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Special Force (Bally Midway 1986) VPW

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5 From 47 reviews
317.7 MB File Size
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Bally Manufacturer
1986 Year

3 Screenshots



This was a real team effort that spanned over a year. Special Force is an underappreciated, grubby, rowdy, 80’s war movie pin. Kinda feels like you got dropped into a bad version of Rambo (but in a good way!) We hope you enjoy.


VPW Platoon

Apophis - Blender work, table work, scripting, physics tuning

Flux - Blender work, toolkit scripting and fixes

Cyberpez - Blender work and support

Sixtoe - Table building and VR work

ArmyAviation - Playfield photos, plastics scans, expert testing (owns the real table)

EBisLit - Inital playfield stitch

TastyWasps - VR room integrations, backglass and desktop digits

Benji - Blender and refraction probe help

HauntFreaks - Backglass resources

Bord - Modeling help

Mlager8 - Support

Cliffy - Desktop backdrop

VPW Testers - PinStratsDan, Studlygoorite, DGrimmReaper, DarthVito, BountyBob, somatik, Colvert


Special thanks to:

Siggi - Playfield redraw

3rdAxis - The jungle VR room

Toxie - Fixed some VPinMame issues for this game

Destruk & TAB - For their VP9 table that was used as a reference

Niwak and the VPX team for everything they do

Contact Author First.
10.8+ beta required

What's New in Version 1.2   See changelog


1.1.1 - Cliffy - Updated desktop backdrop image.
1.1.2 - apophis - Fixed timers causing stutters.
1.1.3 - apophis - Disabled "Hide parts behind" for ball shadow primitives.

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   8 of 8 members found this review helpful 8 / 8 members

This looks so, so good. A great team of skilled craftsmen put this together. Excellent work!

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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

I never played Special Force, or any other real pinball for that matter, but it reminds me of Operation Wolf for obvious reasons! The cry when an enemy dies, is also remarkably familiar, but I can't quite place it... maybe Golden Axe? Either way... VPW did another amazing job with this table. It looks so good with its lighting, reflections, and refraction, and it also plays as realistic as can get. So much so, that the right ramp is ridiculously hard to make... just like the real thing 😉 .

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Get  to da chopppaaa!!  Now this table perfectly captures the vibes from the mid eighties action movies like Rambo, Commando and Predator.


A very fun table with some great sound effects. Be prepared for frogs croaking , bullets flying and rockets exploding. And yes there is a chopper too. In most pinball games, the outlines equals drain bonanza. In this one however,  the nudge comes in extra handy. More than once was I able to shake the ball back to the playfield. Very happy that VPW gave this table a massive upgrade. So much explosive fun!


In my country the VHS rental stores usually had 3 or 4 pinball/arcade games in the back. I can only imagine the perfect mix of playing  Operation Wolf, then Special Force and to complete the evening, renting Rambo 2.  Somewhere in the world that hopefully happened:) 


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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Fantastic table, pure Pinball-Bliss experience on single desktop 86" tv (couch mode). VPW never disapoints and next level stuff as usual! Great B2S as well!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I would never imagined that Special Force could become one of my Top Ten tables. Guys this table is so real. V..ery P...owerful W..ork :D

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I had no idea what this table was.  Then I played it...it's sneaky good...and it looks amazing.

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Let me start off by saying that I don't gravitate towards earlier (pre 90s) tables very often, but I'm sure glad I gave this one a try. It is a lot of fun to play and the VR environment is great as well. I love the ability to hit those knockdown targets with rockets along with hearing crickets in the background while you play.


The sounds and the VR environment make you feel like you are in a jungle and reminds me of Rambo: First Blood Part 2 (my favorite of the Rambo series BTW). Reminds me of the old days of watching these movies with my dad growing up. Good times for sure.

Table looks and plays great, which is no surprise from a VPW release. Looking forward to spending some quality time with this one. A big thanks to everyone involved.

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Somehow, I've never encountered or heard of this table, but having now played it, I think it's a perfect reflection of its era. It's so weird to me how America's use of Vietnam iconography changed so completely in the 1980s, but this table is a really interesting moment. The flow of the table is surprisingly fun, and the overall execution of it by VPW is just incredible. In VR, it feels completely real. Thank you once again for all you do, VPW.

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

What an awesome surprise! Never played this game before! It looks fantastic and I cant wait to give it a whirl! Thanks for all the hard work you guys do!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

This Group of amazing Devs is just knocking it out of this world over and over, and here comes another amazing GEM of a table, one not many would know about, and Is absolutely beautiful and fun. There are lots of interesting shots and unique features, this table is done so well you will lose yourself in it for hours. THANK YOU !!!


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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I love it! It's so quiet, frogs croaking, the rolling of a lone steel ball on gentle trek on a plywood plank. And then all HELL breaks out! Bullets flying, bombs exploding, men screaming, pandemonium!! It's fantastic fun!.  Another great build from the team that apparently never sleeps!  Thanks for all the awesome fun Team VPW!!!!!!!!

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I didn't think much about this table's theme, seemed like a generic table but after playing it for a bit, I've grown to appreciate it. Another Bally classic, and leave it to VPW to do it justice. Obtaining those bombs and doing a helo bombing run on the enemy camp is so satisfying, haha. Fantastic job as usual everyone! Doing the vpin community proud :)

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Another masterpiece from the VPW team. Love these simpler tables + the day/night adjustment in the F12 menu! Wish I had the skills to help out instead of just picking out imperfections! Already looking forward to the next one, thanks for this gem 👍

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Thank you for another great release!  Like many others, this is a new one for me and it looks/plays absolutely great!  🍻😘

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Wow. What a mind opener. This recreation is absolutely enjoyable. Fantastic preservation/recreation.

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What a pleasant surprise, it's always nice when a table comes out with all the toys that you have never heard of and can experience for the first time. Such is the case for me with Special Force. Table looks and plays awesome and standing in a jungle while playing in VR is one heck of an atmosphere. Thanks to all once again!

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Great fun!!  Looks and plays really smooth in VR.  Thanks to everyone involved in the making of this table.

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I've not kept up on table releases as of late , but this table caught my attention instantly. It plays well and looks beautiful. This will forever stay on my cabinet. Thank you to all involved. 

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Really well done!

crazy to think the same brand/era produced this and Motordome... how about it

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I want everyone to look at how cool the helicopter is on this table.

What's so cool about it? It's just a piece of plastic with a decal, not even a toy.

Well, when you shoot the ball up there, it plays a sound effect. The lights flash to the rhythm of the sound and the score keeps ticking up, meanwhile the ball is spinning as it goes down the drain.

What a simple yet awesome way to mimic the motion of a helicopter's rotor blades.

And sometimes one of the bumpers will start clacking and flashing like a machine gun.

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Oh yes we enjoy, thank you so much for this table !

Amazing render !

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Did not wanted to play older tables on my new VR cab, but man, I will have to think about that again, this table is so nice, had to add it to my collection

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