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Attack From Mars (Remake - Special)

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This game received 89 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.751 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 3rd in the game group "Attack from Mars". The group itself ranks #2 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.85

Artwork: 8.631

Sounds/Music: 8.285

Other Aspects: 8.911

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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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58 days ago
Have owned an AFMr SE for a couple of years now. Amazing game. Rules aren't terribly deep, but it plays so well.
72 days ago
Every time I see this game on location, I have to play at least a few rounds. Very approachable for novice players, but still adds some difficulty to get to every country. The lighting on the remake is intentionally designed to replicate the effect of incandescent lights, but I would prefer a setting to make the lighting more vibrant (it looks a bit dull compared to other modern pins). The artwork is unique and fun. The playfield flows very nicely, with very satisfying shots, especially the UFO. Overall a fun pin to play.
73 days ago
A great game. Owned a AFMLE and had alot of fun playing it.
75 days ago
Probably my favorite game. If I could have selected 11 or 12 out of 10 for fun factor, I would have. Just fun, again and again, without feeling like you need to think hard about it.
3 months ago
I absolutely love this game! Enough said.
3 months ago
Good game, lots of fun. Beautiful lighting, fast action play, and challenging. Major drawback -- repetitiveness. Shooting the saucer is continuous.
5 months ago
An all time classic. Not the deepest game but probably the most fun you can have in pinball. Best call outs ever.
6 months ago
A big step up from the classic version, but very similar price point. I would recommend getting this version if possible.
7 months ago
A great update to the already amazing game! Better lights and sounds!!!
9 months ago
My Favorite game of all time! First time players instantly drawn to it.
10 months ago
This is a great classic. Rules a bit getting used too. Very fun playfield. Not to to difficult and the theme is unique. All in all a very fun tabke to play that isn't boring.. great work....
10 months ago
The good: Very, very approachable. Quick and easy to learn rules with obvious clues to where you need to go next. Some gimme shots, but also some tougher shots that challenge better players. Who doesn't like destroying flying saucers? Cheesy, fun animations on the DMD.

The bad: Repetitive. You want to destroy the flying saucer? Great. Now do it again.

The overall: Just plain fun. If you want a pin for parties or for kids to pick up on occasionally, I'm not sure you can do better. Some challenging shots if you want to go that route, but you really don't have to. This should absolutely kill on location, especially with the non-pinhead folks.
10 months ago
I see the appeal. Classic 2-flipper layout with a wide-open center. Nice big looping shots, two ramps and a few other goodies to aim for. The animations in the remake are spectacular. It’s whimsical and fun and funny. I’ve only played this game maybe 10 times—most of them today—and I don’t think it’s a machine I would want to own. Too frenetic? Lack of a plunger? Not sure. But I don’t think I’m on the AFM bandwagon. Still, watching Bowen’s PAPA tutorial makes me think I should give it another chance.
11 months ago
This is a fun game, I purchased NIB Special and I do love the open play field. That said, this game is over hyped. It does not compare with the new games out today. It sure seems like Chicago Gaming company makes sure that all three of their games are 1,2 and three. I own all three of them and I like them, probably influenced by these ratings to buy all three of them. I like the games... but not as much as the people putting out these ratings.
1 year ago
What more is there to say about AFM that everyone else hasn't already said? For me, put up against the top games, the "simplicity" of the elements and openness of the playfield make it more diffcult and flow-y at the same time. Nothing is more satisfying than destroying a sauce... except for destroying mars. You can't go wrong with this game. It's incredibly fun.
1 year ago
Great Remake Well Done
1 year ago
I love this game. Its a cheesy sci fi theme and I love cheesy sci fi. It has a nice retro feel to it, and also a cheeky sense of humor. Its a bit of an homage to both the Mars Attacks cards and old science fiction movies. The monsters are obviously inspired by ERB's John Carter books with maybe a dash of Ray Harryhausen thrown in. I will start off by commenting on the art first. I must admit I like the art package of Revenge from mars a bit better. The translite looks nice, but I don't think its the greatest ever. But, again I like the look of it, and the model in the retro Marilyn Monroe dress is a nice touch. The playfield art is very basic and plain, but fits and helps expand the theme. Its also laid out in a manner that makes it super easy to chart your progress and for that I think its great. But, the art could have been a bit more detailed, but as is. It reads very well for your eyes and puts the focus on the ball in play and making your shots. The cab art is nice, but basic. Has a good amount of energy, but I hate purely text cabs. But, this one is fine and it fits... Just basic.
The toys... The spaceship is a great toy. One of the best in pinball. The use of the shaker is well done and really sucks you into the gameplay.
The martian figures while I feel could use more color, are a nice asset and make the whole martian attack modes more immersive. Really nice that they stop shaking when you hit them and kill them during the attack mode.
Now the layout... I think its a perfect layout. There are really no short shots for you to make. Some people might hate that the layout is so wide open, but I think that gives this game its charm. Its about accuracy and also strategy.
And the code compliments the layout and the toys. Really just perfect coding, and I think this game is deep... Or at least deep enough. As you have lots of different things to shoot for. You have to destroy UFO's and then mars. Along the way you can hit all the shots multiple times. Then once you've completed each of the shots you get Total Annihilation which is a fun MB. This can stack with Martian MB. And that allows you to get massive points.
To get wizard mode you need to complete all the goals which require you to destroy mars, get a 5 times combo, get a super jackpot, and achieve TA and other goals. And for me I've never gotten to the wizard mode on an physical machine, I've only gotten that far on a virtual one. Hope to one day make it there and beat it.
So again... I really like the shots and I really like the code. I think there is strategy on when to try to stack your hurry ups, and even your martian mb and your TA mb or even your main mb. I even like the roll over lanes that light your stroke of luck. You need to pay attention and make sure you're always lighting them up and completing them. That is a cool feature and it might be a little thing, but Monster bash doesn't have it, and I feel it just gives you a little reward for paying more attention and planing ahead.
Just a fun, fun game. I really enjoy playing it and hope to own one. Without a doubt its one of my favorite pins ever. I'm sure some people might find it too easy, and that might be true if you've beaten it a few times. But, I have yet to do so, and for me it will always be part of a mutli pin collection so I'm not worried about getting bored of it.
1 year ago
Great fun game. The remake looks and plays great.
1 year ago
I never thought I'd really be able to tell the difference, but I've played the original AFM and definitely felt it had more charm to it. That said, this version still kicks you know what, and I'm sure the remake limited edition does as well. I'd eventually love to have any of the AFM games in my collection. Fun theme and overall awesome playing experience. I don't foresee this game ever getting old if I get one (original still preferred).
1 year ago
The remake standard is a fun game with some humorous gimmicks just like the original, but this LE with the large wide LCD/DMD really makes the bigger difference to me. The artwork has more color than the original. The lighting is way better than the original. The sound is better as well.
1 year ago
Great game
1 year ago
WOW, what a beauty, near perfect for me. VERY VERY fun for all the familly, very fast and the best light show in pinball.
1 year ago
Had this game for a while now, thought I might get sick of the theme or jokes, brightness level, but the answer is NO! Its all been great and keeps you coming back to it to play again. Game layout is very straight forward and challenging, you may have a quick game, but followed up by a great battle. Ive got the green one and love the topper too! Games really draws you in!
1 year ago
Its just like the original
1 year ago
This game is fun, smooth, fast, Funny, it checks all the boxes. Love the artwork, and the extra large screen and animations are great. For a game of this caliber, special edition is a great value because it has the big HD DMD, shaker with lit speaker panels and other little upgrades. Not sure I’d paid the extra $600 or so just to have the topper as the other next level upgrade
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