The Addams Family Gold (Special Collectors Edition) (Bally, 1994)

The Addams Family Gold (Special Collectors Edition)

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This machine got 150 approved ratings and currently scores 8.046 out of 10 points.

This ranks this machine #29 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.16

Artwork: 7.872

Sounds/Music: 7.781

Other Aspects: 8.142

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This is how we, the very knowledgeable (wink wink) staff & moderators rate this machine. 148 of us have rated this game.


There are multiple version of this game

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "The Addams Family Gold (Special Collectors Edition)". The other version is: Addams Family, The (regular version)

Found 35 ratings (with comment) on this game

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“Classic and collectable”

“A great classic, I think the original version/roms is the one I would want for a keeper.”

“The Addams Family is a really popular early 90's machine. The Gold version has awesome gold additions to the cabinet and a few extras. Deep ruleset and all the Addams Family goodness from the standard version machine. Seems to rates highly, consistently. Toys are good but for some reason i wanted more of them or something. The sounds are great and the fun factor is high, especially for fans of that creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family. Not my favourite machine but it gives you sense of build quality and captures the theme well. Very loved by lots of people - i need to play it more often. A well thought out machine with a big fan base. Plus a very good effort for 1994.”

“Fun game, but I have played many more games, just as fun for half the price or less. Over inflated price for this game, give me 2 or even 3 games for this one...”

“TAF started mode based pinball for the DMD era with great modes like "Tunnel Hunt", "Seance" and "Raise the Dead". The playfield layout of this game is near perfect. Pinheads and non pinball players know of and love this game. The magnets really make this one special. Every game can seem fresh not knowing how the balls will react when "The Power" is on. The multiball start light show is still one of the best ever, only the one in MB is better IMO. The game is a bit too easy for good players, and it is starting to show its age against titles like Tron and AC/DC. *Gold version adds in extra animations, sound and rewards. This improves the games playability from the original release. The gold plastic on the jets, thing box etc. is extremely ugly compared to the nice colors of the original.”

“Overall one of the machines I have spent the most time with that I have not completely "mastered"...mainly because there is not one locally that I can play on a regular basis. Other than that, I give this machine the ratings that I do based on pure FUN! I often utter the word "GREED" in a certain manner during real life conversations in a manner that represents the machine!!!”

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  • “TAF is one of the most significant machines in pinball history, but Gold ROMs make the game more random and "gold" things on the playfield are ugly yellow compared to the original design. I prefer the original model.”

    “A very solid classic pinball machine. I have never understood why such a different rate between the regular machine and the collector one! it's the same game!”

  • colonel_caverne has owned this game in the past.

  • “Had the chance to play a TAFG last summer and TAF is my all time fave pin so I loved getting to play a Gold, actually is the first pin my daughter ever played also”

    “Great game with really varied gameplay, and a lot of great shots. Objectives are clear, and can be challenging to attain.

    The theme doesn't really do it for me - I don't really dig the Addams Family like most people do. That said, the execution is good, considering.”

    “Truly a great game. Worth a dollar play. I consider the layout of this game very nearly perfect. Excellent array of shots, ramps, moving parts. There is something about the gold edition that feels smoother about the play. This is the type of machine one can play for hours a day, days a week.”

    “The Addams Family is one of the best designs of the 90's DMD generation (or any generation for that matter). Period. Testament to this design is that it is still on location 20+ years later, making money and the operators won't sell them.

    The Pros:
    Instead of spinning discs... we have the (magnetic) power! Love it or hate it... it's there. Great shots from all sides. A skillshot requiring skill. Starting multiball and touring the mansion are always a thrill! You think you are playing a great game and then BAM!.. you get worked. You struggle and flounder on your next game and you can't help it. You're hooked.

    The Cons:
    The train target is worthless. Would have been a great shot if it was a loop! I don't care for the random Cousin it award/score. I know this is part of the "Gold" package, but I think the original software is better. But these are minor design flaws ("Gold" features). The game's greatness is heads and shoulders above most others.

    The Takeaway:
    A great game for all (SHOW) time. Pat Lawlor and his amazingly talented team knocked it out of the park on this one. I could talk about it more and more, but chances are, there are other pin-heads out there who can elaborate on this great deck even more eloquently than I possibly could. Play it. Get it in your gameroom if you can. Fortunately, they made over 20k of them.”

    “TAFG is my favorite of all my pins, it has all the fun you expect from a pinball machine, plays fast, and has a cool rule set. I can't wait for the color DMD to come out for it.”

  • Pinhead39 has owned this game in the past.

  • “The original "Addams" but with more stuff. Just as good, if not better than the original.”

    “Of course a SE was going to be made of the best selling pin of all time.”

  • Deleau has this game on the wishlist.

  • “Don't like the gold colored jet caps but they are easily replaced. The gold bookcase and Thing box doesn't matter much to me either since I would put the aftermarket decals on them. I like the extra sound bites of the Gold ROMs but not the Cousin It's Hideout awards. I also prefer the blue colored cabinet art. Other wise it is not much different from the original.”

    “Addams family is such a fun game and its a crowd favorite. 20k+ cant be wrong. I love the variety of shots and the excellent design provided by Pat Lawlor. The one draw back is the lighting sucks. If this isnt in a well lit space there are plenty of dark areas for the ball to disappear into but otherwise a great game.”

    “Played at an arcade. I do not own this pin. This pin has GREAT visuals. Very appealing to the eye! I could have played it for hours on end! It has a great play field and fast action. I personally loved the theme and the music. I would love to own this pin someday.”

    “Same rankings as the standard TAF, other than taking a point away for some of the ugly gold plastic stuff added to the playfield.”

    “I am not a fan of these made for collector models.”

    “How do you make the best pinball ever even better? This is how!

    Finally got one too. #115”

  • j69 has owned this game in the past.

  • “Not sure how this rates differently from TAF... But if there's anyone reading this that may be interested in knowing what the game's like, it's very similar to TAF (if you know that one), but with gold trim and some playfield stuff... it may also have a deeper rule-set...”

    “Just a freaking fun and kooky and kinda spooky classic!”

    “I want one of these... my brother and I played this shortly after they came out and he fell in love with it also. I hope to own one, one day.”

  • glilly-BOA has this game on the wishlist.

  • “Prefer the original because it looks cooler with ordinary side rails, Buy-In is another term for cheating and the Pops look better with normal colouring rather than 'gold'.”

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