My top 10 pinball relevancy list:
Now, current, always, and in order IMHO (warning, long):
1. Capcom Kingpin. Because there is no debating a pinball that people pay over $45,000 for, willingly. If only Capcom stuck out pinball until 1998, pinball history would be unquestionably different. 8 confirmed units exist, maybe 9.
2. Capcom Bing Bang Bar. See #1--just a lighter version due to the 160 thereabouts repros in addition to the 15 or so originals. "Ooo...a little to the left." Would have flown in Europe.
3. Some Dutch pinball company...The Big Lebowski. The most anticipated game in the last 2-3 years, and now it's on the bubble and may never happen. This would be bad.
4. Bally Cactus Canyon...the last Bally/Williams full size pinball, ever, deserves a place here. Game is cool too, but I guess the software was never finished, or so I have heard.
5. Stern ACDC Premium. The pin brought in a lot of newbies, perhaps more than any other pin this decade, and is a quality game as far as most are concerned. First great sound on a rock pin. Note: Rating is for Premium only. Pro EXCLUDED from top 1,000 - the stationary target overload destroys it that bad..
6. Williams Flash. The first, Williams Steve Ritchie is also the first Williams system 7 pinball. If you were age 7 when this came out, which I was, then you get it. The first Williams title that made Bally say "Oh No!"
7. Williams High Speed. Because NONE of us would be playing any new pinballs right now if it were not for this title. This title, in 1986, and being the first Williams system 11 pinball, saved pinball. It saved it. Video games had won! I watched arcades go from 10 pins and 4-5 EM gun games./vids in 1978....to...13 video games and 2 pins by 1984. It was over. The end was near. Then, "dispatch this is 504, suspect ran a red light over."
8. Jersey Jack Pinball Wizard of Oz. Gave the masses something else new, when pinball needed something else new! Not a huge fan, but the game has grown on me over the years, and definitely is deep, and the designers reached--3 way multiball flips (weak, reverse, and no save) are incredible innovation, and this title achieved for the most part.
9. Bally Centaur. 5 Multiballs in 1981, auto-launched too. Game has a coolness factor to it that cannot be done by anyone other than Bally. Top 5 in price and value for the manufacturer to this day, 34 years later.
10. Bally Addams Family: More units made than any other pinball title, and it is fun, humorous, great ruleset for the time, and let's you hear Raul Julia's voice more than you heard it in all his movies combined, 20 times over. And he passed shortly after. Watch that yeyyo Raul. It's a great game, and always will be.
Always go with the first ten that pop into your head:
Honorable mention: Bally Fireball, Bally Paragon, Bally Flash Gordon, Williams Firepower 1, Gottlieb Target Alpha and it's 8 sisters, Williams Monster Bash, Gottlieb Black Hole, and Stern Metallica.
Now tear me apart, by all means.