Theatre of Magic

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This game received 1029 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.444 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #29 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.615

Artwork: 8.537

Sounds/Music: 7.923

Other Aspects: 8.481

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4 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.
4 years ago
Fun. Fast. Beautiful. My personal favorite.
4 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.
4 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.
4 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.
4 years ago
great machine....
4 years ago
A pretty good game overall, I am not a fan of the theme personally,music and sound do get repetitive.far better off with a twilight Zone imho
4 years ago
The most elegant!
4 years ago
Great theme and a very beautiful pin.
Extremely boring, callouts are annoying. I had no fun at all playing this game.
I was happy when this pin left my gameroom, and it left pretty fast.
4 years ago
This is the opus of the pinball machine. I can play it over and over and it never fails to amuse me. We decided this would be a signature piece and we went all out on our restoration. We added brass coin door, rails, legs hinges and anywhere else it would fit. I love magic so all the "magic" mods were so much fun. The wands and rabbits just make it so festive. This IS my favorite pinball.
4 years ago
Nice theme with exciting fast flowing game play. The ramps, use of magnets, vanishing balls, and not to forget the main feature of the game, the trunk, all come together to keep all levels of players entertained and wondering what other tricks TOM has up its sleeve. Worthy of a top ten rating in my opinion.

Edit: After owing for 8 months I am downgrading my ratings on fun, theme and last ability. Least played game by myself family and guests. Not enough reward to play the modes as you can score lots of points in other repetitive ways. Theme has gotten annoying, shots are just are not as fun anymore and multi balls suck.
4 years ago
I would say I'm a casual plus player. I enjoy playing pinball because I have fond memories of playing pinball at my local pizza joint when I was growing up. When I see a pin, I usually throw a couple of bucks in but I'm not an addict (at least that's what i tell myself).

Theatre of Magic is one of those games that feels like riding your favorite bike around the neighborhood. Easy to get on, easy to ride and easy for you to enjoy. Love the theme and game play. My downside is that when you play this pin in public, it's usually in horrible shape which leads to a poor experience. I honestly haven't encountered a good pin in public and get my fix on Pinball Arcade.
4 years ago
This game is a keeper in my collection
4 years ago
Oh the first time the magic box spins around and the ball flies up and sticks to it before it spins back around, is there any better "moment" in pinball? It just grabs and impresses everyone.
4 years ago
This is one of the greats for sure. This has the BEST bash toy in the history of pinball. Great ramps, trapdoor is cool, and the small orbit is great. I find the call-outs become redundant pretty quick, and the game is pretty circular in nature, rules-wise. This is one of the easiest pins I've every played, so lastability is pretty low. Overall, it's a well-themed pin with great shots, but it's just too simple.
4 years ago
I don't get it, and maybe that is the problem but this machine bores me to death. So much potential but it seems to flounder when played fast and hard.
4 years ago
Great playing it,is just wanna keep playing it to get to the better magic tricks! It's a must for the collection for anyone
4 years ago
TOM bores me. It always has since I first played it. The game just never clicked for me. I've found a ton of 90s games I love. This just isn't one of them.

Update: I really dislike that my rating for TOM comes out so low. I realize it’s popular. I just don’t enjoy playing it.
4 years ago
I had this machine in my collection for a few year's and after a while I realized that it was off more often than on as compared to my other machines. Upfront Theatre of Magic seems like a very attractive fun game but for me I became bored very quickly.
4 years ago
Its magic!
4 years ago
Good pin with nice playfield and toys. Callouts are repetitive though.
4 years ago
Beautiful machine, but after the initial great impression it gets old quick. I thought I would have love it before playing it, but finally quite disappointing.
5 years ago
There is a good reason why this machine is rated so highly, it is pretty much the perfect pinball machine. No matter your skill level, ToM caters for all. This is a timeless classic
5 years ago
In my opinion this is a great game with great flow meaning that you have an opportunity to really get the ball moving as opposed to hitting consecutive start/stop shots. The game's dependence on the magic trunk gets old and the call out for "shoot the magic trunk" makes you want to answer the game. In other words, when in doubt, hit the trunk. That said, the game is a favorite and it is one that makes people who don't normally play pinball what to play pinball. It's kid friendly and generally the callouts are positive and uplifting - e.g. "You can do it" and "You have the magic". These get repeated a little too often but they Make the game more fun and I don't mind being complimented especially when I'm having a crappy day/game. Lack of a meaningful skill shot is a downer as well.
5 years ago
This is a real solid pinball machine. The artwork is grandiose, and the music is lush. The game is pretty linear, and easy to understand. The wizard mode, however, is disappointing. I really enjoy the flow of this game, but the variety of the shots needed to complete various tasks seems to get repetitive.

In a way, I wish the designers implemented more "tricks" into the design of the playfield. Vanish is neat, so is the mirror behind the bonus rollovers, and the magnasave over the inlanes catches you by surprise. Other than that, though, and the rest of the "magic" falls flat. By comparison, Capcom's "Pinball Magic" has a lot more interesting things on the playfield: a levitating ball, magic wand, magic trunk, and one of the coolest skill shots around.

This game excels in artwork, sound and music. The gameplay is somewhat lackluster.
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