F-14 Tomcat Pinball Machine by Williams
F-14 Tomcat is a pinball machine designed by Steve Ritchie and released by Williams Electronics in 1987. It features an F-14 Tomcat theme and was advertised with the slogan “It’s fast. It’s furious. AND IT FIGHTS BACK!”
Players assume the role of a Navy pilot nicknamed Hitman with the goal to destroy the evil Russian General Yagov and his fleet. F-14 Tomcat has a very fast gameplay. Nevertheless, players can achieve very long ball times because there are no drains on near miss shots except when hitting the center targets dead on.
This was the first pinball machine with an Autosave feature that put the ball back into play if it got drained right at the start. The pinball machine features four flippers, multiple ramps, a four-ball Multiball mode and three flashing, rotating red, blue, and white beacons on top of the backbox that depicts a dogfight scene. Achieving a high score results in a playing of the Navy’s anthem, “Anchors Aweigh.”
Flippers (4), Pop bumper (1), Ball kicker lanes (2), Jagov kicker (kicks ball towards flippers at high speed). Multiball (4 ball), Spinning target (1), Vertical upkicker (1), Left outlane kicker. Three rotating beacon lights on the top of the backbox. Has speech. The ‘kill lane’ crosses the ‘line of death’ and it will end your turn unless you are ready with the left flipper.