Theatre of Magic (Bally, 1995)

Theatre of Magic

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This game received 887 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.424 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #17 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.554

Artwork: 8.597

Sounds/Music: 7.917

Other Aspects: 8.438

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8 days ago
This is a great game. It's a lot of fun to play. I would recommend it. I think lastability and fun are two of it's strongest features. The sound and animations aren't as good as my absolute favorite games, but those features aren't the end all, be all. This game would make my top 10.
15 days ago
I'm not sure what I can add to the discussion of ToM, but having played it to death when it first came out, it's always struck me as having excellent balance in the scoring. It has a wizard mode that's fun to work towards and which isn't so difficult as to be impossible but nevertheless is a real achievement. It's got good tournament chops and also plays well as a single player. As noted, about the only real criticism is the prevalence of maintenance headaches from the magnetic toys, particularly the trunk, and the degree to which a poorly-tuned Theater of Magic will just drive you ape, fast. It's far from the most temperamental machines of its era, but it goes from near perfection to horrors pretty fast, especially since it's got some drain zones on the outlanes and some STDM opportunities if flippers, ramps, plungers, and toys are off a bit.
23 days ago
A nice fun classic pin. The modes are fun and the spinning crate is a cool toy. The ramps are nice and the game shoots pretty decently. Kinda overpriced but there is a reason. Solid all around.
49 days ago
Love everything about this machine except for the ruleset fairly shallow and the wizard mode feels unfinished. However it's really fun to play and the toys and magnets along with the smooth and fast flow make this a great machine to have in a collection. Newbies gravitate to this and can make some progress (and usually the cool trunk multiball) so it's great for non-pinheads too.
56 days ago
Really like this one.
58 days ago
Fun game with some cool effects and gimmicks. Would play it on location every time if it was there. I think some of the cool effects would get old if you owned one though. The fun factor is there for me primarily because of the gimmicks. Overall "one of the good ones".
69 days ago
Theatre is a good looking Game but I don't like it because the game is too easy.
3 months ago
Great classic.
3 months ago
Quite easy to play, but fast and fun. Great theme.
3 months ago
Great game with amazing play field and fun factor

I love games that are a fast experience yet allow the player to engage the modes and tHis gives the player a chance to really see the shots and where the game is sending them

Super awesome sounds and lighting add so much to the game. Amazing fallouts really add depth to the plays. I love the magical theme and art. For a player who loves accomplishing a game this is top 10 all time.
This game is a true piece of art. SometHing to keep you coming back every time even after you beat the game.
3 months ago
Classic, popular game with a really fun trunk toy. It's common for the trunk to be glitchy, or beaten up, but when this game is working right, it's really fun. Good theme and ambiance, kind of exotic, mysterious and carnivalesque. Good ramps, tricky shots (like into the basement). I consider this one of the first classic "modern" era pinball machines. This machine, along with Addams Family, Twilight Zone, and Funhouse, helped usher in a sort of revival of pinball in the early 1990's. Excellent game.
6 months ago
Awesome game, played a few times last night at Level Up in Raleigh. Really like the smoothness and overall feel. The theme is great and goes along with the artwork. Somewhat of a difficult game, would love to have it in the basement.
6 months ago
There's a lot to like about "Theatre of Magic". The playfield is gorgeous with unique ramps that resemble red rug-covered "stairs" and a beautiful "magic trunk" that gives you several different missions to play. It's incredibly polished and classy. The issue is that the trunk is the center of everything and the audio constantly reminds you of that. That's your #1 target every single time. Either that or the one or two ramps which are easy to hit. That and points are too easy to accumulate. A player with little to no skill with decent reflexes can hit 250M in about five minutes or less. It's so easy, you basically don't even need the missions. That said, it's a great table, reminiscent of "Tales of the Arabian Nights".
7 months ago
Great machine. Will always stay in my collection.
7 months ago
Very fun game. The animations are really nice and the shots are smooth. Trunk is a really great idea and loaded with magnets. Top 5 in my collection for sure.
7 months ago
I would love to get this game. The theme is great, the trunk is fun. My six year old son was playing this game at Tilt and kept nailing the ramps, it was fun to watch. Not sure its as has the depth, but it sure is a fun shooter.
9 months ago
Such a fun game. I love the use of the Magicians Trunk! I love this game so much I had to get it.
9 months ago
Bash toy/toy chest is a very cool and unique gimmick. Magnasaves are super cool. Ramps are satisfying. Lots going on here. Theme is great too.
9 months ago
TOM's strength is the interesting layout and cool trunk gimmick. Rules are good. Overall, very strong package. I love the theme. Art is just OK. Definitely worth checking out. Love JPop layouts.
9 months ago
beautiful fun game, but got old quickly. Code is just not good enough to compete with the newer Stern/JJP games.
9 months ago
So many good things about this game! It really is very hard to find fault with it. The shots, modes, and variability of the game are great! The flow of the game and shots are very satisfying. Some seasoned players might find this table too easy, but for me, it's perfect!
9 months ago
I just bought this game recently and I'm in love with it. my wife loves it. all my friends love it. The art package is incredible for starters. The flow of shots and gameplay blew me away. It plays even faster and smoother than my lord of the rings with awesome variation.

The code depth doesn't quite reach those levels but lots of variety keeps it fresh and the games play quickly which is good when friends are over and playing for drinks! The theme has such wide appeal! ITS MAGIC!

Update. Still a great game but In the end I sold it to make room for pins with deeper code and variety. I found that after about 3 months of owning it I had done all I wanted to do on it. Again nice wide appeal but for the player looking for those nearly unreachable goals I found I attained it all quickly.
9 months ago
I like this one a LOT. I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to depth, but I really find the progression in this game to be very engaging. The trunk toy is a lot of fun, and the various illusions seem to follow a nice progression. The sound is exemplary, with some truly great callouts. My only gripe is with the multi-ball mode. There is really only one (okay, technically two), and it is pretty simplistic. There's no stacking, and no ball save (yeah, I'm pretty green). I've managed to make it to the finale once or twice, and getting there is quite satisfying. This is truly one of the classics of its era.
10 months ago
has great sounds and score boosters...
10 months ago
Poor wizard mode. Easy to master game
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