Phantom of the Opera (Data East, 1990)

Phantom of the Opera

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This game got 109 approved ratings and currently scores 7.482 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #113 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.93

Artwork: 8.315

Sounds/Music: 7.363

Other Aspects: 7.304

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“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!”

  • KevinG currently owns this game.

  • “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.”

  • bemmett currently owns this game.

  • “This game is okay... just okay. I tried to enjoy it more, but wasn't drawn into it. Props on the backglass art.”

    “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.”

    “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.”

  • chuckwurt has this game on the wishlist.

  • “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.”

    “Fun and like theme”

    “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.”

    “Boring game. Next.”

    “a beautiful game ,, gameplay falls a little short, still real nice thou”

    “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 :)”

  • shacklersrevenge has owned this game in the past.

  • “Neat for it's time for sure, ok now.”

    “This is actually a very fun pin to play.... I'll embellish later...”

  • wildinindiana has owned this game in the past.

  • “Best part of the game is the music.........otherwise boring!”

    “This game was not my cup of tea. Odd layout and played poorly as setup.”

    “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.”

  • Danzig currently owns this game.

  • “great data east title. A little easy, but music and lights make up for it all.”

  • perryd currently owns this game.

  • “Excellent sound package, good art, but limited game play as it is a bit repetitive. Really cool theme and haunting organ sounds. One of the best back glasses out there. Too bad, this was pre-DMD.”

    “Id be beating a dead horse if I repeated what everyone else says about this table. Looks pretty, sounds cool.... yadda yadda.”

  • corvair61 has owned this game in the past.

  • “Good pin. I like the artwork but can't say I love it. Excellent music, interesting toys and shots.
    The "double score" features kind of ruins my interest for the game. I find it too unbalanced.”

    “Phantom of the Opera is one of the best looking and sounding games to come out of the DE stables.

    The Pros:
    Solid shots to the ramp, organ and the spinner. The Organ in particular is a great piece of pinball engineering. It works and requires skill, it's not just a novelty. The 2 ball then 3 ball multiball is a great way to earn the Jackpot. This game looks gorgeous. The first time I saw the phantom's face on the BG I had a serious pinball wow moment. It's almost too bad that the gruesome face that Paul Faris depicted is obscured by the dual layer BG. The PF is detailed and has a gothic look to it that even exceeds the visuals of The Addams Family pinball table. The music for this table is brilliantly executed. Gary Stern looks silly in a wig.

    The Cons:
    The rules. For all the positives this game has in the looks and the sound department, you can't get past the fact that this game is incredibly simple. No way to relight the organ jackpot. The organ JP builds and holds over so if the players are good, the JP value is miniscule and not worth the work for the points. The mirror is a death shot and is usually not worth the risk for bonus x. Left ramp to right flipper over and over and over... Double your score... over and over...Zzzzzzzzzz......

    The Takeaway:
    A great game if you want to look at it. It's also nice to listen to. Playing it is not that great in my opinion. I know some people who love to play it, I'm just not impressed with the depth of the programming and the amount of game that this pinball deck possesses considering how strong all the other parts of this title are.”

  • 3 Pinsiders starred this rating review

  • “Pretty fun machine, it's very simple but flows nicely and has cool music and sounds”

  • Sm00thcriminal8 has owned this game in the past.

  • “This game is just alright for me. I really wanted to like it as the music and sound is FANTASTIC and I like the idea behind the theme. However, it was just a bit lacking for me. Shots are not horribly difficult, though not a cakewalk either. Love the cabinet and the back glass is pretty decent too. Don't love the Christine as she appears all over the backglass and playfield. I will be moving this one along and trying another title out.”

  • dapperdan24 has owned this game in the past.

  • “Awesome game if you have a larger collection. It's very unique, and something good to have when your in the mood for a lighter ruleset game. Fantastic art package.”

  • CaptainNeo has owned this game in the past.

  • “I like the theme of this, it's a bit underrated because it has a little of that DE cheese to it but the artwork, sounds and music makes this one of the better designs by them. Playfield is open, and can drain balls if not set up correctly but when it is it's fast and fun.”

  • beachcitypinball has owned this game in the past.

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