Indianapolis 500 (Bally, 1995)

Indianapolis 500

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This game received 198 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.897 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #55 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.055

Artwork: 7.547

Sounds/Music: 7.543

Other Aspects: 8.05

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37 days ago
Underrated and undervalued. The theme might not have universal appeal, but if you like pinball, this game's features, rules, and gameplay should overcome any disinterest you would otherwise have in the theme.
69 days ago
I realize that I'm in the minority here, but I just couldn't get into this game. It's a good game sure, but I didn't feel like it is a great game. And this is a bummer b/c I just passed on a really nice example in my neighborhood for a fair price.

-It has a really nice layout. I love that the orbit shot goes behind everything and can either hit a VUK or come screaming back down at you.
-Multiball is definitely a rush on this one.
-The video mode on this game is actually a decent video mode.
-The "supercharger" borrowed from Getaway is always fun to have in a game.
-The modes have decent objectives. I enjoyed learning all the different objectives though again, I wish they were more understandable to someone just walking up to the game (i.e.: the game has the appeal to pinheads for sure, but I just can't see my friends getting this as quickly as they would on a game like Whitewater)
-The callouts are great, the music is decent. Nothing great here, but all good.

-I had a hard time figuring out what shots to hit. This says more about what type of games I like, but the rules don't lend themselves to immediacy for newbies.
-The upper flipper is really only used for 1 shot: turbocharger
-The pf artwork and colors are pretty bad IMO. It just looks rushed and phoned in, compared to say a Funhouse or a WH2O
-No wizard mode
-Given the era this game is from, it feels nowhere near as high-tech as other games of the time. A fine layout, but not enough to compete against other games

Again, not a bad game at all! Just not an A-list game no matter how many people wish it was higher on the charts.
70 days ago
Indy 500 is ok game I don't like it because of the artwork,theme, and it does not have many toys.
3 months ago
Indy 500 is fast, furious and full of fun. It's a real adrenaline rush and the gameplay links beautifully with the theme.
3 months ago
Indy car racing is not hugely popular in the US. That combined with low production has kept this a hidden gem for years. This game is fast, fun, has great music, animations and an excellent video mode. The call outs in this game are outstanding using real Indy 500 announcers. The way they banter back and forth is perfect. I love how humor is worked into this game which was pleasantly unexpected. Some of the rules are very well thought out. Pit stop multi ball for example the faster you hit the ramp the quicker you get out of the pit and the more cars you beat. The more cars you beat, the more jackpots available in multiball....genius! Tons of modes to play and they added extra things to achieve 200 laps, passing cars to get into pole position etc. that add to the replayability. Complete these tasks for a Victory Lap jackpot. Trying to get this with 3x playfield scoring will keep you coming back for more. Turbo lock is awesome and keeps everything moving fast. Not everything is wizard mode is a bummer, original light up target design will have them broken almost guaranteed, and a few things with the code could use tweaking (super light ups scoring, souvenirs reward). But this game for me is just as good as any of the "A" list games.
7 months ago
A solid pin overall. The turbo loop combo is really fun to hit, even though the turbo shot is the only shot available with the upper flipper. The turbocharger toy, with matching sound effect, is an awesome part of the game that will make any gearhead smile. It is challenging to hit all of the modes in this game, and there isn't a wizard mode, but getting all the laps and modes is a challenge all in its own.
9 months ago
Played this in a tournament a few times. A lot of fun.
1 year ago
Cool game. I'm not a fan of the theme but my hubs and really likes this game.
1 year ago
I500 is a very well-produced pinball version of the annual race. Official announcers are the voices and actual racers for the time period are referenced. Game plays fast. Very fast. Having only one shot from the third flipper after owning TS was a downer. Recommended for the racing enthusiast. Parts are hard to find. Hopefully that changes.
1 year ago
Fun for a game or two but that is as far as it goes for me
1 year ago
A challenging game, as it can be very fast. It has a good flow, many interesting shots, and a rather deep ruleset. The theme totally works, even if I'm not a fan. Overall, a nice machine if you enjoy the way it plays.
1 year ago
Indy 500 is one of the fastest, most difficult pins out there. It's fair though. You just need to play it the way it wants you too. You can't attack it from different ways.

It's simple, but has awesome flow, with great sound and speech that remind me of watching the Indy 500 as a kid. The Loop Turbo combo / ball lock is very satisfying to hit. The code suffers on the reliance of the 3rd shot in the Gasoline Alley mode, though. You need to hit that shot and pass 15 cars with any hope of winning the race. Too much rides on that shot.

I'd love to have a pristine example. If you master this, Indy will make you a better pinball player.
1 year ago
I'm not a racing fan, but I really enjoyed Indianapolis 500. Great layout with fun shots. Haven't put enough games on this to give a super in depth review of the rules; but from what I experienced they were well though out. I'd love to add one to my collection.
1 year ago
"Operators... Start your engines!"

Highly underrated machine that is not well know in the community but gaining momentum.
Becoming desirable due to market stupidity of Stern and JJP NIB costs.
Probably Dennis Nordman's second greatest design beyond Whitewater.
Comparable to quality of games like Shadow, Congo, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Getaway or Fish Tales.
Very fast, great flow, but not an entirely difficult game with practice.
Ruleset is average, but getting GOOD SCORES requires understanding of the game and maximizing the races.
Ramp shots are good with gameplay.
Artwork is above average.
Toys are not revolutionary, but the variable lighted square targets are a neat feature.
Good complement to most medium size collections.
Superb complement game to Getaway overall due to theme and the speed, and significantly better than Stern's Grand Prix or NASCAR overall.

My best recommendation is CLOSELY look at the game specific parts on the game meaning the targets, ramps, and racing wheel track, as these are getting VERY hard to find now if you wish to own one.
1 year ago
Super fast game that does not get old.Top 20 in my book
1 year ago
Very fast game, great sound and uses callouts by racing legend Bobby Unser. Being an Indy car fan, this is a great racing themed game. The ruleset makes sense and works well to create a fun game.
1 year ago
this game is a lot deeper than it initially looks. Keeping it setup faster than most games, it really helps with the theme of the game and seems to play better faster. Very punishing for missing shots and a lot of variety. Not a fan of the theme, but holy crap is this game fun.
1 year ago
Gryszzz let me try his beloved Indy 500 and it was a good time. I don't love many racing themes but this one was really good. Williams really did their research and did the license right with the official announcers of the 500. Music stood out as not something normally associated with adrenaline fueled racing but was still very good. I would love to play it again.
1 year ago
Just got my Indy 500 delivered two weeks ago. I was expecting really difficult from the comments, not at all, but i'm used to playing TWD which the shots are tighter and much more difficult.

I love the sounds and the callouts. Awesome fit for this theme. Super fast flow with decent rules.

This pin has the replay factor going for it. Want to keep hitting the start button!
1 year ago
Very underrated Pin. Super fast with 2 ramps and very nice flow. The playfield is bright with deep color and it captures the overall theme extremely well. 3 different multi-balls and also a useful 3rd flipper. Super fun, under the radar, low produced game.
2 years ago
Super Fast pin! Short Ball times! Makes Iron Man look like LOTR ball times. If you have the mental toughness, this pin is going to make you a better player. You have to be a sniper, & have crazy flipper skillz.
When the ball exits the ramps, its going a 100mph, plus the ramp exits feel closer to the flippers than normal. Your timing to make quality shots is a fraction shorter than your used to.

The modes are All fun. The sounds & dots are of excellent quality! Love the call outs when your making ramp & orbit shots, it feels like your racing to the front of the pack trying to get the checkered flag!

So glad I read the reviews on here & watched videos of this pin. I bought one sight unseen having never played 1 before! I made the right decision!

Go find an Indy 500 & play it, you be the judge.
2 years ago
Man what a fun game! Amazing layout that keeps you coming back for more. Not many get to enjoy this because so few were made but if you get the chance you must give it a try.
2 years ago
This game is fast, challenging and fun as hell. I had high expectations before I finally played one - and the game managed to exceed them. Can't say enough good things about it. This is Nordman at its best - easily as good as Whitewater and Scared Stiff, but unfairly lower-rated than those simply because it's rare and many haven't played it. Should be a Top 20 game.

Edit - Got lucky and found an excellent one for my collection.
2 years ago
Played this at my first tournament. It blew alway everything at the tournament. What a fun game, great shots! On the hunt for my own now. If you ever get a chance to play, check it out.
2 years ago
this game is awesome. fastest game in my collection and just brutal. makes bsd (which is my favorite game) look like count chocula with regards to being scary fast. the only thing I didn't give top rating for is the music. it's not terrible but it doesn't compare to shadow, sttng and bsd in my collection. I will say the playfield looks better than all of them though. I have mirror blades and leds and this thing lights up beautifully. race car and turbo lock are way cool too
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