Tales from the Crypt (Data East, 1993)

Tales from the Crypt

Pinside rating

This game received 307 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.865 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #64 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.938

Artwork: 7.924

Sounds/Music: 7.113

Other Aspects: 8.1

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9 days ago
This game is ugly, but that is exactly what it should be. DE nailed TFTC. Great layout and one of the best dmd animations on any game in the 90s. Music is really good, but of course the laughter would probably get annoying. This game is one of the reasons I love DE.
58 days ago
Tales from the crypt has had a bad rep for years, now people are starting to come around and enjoy this pin. if it had a Williams logo on it instead of Data East it would be a must have.
75 days ago
If this game had more toys it would be a top 10 classic. It’s missing a few little things here and there but this game is funny, and fun to play
79 days ago
I enjoy playing this game. I'm still pretty terrible at it but I enjoy a challenge. I really like the theme. The music and the call outs are great. As I'm learning the game, I'm learning which modes net more points and therefore when to shoot for the scoop to start a mode and when to shoot the spinners to change the mode. This game is deep enough and difficult enough to keep me wanting to play it more.
5 months ago
too open and straightforward for my liking, its all long shots and steep tilt like too many modern games. the laugh is a bit much, but who can hate the crypt keeper, horror genre is always going to be a top draw.
6 months ago
I have just finished working on this and have been playing for several days now. It has a great flow and is deep enough to where I just keep getting to new levels. Multiball occurs often, sometimes twice in a single game. Extra ball is fairly easy to get as well. I love the sub games on the dmd, much like what is on lw3 as well. Just a very cool game. The ramps are very cool as well, a challenge to hit.
6 months ago
I wanted this game for awhile and finally got it. After i had it for about a month i was ready to move on. I loved the show back in the early 90's so i couldn't wait to get it. I don't understand the high ratings for this machine??? It's ok don't get me wrong but not top 50 or 60??? Very repetitive and the call outs get old fast. Buy it and keep it for 2-3 months and then move on like i did.
8 months ago
Tales from the Crypt plays a lot like Tommy and Jurassic park and other data east games from the same era. If you enjoy the theme then you'll like this game in particular. Plenty of modes to play through and some pretty tough shots on this game in particular.
8 months ago
the best animation so far, music and sounds are awsome, very fun.
9 months ago
good game, sounds, music and dmd animations are top for me, fun pinball, i add just 1 or 2 toys, it will be better
9 months ago
Such a fun game.

The Good:
-horror and pinball just go together. GREAT theme integration.
-the DOTS!! Maybe the best dots in all of pinball pre-LCD. If you own this game, you MUST buy a Color DMD for it. Seriously, I don't even have any of their displays on my games, but this one is a must. Perfect animation with a color DMD.
-GREAT shots! And tight! Wow. Sniping skills are absolutely mandatory on this one.
-Such fun modes if you like horror. And plenty of em. The code on this game is incredible. Possibly Data East's best.
-The neon green on this game looks SO good under a blacklight. Do a search on this game and ways to trick it out with blacklight. Incredible.
-Great artwork and sounds. Love it.

The Bad:
-too much Cryptkeeper laughing.
-theme is definitely not everyone's cup of tea. And definitely an adult-themed pin. While I love it, I understand why this won't work in everyone's collection
11 months ago
Not a fan of the scratchy artwork, but the game suits the theme well.
11 months ago
Really didnt know what i was missing bang for buck what a terrific game
12 months ago
Ok, first, I am a sucker for horror themes. I grew up reading horror comic books. I have a TWD PRO, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Ghost Busters, and a Grand Lizard. When a TFTC became available locally I made an offer and got the game for a reasonable price. For an almost 25 year old game, and a re-import from Spain, it was in good shape all considering—but it had a lot of “small” electrical issues I needed to sort one by one. Mainly switches and repairing some meatball surgery hack jobs that had been performed on the boards in the preceding years.

Anyway, I LOVE THIS GAME. Maybe because I have restored it 100% playability and made it look great again, but the play is fun. I don’t find the Crytpkeeper’s puns to be annoying in the least, but I can see how it can get on someone’s nerves. The rules can be deep, at least as deep as any early 1990’s game. The PF is just wonderful. When you LED out the PF it looks even better.
The backbox is a love it or hate it back glass. It alludes to different episodes of the series. Even with low intensity LED’s I found the back box too bright and took out several of the lights just to tone it down.

The ramps are great, and the one on the right loops if you can make it (tight shot!). The bash toy is the tombstone which is near impossible to hit with the lower flippers. But there is a spinner target that also leads to a VUK when multi-ball is lit, giving you either the Tombstone VUK or the spinner VUK to activate the multi-ball. You can get a good ruleset at Pinball.Org. It told me all I needed to know about the gameplay and how to rack up the points.

Overall I think it’s probably one of the top Data East games. It has that “just one more game” factor for me. My game did have a number of problems but nothing that could not be solved by asking around on Pinside. Every part I needed to replace could be found on line from Ebay to Marco to one of the many other vendors out there supplying pinball parts.

So game play is fine, and if you like horror themes, then this will look great in your collection, and even better next to a Walking Dead!
1 year ago
One of the best DE games, and very underrated as many DE games are in my opinion. Probably in the top 5 for me personally up there with TOmmy and Star Wars. Looks amazing with LED upgraded lighting. Play is a lot of fun, good variation of shots, great artwork and coloring . Just a fun game period and a classic IMO
1 year ago
Very underrated pin. Watched this series and jumped on the game when I found one. Lot of different modes to keep it fun and the shaker adds a nice dimension. Lots of different images from the series on the game. I really love this pin and bummed the ex got it in the divorce!!! Trying to get her to sell it back to me now that the color DMD has come out! Data East gets a bad rap - but is one of their best titles. The door knocker shooter looks cool and is a nice unique touch.
1 year ago
Amazing pinball from data east very fun.. The best multiball 6 balls
1 year ago
I actually enjoyed this game a bunch, but I used to read the comics when I was younger. The spinners and ramp was fun to hit for me and my girlfriend, so I eventually would like to pick this game up one day
1 year ago
what a clunk monster. not much fun here, well it is a data east...soooo. great theme and artwork, goes to show art and theme don't always equal a great shooter.
1 year ago
The first thing that stood out for me is the playfield artwork which is beautiful for this pin. The crypt jam wizard mode is a great motivator to keep on playing and very challenging to get which increases the game's lastability. Overall it is a fun game and if you like puns this is the pinball table for you!
1 year ago
Love me some TFTC. This table has it all: strong modes, achievable multiball, strong layout, great call-outs! It has the typical Data East sound quality, but if you can get past that, it's not so bad. It also has the typical Data East flashing when multiball is ready. When playing in a dark room, this can be quite distracting, even blinding. Wish there was a way to get rid of that. Otherwise, it's a ton of game for the money. Would love to add to my small collection one day!
1 year ago
Love this game. Nice machine to play 'a' game. Very solid game. Run without problems for me for long time. Without the alternative translite it looks a bit to ugly to me. But with! Light and Day. Doesnt get old.
Love the shots, big variety, rules set deep but not controlling. the Crypt jam is awesome. Overall a game to come back to. Have owned one, think id buy one again if it came my path. Coolest Data East for sure. Gotta love the theme, voices and artwork. Cracks me up every time. Some just put a smile on ur face. To me this is one of em.
1 year ago
If you can get past the incessant cackling (which I can), this is a great game. The layout is unique and fun, the theme is great, and the art grows on you after a while.
1 year ago
Cool game, nice looking design and fun theme, horror is always great. Love the DE art style. That crypt keeper laugh is annoying but it's so much better in Chads new custom code. A must have in this machine. Lots of REALLY challenging shots. It takes a bit time to master them.
1 year ago
Deeply over looked game. Satisfying ramp shots, great multiballs, good music and hilarious call outs. If you remember the showorld it adds an extra bond to the theme. Shaker motor is on point along with some of the modes. Has alot of last ability. Playfield art is love or hate. I don't think I'll part with this game anytime soon and I feel it deserves in top 50. Oh some of the best dmd animations. In my opinion get this game while it's affordable. It's challenging enough to get great at but easy enough to enjoy if your a casual player
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