Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure (Williams, 1993)

Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure

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This game got 1,080 approved ratings and currently scores 8.482 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #8 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.391

Artwork: 8.467

Sounds/Music: 8.327

Other Aspects: 8.538

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Rating #26 of 10 12 days 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.

Rating #26 of 30 8 days ago

Not much of a wide body fan but this is a solid game. The ramps are fun and the multi-ball/ball lock start is really cool. The upper playfield is unique and extremely hard. I think the artwork on the playfield sucks, the faces looks terrible in my opinion. I'm also not a big fan of the video modes on this game. Still a fun game though and may be worth owing if you are a big Indy fan.

Rating #26 of 54 1 month 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.

Rating #26 of 11 1 month 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.

Rating #26 of 26 1 month 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

Rating #26 of 91 1 month 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!

Rating #26 of 9 1 month ago

I have to admit, I've had to remove my original review of this Pin and revise my thoughts on it! I've played 3 of these, the 3rd I bought and own. The first two didn't leave a very good impression with me. They were poorly lit, the flippers were spongey and it made the ramp shot nearly impossible to hit. The mini playfield didn't work, the sound was horrible, crackling and odd sounding.

Honestly, I thought the world was crazy for adoring this game so much, especially compared to the Stern Indy (which I also own and love).

Then, I found a decent specimen and I guess that is the trick.. Even a fantastic pin can suck if you can't play it for the maintenance inadequacies.

Now that I own a decent-quality working example and after a couple hundred plays I have to say, this is quickly becoming my favorite pin. I thought the elephant noise of the idol ball feed would get on my nerves but it really doesn't.

The audible movie quotes are great, not sampled to the highest quality output but they do evoke a general nostalgia for watching the movies for the first time. The soundtrack is midi-based and a little dated but not so much to detract from game play.. In fact some parts of the music score are quite good, others are just okay.

The ramps are what make this game for me. They are challenging and flow-y. The targets require a decent amount of skill the on the right out lane bump-in gate is the coolest thing ever created in human history.

I won't provide any fodder for the Stern Indy v Williams Indy debate here other than to say I own them both and I love them both. They are each different games and great homage to the Indy franchise and pinball at large.

Rating #26 of 53 2 months ago

You cheat Dr. Jones

93 WMS Indiana Jones - The Pinball Adventure

this is a widebody pin with the DCS sound system (1st)

plunge that ball... wait where's the plunger ?? - all I see is a Gun !! -OK then, Pull that Trigger :-)

it has 3 tiers of modes, 1 tier per movie - each tier has 1 Video Mode

Gun Fight in Bar / Choose Wisely / Mine Cart Tunnel

The Path of Adventure is a Mini Upper PF that has exit holes

there are targets all over the field and 3 center drops that protect a cellar hole and a target

there are Super Jets that when you meet your switch count ups the value to rack up some huge points

there are INDY friends at the top rollovers that add a center "friend" from all 3 original films

also ADDING to the bonus X

there is a lot to say to IJ but if you enjoy the movies and John Williams your half way there

real callouts from the actual movies sound clips - game had details and all were checked off

I have owned 3 IJ and enjoyed them all

try one out - you wont be disappointed

See you tomorrow Indiana Jones.....

Rating #26 of 11 2 months ago

Six ball multiball.

Rating #26 of 64 3 months ago

Williams IJ is better than the Stern IJ, on most days. Williams IJ Pinball Adventure is an excellent machine and will never intentionally leave my collection while I am living on earth. It is a keeper. The gameplay and everything about the pinball machine save the backglass is perfect. Still haven't figured what the Super Ball button is for, but I am sure I will one day....

Rating #26 of 55 3 months ago

Very deep game, lots of modes and a great theme.

Rating #26 of 6 3 months ago

A great game that has good replay aspects.

Rating #26 of 77 4 months ago

Fun game with a bunch of stuff to do. Ramps, drop targets, easy multi ball. The game is pretty easy which allows you to accomplish most game objectives. I played on it for a few hours without getting bored and I get bored easily.

The artwork is so-so, not really my thing but the fun factor makes up for all that and then some.

Rating #26 of 101 4 months ago

I enjoy this game, a lot of people think it is too gimmicky, others dont like the video modes.

Still a fan.

Rating #26 of 60 4 months ago

I couldn't get into this one. It didn't have good flow.

Rating #26 of 18 4 months ago

Love it. Challenging pin. Make sure you hit those close up shots!!

Rating #26 of 20 4 months ago

No, no, no, sorry...not a fan of the game. Another jam-packed Mark Ritchie playfield with unforgiving, cramped shots. I'll make the same caveat I do when I talk of Fish Tales and Bram Stoker's Dracula: I'm not an exceptionally good player, thus I find these games are way more punishing and frustrating than fun to play. I play pinball to have fun...and I just don't have any fun playing IJ. However, the game is packed with decent modes and has quite a bit of depth. The theme and art are a fanboy's wet dream, no complaints there. Ball lock kickout ranks up there with the best in all pinball. Overall, the game isn't for me, but I can see why it is the cat's meow...

Rating #26 of 8 2 months ago

Great Game. Plays different than most. like the variation

Rating #26 of 6 6 months ago

It's my favorite pinball machine hands down. I would recommend it to anyone interested in pinball.

Rating #26 of 6 6 months ago

By far, the funniest game I own. This is a keeper! So much variety between video modes and challenges. Shot variety is exceptional and challenging. I find it hard to point out any flaws other than crazy air balls. Software is smart, challenging and rewarding.

Rating #26 of 17 6 months ago

Great game very hard to complete this one!

Rating #26 of 10 6 months ago

I have owned a prototype "Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure" for years and I've never grown bored with it. The design and artwork is incredible. I highly recommend this classic Williams pinball machine. Love it! This is the near perfect pinball machine.

Rating #26 of 6 7 months ago

Love this game. Love the theme and love the animation.

Rating #26 of 10 7 months ago

It's up there at the top of the rankings for a reason which some of the best theme integration out there along with STTNG. Just need to start saving for one now...

Rating #26 of 9 8 months ago

This is my grail pin. I actually will take an hour out of my Disneyland visit to play it...even though theirs isn't in great condition!

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