Tales from the Crypt

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This game received 342 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.004 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #69 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.043

Artwork: 8.03

Sounds/Music: 7.322

Other Aspects: 8.249

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4 years 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
4 years ago
By far the best data east table I've played, yes it is a little clunky but has solid layout and rule set. Some.very tight shots. If this had bally or williams on it would be worth gold. Definitely worth throwing quarters at or picking up for home use. I only have room for about 6 pins so it will probably leave soon but that's the nature of the game.
4 years ago
Amazing pinball from data east very fun.. The best multiball 6 balls
4 years 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
4 years ago
Hello kiddies, The best true horror themed machine made. I'm a huge fan of the comics, movies and TV series. So, for me it doesn't get any better than this. The artwork could not be any better for the theme, and the DMD animations are fantastically gory. The music is fun and exciting, and the call-out's fit the game perfectly.

I feel like a lot of the people that rate the gameplay low on this machine is because of one or more of the following reason's: needs shopped/weak flippers, doesn't understand the game rules or doesn't like the theme.

I think the gameplay is very fun, there is a lot to shoot for and the ramps really keep the flow going. Great orbital shot, and a challenging hole shot. And 6 ball multi-ball is insane! There are a lot of challenging modes to go thru and it's very rewarding once you make it to the crypt jam.

Bottomline is if you love the theme and DMD games, there is none better.
4 years 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.
4 years 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!
4 years 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!
4 years 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.
4 years 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.
4 years 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, because this game is brutal. It will punish you quickly with fast ricochets and deadly outlanes. Don't expect long ball times.
4 years 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
4 years ago
This title was in our lineup for approximately a year. Though the machine plays a bit clunky & the build quality isn't exactly top of the line.... Once one gets past that ~ there is a fun factor to be experienced. The theme w/ the updated code makes this machine a thrill to play. The modes vary in difficulty, as each mode is unique & different by what you need to do to accomplish or complete each objective. In other words, the overall gameplay will have you shooting all around the playfield during the entire game. The callouts are not overly repetitious & are actually entertaining & funny. Additionally, getting to the wizard mode is quite a challenge & when you do it is a thrilling accomplishment. Overall this is a very fun machine w/ a relatively deep rule set. It's theme is spot on, & the difficulty factor will challenge you to eventually make it to the final objective wizard mode. I wish you well in YOUR pursuit of the perfect machine!
4 years ago
Fun Pinball with a very cool theme!
4 years ago
Pros:Challenging, yet fun game. The creature features make you work the entire play field. Wizard mode is hard to get but very satisfying. The artwork is excellent. Shaker motor is a nice feature. Callouts are great. Music and sound in general are awesome.

Cons: The crypt/scoop shot to activate the features is quite hard to hit and limits some of the fun factor for beginners. The crypt jam music is great but hard to hear over the 6 ball multiball. Some of the modes/features are imbalanced. CJ has been hit more times than monster jackpot, so I wish that was tweaked a bit better as monster jackpot also has some awesome music. Playing the organ is way too hard to get. Also, the video mode is essentially unbeatable


There are many pins out there that have the classic ball lock, rinse repeat but this game utilizes the tombstone bash toy to start the main multi ball. Once you lower the tombstone and hit the shot, there's a kickass animation of the player heading into the vault, the whole time the game is rumbling from the shaker. That is how you lead up to a multi ball. Hit the jackpot, a zombie gets sawed in the face with a data east branded chainsaw. Friggen A! Just a single jackpot mode? Nope. Gotta hit your Double jackpot mode now. Ok, now you're good. Nah, friggen Monster jackpot! The whole time you have chances to add balls.

Multiple multi ball modes, ripping spinners, hitting ramps, captive balls, cool animations and sounds.. the more pins I play on location the better I realize this game is.

Definitely an underrated game. I will miss this game
4 years ago
I loved the show, i hate the pin.
Extremely ugly and Data East cheap feel.
l will kill myself if i hear again the keeper laughings
Overrated pin for me.
5 years ago
On my list to own. Fun game and good theme.
5 years ago
TFTC is a good pin with a lot of game for the bucks.

+ Shaker
+ Theme
+ nice playfield layout design
+ 6-Ball Multiball

- Keepers laugh
- felt a bit clunky
- gets repetetiv fast

I think with the 6.0V rom Version from ChadH it would be better.
5 years ago
fun to play had a judge dredd and i like this a lot better
5 years ago
I have owned this game for a while. The game plays well and is very entertaining. Out of the box it is a little dull and dim but I have added a ton of mods to it--electric chair, werewolf, zombie for the crypt, metallica graveyard blades to the sides, LEDs all over the place...which livens it up a lot. Audio is a little annoying but I don't think I have played a pin yet where at some point I haven't gotten tired of some part of the audio. BY FAR the best Data East game. I never get tired of it--if this were a williams or bally machine everyone would be way more excited about it I guarantee!
5 years ago
The best and one of my favorites. Great art and theme. Cool shots, good flow and nice ramps. I also like the topper. I added speaker lights which makes the game look cool.
5 years ago
Little overrated. No real toys in this game, which I am a fan of. Just an OK game. The cackling laugh would get old.
5 years ago
I've had this game in my collection for awhile, and I still enjoy playing it. Multi ball is fairly easy to get and a lot of fun. I wish the build up before multi ball start was better. Doesn't get you excited about the multi ball, but it is still fun once you get it. Game plays fast and fun. I wish there was more to do in the middle of the playfield. Artwork and voices are kinda quirky, but the show was always funny and quirky also. Still a fun game overall and I will keep it in my collection for awhile.
5 years ago
The game is acceptable to be a Date east but the design is horrible ...... one of the ugliest ever seen Pinball
5 years ago
This pin might as well have no theme at all because the playfield design and (lack of) toys have minimal bearing on the theme. But it is still pretty fun to play.
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