TX-Sector (Gottlieb, 1988)

TX-Sector

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This game received 50 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.647 /10

7.647

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This game ranks #98 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.8

Artwork: 6.406

Sounds/Music: 7.947

Other Aspects: 7.727



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9.376/10
42 days ago
A statue should be made for the team creating this unique masterpiece. Out of this world sound and an outstanding gameplay. Deep respect.
7.355/10
51 days ago
Fun game but the spinner kills this game...
5.897/10
70 days ago
What to say about "TX-Sector"...first, it's not the prettiest pin I've seen. It's like a spaceship and the Golden Gate Bridge had a baby. It's just...blah. Almost colorless. Industrial, really. The scoring is strange. You have to load up your "power", then make a shot to...do something. I have no idea. There's a ramp that, try as I might for five straight games, I have NOT been able to hit. I've only gotten the interlink shield down but the ball just won't go up the ramp when I've cleared it. Otherwise, hitting targets is fun, I guess. Neat soundtrack, reminiscent of an 8-bit concerto but I wouldn't go so far as to say "OMG GREATEST PINBALL SOUNDTRACK EVAR" like so many here have done. This is a decent Gottlieb game but it's far from a masterpiece.
6.546/10
3 months ago
TX Sector is a really nice 80’s theme game. Not very complex, but fun.
The highlight of this game is definitely the sound; among the best 80’s soundtracks for pinball. My favorite is the pop bumpers with the randomized sound effects. The next notable feature is the teleporting ball feature; pretty cool the first time you see it. The game layout is quite good with quick game play if you’re playing a freshly shopped example. The upper flipper is key to getting multiball, so it needs to be strong and smooth to make the ramp shot. The multiball is short lived, so it’s a challenge to collect the extra ball. As others have said, the art is awful on this game and the innovation compared to Bally and Williams of the same era is lacking. It’s easy to see this getting passed over in the arcade back then. I can’t seem to figure out WHY this game is getting SNOW much hype these days…maybe the rediscovery of what was once passed over.
8.510/10
4 months ago
Everybody knows about TX-Sector now. It's been revealed as the diamond-in-the-rough that it is (to be honest, most Trudeau games have been this way: CFTBL (long time ago), Robo-War (may be even better than TX), Congo, etc...). That said, as an owner perhaps I can shed a touch more light on the game in a relatively unbiased fashion.

Good:
-you've head it before, the sounds are absolutely incredible. Completely retro Sega Genesis quality. So fun.
-The layout is fantastic. Like...brilliant. So many great shots that feel so good to hit. Dang near perfection in the layout.
-The light show is quite impressive. Tied to the sound, it's a great effect.
-Multiball is appropriately challenging to get, which means it's rewarding.
-9 drop targets = fun
-2 spinner that love to rip
-The ball staging effect is kinda cool, but also not nearly as impressive when you realize that habit-trails under the playfield were like only a year off

Bad:
-Not enough made (bummer for all you who really want one)
-Suffers from typical Gottlieb issues of the time (grounding issues, WAY outdated MPU boards and overall tech, ridiculous wiring system makes repairs difficult, etc)
-Always having to have a ball staged for the game to start. If for some reason it isn't hiding in one of the transmitter locations, tough luck.
-Commands quite a price nowadays. In its day, TX was terrific value for a true pinball player's delight. Now it's a premium if you wanna join the club.
-The art. You gotta love it and hate it, but let's be honest: Constantino was certainly no Youssi

A good game. Not a Whirlwind or even a High Speed, but a really good game. The art is subjective obviously, but the sounds are not...they rock. And so does the layout. Play it on your iPad. If you like on that, you'll really dig it in real life.
6.943/10
6 months ago
its a good game, but after playing it a lot I don't love it.
8.644/10
1 year ago
Never played it. I play it on TPA.

SUMMMARY
I think this machine ranks blah blah

LAYOUT:
Action/Per/Minute: Good - subway holds the ball a little, and multi-ball happens here and there.
Backhands: unknown
Bonus Multiplier Goal: unknown
Dink Donk: Good - just a little as ball comes out of pops
Drops: Amazing - two big meaty sets
Drops Sweep: Good - looks like upper flipper could sweep whole bank?
Extra Balls: unknown
Flippers: 3
Goal -EB/BC/MB/Jackpot: unknown
Hurry-ups: unknown
Inlane Lane Change: don't think so?
Inlane Swoosh: looks good
Jackpot/Bonus Collect: unknown
Lane Change: none
MB Earning: looks reasonable
MB Fun: looks very good - a few detaining shots - not sure what goal is once in MB
Metal Ramps: nope
Nudging: looks average
Orbits (Repeatable): none
Outlane Fun: looks good
Pops: might be the weak spot -- no 1-2-3 rollover lanes
Rules (time/order): unknown
Shots (total): 9 shots and two ramps
Skill Shot: kinda - it's more about strength like black knight
Slap-Saves: weak, since it's not a williams
Spinners: 2 -- sound decent, not sure how to light and rip them
Stop'n'Go: ok - subways surely suck up some clock time
Taunting: weak - don't think so
Toy/Gimmick: subways are it afaik.
Voice / V. choreography: seems pretty good. lots of voices, not sure how well they are tied into the shot location

ART: good playfield, worst backglass of all time? horrible cabinet

SOUND: may be best music of all time, sound effects are great, voices are great

DISPLAYS: worst of all time, tiny little blue things up top

FEEL: likely feels good. don't know yet

OVERALL: music and layout are king here
8.356/10
1 year ago
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7.397/10
1 year ago
This has always been a difficult machine to rate, however not because of its uncommon public appearance or low production.
It has an outstanding sound, music, and light show package.
It suffers from another John Trudeau "lack of flow" design in gameplay, but that is not a major drawback here, as he has his own trademark preferences.
Cabinet is unremarkable.
Translite is unique with its lithograph holographic image, but only better than Genesis.
The real standout on the playfield is the vitrigraph "molten glass" effects, which look great, but are not paired equally with the rest of playfield artwork.
The game feels unfinished and had much more potential.
The area that causes this game to be less known is the theming which does not have any means to make it recognizable to general pinball audiences.
It just does not stand out enough in a crowd of other machines, until you play it and crank up the sound.
9.112/10
1 year ago
TX Sector.. ahh my love of Gottliebs never ends. TX Sector much like Gensis is just a great game, good old Trudeau designs. TX and Genesis sit side by side, I joke and call them the beauty and the beast. With Genesis being the beauty.

I think people get hooked on the TX sound package and kind of overlook the game play. While the sound is excellent and you will often find your self bobbing your head while playing. The game play is also very good for a pin from the 80's. There is always something to shoot, whether you are going for drops to get your special and increase the multiplier, lighting up the lit spinner or transporting the ball from one side of the playfield to the other. The ramps are fun to shoot and the ball transport "without subways" was imo pretty mind blowing for the day. The game keeps you coming back for just one more.

The art package is the games downfall though, when you compare this with Genesis as mentioned above they just fell way short. Even with LED's the playfield is dark and there really isn't anything artwork wise that stands out. I think the Vitrigraph playfields looked much better than the screened ones as they were much brighter. I may try to lighten up the PF a bit with some LED spots one of these days, getting some light in the middle may brighten it up a bit.

Despite the so so art this game is a Gem, it along with Genesis will likely be in our house for a very long time. Anyone in the St. Louis area that wants to play TX or Genesis send me a PM.
5.971/10
1 year ago
TX-sector is an ok game its fun too play but the reason I don't like the game because all you hit are the spinners and it has the weirdest theme ever.
9.413/10
2 years ago
Can't say this was love at first sight, as my example of this machine was a basket case when I bought it and I had never played the game before. At that time (2013), I had just seen the Classic Game Room review of the game on Youtube. The game was offered to me for €200,-, so I figured eh, what the heck.

Now it's 2015 and my TX-Sector shines again. With that, I've got myself a new favorite. This game does just about everything right. Talk about an immersive gaming experience. Great ruleset, beautiful lighting effects and a beautiful soundtrack. The way the lights, sounds, speech and gameplay blend together on this game is almost like a work of art. Ironically, the art department is really the only part of the game that could have been better.

If you can find this game, play it. Or better: buy it! And when you do, make sure that you put leds in it. Naturally, colour changers in the pops. But especially the flashers scream for coloured leds. The transporter effect is pretty damn good by itself, but with leds it's just a sight to behold. Also, TNT Amusements has got a nice video on Youtube with great tips to enhance the GI on this game. Including a great mod on the drop target in front of the ramp.

I've set mine to give 500.000 points instead of Extra Balls and Specials. For 2 reasons: 1. Now there's an actual jackpot to go for during multiball. 2. It makes the drop targets much more interesting to go for.

TX tx tx...
9.453/10
2 years ago
TX Sector has the coolest sound effects out of any game I have every played! Ball in the pops makes strange different noises all the time. Cool light show when ball teleport gimmick is achieved. Ball has potential to be saved in right outlane, can bonce back in shooter lane.
9.495/10
2 years ago
Great game!! Sounds are totally 80's. Interesting flow with light show and ball transport. Keeper for sure.
7.959/10
3 years ago
Awesome backglass. Gameplay is fun as well. I like the "guard" in front of the ramp. Lots of shots for a game of this era.
7.919/10
3 years ago
I recently bought a broken TX based on everyone's comments.Its now up and running and I couldn't agree more with everyone!
The sounds of this game are like no other,it's gotta be one of,if not the best sounding pinball machine I've ever heard.
The game is also fast and fun since I've shopped it out.It has some great shots,ramps,drop targets,multiball,it's just a fun overall game.
It won't be leaving my collection,it sits next to my mint Robowar.
7.785/10
3 years ago
XT Sector is a really trippy machine. The sound effects alone are one of a kind. Fun.
5.935/10
3 years ago
Not an overly enjoyable game for me, sweet audio/sound effects though!
8.278/10
3 years ago
i don't think it is so ugly ! sorry
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9.895/10
4 years ago
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What to say about this game? Classic John T stlye of layout, AWESOME sounds and full of oddity and quirkyness, just how I like my games. A great 'staged ball' teleport feature, classic lighting fades and great pf colors. Cab fits it perfectly. Just a great oddball game that plays like a CHAMP and very fun, funny, and challenging for its era!

Keeper!!

edited to add an updated review and reasons for this games epicness
1. Nudge back lane. Seriously, pretty much any game with a nudge back lane alreayd has one box in the awesome catergory for player control. It is telling you to "PLAY PINBALL" use every switch in the game to its fullest and nudge the hell out of the game when needed. This is also fantastic risk v reward. Ball 3 and you are up, I need some more points but have a decent bonus already waiting... do I nudge to hard and lose my bonus or do I go for the win on a right outlane drain and keep my ball in play. Tx actually has one of the best and most challenging nudge back so it is perfectly designed to need some force and yet you have the safety of the ball resting in the shooter lane post nudge so the tilt can settle

2. Fantastis 2 stragety ruleset. Very simple to explain, Hard to master, and I can beat you exclusively using one strategy over the other if forced to do so. You show your novice understanding of the game and reliance on youtube videos if you think the spinner is your answer or an exploint. I can go energy levels all day and cream you.

3. It has three flippers and they are all used very well. Simply put the geometry on TX is perfect in so many ways. From that upper flipper you get the ability to hit the hidden tranport shot, the very important upper ramps, and get this.... you can sweep the upper set of drops to blast off an energy level.

4. Features. The game is jammed with great stuff. Wire forms, ramps, multiple drop banks, pops, 2 spinners

5. Art is great. What more can I say. The translite is so bad, it is good.

6. A magic ball transfer with a light show. What???? say that again!!! the ball actually teleports across the pf!!! amazing!! (not really but man they sell it well with sound and light and it is just plain fun to do.

7. Sounds. Do I really need to even discuss this. It is epic and in so many collectors homes for this reason alone. It is a dance party in a game!

I could go on, but I think I have made my point pretty clear.

tx rocks!!!!!!
8.260/10
4 years ago
TX Sector sounds and plays like a good game. It looks absolutely horrible. I am submitting this game for worst BG, EVER. At the same time I am submitting this game for the best sounds EVER. I said EVER!

The Pros:
Cool shots and sounds. The game itself is varied and challenging. The upper flipper is very well utilized. Drop targets are nicely placed and the ball moves around the PF nicely at all times. Strong flippers are a must. I have never heard a pinball game sound like this. This game's player stock rose significantly when it appeared in the PAPA "A" bank in 2011.

The Cons:
I wish I could play pinball by braille, because this game is an abomination to look at. Constantino, what were you thinking. Actually, what was the managment thinking to get this out the door? Someone had to approve of this before it went to a trade show. That someone should be fired. Oh yeah... tiny little blue scores to read as well. Hate 'em.

Takeaway:
I had a friend who replaced the translite. I feel much better now when I step up to the game. It's a fantastic sounding and playing table. If you have not played this game... you owe it to yourself to do so. This game plays great and no other game... I mean... nothing out there sounds like this 80's sci-fi fantasy experience!
8.887/10
5 years ago
Excellent game! John Trudeau was Gottliebs version of Pat Lawlor. This game has very original designs and objectives and the light show is really good. The music is top notch. I am keeping this one for sure!!
8.068/10
7 years ago
Very fun 80's gottlieb, a hidden gem of a game to be perfectly honest. This game sits next to a pinbot in my gameroom and it easily holds its own next to this classic. The flipper play is not as good as a williams but the drop targets, pop targets etc more than make up for this. Also the music is just downright awesome for 80's synth sounds, blows Williams music out of the water. Great build quality on this pin as well. I have to say, It is one of my favorite 80's pins now. Also this game has some of the fastest pop bumper action I have ever seen outside of Twilight Zone. Seriously.
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