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Eight Ball Deluxe

Pinside rating

This game received 200 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.894 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Eight Ball Deluxe". The group itself ranks #79 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.171

Artwork: 7.787

Sounds/Music: 6.45

Other Aspects: 8.22

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Eight Ball Deluxe".
The other version is: Eight Ball Deluxe Limited Edition

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12 days ago
Used to spend hours playing this game and it was time then well spent. While it certainly is not a complicated game and ruleset, it does have a better-than-average fun factor when compared to most other games of its era. By today's standards, it's still a game I would play occasionally - but not more than a few times before moving on. I enjoy most of the other modern pool (and other) themed machines much more. Aside from nostalgic purposes, I would rather own and play something from the 90's and beyond. And to be fair, I would rather play and own Eight Ball Deluxe than machines from the 60s and 70s.
69 days ago
I've had a chance to play this game on a few occasions and it's not really for me. I believe it is ugly and the game play is just okay.
3 months ago
Classic. One of the best pins of its' era. Great detailed artwork. Beautiful backglass. Tons of drops. It simply has that "one more game" feel.

"Quit talkin' and start chalkin'"

I love it.
4 months ago
One of the better early bally games. Great theme and shots.
7 months ago
The best single ball game of all time. Definitely has that "one more game" aspect. Rules are straightforward and simple but just because you know exactly what you need to do does not mean you can actually pull it off. The difficult shots (8 ball and bank shot) pay off handsomely but hitting them reliably without draining takes a lot of practice and even then.... Sound was great for it's day. Art is excellent.
8 months ago
This pin has really been growing on me. It really demands ball control and lining up your shots. Game can be a challenge but fun to play. Picking off drop targets is fun and it's something I really enjoy about this era of Bally. I love inline drops. I don't love or hate the artwork, but I dig the cowboy pool hall vibe that it has. I love most early 80's Ballys and this is one i'd like to have someday.
9 months ago
Great game to play with friends. Deep enough rules for an early solid state that advanced players can enjoy it, yet the rules are easy enough for beginners to get a grasp on the idea that there is more than just keeping the ball alive. Completing deluxe is a fun goal to go for when playing alone. Chalk up!
9 months ago
This is a decent game for the era. You'll spend most of your time shooting drop targets. The drop targets are memorized, so that the remaining targets will pop back up when you play your next ball. This is one of the neatest features about the game.

This machine has a third flipper, but it doesn't make great use of it. No shot directly feeds to the flipper and the flipper has no shots that are easier made with the upper flipper. It can be used to get control of the ball, but overall it is pretty useless.

The western theme doesn't do anything for me. The artwork is not bad, it's just not my taste.

The game logic seems faulty to me. The amount of balls you've knocked down is memorized and given as a bonus when the ball drains or special is hit. Being as these bonuses are the main way to get points. It makes the earlier balls in play much more valuable then the later ones. As knocking a ball down on ball 1 guarantees 5 ball bonuses, verses knocking a ball down on ball 5, which only gives one. I personally think if you're going to have logic the favors a ball, the later balls should have more value instead of how this game is setup.

Overall, it's a good game for the era. Though I feel it is overrated. Some people see something in it that I don't.
9 months ago
Classic pin with a simple ruleset yet very tough and is super addictive. I I love how you get bonus multipliers by hitting drop targets.
9 months ago
This game is very repetitive. The middle of the play field is just plain empty. The drop targets and theme are cool but the game loses that loving feeling quickly. Speaking of quickly, your game will after be over quickly. I like to rate drain in terms of how much draining has to do with the players abilities alongside how apt the ball is to draining. 8 ball drains often and has little to do with your skill level. If you try to shoot at...anything really, you will lose your ball quickly. This gets annoying as you want to get into shooting the ball around to get a game of “pool” going, but you rarely have enough play time to get into the zone. Love the theme and lighting. This is a cool game concept that just misses the mark due to lack of variety and a bad drain rate.
9 months ago
They made it three different times for a reason!
9 months ago
a simple yet superb solid state game
9 months ago
This game got me through my upperclassmen men years at college! This is one of the best classic pinball games of the early 80's and is considered one of my top three machines that I must have! Admittedly, I am biased as, not only am I nostalgic about this game, but I prefer classic pinball to the more modern ones.
10 months ago
i don't like this as much as some other pinball machines.
Its still a good game but i found a bit difficult as you can shoot the ball just a bit off and lose it , so games don't tend to last too long.
But it very good artwork and the voice sound effects were great for the time.
the voice effect can get repetitive with it telling to " hit the 8 ball".
it got a upper left flipper to hit the 1-7 ball targets and is satisfying to eight ball target with it.
but overall this a good bally pinball from 1981.
1 year ago
I love this game. For a game that's made almost 40 years ago, this one has great rules and appeal. There's almost always something to shoot for and hit. The one thing I hate is that when you sink the 8 ball to complete the set, you are forced to hit the standups again to set the drops back up You'd be better off aiming for the left orbit, which makes this a one-flipper game at that point, especially on ball 3. No complaints otherwise, fun game!
1 year ago
Probably the most iconic billiards themed pinball.

Definitely a winner in the addictive/one more game category. A game with simple, intuitive goals; easy in the beginning but gets more challenging the longer you play. I always find myself needing just one or two more targets to achieve a fantastic score. . .

Solid State 80s sounds/voices are not for everyone but I like them in this sort of game, period correct if you will.

I'd love to own one someday -- a Classic that fits in just about every collection.
1 year ago
All time Classic.
1 year ago
Played this years ago, it's on my list to buy. Just hard to find one in good shape.
2 years ago
In the long line of pool-themed pinball games, EBD is probably the best one. There's a reason Sharkey's Shootout ripped off this layout out of all the classic pool games. Shooting down the drops is great. You can wail on them to start, but need accuracy towards the end. Hitting the 8-ball always feels good. Your multipliers can lead to huge scores in just a few shots late in the game, so it makes for some high pressure shots. The lanes up top make for super easy nudging which is fun. Open pop bumpers, inline drops, and no safe returns, just like pinball should be.
2 years ago
Superb 80s Bally in every category. I have a deep love for this era of Ballys and this game is in the top. Excellent in every way.
2 years ago
what can you say. this game is a classic and everyone should have one in their collection. It not like the new games but this was the best game in the 80's
3 years ago
This is a nostalgia game for many. I've determined that's the only reason it's sought after and demands a higher price tag.
I did not grow up with this game, so I don't have a bias opinion of the game.
I feel the game is basic in layout and rules. It's still fun for a few plays, but I can think of several other Ballys' of the same era I would rather have.
3 years ago
3 years ago
Hard to add to the scores of great comments about an all time classic. Theme aside, the shots/ layout and player feedback have to be some of best all time for a single ball/single level game!
3 years ago
This one really snuck up on me but after a few games I learned why it was considered a classic. Great goals to aim for, multipliers can be tricky as they tend to come back down the middle, hitting the 8 ball and then landing in the kickout is a tough shot to make. All in all, it is the height of the early solid state pinball era.
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