Attack from Mars

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This game received 1094 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.808 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Attack from Mars". The group itself ranks #6 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.897

Artwork: 8.589

Sounds/Music: 8.437

Other Aspects: 9.016

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

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40 days ago
Definitely a classic, but if we are being honest, hitting the main saucer over and over again is fun, but it is also a really easy shot which makes it a fun game for 10 - 15 minutes, but after that it feels like you just do the same thing over and over again. I really like it, and would even own it, but much prefer Medieval Madness over it and the layouts are similar but I think MM is more interesting.
40 days ago
100% pure concentrated fun. You'll always walk away smiling from this game. Super simple rules that anyone can understand in the first few plays. Like MM, the rules focus on a single story, with everything you do in the game contributing to that story.

I'll keep coming back to this game decade after decade. A work of genius.
75 days ago
As close as you can get to a perfect pinball machine
89 days ago
One of the best of its day and still great today. I don't find it to be as great as the sequel - Revenge from Mars - but still a machine you can't go wrong playing or owning. I find it to be a really good shooter. There is enough to do to keep it fun and challenging, though like pretty much every game, it will eventually get repetitive. Even then, you will still want to keep playing.
4 months ago
If someone had never played pinball before and I had 15 mins to get them hooked I'd use this machine.

In terms of strategy and deep rule-set it can't really compete with modern machines. However the games simplicity is its strength.

It's obvious what needs to be done just by looking at the playfield and listening to the call-outs which is probably an underestimated attribute.

I also love the simplicity of the lighting in front of each ramp and orbit. It may seem obvious to people who pinball all of the time but it's a great help to any newcomer.

Shoot the UFO, save the city then attack some aliens that actually move whilst you're at it. If you're any good you'll save the earth and rule the universe but if you fall short this machine will keep you coming back for more.

It's, fun, fast, addictive and you don't have to download a PDF to understand how to play it.

I love my Spike II's but surely there's always room for a good game of Attack From Mars

"You are very skillful"
4 months ago
A keeper!!!
5 months ago
This might be my next game to buy. So much fun!
6 months ago
I am a little conflicted on the rating of this pin. On the one hand, I know why it is highly rated but on the other hand I don't really need it in my collection.

So I think it is basically a very well made machine with a strong rule set and layout. I think it excels for first time or on-location players. It is similar to Medieval Madness in that you pretty much know what you have to do. I suspect lots of people learned to love pinball on this machine.

However, after a long while of ownership it gets old.

I like games with a deep rule set that keeps me thinking about what to do next. AFM is not that game. The big draw and the thing I am tired of is hitting the saucer target. It is really easy to hit and you need to hit it a lot.

That being said my wife likes more straight-forward shooters and she still really likes this game.

Don't get me wrong, the game has great graphics, call-outs, lights, playfield, etc. I just need more to do.

Given the high price it seems a little overrated for home-ownership. Highly recommend for on location or in a place with a lot of "guest" players like a party room/man-cave whatever.
6 months ago
My sons favourite and go to pin - who does not enjoy killing martains??

Such a fun pin to play
7 months ago
Always fun shooting at that UFO! The humor is great. The game play is fast and fun. I owned one for a while and could again maybe. Absolutely one of the best pins ever. It is tough for me to give the older games super high marks on every category now that modern games have stepped up the audio/video so much. It's a great time for pinball! That's why I came back to it. again. :)
7 months ago
The perfect game. This along with MM are the two greatest pins ever made. The shots (saucer, orbits, multiball) are such that novices can score big points but challenging enough for even the most experienced pinheads. The voiceovers are entertaining, the artwork is stunning, the replayability is about as good as it gets. This game fetches big prices when it goes to sale and its clear to see why. It is truly a masterpiece.
7 months ago
Its an absolute classic. One of my favorites to play. The fact that this game came out so long ago and is more fun than most new pins is amazing. Keeps me coming back for more!
7 months ago
Attack From Mars is my favorite game. I would say that this is the last game to leave my collection. (nothing is ever bolted to the floor) I always have a smile whenever I play the Bally version.

Many say it's just a shot up the middle, but that is only one way to play it. I change it up with the ramps just to see if I can get the Jackpots sometimes.

Simple, great callouts, good cabinet design, lots going for it.
7 months ago
Grew up playing this at hotel for family reunions. Became the thing I looked forward to most during that weekend.
8 months ago
Our family loves playing this game on location. Easy for beginners to understand the rules, addictive to play and try to destroy saucers.
9 months ago
Bolt this sucker to the floor because it is never leaving my game room!
9 months ago
This is a game that I can play over and over and over.

Its simple, yet deep. Some shots could become repetitive.. but thats on you.

Definitely a worthy game of its rating.
9 months ago
This is definitely a solid A title game but I have to dock some of the ranking for the repetitiveness nature. It's somewhat like reciting a TV commercial that you hear over and over. If you are in an arcade and someone is playing this; you can pretty much predict what is going to happen next. But when playing this machine it's solid all around. From an open playfield perspective this is probably as extreme as it gets. Most shots are going to be far away.
11 months ago
It's ok. Used to own it and traded.
12 months ago
This is a fun game.

The playfield layout is fairly basic which leads to some of the shots feeling less rewarding than they should. This prevents the game from being a favorite of mine.

However, outside of that, they hit everything else out of the park. The rules are simple to understand but hard to beat. The art package is like a throwback to a great generation of cinema. The sound design is on point.

If this game had a more enjoyable playfield, it would be a perfect title.
1 year ago
My favorite classic for sure Easy and fun to play. Great game to introduce others to pinball. Absolutely love the remakes.
1 year ago
Owned this game since 2006, and have no intentions of letting it go. It nevers gets old.
1 year ago
Classic sci-fi pinball! A+
1 year ago
Other than the launch ball button, this is an amazing game, its deceptively simple, some of the shots are immensely satisfying and once you start playing its hard to stop. Great pin for sure.
1 year ago
Absolutely love this game. This game has a great rule set. I really love how this game has a very high scoring game. I like the amount of points from the game saucer. This game has amazing flow in my opinion.
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