Phantom of the Opera (Data East, 1990)

Phantom of the Opera

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This game received 96 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.517 /10


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This game ranks #141 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.997

Artwork: 8.49

Sounds/Music: 7.334

Other Aspects: 7.286

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66 days ago
Fun game that is easy to just pick up. The music and organ multiball makes this game, but it’s very repetitive. Only good for one to two plays at a time.
7 months ago
I I really like phantom I think it has some of the best art, sounds and music.what hurts phantom is the rules are not the best.
11 months ago
The best sounding game around and quite a looker. Game play is simple but gets old. Not a keeper for me, but fun nonetheless
1 year ago
"2 ball play ready" --- "Ready for 3 ball play" (something like that). Phantom of the Opera is a challenging table that requires quite a few progressive shots to be made to start a 3-ball multiball, and even more difficult to get the jackpots. However, even with a punishing, brutal design, once the multiballs have been made, there are too few other shots to keep the player engaged. After overcoming the initial challenges of getting the organ shots timed right, the rest of the game fizzles and gets lame.

I don't think I'd ever want a PoO, but it is worth playing a few times through to see how challenging the 3-ball play is.
1 year ago
A Data East game with an incredible Paul Faris artwork package for the playfield and backglass, and an average gameplay design and ruleset.
Most owners have the game for exactly these reasons, and no other.
DE screwed up and really wasted the great potential of this game.
Sound quality for music and callouts is above average for most DE games.
The game is completely missing the original true musical orchestration, that would have greatly improved the game experience.
The organ takes up so much space on the right corner of the playfield it completely dominates the entire game.
The single ramp seems almost like an afterthought, similar to the repetitive ramp in Star Wars.
It just does not seem to provide the game with more comparable flow.
The "Magic Mirror" (trapdoor subway scoop) is the other main feature which controls the game speed.

Very difficult to find a game now that:
1) Does not have a delaminating backglass or scratches, particularly the Phantom's Mask
2) Does not have a worn playfield
3) Does not have a cracked wood planking cabinet
4) Does not have broken plastics / worn decals which need to replaced (repo sets are finally available)
5) Does not have a broken organ, motor assembly, or worn out trapdoor

It commands a higher price than it is truly worth, but if you a POTO opera fan this game is a must.
I have only seen ONE NOS playfield in nearly 30 years since 1990.
I have only seen FIVE NOS backglasses in the same period, although I am sure there still a few out there.
Many of these games did not survive past the late 90s into the early 00s.

If you do find a HUO game, buy it immediately, if not, skip it because it probably will not be worth your time to fix or own, as the theme is not conducive to most family collections and has little game depth.
2 years ago
This game could have been great, but it feels like some things are missing. Maybe if it were 1994 and it had a DMD it could have been deeper. Beautiful art, fun at first, but gets boring. The "oh no" after a drain gets old fast. Ok game, love the art.
2 years ago
POTO has some of the best all-around artwork on any machine.
Playfield could use one or two more things to shoot at but what is there is fun (Magic Mirror!) and is nicely lit.
Callouts, sounds and the music are good but the screechy sound quality grates on me after a while. (especially the drain scream)
Overall it’s a great pin for 1990.
3 years ago
A really fun game of it's time. Not a ton of shots, but the ones that are there are really fun and the flow is great. I'm a huge fan of scary pins so this of course is a win-win for me and I truly feel it would fit my haunted house pinball arcade quite nicely, and yours as well ;). I'd almost say get it just for the art and music alone, but trust me... the gameplay is just as solid. Don't expect any sort of Wizard mode action, but do expect a few hidden surprises.
3 years ago
Even though as a pinball game the Phantom of the Opera fails to meet my expectations (me being a HUGE fan of Lloyd Weber's musical), it is still a highly enjoyable game to play.

- first is the most important pro; Christine is freaking hot!!!
- the game does succeed in bringing about the theme of the musical on which it is based
- artwork is marvellous (Christine is hot!!!)
- you really do get a sense of being in the Opera Garnier
- Christine is smoking hot!!!!

- Christine is blonde (she wasn't in the musical, don't know about the original book)
- the sound is ANNOYING!
>- the main theme is missing. I'm not sure whether this is because Data East wanted to make something new or whether they didn't get the license from Lloyd Weber, but it's missing god damnit!
>- the annoying piano trills when you hit the pop bumpers...
>- the random scream accompanied by what sounds like a 5-year old smashing randomly on an organ keyboard
- it's a Data East (not a proper con, just more of a personal grudge against DE pins)
- rules could have been improved
- Christine is ho... oh wait, these are cons
3 years ago
Phantom Of The Opera is truly a masterful pinball art package! It is obvious that Paul Faris and the game designers had a passion and knowledge of this theme which is most apparent in the intricate details of the playfield and backglass artwork. A well maintained Phantom with extra hard game settings will prove to be a challenging setup. This along with great sound and music, make for a great all-around pinball package!
3 years ago
One of the best looking playfields out there IMO. Fun enough to play some games every now and then. Great for a large collection for a looker but definitely only average game play.
3 years ago
Finally got a chance to play this several times in a row. Really liked it...I think it is themed well, the ramp shot is fun. Really like the playfield art.

As usual the data east flippers are more than strong enough. Not my favorite data east game but fun in its own right.
3 years ago
This game is very underrated. It has some great hidden gems about it (phantom millions), double score on last ball shot, and the timer on multiballs which makes it hard to get 3 balls in play, and to get the jackpot. Artwork is impeccable, and the sounds are very good too for a game this old. Highly recommended.
4 years ago
This is a good machine that offers a decent amount of fun. The backglass and cabinet artwork are very well done. The playfield is laid out well and it offers a lot of good shots. The music is cool with the booming organ sounds. Overall this is a good machine that plays decently and has a good theme.
4 years ago
Fun and like theme
4 years ago
Finally saw one and played it in the Claremont Florida area, not a favorite, but it is a decent data East game. I like how the skelton face lights up in the back glass.
4 years ago
Boring game. Next.
4 years ago
a beautiful game ,, gameplay falls a little short, still real nice thou
4 years ago
Played this as a kid when it first hit the arcade, and would play again and again over those summers! It's a blast from the past, ALMOST as much fun then as now, but what stands out the most is both the music and artwork- some of the best ever to be graced on a machine imho.
The game itself is no chump either, having a strange lift ramp/organ, a spinner, and ramp jackpots. I consider this game right on the money for it's time, and a classic pinball for sure. The only takeaway is the rule set is very ''system 11'' and this game can be tough at times, if you're looking to push 20 million. These can also be plus features though, because sometimes you just want some simple pinball :)
4 years ago
Neat for it's time for sure, ok now.
4 years ago
This is actually a very fun pin to play.... I'll embellish later...
4 years ago
Best part of the game is the music.........otherwise boring!
4 years ago
This game was not my cup of tea. Odd layout and played poorly as setup.
4 years ago
Absolutely gorgeous machine, especially the backglass in low light. Very simple rule set and gameplay isn't deep at all but makes up for it with the music and visuals. Great machine for beginners and having in a collection for people who usually wouldn't play a pin.
4 years ago
This plays very different so many other games, the slingshots are close together so the ball get lightning fast. Only bummer is the outlanes can be a bit brutal, at least you have a kick save on the left side to save once in a while. Lots of different very good audio clips. Theme is great and timeless. the artwork on the cabinet detailed and a stunner. Artwork on the playfield is extremely detailed and a sight to behold. And the backglass is in a class all by itself. This is my favorite backglass of any machine I have ever seen, but not simply because of the artwork or theme or style of artwork, but in the level of detail they took it to. The backglass does have great artwork but it also has mirroring, and it's actually painted on both sides. There are flashers behind the phantoms mask so when they flash you will see through the mask and see the hideous face that is painted on the backside of the glass. All of this artwork alone makes this pin a conversation piece and one that sits well by itself in a living room.
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