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 8.467 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #11 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.387

Artwork: 8.78

Sounds/Music: 8.121

Other Aspects: 8.414

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4 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!
4 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.
4 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.
29 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.
37 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.
52 days 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.
70 days 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.
71 days 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.
3 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!
3 months ago
better than alot of old pinball..this is actually a good concept as well
3 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.
3 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.
3 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.
4 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.
4 months ago
Pretty table, fun modes and great shots. <3
4 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.
4 months ago
Sweet game
5 months ago
a great game to play as well as to look at
5 months ago
Perfect I everway to me. Great toys, beautiful art, mind boggling ball saves and flash. The fact it pulls you into the story and the music just makes you appreciate the game more. Love the animations and it's challenging but easy at the same time. Tons of great flow and fast play. Perfect blend of flash without it taking away fromy the rush of a moving ball
5 months ago
Beautiful, but could do with a bit more to do. Love the sounds, design and gameplay.
6 months ago
Artwork is top notch. Game play is smooth and unique. Some of the best artwork on any pin. Rules are basic and not too deep, but a real blast to play. L9ve this game.
6 months ago
This game lets the genie out of the bottle with a lot of exciting game play. The story line is fantastic. The giant lamp and genie really stand out. The artwork on the back glass, play field, and cabinet is stunning. The DMD animation is top notch keeping the story line going. The sounds and music set the mood and ambiance while playing the game. Making the lamp spin, striking the genie, disappearing pinball into the play field, and the out lane ball save is remarkable. The call outs are on point. This is a total package pinball that Williams put together. Hard game to walk away from. As stated at the Harem “boys will be boys!”
8 months ago
Great flow and lots to shoot for especially for a two flipper game.
Don't like wishing away jewels but do I, yes.
Theming is spot on, great looking package overall.
Slightly worried about the lastability but I haven't been able to beat the Genie yet.
So far so good.
8 months ago
I would say I'm a casual plus player. I enjoy playing pinball because I have fond memories of playing pinball at my local pizza joint when I was growing up. When I see a pin, I usually throw a couple of bucks in but I'm not an addict (at least that's what i tell myself).

Tales of The Arabian Nights is one of the most beautiful pins out there. Lots of interesting goals and the storytelling is the best. Love the theme and game play. My downside is that you don't see much of this pin in the public and I've only seen them in private.
8 months ago
A very well-designed pinball: original theme, interesting gameplay, good build quality... But to me, it lacks of variety. I'm always glad to find one on location, but I don't find that "special thing" that makes me want to play again and again. A bit overrated, in my humble opinion.
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