This was some excellent content that was originally published on Coinopspace.com by Rich Lint. Rich Lint owns This Old Game, the best source to get quality reproduction artwork for classic arcade games.
Over the last year, a number of regional groups on Facebook for arcade collecting have been gaining steam and are a becoming a great source for finding games, parts and making new connections. Occasionally monitoring Facebook over the last two months has led me to add three Universal arcade games to my collection.
I should probably stop hanging out on Facebook – I keep coming across uncommon arcade games that I want to add to my collection. This time it was an Italian import manufactured by a company named Olympia. Any guesses?
Indianapolis is not known to be a hotbed for pinball, in my 8 years of casual arcade collecting, I have only owned a handful of pinball machines. However, a couple of weeks ago I got an opportunity to pick up a machine just outside of Bloomington, IN.
To date, four fully illustrated white bootleg arcade games have surfaced – Ladybug, Mr. Do!, Jungle Prowl and a Train themed game (Working guess D-Rail). When I picked up my Mr. Do! in 2009 I noticed a tiny logo on both sides of the cabinet that looked like an Eye nestled inside of a letter G. Finally, we now have a theory on the company that goes with that logo.
Lately I’ve been doing a fair amount of research on those little arcade companies in the 80’s, and how they managed to do business. It was in that process that I got exposure to a company by the name of Eagle Conversions Inc. I was surprised that some simple searches in the common places turn up little to nothing about them. One mention of Eagle Conversions on a set of The Glob instructions and a little bit of research led me to find a possible connection to Magic Electronics.
I’ve already spent way too much of time my holiday time off doing arcade research. One area of research – Trying to identify the game of another white, illustrated artwork bootleg cabinet. This makes 4 distinct cabinets I’ve seen – check it out.