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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (pinball)

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Release date  July 1991
Artwork  Doug Watson
Music  Chris Granner
Manufacturer  WMS Industries
Programming  Dwight Sullivan
Mechanics  Carl Biagi
Designer  Steve Ritchie

System  Williams WPC (Dot Matrix)
Similar  Elvira and the Party Monsters, Judge Dredd, The Pinball Arcade, Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottli, Pinball Hall of Fame: The Willia

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 pinball machine designed by Steve Ritchie and released by Williams Electronics.


Notable features

The table is the first Williams WPC machine designed to feature a dot-matrix display. But due to the long design phase, Gilligan's Island was the first manufactured with a DMD. Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the first game to feature an autoplunger (replacing the traditional plunger), as well as a ball-firing cannon (dubbed, "Gun Grip Ball Launcher"). Finally, T2 was the first game to feature a video mode, a mini video game featured on the DMD. Arnold Schwarzenegger provided voices for the game. Some playfield design elements were based on Ritchie's 1980 classic, Firepower. T-1000 was not included in the artwork of the table, with the exception of a small image of actor Robert Patrick because of pre-release secrecy of the movie. The character was only included in the display animation because when the DMD programming was finalizing the liquid metal character was already public knowledge.


A follow up to this game is Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines featuring a very similar playfield design and rulesheet.

Digital version

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is available as a licensed table of The Pinball Arcade for several platforms.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day (pinball) Wikipedia

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