Pinball Magic

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This game received 170 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.980 /10

7.98

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #53 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.185

Artwork: 7.747

Sounds/Music: 7.485

Other Aspects: 8.184



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7.973/10
44 days ago
Beautiful game all around.
My only hesitation with owning is my limited knowledge of Capcom technology and limited aftermarket parts/support.
Definitely worth spending time playing especially if Magic is your thing.
8.056/10
44 days ago
Really nice surprising toys, fun little skill shot, getting it to drop on the loop is a bit annoying in two player waiting for someone trying to make it. Cool levitating ball, Cool Moving wand hand. I like theatre of magic, which, is more what you'd expect, and well polished with better artwork. But it doesn't have a levitating ball or magicians stage on the table. Tricky shot on the right to start multiball. Certainly recommend, a bit different.
7.476/10
51 days ago
Capcom really was ahead of their time and this is one of the best games besides Kingpin and Big Bang Bar. Bold looking and colorful art package. Fun shots and really cool gimmicks. Great sound and DOTS.
5.684/10
78 days ago
Not a keeper. Limited shots. Didn't enjoy sequential shots and having to start all over. Game would have benefited by adding another ramp and some code updates.
2.320/10
3 months ago
Played this at the Pinball Museum, really seemed like an unfinished game. Not even a poor mans Theater of Magic, more like a Poor Mans Zombie Zizzle
8.820/10
3 months ago
This game is UNIQUE! No wonder Williams attempted to rip off the design to create ToM, which is, by far, the inferior machine.
I acquired this machine on a trade+ for a WW, and I am happy with my decision.

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DESIGN & TOYS
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— Capcom hit the pinball market running: they sought innovation!
— You want toys? Well this game has two firsts for pinball: the wand and levitating ball.
— The trunk lock is very cool.
— There are great ramp diversion choices with the wand guiding the ball
— The ball drop into the critics is EPIC FUN! I cannot stress this enough!
— Excellent sewer system and theatre kickout.
— Captive ball is great. It can be really tough and punishing, yet you can light xb, which can also be tough to hit.
— The single theatre bumper works well if switches are adjusted properly.

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THEME/LIGHTING/SOUND
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— Theme of "evil female magician (witch?) sending magicians after you is original and cool.
— I love the almost monotone, scripted callouts from the woman. They make me laugh. "Behold, real magic" lol.
— The insults from the woman and critics are funny. "Loop this, pal."
— The various voices and for the magicians are integrated well.
— Really good DMD work on this machine, particularly the closing animation after your game ends.
— Lighting is pretty good with an OCD card and LEDs. Bummer that you can't add LED flashers.
— Music is okay. I have played the game for long sessions and do not get annoyed. It doesn't stand out either.

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GAMEPLAY
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— I was very concerned about the linear style of the game, but it somehow works great.
— Scoring "levels" by defeating the magicians gets progressively more difficult, which is great.
— Having to silence the critics to end level one is a perfect amount of difficulty.
— Later modes that require drops etc. add tremendous danger and pressure.
— It's awesome that you can't use the captive ball to complete end-of-level modes.
— This game can be very fast with spurts of great flow.
— If flow was non-stop, it would be too much as it is sooo fast if well tuned and waxed.
— The potential to start a two ball via skill shot after lock is great for balancing difficulty.
— Three ball multiball adds clever scoring options.
— Completing the game is pretty difficult and EPIC when you get there.

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CRITICISMS
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— It is very linear, so it is better in larger collections I would think.
— Two ball multiball could be considered a little on the easy side to obtain.
— Hat shot from the left flipper rejects quite a bit. It likely needs some padding to prevent bounce-outs
— Flipper strength needs to be pretty high (I think I'm two points lower than default), which means the pf can take a beating.
— As others have mentioned, parts can be a bitch, but I've been able to find most without much trouble. This may change.
— The backglass could be a little better, but there is far worse.

In the end, Pinball Magic is an excellent game. It is leaps and bounds better than Theatre of Magic, the game that attempted to outperform it. The innovation, great ruleset, and great gameplay make this game a winner. The price has gone up, but I still see this game as priced below its actual value. Get out and play this game!
8.656/10
4 months ago
Just got this machine. Had a few good choices of games for the price I paid. I made the right decision. Great pin! Lots of fun.
8.460/10
1 year ago
This is an amazing machine! It has an excellent ruleset even if they are linear. I see other people complaining about the rules but my advice to them is "Play better". This machine also has some of the best features with the floating ball and the magic wand not to mention the best skill shot in pinball! Just a very fun game!
6.578/10
1 year ago
I owned one of these briefly, so I feel obliged to write some kind of report on it...... trouble is I can't really remember too much about the game. which probably tells you all you need to know. it's a decent player and has some fun toys, but being a Capcom title there are practically ZERO spare parts available so good luck if anything breaks (when anything breaks, I mean).

Looks nice, sounds nice, plays ok.
7.956/10
1 year ago
Pinball Magic has some cool toys that tie in nicely with the overall theme. I'd be back for more.
7.740/10
1 year ago
Thanks to Pintastic I got to finally play one of these and it was one of Capcoms best pinball machines. As soon as I plunged I fell in love with the game play and shots, nice gimmicks and great artwork. Its a shame Capcom left pinball as they were just hitting their stride.
8.004/10
1 year ago
Game is alright. Interesting layout and cool toys/gimmicks.

Wish Capcom lasted longer, they could have made some great pinball.
9.420/10
2 years ago
I always wanted a Capcom Game - obviously can't get a BBB - but I got the next best game. This game is excellent - great toys - great playfield game play. Hard not to love the animations and integration into the game, it is very fun. It is a rare game, you just don't see it much, that is why I think the game suffers from a lower score than it deserves. I rate this as a top game - so many great features to this game, so well built, nice hinges on the game, very serviceable. Buy the LED OCD board so you can upgrade the bulbs - makes a world of difference.

The game needs some playfield spot lights but you would have to wire them off the coin door to keep it lit - otherwise it can be a little dark. The playfield art is not that great but the plastics and ramps are so cool.

It is simply a fun game, the knock most people have is that it is linear. But, the game prompts you through what is next so it is triggers you to what you have to do. SO, some people don't like that it doesn't bother me.

It is a great game - if you get a chance to play it you will not be disappointed if you can buy one at a decent price $3800-4300 or less you are going to love the machine. It is a great game...
8.115/10
2 years ago
Bought a player quality game and was surprised how much fun this was. When tweaked just right a really good game.
8.632/10
2 years ago
First, let me say I own this game. It was the first pin I ever bought, and I did so without knowing much about pins. I have since owned numerous pins, and played most of the pins on the Top 100, and I will never, ever sell this game. It works for me, but I am one of those players who is bored by MM. I like this game because it is linear and challenges you to make shots in the right order. The artwork is not great, but fits the game. The play always brings me back. My family all love this game, and there are other pins I have that they do not even play. The voices are great. If you get a chance to play it, do so. The elevating ball in the stage is one of the best toys in pinball.
9.116/10
2 years ago
My favorite dmd pin, got it from a fellow pinsider. Good call outs and animations (color dmd would rock!). Magnetic wand and ball levitating make jaws drop if they never seen it before. Linear game play is the only negative for this game. With only 1200 made, don't see it much. Played TOM alot, this is way better to me.
9.220/10
2 years ago
Love the flow of this game. Toys are very unique. The levitating ball and the ball travelling under the wand are great. Beautiful art on the cab and back box. Playfield I'd well laid out and beautiful as well. Wish Capcom had made more games. The knocked this game out of the park.
8.176/10
3 years ago
Some people call this game the "The Fake Theatre of Magic", but the amount of error in this statement is unbelievable.
It offers twice the "tricks", gameplay, and variety than ToM, all for 3X less the cost than a ToM.
PM completely embarrasses ToM in terms of game design.
Additionally, you can buy TWO PM for ONE ToM! (If you can find two for sale quickly).
It is just a better quality machine overall.

The game kicks off from the skillshot "hat trick" and improves from there.
It has an outstanding backglass image and cabinet.
Yes, ToM has a better cabinet that PM.
So what?
Do you play a cabinet?
Playfield artwork above average.
Gameplay is varied and the magic show tricks are superb.
Ruleset is above average as it is linear, but this is a Capcom...
DMD animations are very good, and music is in line with the theme.
Sound quality is average, but get rid of the damn stock Capcom speakers, they are a$$.
Build quality is excellent.
Maintenance is higher than many machines due to some assemblies complexity.

Personally, I wish Capcom would have made many more, so new collectors can learn to appreciate the game.
Many collectors have never seen one in good working condition, let alone actually played one.
It is ALWAYS a big hit at every pinball show, and played constantly.

Negatives?
Spare parts, as this game has unique assemblies and plastics that have not been readily reproduced and NOS is getting scarce. Boards are still available, thank god. Games have literally been "gutted" and parted out to make two games into one at this point.

"Bang for the pinball buck"?
It is here.
If you have the the opportunity to own one, buy it, you will not be disappointed.
6.815/10
3 years ago
Pinball Magic is a different game, and moves in a linear progression. This is truly linear though, even over machines like Road Show, that at least you can change the city to some point. I like what it offers, but you can only play, and restart this progression so many times in a play session. I haven’t owned it, but I question if it would stay because of this. The rules are interesting though, and I like trying to work through it.

The look, and toys, and theme implementation are very well done. The levitating ball thing turned out to be a little weak, as you can see it’s basically the ball getting elevated up on a platform, it’s too bad they couldn’t have disguised that a little more for the effect. The wand though is amazing, and the ability to drop the ball for the two holes when on the right side is a superb feature. I am always amazed at how well the ball hangs onto the wand, as I expect that to not be as stable as it is.

The audio seems a little weak for the year. The PF doesn’t have a lot of shots, as the drop targets and all behind it block a large portion. I enjoy playing it, but I don’t think I would own.
8.004/10
3 years ago
Not sure I can add anything here that others haven't said but:
-a FANTASTICLY fun game!!
-great callouts
-TONS of gimmicks that come together to make a really cool game (they really threw everything at this game!)
-Bad artwork IMO
-Excellent build quality
-GREAT shots
-Monotonous due to the objectives ALWAYS being in the exact same order every game (calling mystery programmer!)

Overpriced at this point in pin history, but a REALLY fun game that I'd be happy owning someday.
8.028/10
3 years ago
The best toys ever in a pinball machine, v popular with beginners and the ladies.
7.784/10
3 years ago
one of the best skill shots,(wish it was on t.o.m )they nailed it,the levitating ball ,wand, fit the theme well and are sweet.. i enjoy playing this game with not the best of flow but plays well enough for me to want to play it,not a keeper for me but wont pass up a oppertunity to play a few times if i see one in the wild...
8.336/10
3 years ago
Beautiful game, well built. Fairly serial in terms of game play.
7.357/10
3 years ago
Despite awesome toys and great theme, i could not get into it coz of poor artwork and atmosphere.
10.000/10
4 years ago
Love this game ... had it in my collection for several months and great for the whole family. Fun theme, music and animations.
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