Rollergames was Released by Williams in 1990 and features one thing very few other machines have… a very catchy theme song! I remember singing along with this song over and over while I was in the arcades wondering “who on Earth came up with this!?”. I’m not saying it’s a great song, but as you can hear in the video below, it sticks in your brain and it’s hard to get out. Rollergames was designed by Steve Ritchie and we have Dan Forden to blame for the magnetic music.. haha. I say “blame” jokingly. That music is just too funny. Great job Dan!
This game was based on a short lived Roller Derby TV show which I have never seen before but I expect the art design on the machine was relevant in many ways to the fashion of the times. As I mention in the video review above, it feels like it’s more late 1980’s than 1990’s. It did though, take a few years into the 90’s to realize the 80’s had ended.
Some of the games playfield features include having a third flipper on the top right of the playfield which helps for multiball and bonus options. Another cool and unique feature of the time was a magnet near this flipper up top which is named the “Deep Freeze Magna-Freeze Magnet”.
Rollergames includes so many high scoring exclusives and one of which is called “Rollermotion”. This allows players to collect one of ten different values, including anything from instant multiball locks to extra balls or specials.
Who did what thanks to the IPDB
Design by: Steve Ritchie Art by: Pat McMahon Mechanics by: Carl Biagi Music by: Dan Forden Sound by: Dan Forden
Software by: Mark Penacho