The Menagerie Ball on the playfield came in five different colors: green, red, yellow, blue and white.
The Neon Tube on the playfield came in six different colors: blue, green,
red, pink, orange and purple.
There were about 200 Sample Games made and the differences between these and the Production Games are:
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 it's
differences between Sample and
production. Just look at the pictures below to see some of the many differences.
.View the actual differences by clicking on the hotspots on the image above.
Description of the numbers
listed on the image are listed below.
Misprint on Instruction Card
Changed "CRANK" marvel to "SPIN", also "Defeat all RINGMASTERS" in
sample version is a decal, as opposed to printed on playfield.
Changed "Acrobat" and "Juggler" playfield lamp inserts to "Acrobat
Ready" and "Juggler Ready". These inserts where also changed from
yellow to white.
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
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.
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.
Added the letters S-P-I-N to the 4 blue lamp inserts in front of the
WMS official homepage to learn more about the design history of