Fish Tales

Pinside rating

This game received 654 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.030 /10

8.03

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #45 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.035

Artwork: 8.319

Sounds/Music: 7.361

Other Aspects: 8.141



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8.680/10
3 days ago
This game is a blast! Seems underrated to me given its position. I enjoy this pin more than TOM, CV, amen FH. It’s a fantastic tournament pin.
9.420/10
33 days ago
This game rocks the boat! The theme integration is on the hook. Fun, fast, funny, and the fish topper knocking around during game play rounds out the excitement!! Where else are you going to see a fish playing the drums? Cast again and again because this game will keep you wanting to play another game.
8.704/10
39 days ago
Just bought this game and what a nice game it is. This machine is fun!
Much to do and always challenging. I think this one is not leaving my collection soon :)
7.448/10
41 days ago
One of those games that I've worked on a tons but never owned one. Great theme that anybody can appreciate. Music, speech and DOTS are top notch. Always brings a smile to my face playing it. Tough.
8.496/10
69 days ago
The first game I bought. It was in really bad shape so I did a complete restauration. I bought it because I always played this game when I was in the army. I had only good memoreis and I was not disappointed. I still love this game today. It's a great overall package. Not too much variety, not the best shots, not the greatest rule set of all time, not the best art. But always really, really good. I will never sell this game!
7.732/10
72 days ago
The game is fun and the theme is original. On my wishlist for sure! It's in my top 20 in playability. Simple and very enjoyable. How big was it?
9.380/10
79 days ago
Fishtales is a classic. There are many ways to score on this game. Chris Granner did an great job with the music and I love that flapping fish. This game Pops when it has been restored. The artwork is phenomenal one of the best. Its a great multiplayer game as ball times are normally short. Getting the Super Jackpot is very rewarding and probably the hardest Multi Ball out there.

Video Mode is the best. This is a very fast game make sure it has those lightning flippers on it. I prefer this to most A Listers. Don't like the game ? Learn to play Pinball.
This one will never leave my collection.
6.672/10
84 days ago
The wide open center of the table, tendency for the ball to go down what feels like an overly large gap between the flippers, and the ease of a drain when not making it all the way up the ramps have made this a table I have zero interest in ever getting any good at.
8.036/10
87 days ago
Fish Tales is a fun game that I keep coming back to. This game has very short ball times, and is very difficult. However, I can't help dropping a couple of quarters in every time I see one. Shooting that crossover ramp just feels good. It also has a relatively simple rule set. This seems like a very well balanced game, and a good came to test one's skill one. The most controversial thing on this game has got to be the soundtrack, but I like it. Fun game!
7.774/10
3 months ago
I've owned this machine and I'm sorry I sold it. This is truly an entertaining machine. Some people are irritated by the music but I think its great and fits the theme well. The playfield is tight and the shots are fast. Fun video mode and if you like fishing you will love Fish Tales! I miss mine and want to get one back in my collection someday.
7.712/10
3 months ago
Fast game. Not the deepest rule set but very enjoyable when the shots are happening
8.310/10
5 months ago
Always loved Fish Tales, always will.
Not the greatest pin of all time, but certainly one of the most fun to play!
7.660/10
5 months ago
A totally different game with a totally different theme. It's enjoyable and thank God it has a ball save... Interesting Mini playfield and so satisfying to loop one side to the other with the ramps. Music is great, but it sticks in your head forever which makes it horrible... See it, play it but you'll need to play a bunch to not be mad at it...
8.516/10
6 months ago
Maybe not the most variety of shots etc, but sure is fun!
8.190/10
7 months ago
Super fun game, love the artwork although the cabinets all seem to fade. The video mode is cool, the ball lock in the casting reel is brilliant. And the fish topper is one of the best. Not big on the music tho
Gone fishin leave a message!
8.212/10
7 months ago
I’ve only played this game in average condition (including mine) but it’s still got my vote. Super fast, can be brutal but also very rewarding. Seems like I either bomb or get a decent game going. Score progression is really good. Love the art and the original theme so I’ll keep mine until I find a better one.
8.084/10
7 months ago
Fish Tales is definitely a Williams classic and generally a great game. They made a sh*t-ton of them, so it's not too difficult to find one to play in bigger cities, but to find one that plays well is often the challenge. My overall view of the game is that it's a great game to play on location, but I wouldn't make room for it in my house, unless Pinside's deflated price turned out to be real. 3k for a collector's quality Fish Tales? I'm SOLD!
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DESIGN & TOYS
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— This is from the era of toys, but this one sorta lacks. You get the split ramp, captive ball and the reel.
— It does include a shaking fish topper, which is cool. This isn't a gameplay toy though.
— The double boat ramp is the best feature of the game, and it is awesome!

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THEME/LIGHTING/SOUND
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— I grew up fishing, but the theme is still meh to me.
— Even though it is a very specific theme, they did a good job of making it fun.
— The animations and sounds are good.
— Lighting is good for the era.

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GAMEPLAY
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— I would argue that the game is a player's pin. It's tough for most.
— Rocking the boat ramp is sooo fun, and the sound effects make it intense!
— There's nothing in pinball like qualifying and nailing a MONSTER FISH!
— In all, for a game built to attract players in an arcade environment, the game is a winner.

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CRITICISMS
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— I find once you get the shots dialed, the game becomes relatively easy and repetitive.
— The game could use a lot more depth, but it is a 90's pin, designed strictly for routing.
— The game often has mechanical issues with the reel.


In the end, Fish Tales is a game I will never pass up playing when I see it out in the wild. Often I'm disappointed with the tuning of most copies I've found, but when I find a good one, I play it for an hour or two if I have the time. I would only own one if the price was right, and even then, I don't think it would last. It's just too shallow for my tastes.
8.480/10
8 months ago
Fish Tales is a great game to own in a larger collection. I've owned mine for about 2 years and love it. It is a tough game and game times can be very short but that is what I like about it. I personally love the theme. The music and art work fit the theme well. Fish Tales was produced when pinball machines were created by the designers imagination opposed to the modern day pins that seem to be based on movies, bands, or TV shows. FT has a simple rule set and is a Family friendly game that is tough to master by the best in the hobby. Williams produced a lot of these but they are tough to find in excellent condition. The art work is often faded and the playfield is often worn around the tackle box & fish on the center of the playfield. I recommend this game to anyone that enjoys a fast and furious game.
8.196/10
8 months ago
Fun game to play. With lightning flippers, makes this a tough one. If you don't hit the boat ramps right, it will cost you dearly. Side drains are wide and not forgiving. This is one game where timing your flippers is key or else you will be punished which makes you come back for more.
9.244/10
10 months ago
My favorite game. I hate the theme, but the squeezed out everything they could about fishing. Creative, addictive, fun, lots of ways to score. Easy game to flip, but it will not leave my home.
7.967/10
11 months ago
Fun fishing theme. Great floppy fish topper! Good artwork on the backglass and playfield. I like the boat design on the playfield. The fishing rod ball lock is cool. Just a really funny, quirky Williams game that, to me, epitomizes that early 1990's era. Games weren't all licensed then, and being unique and taking chances seemed more common. Only negatives are the lighting is often dark on location (nice LED upgrades tho for this pin) and the playfield design means somewhat limited places to shoot for, it feels harder than it should be? Maybe I'm just an average player and it's me. I enjoy the theme and the feel of those criss-cross boat ramps! Fun shooter gimmick too.
9.220/10
11 months ago
I own it but not my fav.
6.570/10
12 months ago
A fun game but a bit repetitive .
7.168/10
1 year ago
Fish Tales is fine. The boat makes the middle playfield too symmetrical for my tastes. The rules are great. There are multiple ways to score points depending on what you need whether it's monster fish,video mode, or super jackpots. Not my favorite to play for fun and not many shots on the playfield, but it is tough and exciting tournament game.
9.620/10
1 year ago
I unfairly hated this game for the longest time due in part to never playing one that was dialed in just right. After owning the machine close to a year I have to say it is one of my all time favorites. I love the shots. I love the humor. I love the fact that just like whirlwind it kicks my butt, I get mad, and instantly hit the start button again. If nothing else fish tales has taught me to not cast judgement on a game too quickly. This one is a keeper
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