it was a great game in 90's
but not a top for me today
This game got 182 approved ratings and currently scores 8.134 out of 10 points.
This ranks the game #26 in the Pinside Ranking.
Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:
Game design: 8.251
Other Aspects: 8.232
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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)
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The original rules are better, but that's just a rom. I also like the coloured caps for the pop bumpers and blue parts over the gold, but given the extra for the gold, I think it balances out.
Special version of the best ever machine.
The super fun game. Nice sound, excellent play, good looks. I am still finding new tricks. It never be repetitive or boring. The people that made this game clearly had a good time and did put all creativity in it without looking at the budget.
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.
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!!!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
I finally got one in the stable. I kept the standard roms in it. This game embodies the "one more game" quality better than any other table that I can think of. You find yourself dancing to the game's theme song and snapping your fingers away as the game ends.
OK... one more game!
THIS is the reason why it embodies the DMD era of pinball games. This deck is hard to stop playing. This is what operators want. Make a few modifications and tighten the tilt on this deck... it's a PAPA qualifier. Ease up on the adjustments and this can be a great game for the kids and anyone else who wants to have a nice and relaxing game. The charm of this deck is immediate and long lasting. Play on!
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.