Party Zone (Bally, 1991)

Party Zone

Total rating

This machine got 113 approved ratings and currently scores 7.382 out of 10 points.

This ranks this machine #137 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.451

Artwork: 7.363

Sounds/Music: 7.157

Other Aspects: 7.305

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“It was a nice pin to have. For the price, lots of things to do and shoot for. After a while the call outs got annoying and the pin got old to me. I found someone who wanted to trade for it with their WW. It's been a year since, I'm glad I traded it, however, my wife and kids like PZ better. Too bad they don't pay the bills around here. lol”

  • Tony01 has owned this game in the past.

  • “This is a real fun game, esp for its time. Fast and fun with some cool shots to make. I always loved the scoring of this game. Meaning, if you scored 150 mill, that was a great game as opposed to some of the crazy scoring in machines today.

    Anyway, the sounds in this are really cool for the time. Being able to choose a song with your flippers...AWESOME! Esp PB Wizard. How do you top that? We're talking '91 here!

    A very bright and colorful game. DJ B-Zarr is cool with his voice, sayings, singing and following the ball head movement. You gotta give it up for that.

    It's on my wish list and should be on yours too. = v )”

  • Pinfidel has this game on the wishlist.

  • “The pinside scoring system asks....

    "Fun - And finally the last rating is for the fun factor. A machine may play, look or sound bad, but sometimes still be fun!"

    Partyzone is bonkers, childish, stupid, simple, uncomplicated but above all, lots of fun.”

  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “Really cool rocket ship shot. I liked all the toys. It wasn't always clear to me what I was supposed to be doing though. BG music is fairly irritating after a short time.”

  • Sup3rdaddy has owned this game in the past.

  • “"He passes the test, let's keep him!"

    When I first played "Party Zone" in the Pinball Wizard Arcade in Pelham, NH, I wasn't expecting much, but I was proven wrong. One of the reasons the game is so charming to me is the original theme. I love how it integrates all the characters from Dennis Nordman's previous machines into one cohesive theme. The one thing I don't like about it is the hilariously overbalanced scoring with 10x Playfield (100M payoff lane, anyone?). Still, if you ever find one on location, play it. "Pick a song, not your nose!"”

  • Kineticross has this game on the wishlist.

  • “Good pinball, elevated giocability, very fast, amusing sketch, plain of original game and music of high-level, one of the best pieces of Bally”

  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “Booooooring”

    “Flipper I day-dream, good graphics, stupendous audio and very amusing game, one of the Bally improve.”

  • ziddosi currently owns this game.

  • “A lot of fun.....callouts mad music great”

    “Ok for a couple of quarters, but not one that would keep calling me back - one ramp shot on a drain monster.”

    “excelent multi players game!”

    “Very fun and underrated pin! The game play is the most memorable part for me, as every shot was fun and fulfilling. Everything else was kind of forgettable, though.”

    “The Good: One of the BEST early DMD games. This pin will keep you coming back for more. Not too complicated, but NOT easy for a beginner. Great ramps and game flow. I have one in my collections and it is staying there for a while.

    The Bad: DJ kick out gets worn and is VERY visible.

    The Ugly: Cabinets FADES so easily. Fortunately, there are decals available to restore it to it's original beauty. Plastic ramps are hard to find and cannot be easily flame polsihed.”

  • PersonX99 currently owns this game.

  • “Definitely not the most complicated rule set. And a bit of a mish-mash when it comes to the theme. But strangely addictive and fun. Love that it plays "Pinball Wizard".”

  • scylla has owned this game in the past.

  • “fun never ending laughs . if you grew up in the 80's this one is fun”

    “Party zone... hm... the better I get to know it. The less I appreciate it.

    The Pros:
    A sense of humor and comic book appearance. These are good things. The Art package looks like Greg Freres and Co. had fun with this table. Very much in line with Party Animals, Elvira and the Party Monsters and Dr. Dude... Does someone see a trend with these Nordman games? Seeing a dude in a dress pop up in a pinball game has never been this entertaining. Choosing the tune you play pin to during the game is a cool feature that I don't recall seeing anywhere else.

    The Cons:
    Shot selection is limited. After a few games, all to shoot for is the right lane. If the ball goes back to the right flipper, shoot the ramp and then the right lane again. Rinse and repeat, and again... light the 10x bumpers with the millions lit. 10 mil a pop. Yawn and put your initials into the high score. Never go for the center saucer unless you can bank it off the targets on the left. The dots are either on or off, very few shades of Gray.

    The Takeaway:
    Fun to look at, boring to play. Not Nordman's best playtested/score balanece/design effort. Fortunately, his next game is Whitewater!”

    “Like the theme. Interesting ramps, but not the best functionally, Some cool playfield features. I give it a thumbs-up. Some sounds/voices get old after a while.”

    “An exceptionally rare game and was Bally's first game to use the then new DMD platform. Also, it was the last of the "party" games. Unique and has a lot of humer and good art work. The ramps could live with some better design work as they sometimes seem to struggle to keep control of the ball, at least on mine (I've seen others in worse condition that don't suffer from that problem).”

  • TigerLaw has owned this game in the past.

  • “Just didn't like the game. A few nice shots, but it got annoying for me pretty fast.”

    “This machine is making my other pinball machine get dust on them bcuz im too busy playing this one. A lot of different sounds and I love to "aim for the rocket!" for a quick 7 million. hahaha. Great machine!”

  • jbow currently owns this game.

  • “I used to play this a lot as a youngster, I guess it was the craziness of it all that used to appeal. I can appreciate the gameplay a little more now and it is a fun game, if a little annoying!”

    “Was hoping to like it more than I did. Not on my wishlist anymore.”

    “I bought this machine and had to do a bunch to fix it. During the repairs, I thought the game was just ok at best but after playing it a bunch before selling I really started to like it. Going for the Big Bang seems easy enough but its its a nice challenge with the short ball times. I love the graphics and quirky feel of it. A dose of this game is whats lacking in new games today.”

  • DougPiranha has owned this game in the past.

  • “After doing more research on this game, it's kinda groovy, I'm on the hunt to find a nice one to experience and maybe buy someday to operate.”

    “Almost criminally underrated because of it's theme. Great ramp, lots to shoot for, funny sounds and animations, and great comedic art from Greg Freres. Major knock is only a two ball multiball, and it's linear ruleset gets a little old for repeat plays, but for a fun and casual game it totally rocks!”

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