Attack from Mars (Bally, 1995)

Attack from Mars

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This game received 1036 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.801 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Attack from Mars". The group itself ranks #2 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.87

Artwork: 8.593

Sounds/Music: 8.424

Other Aspects: 9.015

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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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9 days ago
I've had this game in my collection for years and for sure a keeper. Great game, flow, layout and humor.
19 days ago
Best of the best!
52 days ago
Very fun game. I alway enjoy playing but not in large quantities. Better to play in arcade than to have in collection.
58 days ago
If fun was a volume dial, AFM would have it cranked up to 11. I love kitschy 1950s “It came from outer space” type stuff. We all know that except for ET or Alf, if aliens ever come to earth, they are up to no good. They want your cities, your livestock and to hit your women with that Big-O-Beam! The voice acting is hilarious and the sound and lighting effects are matched perfectly. Shots, targets and layout is pretty standard issue and the rules aren’t as deep as some more modern pinball machines, but that doesn’t stop this title from being loads of fun. Blow that saucer out of the sky! Be victorious! This has always been one of my favorite machines to play on location.
68 days ago
Attack from Mars is definitely one of the best games that I've played. My only issue with it is that I'm not a big fan of machines that focus on multiple center shots for advancing the game, unless the shots involve ramps. I have the same issue with the original Pinbot game. Other than that minor gripe, everything else about it is top notch.
78 days ago
Attack from mars is a great Bally classic and deserves to be in the top 20 of all time; however, I would not place it as high as its current pinside rating (2). I'm assuming the ranking has shot up due to inflation caused by the sudden influx of ownership due to the remake.


-- The game offers a healthy variety of shots: the loops and ramps are smooth yet challenging when it counts.
-- The shaking saucer and aliens are great toys.
-- The bash target is utilized well.
-- The mini-sewer below the bumpers is cool.
-- Excellent wireforms with the ramps


-- The theme of this game is it's strongest asset, in my opinion. It is integrated perfectly.
-- The humour (speech) used in this game is the best in all of pinball.
-- The accents for the different countries and the stereotyping is funny.
-- For its time, the lighting is really good.


-- Objectives, combos and saucers are fun.
-- The game can be dangerously fun, and it can tempt you into dangerous shots.
-- Killing saucers is very easy to understand for newbs, which is an often overlooked strength.
-- The center ramp shot can be very difficult to nail, which is a good thing.


-- My number one complaint about this game is that it becomes redundant pretty quick.
-- I find center bash games, with maybe the exception of MM, to be uninspiring.
-- The game, when compared to something like TZ, is pretty simple in design and in toy offerings.

In the end, Attack From Mars is one of the best games Bally made, but it falls a little short in the lastability zone. I play it when I see it, but I find it's a bit too pricey to add to my collection. I still see myself owning this title in the future when the prices come down due to oversupply. In a small collection, I would argue your money would be better spent on TZ, MM, TOTAN, DI etc.
3 months ago
What a fantastic game! The Martians theme is well done. I enjoy games with longer shots,great flow, and ability to choose which parts of the table to score from. This one checks all the boxes for me. I was fortunate to pick up a copy that was routed it’s entire life by a great operator. It has the usual cosmetic issues (cabinet fade and stroke of luck hole wear) but it plays absolutely perfect! It’s easy to see why it’s one of the highest rated Pinballs and was chosen to be remade. Play and enjoy!
3 months ago
Great flow...nice and fast. Humor..destroying the ufo is great!
Like the theme.
4 months ago
One of the best fan layouts ever, with fast-paced action and fun, timeless humor in the callouts.
4 months ago
AFM is a good game but I have never liked it because of the artwork and I wish it had more toys.
4 months ago
Best pin hands down! Not my favorite theme but damn it is well executed! Progression and scoring is really alluring. Rare find and worth the price of admission when found in good shape. Blow a roll of quarters when you find one!
4 months ago
As of right now, this is my gold standard in pinball. I have enjoyed it since day one. I do not own it currently, but it is one of my holy grails and hope to someday. The pacing, the targets, the theme all work really well. In addition, I feel it is a game that is fair. Whether your are an accomplished pinhead wizard, or a novice, it is fun and makes you feel accomplished. The large saucer target and the animation when destroyed is probably the biggest reason. Ramps are fair and fun, and there are minimal times when you feel cheated.
5 months ago
The game has a great replay ability factor. I keep wanting to play and get better. I love the theme of this game.
5 months ago
highly over rated pin. the theme seems to be the best of the game, being so original, but overall its just ok as far as playability and fun

the good: great shots available; the game reacts really nicely to shots hit, and the shots are not too difficult. i like the speed of the game and open layout, which makes it very fun to just run and gun on your shots.

the bad: a bit repetitive after a dozen games. the goals are not apparent, and the game becomes a bit random and chaotic quickly. this is also an overpriced game for some reason. not a top ten pin, let alone #1. the lighting needs work; it is too dark and the field is almost invisible.
5 months ago
Amazing. Very similar to MM in many ways I find with the overall Alien theme over Medieval. Bash the ship. great depth and humor. awesome title a must own. so glad the remade this one. only small gripe is that the bottom playfield art seems just a touch bland being so grey compared to MM.
5 months ago
A true classic. I owned an original and really enjoyed it but it does get a little stale after awhile. I have a small collection so this had to go back out the door but I do miss it. Shots felt great, strobe effect was awesome (and something the remake dropped the ball on frankly), the theme is one of the best ever.
5 months ago
Very fun addictive play! Lots of long shots up the play field. Another one for the wish list...
5 months ago
Great fun, great original theme. Fun right away, but hard to master. Love the giant DMD on the remakes.
5 months ago
This is a decent, fairly repetitive game which I get bored of quickly. Maybe I haven't played it deeply into the rule set? I hesitate to say it, because I know people love this game, but it's too simple and silly for my tastes. Overrated, but still a nice game.
5 months ago
It's a good pin
6 months ago
An other fun machine, a bit repetitive as Medieval Madness though !!!
6 months ago
Love this game...The new AFMr LE is awesome. To many new things to list,, The topper, lighting and new display...WOW !!
6 months ago
I can't stop playing this game, its so much fun and the animations and sound clips are awesome!
6 months ago
My ratings are based on the AFM Remake SE. If you liked the original you'll fully appreciate the fantastic upgrades to the SE like the amped up sound system, metal flying saucers, larger color dot matrix panel, color changing speaker surrounds, along with the tri-colored changing main saucer lamps. The game is wide open shooting mayhem.

Great game gets even greater!
6 months ago
Super fun game if you're not worried about competitions. Its prophetic that they put Katelyn Jenner between the flippers. Animations and callouts are great shooting the saucer and jiggly martians never gets old. NO ONE MESSES WITH THE USA!
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