The Simpsons Pinball Party

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This game received 741 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.432 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #18 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.525

Artwork: 8.47

Sounds/Music: 8.025

Other Aspects: 8.558

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10 days ago
A really good 2000s pin!
14 days ago
Fun game! The couch shot is very challenging but rewarding. Cool theme
25 days ago
this is a tough game but its loaded with shots, a great theme and deep rules. upper playfield isnt clunky like in a lot of other games with them. a good game to own if you want to become good at pinball.
36 days ago
Its funny I used to be a 90's B/W snob and paid no attention to great games like TSPP.. wow was I making a mistake... the whole family loves this pin! From funny animations and sounds to simple to very deep rules, this ones a real keep.. so much so I'm doing a full pinball refinery armor upgrade on as it gets played so much!

Its just a fun pinball experience!
47 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 number of modes and shots to aim for is amazing
* Theme tie in is awesome
* Locking balls on the couch
* Lastability is really high you won't get bored
* Speech is great I personally love Duffman
* 1 of only 2 machines Bowen Kerins owns, that has to be a positive

* There will be frustration if you want to complete all there is to complete
* Tough to get a high score
* Rules aren't easy to follow for beginners
* A bit stop & go not a lot of flow

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Must get a Color DMD here
* Duff Beer Mod
* Inside cabinet art blades
* Speaker panel decal
* CBG "Worst Pinball Ever" decal

What To Look For When Buying
* Worn out cabinet artwork
* Tv works
* Plastic over Itchy & Scratchy hole is intact
* Wear around Itchy & Scratchy scoop
64 days ago
I love this game; an excellent addition to any collection.
64 days ago
Deep code, I could play for hours. Great pin by Stern.
66 days ago
Really liked this machine, lots to do, mini play fields are cool, I don't know if it was the machine I was playing but some of the mechs on the playfield seemed clunky. Definitely one of Stern's better efforts, would suit a home environment really well.
82 days ago
This game is clearly not for everyone but I love it. The deep rule set keeps me coming back to see if I can accomplish more. Not a great game for novice players as rules are hard to understand and lighting modes / getting locks can be challenging. Game is a bit boring until you get it rolling but man...when you do ITS A BLAST. I feel like lower ratings on this game are typically from people who didn’t spend the time to learn the deeper rules and crush this table. Getting a good score is VERY SATISFYING on this table as it is very low scoring. Great for a private collection, does very well routed because of the theme but it is not great for competition because of abnormally long ball times.
3 months ago
This gameplay is IMHO the most challenging ever, especially when facing the endgame. The mini pf is fun to play and the toys and gimmicks did make me laugh so much. I had never experienced that before while playing a machine. Really big fun!

Doh, doh, dddodoh, doh!
4 months ago
Played this a few times now and while you can enjoy the thing, its just very tough to achieve multi ball and get any real momentum going. High points are hard to come by and I had more frustration than fun playing this game.
4 months ago
This is probably at least in my opinion one of the few games where you can tell Stern tried really hard to bring the theme into the game... the game looks like something you'd see in the TV show. Lots of toys, lots of effort to create the detail of the show.

now a days, sterns tried very little most toys are plastic pictures, and they charge way more. what happened?
4 months ago
Great ruleset with multiball scoring. Very nice toys and theme. It's a fun pin with lastability.
4 months ago
One of my favorites for sure! Fun game with so many modes and action, trying to layer the multi balls is fun! Wish they would do a remake!!
5 months ago
Great fun, deep game. If you like the simpsons get one.
5 months ago
The theme incorporation is great here, and there are lots of varied ways to score points and overlapping modes.'s the thing. If you can bash the center 'toy' (garage, hardly the most Simpsons-like thing to use for a toy, come to think of it), and hop up to the upper playfield/couch, and can just keep doing that, you can accumulate a ton of points. The high-danger shots, like Itch and Scratchy, are relatively low payoff. And the upper playfield is a tad boring compared to the universe of upper playfields -- just a little bash area, albeit with two flippers, and you get the TV mode *and* the multiball lock for couch multiball. Sure, completing the modes requires a full set of playfield shots; but you don't really have to complete the modes. Throw in the usual depravity of a bumper farm right near an exit that produces SDTM bounce outs, a high risk zone to avoid, you basically have the center shot and if you really want to go wild, you can bash the right ramp for a while. All in all, while I very much like the overall feel of the machine, it's quite unbalanced as far as the overall play and as such isn't as much fun as it really could have been.

In general, this is the Stern way for the last 20 years - bash toy in the center, easy multiball, layered scoring that you can dial up if you really want to try but which is not a competitive goal so much as a way for HUO owners to avoid boredom with microchallenges. It has its place but it's not my cuppa.

All that said, I will give TSPP a plus plus for getting the elements of the theme done nicely, although there could be more Lisa and Marge, to be sure.
6 months ago
I’ve been playing this game on location in the league and I’ve really enjoyed it! It’s just a fun, great scoring game! My only complaint is the left orbit is an insanely precise shot to hit, otherwise I love it and I enjoy playing it!

Fun game, fun shits, extremely satisfying, love the callouts.
7 months ago
I absolutely love The Simpsons so pumping quarters into this machine was a no brainer. Probably a bit bias on the review but even so I think the toys are a bit lacking or should I say they could have done a lot more with them since The Simpsons has so much to work with.
7 months ago
One of my all time favorite pinball machines. Best theme in pinball. Call outs are SO good. I am so glad they hired all three of the original cast members. Art is good, layout is great, and rules are unbelievable, especially for the time. I would love this game. The only issue I can see with this game is that the rules may be too deep and the game can get frustrating.
8 months ago
My only complaints are the cheap artwork on the cabinet, and the "otto school bus lock" that slows the game play down a lot in my opinion. Other than that I'd say this is up there in my top 5 pinballs of all time , yes I am a die hard Simpsons fan as well so that does probably help this rating.
8 months ago
I will start off by saying this review is bias, I own one. And it in mint shape and heavily modded.
Gameplay can be played easy or hard. Rules are simple and deep. Theme? Well Simpsons have been on TV since the Tracey Ullman Show. The light show is fantastic and easily moddable to make it even better. Its sort of family friendly.
Add a color dmd and you would think this is a much newer game.
I bought this from a guy that is a pb wizard and he says after years its still a challenge. If a deep ruleset and silly fun is what you need this is it.
8 months ago
I owned this game for about a month and just did not like the game play. Definitely not for me. I like the theme, artwork, and music but the game play is the most important thing to me. My ratings are usually fairly consistent with the Pinside community but not with this game. I don't like the flow of the game and just overall get bored when I played the game. I didn't even want an extra ball.
9 months ago
A great game with an original/crazy design that is true to the tv-show! Just the way you get to multiball/extraball is different than on any other game.
9 months ago
I love The Simpsons. I love this game.

A bunch of the original voice cast are here with custom work, and the game features music indicative of the show too. Art all over is perfect and it's clear they worked closely with Matt Groening's team. Theme aside though, it's a very unique playfield layout that offers the right amount of flow vs. stop-and-go in my view. Wonderful shots all over. Ruleset is also crazy deep and I've never got to the end of the game. Toys are great too - the garage door, cooling towers and couch in particular all interact with the ball nicely. An absolute must have for a Simpsons Pinball's on my radar!
9 months ago
One of the deepest rulesets in pinball. Unique playfield design with mini playfield. Great art, music and sound package.
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