Phantom of the Opera (Data East, 1990)

Phantom of the Opera

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This game got 124 approved ratings and currently scores 7.457 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #138 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.942

Artwork: 8.327

Sounds/Music: 7.284

Other Aspects: 7.288

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6 months 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.
9 months 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.
10 months 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
12 months 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!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
This game is okay... just okay. I tried to enjoy it more, but wasn't drawn into it. Props on the backglass art.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Fun and like theme
1 year 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.
2 years ago
Boring game. Next.
2 years ago
a beautiful game ,, gameplay falls a little short, still real nice thou
2 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 :)
2 years ago
Neat for it's time for sure, ok now.
2 years ago
This is actually a very fun pin to play.... I'll embellish later...
2 years ago
Best part of the game is the music.........otherwise boring!
2 years ago
This game was not my cup of tea. Odd layout and played poorly as setup.
2 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.
2 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.
2 years ago
great data east title. A little easy, but music and lights make up for it all.
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
Id be beating a dead horse if I repeated what everyone else says about this table. Looks pretty, sounds cool.... yadda yadda.
2 years ago
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.
3 years ago
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.
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