Cirqus Voltaire

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This game received 689 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.409 /10

8.409

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #32 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.421

Artwork: 8.753

Sounds/Music: 7.894

Other Aspects: 8.379


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8.985/10
9 days ago
Probably one of my favorite pinball games ever made. Beautiful. Intuitive. Innovative. Real eye candy.

Wish I could afford to have this in my homepin collection.

Give me a remake!
9.400/10
44 days ago
Super fun game, if you can stay alive for awhile. I have many great and terrible games on this machine. I'm sure that's true on many pins, but this one sticks out for some reason. But, I still love this game. It's fun trying to get to the wizard mode, but of course there's a lot to do along the way. And it's fun just getting there. Some of my decent games feel so different than others. There's definitely a little variety here. You just have to give the game a chance.
8.278/10
71 days ago
Spent way too much money plunking quarters in this machine. Then it came out on Pinball Arcade for multiple consoles, computers, and phones. It’s not the same on a screen but it was acceptable and just made me want to play it for real again.
I almost bought one a couple years ago. The two things holding me back were the price and the female voice in the game, she sounds like a skank!
This is one of those machines that was overlooked in its day but became very popular for really no good reason other than rarity. Not that it isn’t a good game, it’s just not as good as many that are rated far below it on the Top 100.
Of course nowadays a game can be a top 10 so long as it’s selling the right popular licensed product. Gameplay has been supplanted by product placement, film clips, and vibrating motor gimmicks.
This game being rated so highly with no licensing, special edition remakes, or even enough popularity in its time to give most people any nostalgia whatsoever, puts a smile on my face. Perhaps it’s rated highly because it’s rare and collectible, but at least it isn’t at the bottom of the list because the latest ten versions of the Stranger Things-Rick and Morty-Avengers crossover ultra limited gold edition SE LE RX knocked it down the list.
I have played many of the new games in the top 100 and, although impressive and attractive, the gameplay isn’t quite good enough. Some blew my mind (Wizard of Oz), others look like a reskinned Stern Mustang Or AC/DC with different licensed music and art.
It was daring, even back when circus Voltaire came out, to create a unique game that didn’t feature a licensing deal. It’s unheard of today. For that, it deserves its rank on the top 100, even with it being a fun but repetitive and overpriced game.
I hate the amazing Rooney.
But if one came along at a reasonable price, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
10.000/10
79 days ago
One of the most beautiful machines ever made.the Ringmaster is very cool. Neon ramp is too cool.
9.720/10
3 months ago
My fav
9.900/10
5 months ago
This 90s classic remains to this day one of the most appealing, gorgeous and fun games to play! The below field construction is unique and purple has never been better employed on a machine. Endless fun. I wish I owned one and hope CGC will re-make it at some point.
7.449/10
5 months 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.
9.800/10
5 months 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.
9.140/10
6 months 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.
8.952/10
6 months 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!
7.632/10
6 months 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.
8.316/10
6 months ago
One of my absolute favorites! So strange where they placed the dmd though
9.480/10
6 months ago
Mon préféré! Super addictif , la balle circule bien, annimations année 90. Le top
8.553/10
7 months ago
one of the best 90' titles. smooth shots, satisfying shots. high recommended.
6.679/10
7 months 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.
8.356/10
7 months ago
Beautiful artwork. The ringmaster is cool. I don’t care for the sideshow. The internal DMD is awesome feature. The back box is amazing piece of art but not super functional. I am happy to have one as part of my collection.
8.900/10
8 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.
8.628/10
8 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.
7.375/10
10 months ago
Games played: ~20, >200 on Pinball Arcade

Layout/Toys:
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.

Rules:
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.

Display/Lighting/Integration:
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.

Gameplay:
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.

Art:
Incredible art package. Nothing more to say here.

Sound:
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.

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

Lastability/Fun:
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.
7.664/10
10 months ago
Own some time ago.
Was fun briefly only kept because lightshow was fun.
Won't by it again
8.736/10
11 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.
7.935/10
1 year ago
I'll leave my rating as is, but not convinced this game deserves anything near it. Like comic books ....cool to look at but what does it do for you from there? Capsulated? Ok.....everything else? My nieces and grandkids love it, so maybe I have it for them.
8.520/10
1 year ago
This game is awesome. Fun shots and great use of the DMD.
7.652/10
1 year 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.
6.083/10
1 year 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.
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