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Pinside rating

This game received 186 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.786 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #101 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.798

Artwork: 8.827

Sounds/Music: 5.561

Other Aspects: 7.893

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8 years ago
A real classic with the most outstanding artwork of its generation. Great game to play.
8 years ago
One of the better games of it's era, and possibly has the best artwork ever! . I've always thought it was a shame that it had the rudimentary "beep bop" sound board, it just missed when Bally upgraded.
8 years ago
Not normally a fan of wide bodies this game is good bang for buck!
8 years ago
Fun for an older game. Very much meditative, thinking out the next move without knowing how its really going to end up. The lower playfield is pretty interesting with all these little elements placed to keep you on your toes. Like if you try to trap the ball in the bottom right flipper it drains, which makes shots to the inline drop target really exciting. Lower playfield is fast, but the game rewards you for staying in it, or you can shoot to the upper to plan your next move. I was sceptical when I hauled it downstairs because it is such a wide game. So far it has been really fun. Similar to a modern game in terms of ball time. All the features are there, they are just very simple.
8 years ago
Artwork great. Game play not so good.
9 years ago
The artwork is, by far, some of the best work on any machine. And the game is just as great to look at as it is to play. With in-line drops, a pop bumper in the left drain, and four flippers, this game has some very unique features. Some satisfying shots also come with a shot to the left drops followed by a flip to the right drops and a shot to the left spinner flowing across the pf and into the right pf "waterfall." And, for a widebody, this game plays very fast.

My biggest complaint is sound. There's no music and I don't believe music is necessary for this pin, but the "bleeps" and "boops" just don't fit for me. Although, I'm not sure what sounds would, maybe some digitized lion roar or something?

All in all it's a classic SS pin that should be checked out.
9 years ago
In my opinion, the 2nd best looking of the Bally superwidebodies. Inline drop targets are a big plus and there's alot to shoot for. The inline flippers make hitting the inline drop targets a challange (like prior Bally's).
9 years ago
The game that really got me into pinball... the first game I looked for when realising I wanted to buy a game, and the 2nd game I bought... like the wide body and the shot to the in-line targets is appealing. Game play is overall a bit limited though.
9 years ago
Any game with a VALLEY of DEMONS is just AWESOME!!!
9 years ago
Best artwork of it's day and among the top 5 all time. Simple, but fast and addicting. Very frustrating too, especially when your ball is bouncing around in the Beast's Lair and you're praying for it not to drain. Glad I added this one to my collection.
9 years ago
This game grows on ya. Challenging and dynamic play.
9 years ago
I've always loved the Paragon artwork. It's a tricky game to play, so it wan't one that I played a lot 'back on the day' - but it was certainly on my short list of machines I wanted in my collection. It's a CLASSIC~!
9 years ago
great machine for the price
9 years ago
Great game, especially at the competitive level. It pops up a lot at PAPA, and is very challenging. Excellent game for it's time. One of the best.
9 years ago
There isn't a rating high enough for the Artwork on this machine. This is definitely one of Paul Faris' masterpieces of Pinball art. You could just sit and stare at the machine for hours without even playing it. I loved to work on and play this machine in the day. I haven't seen one in quite a long while, but I recently ran across a BackGlass. Trying to see if I can aqcuire it.
9 years ago
Paragon was my favorite game when I was in high school. In-line drop targets are great and I loved the suspense of adding random P-A-R-A-G-O-N letters to light the "Special". Still fun to play.
10 years ago
What a decadent beast of a pin!
The artwork is amazing and in my opinion second to none.
The inline drop targets are cool, but it's quite challenging and unforgiving at times.
Paragon is a much sought after pin (I'd love one).
10 years ago
Can a pinball be art??? SURE IT CAN
10 years ago
This is a game my dad had on rotation growing up and of the gams this was my favorite. I'm so glad to see this in the top 100 for a 30 yr old Pin ... a true classic. I haven't played in 25 years but just remember how fun it is.
10 years ago
kinda boring played a few times not that interesting compared to newer games
11 years ago
This is one of the best pinballs ever made. It has many different features all which are fun. Like the shooting lane at the top left has drop targets in it with a roll over behind them which advances the multiplier. There is a bumper at the bottom left which is way off the chart abnormal but again is great just where they decided to design it. This machine is #1 on my list to add to my gameroom! I had to watch in on U-tube to remember all the different aspects of this pinball.
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