Tales from the Crypt (Data East, 1993)

Tales from the Crypt

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This game received 299 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.880 /10

7.88

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This game ranks #56 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.964

Artwork: 7.962

Sounds/Music: 7.126

Other Aspects: 8.093



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7.708/10
4 years ago
Boy this thing is ugly looking. But the call outs and animations are fantastically disturbing and definitely not family friendly.

The game play is good, not great, but frequent multiball opportunities make things fast paced.

There are a lot of complaints about the Crypt Keeper's constant cackling. I don't mind it, but could see how it may be annoying.
8.644/10
4 years ago
Great ramps, great art, great music and a shaker what more could you ask for? Theme-that's great too. Another great horror title that is still at a reasonable price point.
9.283/10
5 years ago
Tales from the Crypt is a great game. Yeah, I just said that about a DE table. Best thing John Borg did until Tron. In fact, I wished he copied it for the IJ4 table.

The Good:
The comic horror theme is executed with great precision. Chainsaws, brains and really bad puns all come together. The launch button is the coolest. Modes are realtively well done and the alternating spinner to light modes means that you need to control your ball to make the necessary shots at all time. Locking in your mode with the start button is a serious strategy on this table. The Crypt Keeper's laugh is really annoying, as it should be. Great selection of shots. The table awards you 3 mil (once again in line with the theme) for Death Saves. Best Chainsaw/Jackpot animation... EVER!

The Bad:
The BG... it should have been done in the style of the PF (this is the only time you may hear me say this). Which reminds me of the EC comics the TV show was based on. The style of the BG is a muddy airbrush rendition of the TV episodes. I does not have the single flourescent tube lighting it, and it still looks like it's been smeared on the translite. I recently played a copy of this game that had a replacement translite on it and it looked better. The Crypt wall mechanically can be trouble. Some modes are just not worth shooting for. The potato-person on the right hand side of the BG is supposed to be Whoopi Goldberg, really.

The Takeaway:
None of this Politically Correct blather that comes out of some marketing plan for this design. You'll never have so much fun laughing at things you know you should not be laughing at while playing pinball. The best DE game ever made, period. If DE made games like this with most of their titles, we would not have this mostly (deserved) negative bias towards pinball created by this company. All in all, a damn fine game.

Update:
This game is great when tuned and set to go for multiball. I hear people complaining about the mode start hole on this game all the time. Here's a tip... shoot the mode start from the upper right flipper (shoot the extra ball shot for the feed), it drops and sticks every time! Getting the superjack is no easy task and when you get it, you really feel like you have accomplished something. The subtleties of this game really start to show themselves after a while and the right orbit is KING when you have a frenzy mode running. Ripping the spinner for a wizard mode is where it's at! I absolutely love the animations, The Jackpot animation in particular may be my all time favorite just after the extra ball animation in AFM! Also, the shaker in this game at the start of multiball lets you know it's time to ACTIVATE!!! If you love the old horror EC comics... you need to play this game. If not, it's still a true player!

Update #2:
The more I learn about the game the more it is about spinners. All 3 of them for a matter of fact. If you can hit the right ramp and start a frenzy mode and then drop into multiball, or just plain rip the spinners, you will often collect more from the frenzy modes (esp at 750k a hit and up) than you will from almost any mode. Same thing with The Crypt Jam. 1 mill any switch... rip the spinners! Need to light a mode? Rip the spinners, esp the right spinner as you can hit both orbit switches without the light mode insert changing from the right (around to the left) orbit. There are only 2 shots from the upper flipper, but both are critical and in the case of the mode start, make the difference between your ability to open this table up, or not. Multiball is still king on this game, but a few modes crypt kicker in particular (lock it with the launch button!), make a huge difference in your ability to stay on the table, or not.

Update v3:
This game is as good (I'd say better) than many B/W games of the same vintage. Gits the new S/W and tear it up!
8.620/10
5 years ago
TFTC is easily one of DEs top 3 best machines. This machine has some great stuff going for it. The inverting ramp shot alone is SO sweet - the only machine I know to have a ramp that literally goes upside down. Both ramps are solid stainless steel, giving the machine a well polished look. The habit trails are winding and look outstanding - just... man - the ramps and habit trails are SWEET on this game.

People that complain about the artwork - I don't get it. This artwork is what the TFTC, Vault of Horror, Haunt of Fear, and Shock SuspenStories comics were based off of - why complain about the original source material? As for me, the artwork is fantastic. Both on the translite and the playfield, there are scenes and characters from at least 6-7 episodes of season 1 and 2 of the show all over the playfield.

The sounds are pretty good - the Cryptkeeper's cackle can DEFINITELY get old, but it's part of the territory. The modes are pretty good - some are better than others. Getting the Cryptjam is no easy task. The DMD animations are easily some of the best ever put on a machine because they are true to the source material. Want to see someone chopping off their own head? What about a chainsaw right down the middle of a face? And plucking someone's eyes out - why not? It's all here, and i would definitely say the DMD animations are possibly the most gory on any pinball machine ever made. If you have kids, don't worry - for the kiddies, there is a "censored" mode available in the options/settings.

Tombstone is a pretty good toy that is incorporated well and works great with the atmosphere. Typical DE skill shot at the beginning of each ball is to hit the drop target that is lit up as the light cycles from one to another. The ball launcher on this machine is SWEET as a fully replicated doorhandle, and you launch the ball by pushing the lever down like you would on a real door handle - one of the most unique ball launchers ever!

VUKs are known for getting a good beatdown on this game, but parts are readily available, and rebuilding a VUK is not too bad a job. I rebuilt my Super VUK in the back right corner of my machine first try with minimal difficulty.

Cabinet side art is subtle and to the point. The backbox sideart of the Cryptkeeper has a "grisly" but fitting look to it. Topper for these machines can be hard to find - now starting to go for $180+ on eBay.

Price can be anywhere from $1300 - $1900, but the price is starting to increase on these machines. Hearing a well taken care of TFTC go for $1900 to the low $2k's is starting to become a bit more common-place, and rightfully so - this is easily one of DE's masterpiece machines.

Don't let the DE badge scare you off; this is a pretty solid pin. Of the 4 I've owned, this is the last one in my home as of today, and Lord-willing, this is the one machine that stays in my home for a very long time!
10.000/10
5 years ago
Most EVIL game ever...but I still like it ;)
8.595/10
5 years ago
Very fun game, flows well, some tough shots and very cool "loopy" ramps. Artwork really fits the EC Comics feel.
6.800/10
5 years ago
Spooky, love tales from the crypt. Enjoy the pin too!!
6.492/10
5 years ago
This game just didn't do it for me.
9.280/10
5 years ago
Superb fun animations on this game....Yeah the crypt keeper does get on your nerves, but the difficulty of the the shots and completing modes, keeps you coming back for more.
7.395/10
5 years ago
Just a blast to play. Just sold one and already miss it.. In a bigger collection I would have kept it.
Deep enough for the good players and easy enough for the novice.
7.496/10
5 years ago
The cackling can get old fairly quickly but this has been alot of fun to play. The shooter is a nice touch and I had fun playing this a bunch of different times.
6.141/10
5 years ago
This repetitive laughter is so annoying it spoils the game for me. Ah and the backglass is butt-ugly.
8.320/10
5 years ago
a good pinball like all data east ...good game play , good sound ....
7.913/10
5 years ago
approachable for novice, hard shots and modes for the pro. sweet game. Music could have a better draw, but it does stay true to the theme. top end DE game. Owned it, loved it, sold it, don't miss it.
7.496/10
5 years ago
tales is a great game with plenty of skill needed. I like the way you can hold down the door handle to keep a item locked in place to get it once you hit the lighted opening. electric chair is a lot of fun .
8.625/10
5 years ago
The first game I ever took home and I still have it. It has out-lasted a ToM, TS and FS to name a few. That's how good it is. Yes, it's a Data East and it's a little on the cluncky side. But, man, its a real blast to play. Surely Data East's best game. Love the 6 ball multiball, the 3 different levels of Jackpot and 13 modes to get through! What more could you want on a game? A shaker motor perhaps? Yeah it has one of those too.
A truly underated gem of a game. I can't see me ever letting mine go.
8.592/10
5 years ago
Yes, the audio is just a little repetitive, but don't let it detract you. While not the most complex machine, It does have nice rails and one big feature... this one is a multiball extravaganza. Not only does it have six ball multiball, it comes much more often than other games. This alone makes it worth the price of admission!
7.976/10
5 years ago
Overall a really good game! I was never a huge TFTC tv fan but this game has been making me rethink my stance. The artwork is very fitting and is pretty great. The sound can get a little repetitive but yet again its fitting and really ties the theme together. As far as game play goes I'm happy with most of it, good variety of shots.
7.885/10
5 years ago
Right off the bat, I have to say this theme was executed very well. The art is exactly how it would appear if the original EC Comic's artist would have drawn it themselves. So, if you don't like the art, then you really don't like TFTC, because it's spot on (IMHO). BTW, The cabinet is the best part of the art and one of my favorites in all of pinball. I think the gameplay is quite similar to TAF, in that you have to light all the Creature Features, which is like lighting all the rooms of the mansion in TAF. Playfield is layed out fairly well with an inverted ramp which is great when you hit it just right. Three spinners and drop targets, this game pretty much has everything in it. On the downside, this is my first DE pin, (I'm a B/W guy) and you can tell the pin isn't quite up to those standards. It does feel a little clunky and the audio is garbled. The nice thing about this pin is you can seemingly keep a lot of balls in play during multiball. I'm keeping this pin for sure, and hopefully a speaker upgrade and a tune up will resolve the few small gripes I have about this game. I almost forgot to mention, the DMD graphics are some of the sickest in all of pinball and I mean that in a good way.
7.267/10
5 years ago
one of the best DE pins available, great game and a good addition to any collection, although it shouldnt be the only pin in your collection, as it may be offensive for the rest of the family.
8.980/10
5 years ago
This is my favorite pinball game. It's unique and the gameplay is fantastic. There is a ton to do, but it's still pretty straight forward to learn.
1.830/10
5 years ago
The orrible pinball.
9.567/10
5 years ago
Underestimated game. The best DataEast machine. Great game play, but f.... ugly.
6.828/10
5 years ago
Though I always wabted to own this game, the thing that really bugged me is how much the ball bounces around on the playfield. Great theming and dome decent shots, but for me the whole things feels a bit cheap.
7.956/10
5 years ago
I got to play this game last week for the first time and I really enjoyed it. I like the show, actually one of my childhood friends called his mom the crypt keeper because of her laugh... Anyhoo... The ramp cackling can be a little annoying but not enough to truly put me off this game. The pin does feel a little cheap. When you are nudging a bally/williams etc you have to put some gusto into it because they are heavy and well put together. I started nudging this DE and felt like maybe I should take it easy. It just feels lighter and cheaper including the plastic lock down. The ball launcher door handle thing is very cool and the DMD animations are *a scream* ugh... I like the random one where you pick doors for extra points and if you pick the wrong one theres a guy being hung. The guillotine skill shot animation is funny as well. I thought the game let me know what I needed to do in order to complete shots very well and I love games that do this. Some games you start playing and your like ok wtf do I do and why do I have to read the rule card to find out but this isnt one of them. Sort of like JP were you shoot the scoop to start a mode. Look up at the DMD and then start shooting for whatever that thing is. This is one I am looking for to add to my collection! Go try it out. I think this is one of those that attracts a select audience because some people will be immediately put off by the theme.
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