The Party Will Never Stop With Flim-Flam! (1974)
Flyer Images courtesy of The Arcade Flyer Archive

The Party Will Never Stop With Flim-Flam! (1974)

Flyer Images courtesy of The Arcade Flyer Archive

Flyer Images courtesy of The Arcade Flyer Archive

Check out that awesome 70s artwork, these people never stop partying…except for when they need to get another Martini.

Released in 1974 by Meadows Games, Inc. Flim-Flam was very much a knock-off of Atari’s immensely popular 1972 PONG, which in itself was a knock-off of Ralph H. Baer’s Pong title for the Magnavox Odyssey. Though Flim-Flam offered an interesting take on PONG, it could be played by up to four players.

I stumbled on this YouTube video which gives you a very detailed look at the gameplay, I really dig the attract lights on the unit, I can imagine seeing this in a nightclub back in the 70s pretty easily.

[Via] Delusional 2971’s YouTube Channel

As always I want to give a big thanks to The Arcade Flyer Archive for the excellent Flyer scans that you see above, make sure to follow the link to see them more clearly.


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Must be cold lady in yellow.

  2. Great concept, it’s just too bad that it’s based on pong. Pong is great for it’s historical importance, but the game itself…..

    I wonder if this game might have been the influence for the warlords game? (For those not familiar with it, warlords is essentially 4 player pong, but with extra elements. There were “castles” in each corner and a “knight” within each castle, eac player’s paddle actually moved 90 degrees around the player’s castle. The idea was to bounce the ball to destroy the other castles, while preventing the same thing from happening to your own.)

  3. You might be on to something there, Drahken. Warlords didn’t come out until 1980…it’s certainly possible.

  4. Cool post VicSage. I’m a fan of Pong but it does seem to get overlooked when I have people over. A four player (2 on 2) pong match is really quite fun. I usually end up have to recruit people to play a game but once it starts they all really enjoy it. One of the best things about pong is that it such a simple game that anyone can pick it up quickly and play it.

    I always considered Warlords to be a multi-player Breakout myself but I think it’s pretty safe to say without Pong there wouldn’t have been Warlords.

  5. Well, breakout was just a solo version of pong, so a multiplayer version of breakout is still a linear descendant of pong.

  6. I completely agree Drahken.

  7. Glad you liked the post, Blinddog! Do you have anymore awesome videos in the works? Hint, hint. ;)

  8. anyone interested in buying this machine from me? I have an original in working order and in tip top shape

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