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Best-looking (or most beautiful) pinball machine?

By Trond

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

Hi folks! I was just wondering which machines you guys think are among the prettiest as far as artwork goes. I have to say I was impressed when I saw the Phantom of the Opera (I have only played the computer version though). I also like Theatre of Magic. I'm a newbie, so there are probably plenty of good-looking pinball games that I don't know about.

#2 1 year ago

Bally "Class of '81". Video games were booming like crazy,and it forced the industry to focus on artwork to make pins more attractive.

#3 1 year ago

Agreed and at the head of the Bally class of 81 is yup you guessed it Fathom

#4 1 year ago
#5 1 year ago

hobbit, prettiest machine ever made!

#6 1 year ago

Yeah, hard to argue with Fathom. If I could make a separate modern category, I might pick Houdini. That machine is just stunning to me.

#8 1 year ago

Most of them are great to look at
remember, the backglass is the first thing to draw your attention to a game, so it is in the interest of operators (distributors and manufactures) to have art that gets your attention

#9 1 year ago

A well modded ECLE WOZ is one the the prettiest sights in pinball

#10 1 year ago

Everyone has an opinion!

#11 1 year ago

TOTAN with unfaded cab artwork.

#12 1 year ago

Damn near any pin you want to pick from the 80's.

#13 1 year ago

No way that there is a correct answer to this question. Todays games really look amazing but there are alot of old EM’s that look amazing as well. To me the games that have the most “interesting” artwork (not saying best looking) that really makes me want to look at the artwork all over the entire machine would be the old EM’s. All eras of pinball are great truthfully. Art is a HUGE and important part of pinball.

#14 1 year ago

Though this topic is subjective, I'll narrow it down to one of the many machines that we've had in our collection. GB was the most visually stunning pin, but it only lasted a month in the lineup. The gameplay was decent at first, but the linier rules became repetitious. "We've Got One & Who Brought The Dog" was always the same old stale initial mode progression, w/ no way around it. Those phrases permentally echo in my head & I'll never be the same. But w/ the acquisition of other great & "good looking" machines (MET, WD, ST, etc.) > the voices have subsided.

#15 1 year ago

Ballys lost world and paragon are pretty high on the list for me. Beautiful games

#16 1 year ago

Anything with a nice mirrored back glass. Most of the new pins just don't cut it when it comes to that part of the machine.

#18 1 year ago

For me it would be the Ballys from the 80s, Paragon, Fathom and Centaur.

#19 1 year ago

Stle is pretty high on my list. Classically, black hole gets my vote

#20 1 year ago

Tron: Legacy LE is gorgeous...

#21 1 year ago

Another vote for xmen le magnito version.

#22 1 year ago

Strictly artwise, Ghostbusters for a newer machine. Escape from the lost world for 80's era.

#23 1 year ago

Gottlieb Strange World. Gordon Morrison at his best.

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#24 1 year ago

Bally Paragon for solid state.

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#25 1 year ago

For recent pins...Ghostbusters, Aerosmith, GOTG

For older pins...TOM, TOTAN, CV

#26 1 year ago

I recall being captivated by Xenon when I would see them on location and still love looking at them today.

#27 1 year ago

Although I wouldn't call it "beautiful", Space Invaders had an artwork package that really drew you to the game. Way cool backglass artwork made exponentially cooler by the infinity mirror and strobe light effects, a playfield with tons of amazing detail on it, and one of the most intricately detailed stenciled cabinets ever.

#28 1 year ago

Someone brought a Zacarra "Farfalla" to Pintastic that was simply lovely.

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#29 1 year ago

Sometimes the "best-looking" machine to me is the one I just loaded in the back of the Jeep to bring home.

#30 1 year ago

Ruby Red WOZ

#31 1 year ago

Pretty much every Atari machine is stunning. I also really like Cybernaut, PinBot, Black Knight 2000, and Sorcerer, but generally speaking every 80s machine visually appeals to me (with the exception of those photo-backglass games).

#32 1 year ago

Magic Girl

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#33 1 year ago

I am sorry to say this but...Magic Girl. ZY killed it

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#36 1 year ago

What no Xenon, or Pinball Magic.

#37 1 year ago

Dragonette 1954.

Classic artwork of a bygone era.

Good game as well.

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#39 1 year ago

TOTAN or CV. Such beautiful works of art. I have never seen MG live but I expect that I would vote for it too.

#40 1 year ago
Quoted from Crispin:

For me it would be the Ballys from the 80s, Paragon, Fathom and Centaur.

Flash Gordon

#41 1 year ago

Its too hard to pick just one, but I have a few I think are top of the line

Cabinet. Creature / Medieval
Back glass. ETPM/Haunted House/ Paragon
playfield. Mata hari/ Devils Dare/ SS

#42 1 year ago

Lost World, Embryon

#43 1 year ago

Any pin done by Chris Hutchins. . .

#44 1 year ago
Quoted from bonzo442:

Agreed and at the head of the Bally class of 81 is yup you guessed it Fathom

Quoted from snappahead:

Yeah, hard to argue with Fathom. If I could make a separate modern category, I might pick Houdini. That machine is just stunning to me.

Played Fathom for the first time today. Yup, that is one good looking machine

Among older games I also really like the looks of Genie and Eight Ball. But I guess I do have that tendency to fall for the pretty girls.

#45 1 year ago

Man how do poeple not say Creature from the Black Lagoon? I just always thought that game looked so awesome, especially the way it has the light waves ripple over it.

#46 1 year ago

CV and Hobbit. Totan in there as well.

#47 1 year ago

Bad cats.

#48 1 year ago


#49 1 year ago
Quoted from Frippertron:

Bally Paragon for solid state. [quoted image][quoted image]

I can't believe anyone could down vote this post. I mean look at that beauty. I totally want to buy a Paragon one day. As the art work and backglass are just amazing and remind me of Frank Frazetta. However, the gameplay is what puts it down on my must own list. Just doesn't excite me... I've only played digital version of it, and watched papa videos. Just seems a bit boring. But, when I amass my epic collection it'll be there and it'll be fantastic!

#50 1 year ago

Thanks for all the responses but uh.....do we have a list of abbreviations somewhere around?

I looked up Farfalla and it looks pretty interesting (and I am guessing rare?), is it any fun to play?

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