Theatre of Magic

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This game received 940 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.434 /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: 8.606

Artwork: 8.554

Sounds/Music: 7.929

Other Aspects: 8.455

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2 years ago
Great classic.
2 years ago
Quite easy to play, but fast and fun. Great theme.
2 years ago
Great game with amazing play field and fun factor

I love games that are a fast experience yet allow the player to engage the modes and tHis gives the player a chance to really see the shots and where the game is sending them

Super awesome sounds and lighting add so much to the game. Amazing fallouts really add depth to the plays. I love the magical theme and art. For a player who loves accomplishing a game this is top 10 all time.
This game is a true piece of art. SometHing to keep you coming back every time even after you beat the game.
2 years ago
Classic, popular game with a really fun trunk toy. It's common for the trunk to be glitchy, or beaten up, but when this game is working right, it's really fun. Good theme and ambiance, kind of exotic, mysterious and carnivalesque. Good ramps, tricky shots (like into the basement). I consider this one of the first classic "modern" era pinball machines. This machine, along with Addams Family, Twilight Zone, and Funhouse, seemed to usher in a sort of revival of pinball in the early 1990's. Excellent game. This game has great flow. The two lock lanes, the ramps, the orbit shots. You can really get the ball moving and keep in moving in this game. The trunk is a nice break from the speed and chaos in this game, and it really has a perfect balance of a fast, flowing game with some nice breaks to start modes. This game deserves to be a top 10 game I feel.
2 years ago
Awesome game, played a few times last night at Level Up in Raleigh. Really like the smoothness and overall feel. The theme is great and goes along with the artwork. Somewhat of a difficult game, would love to have it in the basement.
2 years ago
There's a lot to like about "Theatre of Magic". The playfield is gorgeous with unique ramps that resemble red rug-covered "stairs" and a beautiful "magic trunk" that gives you several different missions to play. It's incredibly polished and classy. The issue is that the trunk is the center of everything and the audio constantly reminds you of that. That's your #1 target every single time. Either that or the one or two ramps which are easy to hit. That and points are too easy to accumulate. A player with little to no skill with decent reflexes can hit 250M in about five minutes or less. It's so easy, you basically don't even need the missions. That said, it's a great table, reminiscent of "Tales of the Arabian Nights".
2 years ago
Great machine. Will always stay in my collection.
3 years ago
Very fun game. The animations are really nice and the shots are smooth. Trunk is a really great idea and loaded with magnets. Top 5 in my collection for sure.
3 years ago
I would love to get this game. The theme is great, the trunk is fun. My six year old son was playing this game at Tilt and kept nailing the ramps, it was fun to watch. Not sure its as has the depth, but it sure is a fun shooter.
3 years ago
Has the eye candy factor that's for sure. Such a bummer the wizard mode is terrible.
3 years ago
Bash toy/toy chest is a very cool and unique gimmick. Magnasaves are super cool. Ramps are satisfying. Lots going on here. Theme is great too.
3 years ago
TOM's strength is the interesting layout and cool trunk gimmick. Rules are good. Overall, very strong package. I love the theme. Art is just OK. Definitely worth checking out. Love JPop layouts.
3 years ago
beautiful fun game, but got old quickly. Code is just not good enough to compete with the newer Stern/JJP games.
3 years ago
A great flowing game with nice shots, a cool trunk toy (with multiball startup sounds and lightshow) and great artwork on the cabinet and playfield. The rules are a bit shallow, and the modes really don't pay off or are necessary to play out (much like many other games of this era) but still add some variety. The final wizard mode is lackluster and kind of anticlimactic, but the game is still a good player. Non-pinheads generally like this game the most out of others in my collection.
3 years ago
Great Game
3 years ago
I just bought this game recently and I'm in love with it. my wife loves it. all my friends love it. The art package is incredible for starters. The flow of shots and gameplay blew me away. It plays even faster and smoother than my lord of the rings with awesome variation.

The code depth doesn't quite reach those levels but lots of variety keeps it fresh and the games play quickly which is good when friends are over and playing for drinks! The theme has such wide appeal! ITS MAGIC!

Update. Still a great game but In the end I sold it to make room for pins with deeper code and variety. I found that after about 3 months of owning it I had done all I wanted to do on it. Again nice wide appeal but for the player looking for those nearly unreachable goals I found I attained it all quickly.
3 years ago
I like this one a LOT. I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to depth, but I really find the progression in this game to be very engaging. The trunk toy is a lot of fun, and the various illusions seem to follow a nice progression. The sound is exemplary, with some truly great callouts. My only gripe is with the multi-ball mode. There is really only one (okay, technically two), and it is pretty simplistic. There's no stacking, and no ball save (yeah, I'm pretty green). I've managed to make it to the finale once or twice, and getting there is quite satisfying. This is truly one of the classics of its era.
3 years ago
has great sounds and score boosters...
3 years ago
Poor wizard mode. Easy to master game
3 years ago
One of my top three favorite games, pretty deep rule set, great flow of play, challenging game modes. The multi ball is fun and getting to the Grand Finale is awesome. An awesome all around game that holds up over time, its just too bad they are so damn expensive.
3 years ago
Fun. Fast. Beautiful. My personal favorite.
3 years ago
Better than all most any other pin, The artwork, toys, sounds, and gameplay are all in harmony. It seeems obvious that a magic-themed game would, but only because TOM was so carefully crafted. The toys and gadgets are clever, but more importantly, woven well into the gameplay and design. Perfection is elusive, so some minor drawbacks of note are a repetitive soundtrack (love the voices, though) and weak back glass artwork. The saw really should spinach there's a mod to do it.
3 years ago
One of the best games ever made, toys, toys toys. Never short of wow factor and awesome rule sets. I always feel there's something to shoot for and goals to be met. Love there's so many ways to go about getting high scores. The amount of features on this game is amazing. Once you dress it up with leds it really shows all the details. Would be the perfect game if it wasn't for the crap video mode and the call outs are far from my favorite. The girl saying you got the magic gets old. The call outs clearly tell you where and what to do though.
3 years ago
Probably my favorite. The theme is super cheesy but somehow in a good way. Shots are fun. The guys voice makes me laugh and After I play I walk around saying everything like him.
3 years ago
Beautiful! But gets old quick.
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