Tales from the Crypt (Data East, 1993)

Tales from the Crypt

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This game received 308 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.867 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #63 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.945

Artwork: 7.92

Sounds/Music: 7.113

Other Aspects: 8.102

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8 years ago
ok not all that great
8 years ago
A great game, and runner-up for Data East's best pin (the title belongs to designer John Borg's own GnR). Fans of the series (as well as horror fans in general), owe it themselves to check out this pin. The translite and playfield artwork are gloriously faithful to the comic series' artstyle. Playfield is well laid out offering fast gameplay, good flow, solid ruleset, and a great 6-ball multiball (all with DE's shaker motor). One of the more fun DE skill shots, while using the game's custom door-knocker auto plunger. Fun take on the TV show's theme song, and some awesome antagonistic quotes from the actual Crypt Keeper ("Chop of the morning to ya!"). The dot matrix animations are fantastic, but are a bit gory for the youngsters (adjusted with "Reduced Realism" setting). Sadly, this game is often underrated because it's a Data East. Don't let the DE label fool you! TFTC is a great game, and can be found for an affordable price. Excellent choice for seasoned pinheads, or new pinball collectors.
8 years ago
TFTC is a very overlooked and underrated machine. I ended up w/one while making a bulk purchase of pins @ a warehouse. Machine looked spotless and he offered it up cheap so I took it too. I absolutely love this pin, It's got it all ! ! ! ! Never the same game,fast,Great for the experienced players- the levels keep you in the game( when your not trying to keep 6 balls going ), I've never got tired of it and I've had it for 13 years now.It's one of the few along with TAXI & High Speed that have never made my game room rotation.
8 years ago
I've been looking for this machine to buy for some time and finally got a chance to play a beat up version at a local auction about 3 weeks ago here in Des Moines. I scored 399mil. I couldn't believe it and proceeded to chalk my name up on the pin at the end of the game. I think TFTC plays extremely smoothly and I didn't find any bad drainer targets. What I think this game could use is a drop in the toys from the very top of the playfield to something more mid range. Your eyes are so focused on the ball at that angle that a lot of the DMD animations are missed...and they are REALLY cool. I loved the feel of the game and the effects. It's darker to be sure but "warm in the crypt". I hope to pick one up soon and probably will add some LED's to lighten the playfield up.
8 years ago
Now that I own this game and play it daily, I have to adjust my rating. I absolutely love it. I initially bought it on a whim and was considering selling it before i even unloaded it. But after replacing some bulbs, cleaning the inserts and playfield, this thing is a BLAST to play! I'm sure I may trade it for some other pin in the future, but not any time soon.

EDIT: OK, so as usually the case, I needed money so I sold it. Now I miss it.....
8 years ago
Data East did a great job with this pinnie. Creepy artwork all over and a nice, open playfield for good ball speed. A highly sort after machine - very collectable.
8 years ago
This was my first pin..a quite fun game..the artwork it's not my favourite (the design it's too confused), very good the 180° ramp quite difficult to get, the music is quite good..
Data East was a step less than the Williams/Bally model..it's clear...
9 years ago
I recently purchased TFTC, I had been playing it at an arcade for a year. it has an excellent theme and is challenging. I have played most of the P.B. machines ahead of this on the top 100 list and TFTC is underated at 37!!!!! THIS IS DATA EASTS BEST P.B. MACHINE.5/19/2009. I will write back in 6 to 9 months to update on its durability.... Peace--Out !!!!! Well i've had T.F.T.C. for over a year now. I really enjoy playing it...I've had to replace the DMD and powerboard. Also a ribbon cable and some minor playfield repairs. I would love to buy a high end resto of this pin if it exists...This pin is a keeper...love it..Now to find a Scared stiff in VG to EXC. condition...Peace out..............................
9 years ago
I love this game! One of Data East's best efforts. Some of the dot matrix images are a bit graphic for the little ones, but quite entertaining for adult players. There is nothing cooler than undressing the mummy in the Frightmare mode! Too funny:)
9 years ago
Data Easts finest effort. Mode based pin along the lines of Addams Family, not quite as universally appealing though. If you don't find the Cryptkeeper annoying you are going to love this one.
11 years ago
A good original game, with nice shots and an original rule set. The only thing I would change is the automatic lighting of multi-ball on ball three but I appreciate that it is there for novice players. This game has lots of depth and a great wizard mode that is tough to get to!
13 years ago
Well thought out pin with fun abounding everywhere. Starting with the right ramp loop and continuing with horrifically fun sound throughout.
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