Tales from the Crypt

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This game received 347 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.011 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #70 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.062

Artwork: 8.047

Sounds/Music: 7.369

Other Aspects: 8.267

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60 days ago
My first game, and it will always be special to me for that. However, I'm honest in my review.

It's actually a fun game to flip! I do love horror and do love TFTC tv show and comics and do love this game! It's fast, and exhilarating. The flashers and dmd animations really set a tone. The shots can be difficult but are achievable. I love the tombstone and I like most of the modes, a few are ok but typically for the time (90s).

6 ball multi all is blast and so is crypt jam!

The rules are not modern age deep but in retrospect are very engaging compared to other games from the 90s.

I enjoy playing this game everytime I shoot it!

I have played a few others on location and if they are not working correctly or setup poorly this game doesn't feel fun, however I think that can be true with any game.

Overall, great 90s game and probably one of data easts best.
70 days ago
I absolutely love this game! There are no easy shots during gameplay. The skillshot is however quite easy to make, but it does vary a little bit what you will hit. The plunger is a Doorbell-button, so only timing is up to you, the player. The soundtrack is funny. (Take into account the time era where tales from the crypt originates). If you like the genre with ghouls and grave/crypt robbers, this machine is a must have.
71 days ago
One of the best Data East pins, it never got enough love when it came out but it's such a solid overall game with lot of game mode variety as well so many challenging shots to make. The game modes really mix things up constantly with you having to constantly change strategies to get maximum points. Visually it's nothing special but the aesthetic is pure EC Comics compared to the TV series. The audio would get better scores from me if it wasn't for the overly obnoxious amount of laughing that comes out of this machine from the Crypt Keeper. It's a bit too much and brings down the overall enjoyment of the whole thing when the machine is non stop laughing. But really it's a fantastic pin
71 days ago
In my opinion, this pinball has one of the best gameplay in the world of pinball. The theme is fantastic. the game is fluid, quite fast and really really funny.
The levels of the game are multiple (thirteen levels) and will satisfy all players (newbies as well as pro's).
If you have the latest ROM version and in addition, you change the allocated freegames to extra ball, your game can last much longer with necessarily much more pleasure. The multiballs (6 balls) are playable. Only hours and hours of fun.
3 months ago
Sounds are annoying. Top layout too cluttered and not elegant. But has a lot of elements that make it fun and keep you coming back.
4 months ago
I think this game can be polarising. My friend loves this game, he can play it non stop.. I'm not of the same mind. I find the shots really repetitive, and the table is just fairly bland! The callouts are soooo over the top repetitive! If I owned this table I would turn off the sound.. or get a pinsound installed... As his voice is grating! The continual laughter/cackling is horrible.

The ball plunger is cool and the theme is on point. I mean, it's certainly not the worst table I've played.. but maybe I need to wear earplugs when I play it... That might make It better?!
8 months ago
Please note, this review is based on the 4.0 (Chad) Rom update.

I am just floored with how fun this game is. So many great modes utilize about as much of this great theme as you could hope for! The Art package is amazing, and the dots are in my opinion, the best art and animation of all pinball.

Sound bytes are hilarious and authentic, and let's face it, when the license allows you to use Elfman's classic music from the HBO series.. you can't go wrong.

Game modes play like mini-games on the PF, some will have you shooting at spinners to unwrap a mummy, some have you hitting the drop targets like guillotine.

As for mechanics, this one how more than meets the eye :)

3 spinners, 2 ramps (a large 360' winding one, and a 90' upside down flip, which can often land the ball on the return of the first ramp, rewarding a trick shot).

A tomb target with a switch, and motor to slowly raise and lower this to reveal a hidden vault. The vault contains a VUK, projecting the ball upward and dropping into a upper trough, where it can then be staged and kicked back up to drop down on the right orbit to the upper right flipper.

A scoop provides the main mechanism of starting modes.

3 pop-bumpers

3 drop targets.

A really tight shot which can curve right into a 2nd upper trough to exit in the same VUK as the 1st upper trough.

A right orbit that passes through a diverter which can drop the ball to the upper trough for multiball, or allow the ball to complete the orbit coming down the left side.

Captive ball on the left is a very tight shot with big rewards.

6 standing eye targets, allow lighting the kickback and other advances and mode uses.

The plunger is a spooky door handle. This also acts as a means to lock in a potential mode to collect.

Neon green PF colour, provides an opportunity for interesting black light effects.

Some of the most flashers I have ever seen.


So much to do and see, this title really has a great balance of difficulty and modes and features to keep you playing.
8 months ago
Great game with amazing art. Well done
12 months ago
This is such a fun horror-themed table! I love all the toys, the shots, and all the sound effects!
1 year ago
It is a fun older game. Good sound effects and horror theme. Nothing earth shattering, but I like it. Also the door handle instead of plunger is really cool.
2 years ago
This game could be fun, but wholly cow, the sounds are just so annoying. I couldn't play this much because of the sound along. I really like the playfield art.
2 years ago
My buddy had one of these and I almost bought it off of him but just couldn't pull the trigger. Worthwhile game but not sure it's worth taking up the space.
2 years ago
This was the first pin I owned. Was a great pin and kept well with the theme. Unfortunately tho I Found it quite repetitive so I sold it after 12 months. Great pin for its price for anyone adding to their collection.
2 years ago
TFTC is a great overall game with lots going for it. My only issue with it is that's it's just too easy. It didn't stay with me long because I really prefer harder games. Whenever I see it at a show or on location, however, I will play it everytime.
2 years ago
Such a fun game. Mode based but a good variety. I did install the unofficial Rom and it does make the game more enjoyable and balanced. It's usually the first game I play. Good challenge and tight ramp shots. Can't go wrong here. Great fun animations and if you are a horror fan or just like fun themes This is for you. Play it or buy it whenever you can!
2 years ago
Real fun machine, received it today, music and lightning are awesome on this one, when crypt open, the strob and accelerated music is very stressing, i really enjoy that machine!!! Maybe the funniest of all data east! Cryptkeeper theme can't be bad anyway! Yeah i changed my note, but man! Everything is so clear on this playfield, bitch left ramp (which is the challenge of the pinball) except that every move can be easily made and long lasting for sure, i did not even put my name yet in the best scores and im doing really good, miss the crypt jam by twice, missing two challenge to get and missing two letter on the crypt to get the mega jackpot, the multiball cloning everytime you hit the crypt when double jackpot is done is awesome and give adrenaline!
2 years ago
One of my personal favorites. I grew up on the HBO show and read a lot of the old comic reprints when I was younger. I think it is the best Data East game ever made! Yes, even better than Guns n Roses. There are a lot of great satisfying shots and is pretty challenging. I personally love the theme it's nostalgic to me, but I can understand why it isn't for everybody. Crypt keeper's laugh can get pretty annoying, but that's my only flaw with the game.
2 years ago
when I first played this game I didn't get it but now a few years later I do & I like it a lot , its similar IMO with all the modes & such to Metallica but with a different layout , love the loop ramp & all the multi ball possibilities , the gory theme & the sounds may be a bit too much to have in a collection if you have young children around though
2 years ago
"Holy deadlock!" - this game is a hidden gem and Data East's crown jewel! It's easy enough for a novice to jump on and play, but deep enough for an expert to attempt mastering. If you love horror and pinball, you could not ask for a better combination. Most table artwork from Data East is mediocre (but still charming), but the art style for this machine is perfect - an accurate representation of 1950's E.C. Comics. Haters complain about the Crypt Keeper's cackling, but again, if you love the show, you'll appreciate the charm, along with his wit and morbidly humorous call-outs. Danny Elman's theme plays throughout, along with other ghoulish sounds and tunes. The animation is some of the best in pinball - an absolute gore-fest! The ramp shots feel great! This game is everything a pinball game should be: FUN! It's campy, spooky, and witty... and if you hit the 6-ball multiball, you're in for one hell of a ride!
2 years ago
I love the theme and this pin delivers all the campiness and gore of the the TV series. Artwork is a nice cross between the show and the original EC comics, ala artist Graham Ingels. Shots are fun and challenging with the shaker adding a lot to the creepy atmosphere. Cool wire ramps, A color DMD LED is almost a must (it is done so well!). Hope to keep this in my collection for a long time.
2 years ago
Played two examples of this game in the last few years. One in the wild and one I helped a friend pick up. Both played great and has some campy horror humor that sits well with me. It's no Bruce Campbell vs the army of darkness but I'll make do playing this title until then. Drop some quarters and shoot for the guillotine.
2 years ago
All shots you'd want in a game not to mention crazy 6ball multiball.
2 years ago
Really enjoyed this one. Played it for about half an hour. Launch gimmick is a bit awkward to use but it looks super cool. For an older machine it's flashy and fast like newer machines and completes well against them. Perhaps a tad on the easy side. 3 balls lasted me over half an hour and this is with me not being a professional pinball player or having learned the machine. But I promise you it didn't get dull for a moment. Machine is engaging and entertaining, with all the wit and humor you'd expect from the Cryptkeeper.
3 years ago
Super fun! Feels like a big tattoo or a amusement park !
3 years ago
An underrated by Data East. Tales From The Crypt was a favorite show to catch when at Grandma's when I was a kid (my fmaily didn't have cable) The table it's self is a pretty great layout with fair number of good but very satisfying shots. The art work is a bit wonky as would happen with this era's DE machines, perhaps driven by a desire to animate in greater detail than was easily reproducible. The table rules are great for someone looking to move slightly beyond the basics of Taxi or Bride of Pinbot. Lots of great modes. Excellent upon repeat plays.
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