Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure (Williams, 1993)

Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure

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This game got 1069 approved ratings and currently scores 8.479 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #8 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.389

Artwork: 8.469

Sounds/Music: 8.331

Other Aspects: 8.534

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“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.”

  • tk-the-jammer currently owns this game.

  • “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”

    “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!”

    “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.”

  • visi0n currently owns this game.

  • “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.....”

  • TheCnyPinGuy has owned this game in the past.

  • “Six ball multiball.”

    “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....”

  • BenetBoy78 currently owns this game.

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

    “A great game that has good replay aspects.”

    “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.”

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

    Still a fan.”

  • Meegis currently owns this game.

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

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

  • Bigbossfan has owned this game in the past.

  • “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...”

    “Great Game. Plays different than most. like the variation”

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

  • awesomeaja currently owns this game.

  • “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.”

  • ff6735 currently owns this game.

  • “Great game very hard to complete this one!”

    “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.”

  • Chance currently owns this game.

  • “Love this game. Love the theme and love the animation.”

  • Bulldog1008 currently owns this game.

  • “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...”

  • jsyjay has this game on the wishlist.

  • “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!”

  • beelzeboob currently owns this game.

  • “I don't know what it is about wide body machines, but they just don't resonate as a playing experience as well as normal machines (including Demolition Man, Road Show etc.) They are fun games to play, but not as much fun as they should be. This one is the same. Some great shots, decent ball flow, good playfield design and layout; but not as much fun as it should be. Don't get me wrong, it is fun to play; just not as much fun as it should be.”

    “Finally got some time on this machine.It was very fun in all aspects!”

  • Elevatorman has this game on the wishlist.

  • “Wow. My first wide body and a theme I love. But, there is SO much more going on here. They crammed a lot onto this play field, which gives the player a ton of options, but can also make game play difficult at times. In fact, this game can flat out kick your butt from time to time. But, it always keeps me coming back for more.
    The artwork is awesome, and the call outs are great. Licensed game, which is great. Great music. So many different ways to score and I do enjoy the mini play-field as well.
    Believe the hype on this one. You won't be disappointed.

    Holy smokes my friend, I'm so pleased you're not dead.”

  • CyberNinja24 currently owns this game.
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