Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure (Williams, 1993)

Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure

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This game got 1,076 approved ratings and currently scores 8.476 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #8 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.376

Artwork: 8.457

Sounds/Music: 8.309

Other Aspects: 8.521

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1 month ago
The license tie in of this particular machine is spot on for the movies, particularly the modes from each of the films.
The game has great shot flow, and has a very challenging wizard mode to achieve. It beats the Stern version of Indiana Jones with its pants around its ankles, blindfolded, and upside down. If you have a Stern machine which is a complete wet soggy noodle, just get rid of it, go find a nice one, spend the money, own this title, and you will thank me. Mechanically, it is not that big of problem to maintain, as the motor assemblies, plastics, ramps, and other parts have been reproduced. I have owned my machine since 1998, if this gives you an idea of its overall quality of the title. It is not leaving my collection.

Old Simple 2005 Review:
What can I say, Indy all the way! Perfect translation in sound, meritorious translation from all three films
1 month ago
On the 7th day Williams made IJ The Pinball Adventure.
1 month ago
Hands down this is the best pinball I've ever played and I've own hundreds over the years. Better than any game I've had such as TZ, TAF, STTNG, LOTR, MM, etc..
1 month ago
Have owned the game for 6 months now, and it's up there with my favourites. Have it sitting next to TZ, and although both are Williams wide-bodies, they play very differently. I like the accessibility of the modes on IJ, with the dots animations being top class. Final wizard multiball is better than LITZ, and getting there is a blast.
2 months ago
I did not find this to be a fun pin. I thought the action was stop and go and a spongy feel to the flippers. The rules are not very intuitive at all. The artwork was OK. I didn't want to spend time on it. It felt lethargic. Perhaps it grows on you?
2 months ago
I like it...but for the price I don't see adding to my collection...
2 months ago
Well what can I say, my first machine, the one that it all started. I love the theme, the artwork, the music, the game. This is just great. Not to hard, but also not easy. You can play for a long time with just one ball if you get the hang of this machine. The machine is great and is a classic in my eyes.
2 months ago
The theme is excellent, the game is a ton of fun ! I relaly enjoyed this one, I need to play this again ! I was enjoying the game play , it gave me everything i needed in a machine !
2 months ago
This game rocks!!
2 months ago
This is a very challenging pin. It takes precise shots to make the ramps and mode start, but the payoff is rewarding. The mode starts tie in great with the movie theme. I personally like the multiple video modes for a break in the game play and a chance to enjoy the movie nostalgia. The music and the call outs are great for anyone who loves the Indiana jones movies. Multiball and jackpots are really exciting. 6 ball multiball on "well of souls" mode start is chaotic fun.
Make sure this game is set high and fast and waxed well to hit the steep ramp to path of adventure.

This game is difficult, so for players looking for constant rewards for banging around the ball, this is not the game. But, even a lesser skilled player will want to keep coming back because of the theme, artwork, call outs and music.
3 months ago
Not a fan of the theme or artwork. Gameplay is good though. Defo top 20 pin though
3 months ago
One of the best. In my all time top 3....
3 months ago
This is one of my all time favorite games. I play it anytime I see it. Lots of challenge in this one. A top game for sure.
4 months ago
Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure is a really fun game. My first runs through were not great despite making some shots and saves - just couldn't hit what I wanted. So, I started with a fairly low appraisal of the game. However, I've played IJ:TPA at several locations now and I think my first game was on a machine that wasn't properly leveled (or something).

I like the raised playfield on the left - good luck getting that extra ball! The ramps are well placed and the modes were not only interesting but also stuck with the theme well. I prefer metal habitrails and ramp returns over plastic, so IJ:TPA gets extra points for that too. And, who can resist a widebody?

Since the game turned out not to be the sluggish drain monster I thought it was, I would recommend this game to anyone interested in the theme or just some fun pinball. It's on my wishlist, but would probably lose out to several other games on the list before I'd own it. Still, a great game.

EDIT: Every time I play IJ:TPA, I like it more and more. Bumped up my rating a little to reflect that "over time" score.
4 months ago
I just wish they could make more pins that would be as good as IJ.
You can feel the effort Eddy and his team put in it.
A masterpiece and a great players pin.
4 months ago
Playd it first in 2014 at nwps and didnt like it. Since had the oportunity to restore and tune one with a friend and changed my mind. Great music and sound, perfect theme, deep rules and to top it off its just plain fun.
4 months ago
I bought this game without ever playing it before, and I'm glad I did. The shots are numerous and fun, the Path of Adventure is neat and challenging, and the sounds/callouts are amazing! The game is challenging enough to keep an experienced player coming back again and again, but it will also be fun for the uninitiated player. And above all, the Indiana Jones theme is great!
5 months ago
My favorite pinball during my college days. This one and Star Wars probably fanned my pinball flames up until today. I vividly remember the giddiness when first confronted with the six-multiball mode "Well of Souls". Had to play it again and again, just to experience that some more. Love the films and their atmosphere, and this is present also in the table with the music, artwork and quotes from the movies. The Path of Adventure (PoA) minifield was a nice innovation at it's time (not really sure if something like that was done before) and makes for a real challenge. Also used nicely in multiple modes. I think it compares very favourably for instance with the Path of the Dead in LOTR which you can't steer and is only used to collect Souls. There is lots of different things to do, go for modes, build up multiball or loop the ramps for points. It's rulesheet is not as deep as say a LOTR but it's still very hard to reach the Eternal Life endgame, so this makes for a good home game. It's also an excellent pinball to practice all kinds of flipper techniques. I love the little things like locking a ball with a ricochet shot (missing the targets), the table recognizes this and has a well-known funny call-out for it from the movies "You cheat Dr. Jones!". One thing has to be said: it has to be very well maintained or it will spoil your experience. Weak flippers prevent shooting the right ramp, also barring you from the PoA, and a lot of flow to the game comes from clean orbit shots. Things like Narrow Escape have to work properly and a broken or otherwise faulty mode saucer is the worst case scenario for this pin. I know this from first-hand experience because the Indy at our clubhouse is more often broken than not. I hope to have a different experience with the one that's on my way for my home collection. I had it cleaned and fully restored by Paul's 50's in Germany, which already proved themselves with my almost "as new" LOTR that I got a few weeks back. Check them out if you live anywhere near! All in all a great Williams table with a nicely integrated license/theme.
6 months ago
This is a great machine. lots of shots, lots of modes. 6 ball Multiball!!
6 months ago
What a fun game. There is a lot to shoot for and there is a clear progression through the game. Simply put, the shots feel good. The right out-lane save is ingenious and should have been incorporated into more machines.

Note: In order to really appreciate this pin, it MUST be well maintained. After playing so-so machines at different locations, I finally played a well maintained version and it makes all the difference in the world. If the flippers are weak or bulbs are out, it really takes away from the experience.
6 months ago
Phaeno, Wolfsburg, Germany. Ausgeflippt exhibition in cooperation with the Pacific Pinball Museum. 1st Play.
7 months ago
A great-looking, great-sounding game, but lacking in the gameplay department.

The mode start shot is too hard, particularly for a shot that rejects so frequently (really a design flaw,) and scoring ultimately boils down to multiball all day long. Couple that with a decent-but-unremarkable layout, and you've got a widebody game with less to actually shoot for than most normal body games.

A fun game to play around with on occasion, but not one I'll ever feel the need to own.
7 months ago
Indiana Jones has it all. I wanted to complete all aspects of the game before rating it. There is a lot of variety for game play on this widebody. Overall, a fairly easy game once shots are mastered. The DMD scenes are fantastic! The main theme song gets old quick, but there is a variety of other music scores pertaining to each "mission". I really enjoy the video modes. "Choose wisely" is neat but too easy. The bar shootout is fun. The mine cart is challenging.
7 months ago
An enjoyable game that is a definite must-have for any Indiana Jones freaks out there!

- the jungle-decorated plastics are a personal favourite, which I felt needed their own pro
- the pin really brings out the movie franchise during gameplay
- wonderful artwork (aftorementioned plastics plus the stunning playfield)
- widebody pin (you just seem to get a bit extra, right?)
- lots of modding potential
- innovative shooter lane solution
- easy targets, simple shots

- personally, I always found the multiball mode harder to get than in most games I've played
- cabinet artwork matches the theme in the franchise (font, colours, etc.) but just seems a bit unfullfilling for a pinball game
- translite artwork is a definite nope from me
- the gun plunger is quite a strange addition to the game seeing how Indiana Jones mostly engaged in hand-to-hand combat or used his whip, but fair enough
7 months ago
Theme is okay and it is fun game, but Indy doesn't do a huge lot for me. Able to look past the theme however and enjoy the game for what it is which is a great pinball!
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