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Greatest year of pinball releases?

By Daditude

5 years ago


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    “Greatest year of pinball releases?”

    • 1980 20 votes
      15%
    • 1993 78 votes
      60%
    • 1998 3 votes
      2%
    • 2016 1 vote
      1%
    • 1986 1 vote
      1%
    • 1995 13 votes
      10%
    • 2018 7 votes
      5%
    • 1966 0 votes
    • Other 8 votes
      6%

    (131 votes)

    #1 5 years ago

    I am just wondering, what would you consider the very best year of pinball releases?
    I have my own opinion, but I don't want to sway others.

    What year do you pick, and why?

    #2 5 years ago

    Attack from Mars
    Theatre of Magic
    WHOdunnit?
    Indianapolis 500
    Congo
    JackBot
    Dirty Harry
    Johnny Mnemonic
    No Fear
    Pinball Magic

    All listed on Pinside as 1995 games.

    (Posting early because I do want to sway others.)

    #3 5 years ago

    I'd say 2003 for TSPP and LOTR

    #4 5 years ago

    1992 the year they produced my grail, it will always be my 'first'. So many great memories of 91 - about 98.
    Dumped so much $ into TAF, could have / should have just purchased one back then.

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    #5 5 years ago

    1993:
    Twilight Zone
    Indiana Jones
    Star Trek: TNG
    White Water
    Dracula
    Judge Dredd
    Tales From The Crypt
    Jruassic Park
    Mystery Castle
    Last Action Hero
    Rocky and Bullwinkle
    Pistol Poker
    Wipe Out
    Gladiators
    Tee’d Off
    And Somehow Street Fighter II

    #6 5 years ago

    '92 was the peak. But close enough to '93 that that vote counts too.

    #7 5 years ago
    Quoted from littlecammi:

    Attack from Mars
    Theatre of Magic
    WHOdunnit?
    Indianapolis 500
    Congo
    JackBot
    Dirty Harry
    Johnny Mnemonic
    No Fear
    Pinball Magic
    All listed on Pinside as 1995 games.
    (Posting early because I do want to sway others.)

    Don't forget Stargate!

    I have to go with 1993. Twilight Zone and Whitewater are in my top 3 pins, and there are some other fantastic games from that year as well. 1995 is good, but it doesn't have as many games I would consider favorites.

    #9 5 years ago

    1981 was pretty terrific too.

    I am surprised that no one has picked 1998 yet.

    #10 5 years ago
    Quoted from mystman12:

    Don't forget Stargate!

    I was deliberately not listing every pin from 1995, because I did not want to have to list Mario Andretti.

    Quoted from mystman12:

    I have to go with 1993.

    1993 was also great. My very first three pins were IJ and TZ and CFTBL (CFTBL is listed as 1992 but mine was built in March of 1993).

    #11 5 years ago

    1993 sure is popular (it's my favorite too).

    Maybe i should have asked best year for each decade.

    #12 5 years ago

    2000 was a pretty good year for pinball... because it actually survived!

    #13 5 years ago

    Gottlieb and 1980 was the best for me.

    #14 5 years ago

    1993 is my choice. I'd put 1997 instead of 1998 on the list. Has 2 top machines, MM and CV plus NBAFB. 1998 has CC and MB.

    #15 5 years ago

    1992-1993. Nostalgia may have been a bias but games from the early 90's are pretty special.

    #16 5 years ago
    Quoted from RWH:

    Gottlieb and 1980 was the best for me.

    A quick look at yours collection proves it! I love it!

    Quoted from jawjaw:

    1992-1993. Nostalgia may have been a bias but games from the early 90's are pretty special.

    I'm not sure if it is nostalgia or not...there are just some phenomenal high quality games in that era.

    #17 5 years ago

    93 had me at Wh20

    #18 5 years ago

    Early 90's up to -94 or so is the pinnacle of Pinball for me. Games past 2000 don't have the same feeling of "fun" and gets boring relatively fast while the old classics still make me want to play them over and over.

    Voted 93 ofc.

    #19 5 years ago

    2019 is not shaping up to bad.

    #20 5 years ago

    1947. We got the flipper...

    #21 5 years ago

    2019

    #22 5 years ago
    Quoted from Lhyrgoif:

    Early 90's up to -94 or so is the pinnacle of Pinball for me. Games past 2000 don't have the same feeling of "fun" and gets boring relatively fast while the old classics still make me want to play them over and over.
    Voted 93 ofc.

    You don't like any games past 2000??

    #23 5 years ago

    92 and 93 were phenomenal years.

    #24 5 years ago

    Probably 1980 but 1981 was great as well, see below:

    Barracora
    Black Knight Limited Edition
    Catacomb
    Centaur
    Dragonfist
    Eight Ball Deluxe
    Elektra
    Embryon
    Fathom
    Fireball II
    Flash Gordon
    Frontier
    Jungle Lord
    Mars God of War
    Medusa
    Pharaoh
    Solar Fire
    Spectrum

    #25 5 years ago
    Quoted from solarvalue:

    Probably 1980 but 1981 was great as well, see below:
    Barracora
    Black Knight Limited Edition
    Catacomb
    Centaur
    Dragonfist
    Eight Ball Deluxe
    Elektra
    Embryon
    Fathom
    Fireball II
    Flash Gordon
    Frontier
    Jungle Lord
    Mars God of War
    Medusa
    Pharaoh
    Solar Fire
    Spectrum

    I think that 80-81 was the best time for alpha numeric games and 92-93 was best for dmd.

    I wonder what the best is (so far) for led? 2016? 2018?

    #26 5 years ago

    1934 and 1935 with an honorable mention to 1954. Virtually every significant innovation in modern pinball had its genesis in 1934/35: ramps, kickers, habitrails, elevated transporters, subways, lights, bells, bonuses, gobble holes, multipliers, you name it.

    1954 was an exceptional year for woodrails, universally recognized among pinball historians.

    Naturally, pinball manufacturers released many noteworthy games in the decades to follow. Nevertheless, 1934/35 was the springboard of genius which created the hobby.

    #27 5 years ago
    Quoted from Daditude:

    You don't like any games past 2000??

    Very few games after 2000 appeal to me. The newer games look flashy but isnt that fun and get boring really fast.

    #29 5 years ago
    Quoted from Lhyrgoif:

    Very few games after 2000 appeal to me. The newer games look flashy but isnt that fun and get boring really fast.

    What games?

    #30 5 years ago
    Quoted from solarvalue:

    Probably 1980 but 1981 was great as well, see below:
    Barracora
    Black Knight Limited Edition
    Catacomb
    Centaur
    Dragonfist
    Eight Ball Deluxe
    Elektra
    Embryon
    Fathom
    Fireball II
    Flash Gordon
    Frontier
    Jungle Lord
    Mars God of War
    Medusa
    Pharaoh
    Solar Fire
    Spectrum

    Add the other Stern classics to Catacomb and Dragonfist.

    Ali
    Meteor
    Big Game
    Cheetah
    Nine Ball
    Seawitch
    Galaxy
    Lightning
    Iron Maiden
    Viper

    #31 5 years ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Add the other Stern classics to Catacomb and Dragonfist.
    Ali
    Meteor
    Big Game
    Cheetah
    Nine Ball
    Seawitch
    Galaxy
    Lightning
    Iron Maiden
    Viper

    I love meteor, but it came out in '79

    #32 5 years ago

    Well, not that anyone born after 1985 is going to care or agree with me, but consider Gottlieb, 1954. Produced 13 titles, 10,000 games. No computers, no CAD, no fax, no copy machines. The first seven months of 1954 spit out half of the top ten 1950's pins.

    1954-01 Green Pastures Gottlieb
    1954-02 Lovely Lucy Gottlieb
    1954-03 Mystic Marvel Gottlieb
    1954-04 Jockey Club Gottlieb
    1954-05 Hawaiian BeautyGottlieb
    1954-06 Dragonette Gottlieb
    1954-07 Daisy May Gottlieb
    1954-08 Gold Star Gottlieb
    1954-09 Lady Luck Gottlieb
    1954-10 4-Belles Gottlieb
    1954-10 Super Jumbo Gottlieb
    1954-11 Stage Coach Gottlieb
    1954-12 Diamond Lill

    #33 5 years ago
    Quoted from JoeGrenuk:

    Well, not that anyone born after 1985 is going to care or agree with me, but consider Gottlieb, 1954. Produced 13 titles, 10,000 games. No computers, no CAD, no fax, no copy machines. The first seven months of 1954 spit out half of the top ten 1950's pins.
    1954-01 Green Pastures Gottlieb
    1954-02 Lovely Lucy Gottlieb
    1954-03 Mystic Marvel Gottlieb
    1954-04 Jockey Club Gottlieb
    1954-05 Hawaiian BeautyGottlieb
    1954-06 Dragonette Gottlieb
    1954-07 Daisy May Gottlieb
    1954-08 Gold Star Gottlieb
    1954-09 Lady Luck Gottlieb
    1954-10 4-Belles Gottlieb
    1954-10 Super Jumbo Gottlieb
    1954-11 Stage Coach Gottlieb
    1954-12 Diamond Lill

    Wow!

    I knew there were probably some earlier years that were spectacular, but I am not as familiar with pins from that area. I am, however, familiar with several you listed. Thanks for your post!

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