Bally : Circus Queen

Game Parameters
Game Type magic screen
Game Number 667
Manufacture Date 1960
Number of Holes 25
Number of Odds Steps 8
Max Payout 600
Max Extra Balls 3
 - chris dade image
 - bg 1

 - cab 1
 - cab 2

 - fly 1

 - int 1
 - int 2
 - int 3
 - int 4
 - int 5
 - int 6
 - int 7
 - int 8

Game Manual
 - manual (pdf) : 10.45MB
 - unoptimized manual (pdf) : 61.27MB

Mixer Diagrams
 - 1: w-936b
 - 2: w-907-1b
 - 2: w-907-1b (svg file)
 - 3: w-935b
 - 4: w-937b

 - chris dade image
 - pf 1
 - pf 2

Reflex Diagrams
 - w-770b

 - schematic 1-1499 : 13.37MB
 - schematic 1500-up : 13.41MB

S/I Card Reproduction
 - sirepro

S/I Card Scan
 - siscan

Circus Queen

The follow-on game to Roller Derby, the only player visible difference was the blue section on the Magic Screen.

On previous games, you could have 3-in-blue scores 5-in-green, or 2-in-blue scores 5-in-green.

Circus Queen gives you:

  • 3-in-blue scores 300
  • 3-in-blue scores 600
  • 2-in-blue scores 600!

Some operators hated the last one. Since the blue payouts where no longer tied to the odds levels, players could just hit the green button and try to get the 3/2-in-blue features enabled. Of course, you still have to sink the balls into the right holes, but the ratio of the number of coins/credits needed to light the 3/2-in-blue to the payouts was better than you could score on the regular game.

Getting 2-in-blue is pretty rare, and some operators made it impossible. Other operators changed the 2-in-blue payout amount, or even put the game back to 3/2-in-blue scores 5-in-green like on earlier screen games.

magic screen games

First introduced in Carnival Queen, the numbers on the card are stationary, but a moving metal screen is slid across them.

The screen has in-line scoring and irregularly shaped colored section scoring. In the sections, rather than needing 3,4,or 5-in-line, you can get 3,4, or 5-in-section to score. While some sections have numbers that are in a line, to win in a section, the lit numbers DO NOT need to be adjacent!

Screen Home Position Screen Position B Screen Position E Screen Position G

In the screen home position, the standard three color in-line scoring is available. As the screen is slid left, the in-line scoring is replaced with section scoring. At position B, the scoring is a combination of both methods. By position E, in-line scoring is gone completely.

Also notice how in position B, the green diagonal is now over three numbers that could not be a diagonal winner on the screen in the home position, but only three numbers are in the diagonal line!

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