The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern, 2003)

The Simpsons Pinball Party

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This game received 705 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.390 /10

8.39

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #19 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.476

Artwork: 8.393

Sounds/Music: 7.952

Other Aspects: 8.501



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8.816/10
9 days 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.
9.156/10
15 days 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..
9.280/10
35 days 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
48 days 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
53 days 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
54 days 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
60 days ago
Just became my favorite pinball game ever
8.112/10
61 days 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
63 days 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
66 days 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.
8.898/10
87 days 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 ...fun for beginners and more advanced players ..the code work is well done ... and a real challenge to complete the game.one 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 ..
8.124/10
3 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.
9.780/10
3 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.
8.916/10
4 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!
8.365/10
4 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.
8.612/10
4 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.
7.350/10
5 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.
7.580/10
5 months ago
TSPP is a great themed pin and very differently laid out. It is a very challenging and deep game that could put off casual players when they don't know what to do next.
8.724/10
5 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!
8.720/10
5 months ago
Very nice game, love the theme. Well executed.
9.016/10
5 months ago
Great game and theme. Nice change of pace compared to newer Stern's. I love the rules, and depth. Machine feels slightly clunky compared to newer Sterns, but still feels good. Lots of great toys and art on playfield. I like the cabinet art, but it's definitely dated with the print quality. Overall, my whole family loves this game and the many things to do with the game plan. Simpsons will stay around for a long time. A color dmd is a must to.
8.120/10
5 months ago
This is my first pin purchase I bought HUO w/o ever playing it. I was pleasantly surprised how much I like it as I love the Simpsons. The upper PF is fun and I like having 2 flippers there (as for example only having 1 on the WOZ upper PFs). The game is deep however not necessarily easy to follow where to shoot. The reverse flipper mode is a blast and it wasn't until after I sold the game I read to cross my arms....damn it!! lol.

I enjoyed the pin while I had it but do not really miss it. I would have liked call outs from other characters and they seem a bit limited but still fun. I really liked the 5 flippers. If you are a Simpsons fan you should like the pin.
8.887/10
5 months ago
One of my favorite playfield designs- probably more due to being huge Simpsons fan. Great colors- catches the eye immediately. Rich in decoration but seems perfect to me. Gameplay is complex enough but dont remember anything groundbreaking. Will be interesting to see how this appreciates with less fans in every generation. I find myself rarely watching anymore.
9.800/10
6 months ago
TSPP is perhaps the best Stern game of all time! My only complaint is the very long ball times. There are 6 mini-wizard modes. 6! I've never made it to the final wizard mode, seems nearly impossible.
10.000/10
6 months ago
Fun game, plenty to do and keeps you coming back for more
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