Tales from the Crypt (Data East, 1993)

Tales from the Crypt

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This game got 388 approved ratings and currently scores 7.817 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #63 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.903

Artwork: 7.873

Sounds/Music: 7.215

Other Aspects: 8.041

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21 days ago
what a clunk monster. not much fun here, well it is a data east...soooo. great theme and artwork, goes to show art and theme don't always equal a great shooter.
31 days ago
The first thing that stood out for me is the playfield artwork which is beautiful for this pin. The crypt jam wizard mode is a great motivator to keep on playing and very challenging to get which increases the game's lastability. Overall it is a fun game and if you like puns this is the pinball table for you!
33 days ago
Love me some TFTC. This table has it all: strong modes, achievable multiball, strong layout, great call-outs! It has the typical Data East sound quality, but if you can get past that, it's not so bad. It also has the typical Data East flashing when multiball is ready. When playing in a dark room, this can be quite distracting, even blinding. Wish there was a way to get rid of that. Otherwise, it's a ton of game for the money. Would love to add to my small collection one day!
44 days ago
Love this game. Nice machine to play 'a' game. Very solid game. Run without problems for me for long time. Without the alternative translite it looks a bit to ugly to me. But with! Light and Day. Doesnt get old.
Love the shots, big variety, rules set deep but not controlling. the Crypt jam is awesome. Overall a game to come back to. Have owned one, think id buy one again if it came my path. Coolest Data East for sure. Gotta love the theme, voices and artwork. Cracks me up every time. Some just put a smile on ur face. To me this is one of em.
65 days ago
If you can get past the incessant cackling (which I can), this is a great game. The layout is unique and fun, the theme is great, and the art grows on you after a while.
67 days ago
Cool game, nice looking design and fun theme, but that crypt keeper laugh is all it takes for me not never wanting to near this machine.
76 days ago
Deeply over looked game. Satisfying ramp shots, great multiballs, good music and hilarious call outs. If you remember the showorld it adds an extra bond to the theme. Shaker motor is on point along with some of the modes. Has alot of last ability. Playfield art is love or hate. I don't think I'll part with this game anytime soon and I feel it deserves in top 50. Oh some of the best dmd animations. In my opinion get this game while it's affordable. It's challenging enough to get great at but easy enough to enjoy if your a casual player
89 days ago
This title was in our lineup for approximately a year. Though the machine plays a bit clunky & the build quality isn't exactly top of the line.... Once one gets past that ~ there is a fun factor to be experienced. The theme w/ the updated code makes this machine a thrill to play. The modes vary in difficulty, as each mode is unique & different by what you need to do to accomplish or complete each objective. In other words, the overall gameplay will have you shooting all around the playfield during the entire game. The callouts are not overly repetitious & are actually entertaining & funny. Additionally, getting to the wizard mode is quite a challenge & when you do it is a thrilling accomplishment. Overall this is a very fun machine w/ a relatively deep rule set. It's theme is spot on, & the difficulty factor will challenge you to eventually make it to the final objective wizard mode. I wish you well in YOUR pursuit of the perfect machine!
3 months ago
Fun Pinball with a very cool theme!
3 months ago
Pros:Challenging, yet fun game. The creature features make you work the entire play field. Wizard mode is hard to get but very satisfying. The artwork is excellent. Shaker motor is a nice feature. Callouts are great. Music and sound in general are awesome.

Cons: The crypt/scoop shot to activate the features is quite hard to hit and limits some of the fun factor for beginners. The crypt jam music is great but hard to hear over the 6 ball multiball. CJ has been hit more times than monster jackpot, so I wish that was tweaked a bit better as monster jackpot also has some awesome music.

There are many pins out there that have the classic ball lock, rinse repeat but this game utilizes the tombstone bash toy to start the main multi ball. Once you lower the tombstone and hit the shot, there's a kickass animation of the player heading into the vault, the whole time the game is rumbling from the shaker. That is how you lead up to a multi ball. Hit the jackpot, a zombie gets sawed in the face with a data east branded chainsaw. Friggen A! Just a single jackpot mode? Nope. Gotta hit your Double jackpot mode now. Ok, now you're good. Nah, friggen Monster jackpot! The whole time you have chances to add balls.

Multiple multi ball modes, ripping spinners, hitting ramps, captive balls, cool animations and sounds.. the more pins I play on location the better I realize this game is.

Definitely an underrated game.
4 months ago
I loved the show, i hate the pin.
Data East cheap feel, i want to kill myself if i hear again the keeper laughings
6 months ago
On my list to own. Fun game and good theme.
6 months ago
TFTC is a good pin with a lot of game for the bucks.

+ Shaker
+ Theme
+ nice playfield layout design
+ 6-Ball Multiball

- Keepers laugh
- felt a bit clunky
- gets repetetiv fast

I think with the 6.0V rom Version from ChadH it would be better.
8 months ago
fun to play had a judge dredd and i like this a lot better
10 months ago
The best and one of my favorites. Great art and theme. Cool shots, good flow and nice ramps. I also like the topper. I added speaker lights which makes the game look cool.
10 months ago
Little overrated. No real toys in this game, which I am a fan of. Just an OK game. The cackling laugh would get old.
10 months ago
I've had this game in my collection for awhile, and I still enjoy playing it. Multi ball is fairly easy to get and a lot of fun. I wish the build up before multi ball start was better. Doesn't get you excited about the multi ball, but it is still fun once you get it. Game plays fast and fun. I wish there was more to do in the middle of the playfield. Artwork and voices are kinda quirky, but the show was always funny and quirky also. Still a fun game overall and I will keep it in my collection for awhile.
1 year ago
The game is acceptable to be a Date east but the design is horrible ...... one of the ugliest ever seen Pinball
1 year ago
People complain about the crypt keeper laugh, I love it. I have owned this pin since about 1996! Would never get rid of it!
1 year ago
easy game play ,fast and fun !! wen shooting at the drop targets the ball will bounce hard to out lane or shooter lane so i try not to hit the drop targets as hard, i love the metel ramps, a bit busy with the wire returns in the center i think but not awful the three spiners are great ,six ball electric chair mode sweet, lots of great modes to play, then crypt jam...i like this game alot looking to upgrade software soon so the keepers laugh isnt so anoying and for more balanced scoring ...and a shaker motor works great wit the theme..if u like the crypt keeper its a keeper...because the back glass is ugly but works great wit the e.c comic book theme...one of DE's best machines, still a good price for a great game !
1 year ago
Fun game.
1 year ago
Not the most beautifull design for the cabinet and playfield but what a game!
Good flow and 6balls multiball, this is a great game for such price !
1 year ago
This game plays up its theme well. The artwork and sounds all felt right. If the crypt keeper's laugh gets to you, this machine has it in spades.
Good and satisfying shots and plenty of metal ramps.
I enjoyed this game and the overall package.
1 year ago
Ratings with 4.00 ROMs
1 year ago
TFTC looks good in a ghoulish way, and is fun to play. the animations on the DMD are first class. but the sound gets kind of annoying.

i will come back and edit this rating once i've spent some time on this game - i just got two of them and am frankensteining them into one good machine and one has has the second-best of everything (cab, playfield, plastics, boards, backglass etc). so when i can get the B game up and running and get shot of it, then i can get the A game cleaned up and tweaked so it works nicely. people seem to rate this as one of the best DE titles along with GNR and JP so i want to give it a good chance before i give up on it just because the sound pisses me off.
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