The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern, 2003)

The Simpsons Pinball Party

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This game received 717 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.409 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #18 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.481

Artwork: 8.418

Sounds/Music: 7.981

Other Aspects: 8.529

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8 days ago
Terrific pin. I especially love the powerplant pop-bumpers. So cool. Colour DMD is a beauty on this one.
I seek this out wherever I can.
36 days ago
One of the best theme integrations in pinball. The rules depth is awesome! Something for players of all skill.
59 days ago
Forget about that other Simpsons pinball machine, this is the definitive Simpsons pin. I love this game to death, but wow is it easy to send the ball SDTM -- Itchy and Scratchy can kick the ball SDTM, the bumpers can send it SDTM, not completing the Otto loop can send it SDTM, and you can even plunge the damn ball into a target and send it SDTM. When you're playing on rubber feet it makes the game really, really difficult. Aside from that this is one of my favorite pins; they did a bang-up job on capturing the spirit of the cartoon and there is more than enough to keep you busy for a good long while. "Jackpot!" It's a classic.
71 days ago
TSPP is a great game with great rules, good sounds and call outs, and a lot of cool toys.
72 days ago
The game is brillant no two ways about it. Initially I thought the couch shot and mini playfeild was poor design - but now I see it as positioned perfectly and for a pinball player (addict) making the 3 on the couch shot and getting "o.k Simpson, you're under arrest.......but whhhyyyyy [Homer] - hoarding pinballs" - for me this just never gets old and is up there with SHOW-TIME on Addams. whilst this game, of course, attracts beginner players; it is most definetly a machine to reward an experieced player and home owner/collector. there is just too much to enjoy it on a location Some of the sayings like - Comic-Book Guy "telling you he is getting old waiting for you to make a shot" are just great.
3 months ago
You can tell they really thought about the design for this pin. Shooting the garage "bash" toy to get into the living room, then locking the balls on the couch. It feels like you really are in Springfield as you move around the play field. I am a big Simpsons fan so I am really enjoying the machine. If this game was made now, it would be an LE as it is jammed packed with toys and features.

Really fun game. You can stack almost any mode, shots are great. The only cons I would give is that the music is not great IMO. As well, the left side of the play field is much slower than the right.

Really good game so far and I am just sinking my teeth into it.
3 months ago
Game is fun but super super hard...ruleset is very very the theme and love the show..This is a very fun game..callouts are cool..
3 months ago
Always loved this game and finally bought one for the basement. Stern doesn't make them like this anymore!
My 4 year old daughter and wife love this one as well which made it easy to bring home without getting any grief ;-)
4 months ago
one of the best 21 century pins in the Stern collection, can never get bored with this game so many variations.
Love the multi flippers, drop targets, multi levels and fast game, a great compromise between older and recent pins.
4 months ago
Not even a Simpsons fan, but love this game. Tons crammed into this one, but it all works well. Very fun, has the one more game thing going for sure. Art package is solidly executed. Stern's best on all accounts probably. Sound is only weak point.
4 months ago
I love the simpsons and was actually looking to get this for the home until I played it in the arcade. It was fun but not the greatest experience for $4600 price tag. Maybe if i played it longer it would grow on me but the wife and I did 5 turns and just couldnt get into it. I was hoping she played it and thought, we need one asap. That did not happen!
4 months ago
Theming is good, but not a pin that is fun enough to own for me. Sound is not too good. I would likely play one game on it at a location, then move on to the next pin.
4 months ago
Just became my favorite pinball game ever
4 months ago
Love the Simpsons and this machine is pretty solid all around. Pretty deep rule set and the music/callouts are great with the original voice actors.
4 months ago
Being a Simpsons fan and pinball fan this pin was on my radar for the last 6 months. Usually i prefer high speed pins but wanted to give this baby a good try.

Its a gorgous looking machine with great art and eye for detail. Cabinet is great but i would prefer mroe cibrant colors allthough my is not so bad. Have seen examples which are more washed out.

The animations and sounds are great too. Give really the Simpsons feeling.

And than the shots. Plenty to do, one of the best second mini playfield in the business, great variety in shots and the rulez are great and keep you occupied for a long time.

Ni, this is nit a pin you get easily tired off. Great work on this one Stern. If they would make this again nowadays this would be a SLE looking at the real estate on the playfield.
5 months ago
This is one of my favorite Stern pinball machines. It has a really deep ruleset and i love the upper mini playfield and the multiballs. The only thing is: every single TSPP that i have played so far was malfunctioning at a specific point (garage door stuck, drop targets always down, etc...) so i do not know if the quality is that bad or if it is just a real diva in the bank of pinball machines and difficult to keep running.
5 months ago
this game has mass appeal ...very few people do not enjoy this game ...this is a prime example of how to incorporate a them into a game for beginners and more advanced players ..the code work is well done ... and a real challenge to complete the of the few games that has a usable upper play field .... at its current price this game is a steal imho ... so as long as you don't hate the theme ... add this to your home collection ..
5 months ago
Great use of theme. Lots going on and so much to do that you'll always have something left to shoot for. Really amazing call outs and top notch artwork from the show.
6 months ago
I've owned this game for twelve years. I play it often and still enjoy it immensely -- this game has amazing lastability. Granted, I'm a devoted Simpsons fan, so my love of the theme influences my view. Nevertheless, unless you actively dislike the Simpsons, you can love this game without being a die-hard fan. This game is extremely funny, fun, deep, and well designed. As with my rating for my other machine (Wizard of Oz -- also a Joe Balcer game, not surprisingly), this game is one of the Top 5 of all time.
6 months ago
I really don't understand why this pin is rank so high.
The flow is inexistant, too much stop (Otto, garage, mini playfield...), the music is horrendous and some sounds and callouts makes me want to tear my head and pierce my eardrums (Comic book guy hurry ups, doh frenzy, I&S multiball... Aaaaaaargh!), and even if the machine is well tuned, it feels cheap and the shots are not satisfying.
I have absolutely no joy no fun playing this pin, it's just a big mess. So it moves from my gameroom really fast.
The same year Stern produced LOTR, and it's really a much better machine by far.
For me one of the most overrated pin of all time.
7 months ago
I just picked this game up. I love it. The rule set is super deep. There are so many things to unlock that you can play forever and not see everything. Playfield is colorful and looks great. My only knock on this game is that there are a few characters missing from speech like Marge and Lisa for example. They are a main part of the movie but nowhere on here. The knocker is insanely loud when it goes off. I have it turned down to one but it still scares the crap out of me when it goes off. I haven't had it long maybe ill figure that out. Anyway super awesome game!
7 months ago
I do enjoy playing this game, but often find it has just a little too much going on for me. The playfield becomes a bit of a jungle to see where all your targets and shots are and I find myself just flipping wherever to see what happens.
7 months ago
I enjoy playing this pin but find the couch multiball upper playfield shot a bit too difficult. I love the Simpsons theme and this pin. I need to play it more to give a more thorough review.
7 months ago
I had this game for about 6 months. It was fun for me, but my family didnt get into it. I think it was due to its rule complexity and some of the tough shots (right ramp for example). Love the rule set. and theme. Good game.
8 months ago
Such a joy to play! Saved the pinball industry back in it's initial release, and it's very apparent after playing it. Best use of a mini playfield, amazing ramps, mega deep gameplay and hilarious call outs. You can't go wrong with this Stern magic!
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