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Sample Game Differences

What's a sample game?
A sample game is usually a preproduction version of an upcoming title of a pinball machine that is about to hit the open market. These preproduction games are usually designed so that they can be tested on location for playability issues, software bugs and also to show the amusement industry what the company has up their sleeve for the weeks/months ahead.  Since these games are primarily designed for testing purposes they are usually produced in small numbers....less than a couple hundred, I believe.

Although not always the case some sample versions of pinball games exhibit differences than their production run counterpart. These changes were usually made for reasons of gameplay, cosmetics and even production cost restraints.

Cirqus Voltaire is a good example of game that you can clearly see its differences between Sample and production. Just look at the pictures below to see some of the many differences.

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.View the actual differences by clicking on the hotspots on the image above. Description of the numbers listed on the image are listed below.

1. Misprint on Instruction Card
2. Changed "CRANK" marvel to "SPIN", also "Defeat all RINGMASTERS" in sample version is a decal, as opposed to printed on playfield.
3. Changed "Acrobat" and "Juggler" playfield lamp inserts to "Acrobat Ready" and "Juggler Ready". These inserts where also changed from yellow to white.
4. Added into the production version the words "Bally Hoo" in front of the yellow targets as well as changed "Tickle The" to "Defeat The" in front of the Ringmaster.
5. Small Ringmaster heads were changed from decals in the sample version to being printed on the playfield. The word Multiball is printed in black underneath each of the RingMaster Marvels.
6. The most obvious of them all. The Ringmaster was changed before production from a normal shaped head to a more cylinderical fat head to help prevent the ball from getting stuck behind him.
7. Added the letters S-P-I-N to the 4 blue lamp inserts in front of the spinner.

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