The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern, 2003)

The Simpsons Pinball Party

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This game received 730 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.411 /10

8.411

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


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.488

Artwork: 8.429

Sounds/Music: 7.947

Other Aspects: 8.532



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8.980/10
1 day ago
Great game for a now older game. It sure has a lot of tons and extras stuff with the garage and upper playfield. Games today look so bare compared to this.
6.834/10
16 days ago
Mostly, I like it and love the television show.
9.700/10
19 days ago
One of my favorite games, I always come back and play it. Never gets old.
7.022/10
60 days ago
Huge Simpson's can here, but i just don't get it. Game play is nothing exciting and the callouts are kind of annoying. I'm not a huge fan of mini pf either, so that affects my enjoying enjoyment of the game.
8.632/10
73 days ago
Love that garage door shot!
8.160/10
83 days ago
Extremely deep ruleset and very hard wizard modes guarantee lastability over years. There are so many smaller things one can accomplish and discover that it still feels rewarding without ever reaching Super Duper Mega Extreme Wizard Mode.
On the contrary: knowing that there is still something to uncover and the sole existence of this ultimate challenge always drags me back to the machine in the hope to one day in the distant future master it and join the tiny elite super duper mega extreme wizard club.
The game has a clunky feeling to it and feels cheaper than Williams machines from the golden era. The theme is however extremely well integrated (e.g. Homer's and Bart's day modes) and the overall art package fits perfectly. The hurry-up music becomes very annoying and I wish one could turn it off. Not so well suited for beginner players as the garage or tree house shots, which are both required to activate a mode are rather tough in the beginning. Ball times for experienced players can get very long and playing it in a group hence can get annoying very quickly. The machine also has little flow and a lot of stop and go shots. I still love it!
6.639/10
3 months ago
Ok, this is one of those games I really WANT to like. Whenever I see one in the wild, I put a buck or two in it. The problem? The gameplay is clunky to me. The playfield is cluttered on the left with pops, Comic Book Guy and then the living room upper playfield, which is silly and doesn't work well on games I've played. The upper flipper, needed for locking multiballs, is tiny and doesn't work well on some games. The garage door is glitchy. The mini TV is cheap looking and has terrible resolution with so few dots. It was way ahead of its time, now all new games seem to have a mini LCD screen on the playfield. This game does have a great theme. I love the Simpsons. I just don't feel this game captures the Simpson universe well at all. A giant Homer head? What for? Bart on his skateboard? And why, in 2003, when they were in like season 14, is Comic Book Guy so prominently featured? Maybe it's me. I know people like this game. I can appreciate the rules are deep. Maybe if I owned a mint condition game, in my home, and could play it for hours at a time, I might get it. As it stands, I feel this is a miss. Also, if this is such a keeper, why does it always seem like 10 of them are for sale in the Market? This game feels like Stern attempted to make a Simpsons game without really being fans of the series. This could have been amazing. Maybe it was when first released. The ones I've played over the years are pretty clunky and remind me of Southpark, another cartoon theme with a cheap and cheesy feel to it. No thank you.
7.361/10
4 months ago
This is a fun game that I enjoy and make sure I play each time I head to the arcade. The shots are neat, the voice lines are good, and the overall feel is just an air of fun. However, the sound and music never really sound good and the colors are pretty drab for such a cartoon game. I wish I could play it in LED's to get a better feel for the colors. I would like to have one at home and fix it up.
9.620/10
4 months 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.
8.996/10
5 months ago
One of the best theme integrations in pinball. The rules depth is awesome! Something for players of all skill.
8.288/10
6 months 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.
8.960/10
6 months ago
TSPP is a great game with great rules, good sounds and call outs, and a lot of cool toys.
10.000/10
6 months 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.
9.196/10
7 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.

6 month update:

The code and depth in this game is massive and although I have reached wizard mode, I have yet to complete it. This game has a nice balance of difficulty and fun, as well as fairness. The stacking of modes is almost unmatched and makes for huge memorable games. There are many features and modes that are almost "spoilers" but the people reading the review should know that what was put into the rom set on this game was absolutely huge.
9.156/10
7 months ago
Game is fun but super super hard...ruleset is very very deep..love the theme and love the show..This is a very fun game..callouts are cool..
8.984/10
8 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 ;-)
9.280/10
8 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.
8.919/10
8 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.
7.821/10
8 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!
5.713/10
8 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.
9.520/10
9 months ago
Just became my favorite pinball game ever
8.900/10
9 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.
9.840/10
9 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.
8.162/10
9 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.
8.948/10
9 months ago
A fun table that's rewarding provided you can hit all your targets with accuracy. The issue is that there's a LOT going on here with respect to the toys and playfield. That's to be expected. The Simpsons universe is huge with so many characters and landmarks. The bitch of it is that the game feels like a mish-mash of ideas that never go anywhere. The field can come across as intimidating because of the sheer amount of features and mini-games. Even still, this is a highly enjoyable pin -- but nothing "special".
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