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This game received 187 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.794 /10


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This game ranks #99 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.81

Artwork: 8.833

Sounds/Music: 5.568

Other Aspects: 7.904

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3 years ago
Wide body action that has a ton of shots and targets. Did it need to be a widebody? I am not sure but it works to show off the great artwork.
3 years ago
Ah, Paragon. You have to earn your pinball stripes before you can begin to amass the greatness of this machine. One of the most challenging pins ever, hence one of the best. Pure love.
3 years ago
Inline drop targets, lower pop in the lair - when set up correctly it's a very fun and brutal game.
3 years ago
very solid game..has all that d&d stuff that made it popular
3 years ago
The trick to this game (and others from the same era) is to find one that set up correctly and properly maintained, i.e. not too shallow/floaty, good flippers and properly gapped switches.

Many people get this game and don't invest anymore time or money into it but when you do the payoff is there with a fast, challenging game that has you beckoning for more. This game will teach you nudging and flipper skills and will also have you cursing when you get double flipper bitched!

Factor in the AMAZING artwork on the backglass and playfield and you've got one of Ballys best solid state games!
3 years ago
This game is so much fun but can pick you up and throw you down sometimes.
3 years ago
Paragon often gets a bad rap, but I found it nearly impossible to tear myself away from the beast. It's a widebody with in-line drops, a 2" flipper and a killer three-flipper set up (on the version I played) that punishes trapping (not always great, but changes the strategy). There are so many cubby holes and challenging shots that the game never got boring for me.

I'd love to own a Paragon over a Hotdoggin' because of the fantasy theme alone. Play one if you haven't already.
3 years ago
Kind of hate the lower left area, but still a favorite among the wide body tables, haven't played a live one in a long time.
4 years ago
This game is beautiful. There is something odd looking about the guy with axe on the BG, though. That's a big head, mister.
It's an ultra wide-body, but with good operating solenoids, it can be really fast.
There are pretty cool shots here. The spinner lane, across the playfield, through the waterfall back to the right flippers is pretty cool, and the in line drop targets uncovering the treasure is hard to complete, but very satisfying.
The rules are basic, but there are lots of opportunities to hear the knocker go off by completing different shots.
It's not a great game, but it's still pinball, and can be really fun. Glad I finally scored one.
4 years ago
I grew up with this pin as a kid. I've been trying to buy one for 4 years with no luck. This pin has a lot of meaning to me because I played it so much as a young kid. The playfield layout is simple, but effective. What makes this pin stand out are the inline drop targets. I always liked trying to spell PARAGON. Brings back memories.
4 years ago
Love this game. The sounds are a little wimpy but that's my only negative. Perfect game to learn some tap passing!
4 years ago
Great game for the time period.
One of the best games for artwork for playfield and back glass.
This widebody feels solid.
4 years ago
Fun but tough.
4 years ago
it was good back then , decent flow i recall ,seemed a bit slow back in late 78-79,it was a favorite until b.k and f.p came out in 80, still very nice back glass art ,nice play field art, great classic fair price if you got the space 70's keeper
4 years ago
One of the greatest early BALLY "widebody" pinball machines made.
The Paul Faris artwork is the complete standout, both for the backglass and playfield.

Challenging game if you are trying to complete the "Valley of the Demons" with the in lane drop targets.
Although the game has electronic sounds, the simpler version of just using the electronic "chimes" improves the game tremendously especially when completing "P-A-R-A-G-O-N".
Just switch the settings on the game, you will thank me.
Tough ball control due to the right side "flipper lift" mistake that players make and the "Beast's Lair" on the left side with its unpredictable pop bumper.
The "waterfall" on the right side of the playfield is always a fun shot to make from the upper left flipper.

If you like Early Bally machines, this machine is a must for a collection.
I have owned FOUR machines withe last being a DOCUMENTED HUO version from a single owner.
Reproduction parts are finally available after so many years including the backglass (although it has color issues from the NOS ones), playfield plastics, and eventually a new CPR playfield.

Once again, "game too slow"?
USE 2X4s under the rear legs!!!
4 years ago
Paragon is a quintessential pinball game, hell, that's its name.

What can you do with a Paragon - for one it is one of the best games for tap passing (though I often gate pass on mine). It's got everything a great table needs - pops that can be played (actually played), a spinner worth shooting, drops galore (both kinds - country and western), saucers, an outlane with a pop and a shot at redemption...

Before I owned Paragon I cursed it. It cursed me. I bought one, it taught me. I love it.

It has its drawbacks - it is both a placemarker of culture and a placemarker of culture (objectification and crazy fantasy art) and features (the art package is otherwise pretty awesome - conceptually - the playfield features are actually represented by the art and those features do a good job with translation. Waterfalls are slippery and not to be trusted - check. Don't go into beast's lairs, you may or may not come out alive - check. Golden towers give golden... nevermind on that one.

I've set mine up for novelty scoring (after all - what is the point of a special if you get nothing from it - same with an 'extra ball'). Jack it up in the back, shop it good, and play it forever. Other games have fancier sound, ramps, multiball. Paragon just is the best pinball.
5 years ago
Paragon's art is phenomenal, one of the best hands down. I'm more up and down on the gameplay. I don't like dual flippers in general, they sure make the game tough! This game is HARD. I'm not a huge fan of the double saucers up top compared to rollover lanes either. Inline drop targets are awesome. Knocking them all down and getting into the saucer is a good feeling, rewarding sequence. The sound is 1978 nightmare. The table is wiiiiide but isn't really jam packed with worthwhile shots. The rules are simple and strategy is load up on bonus.

Great for the era, just good overall. Bally's top early 80s games are better. Even of the wide load games, I prefer Future Spa.
5 years ago
This was both Bally's first wide body and my first wide body pin. It sits next to my Lost World and it's cool to have Paragon next to it with the same artist on the back glass. I had to give my pin some love to get it in playable condition and now it's one of the most difficult pins in my collection. I can't ever hit all of the inline drops. It drains like a beast and I either have a great game or I get my butt kicked. While the sounds are fine for the period, I wish it at least had some background sound. It sounds kind of boring after awhile of only plink plink shloioioip! Overall, I enjoy this game and find it to be a challenge every time I play. I really enjoy the older Bally's from this era and are just pure fun pinball!
5 years ago
Is it a widebody game, yes. Does that mean it is slow and floaty....not necessarily.

First, the artwork, one of the best in all of pinball...both the backglass and playfield artwork are superb.

It may take what seems to be a long time for the ball to first make it down to the flippers from the plunge, but once the ball gets down to the flippers, be ready for crazy bounces in any direction after you flip. The layout is so crazy its awesome. The beast lair on the far left side that is substituting for a traditional inlane/outlane is very well integrated. KEEP IT AWAY from there is you it is very random. The waterfall on the middle right of the game is very cool as the ball wiggles down the lane and exits to the middle of the playfield.

Inline drop targets make this game so much fun....there is a lot of risk in the return once the ball has hit a couple of them.....and Paragon is so brutal, you have to knock down the third drop target to get the bonus multiplier. The spinner that is next to the inlines is fun to hit, but because of the technology at the time, if you are hitting other switches while the spinner is spinning, you don't get full credit for a perfect rip on the spinner.

AND this brings me to the two bottom right flippers....there is no metal wire-form to save you from scissor flipping yourself into draining the ball. It takes some getting used to, but it is a great feature that Paragon, being brutal, had to have.

A great game that has a very reasonable price tag given the fun factor....and a challenge to boot.
5 years ago
Probably the best of the super wide bodies.
5 years ago
An interesting an unique layout, which doesn't feel "empty" unlike some other widebody games. There are some unique game mechanics and an interesting flipper/outlane layout. However, this game has multiple drain monster areas, which can make this game maddeningly frustrating at times.
5 years ago
I favor early solid state and EM games. Paragon fits my preferences in every way. It's a beautiful game, with a nice open playfield, some clever design and a wide variety of shots. It's exciting and can be equally as forgiving as it can be brutal.
5 years ago
Killer artwork, but the gameplay is just OK. Not quite as much fun as some of the other classics from that era. Definitely a challenging game and one that helps improve your shot making and control.
5 years ago
When THis Game Is Setup Right And Is Working Properly It Hauls @ss Most of the time however it's not Angling on these older games is very important !
6 years ago
Wow! Paragon. Like hearing a song you thought you would NEVER have to hear again!
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