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This game received 200 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.796 /10


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This game ranks #98 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.827

Artwork: 8.841

Sounds/Music: 5.455

Other Aspects: 7.905

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58 days ago
A game in my personal collection for several years now, and one that's worthy of swapping out it's well worn playfield with a new one from CPR. This is my favorite widebody of the era
65 days ago
Wide body with much better playfield design than Genie. Simple, yet challenging - as with most games it would be better playing a properly setup home unit, than the one I tried “out in the wild”.
75 days ago
I find wide-bodied games intriguing hence my interest in them. It's a completely different experience when playing one and I will always play one if I find one. However, the play is "leisurely" at best which tends to lose my interest more quickly than it should. Paragon is one of the three wide-bodied games that I think of when I hear mention of them. If you've not played it and you come across one, I urge you to avail yourself of the opportunity to enjoy one of the rarer experiences in pinball!
3 months ago
Favorite widebody with fantastic artwork and challenging layout.
8 months ago
Great wide body game. This game is one of the best in its era and is very addictive but very, very fun. The layout is very unique and the artwork is incredible.
10 months ago
Nice older game and of course the artwork is on-par for the era. So unacceptable by todays standards, god forbid...which just adds to its charm :). At first it seemed a bit predicable and simplistic with the rules and shots but there is a strange attraction about it. It's certainly challenging due to a few key shots will assuredly drain your ball...every time! The right lower flipper is tough to get used to. No trapping with it! You can trap with the upper right flipper and left, but shots from these are limited. I wish I could reprogram the midi noises into some real sounds and even voices. Amazing what difference 2 years made in tech, back then. My '81 Embryon sound, though limited by today's standards, seems light years ahead of the Paragon from '79!
Overall impression--strangely addicting.
11 months ago
One of the best early solid state Bally tables that is just loaded with features. Inline drops, 3 saucers, rollovers, an outlane pop bumper, plus a nice spinner shot that crosses the playfield. I love pinball with interesting shots that orbit across the playfield instead of traditionally around it. The extra flippers keep things interesting with ball control. Paragon definitely holds up to this day with everything it has to offer. I wish Paragon had music, but it's just a minor gripe and theres enough going on so no big deal. I do like the sound variation. This table is both a great player and a work of art.
1 year ago
This was my first pinball machine purchase and has guided each subsequent purchase. This is the game I always return to in hope of getting a better score. I never feel cheated or robbed even when it drops down the beasts lair. It begs strategy in a way my other Bally games of the same period struggle with. There is a good variety of things to shoot for and can be a very fast machine for a wide body. I'd like to own a better example someday but I believe I'll always have a Paragon in the collection.
1 year ago
Great wide body with lots of fun themed shots (beast’s lair, golden cliffs, valley of demons and falls).
1 year ago
I have a love-hate relationship with this game. It’s so difficult at times that I feel like screaming; yet the challenge keeps me coming back. The artwork on the pin is one of the best ever.
1 year ago
I've really wanted to like this machine, it is from the era in pinball that I tend to gravitate towards, and there is a local Paragon available to play. I give it a try each timebut after a few games, (and even during the games) I find myself getting bored with the wide open playfield and the slow speed of the machine. The artwork is great, and I think the nostalgia factor may boost its playability for some, but I just find myself ready for the game to end and move on to a different game.
1 year ago
For such a classic it is still a blast to play as it was when I was a kid. 4flippers. Awesome! For the 1970s yes wicked cool 4flippers. The art work is right off the side of a cruiser van I love.
2 years ago
Paragon is pretty widely considered to have the BEST artwork in pinball. That alone makes it worth getting. It has a lot more going for it than just that, though. I'm not going to sugarcoat it, however....this game is tough. It separates the men from the boys. It is always one of the favorites with tournament players due to its unique gameplay that can be as smooth as butter or drive you mad. I have no doubt that many a pinballer has stepped away too soon because of the vast learning curve.

The beast's lair pop bumper, waterfall, and right outlane drains are brutal. You can loose control...but thats what makes this game so great. It teaches you control. It is a super widebody game that can play very fast.

The only real knock on this game are the sounds, which is a bit unfair...since this game was made in 1979. They aren't bad, but compared to a game from 2019, they just are not as advanced. I actually find the sounds charming.

This is easily one of the most UNDERPRICED pinballs out there. If you have the chance to really get into this pin and learn it...I highly recommend it. If you can buy it...even better.
2 years ago
Paragon is an ultra-wide-body machine that is imposing before you even start a game. The game play can vary from slow and steady to fast and brutal depending on how you approach your scoring options. The inline drop targets are the biggest challenge in the game as you need to properly line your shot up on the tricky double right flippers with out draining between them. The artwork is fantastic and tells enough of a story to let your imagination run wild as you play.
2 years ago
After bringing home a project Paragon and spending many months refurbishing it I feel I've finally spent enough time playing to rate it. I am probably more of an early solid state fan when it comes to pinball so I will likely be biased in that area as well.

Right off, I'd consider giving Paragon a spot in the game room for the artwork on the playfield and backglass alone. Cabinet is nice, but the other features are superb. I feel there is enough variety in the layout with the kick outs, drop targets, spinner, etc. to keep the game interesting. The challenge to build up a bonus and then multiply it is very rewarding. Paragon has one of the best spinner rips just behind my Meteor, especially when the ball exits the spinner and moves laterally across the playfield and into the waterfall. A pop bumper in an outlane? Fantastic! More than once I've lost the ball thinking I could trap it in the right lower flipper (ball drains between the upper and lower flipper). This game is teaching me patience as well as technique. Yes, the sounds do not keep up with the artwork in their appeal, but they have a vintage vibe that is growing on me the more I play.

I am glad I put the effort into resurrecting the game -- it may just stick around for awhile.
2 years ago
One of the best Art packages out there. Great game to play. Would love to own one someday.
2 years ago
Paragon has the best art package of all time and is fun to play too. The backglass and playfield are amazing! I owned this game for about a year and wish I had never sold it. It has that "I want to play it one more time" effect. It is a wide body game so it is big. I highly recommend this game to folks that enjoy having an older solid state game in their collection. The only thing I don't like about most older solid state games are they start to loose their lastability in a smaller collection.
2 years ago
A great solid state by Bally. Fun and challenging with great last ability.
3 years ago
One of the two best wide bodies by Bally, the other one in my opinion being Future Spa.
3 years ago
Paragon is an awesome looking machine that seems like it would be a great play. There really doesn’t seem to be too many ways to shape or control the ball so gameplay is erratic at best.
3 years ago
The game's brutality is what really draws me in. Set up with a high pitch, this game is fast and in your face. The lower right two flippers and left inline target set up make for shooting the left drops challenging but rewarding. The lower left pop bumper is a nice change to the traditional inlane/outlane area. The games of this era are simple to understand, yet challenging and enjoyable. It definitely makes me want to press start just one more time. The art package is arguably one of the best in all of pinball.
3 years ago
A challenging and interesting layout, one of the best classic SS era widebody games. The overall playability and art package makes this one a keeper and one to be sought out.
3 years ago
Beautiful game that draws you in with art and keeps you there with great game play
3 years ago
One of my favorite games
3 years ago
This machine was my introduction to pinball. We owned one for several years when I was a kid. For its time, this game was superb in virtually every way, except perhaps the sounds effects. (But still, a lot of the sounds are fun -- especially when you rack up a bunch of bonus and get to listen to the chime sequence at the end of the ball ticking through all of the bonus points.) Even today, the game still holds up remarkably well if you keep it in perspective as a 1978 game. The playfield features and layout are excellent for their time and can be fun today too if you play a machine with properly rebuilt flippers to maintain the original speed and power of when the game was new. (I recently played this machine at Southern Fried Gameroom Expo. Sadly, that unit had very lackluster flipper rebuilds and insufficient playfield angle, which really detracted from the fun this game can deliver when set up properly.) The playfield artwork and backglass artwork are absolutely classic for the genre. Any collector with the dedication, skill, and funds necessary to restore and maintain one of these machines to top condition will have a true gem.
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