Attack From Mars (Remake - Special)

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This game received 153 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.814 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 3rd in the game group "Attack from Mars". The group itself ranks #3 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.932

Artwork: 8.6

Sounds/Music: 8.434

Other Aspects: 9.039

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Attack From Mars (Remake - Special)".
The other versions are: Attack from Mars (regular version), Attack From Mars (Remake - Classic), Attack From Mars (Remake - LE)

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7 days ago
I had the original version from the 90s and I liked the machine so much that I went for the remake without thinking about it, I think it was the best decision I made, what can be said about AFM that hasn't already been said, we all know what it is an incredible machine my top 1 of the 90s without a doubt, all the lighting and screen improvements I think make the experience 100%, the quality of the machine is incredible, I hope that Chicago Gaming continues with this line of great classics remastered to current times
25 days ago
Is one of my top 3 games of all time. I own one myself. So much fun and bolted to the ground in my personal collection.
30 days ago
I have said it once and now I say it again. This is a top 3 Pinball of all time. I actually put it ahead of the Likes of Medieval Madness and Godzilla in Fun Factor and originality. Deep Rule set no, But Fun and replay abilty like no other. A++++ gAME !
31 days ago
I play the heck out of this game when we stay at a hotel in the WI Dells and it is an all time classic. Super fun and simple layout from Brian Eddy that has enough risk/reward with saucers or if you are going to go for multiball, etc..... I really enjoy playing it and for me it has the "one for game" factor that many games don't have from this era. The quirky theme is something that I don't know would sell today but is neat looking back at the early 90s. Overall very strong code from Lyman and I always drop quarters in it when I see one.
33 days ago
If I’m going to be playing all night, I typically like either fast shooters (Led Zeplin, Iron Man), or long ball times with lots of objectives (the hobbit, Simpsons Pinball party).

This game is simple, but because of its pure charm, I love this game.

after I beat this game, I’m over it for a while. Not exactly a brain buster for rules/code. Fun to flip, don’t feel like I’m accomplishing much by walking up to this machine a second time in the same evening.
-lackluster longevity of gameplay
-gameplay value compared current used market in 2022

the soul of this game attracts anyone and everyone! It’s just pure fun to play with others. This is a game that I can get anyone to play to convince them to play more games.
+saucer bash toy
+shaky aliens
+the animations

I wouldn’t recommend this if your game room only has 1 pin. However, This absolutely kills on location. Not just arcades, but anywhere, even as an only pin (movie theater/bar/bowling alley/restaurants/hotel lobby). If I found this for under MSRP, I’d add it to the collection, with the anticipation it wouldn’t last longer than 6 months to a year in my home.
89 days ago
Great game to teach about risk and reward. The call outs are excellent and the lights are beautiful. Love to hit that saucer and the jiggly martians always put a smile on my face.
5 months ago
Top of my want list! What a fun game! For those deep game people this will bore you after a few games. But for me it's great! Kids love it! The call outs are hilarious! The shots are fun! CgC really added to the game with they color dmd and better graphics. Crazy high scoring game. Crazy hard to find one for sale as folks keep em once they have em.
6 months ago
Absolutely the best pinball game ever. Fun factor Hard to beat.
8 months ago
I think this machine will always be in my top 5, I caught on quick to the gameplay, the shots are doable, they build, and I just always enjoy playing this machine.
12 months ago
I love AFM, sometimes I love it more than MM. Idk, just that saucer as the bash toy, its so satifying. Its just a fun game nothing else to say really. Its not one of those games were you go up and are blown away by anything but everytime you get on it you're having a blast and cant get enough. Just a great family pin, funny too. I think this one is good if you have a few other complex layouts in your collection and you need a break from them, just go over to AFM and have a great time no matter what.
1 year ago
One of those classic all time best games which is why Chicago Game Co decided to remake it. This SE edition kicks up the game a notch in my opinion as I would love to have one in my collection!
1 year ago
This game has recently reinforced its place at the top of my list. So much so that I FINALLY purchased one. Once the “new” factor wears of some of the more recent releases that are in our collection (JP, Deadpool, Stranger Things) I always find myself going back to AFM. Luckily, our local barcade has had one for years.

The larger color DMD puts this one over the top. Its a classic and truly deserves its GOAT status on so many lists.
1 year ago
Classic game that never gets old. Thought I might miss not having the deeper ruleset of modern pins but that is just not the case. Just a great game when it was released and holds up well today. The remake shoots very well and seems true to the original. Kudos to CGC with this remake.
1 year ago
CGC improved a timeless classic in every way!
1 year ago
It's a classic. Great feel of the shots, and scoring logic not hard to find and understand rule set. Love killing Martians. This Pin is the GOAT Ruler of the universe..
1 year ago
This game is nearly perfect, especially for it's age. Center ship toy exploding is perfect. Ball lock and animations are perfect. Voice callouts and humor are insanely outstanding. Layout is simple but shots feel so good, a top example of one of the best pins of it's era.
1 year ago
Doesn’t get much better than this game. My only complaint is that as a player, I rarely have the opportunity to look up and watch the incredible animations that go along with the game play.

Everything is an A+ grade on this machine. The rules, the game play, the call outs, animations…it just keeps getting better and better. I’ve added the alternate translite and matching side art. It took the game to an even higher level.
1 year ago
This recreation nails it and adds a little more with the Color DM. Just fantastic!
1 year ago
One of the best ever!
1 year ago
This is a great game, it's theming is excellent and there is a lot of playability. The remakes with larger, color DMDs are great, and this game benefits greatly from going color on the DMD. Looks good with the green powercoated rails and legs. Find it a lot of fun on location, but I would not call it a deep game and though I would like one in my collection, I keep pushing it back for other games. Still, a classic pin that defines an era.
1 year ago
Attack From Mars is one of those games I could play forever and always be happy to do so. It's one of the best examples of what a really great team can do with a relatively simple layout.

The Pros: A great game that focuses on skills and your ability to control the ball. making your shots is imperative as missed opportunities turn quickly into dangerous situations. Rules are set so that you can really make the most of opportunities that the table presents to you, if you can execute the shots. The theme is incredibly well executed and the whole package comes together like few others. The extra ball award is my favorite pinball animation, ever. Doug Watson did a great job with the art package as well as voicing the martians. "C'mere, tasty human!"

The Cons: Expensive! Limited production means that operators are still looking for this game. Fortunately parts are readily available... making your purchase even more expensive. Strobe Multiball may cause epileptic fits.

The Takeaway: If I was stuck on a remote desert island, this very may be the one game I'd choose to be stuck with. It's challenging, it's fun and it never gets old. Brian Eddy was only credited 3 times as a designer, but what a threesome it is! The Shadow, AFM and MM! All in all, a dmn fine game.

The more I play this game, the more I love playing it. It is not the deepest game, but the way it is set up, it gives as much as you put into it. If you play the game well, your score will reflect it. If you do not play the game well... PLAY BETTER! And while the wizard mode is not always the best way to get monster scores, it is very worthwhile and gratifying to play and Rule the Universe! When I can, I always try to stack Martian Multiball with either the Saucer or Total Annihilation. A true player in every way. Find one and play it whenever you can!

Pinball Satisfaction Personified!

Chicago coin addendum:
I like what they have added to the game color changing LED’s and a larger screen with updated animations look good and add to the theater of the experience. The layout is nearly identical and the rules are the same. While the show might have been upgraded, gameplay is the same.
1 year ago
A classic game that will stand the test of time - every person needs to have this in their collection at one point or another.
Gameplay is fast and game is simple to understand yet challenging even for the best of players.
1 year ago
What needs to be said that hasn't been said already?
1 year ago
The remake seems to play harder and faster than the original. I still can’t match my best score on the original. I do love the adjustability of the machine, like the flipper and sling power, it helps make the machine play the way I want. I do like the flippers with a little droop, it’s needed for the side shots, and forces better play. Especially if you play across several machines, it hard to get the timing right for the game to flow.

Playfield is gorgeous, beautiful finish, no issues at all.

I’ve played 300+ games in the first week and can’t stop hitting the start button. THAT is the indication of an amazing game!
1 year ago
Attack from Mars is a great game and Chicago Gaming has done a great job with the remake! This game deserves a spot in the top 10!

As an arcade owner this is proven theme that patrons love! For a collector, it is similarly proven theme that Chicago Gaming has upgraded to perfection.

I personally prefer it slightly to Med. Madness, as it is slightly harder (but can still have exceptionally long ball times), but not quite as fun.

Pros - Fun humor, proven layout and shots, fun game, great earner, well built,

Cons - Similar layout to other games, can have long ball times,
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