Indianapolis 500

Pinside rating

This game received 221 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.929 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #83 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.073

Artwork: 7.613

Sounds/Music: 7.401

Other Aspects: 8.068

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65 days ago
I've owned this game for around a year. It is a beautiful machine and very well laid out. Some shots can be tough but learned with some experience. The light up targets can be a bit clunky if you hit them hard but do provide a good and unique look. I love the use of real drivers narrating the game blending in racing and pinball in the comments. The pit stop is a very cool feature and love the multiball. This is a great game.
85 days ago
de mis maquinas preferidas, rapida y adictiva, tema muy bien integrado.
5 months ago
Local place put one of these in last night after a complete rebuild. Played like it was brand new. Very fun. Especially when it's on free play
6 months ago
I thought this was a fun game to play.
7 months ago
It’s okay
1 year ago
As much as the game does not tire me, very fun and fast machine
1 year ago
Very fast en challenging game.Constantly in a multi or two ball mode, so no time to recover.
I think that's what i like most of Indy.

The light ups keeps me bothering all the time, it is a nice feature but when they do not work properly you
miss a good feature in the game.
I repaired them and adjusted them so the slightest touch gives an award, hopely i make a victorylap on the light ups one day!!
1 year ago
I was completely shocked at how much fun this game was to play. Love the multi ball and fast play.
1 year ago
Quite a big fan of this game. I don't care for the theme, but the amount of modes and the deep gameplay make up for it. Would love to own one someday.
1 year ago
This machine is fun,difficult,fun,addictive,great to play,fun,fun,fun. And underrated compared to other machines up the top 100 list.
1 year ago
Games played: ~10, >100 on Pinball Arcade

Good layout with some fun ramps and loops.
The turbo is a fantastic mech. Compared to that the spinning car in the top right feels like a stylish shaker motor and gets annoying quickly.
The light-up targets are a nice idea but not any different from normal targets in the middle of the playfield.

The modes themselves are all very different and have good presentation.
The loop combo gives an incentive to keep going for multiball. Depending on the machine setup this can become a very dominant strategy.
There are multiple goals instead of wizard modes but ultimately only the one from the modes is exciting.

The animation fit well with the theme.
Lights are just ok. They are pretty hard to see sometimes, they are redundand (e.g. 3 separate lock inserts) and could have been used better.

The flippers feel a bit unusual at first but after that it becomes an incrdibly fun game.
The pop bumpers are rarely used so for most of the game the ball is not just bouncing around. This makes the game feel quick and in the player's control.
Also since there is no plunge into the bumpers, but instead a skill shot to the left ramp, each ball starts quickly and goes straight into gameplay.

Backglass looks pretty good, cabinet as well.
The playfield has these paint bucket filled areas, so kind of meh.

The commentary style callouts are pretty unique and fitting for this theme with a good amount of them in the game.
Music is good but a bit too cheerful when playing for more than 5 minutes.

It's car racing. Not that exciting, but easy to understand.
It should have a bit more focus on the race itself instead of pit stops, souveniers and all that stuff.

Completing the race is challenging but fun, so it won't get boring quickly.
The only time this game is not the best choice is when the music would annoy me instantly.
2 years ago
Love this game. Probably not a popular theme for all, but great flow and great commentary.
2 years ago
Fun, fast and brutal. Punishes missed shots more than most pins, but doesn’t feel unfair, just demanding. Two steep ramps are fun to shoot (Dennis Nordman staple of that era), and the fast orbits and flow does fit the race car theme. Good call outs, ok video mode. Game really focuses on the laps and position, not mode variety. The shots are a bit limited, and the scoop at the top, fed by another scoop and upkicker just below to the right is a little odd. For example, the lower scoop can give awards like “lite extra ball,” then immediately kicks the ball into the upper scoop and awards it. Strange. The game features speed, nice theme integration and short games that make you want to try again. It’s a really nice addition to a larger collection.
2 years ago
Really fast table with good integration of the audio into gameplay. I do like the PIT-stop, the car-spinner (=similar to a shaker) and the "Turbo-maneuver" which is similar to STTNG (shoot left orbit and than using right upper flipper for turbo shot). If playfield-scoring is 3x than this maneuver brings a lot of points :-) Multiball-start with all the lightning effects is very satisfying.

In total 12 missions with a lot of DMD animations (I do recommend a ColorDMD) and 200 laps to go wants me to come back. Installing LEDs and some additional spot-lights in the lower part brings this table into the year 2019.
3 years ago
This game is fast, fun, and very brutal. To me, all these factors make Indy 500 a great game!
3 years ago
A racing game that actually matches the theme with real fast shots and loops. I'd say there is more hardcore "play" to this title than fun stuff and gimmicks. 'Corvette', just to mention one, being an example of the latter.

The whole idea to play for laps and position works very well here - although I would also, like many have stated earlier, expect a game like this to have a little more depth or modes.

The call-outs from the two commentators are brilliant, but the music is rather onesided and gets a little annoying after a while.
From a cosmetic point of view, the game looks kind of tame- especially considering Theatre of Magic being released that same year, and Scared Stiff the following year.

In spite of this being a much more demanding game than Getaway or Corvette, I'm still not sure it's the most entertaining game of those three. In a larger collection or in the arcades this is some real nice motorsport pinball action. Especially as
a break from attacking marsians or mad medieval knights. However I'm a little skeptical of lasting power in a smaller collection with this one. Indianapolis 500 has game and tons of it. But it somehow lacks a little in personality.
3 years ago
Indy 500 is a great game, and I wasn’t expecting it to be..
Love the flow of the shots, and love the toys.
Good art , dmd animations.
The rules are good too.
Very different than most other pins.
3 years ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 6 - average

* Very fast and challenging game, tough to get a high score
* Very cool toys, the turbo in particular
* Great Animations
* Commentary matches the theme really well

* Not a huge variety in shots
* Only 1 shot from the upper flipper
* No wizard mode but tough to finish the race
* Parts really hard to come by

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Adding a GI light in the top scoop worth doing
* Cliffy for Turbo scoop (though this does cause more bounce outs from the hole)
* Mr Tantrum race track decal and pylon

What To Look For When Buying
* Cabinet fading is common
* Both ramps are unobtainable
* Wear in the Turbo Scoop
* Broken red lighted targets
3 years ago
This game is HIGHLY underrated on Pinside... its very hard and very unforgiving but it's wonderful... there is a left orbital / upper flipper loop shot combination into the ball lock that is absolutely fantastic. Also, the ball lock puts the balls into a TURBOCHARGER that spins and launches the balls at you. There are SO many great quirks to this game, and I love it...

So far - of all the games in the Pinside top 100, This one should be higher up the ratings than it is... It's just so good....

<Update> I don't get to play it much - But I recently completed the Victory Lap via modes (start all the modes). Though very gratifying to do this; there is nothing on the other side of it... No Wizard Mode / No "Tour the Track" no / Drinking the milk / nothing... Kind of surprising... I think I got 200M points for completing it... but then; the modes erase and you start over.
3 years ago
Very fun game. Love the many mods. It's high adrenaline. Dmd animations are great. It's a keeper for me. Very under rated game.
3 years ago
If you like racing, you'll love it. Fast pace, Entertaining, fun!!
Great multiball start! Very good DMD animations, and ambiant. Addictive game!
3 years ago
A great, exciting and fast pin to play! There is no wizard mode but it is very satisfying to get those MB Jackpots going. Too bad the Super Jackpot is not that lucrative.
4 years ago
Very underated game this one...excellent bang for your buck in terms of cost! Layout plays super fast, matching the theme perfectly. Rules are also pretty solid as there's plenty to do aside from the main modes, which themselves offer tonnes of variety. Toys are pretty well utilized, spinning car is maybe a little pointless but it certainly adds to the cool factor if nothing else. As a fan of Formula 1, which is pretty close to the Indy500, I love the commentators, the pit stops, the sound effects...all tie the theme together perfectly. For the right price I would happily own this game.
4 years ago
Wow, what a fast game! Lots of fun from this one, as theres plenty of challenging shots and gimmicks to keep your interest and make you wanting more. I love the ball lock as it reminds me of an engine running, and the little toy car that spins is also great. I can't say I'm very good at this machine yet but it is a rewarding experience even for someone thats still learning. A great output from Bally/Williams.
4 years ago
Underrated and undervalued. The theme might not have universal appeal, but if you like pinball, this game's features, rules, and gameplay should overcome any disinterest you would otherwise have in the theme.
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