Fish Tales (Williams, 1992)

Fish Tales

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This game received 594 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.991 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #39 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.01

Artwork: 8.272

Sounds/Music: 7.239

Other Aspects: 8.099

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40 days ago
Pretty fun game with a good theme. The boat idea is pretty neat and it feels great when you combo shots. The slightly smaller flippers generally piss me off, but that's because I'm not very good. Fun game.
42 days ago
the amount of players who play it gave me a reason to score it high..
48 days ago
A great game from Williams. A great example how to make a fun to play game that is not associated with a established brand or franchise. The music does not really hold up after 25 years. The playfield art is a little cartoonish, but what do you expect in a game about fishing?
53 days ago
If you like fishing, humor, and fun, this is a game for you. Great callouts. One of my favorite video modes in any game. Difficult multiball. Overall fun and challenging game, especially with extra balls turned off. Can be a drain monster with sensitive tilt. Always puts a smile on my face when I play and walk around for hours humming the theme song.

"Awe, you're not going to eat that are you?
63 days ago
I thought I wasn't going to like this one but it surprised me! The ramps are a blast to hit. Artwork is great. Gameplay was fun. The sounds and music seemed at little weak. There are no toys aside from the cool locking mech! I would like this one in my collection
68 days ago
This is a good game, but I do think it is a little over rated. Especially if you are trying for a high score then all you are doing is alternating boat shots and ramp shots
3 months ago
Fish Tales is a comedy game that offers a unique layout and a challenging set of shots. The rules are deep enough to be interesting, but not exceptionally complex. The two center right and left ramps are almost intrusive on game play, but I appreciate the closeness of the ramps (but not the repetitiveness of the shots) at times, much in the way that I like the ease of hitting the WHO Dunnit ramps.

The theme wasn't appealing to me, and there are some limitations to the table, but overall it is worth playing several times and would be a fun addition to a collection that already has better games in it.
3 months ago
Enjoyed but probably not for long stretches, but I prefer target shooting tables, but still a fun one with good sound.
3 months ago
The rules may not be the deepest, but they are well thought out. The playfield layout is fast and flowing. The theme and the music are good, but the cabinet and backglass art less so. Overall a fun game when you look past the art.
3 months ago
A great fun players machine, and a very accessible theme
3 months ago
Gets old.
3 months ago
So many fun hours spent on this game. Still fun whenever I find one.
4 months ago
Very fun and fast game and a real beauty for me, like other said, a must to have in a larger collertion. A game for all the familly.
4 months ago
very fun game, shallow rule set, but game has good flow. good in a larger collection.
4 months ago
Just can't stop playing this game, truly addictive stuff. A masterpiece. I never thought I would get hooked by this game as I heard so much about the annoying music and repetitive game play, but for whatever reason I just love the shots and the rules. Especially with the slightly shorter lightning flippers since that makes the game more challenging.
5 months ago
New to my collection it is so brutal but I'm loving it the playfield looks amazing and it's fast and the shots are rewarding and it has the best topper in pinball
7 months ago
Highly recommended. Good game for beginners, but also has enough depth to keep you going for higher and higher scores.
7 months ago
Unique table layout that makes skills shots up the crossing ramps a must. Love the fishing pole reel multiball as well.
7 months ago
Fun game. Everyone enjoys playing it. Great theme. Funny call outs and good music.
7 months ago
One of the classic WPC titles. Offers different strategies for points, go for Monster Fish or Multiball. Or both!

Great game.
9 months ago
I love Mark Ritchie. This pin stands on the shoulders of Sorcerer, Taxi, and Diner -- he's aiming for that perfect pin. Why do I like FT? The M. Ritchie/Python/Granner team is second to none in total packages.

Game has the best from: Firepower, High Speed, Embryon, and Taxi -- with the total theme package of Taxi.

Favorite shots:
1. left half-orbit (spinner/saucer) and improvement on the firepower left half-orbit from his brother Steve.
2. center shot (captive ball) an improvement on embryon, with more rules integrated into it, and the strength of the shot matters
3. criss-cross ramp shots, make both flippers feel equally important, but they are easier to make than taxi, but they have interesting strength requirements
4. nice right orbit that can be re-shot and combined with other shots for a combo (improvement on high speed)
5. standups on left and right, just like high speed.

Game is missing drop banks, and a real plunger.

Action/Per/Minute: very good - but only 2 flippers
Backhands: yes
Dink Donk: good — doesn’t really have any
Drops: none
Drops Sweep: I just said, no.
Flippers: just 2
Inlane Lane Change: not sure
Inlane Ramp Release: good, would like to see if speed can be improved
Inlane Swoosh: yes, great inlanes and outlines
Lane Change: yes
MB Earning: moderately tough to earn, right in the middle
MB Fun: pretty fun, good detaining ball shots
Metal Ramps: none
Nudging: lower PF needs it for sure
Orbits (Repeatable): yes, the right orbit. left is the same shot as firepower
Outlane Fun: good outlines. fair.
Pops: ok
Shots (total): 9
Skill Shot: unknown
Slap-Saves: absolutely with lightning flippers
Spinners: 1 on left, really good spinner, great sound.
Stop'n'Go: fair. ball lock, and the DMD has a lot of pauses.
Taunting: not aware of any.
Toy/Gimmick: reel, criss cross ramps, DMD integration.
Voice / V. choreography: super good.

ART: tops
SOUND: great
DISPLAYS: funny animations
FEEL: solid and needs total focus with short flippers
OVERALL: Wish it had a drop bank, other than that has what I like in a game
9 months ago
A solid but unspectacular game. Good for its time, but quickly overshadowed by Williams' subsequent masterpieces. Very good theme integration. Straightforward ruleset that still offers quite a few strategies. The centre of the playfield is strangely dominated by inserts that relate to minor scoring opportunities, so a good knowledge of the rules is a prerequisite.
9 months ago
I wanted to like it. Still not many games based on fishing so it's kinda fun. Would still like to have it in my collection. Don't know for how long mind. Lightening flippers are a bit of a pain.
9 months ago
A very fun and challenging game. Lightning flippers help make it a difficult game. Some find the music to be too repetitive but I dig it.
10 months ago
FT is ok, but gets boring fast. The shots are repetitive. Not really my cup of tea. It is rated way to high.
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