Theatre of Magic

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This game received 937 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.426 /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: 8.598

Artwork: 8.542

Sounds/Music: 7.92

Other Aspects: 8.446

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8 years ago
The game is a bit easy for expert players. Ball can bounce out of the trunk sometimes and also not pop out of the trap door when needed. Left orbit real easy to hit to spell THEATER. Right side orbit harder to hit to get to midnight and you have to hit more times. Trunk shot, over and over and over gets old, but awesome overall presentation on the game. I found myself letting a lot of the modes timing out to get to the wizard mode. Why does this game have a shooter rod? A shooter rod that goes to a dead stop ramp? Use a button and auto shooter or some kind of skill shot would have been better. This game has the worst video mode ever, virtual pinball.
8 years ago
I love the trunk toy on the playfield, and when I played it the first time, I scored over a billion points. Not bad at all.
8 years ago
Theatre of Magic is a beuty queen. It's a great machine to look at, there is no arguing that. The shots are smooth, and it flows all day....

It just got boring for me, really fast. No real stradegy comes into play with the limited rule set. This is another game that could benefit from PROC. If some decent rules were written, I would own this game again.
8 years ago
beautiful pin i love Popadiuk's work but too easy
8 years ago
Fast and smooth with plenty of ramps and loops to hit. Lots of neat toys and fun modes. The DMD screen is well used. Highly recommended if you can find one in the wild that is working properly. Have one of these at the bar I work at but it is broken often.
8 years ago
This game is amazing. So much fun to play. Many interesting shots and toys. Top 3 Pin for sure.
8 years ago
This game would be near perfect with better audio and a better backglass. Very fun game to play!
8 years ago
What can I say other than ''. Everyone who comes and plays on mine says that over and over again. TOM can be difficult if you don't get the shots lined up right. If you do then it just flows so well. Either way it manages to to always make a loss seem like your fault so you want just one more go. One of the all time pinball greats. Another thing you say a lot when you own one is ''. Needs replacing often. I tend to keep a stock just in case..
8 years ago
Great flow. Fun to play, despite the fact that the game I played was in fair condition.
8 years ago
A nice game, but for me a bit too focussed on the trunk, and I have a personal dislike of the voice used on this and other Popadiuk games, I find them to polished and clever, with no 'humour' element... give me a crappy 80's electronic 'robotic' voice anyday to the very well spoken and clear almost 'cocky' voice of this machine ;-)
8 years ago
Very fun and fast game!
8 years ago
Such a fun game. I love the chest target. The first time I played this pin I had absolute no idea what I was doing and kept on hitting the chest. To my surprise, it magnetized the ball to the center. That was the moment I realized this was an amazing pin. I also love the top playfield with the mirrored illusion. When I shot the ball up there, it appeared like the ball levitated! Obviously it didn't but what a cool effect. Ramps are challenging and rewarding to nail. Targets are sweet to hit. Rules are great. This pin is a keeper.
8 years ago
This is pin is a challange very fun and creative design. My wife loves this game I just wish it didnt cost so much otherwise I would try to buy it. The box is cool and the ball movement is awsome. Really enjoyed this game will definitley drop quarters in it when I come across it just wont drop 3k on owning one.
9 years ago
Ramps rock'n out, hit the freaking box! hit it in the freaking box! and wacky magic gimmicks to amuse you.
9 years ago
One of my favorite games.
9 years ago
Love the toys and its nice and fast
9 years ago
This game has almost everything you could wish for,
Pure eye candy to look at! One of the best along with TOTAN.
Great playfield with loads of toys! Trap door,Spirit Ring and of course the Trunk.
Superb flow, so fast and so smooth you can really get into a rhythm with this one.
Excellent modes, some difficult, some easy, but all FUN.
The only thing that let's it down is that even though I never tired of playing it, it doesn't have a very deep rule set and as your skills develop this machine will become less and less of a challenge. Whereas something like LOTR will always remain a challenge because of it's complex rules. This was why I eventually sold it to buy a LOTR. Although gone it is not forgotten and will always be a favorite of mine regardless.
9 years ago
just bought this one, so my opinions might change the more I get to know it. Love the theme and the toys. Backglass just doesn't do it for me. SO glad it didn't involve David Copperfield.
9 years ago
Love the trunk, sounds effects and vocals.
9 years ago
This is a beautiful game, the artwork on and in the game is fantastic.
Great flow and it does some really neat ball tricks with its 4 magnets.
Casual and hard core players will like this game!
9 years ago
Decent game, but not even pinball can make magic cool!
9 years ago
Just added this to my collection and what a game it is. Love the artwork, the theme and the flow of the game. It's a pin that keeps you coming back for just one more game!
9 years ago
This game is on my wishlist. I always enjoy playing this game when I go to the local pizza place. When it first came out, this game and AFM re-introduced me to the joys of playing pinball.
9 years ago
Very fun pin. The theme works well and the rule set creates variety. The ramps are nice and I actually like the trunk. Many people have mentioned the repetitive nature of the trunk shot but I don't notice it. Perhaps because it is right in my shot wheelhouse (same spot on the playing field as Legolas in LOTR or the left loop on the old KISS machine I grew up on). Definitely in my top 10.
9 years ago
As solid as they come. Maybe not the first game that comes to mind when rattling off your favorite list, but when someone mentions it, you quickly find a spot for it at the top of your list.
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