Time Machine

Data East

Time Machine

Pinside Rating

This game received 130 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.806 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #123 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.513

Artwork: 7.821

Sounds/Music: 7.751

Other Aspects: 7.855

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9 months ago
Time Machine is one of the best DE machines along with Tales from the Crypt. The playfield, back glass and cabinet are spectacular and I'm forever finding new images that I didn't notice before. It is a great rush hitting Star Warp and always fun travelling through the various decades. The music is catchy and I love hearing the chimes when you travel back to the '50s. It's a great machine for it's time and it holds up well when supported by others in a collection.
1 year ago
The electromechanical bells and chimes when you time-warp back to the 50s are just so cool and unique. I love the theme and layout. This game just never gets old for me.
1 year ago
This game is good . The music is great .
2 years ago
I've owned my Time Machine for a good while. I never played one before owning. I always liked the goofy 80s theme and the idea of adding chimes when you go back to the 50s for the multiball. I thought the gimmicks and the shots on this game would be really great for its worth. However after owning one, it just seems it wasn't designed well. I've been messing with flipper strength but it seems I just can't dial it in. Either flippers are too strong and the ball smashes off targets at hi speed, or flippers are too weak and the ball can't make it up the ramps. Also the ball is rejected half the time on the spiral ramp shot as it pops up and hits the rail above, which is very frustrating. I'm not sure if these problems are just my machine or just how it's designed. I love the sounds and the art of the machine, just ruined by how it plays.
2 years ago
Very, Very Fun Family Game, Good Rule Set, Great Lighting when LED'S Added, Great Multi Ball, Low Production, Over All Art is Excellent, the 1950's chimes are epic in this game! This has to be a Top 3 Data East Pin. I have watched the price of Time Machine go steadily up. If you are lucky enough to find a nice one snag it!
2 years ago
I just love Data East Games - what can I say?

Time Machine has the wonderful radio call outs as well as quasi rip off music from the 80s, 70s, 60s, and 50s plus the incredible sounds of when the Time Machine scoring changes to old school actual chimes. They are loud and fun.

Add to that the 1,000,000 point Starwarp shot which - for me at least - isn't always an easy shot (especially when I play the machine in the dark) - and you have a great gaming combination.

So if you can, and you enjoy straightforward games - nothing too deep - spend some TIME on this MACHINE and have some fun :).
2 years ago
Underrated game
especially the chimes are really one of the best gimmicks ever seen
nice ramps nice artwork....
and very good quality
always want to play again and again
2 years ago
A pretty simple game. No bold design aspects. Plays easy.
3 years ago
Lasting charm, brings everyone to it like bees to honey! You'll be humming the tunes for days!!
3 years ago
Very underrated game. It's fun with cool gimmicks. Challenging shots for skilled shooters. It's a fun game and getting back to the 50s makes this game a classic. Fun scoring.
3 years ago
Wish I would have kept it.. If only I could go back in time..
3 years ago
Challenging game, always had trouble getting the multi-ball. I’m not the most skilled pinball player so take that into account... probably why the ranking is high for this game, definitely challenging for the more experienced players.
3 years ago
This machine is pinball all the way ,great artwork little funny details all around the cabinet ,backglass
And playfield.
Stereo sound with hillarius call outs.
Also back to the 50,s is nicely done with the em sounds.
Only take care of the big ramp they are not for sale anymore ,i hope someone will makes them again.
3 years ago
I love this game. It brings a smile to my face. Love the music and the chimes.
4 years ago
My first pin ever. And I loved it. But the honeymoon is over
4 years ago


The time machine theme is well done I suppose. If not a bit confusing (I didn't get into the ruleset).

Definitely fun tho. Especially for it's time. Holds it's own.
4 years ago
a fun data east game I love the chimes & the David Thiel sound package
4 years ago
One of the best games out there for the money. You can change the scoring of the 1 million shot from 500,000 to 1,900,000 in the settings. I have mine at 500,000. Also, you can change the settings where the ramps will not spot a letter and you can have the settings where everyone is playing for the same starwarp or everyone has their own starwarp. You can also have the starwarp reset after every ball. I believe with all of these settings available it is a great pin for both casual and tournaments. I believe this is the best Data East pinball machine that was ever made.
4 years ago
This is my 6th data east game and is probably the best one they’ve made. Back glass is awesome, sound track is awesome, the ramp shots are great, oh and the chimes are amazing.

Game plays fast and after hitting the targets can drain super quick.
5 years ago
I adore this theme, I love the artwork, and I completely love the music.
I find this a real tough shooter to be honest, i'm not a any pinball pro, but man, these are tough ramps shots. Other than those ramp shots, I don't find that there is enough shots in the game. The bank of targets right in front of the flippers takes away from a couple things, if you shoot right at them, you never know where that dang ball is going, heads up!

The progression down in decades is a fantastic addition and I enjoy the music and playing the game. I just LED'd mine and it changed the while thing, went from a dull yellow everything to a bright modern looking game!
5 years ago
Game is fast, fun and has a great theme integration. The music is catchy for each time period, light show with LEDs installed great, the Starwarp shot panic inducing as the timer counts down and the EM chimes and multi-ball great payoff for making it that far.

My only quibble is the sound hardware will at times refuse to play some effects (like thumpers) until another effect, usually voice, finishes. I have other Data East that do this, a minor quibble.
5 years ago
one of DEs best, sounds are great, backglass art is super cool. Code is pretty straight forward but great fun.
5 years ago
Like this one a lot, satisfying shots!
Love the timewarp shot / mini jackpot.
Multiball can give you great points and you can keep looping the jackpot shot.
The chimes are a fun feature and the change of music with every year you go back is fun to.
Stereosound is also great!
And if you press the right flippers button for some time it adds an extra sound to the soundtrack (it's a small detail from wich i dont know if many people have noticed)
Great pin for its time!
5 years ago
Addictive game once you get going. Rules are fairly simple but it's got that cool hip/vibe. Sound affects and music are top notch and catchy. You'l be humming the tunes a while after playing it.
5 years ago
It took me a long time to find this pin and we'll worth it..the game play ..art package..music ..all works well together...love the flow of the game.. going back from the 80's to the 50's..is such a blast with this pin.. especially the chimes...I believe it's worth well over 2000...it's a keeper
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