Card and pool themes were very common in the 60's and 70's with all the manufacturers. Hot Shot nails the theme perfectly, and if you're a fan of drop targets, you're going to love this!
The 2 player version of this game called Big Shot has been emulated on pretty much any digital platform you can think of via the excellent Pinball Arcade software. Check it out if you haven't already.
So the objective is pretty straight forward. There are 2 banks of 7 drop targets. Solids on the left, Stripes on the right. The 8 ball is scored via the kick out hole just below the bumper.
Knock down the whole bank of either solids or stripes plus the eight ball, and go for the Special by hitting the alternating targets either side of the bumper.
You can also score big points on the last ball of the game with triple bonus automatically lit, which can make things very interesting in multi player games.
There's really nothing bad to say about this game. It's a target shooters dream. If you like the digital version, you'll love the real thing!