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What's a great title for both beginners and pros?

By EvanDickson

1 year ago

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    #1 1 year ago

    I'm wondering what is a good title that would be both approachable and fun for beginners to play without kicking their ass, and also have staying power for experienced players. I've realized that my current lineup (Firepower, Funhouse, Doctor Who) is going to keep me entertained, but it's going to be brutal on beginners. I'd rather have guests getting hooked on pinball than demoralized.

    So what's a good game that will keep challenging me and keep me getting better, but also be fun for a beginner to play?

    #3 1 year ago

    Metallica for sure if you’re into Sterns.

    #4 1 year ago

    Medieval Madness. Good humor, great theme, fun layout, and rules are simple for beginners. Putting up big scores and getting to BFtK can be a challenge for even highly skilled players.

    #5 1 year ago

    Monster Bash is not super deep. Very fun family Pin with staying power. Plus, Chicago Gaming Company just made a remake, in case you're looking for something NIB.

    #6 1 year ago

    Attack from mars is my favorite for that!

    #7 1 year ago

    Stern Mustang. Easy gear shift MB for beginners, but semi-hard but achievable mini wizard mode and tough wizard mode.
    Approachable theme with excellent integration.

    #8 1 year ago


    Long ball times and several places to get mulitball for beginners, deep rule set for the vets.

    #9 1 year ago

    Another vote for MM or AFM.

    #10 1 year ago

    Dialed In or CFTBL. DI is one of the smoothest playing games ever built. CFTB has a great theme and is very entertaining for the whole family.

    #12 1 year ago

    Have to agree with AFM simple to learn rules, great appeal to all including begginers and pros

    #13 1 year ago

    Tspp is a crowd pleaser as well ...

    #14 1 year ago

    Every time I have friends over, they all line up to play World Cup Soccer 94. I got it originally for my girlfriend, but I find it fun and deep enough to keep my interest. And you can pick one up for the cheap!

    #15 1 year ago

    What about Adams family ...is that to easy for experts

    #16 1 year ago


    What price range are you considering?

    #17 1 year ago
    Quoted from spikelou2:

    What about Adams family ...is that to easy for experts

    Depends on how it’s setup. It can be crazy easy or ridiculously hard.

    #18 1 year ago

    My guests love T2. It's why I haven't looked to move it yet. They seem to be intimidated by Met and IMDN.

    #20 1 year ago

    Same here for T2. Guests all have seen Terminator or at least know Arnie, plus easy to explain basic rules on what to do. The gun shot is an added bonus when they achieve it (which is often enough)

    #21 1 year ago

    But I guess for Pros not much to do, which was part of the original question.

    #23 1 year ago

    Probably anything with a giant center shot that does something cool after you hit it a bunch of times. MM and AFM are the obvious choices, but I actually like having rookies play Stern Indiana Jones. I'm going to beat them anyway, so I'll shoot for everything except the middle and tell them to only shoot for the middle. Then I just watch their face when the ark of the covenant opens up and shoots five balls onto the table. They always think it's cool as hell, especially when it catches them by surprise.

    A lot of people hate that game, but the ark multiball is pretty damn awesome.

    #24 1 year ago
    Quoted from mbwalker:

    What price range are you considering?

    No particular price range, so everything between dumpster find and NIB Stern pro, I guess.

    Also, yay, lots of opinions! Lots of votes for MM and AFM. I enjoy both these games, although I've had limited access to both.

    I was thinking many of the Bally class of 81 might qualify too, although Flash Gordan can be pretty punishing, so it might also turn off beginners.

    #25 1 year ago

    St pro comes to mind. Inexperienced players can figure out what to shoot for easy and is super deep for the best players.

    #26 1 year ago

    I'd say LOTR would be a great first pin. It's easy, long ball times, it's fun and you can understand the rules pretty fast.

    #27 1 year ago
    #28 1 year ago

    White Water fits the bill for beginner and expert. Beginner can be easily taught how to hit the Insanity Falls ramp and is entertaining. But playing to get to Wet Willies and other stuff is challenging.

    I also support the above mentions of WCS94. Its usually the first game kids go to in my game room.

    #29 1 year ago

    Shocked no one has mentioned Dialed In. It has lots of stuff to do early on that Makes you feel like you’re getting somewhere; fairly easy first multiball, but oh man if you want to make it tough, there are lots of complicated shots

    #30 1 year ago

    I've known people, who don't play much pinball, having a fun experience playing AC/DC.

    #31 1 year ago

    70’s multiplayer EMs
    All around fun for everyone.

    #32 1 year ago
    Quoted from ryan1234:

    70’s multiplayer EMs
    All around fun for everyone.

    I've often thought that if I had to teach someone how to play pinball, I'd use Big Indian. Not overly complicated, but enough to shoot for and make it interesting.

    #33 1 year ago

    +1 TSPP

    #34 1 year ago

    No System 11s on the list?

    #35 1 year ago

    I’m shocked no one is bringing early solid state games into the mix. They are easy to understand. Can be very hard to master.

    #36 1 year ago

    MB, AFM, and MM....all have easy to understand rule sets with great humor

    #37 1 year ago

    Taxi also comes to mind

    #38 1 year ago

    Another vote for Simpsons Pinball Party

    #39 1 year ago

    What about Pinbot?

    #40 1 year ago

    My son's football team was here for dinner and they all went for AC/DC.

    #41 1 year ago

    Iron Man is always a hit with even beginners. Great theme and game play easy rule set. Even though it’s tough and brutal it leaves beginners and more experienced players saying just one more game. Out of my collection it’s the one that gets most play and one more game effect.

    #42 1 year ago

    TAF, AFM or Whirlwind were the first ones that came to mind for me. Approachable for beginners and reasonably challenging for pros.

    #44 1 year ago

    MBr looks kind of interesting. Ditto on all the MM votes, I prefer that over AFM. But I played a maxed out AFMr with a sub...very impressive.

    Even Getaway might be good choice.

    Like you mentioned - lots of good choices, both old and new.

    #45 1 year ago

    I think you're wrong about Funhouse. I wouldn't consider it brutal for beginners. They'll shoot for Rudy all day and since everything advances the clock they'll progress.

    Honesty you can't go wrong with almost any Pat Lawlor game for beginners and experts. He always has that "thing" to shoot for but an expert can go deeper and do more.

    #46 1 year ago

    Theater of Magic?

    #47 1 year ago

    My first pin is The Walking Dead. Playing it everyday since I got it in January this year. It's loud, it's proud! Every beginner I've introduced TWD to returned to play more. Iron Maiden may be my next pin.

    #48 1 year ago

    I wouldn't include Funhouse - it's a difficult game for beginners to follow the flow of and really click what's going on. It's also a game of secrets.

    For early solid states with a unique gimmick, a universal appeal and that aren't easy to max out, I'd say Mr & Mrs Pac-Man. For 90s games, I'm surprised Capcom's Breakshot hasn't come up.

    #49 1 year ago

    Did you think about no fear ..such a fast game ...easy to understand....and a great value ...and the cabinet seems like a much newer game than it is ..very teen friendly

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