The Shadow

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This game received 550 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.238 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #31 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.735

Artwork: 7.395

Sounds/Music: 7.924

Other Aspects: 8.34

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6 days ago
The Shadow stands the sands of Time. At one time I bought the old Shadow radio tapes. Awesome. Orson Wells and the Shadow!!! Now i have the Game. Brian Eddy did a fantastic job of shots, play and flow. Lots to shot for. The Call outs are some of the best. A Keeper.
16 days ago
Really hoping to add one of these to the collection in the future. Fun shots and the battlefield is unique. Artwork on the playfield is superb but this game holds my lowest ever rating for backglass. Luckily there is an alternative.
22 days ago
One of my favorite games from the 90's Bally/Williams era. It has a very unique layout and features not seen in other games. No pop bumpers, two ramp diverters (controlled by the player!), 2 super smooth orbits and an upper playfield that is fun and challenging but does not detract from the rest of the game at all. It has probably one the coolest ball lock sequences that I've seen. Such a great effect the way the ball seems to just disappear. It's a challenging game but not difficult to understand. The game is an absolute keeper!
30 days ago
Awesome players pin. Super flow, some difficult shots and great user interaction with the diverters. Battlefield is one of the best mini playfields in pinball. Modes aren't super difficult, but getting through them to get the Final Battle is difficult. I find it a very good looking pin package and rated highly by those in the know.

In my opinion, Brian Eddy's best pin.
31 days ago
I'm in mourning... I sold my Shadow and suddenly realise how much I miss this awesome game. Yes it can be a bit brutal, but I've not found another pin since that allows you such complete control over what's happening. It's a fast game, but once you can hit your shots on this one you can literally plan 10 moves ahead - with the rules being quite simple to follow but still having a bit of depth.

The phurba ramps are genius (howcome no other machine has given us controllable ramps???), the mini playfield is so unique and the ball lock is fantastic. Not only was it super fun to play, I had also updated it with some sweet LEDs and Aurichs translite and it looked awesomely cool. Listen to all the people who say this one is underrated - they are all 100% correct.

As soon as I have a little more room for one more pin I'll be on the lookout to get this one back in my collection. Pity they seem to be quite rare to pick up here in Australia!
51 days ago
Great game. Love the design and implementation of movie theme. Fast and challenging. Really a classic
52 days ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 11 - insane

* The layout and number of shots to aim for is brilliant
* The ball lock gimmick
* The diverters on the ramps with a 2nd button
* The loop shots are very satisfying
* Rollover lane to spell Khan
* Call outs tie in with the movie really well
* Lastability - this is not easy to complete

* The Upper Playfield is tough to complete and doesn't offer a lot of points
* Missing the lower left ramp can be an immediate drain
* Not a great game for beginners
* Ugly backglass and speaker panel

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Aurich translite and speaker panel is #1 on the list
* Mantis ramp set
* Jonesjb backboard decal
* Wood gun handle grips
* Pinstadium lighting as this is a darker pinball than most

What To Look For When Buying
* Wear on the Sanctum spot the less wear the better as always nearly worn out
* Broken side welds/tabs on both ramps
* Upper Playfield works as it should
* Broken gold Phurba's on ramp diverters
84 days ago
Wonderful game. Need to add Aurich translite package and then you have a beauty. A keeper.
5 months ago
Why was I sleeping on this machine for so long? Excellent plays!!!
5 months ago
Had heard about The Shadow for some time but had never played it...until yesterday: to put it simplu, I was blown away by how beautiful and great this game is. I am obsessed by it ever since! It immediately enters my top 5 all time with the likes of Funhouse, Attack from Mars, Medieval Madness and Twilight Zone. Yes, the Shadow is THIS great!
5 months ago
Such a challenge. Fast & Furious. Use Luppins rules to really up the game play. Best upper playfield ever. Loops are like lazer bolts, so fast. Install Ulrich's Alternate translate. Really nice call outs. Rings, ramp divertors, Upper Sactum, add LED's and chrome side mirrors, wow, top 20 pin for me. Added LED's WOW!!!
6 months ago
I love this machine, yes it can be very tough and unforgiving but in the end it's worth the effort. The theme is good but the backglass is pretty lame. The music and call outs are very good. If this is your only pin it may be too frustrating but in a small or larger collection it's a must have.
6 months ago
Great game. Still feels fresh after all these years. Ramp diverters with extra buttons is great. Love the battlefield. The lock shot while simple is a great effect. Really good flow with nice fun shots and modes. DMD is nice with quite a few easter eggs hidden in it. Good bang for your buck.
6 months ago
Always want to play one more round. The layout is amazing and the flow when you're hitting everything is just right when the game is dialed in. I love a tough game, but you might not!
6 months ago
Great fast playing game. Great modes, very fun. Need a alternate translite and speaker panel. It is a hard game, in my opinion not for a beginner or a small collection from 1-3 pins.
6 months ago
it s a keeper !
7 months ago
Fun pinball licensed on a terrible movie. Shots are great and the ramp diverters are a unique Gimmick that adds to the rules and scoring strategies. I hate the artwork package especially the translite. Not a fan of the battlefield mini playfield either.
7 months ago
Top of the list for machines I want to add to my personal collection. A very challenging and exciting game with some unique twists.
7 months ago
Fantastic 90s Bally game. Super fun to and challenging to play. Ramps feel great once you get them figured out. Good code, fantastic lock shot. Good value in this game as its priced lower than some 90s DMD pins. Can be tough to find a nice example though as they always seem to be in demand.
7 months ago
Not a bad game. But not a top 50 game to me. Tried to get into it, really wanted to like it more.
7 months ago
This is a real players game. Outstanding!
7 months ago
The Shadow is a fantastic game that keeps you wanting to come back for more. With great shots all over the playfield and more than enough modes to vary game play, it's definitely a keeper.
8 months ago
Well thought out and fun to play, but difficult to get a high score. The high level of difficulty and the flowing ramps and orbits makes you come back for more. The dual buttons, ramp diverters, and upper play field are terrific and are the best of its time. I will play this over Attack From Mars any day. The only major gripe is the play field is very dark and hard to see with incandescent lighting. Switch to cool white leds and a few stadium lights and the game is practically perfect.
8 months ago
My rating is based on the alt art package from Aurich. With that art change, a great game, but I never was attached to it as some others. Modes seem a little misplaced to me, but I have never seen the movie. If the game was completely based on the comics and had the alt art package, would be top 10. Great shots, toys, and probably the best upper playfield in pinball!
9 months ago
Very underrated and while I don't mind the original the Aurich translite is much nicer and removed the only negative a lot of people have with the title.
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