The Addams Family (Bally, 1992)

The Addams Family

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This game received 1094 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.592 /10

8.592

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "The Addams Family". The group itself ranks #7 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.663

Artwork: 8.46

Sounds/Music: 8.331

Other Aspects: 8.686



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


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8.760/10
3 days ago
Very fun game that was ahead of it's time. Some very unique and nice shots. Great shot through the bumpers. Excellent theme tie in. Rules are a little shallow when compared to more recent games. Not a huge fan of the playfield magnets, disrupts the flow a bit.
9.303/10
11 days ago
Great game don't think I will ever sell it.
8.072/10
11 days ago
I have resisted rating TaF for a while in part because it may be the most played machine of all time, in part because of my inherent biases (note my user name!), and in part because there may be nothing original to say about it.

I could be contrarian by listing the things I don't like about it:

- the playfield's not balanced, the way a lot of Lawlor machines aren't balanced. Bumpers at the bottom, unusually cruel outlanes, so many unique shots that the playfield feels like a series of little games not one big one, sometimes.

- the complexity of the design invariably means that when you run into a machine that's not tuned, the game can play terribly.

- Lawlor's reputation for innovation is deserved, but also his repetition for having such a signature feel that sometimes it feels like every Lawlor is just a new edition of the same single machine. TAF is now relatively early in his design stretch, but even a machine as fantastic as Dialed In!, I can close my eyes and feel the same shots I take on Earthshaker.

Not to say that this machine's reputation is ill-deserved; when you find a machine in excellent working condition, it remains a pleasure to play. Whether this or Twilight Zone is the ultimate epitome of Lawlorness will be the perennial question (I myself am increasingly partial to Ripley's, which only lacks the actual animated head and a better scoring right flipper shot to make it the ultimate synthesis of Lawlorhood).
6.415/10
16 days ago
really do not get the flow of this table. no ball save...ehhh just doesn't do it for me. maybe its our local table, but just is no fun to play on.
9.480/10
17 days ago
I grabbed this game based on the ratings and I am glad I did...
There's something about it that pulls me back...
Mind u I never last long with multiball for some reason...
It's s fun game to play and my favourite of that era...
It's my only 90s game I kept...
7.125/10
18 days ago
So I remember playing this as a kid, and loving it. Fast forward 20 years and I play this again as an adult and just don’t see what I loved about it. The shots feel wonky and the left bumpers are even closer than Jurassic Park’s. The vault and the stairway are fun, but there’s nothing I love about this game except the theme. I really did love the Addams family movie as a kid, so wouldn’t mind owning one some day. But again, just don’t see why it’s so highly rated. At the time, probably one of the better know licenses on a machine, but other than that, I just don’t get it. Maybe I need to play it a few more times to remember... I’d prefer to purchase two reasonably priced pins instead of one of these.
9.684/10
28 days ago
Very fun game. I enjoy playing over and over. Ramp shot and holes shot fun aspect of game. Very deserving of the hype. A must for everyone;s collection. Truly amazing with 20,000 unites out there it seems in short supply for collectors.
9.760/10
44 days ago
This is one of the all time greatest pins made. The theme works well, on so many levels. The sounds and speech that correspond with the movie are great. The fun factor is way up there too.
8.624/10
56 days ago
This was one of my first favourites, but the more I play it the less it grabs me. For me it's naturally linked to Twilight Zone, as it is for probably most people, and it's weird because I initially enjoyed Addams Family a lot more than TZ, but I now like TZ way more. For one thing, I like the modes in TZ a lot more, in Addams Family most of them are just so blah and they don't seem to stack as well. It's a lot more satisfying to have an awesome ball in TZ where you complete a ton of modes and rack huge points during and at the end of the ball. It's just a lot meatier than AF, where the modes aren't as well defined and don't give as many points. TZ also plays more dangerous than AF, which makes it more fun to me. The whole lower left side of TZ's playfield is extremely dangerous and often results in a left outlane drain, so it adds a lot of tension keeping the ball out of the there and if/when it does go in there. AF is much safer, with a double outlane on the left and a right outlane that's tucked behind a few features. It's relatively easy to keep the ball going compared with TZ, the most dangerous spot is the middle, but you usually have more time to nudge the ball over if it's going to drain there. The shots in AF are also easier. It's simpler and less risky to shoot the mode start scoop in AF because it's closer and in TZ there's always a chance of an immediate bounce back drain if you miss. In AF if you hold the ball you can lob it softly at the scoop, but in TZ you have to shoot it firmly to get it in. The main ball-locking shot in AF is also a lot easier than in TZ. Shooting it up to Thing is super simple because it's a straight shot to a big gap and if the bookcase is open you have two paths to make it. The TZ ball-locking shot is a tight angle with a small gap. All these things are why I enjoy TZ more: more risk/reward, more tension, harder shots. The games have equally awesome themes, call outs, music, backglasses, rules, good toys and special features. I do like battling the power in TZ a lot more than dealing with the power in AF. In AF the power is an annoyance which messes with your ball in the middle of the playfield while in TZ it's confined to its own mini-playfield and you only confront it there. Much better design. Both games are fairly repetitive, but that's really the nature of pinball, repeated shot-making. AF takes this too far in my opinion tho and makes you shoot some shots way too many times. For example, you get different awards for shooting the center bear-kick ramp at certain intervals up to 95 times, I believe. The game encourages you to shoot one shot 95 times in a game; to me that is more annoying than a test of shot-making. All in all I still love AF, it's still a great game that holds up well 25 years later, has a lot of innovative features, a great theme, awesome art and sound, good scoring, and a good layout. It's just not as good as TZ, which is extremely similar in gameplay. This makes perfect sense as TZ was made a year later by the same designer (Pat Lawlor), allowing him to perfect his ideas from AF. As a standalone game it's one of the best of all time, but in my mind it does not standalone because it's so similar to TZ and they were released so near to each other by the same designer. AF is like Alexander Ovechkin to TZ's Sidney Crosby. They came out together, are both all-time greats, but one is just slightly better and if you had to pick one, you'd take Crosby every time. If I had an AF and a TZ, I would play the TZ 10x more, but if I didn't have the TZ I would play the AF more than pretty much any other machine. I will say this, however: the side art on AF is definitely better.
9.800/10
3 months ago
This is my all time favorite from my younger days. The buildup for multiball (plus having a couple multiball options) has you super excited as it gets ready to start. The constant dialogue during the playing sounds as if they are as excited as you to play "Get the extra ball"..........."Now you've done it......" I get chills just thinking about the sound and excitement of this one!
9.220/10
3 months ago
This game does such an amazing job in recreating the movie. The movie is fun and lighthearted with great dialogue and that’s exactly what comes across when playing this wonderful pinball game. So many scenes are recreated. OK, the kids don’t play a role, but otherwise.
Thing coming out of the red box to grab the ball – sure it slows gameplay down, but I enjoy thinking about what people must have thought when seeing that for the first time – and it’s a chance to relax my hands. And Thing is just one of many interactive toys – the moving bookshelves, thing flips, the magnets.
Rulewise you are either collecting mansion rooms (each one kicks off some event – either a timed mode, a frenzy, one of several 2-ball mulitball modes or you get points). While you’re working on this you are working your way towards the main 3-multiball – with the jackpots off the upper flipper – this is always challenging.
8.736/10
3 months ago
Addams family is fun game it has great sounds and music, great theme, and good artwork but after a while the game kinda gets repetitive.
9.840/10
3 months ago
Just about the best pin ever made. Will play The Addams Family any day. Love the theme. The ramps and SHOWTIME multi ball! Graphics and playfied layout are second to none.
9.360/10
4 months ago
Just a flat out classic
9.940/10
4 months ago
Addams is the game that showed me that the experience of pinball could be truly magical. In many ways, it was as though the very movie came to life before my very eyes, but in an expanded and brilliant new way. A special game and genuine keeper.
8.419/10
4 months ago
Used to me my #1 favorite. One of the best all time.
8.512/10
4 months ago
Fun Game. When I first got it looking at the playfield it looks like there isn't much there. But when you actually play the game it is a lot of fun. Thing is a cool toy as is the bookshelf and electric chair. The music is a little blah and sound bytes are ok. It is a classic game and for good reason but not my favorite game in my collection.
8.136/10
4 months ago
There's a reason this is the most sold pin of all time. It was some great shots and cool toys like thing in the back of the playfield. The rules are nothing too special, but it's always satisfying to get tour the mansion, and completing it is quite the challenge. Memorable callouts and the Addams Family theme help the game too. A classic game.
9.220/10
4 months ago
Wauw what a game to play! Love The Thing which steal your ball. Nice speed and trick shots
8.540/10
5 months ago
Classic game. Unusual play field with some truly innovative features. "Thing" is a fun toy, and the vault, electric chair and ramps are fun. This isn't an easy game by any means, but once you understand the goals, and get into a groove, it's easy to see why this one is so popular. Most arcades feature it, and people love to own it. I grew up playing this machine when I began playing pinball in my 20's. The only reason I wouldn't buy one is that it's so familiar to me. Great game.
9.600/10
5 months ago
This machine is very nostalgic to me. I remember playing it in arcades and bowling alleys. The theme integration is almost perfect! I remember being amazed by the magnets when the power was activated!
8.740/10
5 months ago
A classic machine, one of favorites with Twilight Zone and Indiana Jones
8.356/10
5 months ago
Simply a Classic. This was onsite at a pub where I used to frequent and got played to bits. Hadnt played on in years but found one on site not long ago and put a few dollars in. Still such was such an awesome machine at the time and stands the test of time. Plenty to do and easy to understand rules with some great toys. Nailing ramps shot after ramp shot is fun. The theme is integrated and fit perfectly. On the look out for a machine for home now!
7.445/10
5 months ago
Its an ok machine, some of the audio is good, some is repetitive. Lots of hard shots, but overall its ok
9.900/10
5 months ago
What hasn't been said about Addams. Probably the best game ever. Yes it's better than TZ, MM, TOM, etc.
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