4 Square

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This game received 23 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.179 /10

8.179

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #45 in the Pinside EM Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.435

Artwork: 7.601

Sounds/Music: 3.546

Other Aspects: 8.432


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8.304/10
46 days ago
A GAME THAT IF YOU LOOKED AT THE PLAY FIELD WITHOUT PLAYING IT YOU MAY NOT LOOK TWICE.
THIS IS A GREAT GAME YOU WILL KEEP PLAYING ONCE YOU HAVE PLAYED IT ONCE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO PLAY IT WITH GOOD RUBBERS.
GETTING ALL 4 DOWN 4 TIMES IS CHALENGING AND KEEPS THE PLAYER INTERESTED.
THE BUMPER LIGHTS FLASHING EITHER 2 OR 1 ON, WHEN 1 OF THE 3 IS STRUCK BY THE BALL IS EFECTIVE.
THE PLAYFIELD LOOKS TO BE OPEN WITH LITTLE TO AIM FOR, BUT THIS IS A GREAT DECEPTION.
I BOUGHT THIS TO RESELL, BUT I'M KEEPING IT.
10.000/10
8 months ago
This machine will surprise you. I had to put a lit if work in mine to get it playing, they are almost always found beat up.

The goofy art attracted me to it and the fact that it was in the movie slap shot.

This machine plays fast for an em because if tge wide open spaces, its fun and the artwork is what you think if when you picture the 60/70’s

This machine is worth owning form anyone who can find a decent one.
7.918/10
1 year ago
This is a great game. Simple enough rules - complete all four sequences to light special and rack up free games. Some games you'll nail it and other games will just be a drain monster. Keeps you coming back that's for sure.
8.636/10
1 year ago
Ok I had to come back and update my ratings. I have 11 pins in my line up I just added a Jurassic park and judge dread. What makes a great pinball machine? The new ones have more gadgets toys complex and rule sets. the lack of ramps, holes, spinners, and extra balls had me thinking this game was going to be a dud. But it comes down to one thing what machine gets played. What machine has a line of kids and adults waiting waiting to play it. This machine gets more play than any of my others.

I picked this game up to trade for a baseball one. Glad I did and I kept it. The rules are simple get 1234 four times to earn special. Special is awarded in form of free games by hitting green targets. I feel it is important to have this game on coin play. when it was free play the kids did not enjoy the special or the thrill of getting free games. Once I activated the coin play and the challenge to get the special free games made the kids crazy trying to win them. Some games they got nothing some times they got 5 or 6 free games. quickly became one of their favorites. Needs to be well tuned and waxed. just when you think you have this game down it will bite you and will keep you coming back for more. Buy this game and keep a stack of quarters handy. Pay to play is the only way to set this game.

i bought mine for $750 in 2022
9.056/10
1 year ago
4 Square is an amazing old school ruleset pinball machine, I recently came across this game & had a chance to play it, surprisingly amazed at how fun this game played with 2” flippers, I have never played this game prior, I hope I come across this game again in my travels, if you find one play it, you will enjoy this game.
9.364/10
2 years ago
When I 1st began playing the game it was slow and boring. Then I set the game Steeper man what a difference. This thing is stupid fast for an EM.I loose balls much quicker now.
This is one old school game that I enjoy playing with a deep enough rule set to keep me hitting that replay button over and over.
Super happy I stumbled upon the wedgehead games. I do believe I'll start collecting those now.

Fun!
8.851/10
2 years ago
I picked this game up recently and it had all kinds of issues but after fixing it up it's a daily player. Love the game but not as much as my sing along but with that said I'll probably never sell it. Simple game with a ruleset that keeps it fun. Pick one up if you see one.
6.452/10
2 years ago
Not Ed Krynski's best work. Lacks the evil genius.
9.037/10
3 years ago
Simple rules yet so challenging. Can't stop playing. Should be top 25
8.708/10
4 years ago
4 Square is a classic Gotlieb machine.
I could play this 3 hours a day, everyday.
Started playing it at sandwich place near campus of University. It has always stuck with me like a first g/f.
I love to get replays. To light the red special targets.
And take aim.. POP! another replay. So loud the whole store could hear it. I used to even dance & spin around while playing. Haven’t played in years. I’m sure I’d buy one if it comes to my attention. I’m sure there are better machines, but I’d vote 4 Square No 1.
9.042/10
4 years ago
Although this game is old. I tried to think of it how it was back in the day. To me it comes off as an excellent game but trying to pick off the four squares. I'm not into the semi psychedelic thing that they have going on but it's still very cool probably could have done something different around the theme. But overall a very wonderful pain and I'm glad that I own it. It's got great play ability although it seems simple in design it does catch you and hook you in. And to me that's the biggest factor that this game has to it is that it not only hooked you in but it keeps you playing for a while to try to master the four squares. Update: this is one of those games that really does draw you in and keep you there one of the great games that can do that. Kind of like bad cats or Ghostbusters 4 Solid State. There's only a handful of electromechanical games that can do this for both the average Joe and the seasoned Pinhead. This will not be leaving my collection
9.177/10
6 years ago
I recently got a $ Square that had been in storage for years. It had a bunch of playfield wear and a beat up cabinet. I wanted a player. This is a player. It is pure pinball fun. The little flippers are perfect. Completing the 4 targets is always a great goal with rewards in points and increased scoring. I love how you first have 4 targets to aim for and soon there is one pesky target to hit. All the targets continue to give points. Very rewarding and fun game. This is pure pinball joy.
7.153/10
6 years ago
This was my first pinball it is slow but for its time it was all right !
6.732/10
6 years ago
A neat little game with a touch of psychedelica in the art. Its almost a marriage between the artwork of 2001 and the rules of Strange World--both great games in their own right. However, I do prefer the awkward layout Strange World versus the symmetrical one of 4 Square. This game has a few built-in scoring bonuses for completing the 1-2-3-4 or similar number sequences, so it goes beyond the bash-and-dash strategy of 2001's drop target bonanza. This is another great two-inch flipper game with a wide open gap between the flippers.
8.167/10
7 years ago
One of my favorites of that era.

Have played it numerous times at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.

Nudge skills a definite plus on this one, has small flippers.

I like it due to the rewarding of accurate shots (free games on specials), multiple targets with plenty of space and nothing forcing you to rush.
9.324/10
7 years ago
Love this game. Played it as a kid at the local roller rink where I worked and played. Always trying to get that last 4 set of 4 lit, then hit the special lights over and over. Doesn't happen often, but like a jackpot when you do.
8.460/10
8 years ago
Another great playing wedgehead from Gottlieb. Simple playfield layout and easy to understand the rules.Light 1 thru 4 on playfield four times and SPECIAL is lit. Sounds easy to do but really isn't. Challenging game but once SPECIALS are lit it's a real fun player especially if you like the sound of the replay knocker getting whacked. Targets and rollovers everywhere with a nice pop bumper arrangement too.Backglass artwork is as 1960's as it gets with fantastic coloring throughout the entire game. Setting this game back legs a little higher than the normal will make it play fast and hard with plenty of action.The game must be shopped out or restored mechcanically correctly to evaluate or test the games playability.Played this game at my local candy store back in 1970 and have this game in my collection today,couldn't live without it.
8.667/10
8 years ago
I love this game. 2" flippers, lots to shoot for, fairly deep rule set for an em. Just fun to play. I never get tired of this game, they re themed this game ( sort of ) as Astro n the late 70's and it was a Turd. Get yourself a 4-Square it will never leave the collection
8.090/10
10 years ago
4 Square is a player that will sneak up on you and make you wonder if that incredible game you just scored was truly earned... or was it just pin-lucky?

The Pros:
Another deceptively simple layout with simple but rarely easy goals to accomplish. What do you expect? It's a game from Master K! Eeeety Beeety Fleeepers make sure that you make the most of every opportunity to get that ball where you want it to be. Hi-Tap it if you dare!

The Cons:
This game must be tuned or "dialed" just right for steepness, fresh rubbers and flipper strength to keep the balance of this game's rules and play where it should be.

The Takeaway:
This game gives as good as it gets. People complaining that this game is too easy have not set up this game as it should be. (pssst, try it steeper) If you can find a well loved copy of this deck. Play it. Now.
7.671/10
11 years ago
Fun, but easy game to get a replay on. I keep coming back to this game whether it is easy or not.
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