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Party Zone

Pinside rating

This game received 150 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.440 /10

7.44

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #186 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.538

Artwork: 7.495

Sounds/Music: 6.778

Other Aspects: 7.434



Pinside staff rating

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6.891

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8.102/10
72 days ago
This is definitely a love it or hate it machine. I'm either in the zone and locked in, or drain 3 times in 90 seconds and want to throw the stupid machine out into the street. But I don't. It's got that "one more game" pull. Partyle because Party Zone drains and drains and DRAINS. Those outlanes are hungry for your balls. And shooting for the Captain in the center sends you right down the middle half the time. But it's forcing me to really learn flipper control and nudging. This game can make you a better player.

Looks and Sound: yes, the sound quality isn't that good, the Captain sounds like he's talking through a radio. But that damn main theme just feels like a fun, stupid, 90's party. And when I select Pinball Wizard to play, it motivates me to maybe not suck this time. And with LEDs, the light show IS a party. When friends come over, see the bright yellow, ridiculous cab art and bright lights, they say, "That's f-ing cool." And it's rotating 4 player games all night.

Captain B.Zarr is a cool, funny toy that pulls people in, Supersonic Robotic Comic is so stupid it's smart and his shot is an early attempt at "modes" (if you can call them that, it's basically a System 11 with a screen for fun), and the Dancing Dummy makes our kids laugh. The shots aren't all that expansive, and there's a lot of the balls rebounding right back at your flippers or quickly draining. The best strategy is basically hit the Cosmic Cottage 3 times for Happy Hour multi-ball, fill up Rock-It Fuel 5 times and then send both balls up the Rock-It ramp for the Big Bang. But it's still hard enough. We've owned it a month, and I've only managed it twice. If you have a nice model with good ramps and a Diamond Plate like I do, it's fun to watch the ball loop and zip smoothly up and down over and over. The skill shoot is satisfying and easy enough that our 8-year-old can get it. It's fun going for Eat, Drink, and B.Merry (the Captain hole being so fickle makes this difficult) and hitting the WAY OUT OF CONTROL loop makes you feel so cool when you get it (especially when lit up and multiplied!)

All in all, it's not a perfect game, not worthy of the Top 100, but it's just goddamn fun. When I walk by it, I often go, "Yeah...I got time for one quick game." When friends and family see it, they just want to play it. They don't care that the game is real stop-and-go and done in under 3 minutes more times than not. It's quick and casual and a blast. The flip side, it does make me hungry for longer and deeper games. So it may not stay in my very limited space collection forever. But until then, we're playing the hell out of Party Zone.
7.287/10
78 days ago
This is a solid pin that would be worth owning if you could get it at a bargain price. Nothing too great or too terrible. Just solid all the way around.
4.431/10
3 months ago
The theme, artwork, and sound are all very obnoxious to me. The rule set is nothing special, and overall I just don’t really enjoy playing it.
7.024/10
6 months ago
I was surprised how much I enjoyed Party Zone. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was a little more going on in the middle of the playfield. I felt like the game didn't give me any real reasons to bother with shooting the middle. Otherwise though, I kind of liked it. It was indeed fun.
6.800/10
8 months ago
Neat little early 90s game. It has a fun and quirky type of feel. It is different enough that I feel it would work in a medium to large collection.
It isn't super challenging, but it is unique enough to hold your attention.
5.784/10
8 months ago
Not my cup of tea. Lastability in anything but a huge collection just isn’t there. Would pick one up if I found it for cheap, but probably wouldn’t keep it long.
7.952/10
11 months ago
Another great cheap, easy game.

Not a deep ruleset, fun theme.. pretty easy to play, easy shots to make.

I didnt want to give mine up... but I got a Twilight zone and this cant hold a candle.

Would be great in larger collection.
7.588/10
1 year ago
Pretty cool and fun game. Ramps are cool and fun and very different. Make it fun. Good shots. Not a lot of drain.

Overall I'd play it a few times and come back a few.
10.000/10
1 year ago
I love this game.
It is baffling to me that Pinside undervalues and underrates this game.
This needs to be in the top 100, period.
10.000/10
1 year ago
Fun!
7.084/10
1 year ago
My kids love this game. It’s a good pin to teach the kids how to play and does well in a larger collection.
7.907/10
1 year ago
Let’s Party Dude!! Total System 11 feel with DMD animation. Enjoyable and a good game to have in a larger collection. Shots are straight forward. Very approachable machine for someone who just wants to play some pinball.
8.372/10
1 year ago
head for the Rocket!
10.000/10
2 years ago
Party Zone is one of the most underrated pinball machines of all time. Never has there been another pinball machine with as much 3D interactive toys than Party Zone! Also I don't believe I've ever seen a macine from that era with a light show like Party Zone offers. The ramps are seriously crazy and that adds even more fun to the game. I also love the reference with the Party Animals! Others may not like Party Zone, but it's definately a keeper for me so much that I own 2 of them!!!!!
9.100/10
2 years ago
Party Zone isn't the most in-depth game, but it is definitely worth trying out! Great game for novice players and kids. Super bright, colorful and fun. The callouts are great, and the various characters on the playfield are cool. This game has a 2 ball multiball where you are building up the rocket value, and that is where you get the most points. Fill the rocket meter, and lock both balls in the rocket to earn the "Big Bang". It's actually tougher than it seems.

What really stands out on this game is the lighting. Flashy/colorful inserts, and a mix of White/Red GI lighting.
5.762/10
2 years ago
It's a cheapest B/W DMD for a reason. There's not much to shoot for. Very shallow ruleset.
Sound quality is below average.
Gameplay is hard and ball times can be very short.
I really wanted to like it. I even bought a second one. But that left from my collection just as fast.
8.216/10
3 years ago
This game was a pleasant surprise. I thought I would like Dr Dude and not like this one. But the opposite proved true. This is a fun game to play.
6.909/10
3 years ago
Party zone is really striking to look at and the colors of the playfield along with the lighting are so good. I just wish it was more than a colorful game. The shots are fun. But it doesn't have enough going on in the center playfield and the gameplay falls flat after a while.
8.589/10
3 years ago
I haven't felt compelled like this to rave about a game in quite some time. I always thought this looked like a fun game over the years & might be one to own someday, but I've thought that before about other pins with even higher ratings & have been let down. I just went with my gut, & bought a super nice PZ that this guy had. I definitely overpaid a good bit if we are to believe pinside's pricing on this one, but I didn't care, I really wanted it.

This thing is a blast & continues to grow on me, my girl, & my friends love it. It is sitting next to another b/w title that is definitely higher rated & more expensive, yet it is PZ that keeps drawing us in. It has that "one more game" factor which in my world is huge.
My example is incredibly clean & finely tuned, I'm sure that helps. Ramps are clear & in nice shape, & I did color matched LED for the inserts & some nice strong frosted red LED for the red GI & the game is just stunning.

The game flows better than you would think, considering both of the ramp returns have a pit stop. That stop is quick enough though that I don't think it disrupts flow at all just speed but that isn't a bad thing. Gives you a moment to ready your next shot or consider what you need to do next.
Shots on this game just feel good to hit. The captain & his standups can be a challenge but even that shot feels great when the ball sticks in the hole nicely!

My favorite thing about this game is that not only is the layout & shot selection solid, but the rules make it so that they all have value. I've seen too many games that had cool shots in a sweet layout but they just weren't called on to be hit enough or weren't worth it. On PZ I find myself utilizing all the shots the game has to offer during each play. I don't feel restricted in what I need to do, nor do I need to think too much. I think that is what all of us are loving about this game. & I've seen it mentioned other times in these reviews. The game is somewhat mindless fun. & to me that holds incredible value!

Sometimes people knock a game for not being deep enough, but I'll be honest, I'm kinda tired of super deep games. They are a dime a dozen these days. But a DMD game that is fairly straightforward yet still engaging, challenging, & fun? Not a ton of them. I put this game right up there with Black Rose as an all time favorite from this time period. Deep is not always better folks. & lack of depth doesn't make for a dumb game either. PZ has a terrific brain in it.
& let's not forget that there is multiball & times during each game where things get a little more goal specific, so it isn't like the game lacks depth. It has enough.

Let's talk theme. It is pretty wild & dated in some ways. In fact I think it might be so dated that its actually cooler now in 2017 than it would have been in 2000. It is very unique, it is an original concept & original artwork. & again in the pantheon of all DMD games in existence, this is a rare trait & becoming more rare by the day.
I love all the color the game offers & it helps make for a good looking & beautifully lit game in the dark, & I love all the details in the artwork as well as the toys. Oh yeah, TOYS, the game has tons & are interactive. People are always floored by the fact that the captain's head follows the ball around once I point out to them that he isn't moving at random.

In closing, I'm finding this game to be a great fit in a collection where I have a couple deeper, more intense games that require a little more thinking. This game definitely has a place in today's pinball world. The only question remaining is how long will I keep this game, & how much will I miss it when it is gone. I just felt compelled to write this review between how impressed I was by it, & how underrated I found it to be.
9.040/10
3 years ago
Party Zone is the first game in my collection and the family absolutely loves it. I picked up a machine in pristine condition and it won't be going anywhere in a hurry. The game is quirky, challenging and above all, plenty of fun. It's 'Happy Hour' at any time of the day, and any day of the week. Party on!
7.465/10
3 years ago
Goofy, colorful game with simple rules but it's a lot of fun for mindless pinball action. I'm not sure if it will last in my small collection but I'm really enjoying the game so far.
8.752/10
3 years ago
It's a simple game for sure but I love the ramp shots and goofiness of it. Music is great. Love if you get to the end of the game all the GI goes red. First time I did that I was so surprised. Wish it more than a 2 ball multiball though.
6.794/10
4 years ago
This pin often gets a bad wrap. I've owned it in the past and enjoyed playing it. It is not terribly deep, but has a couple of nice gimmicks. This would be a great pin for a first time collector on a budget.
9.700/10
4 years ago
Recently picked this game up and love it more than my Black Rose or my 1976 Williams Grand Prix, which is my benchmark for fun. Love the crazy ramps, theme, and things to do in this game. Never saw it before in public but I'm glad I had the opportunity to pick this one when I did. I can easily see me playing this every day and not getting bored. Plus, after hitting the Bing Bang, you just want more! Great fun crazy pinball.
7.812/10
4 years ago
My local arcade now has this machine i have to admit i really enjoyed playing it lots of fun wacky theme whats not to like, now admittedly these are just first impressions and i can't comment about lastability but fo a novice pinball player like myself this was right up my alley
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