Revenge From Mars (Bally, 1999)

Revenge From Mars

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This game received 497 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.985 /10


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

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.693

Artwork: 8.313

Sounds/Music: 8.095

Other Aspects: 7.773

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5 days ago
A great game overall. The video can be a bit repetitive at times. The 3D effect is a fun addition for this pinball game.
22 days ago
The better one of the Pin 2000. very Fun Game.
38 days ago
I sort of wish there was a ratings field for "engineering", because the Pinball 2000 system deserves some admiration for that. I realize most people never see the inside of a machine, and I don't own one, but in the great-lost-opportunities of pinball history, the lack of more than two Pinball 2000 titles -- one excellent (RFM) and one showing serious limitations (SWE1) -- is just going to leave a lot of us wondering what might have happened.

I have to admit the original release of this machine left me a little cold, because of the short playfield and limitations of the lighting, which tended to make the utterly impressive animations and monitor reflection system gimmick feel like they were forced on top of an inferior machine. But I recognize now this was lack of opportunity to play it at length, and a certain lack of perspective. It's great for younger players, but also with the sequel touches (other than a few done in questionable taste) and inside humor just showed a lot of care and attention to detail and the Fun Quotient. The machine now has better staying power, and I wish I had one both for that reason and the unique Pinball 2000 features noted above.
61 days ago
The game is fairly fun to play. I'm not a fan of the way the video is integrated into the game play, but they did that well for the plots of the game play. The playfield is dark and needs to be with the video being the primary part of the game. There isn't much to the playfield at all and you can't see the things you are hitting beyond the visual effect of the video - that is by design, but takes away from "pinball" for me.

It is a "change" of the way that pinball is played (for me at least) - some like that, some don't. I wouldn't own one, but would maybe put a couple of quarters into it at a public location if all of the other pins were occupied. I don't hate it, but it is just a "meh" to me.
3 months ago
Great game that non-pinheads gravitate to. The animations and graphics are a bit dated compared to today's efforts but they get the job done and along with the callouts make it very entertaining. Game plays very fast. I really enjoy this game (Star Wars Ep1 not so much).
4 months ago
This is a great game. Unusual, but a piece of history. Easy to play, great for guests who are not lookin for anything deep. Simple shots, but fantastic theme and humor. I love this game.
4 months ago
Revenge from mars is a solid game with nice flow and great humor. The modes are all very similar, but the callouts and humor keep the game fun. Unique with the Pinball 2000 screen over the playfield and a fun game to come back to again and again.
5 months ago
The best part of this game is the humor and call outs in the various modes. The Alien Abduction mode Bill Clinton comments are hilarious and I'm still surprised how they got a few of them by management for approval. Maybe Williams /Bally knew this would be their last pinball machine so they loosened up on the censor a bit :).

As far as game play goes, it is fun but I can see how it could get a bit redundant over time. The playfield is obviously a bit smaller but it was ahead of its time with the playfield video integration. With today's technology, they could make a game like this even deeper with modes and gameplay. As it stands, it is still a fun game that will keep you and your friends laughing and entertained.

I give Bally/Williams credit for thinking outside the box to try to keep pinball going with the pinball 2000 concept. RFM is light years ahead of its pin2000 Star Wars counterpart. It is?also a historical as it is the last pinball machine made before Bally/Williams shutdown their pinball division.
6 months ago
Revenge from Mars is a top tier pinball game. It if fun, it is goofy, it is a great game.
6 months ago
Don't own this but have played it a number of times at a friend's place. The one I played had a great LED kit and was one of the coolest looking games ever, especially with the lights out. The weakness of this game is that there are only really 3 shots. The goals change a lot, but the shots stay the same. I almost bought this one, but I was worried it would get boring having only 3 shots in the long run. Play it when you can, but I would only own it if my collection were substantially larger.
6 months ago
One of the Worst. Games. Ever.
Future of pinball? I don't think so!
SOrry but this game is CRAP
7 months ago
Have it. I am bias. Love it.
8 months ago
It's weird, this was supposed to be the future of Pinball yet compared to the games coming out in the years before it, it feels incredibly dated now with those cheesy low-res animations. The game clearly has good themeing and the art is very nice, but it's just not that fun to me. I can't see where any of my shots go, so none of the shots feels good except for maybe the left ramp. The modes are very repetitive and ultimately end with the player firing the ball up an impossible-to-miss ramp into the centre. The ball locks are very unceremonious, the display text looks like it was written on Word, and the main gimmick of the screen just doesn't cut it for me. Very dull, it's predecessor is far superior in every way.
9 months ago
Very very fun, special machine, a keeper for me.
9 months ago
Everything about RFM has been already been said. The layout is a bit too open in my opinion with only two ramps but the main thing about this game is of course that center "3D" image. A unique thinking ahead of its time when pinball was dying resulted in this amazing fun game.

Full of pop culture references, humour,ous callouts, great 90s music and good gameplay. The hypnoball is so much fun every time! Rules are not very complex, it's all about the modes which are all video modes (naturally), and the multiballs. Wish I had one more tricky ramp shot or something to get a bit more combo flow. In laters software versions its possible to change behavior of the upper gates in order to get more flow on the loop shot. Pinball 2000 machines are also a bit smaller then a traditional pinball, but hey...that's how they are.

The absolutely best thing about this game is its easy maintenance and serviceability. How I wish all pinball machines were like this. Great diagnostics, easy to work, simple and clever design. Just wow. Never getting rid of my machine, except if I maybe find one in MINT condition.

Update: got rid of the game. lol
10 months ago
This is one of the first games I played casually back in the day. Little did I know how it stacked up to other games. Now I know.... but it still holds a place in my heart, along with Star Wars Trilogy. Man did I have bad luck in getting introduced to pinball!
10 months ago
The call outs on this game are great. Game play is also very fun. I find that games last quite a long time due to the amount of extra balls that are awarded, but games are never stale due to the large difference between the several modes that the game has. I have around ten pins and this fits into my collection great. It's so different from a regular pin. Not sure I would want it in a one or two pin collection.
10 months ago
If this machine was bigger, for me it would be as good as Attack from Mars ......
11 months ago
Way too easy of a game in my opinion.
11 months ago
Fun game, keeps you coming back for more.
11 months ago
Just frustrating that you can't see the back of the playfield, as half the time you can't see where the ball went. Other than that one big flaw, it's a hell of a fun game.
12 months ago
I had mixed reactions to this one..other pinballs became more fun when I found them..not a bad effort
1 year ago
I love this one. I bought one that really needed a good deep service. As I've cleaned it up and fixed all the various functions it's really started to shine. I did a full flipper rebuild and that really made a huge difference when coupled with super bands on the posts. It now plays super fast and smooth which I like. I find the game interesting if you can get into the advanced rounds which isn't easy. Plus there are several bonus rounds to keep it varied.
It's much better then AFM IMHO which feels clunky after playing a shopped one of these. The game is dark but you can get a video amp brighten the screen. I like to play in the dark I don't really find it a problem.
I like it with incandescent globes so that you still get all the fade effects etc. I think the lighting is superb. Infact,
I don't think anything other then the new Jersey Jack machines comes close to the technologically mastery that this machine represents. The 2000 Sterns lame in comparison to this. Definitely one of the best machines ever made, it's in a class of it's own.
1 year ago
So you know that girl in high school who got the first new iphone, the newest BMW 3-series and was spoiled rotten? Then when you took her out for a date all she did was give you a headache and confused the hell out of you even after you paid for her meal and showed her a good time. This is Revenge from Mars. It looked great and had a cool deisgn and concept but in the end, I feel it hasn't aged well and I had more trouble seeing what was going on in the upper playfield then enjoying the game.
1 year ago
Fun game to play. Great concept. Really neat pin with the video overlay. The game was really dark and my eyes were starting to strain pretty quickly. Artwork was cool and interacting with the screen was a lot of fun.
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