Flash Gordon

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This game received 181 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.933 /10


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This game ranks #76 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Game design: 7.977

Artwork: 8.266

Sounds/Music: 6.712

Other Aspects: 8.106

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31 days ago
I was a HUGE fan of this film when I was a kid.

Not so much the pin. It seems to be a theme of this age pin. The upper playfield thing.

This game kind of sucked. Even after I got into it and tried to stick with it. Nah... It's not Black Knight bad... but it's close.
33 days ago
My favorite solid state game from this era. Excellent theme, art and sounds. Plays fast and has that one more game feel. This is one of those games that really needs to be leveled properly to play right.
39 days ago
One of the most frustrating games ever made but it's hard to turn it off. I enjoy the sounds, speech, and difficult shots that challenge me.
43 days ago
For it's time, this is a decent game of pinball. Very fast split-level play. But so difficult that frustration can easily leave you feeling unsatisfied with the experience. Flash Gordon is an epic theme worthy of a remake but seems unlikely to happen. Flash Gordon without the Queen soundtrack? Not possible with the primitive tech they had back in the early 80s. So stick your Walkman on while your play. Flash-Ah-Ah! I would own this pin for sure, if I had the room.
61 days ago
One of my favorite games from that era. If it had multi-ball, it may have been the best game from the early SS games. The speech is excellent for the time-period and goes well with the game. I still get a chuckle at the end of a game and Ming says, "Try again, earthling." Plenty of variation with different possible strategies with the in-line drop targets, the upper playfield, and the other drop targets. The single "sentry" target is a unique concept. The game can be brutal but it keeps you coming back with plenty of shots. The 15-Second 2X, 3X, or 5X playfield scoring is neat along with the speech that goes with. Some people get annoyed with the strobe light but I like it and it doesn't bother me at all.
69 days ago
Love it!

The flow from the upper playfield with the two ramps, the tight right inlane target shot, the goofy middle saucer and unpredictable pops in the middle of the lower playfield. Always want to play another game.

Such a unique layout that would never be produced in today's era of safe ramps and cluster pops tucked in the back.
3 months ago
I enjoy this game. Very challenging, I find myself coming back to it, even in a gameroom full of DMDs. So it must be doing something right.

Not a huge fan of the artwork though.

I will adjust this rating as I play this game more. Right now I think I have it listed a bit too low.
4 months ago
If you find one, buy it. You will master one game and drain every ball on the next, then "try again earthling". Such beautiful randomness. Dual spinners. Three banks of targets. Three ramps. Dual direction saucer. Not a dead spot on the playfield.

Had me at "Flash!" when I first played an early production version of this game in 1980 (with the "Sounds Plus" and "Vocalizer" boards). Beat me to death in those outlanes, but what a game integrating upper and lower playfields into the ruleset.

Had to have one. Bought one a year after release and still have it along with the original receipt.
5 months ago
One of the toughest drain monsters out there. Watch the Bowen tutorial. Sold me on one!
6 months ago
One of, if not the best single ball, early solid state games.
Fun! Has the one more game thing going for it.
Super hard but very satisfying when you have a good game.
6 months ago
One of the best pins of its' era. Split playfield, in-lane drop targets, mirrored-backglass, fair scoring, and plenty to do.
It is also quite difficult...which I love.

The one thing it seems to get knocked for is the sound. Unfortunately, they just couldn't do much with it in that era...which is a shame because Queen did all the music for the movie (they are one of my favorite bands of all-time). The opening bars of Queen's Flash Gordon title song are played, which make me smile everytime.
8 months ago
Another classic 80's Bally with awesome split level play field. The Ramps are a little rough and clunky at times. Really fun and challenging though. Artwork package is nice with the red black and yellow color scheme. Cool Xenon flash lamp behind the back glass.
1 year ago
My absolute favourite game ever! Always such a challenger and rewarding when you do well. Good scoring balance between the two playfield levels. Control is key and playing this game will make you a better player. Emperor Ming awaits!
1 year ago
Great looking game with a gorgeous mirrored back glass , double level playfield & I loved the cheesey 80's movie , but this game is so brutal I have never really been able to Enjoy playing it
1 year ago
This one cost me a fortune in quarters when it came out! It was a bear!! I eventually learned how to play it (and improve my pinball skills) which definitely improved my outlook on the machine! This was also my first multi-level machine so I am somewhat biased. This is not a good one for "newbies" due to it's difficulty, however! Rather, this one is good for honing your skills. Today, I would gravitate over to it if I found it in an arcade.
1 year ago
This is a fun, brutally hard pin. It has simple, well balanced scoring, with a few strategies to employ to maximize points. There are many things to shoot for. I love lighting the spinners and listening to the sound effects as I shoot them over and over again. The in-lane drop targets are great to shoot, and like the wood beast itself, present danger with every attempt. The upper playfield is challenging. The ball doesn't stay up there for long, but it is a critical aspect of the game. The art package is excellent, and the sounds are well done for the time. Overall, an excellent pin that truly has me saying, "Maybe just one more game."
1 year ago
Not a fan of this game. The upper play field is poorly designed. No fun factor at all for me.
1 year ago
I dont usually enjoy upper playfields but this game is better than most
1 year ago
Very hard but fun machine. Artwork is great. For its time it must have been amazing.
1 year ago
Played for the first time this weekend; game has the "one more try" vibe to it and I did just that. Game is tough but not in a badly designed way but in a good way. It seeks to improve your pin skills with every game played as you learn the nuances of play. Well done! Artwork is excellent.
1 year ago
A true classic. Hooked up a sub and now it's my favorite machine. Sounds on this game are the best. I like the 2 levels of playfield. Best theme ever. Doesn't get better than this pinball machine in my opinion. They need to remake it!
2 years ago
I really like this layout as there is nothing left to waste. Good variety of shots and all are satisfying if you can make them! 2 spinners, inline drop targets, 3rd flipper. Not an easy pin to approach and play, but after a few tries, I really found a rhythm and it was still a challenge. Great sounds. I love this era of pinball and Flash Gordon is one of the tops. It's one of the best solid state Bally machines from the early 80s. Fun to play solo or with others, because every player at some point will suffer from all the risky shots in this pin!
2 years ago
Probably my Holy Grail pin.
the art is a bit busy--but most of the pins from that time are.
the game is brutal and unforgiving and then you want to play one more..and then one more...and then one more....
2 years ago
Beautiful looking game, brutal and cruel to play. Rewards concentration and skillfull play more than any pin I've ever played. Still, it has some very tight shots, lot's of unusual shots, it's very hard to control the ball and the outlanes are greedy. Once you learn it a littie bit, best strategy is to knock down the row of drop targets on the lower right to get the extra ball that's behind them. Still, bring a lot of quarters. Fortunately the ball save is very generous (JUST KIDDING THERE IS NO BALL SAVE). All that said pulling off a good game is very satisfying and this is one of my favorite pins of all time.
2 years ago
Very tough pin to play but satisfying when you finally eat her down. Good music and lots of nostalgia
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