Jurassic Park (Data East, 1993)

Jurassic Park

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This game received 361 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.865 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #57 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.938

Artwork: 7.653

Sounds/Music: 7.438

Other Aspects: 8.067

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13 days ago
Jurassic Park was a game I was sad to let go and will be looking to get another in the future. I think this is one of the best Data East games and found it was always a favorite in the game room. I found the game to be easy to get high scores. The Toys were a lot of fun and even has a shaker motor. Great game with family friendly theme.
24 days ago
Overall, it's a good game. I own it. With that said, you add Pinsound, the new ColorDMD, the latest 6.0 code, and ample available mods, this game becomes GREAT. I can't tell you how Pinsound has changed the game, especially with the community shared music/sfx.

Pros - The theme is a hit. The modes in the game relate to the movie. And can you beat a T-Rex eating the pinball?!?! Not to mention, the CHAOS 6-ball multi-ball is amazingly fun.

Cons - Not a fan of how Data East has you "look under the hood." It seems unstable, too tight (especially when you move the playfield back and up). Williams/Bally's games have a much better design.

In my opinion, if you can find a good JP in decent shape and can afford to another $1,000 in mods (Pinsound, Color DMD, and a gate mod) you're picking up a winner.
40 days ago
I owned one for a little bit. it got boring quick and the TREX toy got old pretty fast !
86 days ago
Hard to beat the JP theme and come on... the dinosaur eats the ball. High ratings for these aspects alone. The lighting is cool with spotlights on T-Rex. My kids would rate this a 10 but I do get a little bored with it after while. It's definitely an awesome DE title and gets a high rating from me on artwork, theme and sound.
89 days ago
Great theme, fun and satisfying shots. The T-rex eats the ball!
3 months ago
One of the pinball worlds greatest toys. The ball eating t-rex is something that brings joy to the hearts of all pinheads, and its a great game to boot.
4 months ago
My first crush in Pinball. I played JP daily for about 2 years while in college. I loved the game so much that I knew I had to add it to my collection. However, this game is sitting right next to my pristine TZ ... and that comparison doesn't do JP any favors.

The game itself is a bit of a contrast - it has some very cool features (t-rex, skill shot, smart missle), but it also has several warts. It is not rare for me to launch a ball and have drain on the sides without the ball even approaching my flippers. There are definitely some unforgiving angles in the game. I wouldn't say it makes the game hard... just more random and prone to luck (again... compared to TZ sitting next to it).

Another reviewer mentioned that if JP had been made by Bally/Williams in value (and ranking) would have soared. I agree with that.... only because they would have fixed some of the flaws with the game. The physics would have been tweaked, the playfield art (and art in general) would have been improved, and the flippers would be much more smooth.

The game is fun, but it can also be a bit a frustrating if you are used to Bally/Williams or some of the newer games out there. In the end... I still play it as much as any of my other games!
4 months ago
What's not to like about JP. The dinosaur is a cool toy that picks up a ball and swallows it. That in itself is themed great with the game. Very fun to play and a deep rule set. I just picked up the game. I added all LED lights and now it's very colorful and easy on the eyes. Families and kids will love to play this game all day long.
4 months ago
Have yet to play one where the dinosaur successfully picks up the ball...
7 months ago
This is a very decent family oriented machine that follows the theme of the movie very well. It's a relatively a deep & challenging game w/ the 12 modes & of coarse the T Rex himself. The greatest attribute of this machine is the T Rex toy, & when he picks the ball up & swallows ~ it was always a thrill! Though the machine plays a bit clunky it was an after thought because this title is really a lot of fun. We had JP in our limited space three pin line up for over a year & 1/2, & that is the longest a machine ever lasted in our rotation. Overall, a nice challenging machine that will keep you coming back for more.
8 months ago
It's a must to play this game with Chad's version 6.0 code update. Randomization of game modes is so nice. Other features were added as well, but that alone is worth it.
9 months ago
one of data east greatest games
11 months ago
Jurassic park the movie has always been a favorite of mine. Then I played the pinball machine. What a fun game. The shots are challenging. The toy dinosaur is very cool. Shaker motor really adds to be effect. I love it and can't get enough.
1 year ago
Love this game as I remember playing it a lot during my youth. It will never leave my house.

If you haven't done so, it's imperative you use Chad's 6.0 ROM as it completely changes the game and really increases the fun.
1 year ago
This game was almost boring me until I switched the flippers to super rubbers and suddenly the added control really opened the game up.
I am playing the fan-modded ROM and the rule improvements make this game oh so much better.
1 year ago
A ok DE game. Can be alot of fun at times and boring at times. Playfield is ugly but they did good with theme intergration
1 year ago
-- Music is terrific given that this machine was produced in 93. I think my favorite music is after tri-ball is completed. Just awesome.
-- Great sounds! The roar of the dinosaurs are always awesome.
-- The shaker motor really enhances gameplay. You can feel T-Rex walking around.
-- Playfield is laid out very well. Tons of stuff to shoot at, some very challenging shots with the side flipper.
-- Fast and smooth game that is not clunky.
-- It has a T-REX that eats the ball! One of the best features of any pin ever.
-- The rules are easy to follow. 11 mini-modes before you reach wizard mode aka system failure, plus several other mini-games that you can achieve through various accomplishments (Super Egg, Victory Lap, Mr. DNA, etc).
-- Did I mention the T-Rex!? Always a fan favorite. Wife loves it and mimics it sometimes.
-- Great DMD images. T-Rex eating the goat is fun. Would look awesome in color.
-- If you're into multiball, this machine is for you: 2-Ball, Super Egg, Tri-Ball, 6-Ball Chaos, and 6-Ball System Failure.
-- "Smart Missile" button activates all lit items. Great for rookies, since multiball is almost a given each and every game when you use it on ball 1. Makes the game easier and more fun for players at a beginner level. Great for advanced players so you can save it to help you get CHAOS! This function really gives the machine an added dynamic for all skill levels, and that's something that I cannot say about 99% of all pins out there.
-- The update by ChadH makes the machine a "must have" in my opinion. The updates are amazing, making this basically a brand new pin.
-- T-REX EATS THE BALL! I can't get over how awesome that is. When you're with a group of people who have never seen this before, their eyes light up and smiles/laughs all around. It's a great experience over and over again.
-- The biggest pro is that everyone can play it. It's an instant party hit, mixes will with both the young and old crowd, novice and pro player, and will easily stand the test of time, unlike many other games that fade away into oblivion.

-- It's well-lit, but in a dark room it's hard to see the ball at all times, even with frosted bulbs. If you turn a small lamp on in the corner of the room and play, it's perfect.
-- The back glass is "meh". I spruced it up by adding LED bulbs behind the words "Jurassic Park", but you can only do so much. It might take full LEDs to make the colors really pop, but even if that happens, it's still just looks like a movie poster and nothing else.
-- The art on the playfield is HORRIBLE. This is where I gave it my lowest rating. It looks like someone copied/traced all the characters. There's also that green mess in the middle, where the lights light up when you collect the dinosaurs that lead to multiball. I find that unorganized and ugly.
-- The cabinet is OK, but could use more yellow around the front. The main colors of Jurassic Park are black, red, and yellow, but looking at it you see 70% black, 25% red, and nearly no yellow at all.

-- It's not a pro or con because this is fixable, but make sure you set the game play on the hardest setting if you buy it. On "normal", it's a little too easy to reach system failure. If you increase the difficulty level, you'll have much more of a challenge, and the lastability will increase.
1 year ago
get the new code rom!
now best pin ever
1 year ago
Got to play one in good shape. More fun than I thought. Like the dinosaur.
1 year ago
Running the v6 code from PinballCode makes a big difference, random mode start (not always starting with stampede) alone is worth the update.
1 year ago
Another borrowed layout from WW, and one I just don't like. It's similar to MSF, which is another game I don't like. Modes are bad to play, and some tough shots, but I just can't get into it.

The big killer for me is Newman front and center above the flippers. BLAH!
1 year ago
This machine is very underrated. The features and gameplay make it a must own, such as pinball-eating T-Rex, raptor kickback, cracking the egg, 6-ball CHAOS multiball, memorable music, shooting dinosaurs, well-placed third flipper, shaker motor, and challenging shots. One of the best pins to mod as well. The theme will uphold the test of time and this baby will age with beauty. Get one while you can.
1 year ago
this machine was awsome wen it came out in 1993 one of DE's best, great theme ,out of all pinball machines the shaker motor works the best wit this theme,the dino follows the ball on the playfield then eats the ball, awsome!!!, on the dmd he eats the goat, all of the animations are great! this game is very fun to play, always a favorite to play by all when i owned it, great family machine, i jus had to move on,
still a great price for all this machine does...the dino will probly need to b serviced at some time in order for it to work 100 percent,the games choas is sweet 6 balls, finish all the modes for the shut down,then multi points,fast fun wizzard mode....dnt pass up a chance to play this classic DE pin.
cant keep em all damn it! i sold it only because i couldnt loop the orbit from the rt side only flaw i think...i wish they put a diverter on the rt upper loop to orbit from the rt side into the pop bumpers.....the guy i sold it to changed the roms to the new upgraded version ,he said it plays like a new machine..go figure
1 year ago
Best Data East game I have owned, but feels very similar to the others in terms of sounds and responsiveness. Upgraded my ROMs to 6.0 and it dramatically improved the overall game experience by the increased ball save time and the random start mode.
1 year ago
The six ball multi-ball is amazing!
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