Pinball Magic (Capcom, 1995)

Pinball Magic

Pinside rating

This game received 168 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.954 /10

7.954

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #48 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.132

Artwork: 7.729

Sounds/Music: 7.442

Other Aspects: 8.175



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6.578/10
23 days ago
I owned one of these briefly, so I feel obliged to write some kind of report on it...... trouble is I can't really remember too much about the game. which probably tells you all you need to know. it's a decent player and has some fun toys, but being a Capcom title there are practically ZERO spare parts available so good luck if anything breaks (when anything breaks, I mean).

Looks nice, sounds nice, plays ok.
7.956/10
82 days ago
Pinball Magic has some cool toys that tie in nicely with the overall theme. I'd be back for more.
7.740/10
86 days ago
Thanks to Pintastic I got to finally play one of these and it was one of Capcoms best pinball machines. As soon as I plunged I fell in love with the game play and shots, nice gimmicks and great artwork. Its a shame Capcom left pinball as they were just hitting their stride.
8.004/10
5 months ago
Game is alright. Interesting layout and cool toys/gimmicks.

Wish Capcom lasted longer, they could have made some great pinball.
9.420/10
7 months ago
I always wanted a Capcom Game - obviously can't get a BBB - but I got the next best game. This game is excellent - great toys - great playfield game play. Hard not to love the animations and integration into the game, it is very fun. It is a rare game, you just don't see it much, that is why I think the game suffers from a lower score than it deserves. I rate this as a top game - so many great features to this game, so well built, nice hinges on the game, very serviceable. Buy the LED OCD board so you can upgrade the bulbs - makes a world of difference.

The game needs some playfield spot lights but you would have to wire them off the coin door to keep it lit - otherwise it can be a little dark. The playfield art is not that great but the plastics and ramps are so cool.

It is simply a fun game, the knock most people have is that it is linear. But, the game prompts you through what is next so it is triggers you to what you have to do. SO, some people don't like that it doesn't bother me.

It is a great game - if you get a chance to play it you will not be disappointed if you can buy one at a decent price $3800-4300 or less you are going to love the machine. It is a great game...
8.115/10
9 months ago
Bought a player quality game and was surprised how much fun this was. When tweaked just right a really good game.
8.632/10
1 year ago
First, let me say I own this game. It was the first pin I ever bought, and I did so without knowing much about pins. I have since owned numerous pins, and played most of the pins on the Top 100, and I will never, ever sell this game. It works for me, but I am one of those players who is bored by MM. I like this game because it is linear and challenges you to make shots in the right order. The artwork is not great, but fits the game. The play always brings me back. My family all love this game, and there are other pins I have that they do not even play. The voices are great. If you get a chance to play it, do so. The elevating ball in the stage is one of the best toys in pinball.
9.116/10
1 year ago
My favorite dmd pin, got it from a fellow pinsider. Good call outs and animations (color dmd would rock!). Magnetic wand and ball levitating make jaws drop if they never seen it before. Linear game play is the only negative for this game. With only 1200 made, don't see it much. Played TOM alot, this is way better to me.
9.220/10
1 year ago
Love the flow of this game. Toys are very unique. The levitating ball and the ball travelling under the wand are great. Beautiful art on the cab and back box. Playfield I'd well laid out and beautiful as well. Wish Capcom had made more games. The knocked this game out of the park.
8.176/10
1 year ago
Some people call this game the "The Fake Theatre of Magic", but the amount of error in this statement is unbelievable.
It offers twice the "tricks", gameplay, and variety than ToM, all for 3X less the cost than a ToM.
PM completely embarrasses ToM in terms of game design.
Additionally, you can buy TWO PM for ONE ToM! (If you can find two for sale quickly).
It is just a better quality machine overall.

The game kicks off from the skillshot "hat trick" and improves from there.
It has an outstanding backglass image and cabinet.
Yes, ToM has a better cabinet that PM.
So what?
Do you play a cabinet?
Playfield artwork above average.
Gameplay is varied and the magic show tricks are superb.
Ruleset is above average as it is linear, but this is a Capcom...
DMD animations are very good, and music is in line with the theme.
Sound quality is average, but get rid of the damn stock Capcom speakers, they are a$$.
Build quality is excellent.
Maintenance is higher than many machines due to some assemblies complexity.

Personally, I wish Capcom would have made many more, so new collectors can learn to appreciate the game.
Many collectors have never seen one in good working condition, let alone actually played one.
It is ALWAYS a big hit at every pinball show, and played constantly.

Negatives?
Spare parts, as this game has unique assemblies and plastics that have not been readily reproduced and NOS is getting scarce. Boards are still available, thank god. Games have literally been "gutted" and parted out to make two games into one at this point.

"Bang for the pinball buck"?
It is here.
If you have the the opportunity to own one, buy it, you will not be disappointed.
6.815/10
1 year ago
Pinball Magic is a different game, and moves in a linear progression. This is truly linear though, even over machines like Road Show, that at least you can change the city to some point. I like what it offers, but you can only play, and restart this progression so many times in a play session. I haven’t owned it, but I question if it would stay because of this. The rules are interesting though, and I like trying to work through it.

The look, and toys, and theme implementation are very well done. The levitating ball thing turned out to be a little weak, as you can see it’s basically the ball getting elevated up on a platform, it’s too bad they couldn’t have disguised that a little more for the effect. The wand though is amazing, and the ability to drop the ball for the two holes when on the right side is a superb feature. I am always amazed at how well the ball hangs onto the wand, as I expect that to not be as stable as it is.

The audio seems a little weak for the year. The PF doesn’t have a lot of shots, as the drop targets and all behind it block a large portion. I enjoy playing it, but I don’t think I would own.
8.016/10
1 year ago
Not sure I can add anything here that others haven't said but:
-a FANTASTICLY fun game!!
-great callouts
-TONS of gimmicks that come together to make a really cool game (they really threw everything at this game!)
-Bad artwork IMO
-Excellent build quality
-GREAT shots
-Monotonous due to the objectives ALWAYS being in the exact same order every game (calling mystery programmer!)

Overpriced at this point in pin history, but a REALLY fun game that I'd be happy owning someday.
8.028/10
1 year ago
The best toys ever in a pinball machine, v popular with beginners and the ladies.
7.784/10
1 year ago
one of the best skill shots,(wish it was on t.o.m )they nailed it,the levitating ball ,wand, fit the theme well and are sweet.. i enjoy playing this game with not the best of flow but plays well enough for me to want to play it,not a keeper for me but wont pass up a oppertunity to play a few times if i see one in the wild...
8.336/10
1 year ago
Beautiful game, well built. Fairly serial in terms of game play.
7.357/10
2 years ago
Despite awesome toys and great theme, i could not get into it coz of poor artwork and atmosphere.
10.000/10
2 years ago
Love this game ... had it in my collection for several months and great for the whole family. Fun theme, music and animations.
9.084/10
2 years ago
Probably some of the coolest toys/gimmicks in any pinball machine.. Its hard to believe this isn't the most sought after magic themed pinball machine. Very underrated... And rare!
9.032/10
2 years ago
I like all the red on play field . every one wants to play this machine . putting pinball magic right next to twilight zone
8.636/10
2 years ago
Very fun game with many unique toys and very challenging to actually beat it.
8.296/10
2 years ago
I really dig this title got to play it for the first time at APE this year & what a blast! I think I played it more than any other game at the show I love the magnetic wand & the levitating ball on the stage
7.295/10
2 years ago
Tons of cool gadgets, especially the wand, and stuff to aim for. The ball does not drain easily. Decent but not great game flow, good rules are the upside of this game. The artwork is so-so. Cabinet looks very nice, back glass is OK and the field is below par. All the moving toys are probably a bit challenging to maintain over time.
Overall a pretty fun machine to play on.
7.058/10
2 years ago
Game feels incomplete code wise. Perhaps the rules are just shallow. Good art package. Decent lighting for its times. Satisfying shots. I would not have this game in my collection but enjoy it she. I play it.
9.060/10
3 years ago
Okay so I am a self confessed fanboy of this game, but it really is something special. It's great value for money and great example pinball history. It's a fun and challenging game that keeps you coming back for more to see if you can get that little bit further. The light show is awesome and the factory speaker system is impressive.
7.244/10
3 years ago
The linearity of rules forces you to do the same things in same order on every game. Excellent toys and theming.
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