Theatre of Magic

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This game received 932 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.441 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #20 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.609

Artwork: 8.572

Sounds/Music: 7.959

Other Aspects: 8.454

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20 days ago
I think I is a complex game but everything else is fun the toys are cool and if your ball goes down the outlane sometimes the magic pulls the ball back in and the rules are easy after you play it a few games
38 days ago
Artwork is among the best out there, game has flow and is really fun to play. Shallow ruleset is the only issue with this one.
44 days ago
Got to do a full cleaning of the Pacific Pinball Museum's game and wow does it pop once it's all polished up! I wind up taking photos of the bunnies every damn time I play. Tons of fun, lots of challenges.
3 months ago
All around good pinball game. Rules can be a bit confusing. Toys and effects are unique and add a personal touch to this title.
3 months ago
Theatre of Magic was my "Second love game." After I had been playing pinball for a while, I really fell in love with this game. It's a killer theme with great modes. I love flowy games, and this one shoots like butter. From a kinetic feel alone, I'd play this game all day. That said as I've played more machines, the rules have felt a little lack luster, especially if you can hit that left orbit on repeat and blow the game up fairly safely. When I play now, I tend to just go for modes and play it a little more close to what I believe the designer imagined. Even then, I'm still able to just enjoy the game for how it shoots. I enjoy this game a lot, and I think it's really friendly to casual players. If you are looking for something for you and your non-pin friends to love, this would be a great bet. If you are a hardcore tourney player, I'd look elsewhere.
4 months ago
My favourite pinball before Addams!
5 months ago
Just a overall great pin awesome theme shots and callouts
A must have pinball machine
The theatre is awaiting !
5 months ago
What a great classic I enjoy the shots every time I play this game.
5 months ago
TOM is a gorgeous and engaging machine with great flow. Great modes, animations, objectives and gameplay. This game deserves top 10 status. One of the best pins from the best era of Pinball.
5 months ago
This pinball merit to be in the top 10 Pinball in the world.
6 months ago
The shots and returns on this game are some of my favorite. Very hittable ramps and orbit shots with super fast returns depending on setup. The trunk and the trapdoor are very cool interactive parts of the playfield that never seem gimmicky to me. The animation are great for the era and I love the backglass art! Just a really fun, approachable, and fast game.
7 months ago
I am not a big magic fan, but this theme is done very well and the pin is a lot of fun to play. Not in my personal collection but I tend to play it on location whenever I see it. It flows very well and has a very well integrated multi-ball lock.
7 months ago
This game make you come back for more with great play field and nice art work and good game play
8 months ago
One of my top five games of all time. Its theme has survived the test of time. Multiple game modes, with the attraction to play over and over again. Fun at all times for all ages.
9 months ago
I really appreciate the positive feedback this game gives you,as you play "you can do it "," you have the power " ect.
9 months ago
Exciting playfield layout and a center toy, the trunk, that is a real measuring stick for other games. The way it directs the game through movement and magnet is impressive.
Cabinet and overall art is beautiful and if there is something to say in summary of the game play that would be FLOW.
This is some fast and smooth loop and ramp action here that will keep average players on full alert.
The weak points would probably be that the original playfield lightning seem a little dark compared to newer games in general. Gameplay itself is fun and demaning, but it does not reach the same class of depth and variation as for instance MM or Attack from Mars. Nevertheless- a real solid game. Among the best from the 90's range by Bally/WMS.
9 months ago
Super fun pin to play. This one keeps me coming back every time!
9 months ago
TOM is fairly simple machine with a lot of straight forward shots. You can get the speed rocking on it with a fast center loop and a straight forward multiball that is a bit difficult to keep alive.

There is a lot going on and most of it is awesome. I love the theme. The magic trunk is one of the easiest shots in pinball but it leads to a lot of clever themed very fun shots. The animation is great and funny. There is something about a guy rolling down the steps as a result of a "back door," shot that makes me laugh.

This is the machine in my collection that people gravitate to. I think the reason is that TOM is just plain fun. I have owned hundreds of machines over the years but TOM will sit in my collection forever. wife would kill me if I ever got rid of it.
10 months ago
My favourite of all time.
10 months ago
I enjoy this machine and would probably compare it to Funhouse in terms of where it falls among my favorite pinball machines. I don't think it invokes enough excitement for me to want one in my collection, but this game will always be a must-play if I'm at an arcade that has it.
10 months ago
Love the magnets! Lots of cool toys. Top 10 game in my opinion. First game I purchased
10 months ago
Slightly repetitive but super fun game. Like all JPOP games, amazing and satisfying shot layouts.
10 months ago
Currently one of my top 10 pins of all time.
11 months ago
Truly, one of the best flowing games I have played - the ramps flow so smoothly into each other you can hit inner/outer orbits multiple times, alternate sides and just keep the ball going. The stop/start portion of the game is down to the magic trunk, but this is a pretty fun gimmick with the trunk having different modes and capturing the ball. Some nice magnet tricks are implemented such as the magna saves (when they work) and the spirit ring which picks up the ball from one rail and drops it in another.

I like the callouts and music they fit the theme perfectly - it's a lot of fun to play, not frustrating and certainly not too easy as some people say. It looks fantastic I love the art package and the cabinet is simply awesome, definitely one of the best looking (older) games out there.

Criticisms... Well perhaps the sounds are a little repetitive and the rules seem to be quite simplistic without the depth found in some other games, but I think the fun factor more than makes up for these.
11 months ago
In my opinion one of the best games ever. Great game play and playfield. Great lights and a lot of fun.
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