Jurassic Park

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This game received 455 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.898 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #94 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.973

Artwork: 7.642

Sounds/Music: 7.473

Other Aspects: 8.161

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6 days ago
This game is lacking in art but rich in nostalgia. Super fun game over all. The Art is Laughable at times but with a pinsound upgrade this is a great Game!
83 days ago
When rating games which are a little older, you have to remember these games were potentially groundbreaking for their time. Having the T-Rex swallow the ball was completely amazing for a Pinball of the time! The theme of this table has carried through quite well. The table artwork is a bit patchy and blotchy... But it's fun. The cabinet artwork is quite minimal/basic, but what more would you want? A giant Jurassic Park logo speaks for itself! You know what to expect inside the box! The callouts and sound can be a bit repetitive, and the game code should be upgraded to V6 (unofficial) to help make the game modes more random as well as more generous ball saves ( especially for the raptor sling). I'd say the game can be a little repetitive and I found the game modes hard to start ( but maybe I'm just not a great pinball player?) Overall, I wouldn't want this as my only table, but it's fun to play from time to time.
3 months ago
Finally got to play this pin and was surprised by how much I liked it. I'm not a big JP fan, but this pin looked nice, was well layed out and was fun to play. One of DE's best efforts--top three of their games.
4 months ago
In my opinion too easy to play, keep getting free games...
5 months ago
The only DE currently in my lineup. Got a feeling it'll stay that way, too. Fantastic game. Despite the poor timing on the skill shot, it's a welcome and creative inclusion. Tons of standup targets to activate tri-ball. LOTS of modes available on the CRT screens, with beautiful dmd animations for each. Not a fast game, especially when hampered by the t-rex that eats the ball (slow as he is, it's still one of my favorite playfield toys). The smart missile is my favorite feature. Activating the button at any time during gameplay picks up anything lit on the playfield, adding strategy and replayability to an already captivating experience. the voices came callouts are top notch, but the games music could use some variety. The artwork package isnt the best, but it is serviceable. It can be a challenge to get the ball up the ramp due to pitch, but it never feels cheap when you miss. The same can be said for almost every other shot. The satisfying crack when you hit the captive ball (egg) never disappoints. The raptor pit, however, can be a nuisance. Luckily the game is generous on ball saves when it rockets back to your flipper and causes a drain. Scoop shots are fair, which is nice, considering how many there are to hit and how often you're required to do so. Stacking modes is a plus. The games code and ruleset is top notch, and theres plenty to do to keep ypu coming back for more. The theme is an instant hit with children and adults alike, and should easily earn a place in your lineup. Even with excellent competition from the newer Stern JP releases, once you play this machine you realize theres no school like the old school. How well this game has held up and remains popular given the plethora of JP titles available is a testament to its excellent design. Highly recommend.
8 months ago
It's a fun filled themed game. After all who doesn't like Jurassic Park? I feel the original movie was the best out of the series still after all these years. The game flows well. It has ramps, drop holes and a t-rex who eats your ball. Fun toy! The game is easy for beginners and good enough for advanced players to keep us all occupied. The only thing I don't care for is the shaker motor in it. But that could be changed out as it seems wonky and not as nice as some of the newer machines. I am playing one with Pinsound board installed and new speakers/sub. So the complaints on sound has been modified for the brtter from what I read, cant talk about the original sound. Overall it's a solid pin
9 months ago
The raptor shot is punishing. the T-rex toy is still fun after all these years. The rules seem simpler compared to Tommy or other games in the time period.
11 months ago
I don’t like being negative about a game, but the letdown on Jurassic park is the sound.
You have a John Williams (hee hee shoulda been made by that company) classic soundtrack that’s been digitized and has a bunch of staticky noises and vocal callouts over it, drowning out the music. Overall it’s a really noisy game and, hate to say it, repetitive.
The playfield is good, as is the movie themed artwork. Jurassic Park was Speilberg’s Star Wars, a merchandising cash cow. The market was flooded with licensed merchandise well before the film was even out in theaters. By the time I got around to playing the pinball I was Jurassic Parked out, mostly thanks to the Sega Genesis game. The theme works with the licensed product but probably not as well as I anticipated. What did I expect, a velociraptor with a magnet in his mouth that bends over as the ball goes by and randomly snatches it and flings it down an out hole??? Yeah, kinda.
Regardless, this is a pretty good movie themed game, but not great. At the time I thought Sega (Data East) were struggling for ideas and were relying on huge licensing deals alone to sell their mediocre games.
Playing it in later years, I mellowed towards the licensed product and enjoyed it for its pinballiness.
Many shots are smooth as butter, the challenges and difficulty levels are tough but not impossible, the playfield is well laid out once you study it.
I could come up with a million ways to improve it, which is something that rarely happens. When I play a pinball, I may say that the spinner doesn’t spin enough or the upper playfield flippers are too short. This one has a lot of things I would change or add if I worked on it back in the day… and I don’t mean more shirtless Jeff Goldbloom on the DMD!!!
Just an example, famous scene from the movie - the puddle shaking as the t-Rex approaches. How about a magnet capture, the GI turns off then light pulses on and off and the magnet shakes the ball as the T-rex foot thumps come closer. Lights go out, roar is heard with t-rex on DMD, and multiball starts with GI lights flashing! Yeah!
Okay probably not practical but you get the idea.
A fun game but, you know, it coulda been great!
1 year ago
Theme integration is excellent and everyone loves the ball eating T-Rex!
Get's a bit repetitive compared to modern games, but a true classic!
1 year ago
My first love and it lasted almost 6 years in my collection. The only reason it's gone is that I could no longer deny the attraction to Elwin's masterpiece. Highly recommended!
1 year ago
Jurassic is one of the best Data East pins. Perfect theme and the awesome ball eating T-Rex.
1 year ago
Dino eats ball!
Smart missle
Great theme integration
Great callouts (w/original actors)
Fun modes (and option to use the ROM that makes them random)
Backglass looks great, playfield art grows on you
Dino eats ball!
Dino eats ball!

it's a blast and one of the favorites for non-pinball people
1 year ago
The dinosaur eats your ball! The dinosaur eats your ball!
Enough said.
1 year ago
Fun game. The T-Rex is pretty cool. Kickback is fast and startling. I like playing this game.
1 year ago
DE JP is a classic and deserves its place in pinball history but I just couldn’t get past the clunk factor. It’s a beautiful game when upgraded to LEDs (much needed with such a dark lit playfield) and the different modes and things to shoot for are pretty great for the time, but the shots always felt very clunky, especially coming off the upper flipper. It’s fun to go through all the modes and get to system shutdown but it just wasn’t for me. And I had a pretty nice one before I sold it. Fun to own for a little while though in any collection.
1 year ago
An excellent pin that still holds up well. This one is one of the first that I always seek out where possible (don't own it ... yet), and it is by far always a huge hit with my nephews when they see it. It is just plain fun, fast, and has one of the best toys in pinball history. I imagine that it could get old after hundreds of plays, but certainly for the money seems to be a great buy for a machine with such a strong theme, and I suspect will just become increasingly more collectible over the years (I absolutely plan on making this a part of my home collection). Just a great game that is easy to dive into and enjoy immediately.
1 year ago
Had this game 5 years ago and will probably get it again. Really liked the theme and my kids loved when the T-Rex would eat the ball.
1 year ago
The bottom line is that this game is really fun. Sure, they stole the layout of Whirlwind and the rules of Addams Family, but add in possibly the best mech of all time...and it all just works. Chad's 6.0 code (which seemingly everyone has) evens out any scoring imbalance complaints. The modes are varied enough, CHAOS multiball is great, and the System Failure wizard mode is fun.

The game really shines with a pinsound upgrade and the color DMD is a nice add as well.
1 year ago
Just picked up one recently and it is actually a really fun pin with great modes and wizard mode!
1 year ago
Very similar layout to The Addams Family so it's a fun game to shoot. Data East games do have their own personality, mostly due to their art style and audio design. Lots to do in this game and most of it fun. Modes are varied and well thought out. The main toy interacts with the ball in the best way imaginable. The Smart Missile is a great idea, allowing for more strategic play.

Data East games are just plain fun and I always enjoy playing them.
1 year ago
I love JP. And the machine payed tribute to the movie franchise. Worth adding to your lineup if you come across and nice example.
1 year ago
I simultaneously want to press the start button again and again, as well as smash this game with a baseball bat every time I turn it on and play. I can't count the number of times I've angrily shut it off with a few choice swear words about John Hammond's mother and a desire to sell this game. The "unofficial" code update made this game infinitely more playable. Theme, music, and integration are all top notch, with plenty of different objectives to keep each game interesting.
1 year ago
I own this pinball machine. It is a lot of fun to play! The children all love how the TRex eats the pinballs! I can play this game for hours. It does experience a lot of issues from time to time (TREX, the solenoid that shoots the ball back at you, and it takes forever to boot up when first starting the machine). Also, the feature where need to load the missle after the first ball is confusing and I still not certain what the advantage is. Overall, it is a great machine and I can play it for hours!
1 year ago
You can't go wrong with a T-REX eating your ball

It's a fun game, but shows its age
1 year ago
The original best toy - fun game, it was my alternate to TAF in the 90’s. Love the new Stern version!!!
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