interesting pinball playfield design. Once the drop targets are down, this lights the kickout holes for increased scoring (each downed drop target adds 1000 points to the kickout hole for 4000 points maximum). But shooting the kickout hole does not reset the drop targets. So after the three drop targets are down, there’s not much to do other than to “rape” the kickout holes (the kickout bonus stays). If the player gets the A-B-C rollovers, 2x bonus scoring (or 4x on the last ball) is envolked, and the side kickers (alternatively) light for extra ball. The definate downfall of the Gottlieb Bronco pinball is the lack of things to shoot for. Again, once the drop targets are down, they stay down until the ball drains. Also the lack of slingshot kickers above the flippers makes the game play a bit sluggish.

They made 9160 Gottlieb Bronco pinballs, and 2225 Gottlieb Mustang pinball machines.

Bronco along with other great Gottlieb western pinball machines like El Dorado , Bonanza, Quick Draw, Buckaroo , Oklahoma, Mustang and Straight Shooter somehow blended pinball with the wild west.

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Bronco Pinball HD

Game and web design

Dr. Jose R. Castello


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Other Contributors

Pinball Textures: Popotte
based on a compilation by David Gersic
Spanish/English Traslation:
Dr. Jose R. Castello
Tester: Alex Castello Jr.

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Special Thanks

Future Pinball, which inspired this game, developed by Christopher Leathley.
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