Theatre of Magic

Pinside rating

This game received 939 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.428 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #25 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.6

Artwork: 8.543

Sounds/Music: 7.922

Other Aspects: 8.449

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8 days ago
All the loops and ramps feel too easy. Shoot it pretty much anywhere and it’ll go up something or another. The trunk mechanism is cool with the different unique sides.
9 days ago
Fun just not something that will last for me .
9 days ago
Amazing game. I have only played on location but after sinking plenty of money into it, it never gets old. Great theme meets great rules and gameplay.
60 days ago
Love this game. Theme, sounds and gameplay keep me coming back.
61 days ago
Nice game! Grabbed it for the looks! Not a deep game, but the shoots are really nice!
3 months ago
Highly fun to play over and over. Takes time to figure out the combinations and unlock the various goals. The background music does not get old or monotonous. Shows how a game can hold your interest if it's well designed and thought out in terms of toys, etc.
3 months ago
One of the greatest pin ever in my opinion. The artwork is fantastic. The game is very fun and the trunk toy is very cool. I absolutely love the animation when you lock a ball for multiball.
4 months ago
I love the code, the way this game plays, and the look. It is one of my favorite games for so many reasons. Doesn't get as much love as it should.
5 months ago
Great game.The rules are easy to follow and the design flows well.The use of magnets in this game is well done.The magnet that saves your ball from draining is a great feature
5 months 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
5 months 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.
6 months 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.
8 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.
8 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.
9 months ago
Just a overall great pin awesome theme shots and callouts
A must have pinball machine
The theatre is awaiting !
10 months ago
Some people say the game is too easy, but I always have a good time playing it. I am a semipro magician, so there is bias for sure. The ball moves fast and who doesn't love the magic trunk?
10 months ago
What a great classic I enjoy the shots every time I play this game.
10 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.
10 months ago
This pinball merit to be in the top 10 Pinball in the world.
11 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.
12 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.
1 year ago
This game make you come back for more with great play field and nice art work and good game play
1 year 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.
1 year ago
I really appreciate the positive feedback this game gives you,as you play "you can do it "," you have the power " ect.
1 year 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.
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