Phantom of the Opera (Data East, 1990)

Phantom of the Opera

Total rating

This machine got 92 approved ratings and currently scores 7.518 out of 10 points.

This ranks this machine #92 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.886

Artwork: 8.374

Sounds/Music: 7.588

Other Aspects: 7.323

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“Finally saw one and played it in the Claremont Florida area, not a favorite, but it is a decent data East game. I like how the skelton face lights up in the back glass.”

“Love this pin, what a great theme with good sound and lightshow. Not the deepest pin but very fun when you want a quick game.”

  • Hazoff has owned this game in the past.

  • “Boring game. Next.”

    “a beautiful game ,, gameplay falls a little short, still real nice thou”

    “Played this as a kid when it first hit the arcade, and would play again and again over those summers! It's a blast from the past, ALMOST as much fun then as now, but what stands out the most is both the music and artwork- some of the best ever to be graced on a machine imho.
    The game itself is no chump either, having a strange lift ramp/organ, a spinner, and ramp jackpots. I consider this game right on the money for it's time, and a classic pinball for sure. The only takeaway is the rule set is very ''system 11'' and this game can be tough at times, if you're looking to push 20 million. These can also be plus features though, because sometimes you just want some simple pinball :)”

  • shacklersrevenge has owned this game in the past.

  • “Neat for it's time for sure, ok now.”

    “This is actually a very fun pin to play.... I'll embellish later...”

  • wildinindiana has owned this game in the past.

  • “Best part of the game is the music.........otherwise boring!”


    Pinball master
    3,443,000 1

    “Boring game. Enough said.”

    “This game was not my cup of tea. Odd layout and played poorly as setup.”

    “This plays very different so many other games, the slingshots are close together so the ball get lightning fast. Only bummer is the outlanes can be a bit brutal, at least you have a kick save on the left side to save once in a while. Lots of different very good audio clips. Theme is great and timeless. the artwork on the cabinet detailed and a stunner. Artwork on the playfield is extremely detailed and a sight to behold. And the backglass is in a class all by itself. This is my favorite backglass of any machine I have ever seen, but not simply because of the artwork or theme or style of artwork, but in the level of detail they took it to. The backglass does have great artwork but it also has mirroring, and it's actually painted on both sides. There are flashers behind the phantoms mask so when they flash you will see through the mask and see the hideous face that is painted on the backside of the glass. All of this artwork alone makes this pin a conversation piece and one that sits well by itself in a living room.”

  • Danzig currently owns this game.

  • “great data east title. A little easy, but music and lights make up for it all.”

  • perryd currently owns this game.

  • “Excellent sound package, good art, but limited game play as it is a bit repetitive. Really cool theme and haunting organ sounds. One of the best back glasses out there. Too bad, this was pre-DMD.”

    “Id be beating a dead horse if I repeated what everyone else says about this table. Looks pretty, sounds cool.... yadda yadda.”

  • corvair61 has owned this game in the past.

  • “Good pin. I like the artwork but can't say I love it. Excellent music, interesting toys and shots.
    The "double score" features kind of ruins my interest for the game. I find it too unbalanced.”

    “Phantom of the Opera is one of the best looking and sounding games to come out of the DE stables.

    The Pros:
    Solid shots to the ramp, organ and the spinner. The Organ in particular is a great piece of pinball engineering. It works and requires skill, it's not just a novelty. The 2 ball then 3 ball multiball is a great way to earn the Jackpot. This game looks gorgeous. The first time I saw the phantom's face on the BG I had a serious pinball wow moment. It's almost too bad that the gruesome face that Paul Faris depicted is obscured by the dual layer BG. The PF is detailed and has a gothic look to it that even exceeds the visuals of The Addams Family pinball table. The music for this table is brilliantly executed. Gary Stern looks silly in a wig.

    The Cons:
    The rules. For all the positives this game has in the looks and the sound department, you can't get past the fact that this game is incredibly simple. No way to relight the organ jackpot. The organ JP builds and holds over so if the players are good, the JP value is miniscule and not worth the work for the points. The mirror is a death shot and is usually not worth the risk for bonus x. Left ramp to right flipper over and over and over... Double your score... over and over...Zzzzzzzzzz......

    The Takeaway:
    A great game if you want to look at it. It's also nice to listen to. Playing it is not that great in my opinion. I know some people who love to play it, I'm just not impressed with the depth of the programming and the amount of game that this pinball deck possesses considering how strong all the other parts of this title are.”

    “Pretty fun machine, it's very simple but flows nicely and has cool music and sounds”

  • Sm00thcriminal8 has owned this game in the past.

  • “This game is just alright for me. I really wanted to like it as the music and sound is FANTASTIC and I like the idea behind the theme. However, it was just a bit lacking for me. Shots are not horribly difficult, though not a cakewalk either. Love the cabinet and the back glass is pretty decent too. Don't love the Christine as she appears all over the backglass and playfield. I will be moving this one along and trying another title out.”

  • dapperdan24 has owned this game in the past.

  • “Awesome game if you have a larger collection. It's very unique, and something good to have when your in the mood for a lighter ruleset game. Fantastic art package.”

  • CaptainNeo has owned this game in the past.

  • “I like the theme of this, it's a bit underrated because it has a little of that DE cheese to it but the artwork, sounds and music makes this one of the better designs by them. Playfield is open, and can drain balls if not set up correctly but when it is it's fast and fun.”

  • beachcitypinball has owned this game in the past.

  • “Phantom is a pretty decent game. It's definitely a one shotter, don't get me wrong, but that doesn't mean it's not fun. Great art and sound package for the time. The playfield art is some of the best of seen and the light shows and the audio is excellent. It's not deep but it's a gorgeous game that plays well enough.”

  • sixsixtie currently owns this game.
  • sixsixtie

    Pinball addict
    1,083,150 2

    “Phantom is a great game that I would never own. It looks great. It sounds great and has some of the best and most humorous call outs in any game (Exx traaa Balllllllll) lol. It has a neat toy/ramp in the Organ. The rules aren't particularly deep and the scoring isnt very balanced but its on par with other titles of the same era. So why wouldn't I want to own one? its just to easy. Its basically tied with BOP as being one of the easiest games I've ever played. The Organ shot is as wide as the grand canyon and can be made easily from either flipper. The feed from balls coming out of the lock is right to the left flipper setting you up for incredibly easy Organ shot. Its a fun game and my non pinhead friends love this game, I love this game, but unless you have a large collection you will get bored.”

    “possibly the best music and sound effects in any pin ive ever played, good pin although the playfield is a little sparse..real fun to play in a dark room because the light show is hands down the best ive ever got to experience. artwork on the playfield and back glass is superb as well”

  • darkfaith has owned this game in the past.

  • “The P/F is Layed out Nicely, a Ramp shot , spinner's , Mechanical Raise-n Organ. Now The Magic Mirror was a Trip at 1st !! Where did the ball Go ,, and The Music is Awesome.. Now the B/Glass.. I keep glance-n up to the chick in the Ready-4-Bed Nightgown .. I Absolutely Love this Pin.. Data East has some Killer Titles and POTO is 1 in their Top 10 .. This Pin makes me want to watch the movie.. POTO is Gonna be like BSD , I Loved the Movie , and I Love the Pin !!! Noooooo ,Noooooo , Smack ,, Then she Scream's.. " Shoot the Cat-Walk " Killer audio... Find 1, and get it !!”

  • BLACK_ROSE has owned this game in the past.

  • “Boring!!!”

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