|Disney's Wreck It Ralph|
|Disney's Wreck It Ralph|
Well... Several @!#?@! hours later after sitting in traffic... Turns out he was telling the TRUTH!! I finally scored a @!#?@! Q*BERT!
|Inside of Q*Bert|
|Coin Counter, Service Switch, Volume Controls|
The game has the raised Gottlieb coin door, even saw the Gottlieb card inside to be mailed away, the knocker all boards even the monitor looks fresh, all the boards are present and still protected by a large cardboard.This thing looks like it was in a time capsule. It does have CPO ware, minor chipping on the bottom from being moved around which are the only issues IMO. The raised Gottlieb coin door is a fairly sought after part that sometimes is not present on the cabinet. Some alternative Q*Bert's had blank doors used mainly with the "Mellow Yellow Q*Berts" which often found their way into 7-11's.
The owners friend made all of these arrangements, so the dude rolls up in a white dealer plate cargo van.
And I'm like man I'm either getting kidnapped, rapped, killed all three.. but I decided to follow him to this house that apparently had an 8 car garage.. I don't even think on MTV cribs have I witnessed that. So sure enough we pull up to huge mechanical iron gates with a security pad... and sure enough one of the biggest houses I've ever seen, dude wasn't lying two 4 car garages across from each other, guy had a legitimate lift that you would see in a service bay in one of the garage spots and trust me when I tell you it wasn't a standard size garage it was massive!!.. in the back left corner of the 4th bay of this mansion garage lol was low and behold this sparkling Q*Bert.
|Clean Original Q*Bert Monitor Chassis|
|Q*Bert Rom Chips|
|Q*Bert Power Supply|
So was this ad a scam, NOPE! Sometimes you just gotta @!#?@! go for it! I got really @!#?@!ing lucky. I have been looking on and off for about 6+ years sometimes if your adventurous and patient or perhaps lucky enough you will find the game in the condition and price you want.
While I generally for the most part like to fully restore games this Q*Bert did not really require that much time money or effort to get it working 100% again. Q*Bert wasn't moving on the levels, but I wasn't able to look under the control panel until I got the game home. Most control panels have 2-3 latches, Q*Bert actually has 1 latch slightly off center to the right, and 2 wing nuts holding down the control panel which slides forward / away instead of lifting up or down. Once I was able to take the control panel off I noticed why Q*Bert wasn't moving, a rubber sleeve wasn't touching the micro switches. Being that the inside of the cabinet was clean sure enough I spotted the part that had fallen down on the inside of the cabinet.
I actually ordered a joystick rebuild kit which I didn't install but wanted to have one on hand from www.twistywristarcade.com as well as a new knocker solenoid. The Knocker / Solenoid is a nifty little feature where if you hop on a disc and Coily falls off the pyramid or if Q*Bert falls off you would hear a "Knock" on the inside of the cabinet, As if the character fell on the inside. Gottlieb was a pinball company who dealt with solenoids so they must of had the idea to incorporate it into a video game which really does add a nice novelty element to the game. My original knocker wasn't working so I replaced it, and now it's working great. The knocker requires 30v and can be turned on or off via a dip switch on the PCB.
|New Solenoid / Knocker|
One problem that Q*Bert's have is the original battery that's installed to the PCB could potentially have a tendency to leak / create battery acid damage. I took an early precaution and just de-soldered it from my board entirely. They battery is used for saving high scores but other methods have been implemented in creating safer ways to do so, for now I just removed my battery.
The marquee light wasn't illuminating so I had some spare FS-2 starters laying around, popped one in, and sure enough the marquee light turned on.
The control panel overlay isn't perfect but I don't think I'll be replacing it anytime soon as I believe the CPO still has plenty of years left, I might change my mind though. You will also notice that the joystick is mounted for a diagonal use set up for controlling Q*Bert. After I used a magic eraser the control panel pops a little bit more. Below are pictures before cleaning the control panel.