Attack From Mars (Remake - Special)

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This game received 65 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.749 /10


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

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.888

Artwork: 8.613

Sounds/Music: 8.38

Other Aspects: 8.837

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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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37 days ago
My Favorite game of all time! First time players instantly drawn to it.
77 days 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....
80 days 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.
85 days 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.
5 months 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.
6 months ago
Great Remake Well Done
7 months 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.
8 months ago
Great fun game. The remake looks and plays great.
9 months 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).
10 months 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.
11 months ago
Great game
11 months 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.
11 months 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!
12 months 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
1 year ago
Very good pinball.
I like it but finally it is very linear shots.
I liked it, he left my home, no problem.

Was a hit, but other games were released and are today much better than this game.
1 year ago
over rated. was great 20 some years ago. it does sound great and i like the theme and all...but just can't hold up to today's games.
1 year ago
Great graphics! excellent playability! Difficult but keeps you interested! Great game!
1 year ago
Classic game made better. Fun to play
1 year ago
Simple and so much fun. A great machine.
1 year ago
This review is for the AFMr SE and it was my first NIB. I added mirror blades, some various LED's, and PinStadium lights to mine.

I love the theme, the shots, and the callouts. The code is outstanding if only for some ridiculous scoring when compared to other games. Blowing up the saucers is very satisfying which is enhanced with the shaker and my PinStadium UV+glow lights triggered off that shaker.
I've come very close to RTU on a 3-ball game, but every time I've gotten close, I've been missing something like a super jackpot out of multi-ball. The game has that one-more-game feel to it. I don't think there's really anything that gets old. It has awesome flow, great shots, and is a lot fun. There's a reason this game is always rated within the top-3 games of all time.

CGC absolutely nailed it with this remake, mine is bolted to the floor! Excellent game!
1 year ago
Wow... played a few games at the Yegpin expo and tourney and loved the game so much had to buy it and take it home. It is the holy grail in our 10 pin collection, really nothing to fault on it other than my wife has better scores than me. Shots aren't giveaways, have to be accurate but the accumulation of points is progressive and fun to jump to different modes. I think the SE has it all except the topper and the powder coating of the LE. Great game .
2 years ago
It's like traveling back in time and playing an original off the line. It's super fast and full of glitz! The lighting is particularly beautiful, and the underside is well thought out and designed. I love the component updates and the simplicity to updating the system. The gameplay is as good as the original since it's the same design, but once again, dang this is a fast table. Expect most balls to drain the first couple dozens plays until you adjust to the difficulty.

I for one love Attack From Mars and am beyond excited to own a living legend brand new out of the box. Thanks to Chicago Gaming for following through on a really snazzy update to one of the best out there!
2 years ago
I have played the SE sample game and its beautiful.
The new 2X size color display in high resolution really brings this game to life.
Finally the screen animations look as they were intended, Its amazing what the artists have done with this title.
The enhanced sound system lets you hear all the sounds as well as a deep rich music content.
The playfied quality is amazing and beautiful.
AFM is a classic game will everything you would want in a pinball game. Its campy humor and exciting rule set keeps people coming back for more.
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