Space Race – the pinball game that dwarfs Hercules

Shaggy August 6, 2010 2

Space Race via

(Thanks to Gary S. for the tip)

While Atari’s Hercules pinball has long held the title of the largest pinball machine ever manufactured for the public, I think that this Space Race takes the cake. Only seven have been made but it’s a surefire way to turn heads at any theme park or fair. At first it may not appear to be a pinball machine as the game lacks flippers, instead there are pins placed throughout the board along with some holes for the ball to fall through, making it a game of chance rather than skill. This is how original pinball machines were designed, as flippers weren’t a part of the game until Gottlieb’s Humpty Dumpty (1947). Since there are so few Space Races out there finding one can be a little difficult but not impossible with a recent sighting at the MultiFest in Charleston, WV; also has a nice article with pictures and video of a Space Race as seen in June at Colorado Springs.


  1. neil brimelow August 6, 2010 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Sorry, no flippers, no pinball 🙂

    It ain’t 1946. 🙂

    Hercules is still the king.

    BTW, I wonder why one of the redemption game makers have not tried to make a “Hercules” sized redemption pinball yet?

  2. Scott August 20, 2011 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Isn’t this just a super large Pachinko machine?

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