The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern, 2003)

The Simpsons Pinball Party

Pinside rating

This game received 678 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.402 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #16 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.481

Artwork: 8.397

Sounds/Music: 7.983

Other Aspects: 8.503

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15 days 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.
23 days ago
Fun game, plenty to do and keeps you coming back for more
57 days ago
Unquestionably the most popular game out of the (currently) 17 I own. This game has extremely broad appeal, a incredibly deep ruleset that takes time to appreciate, superb artwork and sound (which does sometimes get a little annoying, however), a gorgeous cabinet and the best stock playfield lighting I've ever seen. Some of the shots are incredibly hard, the upper playfield is fun and actually playable, and the way you can stack modes is quite fun.
59 days ago
TSPP is a great overall game. Fantastic theme. Deep rules. Lots to do, in fact, too much. Rules are deep but confusing. Watch a few videos and you will learn them better.

The upper play field is the best in the biz. Takes up little space but it both critical and functional. The only thing it suffers from is the damn "hurry up" sounds that are constant and a layout that just doesn't shoot smoothly.

It's clever though. Maybe the most clever pin design ever.

Pin geeks, Simpsons fans and kids love this one.
64 days ago
Ahead of it's time! I love the manual goodness of this pin as much as the depth of gameplay. Seems timeless, and if you grew up with the Simpsons it lives up to the mega theme. Love the callouts, and I swear after years of playing I still discover new things. Top notch pin, deep enough to last a long long time.
78 days ago
One of Sterns greatest and deepest games and also one of the best art and sound packages with talent from the show involved in all aspects of the game and it shows, superb use of a classic licence and a great shooting playfield. Simpsons is the complete package!
82 days ago
Just sold this game. Very fun. Many shots. Upper playfield is nice touch. Very deep game also. Back glass is the only negative I can think of for this game.
3 months ago
Awesome game with incredibly deep rules. It has a great theme and art/sound package. The layout is packed with a wide variety of shots (the Otto loop gets very old very quick though). The best mini-playfield in pinball and one of the best DMD games out there.
3 months ago
So my review of TSPP fits the "if I could only own one game" question. While I don't plan on limiting my collection to one pin forever, I won't be increasing any time soon. I would say most of the pinside reviews (good and bad) on TSPP are fairly accurate. I see both sides of the coin, and truly believe it is a love it or hate it game. I bought this game for its depth and theme. Nostalgia for the Simpsons really pushed my interest in this game. The theme integration is excellent. I can't help but laugh at some of the cruel out lane sound effects, despite the game ending frustration. The flip side would be Homer spelling out Simpsons letters, or the comic book guy hurry up music can get annoying at times. As for game play, the complaints about game flow are entirely accurate. Lots of (unnecessary?) pauses, particularly Otto and the TV shots. This doesn't bother me all that much. If you can look past the flow, I think the game depth really makes up for it. Stacking game modes can get to the point where almost every possible shot will achieve some sort of objective. I'm not a great pinball player, so I drain quite often, and I have the out lanes set to an easy setting. This game is difficult, and I have trouble getting the ball into play from the skill shot. It is both very frustrating after an immediate drain, and very rewarding during stacked modes. I personally love the faded look on the side art, but get why some people might not. In summary, a love it or hate it game. Keep an open mind and read through the (good and bad) reviews. If you are looking for theme and depth, this might be the one for you.
3 months ago
Everything I had heard and read about TSPP was spot on. This pin is solid. Very fun. Very deep. Solid call outs. Upper play field is very cool. I typically avoid stern pins, but TSPP and metallica are legit.
3 months ago
Whitestar glory! All the rules you will ever need.
3 months ago
the best Stern pinball
3 months ago
4 months ago
The theme was promising but the result is bad, both in design and in the game that the sound
4 months ago
One of Stern's best games ever!
4 months ago
Fun game, great for all ages and family.
4 months ago
What a great pin! Not much I can say that hasn't already been said. SO deep and possibly the most tricked out Stern pin to date. Definitely would have been a Premium had Stern been doing this model back then. My only complaint is the quality of music: so poor. I really wish Stern had the technology/resources to make a better soundtrack than they did. It's like listening to a cheap General MIDI Casio keyboard play the Simpsons theme. That said, it doesn't detract in any way from the fun of the game. Instant classic that deserves its place in Pinside's Top 100! I want one! :)
4 months ago
For me, this game's deep rule set went mostly unexplored. I've seen the quote on this site, "it doesn't matter how deep a game's rule set is if you can't keep the ball in play long enough to see it". So when you're an average player, stepping up to this game often elicits thoughts of frustration--until you finally get into a rhythm and have a decent game. Until that time, you go through the same few modes, often with the Comic Book Guy hurry-up music playing.

I have sold this game twice, but would still have the second one had I not received a trade offer for the #1 game on my want list. It's not a bad game, and I probably could've become a better player and seen more of the game more often (I did get to the reverse flipper mode once) but in my lineup I often felt playing this game was way more of a chore than the others.
4 months ago
I waited to play this a few times before giving it a review, but if anything I'm more impressed than when I first played it. There is so much going on in the gameplay and theme, and it's all executed very well. The game I played a game had a colordmd, which is an exceptional option for this pin. This is a start and stop game, so while I liked the flow it may not be for everyone.
4 months ago
I've had this machine now for 8 months. I'm very happy to have it! It's deep rule set keeps me coming back. There are so many modes and multi balls to work for. It's a great theme and works very well for pinball. A color DMD is a must for this machine!
4 months ago
Tired of games that take themselves too seriously, I have found this to be one of the best games of the modern era. Tremendous theme integration, and in the context of a fun and comedic show. A popular game with kids and guests, it has rare staying power and depth to keep experienced players coming back. Lots to do with an upper playfield and five total flippers. It is more stop and go like LOTR instead of a flow machine like AC/DC, and game times can run long. ColorDMD is a must have upgrade.
5 months ago
This game is great one of my favourites if not my favourite ! I believe this game is one of the best complete package art,gameplay variation ,rules are great and just plain fun ! Call outs never get old . Shots are neat and very different garage shot treehouse ramp cooling tower pops .over all great game that has lot of last ability .can be hard for beginners and long ball times for good players but such deep rules always something to do reverse flippers is a blast .flippers are little clacky but works good with theme . This game in good condition absolute keeper for me !
6 months ago
If you love simpsons you'll love this pin. It's a little complicated with 5 flippers and it is a tri-level (multi-ball is on the 3rd level couch) but there is a lot of interesting things you can do and the theme is well integrated.

Overall, if I had to buy only one pin in the last 10 years, this pin and Metallica would be on that list.
6 months ago
Top 5 game overall for me. I'm big on theme and there is nothing better than the Simpsons in my mind. The voices and art are perfect.
6 months ago
Very deep ruleset that will keep you coming back for more. Very hard to see everything in one game
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