Tales of the Arabian Nights (Williams, 1996)

Tales of the Arabian Nights

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This game received 749 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.460 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #12 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.376

Artwork: 8.772

Sounds/Music: 8.111

Other Aspects: 8.417

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13 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.
15 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.
40 days 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!
42 days ago
better than alot of old pinball..this is actually a good concept as well
44 days 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.
47 days 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.
49 days 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.
69 days ago
Pretty table, fun modes and great shots. <3
80 days 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.
3 months ago
Sweet game
3 months ago
a great game to play as well as to look at
3 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
3 months ago
Beautiful, but could do with a bit more to do. Love the sounds, design and gameplay.
4 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.
4 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!”
6 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.
6 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.
6 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.
7 months ago
I really enjoy playing this game. The DMD work is second to none in my view. Artwork is amazing although finding an unfaded cabinet may be difficult. Theme is well done and is the best Popaduik game. Everything flows and it has the best swirl ramp in pinball. Only complaint is that the play field takes a beating and sometimes hitting the lamp gets annoying.
7 months ago
One of my core classic games, just an imaginative game with plenty of offer. Not the biggest fan of the spinning Genie lamp but at least it fit the tables theme.
7 months ago
A beautiful game with great game play. Lots of toys and cool magnets will keep both the avid player and the casual player coming back. Would love to own one someday.
7 months ago
I've owned totan for a few weeks now, so this is an early review that I'll adjust later on.
I absolutely love this game and find myself needing to play it on a daily basis.
I was lucky enough to buy one with a perfect cabinet. I find the cabinet art and PF art very desirable. Game play itself is awesome. Main ramp that diverts the ball in different directions is great. Multiple magnets used throughout the game. Hit genie, spin the lamp. Great bash toys. Love the save on the outlanes, very similar to TOM.
I own TOM and Totan and would give a slight nod to totan, though I think both games are awesome. I personally rank TOM and totan higher than MB and Lotr, though I realize this opinion is not shared by very many people.
If you are thinking about buying totan, fire away. You won't be disappointed.
9 months ago
I LOVE this game. The lights, sound, and gameplay are incredibly fun and this game always keeps me coming back for more.
11 months ago
Finally got to play one. Great game, great flow and just flat out lots of fun to play.
11 months ago
Wasn't as fun as I remembered it now when I really played it in DK a few days (with new Sterns around it). But WMS/Bally sure could make pins!
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