Tales of the Arabian Nights

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This game received 855 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.467 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #24 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.414

Artwork: 8.735

Sounds/Music: 8.064

Other Aspects: 8.449

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10 days ago
I have wanted this game for a long time. I was just able to pick it up. It will never leave my collection. I now understand why people haven’t wanted to let this game go from their collections. I believe it is a perfectly balanced 90’s pinball. I love the toys and interaction of this game with the spikes and genie. The magnet dropping and allowing the ball to go below the play field is super cool as well. Williams made so many amazing games in the 90s
32 days ago
TOTAN is arguably the most beautiful pin made, especially the playfield. Combined with the music it does take you to a faraway land. It has a good number of hidden shots, like the harem. Battling the genie, the wizard mode is fun and exciting with the back and forth of who is winning. The tales however lack variety - they require many of the same shots. It also does not have a deep rule set, and is easy to beat for an experienced player.
50 days ago
ToTAN is simply put an all-time pinball classic machine. It gets everything right. Flow, art, music, theme, and just plain fun. Most pinheads haven't played this very often. Collectors have bought them up and hold them and when you do find one in the wild it is tired and thus the flippers and mechs may not work 100%. When this game is set up correctly and working 100% it is buttery smooth. Not as smooth as ToM though. It is semi-rare especially in near mint condition which adds to the mystic. Be prepared to spend big $$$$ if you find one that has been taken care of. Like all Bally/William of this era it is somewhat limited in modes and ruleset. Get'r done!!
3 months ago
I realized when rating this machine that I am rating it slightly higher than any other machine I have ever played. It is that good ... really there are no weak points in my opinion. I don't "love" the theme, but it is SO well executed and so much fun it is impossible for me to not completely love this machine.
3 months ago
One of the best, some truly rare mechanics in this machine
3 months ago
Wpc95 classic. Great game. Unique skill shot. We love it but you need to have a deeper collection. Top 10 game. Very underrated.
3 months ago
Playfield is a little crowded and bash toys a little big, as the lamp gets in the way of a lot of the shots and kills the flow, but still a fun pin. I love the spikes that come up just above the inlanes, that is awesome! And in generally, one of the best use of magnets in any pin!!
3 months ago
Probably my favorite game out of the B/W lineup, TOTAN is as close as you can get to perfection in pinball, at least for when the time it came out in. So much to do and a lot of really satisfying shots to make. Also I legit skill shot which can be quite difficult to master even with a well tuned machine. Music and sound is what really brings this game together, it sets the tone early on that adventure you are about to take. Even my wife, who isn't huge into pinball absolutely loves this game. If there is one thing I would say is a slight drawback, is that the plastic ramps do seem to clutter the playfield a bit, but you would hardly notice when you are playing. I would love to own one, I would love to see a remake as I would be on the list to get one for sure.
4 months ago
Great game and very accessible to the novice. Anyone good at pinball will quickly tire of it though as it’s really quite easy to collect all the gems and beat the game. This would be a great candidate for a remake with some added modes and deeper code. Once you’ve beaten the game it’s not as fun anymore.
4 months ago
Love the art nouveau inspired playfield artwork. The spinning lamp, and genie toys are cool. I love being able to select which mode I’ll play next, and the final fight with the genie is absolutely incredible.
6 months ago
Bought this one, and sold it after two weeks. Beautiful machine. Great theme. Found it to be too easy, and lacking depth. Voltaire and TOM are the far superior Papadiuk games in my opinion. It wasn’t worth having 8K in to a game like this, when there are several $5,000 modern games that are far superior in every criteria.
6 months ago
This one is in my top 5. Never gets old to play.
6 months ago
Excellent game!

Skill shot is interesting, although not deep. Collecting the jewels is a great goal, difficult but laid out simple enough a basic player like me used to EM games can figure it out. Animations are fun, and the voice acting is good.

The one I have played is set up steep, which makes for a fast and challenging game.
6 months ago
Love this game ,,, timeless !
7 months ago
A classic and one of the most enjoyable games I've ever played. Great theme, multiple ways to score points and pursue objects and you get the princess if you are lucky!
8 months ago
Stunningly beautiful game. The game seems to be a little to easy and repetitive due to the somwhat shallow rules.
9 months ago
I love this game it is one of my top 3 I would say. Surprised it isn't higher. Strikes that balance of lots to do without being ridiculously complicated. I hate games that have a lot of cheap drains and this isn't one of them it keeps the fun high being able to keep the ball in play.
9 months ago
Overall a smooth fun game.
Skill shot on the launch is entertaining.
Final battle with the Genie is a riot!
Numerous multi-ball’s to be had.
The Lamp seems to be in the way at first, until you realize it’s adding to the difficulty in a good way for longevity sake!
Love it!!!
9 months ago
Really want to like it but game is a bit choppy and dark.
9 months ago
One of the Best!!!
10 months ago
I so badly want this machine.
10 months ago
Game does not have good flow, lamp is awkward in the middle of the playfield. Everytime I play, I just wish it was actually aladdin themed.
1 year ago
Beautiful machine, very good theme, the game is fantastic along with good sound and some features that new machines don't have. it is a game that enchants and draws us, a theme that pleases the young and the old. ramps and fun effects, I was after Arabian nights. in my opinion a machine ahead of its time!
1 year ago
This game is what it is. A real world under glass. So many cool toys. When working properly this game is smooth as butter.
As far as rules go, I am not really a competitive player and it just feels good to play.
It feels a bit like putting your quarters into an automaton and watching it do its thing

very pretty
1 year ago
The most beautiful pinball machine ever built. Had to own it just for that reason. The real "problem" why this isn't a keeper for most is that it takes only a few days to get to the wizard mode, which is probably not good if you only have a small collection and want more variety / challenge.
If you are a casual player and/or can play this at an arcade, give it a go. You won't be disappointed, cool shots and the shooting stars alone are a feature you should definately experience!
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