Party Zone (Bally, 1991)

Party Zone

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This game got 138 approved ratings and currently scores 7.406 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #149 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.5

Artwork: 7.464

Sounds/Music: 6.911

Other Aspects: 7.346

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1 month ago
nice classic pin
1 month ago
Party Zone is OK, I'm not a huge fan of the layout and I find it somewhat repetitive. I don't like that the major shots of both ends of the playfield lead to VUKs followed by a return to the flipper, it makes the game feel just a little strange. There are a bunch of low-value dangerous shots, the center scoop and standups in the middle of the playfield are crazy, why would anyone shoot for it?

The game is multiball all day for me, although maybe I'm missing part of the strategy here. A unique part of multiball is that once you cash in the Big Bang super jackpot (20-99M) the rest of multiball is way lower value (250k all targets). This makes an interesting risk/reward strategy where you want to cash in on max value regular jackpots as long as you can without hitting the Big Bang. An unfortunate part of Big Bang is that it increases game-to-game until collected. This means if you're playing competitively at a location where patrons don't frequently hit it, one player can cash in a 99,999,999 Big Bang then the other players can only get 20M. It's a pretty devastating imbalance, but fortunately fixes itself after someone scores it once.
3 months ago
Fun pinball machine with good sounds and great pf artwork.
Like the game but not rules are shallow.
7 months ago
A game that definitely provides a great deal of fun. It's very strange not to see it in the Top 100 list...

- fantastic toys
- colour composition is dazzling; the playfield artwork is a real Bally work of art
- surprise multiball
- enjoyable theme ("Let's party again, dude!")
- wonderful swirling ramps
- flipper-choice elements provide a nice variation to the gameplay

- shooter lane could be a bit more interesting
- game gets a bit hectic, it's a really fast-flowing game (much like a party, though)
- animations could be a bit better considering that this is a DMD game
- quite a let down that the pop bumpers are hidden, personally I like being able to see the ball whizz between them
9 months ago
More fun than i thought it would be. shots are smooth and satisfying and some of the shots go places you wouldn't expect. Love the corkscrew ramp. Theme, artwork and sound package really don't add to the overall experience IMHO. I like the shots, though. It's all about the shots.
9 months ago
This game was just annoying and the the "party on dude" phrase just irritated me. The playfield was good and I had the best games with the sound on silent. Theme was not for me at all, didn't last a month in my collection
10 months ago
Annoying artwork but other than that pretty fun. Bunch of stuff to shot at and a good game flow kept me entertained for a while. While not my all time favorite it is better than your average pin.
10 months ago
Fun Game!!! Love the Captain.
1 year ago
Easy to pick up ruleset. Wasn't a big fan of the gameplay, but it has it's moments.
1 year ago
Fun game. I think it is under rated. Tons of fun!! Not sure of all the shots to do yet. Music may get to you but one that would be a great filler game. The colors of the playfield are great. Seems solid. Party on Dude!!!
1 year ago
I wanted to like this game. Dr. Dude was a cool game, but this was just not nearly as original. Captain B. Zarr annoyed me, and felt like a cheap "Rudy." One of the ramps, the ball goes flying off of because it's built so poorly. And there just isn't enough to do on this game to keep me interested. I think it's a beautiful looking game, and certainly better than many other pins out there, but all in all, I found it to be kind of boring, and quite corny. If you dig corny, all the games in this "Party" series would be great additions (including this one) to your collection. If you're looking for a deep pin though that will keep you coming back for more, look elsewhere. One of the earliest DMDs out there.
1 year ago
This is a drastically under rated pin. It has a lot of action on it, the DJ moving head following the pinball at times is pretty unreal, talking robot, dancing crash dummy, lots of ramps and the spaceship engine lights are all very entertaining and different. Also picking your own music is a pretty neat option.
1 year ago
Fun and wild pin
1 year ago
It was a nice pin to have. For the price, lots of things to do and shoot for. After a while the call outs got annoying and the pin got old to me. I found someone who wanted to trade for it with their WW. It's been a year since, I'm glad I traded it, however, my wife and kids like PZ better. Too bad they don't pay the bills around here. lol
1 year ago
This is a real fun game, esp for its time. Fast and fun with some cool shots to make. I always loved the scoring of this game. Meaning, if you scored 150 mill, that was a great game as opposed to some of the crazy scoring in machines today.

Anyway, the sounds in this are really cool for the time. Being able to choose a song with your flippers...AWESOME! Esp PB Wizard. How do you top that? We're talking '91 here!

A very bright and colorful game. DJ B-Zarr is cool with his voice, sayings, singing and following the ball head movement. You gotta give it up for that.

It's on my wish list and should be on yours too. = v )
1 year ago
Low volume machine in the UK....pity! My first pin. Played it in the 90's when it first came out in my local pub/bar. Was nice to finally track one down 20 years later and have it as my first pinball machine. Hopefully many more to come.
1 year ago
The pinside scoring system asks....

"Fun - And finally the last rating is for the fun factor. A machine may play, look or sound bad, but sometimes still be fun!"

Partyzone is bonkers, childish, stupid, simple, uncomplicated but above all, lots of fun.
1 year ago
Really cool rocket ship shot. I liked all the toys. It wasn't always clear to me what I was supposed to be doing though. BG music is fairly irritating after a short time.
1 year ago
"He passes the test, let's keep him!"

When I first played "Party Zone" in the Pinball Wizard Arcade in Pelham, NH, I wasn't expecting much, but I was proven wrong. One of the reasons the game is so charming to me is the original theme. I love how it integrates all the characters from Dennis Nordman's previous machines into one cohesive theme. The one thing I don't like about it is the hilariously overbalanced scoring with 10x Playfield (100M payoff lane, anyone?). Still, if you ever find one on location, play it. "Pick a song, not your nose!"
1 year ago
Good pinball, elevated giocability, very fast, amusing sketch, plain of original game and music of high-level, one of the best pieces of Bally
2 years ago
Flipper I day-dream, good graphics, stupendous audio and very amusing game, one of the Bally improve.
2 years ago
A lot of fun.....callouts mad music great
2 years ago
Ok for a couple of quarters, but not one that would keep calling me back - one ramp shot on a drain monster.
2 years ago
excelent multi players game!
2 years ago
Very fun and underrated pin! The game play is the most memorable part for me, as every shot was fun and fulfilling. Everything else was kind of forgettable, though.
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