Tales of the Arabian Nights (Williams, 1996)

Tales of the Arabian Nights

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This game received 747 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.478 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #13 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.387

Artwork: 8.785

Sounds/Music: 8.139

Other Aspects: 8.434

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5 days ago
A classic. This is one of the best pinball machines ever designed.
11 days ago
My favourite - one of the greatest. On my wishlist, when I find one that's available, I'll have it.
18 days ago
I love this game. I love the theme. I love collecting jewels, saving the princess, and battling the genie. This game could only be better if it were a widebody superpin with a 6 ball multiball wizard mode and deeper software. Alas, the joy is so short. It doesn't take long enough to complete the software. I wish it had been deeper, but I love it regardless! However, it's not deep enough for me to plonk down $9000. I can have at least 2 deeper pins for that kind of money.
20 days ago
Maybe one of the best games ever made.
22 days ago
Great game. Lots of depth and an awesome ruleset. Looks beautiful.
44 days ago
So pretty, so very pretty. Love the serpent ramps, love the lamp like the whole feel of the game. Not as hard as some, some breakdown in the rules where you can just bash the lamp rather than make shots but I still love it. A favorite
50 days ago
Great package. Shots are a tone of fun. The lamp spinner and genie are great toys. Unique theme. Love the magnets and the ball saves. Friggen awesome! Many pins in the top 100 don't deserve to be there. This one does for sure!
56 days ago
Tales of the Arabian Nights is a beautiful game to look at it, and thankfully also very fun to play! There is a good level of difficulty in some of the shots - particularly the orbits and skill shot - that keep the game challenging, and the playfield is very unique with the best ramp in Pinball. The Genie and Lamp toys are good, but it's the use of magnets on the game that make you stop and say 'okay that's neat'. Some people argue the rules are repetitive with always having to shoot the golden symbols, but I disagree, I think it's the audio cue that's repetitive because each mode requires different symbols and combinations so technically different areas of the playfield are utilized for each tale giving plenty of variety. The audio, particularly the bonus count, is also very in keeping with the theme and great to listen to. Very good mutliball start too. This is definitely one of my favourite games!
56 days ago
A beautiful looking game and fun to play. For me it just didn't gel like Theatre of Magic does with similar game play feel. Still a great game but not upset I moved mine on.
56 days ago
This has to be, without a doubt, one of the most beautifully-designed tables I've ever played. Colorful playfied, awesome toys and cinematic-level audio (the musical scoring in this game is incredible and doesn't sound at all synthetic or electronic) make this game a winner. The issue is that the ball draining down the middle is an annoying problem -- but it's replaced with joy when the machine calculates your score set to a nice light show and sitar music before a brilliant blue flash of light travels along the board and finishes things off. The female narrator adds a magical tone to the proceedings and battling the genie is always uniquely satisfying. Table is a winner -- though the "missions" can get repetitive.
81 days ago
With variations of multiple stories this game always draws me back to play. So many interesting different shots can be accomplished with flipper skills. Great lighting and theme.
89 days ago
The game is "ok". Nothing I would want to own, but might play it at a location. Don't really care for the theme or art. The game plays ok, but is pretty repetitive. The spinning lamp is an ok toy, but doesn't make much sense to spin for the game. The skill shot is a good challenge.
3 months ago
My wife's favourite. This is a great table that I find very challenging. A huge plus is that women absolutely love it, which is a real added bonus. The use of magnets is fantastic and really adds to the magical feel and theme. The speech is so eloquent and the combination of male and female narration is very well done. The light show and music is also very well integrated into the theme. This game has it all...cool toys, nice dmd graphics (which really pop if you upgrade to a colour dmd) and great music. A real keeper, it took my ages to find her and I won't be letting her go for a long time.
4 months ago
This is a pretty simple and straightforward game, but wonderfully fun. Like it's cousin, Theater of Magic, there isn't much to the multiball, and the tales are pretty linear. Being simple and easy to understand really isn't a problem, though, as the game has a nice variety of shots, and is great for someone who is just learning the ins and outs of pinball. The wizard mode is also quite entertaining! My eleven year-old daughter and I played this quite a bit on Pinball Arcade before we could find a nice one on location, and I really think this is the game that got her excited about pinball.
4 months ago
TOTAN has a great layout, which is its strength. I don't care for the spinning lamp feature. The ramps are amazing. The rules are very strong and interesting. I love the theme, but the art is pretty awful. Definitely one to check out, but I don't LOVE it.
4 months ago
This is probably my all time favorite pinball game followed closely by Midevil Madness. If I could have only one pinball machine, this would be it for me. The replay value is exceptional, and the layout is just so much fun. Try it and buy it if you can! I know one day I will!
5 months ago
better than alot of old pinball..this is actually a good concept as well
5 months ago
Beautiful playfield artwork, backglass is worse but still one of the best looking tables. Quite simple layout with only one ramp to shoot and irritating lamp in the middle. Unusual and interesting idea is "second orbit" with bumpers in upper right part. Good classic rules and good flow.
5 months ago
My favorite machine of the eight I own. John's best work. Sure, it is an easy machine to reach the wizard mode on, but don't that add to the fun? I don't understand the bashing it receives in some of these reviews.
5 months ago
I just do not get it. This game feels floaty and less enjoyable than any other released in that two year period and it isn't at all obvious why anyone would play it for any period of time. Has not held up well over the years either.
5 months ago
TOTAN is a challenging pin with a very good layout and nice ramps. Watching the ball fly around on all the winding ramps is an absolute joy.
The shots are good and the toys, i believe, are different and fun to play with.
I enjoy the bonus system that is attached to the risk of spinning the lamp.
The sound, music and lighting are all great. I would one day like to add this to my collection.
5 months ago
Pretty table, fun modes and great shots. <3
6 months ago
Absolutely stunning and beautiful game. Would love to have one just as a show piece. However I find it just to be tiring and repetitive. Toys are well integrated with theme though.
6 months ago
Sweet game
7 months ago
a great game to play as well as to look at
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