The Simpsons Pinball Party

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This game received 826 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.457 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #26 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.566

Artwork: 8.488

Sounds/Music: 8.028

Other Aspects: 8.564

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17 days ago
For some reason I liked the Data East version better. Still a fun game with a cool upper playfield shot.
19 days ago
This is definitely one of the best pinball machines I have played (I own it currently); it's very unique and integrates the theme perfectly on the playfield and with the music/call outs. The ruleset is super deep, which adds to the pin's lastability; but it's not such that it will be intimidating for beginners (there are a couple of really nice tutorial videos on YouTube for anyone that wants to learn the rules quickly). The upper playfield is integrated really nicely to start the TV modes and for the couch multiball. One thing I noticed that adds a LOT to this game is a LED conversion (the game was too dark with the incandescent lights, but once I changed to LEDs, the game really pops). Overall, a super fun pin that I consider on par with some of the other great pins made by Stern (e.g. LOTR and Jurassic Park).
80 days ago
This was my first big purchase game, and I never regretted it. And I still own it and play it. Great rules, fun shots and call outs. The art still holds up after almost 20 years. And the playfield is packed. And who doesn’t love the Simpsons.
86 days ago
Super deep ruleset and fun to play. Theme won't appeal to some, but never annoying like I feel South Park gets. The garage shot is so good it ended up in R&M :)
88 days ago
have had this pinball for a decade and still love it. It has sat next to many pins in my basement but has been the staple. Never have even got close to wizard mode, but after a decade im still trying. Shoutouts are best in pin and has my favorite line of all time, Moe saying "shut up everybody, we got a player here!"
3 months ago
TSPP is an extremely fun game, especially for any Simpsons fan. The Playfield is filled with cool toys, but not too busy, the callouts are hilarious and the gameplay is great.
3 months ago
A must own for the diehard Simpsons fans. Its not the fastest but, it is very fun with lots going on.
4 months ago
My favorite pinball machine!
4 months ago
I read a lot of reviews before I decided to start hunting for one of these. I played it probably 15 years ago and had a good feel in general (I should have just went with that). Ignore the negative reviews, go get it! There are so many great things going on with this playfield. Is it perfect? No - but it is just awesome. I bought Metallica which is awesome (made in 2013 and ranked 14 here) at almost the same time as the Simpson Pinball Party (made in 2003 and ranked 26). Like them both but the Simpsons has so so much more going for it.
4 months ago
I desperately wanted to love this game (my family are huge Simpsons fans), but couldn’t. I had a very nice HUO example that we got just before quarantine and out a lot of games on it after a full shop.

This game is all about the garage shot and making it is really annoying. The side ramp shot is harder than it needs to be because the playfield is so busy it’s hard to see the ball coming and time it. And the constant hurry up, annoying.

New players walking up to the game require 10 mins of explanation to get a decent score.

Bottom line: this game is very nice looking and has a great theme, but it just isn’t fun.
6 months ago
I love the Simpsons so was excited to get this having never played it. So far it’s not doing it for me, it feels clunky and repetitive. Maybe I need more time on it to unlock it, but I feel like I expected more. I’ll keep it for a 2hile and see if I can get into it.
6 months ago
Great game that is like no other. Deep rule set for the expert players, but very approachable and fun for newcomers to the hobby. Love the artwork, music, theme and play.

Amazing machine!!!!!!
9 months ago
Played a few rounds. There is a ton going on. Seems like if you stayed on it and learned the rule sets it could be a lot of fun. Definitely well themed and played nicely. Not great fun but I didn't get into that much. It's in a lineup of 30 pins and didn't really stand up to the top 5 or 10. But it's a fun one and nicely done.

EDIT: Played again at a different site. I stayed on it and got more involved with it this time. It could really be fun I suppose. But... still was just eh. Shots are not hard, but not super easy. Pretty easy to understand I guess. Filling up the couch is a nice gimmick.
9 months ago
I love this game but I think you would need to love the theme to want to own it. For me it is really fun and has high replay value. Here are my pro/cons:


Rule Set - I have not played every game but this has to be up there in terms of deep rule sets. There is so much going on and so much to do. I think it also excels in the fact that almost everything can be stacked so you can get some crazy stuff going on at the same time.

Playfield Setup - I really love the way the playfield is set up. Lots of different features. It is a five flipper game with a really cool upper playfield.

Theme Integration - The theme is everywhere on this and every piece of the show has some corner, or ramp, or something to represent it. I personally love the loud colors and cartoonish feel but it may not be for everyone.


I really like almost everything about this game so these are pretty minor but maybe worth noting:

Callouts could be Annoying - I like the call outs but I think they might be annoying to some. My daughter hates hearing this game when I play it. There is a mode where Homer says "Doh" every time you hit a switch. It can be a lot of "Dohs".

Confusing for New Players - What I like about this game is the deep rules keep me coming back but it might be pretty confusing for new players or those who aren't as interested in learning all the rules.

For me, this game is almost perfect but you really need to love the theme or you might not enjoy it after a while.
9 months ago
This is an awesome pin, there is so much to shoot for! I think they nailed everything on this pin as far as theming it to the simpsons. Its fun but parts of it are really challenging.
10 months ago
I can’t talk much about the depth of this pin as I’ve barely scratched the surface. That being said, it’s an extremely deep game with tons to do so that’s my excuse.

It’s the Simpsons.
Has a small but well utilized upper playfield.
Physical ball lock (satisfying to get balls locked on couch shot).
Playfield feels open and shot variety is there.
Sound is a bit thin and needs upgrading.
Homers head is a bit lame.

It’s best in a home arcade as it’s just too deep to get through everything it has to offer out in the wild.
Does well in both large and small collections.
10 months ago
So much to do with TSPP. Great for all ages. Fun game.
10 months ago
I’ve had this game for a minute
I waited years to pull the trigger on one
The art,including the cabinet,to me is excellent
My wife is a huge fan like many and we enjoyed picking out all the lesser known characters on the cab
The playfield is jammed packed as everyone knows
Totally worth the price would be like a top shelf LE now
At first I enjoyed just shooting around.
Then I cooled on it a bit cause some of the shots seem odd

But as I stuck with it I started to get the code and what was happening I had some incredible balls that made me realize what this game has to offer
I mean this game TOTALLY immerses you in Springfield you feel like your in the game
I actually love the Itchy and Scratchy multiball as with so many places to keep the ball hung up ,makes the two ball multiball very entertaining and manageable
The Mystery multiball is insane
Homer mode when your in multiball with all the “Doh”s going on is hilarious
Alien invasion is fantastic
Man there is so many things to get involved in if you can progress the game
BUT if your just a shooter like my wife going for whatever it’s also a blast
The music for the hurry ups becomes annoying
If you like the Simpsons at all or at anytime have you will love this game
Color dmd really makes the game look stupid good

Great game WAAAY better then I ever thought it would be
11 months ago
I would play this pin at the Chuck-e-Cheese's when I'd take the kids a lot when they were younger. This pin may be the reason why I would take them as much as I did.

Anything that has to do with The Simpsons is of course, great and they put a lot of thought into the artwork, modes, call outs, and everything. This is a great pin to play and to come back to over and over.
11 months ago
Game looks great, you can tell they really nailed the theme. You could put this game next to any JJP game and it would look right at home. Stern really went all out with this one and it shows. Gameplay to me is where this title falls short. It’s very touch and go, defiantly not for a player who prefers a fast table. If you’re a fan of the series this is a must have, if your a fan of pinball I would say pass.
11 months ago
Feels like this should be wider or all the details a little smaller, seems claustrophobic. I love the simpsons, but not getting much of that feel for some reason.
11 months ago
At first blush, TSPP feels stop and go, and somewhat confusing. Only after playing this for a few months, did I become aware of the layer upon layer of code and strategy options. This game is missing one thing for me...satisfying shots. There are two...when compared to Spiderman...which has six. That being said, the playfield layout is very unique (in a good way.) And I think it's layout is to invoke a sense of chaos like the town of Springfield itself. Great theme.
11 months ago
Have played this onsite many times and finally purchased on.
An endless amount of Mods can be done. Can’t wait to add some to mine.
Easy to work on.
Great call outs.
A lot of shots to hit. Upper Playfield as well.
Fun and deep rule set
Perfect for beginner to start playing straight away and deeper Rules for better players.
Seems like the Playfield hold up really well and is tough unlike some newer ones.
Artwork around flipper and start buttons does wear.
Can’t go wrong with this machine.
Another one I won’t be selling.
11 months ago
The Simpsons isn't for everyone. If you're a high flow Steve Ritchie/John Borg fan, you're not going to enjoy this playfield layout.

It is clunky and some shots are too difficult, like the left ramp. It is however super rewarding when you make those shots or you end up improving your game skills to hit them more consistently.

The code is this game!! The call outs, the objectives and the mini wizard modes. I grew up on the early Simpsons and this game is perfect them integration. The living room is simple but so original.

This is a long term keeper in my collection.
1 year ago
When comparing The Simpsons to other games from this era its a pretty good game. But the price tag is too high when thinking of the amount of fun you get from playing it.
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