Attack from Mars (Bally, 1995)

Attack from Mars

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This game received 1007 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.768 /10


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This game ranks #4 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.843

Artwork: 8.558

Sounds/Music: 8.39

Other Aspects: 8.982

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Attack from Mars". The other versions are: Attack From Mars (Remake - Classic), Attack From Mars (Remake - Special), Attack From Mars (Remake - LE)

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8 days ago
I like the game and I think it's fun but let's be honest if it was a new stern game that came out it would get bashed for not having enough on the playfield. While it's fun it does get repetitive.
12 days ago
SO. MUCH. FUN. Your goal is take out four or five saucers hovering over major world cities. Each flying saucer toy rules. They "hover" near the back with their little blinking lights and you can't help but be charmed. Beating the main saucer over and over is always satisfying and gives you a hell of a light show which turns off all the other lighting save for the upper saucers and gives you a strobe that blinks as the saucer "explodes". Great stuff. The only cons are the game seems too simple and there's not much else to do except blow up the same saucer over and over. That and you can score 100 million points just by hitting a target and letting the ball drain. I've never played a game where your final score is an average of 2 billion points. Maybe that's the joke, I don't know, but it's odd to be able to score that many points on a table. It doesn't feel like you've "earned" anything. Even still, this is a great, fun game.
15 days ago
It's repetitive, but that's its shtick. Simply one of the greatest pinball machines of all time. The theme is timeless and progressing through the modes always feels satisfying. This is one of the tables that sets the standards by which I judge other tables.
18 days ago
This is a classic for a reason.
23 days ago
Fast and a lot fun. Non pinheads love this game and experts have to fight for highscores.
29 days ago
Possibly my favorite machine of all-time. It combines a quasi-tie-in (the Tim Burton movie, but also, the original trading card game) with a lot of original riffing in terms of creating a retro 1950's theme that feels like it should have been its own movie altogether. The machine itself is extremely open - which some might not like - but requires, absolutely requires, control shots off an unpredictable center target to fight the saucer. It thus combines pleasant gradually building modes, multiple multiballs, a progressive target towards wizard mode, and....WIGGLING MARTIANS! When well-tuned, it's just an extremely pleasant and rewarding game. It may not have all the gimmicks and multi modes of the contemporary Lawlor / Williams giants (TAF and TZ) but it stands alone among the Bally machines of its era (some of which were quite good, but don't have the same complete combination of skilled gameplay and clever sequencing).
32 days ago
Underwhelmed with the ramp shots and there is a lot of open playfield space but the theme completely makes this game. Defending major international cities from invasion is fun and rewarding. DMD animation is really nice and the game speech makes this game feel epic.
38 days ago
Super fun pin
39 days ago
One of the best games around. Great rule st. Very playable and fun. The theme is outstanding and one of my favorite games in all departments. Also has the benefit of being a great game for both sophisticated and novice pinheads.
45 days ago
I'm in the large group that enjoys this game a lot but doesn't quite understand the frenzy to rank it in the Top 10 of all time. It's fun, and very funny, and I'll happily play it some when I can (like at expos). But I agree with the comments about it being repetitive and a game to play on location but not to own and play all the time for years. Admittedly, for me personally, fan layout games just aren't as interesting and rich as multi-angle-multi-flipper games, so this view has a lot to do with my assessment of AFM. Setting that view aside though and speaking more objectively, AFM is a really nice game.
47 days ago
No question about it, good fun to be had here. I give the edge to Medevial Madness in layout, theme and humour...but AFM is still a crowd-pleaser. Lots to achieve, even though it follows a simple fan layout. Could be one of the best sound packages in all of pinball.
49 days ago
Attack from Mars is one of my all time favorites, this is a game I could play nonstop everyday. Game rules are pretty simple and the overall feel is easy enough for a beginner to play. Learned how to control flippers on this machine because they are pretty forgiving. Overall, one of the best games I can think of. True classic
56 days ago
Another one of my absolute favourites. The theme sound and game is so much fun. Looked for ages to get one and now have a original release beautifully restored one.
66 days ago
One of those titles that I never spent much time with until the past few years. Something about it never drew me in with it's wide open simplistic playfield....however, once I got a chance to sit and play this beast for more than just one or two games, I realized what I had been missing. Great call outs, fun theme, hilarious modes and bonus shots...and nothing is more satisfying than destroying that saucer. A great title that I hope to own one day.
75 days ago
Maby little overrated.The first 20 times i played it i didnt understand the greatness. Maby i have to give it som more time and chanses!?
78 days ago
One of those games that has become the reason I keep coming back to play. Addictive, fast, dynamic and full of pure and simple fun. The lighting, the sounds, the theme, it's all there. Plus, who couldn't love the scoring on this game. Billlions!! Just adds to the hilarious factor. A game I gotta put in Horrorhouse Fest, as well as in my living room. Which brings me to the fact that I know I'll be owning the remake once it finally releases, but I had to start here by rating the OG cause what would a remake be without an OG.
83 days ago
This is one of the games that got me into pinball. Bashing the ship, seeing that extra ball animation, the theme. This is a number 1 game for me. Cant wait to own this.
3 months ago
Just an awesome fun game
3 months ago
Awesome game. Great animations and beautiful artwork. Destroying the first saucer is pretty easy and gives beginners confidence, however achieving 'ruler of the universe' is very difficult so the game is good for beginners and experienced players. I have upgraded the speakers in my game and it sounds fantastic...the bass is great and makes playing it a much more immersive experience.
3 months ago
This game never gets old and is always the most played game when I have people over. Fast, fun and a great theme that is expertly integrated.
3 months ago
Very solid all around. No wonder they are making it again. Fun shots, easy for all ages to figure out, sounds might get a little repetitive. Has something that appeals to all players.
3 months ago
This is a great game, surely a top 10. I think it gets too many ratings, and that puts it higher than it needs to be. It's about the same as CFTBL for me in terms of being lastable and fun, despite simplicity.
4 months ago
One of my favorites. I think I prefer its sister game MM a bit more, but AFM is definitely a keeper. The playfield is very open, and deceptively simple. However, the game really makes you think about your strategy and approach. I own AFM but I am intrigued by the new remake... it seems like a color DMD would be very a cool feature.
4 months ago
This game is hit or miss. Either your on point with your shots and doing well, or your draining real fast. The theme is excellent and the call outs are funny to listen too. The shots all feel satisfying to hit, and the rules are pretty straightforward. The super skill shot is easy to hit. I might buy one if the price comes down soon, otherwise I'll buy the remake.
4 months ago
I really like this one. I like the depth of the ruleset, and the modes are varied and just plain fun. There are a lot of different multiball modes, which I enjoy, and the game makes surprisingly wide use of a single central toy (the saucer). My wife and daughter are both casual players, and they both really love AFM. I find most games of this era to generally be a bit dark and hard to see in normal lighting unless they've had LEDs installed, but AFM is an exception. I'm a fan of LEDs, and I still think they are a worthwhile upgrade for AFM, but aren't as necessary. I also find the Martians' design to be irresistible. The callouts are fun and clever, and the overall musical theme and sound design are solid, but are also subject to some of the technical limitations of the time when the game was produced. An upgrade to a color DMD really helps this game shine as well, as some of the animations on the monochrome display just cry out for color. Martians need to be green, after all! Finally, the extra ball animation is my absolute favorite of any pin I have ever played, with only Monster Bash coming close. This is one game that for me has never gotten old. AFM is on my very short list, and I suspect I'll pretty much always have space for it.
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