Jurassic Park

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This game received 414 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.865 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #81 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.918

Artwork: 7.623

Sounds/Music: 7.438

Other Aspects: 8.106

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3 days ago
Very weak in comparison to Elwin’s Jurassic park in my opinion. I played this game at Houston arcade expo was pretty bored by 3 plays. Do I think this gam is bad? No but I would play most other games before this one.
20 days ago
Love it! T-rex eating the ball?!?!?! Crazy fun! Love all the different mulri-balls.
33 days ago
As a fan of Data East I was shocked.. this game is a clunker.

Like a pretty girl you first meet who is pleasing to the eye but when she starts talking is revealed as being vapid and shallow. The cab art is sparse but fits the theme, ditto for the backglass and playfield art which is one of DE better efforts. Call outs & music were good as are the animations. Toys? The T-rex is an iconic toy and well done! I thought the raptor pit also an interesting feature which brings us to the negative part of the review. ..

The game was a clunker and really felt like it didn't have an ounce of flow too it. The raptor pit? While a cool shot heaved the ball into the center drain 50% of the time. Not cool at all. I really wanted to like this game and add it to my collection but after several games left with cash in my pocket, didn't even bother to make an offer. The game looked to be in excellent condition, well leveled etc but just wasn't fun to play. After the forth game I was more than ready to leave. If I see one again I'll give it a shot but I think this one is long on theme, toy and nostalgia and short on gameplay. A rare misfire by DE.
89 days ago
Grat theme and good playfield, but too similar with The Addams Family (same ramps and shots)
3 months ago
Great game. System failure is a great wizard mode. Trex eating the ball is one of the best toys of all time. Timmy getting electrocuted on the screen is awesome.
3 months ago
This is a difficult, yet fun pin! Love when T-Rex eats the ball - unique! Favorite call out: "THEY SHOULD ALL BE DESTROYED."
6 months ago
Got this game thinking it was going to be a forever title but after less than a year it is starting to get a little old. T-Rex toy is fantastic. Raptor kick back is awesome. Decent ball times and not a drain monster. New code definitely adds a lot.
7 months ago
The original JP- the ball eating dino still stands out to me as one of the best mech toys.
8 months ago
Don't know why I don't like this one more. Something about the playfield lay out. The T_rex multi ball function is great. The T-rex head is great. The music is decently well done. But usually into my 1st, 2nd, or 3rd game and i'm bored.
8 months ago
Fun game to play. Lots of shots and variety.
10 months ago
Jurassic Park!! The T-Rex eats the ball, enough said!
1 year ago
Such a killer game, don't ever let the name DATA EAST scare you away from this pin, Jurassic Park is action packed from the second you hit the start button. Lots of modes, a great skill shot by pulling the trigger on the gun to try and shoot T-Rex on the dmd screen, sound effects and music from the movie is spot on, this theme nails it in every aspect of the movie! And maybe one of, if not, the greatest toys in all of pinball, the T-REX that moves side to side and comes down to eat and swallow your ball! So cool! This is a game that suits all genres of players, and is just an all-out fun game you can enjoy with friends and family, including the kids. I played a lot of Twilight Zone, and although yes, an amazing game, I have just as much fun, if not more, than twilight zone, and that game is ranked in the top 5! I personally think Jurassic Park is way underrated, and deserves to be atleast in the top 50, if not better.

Now I'd say every pinball has something you could pick apart, and on this one, I'd have to say the cabinet is pretty plain and boring but still stays true to the Jurassic park theme, and the original lighting on the playfield is pretty weak and some upgraded LEDs is a must.. But other than that, it's a very good game that will continue to go up in value as more people come realize just how good this game is.
1 year ago
Fun game. Sort of like addams family lite. Lots of great modes. My kids love it when T-Rex eats the ball
1 year ago
Great game
1 year ago
Never saw the movie, but know enough. Not a huge fan of the theme which is maybe one reason I'm not huge into the game. I can't stand the artwork (but similar to most DE of the time) and I feel like the game is a bit klunky. Not sure why it's on the top 100. But maybe I just don't get it.
1 year ago
Jurassic Park is a clunky game that is loads of fun to play and one of the best games for kids.

1. Best toy in all of pinball. Watching the T-Rex eat the ball never gets old.
2. Great layout. Complete ripoff of Whrilwind (compare the upper right quadrant)
3. Raptor kickback is a cool feature that is smoothe as butter.
4. Theme integration is excellent here.
5. Love the trigger ball launch skill shot.
6. Good integration of smart missile.
7. 6 ball multiball with auto launcher.
8. Animations are fantastic for the time, and varied.
9. Fun game. Great for kids!
10. Not everyone agrees, but the backglass is cool and I like the blinker bulbs.
11. Cabinet art is good (just a giant JP logo, but very appropriate).
12. Topper is awesome, and blinker lights are incorporated up there.
13. This pinball machine is huge! It seems like there is more room on the playfield.

1. Very Clunky
2. Not always obvious what to shoot for (loopback combo mod can help with this)
3. Playfield artwork is busy, and a low quality print.
4. Sounds terrible, but may be par for the course for the time. The recorded audio sounds good, but the music sounds like it is coming from a cheap midi synthesizer.
5. Machine is so heavy it is actually difficult to nudge. At 325 pounds, it is 75 pounds heavier than a normal machine.

If you want a cheap(er) machine to practice on, like smoothness, and want to get better at pinball this machine is not for you, (look at a World Cup Soccer, Fish Tales, T2, etc).

If you want a machine that "looks cool" to have in a home theater, or as part of a small collection that kids will love, this is perfect. From a kids perspective, it has, 1. Dinosaurs 2. A trigger launch device 3. Great animations 4. Did I mention dinosaurs?

As I know a lot of people read these reviews when considering purchases, let me warn you that this machine is both heavier and taller than a normal machine, even without the topper. It is built like a tank at 325 pounds and is a few inches taller than a standard Bally/Williams.

All in all it is a fun game that pairs well with a flowier game. It is very stop and go.

I highly recommend this game from a coolness point of view and family friendliness, but if you are getting 1 machine for your basement to get better at pinball, there are better options out there.
1 year ago
The first Data East pin I ever owned. This is a good game. Considering the era, early 90's, and Data East not being the powerhouse that Bally and Williams were at that time, this is a very nice machine. The playfield artwork is my only real complaint. The theme is excellent, and I have hoped for years that someone would make a new JP pin. I still do. Until then, this is a very playable machine, with one of the best gimmicks/toys ever - the ball-eating T-Rex. He always ate the balls perfectly on my machine, and it's always fun to see. This would be a very expensive feature on a modern Stern machine, I would think. The rules are fairly simple - 10 or so modes with various shots and goals - Feed the T-Rex, Electric Fence, Bone Busting, etc. It has a 2-ball multiball and a main 3-ball multiball. The game also features a special smart missile button on the ball-launcher gun which you can use anytime during your game, but only once. It's often saved until your 3rd ball, then employed to start 3-ball MB. The cabinet itself is just black with the JP logo. Simple, but attractive. The original translite features the big T-Rex, but also a bunch of photoshopped people and smaller dinosaurs beneath him. It's not great. There are fantastic alternate translites for $100 or so.

This pin is REALLY fun to mod. The powered gate that opens is just awesome, although it only opens during one mode (Bone Busting) and the Wizard Mode. So it's not heavily employed. It has a captive ball you can replace with a white ceramic "egg" ball. Add a powered external sub speaker and the sound booms. The music is very familiar, but not exceptionally high in sound quality. Still very immersive when you crank it up! The playfield art is laughably sloppy. Literally looks like an 8th grade art student drew it. I've seen bad (Indiana Jones Pinball Adventure, Tales from the Crypt, etc.) but this one takes the cake. But that's the only real negative. The game is fun to shoot, with lots to do. 3 scoops, 2 orbits/loops, 3 flippers, a cool ramp with diverter, a very dangerous kickback shot right up the middle (the raptor shot), and more. And, of course, T-Rex looming over everything, waiting to swallow your ball!

I enjoy this game very much. It has its pros and cons, but if Stern, or Chicago Gaming, announced a remake of this pin, exactly the way it is now, I would be excited to play it and probably own it.
1 year ago
Call me crazy but I just do not like this game. It feels clunky as hell and the shot placement feels insufferably awkward. The raptor pit is one of the rudest features in of pinball as it just rockets your ball straight down the middle into oblivion nearly everytime. The sound package is annoying and just has that low fidelity DE tin can quality. Backglass looks cheap. It’s well themed but I wouldn’t ever consider owning one and I am definitely a fan of Jurassic Park. If we’re talking Michael Crighton related pins I would skip this for Congo any day of the week.
1 year ago
One day I will buy another JP. I really enjoyed this game. Although the game play is a bit repetitive and simple the theme and playfield (with T-Rex, Raptor Pit, sheds/buildings) really add to the fun. JP is a hit for the casual player. Like all Data East of this time the have a bit of a cheapness to them as compared to a Bally/Williams. Sound quality and music is not so great. Probably the most fun for the money as far as pins go.
1 year ago
Easily, one of the better DE games. Awesome theme and a decent variety of modes and shots. The great JP theme song will be stuck in your head after playing. I can tell the layout was heavily influenced by Addams Family, but I still appreciate JP for what it is.
1 year ago
Took me awhile to like this game. After many hours I now know the flow of the game and like it very much. This game is a catch the ball and make the shot type of game. Alot of different multiballs. Game must be leveled and new flippers to be fun. The flow in this game is different then most due to lack of ramps. Great game
1 year ago
Really a great pinball, is fun and if T-Rex eats the ball that's just awesome rules are a bit confusing, I have already ordered 6.0 update
1 year ago
Great game, great theme, nice toys (T-rex, Raptor pit). I like it a lot.
1 year ago
This was the pinball machine that got me into pinball. It is always going to be a classic in my book, and the TREX eating the ball is always great fun. The pin isn't super challenging, but can at times be a bit frustrating with some of the shots. But the rule set is simple and once you know it, you can usually get some nice scores and longer games pretty regularly. I will say the 6 ball multiball is awesome.
1 year ago
Great machine, sure the art is just bad... And boring.. But the gimmicks and overall fun just makes it a very interesting pin.
Update after playing it a while....
Art is just par.. But playing it a while it has grown on me even more.
After updating to the 6.00 version it just made more sense to me. Great game.
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