The Who's Tommy Pinball Wizard

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This game received 205 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.817 /10


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This game ranks #85 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.006

Artwork: 7.397

Sounds/Music: 7.679

Other Aspects: 7.835

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3 years ago
This game looks great and is addictive. At first, I wasn't sure about it, but now that I have had it for a few months, it is one of my favorite games. I have never seen the movie or play, so it's tough to say whether the pinball machine does it justice. I love the layout, sounds, game play and variety. It is also by far the coolest looking game in my collection.
3 years ago
BEST MUSIC PIN! - I give this high rating, but it is for a game that is freshly shopped with latest coding, pinsound board with Julien re-orchestration, an external sub, and shaker. I didn't enjoy this game when it had poor sound without the Who, weak flippers and non functional controlled lamps - real easy fixes though!

Find a game with these modifications and you will be hooked. You come back for the play and the music. So many shots are very enjoyable to make on this gem.

Another pin that the kids and wife enjoy too!
3 years ago
great game want to get one soon
3 years ago
I loved the DMD animations. I liked the music and thought it was a solid game but it bored me a bit. Solid game but do not think it will be a keeper.
4 years ago
I get "Pinball Wizard" a lot, but they more than likely have never heard about this machine before. Tommy is a great playing game. While having a bit less sound quality than Williams, there is a great ruleset within the game, similar to that of Addams Family, and a great Multiball feature as well.
4 years ago
Easily my favorite game of all time. It combines the many different shots and toys for every kind of player. The blinders are some of the best toys in all of pinball, the soundtrack is perfect, and the art is spot on. Tommy is a game with tons of different strategies, and a Pin that brings back memories.
5 years ago
Got a chance to play it..nice game
5 years ago
Great theme, fun game. Awesome!
5 years ago
Another great players game!

Finally! A game in my collection with a proper Upper LEFT Flipper! I can practice on Tommy for when I go play other pinhead's Trons. Ha!

Seriously now ... Tommy is one of the best (If not Best) Data East machines.

Tons of modes. Unique Toy (The blinders) that is perfect for the theme. Throw-back EM chimes in multiball!!! Oh ... and that staged multi-ball ROCKS! Add-a-Ball by making Jackpots ... Brilliant!

Mine is set brutally hard, and yes, it has that "One More Game ... ok one more game ... hmm, one more game ... oh hell, one more game ... F#@$ It, on more game ... (and two hours go by easily)

This is a game that will make you a better pinball player! Period.
5 years ago
Umm... I don't get it. I haven't seen the musical, but I love The Who's original rock opera. This should be an amazing game, but this thing bored me. When I get a chance to play it more (on a healthier copy of the machine), I will update this review.
5 years ago
Tommy is a tricky, tough game. Multiball jackpot rules are basic, get both ramps then advance the jackpot. Not so easy to get that second jackpot. Definitely a game that you want to do a bit better on.

One thing I don't like is the game seems to go from being a left flipper game to a right flipper game, not quite feeling like it uses both at any time. Target banks on either side are more a gamble and pretty much come with sling hits then outlane rather than tight flipper shots. The ramps both feel good and some things are just fantastic on this table. The way the theme of Tommy is worked into gameplay is fantastic, you really can feel blind with the game.

Layout leaves a bit to be desired. There is a manhole behind the right scoop that seems to be an accident and shoot directly into the right vuk often rejects right back out. I like the game but don't think it would be a keeper for more than a few months for me. Integration of music is great but it would be nice to have the option of having the original WHO songs here.

EDIT: After having one around for a couple months I have to completely rethink layout and gameplay. This game is just plain addictive and I think possibly the best layout of a DE game. The 'rear' entry into the right vuk is the only strange thing to me now. Right ramp is super-pleasing to make. This game has excellent scoring opportunities and a number of ways to go about playing. Now on the hunt for one.
5 years ago
This machine would be a lot better if it incorporated more of The Who and the original track and less of the opera. The game is pretty solidly well-rounded though. It just hit a double when the opportunity for a home run was there.
5 years ago
I wait'd 2 1/2 yr's to buy an HUO Tommy from a guy ,, Dam I was Bored w/ it after just a few games .. I passed it on to the Next Pin Stalker ...
5 years ago
good game
5 years ago
A sleeper here !

So it's based on the rock opera and it's not The Who performing, but hey - where else can you play pinball to pinball wizard? The shots are varied - there are 12 modes - all with there own songs, a couple of skill shots that actually require skill, and a crazy 6 ball multi ball (as well as two others) Stereo sound as well. All this and code written by the great Lyman Sheets. I don't think enough can be said about the lighting either - The GI is excellent for a machine of this era, and try counting the number of flashers. LED it and watch it pop. Really like the playfield and back glass artwork. The blinders have to be one of the most clever toys in pinball. If this was The Who and had a B/W badge on it - it may be a higher up the ranks.

The one major neg for me is the cabinet artwork. Very bland, and often worn - then touched up incorrectly around the flipper buttons.
5 years ago
I think this title is a bit underrated, very enjoyable game.
5 years ago
I like that british 'jackpot' callout. Pop a pinsound in this game and boom!
5 years ago
The one I had was stiff to say the least. Every shot is like hitting a brick wall. Very punishing and a drainer. You never feel connected with this game, but I think it really boils down to taste though. The modes can mostly be ignored. The shots are difficult and this is not a pin for an average player. I'm sure pro's love it as it is an extremely challenging and punishing pin. Great multi-ball. I've had some fun playing it, but I'm not going to be too sad to see it go.
6 years ago
I absolutely love everything about this game, helps to be a big fan of the theme. The music is great, love the shots in which some are easy and some challenging. The modes are fun with a variety to each. Love the artwork as well, even if it isn't everyone's cup of tea. The only real negative thing I can say is that getting multi-ball is rather easy. Just incredibly fun overall. The best DE has ever put out.
6 years ago
the music is what got me hooked!
6 years ago
Fun game, multiball is wild! I had some fun on this one, I am not a fan of the theme but that didn't detract from the gameplay. A must play if you see it anywhere.
6 years ago
Great gameplay and a solid machine, if you only get one machine for your house it kinda has to be Pinball Wizard doesn't it?
6 years ago
Not my cup of tea
6 years ago
Blinders and mirror are cool toys.
6 years ago
I expected something tied in to the "Who". Backglass a huge disappointment and music equally weak.
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