Cirqus Voltaire

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This game received 675 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.386 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #36 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.393

Artwork: 8.742

Sounds/Music: 7.866

Other Aspects: 8.351

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16 days ago
One of the first pins I bought years ago. Plays well and the ring master is a very catchy toy. In the end, compared to the modern games it just grew old fast. I think it's an amazing game for a larger collection if you'd like to own a true beautiful classic. It is also good for a newb to be welcomed into pinball. It's very cool to see the ringmaster pop up in your early days of pinball playing.
25 days ago
ABSOLUTE FUN! Great theme that surprisingly isn't a movie, a rock band or a TV show! We need more fresh themes like this (& dialed in)... that aren't based on specific pop culture.

The ringmaster is one of the most interesting, interactive and reliable "main toys" in all of pinball... I think.

The backglass is too busy with all the artwork to really see the cannon working. And what's the cannon & bell even for? Seems like an unnecessary "toy" that wasn't well thought out.

I'm not a fan of the ball on the left playfield. It's annoying and stupid.

This game really POPS with LEDs and a color DMD. I like the DMD location. It's much better being mounted lower like it is. It acts as part of the game. I love the NEON! Who else put a real neon light in a pinball game? Nobody?!

I've joined the circus but haven't got to party multiball yet.
38 days ago
A game packed with personality and ingenuity. It's designer may have fallen out of favour in recent years but his talent is undeniable. A beautiful game that stands out in any collection.

The Ring Master needed more quoutes though. I could've written hundreds of funny lines for the actor, but he only has a few lines that are repeated over and over, which makes the game less appealing after a while.

I'd still own one though, but I wouldn't play it often......just look at it.
39 days ago
My custom apron card reads as follows:

“The Greatest Pinball on Earth!”

You can see its wild colors from across the room, so you already know this striking game is a feast for the senses. The upgraded color display is nestled atop the playfield, leaving extra room in the backbox for the stunning artwork by Linda Deal (who also drew Theatre of Magic). We especially like games with an exciting multiball intro, and Cirqus Voltaire rivals The Addams Family’s “SHOWTIME!” for the dazzling sights and sounds leading to “Highwire Multiball.”

It may take extra time to uncover everything this machine has to offer but we think it’s worth it. And it’s a great game for practicing most of the “tech series” techniques we’ve posted around the room. Join the Cirqus!
42 days ago
A classic and fun pin! Love the use of the black glass as part of the game (sort of). Wish a modern pin did this! Like the bash toy and modes, but overall a solid pin, not a great one.
44 days ago
One of my absolute favorites! So strange where they placed the dmd though
54 days ago
Mon préféré! Super addictif , la balle circule bien, annimations année 90. Le top
67 days ago
one of the best 90' titles. smooth shots, satisfying shots. high recommended.
71 days ago
It’s a fun game, and I love the rising ringmaster toy. I don’t care for the art, or the theme though, and that’s very important to me.
3 months ago
I love this game. While it is not the most challenging for strong players, it is, nonetheless, still incredibly fun. Great theme and integration and different in a number of ways from most other games of the era.
3 months ago
A Popadiuk masterpiece. Theme integration is brilliant, altough i do wish they had some circus animal toy somewhere (menagerie for example). It cost me an arm and a leg to buy my CV and as i'm a massive admirer of circus&side show history, it's not gonna leave. But it definetely is too easy. Beat the wizard mode within a few hours of owning.
5 months ago
Games played: ~20, >200 on Pinball Arcade

The layout is fairly good with one huge orbit, one small orbit, one ramp and a bash toy.
There are a lot of toys/gimmicks on this game with the ringmaster being by far the best but also the only good one.
The boom baloon bumper is a nice idea but it never really creates the same action as a real closed off bumper area would. Instead it just blocks shots.
The ball on the left is pretty stupid.
There are also some pretty questionable design desicions such as the low in/oulane separation that creates way too many unwanted drains, the gap in the left inner loop guide just so the juggler balls don't have to exit through the left loop, and the highwire lock feeding into the slingshot.

A unique ruleset with the 9 different goals to work towards.
The goals themselves are pretty easy to complete (except the ringmasters), but acutally completing all of them is fairly difficult.
The added randomness from the different side show modes keeps the game interesting.
The wizard mode is great.

Excellent lightshow.
The display is also very very well done with a lot of enjoyable animation that is fun to watch and doesn't need to be skipped.

The problems with the design clearly show in gameplay. The main way this shows is that a ball saver is awarded from a few "normal" things throughout the game.
The bumpers on the right and the ball on the left are pointless and they just create a lot of randomness.
This makes the game incredibly difficult to control.

Incredible art package. Nothing more to say here.

Amazing callout package.
Together with the "rock music" during the ringmaster battles this is very fun to listen to.
The only annoying music track is the multiball one.

Easy to understand theme and well integrated with all the toys and rules objectives.

This game should be more enjoyable because of the presentation (display/sound/lights), but the gameplay is just frustrating and that drags the fun down quite a bit.
5 months ago
Own some time ago.
Was fun briefly only kept because lightshow was fun.
Won't by it again
6 months ago
I had the pleasure of playing CV on a regular basis for many weeks during league play. The pin is just nuts - in a good way. I don’t know how to say it any other way. It’s quirky, colorful, unique and, most importantly, fun. The Ringmaster is a classic mech and shot. The “popping” backglass really fits with the theme in its own quirky way. If they weren’t so expensive, a CV would certainly be on my wishlist. It’s definitely a pin that people are drawn to and that can be appreciated by all skill levels.
7 months ago
This game is awesome. Fun shots and great use of the DMD.
11 months ago
Really enjoying this one. Normally I like flow, but the stop and go on this one is tolerable and fits the theme. The acrobat wire ramp is a favorite ramp in all of pinball (close to infinity falls) and the Ringmaster is awesome, just wish he had a few more things to say. Love the shout out to Vector with the juggler feature. Plenty of shots but deadly outlanes. Definitely a keeper in a big lineup.
12 months ago
Ever been out with a girl who was really hot but boring as hell?
Well that sums up this game perfectly, gorgeous looking but absolutely no personality.
I owned it for a few months and honestly couldn’t wait to get rid of it. Some nice ideas with the pop up pop bumper and high wire physical ball lock.
Something about the game just feels cheap and unfinished, like they blew the budget on cosmetic features like the art and neon light bulb.
For example the cheap plastic bash ball inside the wireform feels like an after thought that they just chucked in there and the way the ball magnetises to the top of the ringmasters head but then just flops back onto the Playfield.
It also shoots funny, the layout is weird the shots and angles strange and they don’t really even feel good when you make them.
Style over substance you could say I suppose.
I’ve owned TOM and played TOTAN to death and love them both so I’ve got nothing against J Pop games, I just can’t warm to this one.
1 year ago
A true classic, I feared that the game would be lacing because too easy, but the magic operates each times I push on the Start button. I recommend this pinball to all fans of Popadiuk and pinball machines from the 90's. It captures all the best of this era.

Fans of modern pinball machines with complex rules and increased difficulty should turn to recent Stern or JJP, but if nostalgia and the magic of the 90's speak to you, this pinball machine is, with the TOM, the embodiment of what is a fun pinball machine.
1 year ago
One of my top 5. Can't get enough of this weird wild ride. Quick and unpredictable.
1 year ago
This was at the top of the list for my must have pins. Amazingly, a fully restored version popped up for sale just down the road from me and I was able to pick it up.

My wife and I could not stop playing it for the first few days but we quickly found ourselves going back to our other games. Having wanted this game so badly we were surprised. The reason, the beautiful artwork and playfield over shadowed the game play. Yes, it plays well, but not as well as it should for the price this game demands. The acrobats shot/ramp is smooth and a blast when you hit it but hitting it is near impossible, even with lots of practice and this needs to be done to complete certain game modes.

I’m really glad I was able to acquire this game and a pristine example of it, but it stayed in my collection for less than a year.
1 year ago
This game is uber cool but the ringmaster gimmick wore thin fast. First time he popped up it was a blast. By the third time in the same game It felt super repetitive. Same problem I have with MM Casstle. It should be more difficult to get the RM up and then require defeating the other acts to fight him. Make him feel like a well earned reward not a jack in the box with a weak hinge. Game is beautiful though.
1 year ago
progressing through the marvels to join the circus is a blast. joining the circus and then taking on the ring master is exhilarating, this game is a masterpiece. definitely in my top ten.
1 year ago
Looks really cool with the neon, but that's about it.
1 year ago
A few months ago this pin vanished from the local barcade.


Great theme. Over the top art and that ball...
1 year ago
One of the prettiest games of the era with some unique elements. The lower DMD was different and I remember being mesmerized by the long neon light on running down the right side of the playfield. I had never seen anything like that before in a pinball machine. This is a fun game that has a very distinct style and vibe when you play it.
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