Total Nuclear Annihilation (Spooky Pinball, 2017)

Total Nuclear Annihilation

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This game received 161 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.360 /10


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This game ranks #24 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.095

Artwork: 7.926

Sounds/Music: 8.872

Other Aspects: 8.425

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7 days ago
I like the concept of TNA but after a while it is too much wash repeat play to last. Fun to play here and there but no a keeper
14 days ago
After a very long wait, I finally have this game in my collection. I was only able to put a few (20-ish) plays on one on location. That game must have been set at 6.0 degrees because it felt slow and the sound was so low I had to stand next to the speaker to hear the music. Now that I have it at home, level at 6.5 degrees with default volume...WOW! This game is so much fun. More than I expected. It's fast, challenging, and keeps me re-starting. Best shaker integration of any game I've ever played. Best music integration as well. It's just the little things that draw you in deeper. I like the theme as and art as a throwback to the '80's. It's just beautiful. My family loves the co-op and vs modes. I can see my kids and their friends battling on this for a long time. The rules are simple on the surface, but provide enough nuance to make it really challenging. Relighting your locks is not as easy as you think, especially when every shot seems dangerous on this machine. This is pure '80's throwback pinball with modern flair. It's exactly what I was hoping it would be and more. Thanks Scott and Charlie for creating and manufacturing this masterpiece. It is truly a special game.
15 days ago
My favorite new game in recent years. Wow! What can be said about this game that hasn’t already been said, not much! The immersion into this game and “world under glass” is only surpassed by the high intensity game play and best music in pinball history. Love the light show as well.
18 days ago
With time and money, found TNA. The first thing noticed is the small size. Once playing the low tones blow you away, but the repetition stinks. Cool machine for a few games. Hard to master.
24 days ago
Nice,fast pin..simple lay out, fun to play, wanna play more!!
29 days ago
One of worst games ever played
32 days ago
TNA is a fine game, and there's nothing really wrong with it. The sound is amazing, but the overall game play feels to me like it would get old kind of quickly.
36 days ago
48 days ago
For a simple play field and limited number of shots it really draws you in with timed hurry ups and the awesome bass drop sounds.
58 days ago
Really was expecting to like this one more due to all the hype. It was just OK for me, this one got old fast and I lost interest. Looks to be more fun with multiple players, as you can steal locked balls. Trying to stack up the balls to get multiball going, then hitting those shots again for the jackpot was exciting at first but became repetitive. The upper play field is too big and could have been better utilized, imo, as it really just gets in the way and the shots are nothing special. Try TNA if you find one, as most people like this much more than I do. For sure try one before you buy.
58 days ago
Simple rules and addictive to play, like the pinball equivalent of Tetris. The music and lights are top notch. I expect to own a used one someday. If I could change one thing, I wish the video graphics were as colorful as the backglass and cabinet.
59 days ago
Very addictive game.

I think for mortal players, a mini wizard mode at reactor 3 and 6 would have been cool.

Fantastic multiplayer game. Time will tell the longevity of single player game.
63 days ago
Is there a better game that excels in combining music, lighting, lastability & flat out fun??? I think not. The gameplay is brutal & keeps you coming back for more. If you want to become a better player, keep hitting that start button.

TNA is a breath of fresh air to the pinball industry. Classic Bally 80's design with today's modern tech. For me, it's a match made in heaven. I hope more game like TNA come to market in the coming years. Co-op mode just takes the game to another level of enjoyment.

I'm proud to be a TNA owner :)
68 days ago
Holy crap. First impressions this game is awesome. It's hard, fast, loud, flashy, and you don't need a PhD to understand what's happening in the game at any given time. Maybe this game has a deeper underbelly, but 30 minutes playing this game without reading the rules card and you pretty much know exactly what's going on at any point in the game. There's no selecting characters, mashing buttons, or reading little signs above inserts full of text. There aren't 10 modes shooting different colored flashing shots to get different movie clips. No mini playfields, no waiting for balls from scoops, no saucers, no freaking brakes man.

There's so much satisfaction in this game. Destroying a reactor feels so good. Heck, even just having a reactor go critical feels like something important just happened, when it's just a ball bouncing around the upper playfield. Every every ball lock is so mechanically satisfying. Blowing reactors is like the getting a big super jackpot in any other game, except it happens all the time in this game.

If I have anything minutely bad to say about it, the playfield art isn't mind blowing or anything, but it doesn't look cheap. I've had a few times the slingshots airballed the ball directly into the outlane. While the light show is great, I don't think it's on par with a visual spectacles like JJP games like others have said. There's kind of nothing at the top of the game, but not being loaded with "stuff" is kind of the reason this game is great. I'm stretching for bad things to say about this game. Nothing about it is bad.
71 days ago
I tried to like TNA, I know it is a very popular game. It has been at my local barcade for a few months now. But I just can't bring myself to like it.

The game feels cheap, it is smaller than most pins, and the flippers shake the entire cabinet when pressed. It gives the game a feeling of not being solid. The gameplay is repetitive, and honestly after playing for an hour you have seen everything it has to offer.

The artwork and the sound are great, and for maybe half the price it be a great pinball machine. But for $6,000 I can think of dozens machines that will give you more fun and show more lastability.
73 days ago
What a great game! Currently my favorite game to play on location and (so far) the only NIB pinball that I would ever consider purchasing. Really hoping that we see some more games like this in the future. Scott Danesi is Awesome!
75 days ago
Potentially one of THE best games ever produced, and without all of the 3-dimensionality of modern games. Everything from the flow, speed, ruleset, and quite possibly the best soundtrack EVER made in pinball gives this game some of the best replay factor I've ever seen. Amazingly fun and super challenging keeps you coming back for more. Scoring is perfectly balanced and I find novices having as much fun as skilled players. Way to go Spooky!
77 days ago
Simple yet addicting and a light show to go with it. A great game and the first I'm brining home.
85 days ago
I recently got to try it out at a show. I loved it! It has the best sound out of any at the show. You could hear that music and it would just draw you in.
87 days ago
Extremely fun game with the best sound system in any pinball game ever. You can feel it as you play. Fast, fun, and very challenging. Could get a little stale after a while of owning it but it will never be "not fun" to play.
88 days ago
Total Nuclear Annihilation is by far my favorite game made in the last decade.
Whether it be single player, or four player melee, TNA is just unadulterated pinball bliss.
The music, the sounds, the lighting...
I’ve never played a more immersive pinball machine.
People comment on how shallow TNA is but, I disagree.
Sure, there are limited shots to make.
Are you going to hit all of them in one ball, let alone one game?
Do you dare go back to the keypad to build up your bonus to the max with the reactor cooling down? Go for super jackpots?? Save the f*<king future?!?

Maybe if you’re Bowen Kerins...

TNA is worth every Sacagawea.
3 months ago
What an amazing game. The best sound system I have heard in Pinball and the music itself is incredible. If you appreciate a good light show like I do this game certainly gives Stern’s Star Trek and JJP’s WOZ a major run for their money (in fact, I think it is a superior light show to either).

This game plays fast and has a lot of clever code nuances that really set it apart from other machines. The fact that the ball has no shots that really safely return the ball to your flipper gives this game a constant feeling of the ball being in jeopardy. The multiball stealing and quick ball times make this the best multiplayer game I’ve seen.

I really could go on and on gushing about TNA.
3 months ago
I was not too hot on this game, no ramps, fairly basic features and simple rules....After a few games I could not stop feeding the beast with quarters and talk about speed its like a squirrel knowing spring has finally arrived CRAZY !!!!! the art work is not too amazing to me, sounds and lights are insane on this machine, better than Saturday night fever....AH AH !!!
So put your paws on the buttons for the flippers and Rock on, even the glass vibrates from the shaker.
3 months ago
A breath a fresh air during a time when the same ol' same ol' is coming out from the other manufacturer. The music and sound is the BEST in pinball. The gameplay is fast, fun, addicting, and will have you pressing start one more time. Just gotta lock the ball, just gotta hit the keypad, just gotta start the reactor...Just gotta stay alive! The layout, lights, music all done by Scott Danesi; the incredible art done by Matt Andrews. I can play this game all day every day.
3 months ago
I walked into Cactus Jack's in OKC totally surprised to see this at their arcade so I hopped on it right away, totally pumped to be able to play one. The game is fun and the sound is definitely the best of any game I've ever played, but it feels a little repetitive even after a few games. When I got done playing I had very little desire to play it anymore like I do other short ball time games like Iron Man. Basically, I find it fun to play and would play one on location from time to time, but it wasn't something I had a desire to own after playing (at least at this time). That may change over time.
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