Cirqus Voltaire (Bally, 1997)

Cirqus Voltaire

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This game received 613 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.379 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #23 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.345

Artwork: 8.747

Sounds/Music: 7.939

Other Aspects: 8.335

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22 days ago
Great looking machine but it gets repetitive really fast so many other better pins at the price these are going for
32 days ago
One of the most unique machines I’ve ever played. Another great J-pop design
43 days ago
a top 10 classic
3 months ago
Great unique, beautiful and fun machine, but it does not have the same magic as TOTAL or TOM. A true Jpop classic anyway and the best circus themed pinball without any doubt (at least, the less creepy one).
4 months ago
Such a forgotten classic. The pin bombed upon release but it has so much going for it. The in-cabinet DMD is so good, all pins should have it here. The psychedelic theme and artwork is amazing. Love it.

Tough game with unnecessary stupid outlanes where the right one is also obstructed by the ramp.
4 months ago
Cirqus Voltaire is a unique game in nearly every aspect and is one of the best games you will ever play. There is no other pinball machines like it. The animated backglass, DMD below the playfield glass, and pop-up head, and neon tube set this one apart from all other machines. The art, music, theme, and game play set the benchmark for the pinball industry. The build quality is solid. I highly recommend this game!
5 months ago
One of my favorite games ever. So much to do and the toys are great. Really want to own one.
6 months ago
Cirqus Voltaire is a fun machine. I have had mine in my collection since 2007 and it is not leaving anytime soon. Lots of innovation and creativity...
7 months ago
"Cirqus Voltaire" is basically the third part of my "Showmanship Trilogy" which, for me, consists of "Theatre of Magic", "Tales of the Arabian Nights" and this game. I name it such because they all share a penchant for grandiose melodrama that wraps around the player and consumes them completely. Each one has outlandish toys and gimmicks as well as epic, cinematic musical scores and game audio. Here, "Voltaire" goes over the top with a game about a mythical circus run by a mysterious "ringmaster" that you need to defeat while activating various portions of the circus in order to put the big show. The game is smoooooth with shots and ramps that recall "Creature From the Black Lagoon". They're easy to hit in succession and it's satisfying when you do. The "sideshows" are a lot of fun and unpredictable and one such mini-game involves the backglass and a catapult system which is ingenious. The design is excellent with a colorful playfield and a really cool neon ramp on the right, something we'd later see expanded on Stern's "TRON Legacy". The main gripe I have with this game is that it's too simple: wake the Ringmaster, beat him, repeat, just like "Attack From Mars". Additionally, gaining pieces of the "Cirqus" is pretty easy to do and you can finish the game fairly quick if you know what you're doing. Even still, "Voltaire" is a lot of fun and rewarding.
7 months ago
A huge favorite for me, and I have my fingers crossed for a CGC re-make! Ringmaster one of pinball's greatest creations, art truly sublime. DMD just above playfield fantastic!
7 months ago
I had a chance to play a few games on this during Zapcon (which is why I didnt rate the sound) I knew it was a highly ranked game on here but I didnt know that so little were made and that makes it even more impressive to me. I really enjoyed the game and for not knowing for sure what I was doing I had a few pretty good games one it. I thought it played well and I liked the toys and how they were incorporated in the game. I wish they made more of them so I could find one a little cheaper because I would definitely buy one.
8 months ago
Best circus themed pin, fantastic artwork and lighting effects. Plays smooth and fast, ramps are fun. I don’t like the video modes.
The cannon in the backglass is cool, and the placement of the DMD is fitting.
8 months ago
What an innovative pin. Nothing quite like it out there. It embraces the circus theme perfectly and uses it for gameplay. The menagerie combined with the whip sound effect is great. The ringmaster is a perfect adversary, with some cool tricks up his sleeve (neck). And thank you for playfield jet bumpers! Everyone seems to want to hide these things in a corner. The giant neon tube is unique and has different colors (as well as the menagerie balls). I like the "Volt" buttons in the playfield and the unique open outlanes. Hard to find these anywhere, play or own one if you can!
8 months ago
Kind of a one trick pony. Call up the ring master then bash him. Anything else is risky and worth less points. Artwork is... abrasive.
10 months ago
A most original game. With ringmaster a very unique toy. Game has a lot of variation and neat automations like the juggler and back glass. A fun game to play. You do need to get past the strange look. Fun game to play but would not want in my collection
11 months ago
Its a beautiful pin and a good playing machine.
1 year ago
I love this game - I hated it when I first saw it and played it. It looked too gaudy and I didn't like the theme. I let if pass and purchased a Theatre of Magic instead. I picked one up years later and with the Home version of the rom the game plays really well. It's fast, it's smooth, the sound, lighting and animations are great - the Ringmaster is a clever toy as well. It has a whole lot of multiballs as well. It's not the deepest game and it's quite easy to get through to the wizard mode - but there's quite a few of them as well and with the home version you get different wizard modes on the second run through (although I haven't made it through those yet). All up a very fun game and one I keep going back to play a lot.
1 year ago
My parents owned one of these for a while growing up. Beautiful machine, but the game was really repetitive over and over. For a 90s game, I suppose it was very good, but it is pretty static and gets boring pretty fast in my opinion. I love the look and the overall theme, but the shots are at really odd angles and can be difficult to hit from the perspective that the angles appear to be just a bit off.

It is not a game you want to keep coming back to — especially when compared to a lot of the newer pins.
1 year ago
Hands down the most beautiful pinball machine I've ever seen. If it weren't for those stupid, stupid outlanes, I would love this machine more than my mother. If that wasn't clear enough, let me just say it again: The outlanes are stupid. Take one look at 'em, you'll see what I mean. Other than that, this machine is truly a piece of art. It's like Mardi Gras and a fever dream had sex and this pinball machine was their offspring. Too much fun in a box. Just fantastic. A collector's item for a reason.
1 year ago
Cirqus voltaire is a fun game it has good artwork and many cool toys.
1 year ago
fun game but a bit overrated and repetitive. i love the lighting and the callouts are spot on. however the shots are kinda random, and the playfield is not especially fun over a lot of games played. i like how random the games become, but accomplishing much in the way of modes is a bit difficult. perhaps i am just not that good, but other pins are funner because the shots/modes are attainable without too much effort and thinking. overall i will play everytime because it is a beautiful machine, but it shouldnt be ranked so high.
1 year ago
This game will never leasve my collection..Why it is just not my favorite game but also my wifes...This game has so much going n it is scary...The dmd on the playing field is genius..The ringmaster gets on my nerves but so does my wife. Always come back for more...
1 year ago
Great game. Music is great and the ringmaster is fun to shoot at. Joining the circus is a difficult and fun challenge and the 2 multiballs are fun. Great playfield and backglass artwork, but the cabinet artwork looks bland to me. Great gameplay and lots of great shots.
1 year ago
Is CV the ultimate case of "style over substance"?
1 year ago
Beautiful game, decent amount of fun. Maybe i'm just not familiar enough with some of the deeper rules or strategies. It gets boring after three to five straight games.
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