Theatre of Magic

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This game received 1018 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.453 /10


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This game ranks #30 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.629

Artwork: 8.544

Sounds/Music: 7.926

Other Aspects: 8.49

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17 days ago
Love this theme! Great overall game. One of the all time greats. Especially love the spinning magnetic box.
26 days ago
What a beautiful turd of a game. The game is stunning to look at. The flow is excellent, but the ruleset is boring. It is shallow by 90s B/W standards. It really kills the game for me. Currently own this title and after a week have seen everything there is more than once and am ready to get it out of the house.
28 days ago
So magic
34 days ago
I’ll never sell that one. Has been the first pin where I reached wizard mode. Always good memories
35 days ago
I bought this machine for about a week ago and played at least 50 games on it. It's really hard to reach the ultimate goal and that's exactly what I like about the machine! Lot's of variety, excellent design, very nice to play. It's quit the opposite of MB!
48 days ago
Theatre of Magic is an all-time pinball classic. The game has unbelievable flow which is only interrupted by some of the best magnet mechs ever built. The trunk mash toy is always fun to hit and balances out the smooth butter-like ramps. The music and art are top-notch. The only knock on this game is it has a limited amount of modes which aren't that difficult to beat. The wizard mode is somewhat lacking too. That said, when you beat the game some of the luster dies. However, take a break from it and you will find yourself coming back for more.
53 days ago
Only the call outs get repetitive on this game, very fast and fun. All the magnets are well done for the theme, watching new players play it for the first time is always fun. What already hasn’t been said about this title. Incredibly fun to play.
72 days ago
Always a fun machine. Has enough rules to be interesting without being overcomplicated. Artwork is unspectacular but not bad.
3 months ago
Classic game, way ahead of it's time. The idea of the trunk setting up each of the Magic tricks is great. The multiball magnet start is fantastic.
3 months ago
Great game! Only for medium to advance players in a deeper collection. Pinstadium lights a must on this game. Will not leave my collection. Will be remade. Great value.
3 months ago
One of my favorites I've owned.. smooth gameplay.. hitting orbits is such a smooth feeling! Love it.
3 months ago
Like many people on here, I am a very big fan of the Williams WPC and WPC-S board games. This system really diversified the electrical capabilities of pinball machines for this era and allowed for more of everything. More, more , more. This philosophy worked out fantastic for some games...and not so much for others (Johnny Mneumonic anyone ?).

Theater of magic becomes one of the best of these games. Its ability to allow multiple magnetic interactions in the game were revolutionary . The rule set is actually more vast than many users give it credit for ( 4 primary objectives : Spell Theatre, Multi ball, Midnight Madness, and Illusions ).But what I like about this game is that it plays like a Porsche. Fantastically smooth shots every where on the field with the big clock loop and the two stair loops. Of course the trunk is fun and essential, but hitting the tiger saw captive ball within the time limit is TOUGH ! The sound ROM is so well developed and the call outs are actually , dare I say, surprisingly upbeat and positive in vibe. An absolute masterpiece in the marriage of a theme to a game. Too bad the tiger saw cost too much to put in at production. Just like the planet ring in DM...sometimes Williams abandoned what they thought would eat up their bottom line.

Conclusion : there has never been a purely objective pinball purist who put this game in their collection and come away underwhelmed. It stacks up against all the other amazing WPC games ( FH, TZ, AFV, & MM which are the others at the top of the class). Is it easier to multi ball than MM or WWH2O.....yes.

BUT... the grand finale is very hard to complete and ranks up there with some of the best modes to complete in pinball. Probably the last elite game that has a descent cost / fun ratio ( I put Spiderman at #1 for that BTW). I have owned this game twice...the only game I have ever sold and repurchased. The only one! :)
4 months ago
Game is neat but I find it quite repetitive. Good not great in my humble opinion. Way better games out there for the same price point.
4 months ago
It’s a fun, relaxing, low stakes game with a cool magic box mech, but I don’t care much for the artwork, theme, or the shallow rules.
5 months ago
After playing some fast paced , brutal pinball it is such a pleasure to relax and have a game of TOM. It plays so smooth (liked melted butter) and the flow is both meditative and satisfying. I love the extremely polite call outs which often boost your ego. All in all a very smooth, relaxing game with plenty of toys and a simply beautiful art package and sound that integrate very well and result in a 'tick all the boxes' kinda table.
6 months ago
Classic machine that never gets old. Plays well with plenty of scoring all over the playfield. Lots of combo shots to be had and there arent many drains to get in the way. One of my my top 5.
6 months ago
This game is awesome. I got lucky and stumbled upon one of these during a trip to a barcade.
I have heard nothing but great things about it. I actually got a free credit someone left on the machine so the first play was free. I don't think most people know about matching because there were 3-4 machines with credits on them when I walked into the place...ohh well more free games for me.

The trunk target/toy alone is so amazing. I hit it a few times and a hole opened up...ok cool. Then multi-ball started and things got crazy. I thought "Ohh that's cool, that's all it does". Then I hit another ball at the trunk and BAM it magnetized to the trunk...which then rotated 180 degrees. For a pin from 95' this thing is stellar. In terms of fun factor, I'd put this up against most modern pins any day of the week. I would say this is now 3rd in my top 10 games.
7 months ago
Might be the best pin ever, skip the licenses and go for quality.
7 months ago
One of the best pins ever made and a great game for players of all ages. I played this game for hours a day for what seemed like years before I bought mine. Kept it a long time and only sold it when I moved and didn't have space to keep. There is a lot to do and everything ties together well. This game never failed to please (except when the truck would act up) and you could never go wrong adding it to your collection if you have the chance.
7 months ago
This is my all time favorite machine.
It may be nostalgia but it has all the classic wants in a machine. The art is great, the Music is suspenseful and appropriate. From the others in the community I have talked to it is a fairly easy machine to keep running. My hope is to own one very soon
7 months ago
This is another outstanding game from Williams heyday in the 90’s.

Pros: theme integration, cool magnet effects, sound, art, versatility of the awesome trunk toy, number of shots, smooth play.

Cons: not much - there seems to be an occasional rare malfunction with the trunk, strong players might find the game too “easy”.
8 months ago
First played a Theatre of Magic pinball in the local bowling alley when I was about 16 years old right after it was released. In 2006 I was fortunate enough to buy one for my father who is a professional magician. It's a great machine, that, even 25 years later, is better than some of the modern pinballs coming out. This one will never leave our collection.
8 months ago
9 months ago
One of my favorite games growing up. Really want to own this one at some point.
10 months ago
Excellent theme. Fun to play. Silky smooth ramps. The trunk is fun to shoot. I owned a beautiful example but, in the end it was not a keep for me. The music and sounds are kinda repetitive. A remake with updates could be cool?
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