Total Nuclear Annihilation

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This game received 320 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.141 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #45 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.836

Artwork: 7.608

Sounds/Music: 8.775

Other Aspects: 8.233

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10 days ago
Played this game at a fellow pinsider’s house and I was really impressed by it.

The rule set is refreshingly simple, especially for a modern pin. No crazy modes to choose, no complex sequence to YouTube in advance...just melt down those reactors!

The integration of the theme, music, lights, and flow is outstanding. This game rewards skill and punishes flailing, missed shots. Definitely a great one to own, as you will have to put the plays in to get a score. Fast ball times for the casual player are likely so I wouldn’t expect this to be a big earner on route. I just love the mechanical multiball, a throwback to centaur!

Some of the best lighting effects I’ve seen in any pin- really artful use of the RGBs. Find one near you, strap on your Walkman, take a deep breath and hit that hands free skill shot!
26 days ago
Fun overall, but I wish there were more elements and depth to this game - perhaps a ramp. The field and back glass colors are well done! I like the soundtrack a lot - listen to it on Spotify once in a while! Favorite call out: "LIONMAN!"
28 days ago
I’m missing something here I know it. So many love it. Perhaps I’m just a crappy player.
52 days ago
Pretty much as good as pinball gets. Easy to learn, hard to master game. Sound, music, and lightshow absolutely mesmerize, and really bring the player into the game. A masterclass in the importance of light and sound in pinball. Love playing this game, one of my absolute favorites
52 days ago
I really liked this game. Simple yet complex. Its the modern take on a 90's game. I played this game for the first time and it was absolutely fun! It also made me feel like a rockstar (as I saw another reviewer wrote). I played another 6-8 games on it and loved every minute. If pinball boils down to fun, this game does it for me! Since that time, I have thought about how fun the game was. Loved the theme, the sound, and the simplicity. Definitely worth 5-10 plays to see what you think. I think you will love it!
61 days ago
Nice to see Spooky Pinball hit this one out of the park. Super fun game. Love the top rollovers and the in-line drop targets for multiball. Great lightshow, fun shots, just a great overall package. I would have liked to see a little more to it but I'm not going to be a fuddy duddy.

The sounds are the real star of the show here as this game just rocks your senses. If I owned one I think I'd try to figure out how to make it surround sound with extra speakers.

Very lucky to have this at an arcade not far away.

*Wife approval* "This is awesome!" Here's where most of her quarter roll goes when we go to the arcade. Her favorite modern pinball game. It's been at the arcade over a year now too so this game has held her interest.
4 months ago
This game makes you feel like a rockstar playing it. It is totally different from any pinball machine ever made. The sound is immersive and makes you itching to come back for more. A new generation of pinball. The first of hopefully more like it. Thank you Mr. Danesi!
5 months ago
I have been waiting until I get to Reactor 9 to rate TNA, and because there isn't one anywhere near me, I'm still five reactors away. So what the hey, might as well rate it.

The thing about TNA is it seems so familiar at first, and the shots so simple and limited, that the innovations are sneaky. It's not just the basic premise of a retro-layout, active lower playfield, enclosed upper playfield, no-ramp, relatively easy multiball with visible locks and a pretty basic tiered rules set. There are many little things, from the ability to earn ball save to an extra tilt warning, that make it a game truly designed for the pinball maven, not for the quarter-hungry operator. Games can go fast or go on forever, and the mojo to do the latter is a perfect combination of being quite skillful and requiring some luck.

Throw in the (completely) original soundtrack and the simple but also original theme, it's both a great individual game and a really good tournament game. It's so far ahead of the fun factor of most themed Sterns I'm amazed the ideas haven't been emulated.

I will also say I have had my personal share of bad experiences with Spooky builds breaking; but of the half dozen TNAs I've played, I haven't really encountered a major malfunction. This may be a random effect but part of having an iteratively developed playfield tuned prior to a manufacturing build, over a number of years, is clearly the number of potential breakdowns is worked out in advance. And because the mechs are all pretty simple, no doubt that helps with the reliability. Just speculation on my part.

It is an odd thing to say this feels like both a must-have machine but not the kind to be the only one in your collection or the start of it. It's simple and advanced at the same time. It's fun but also an object of obsession. Unusual.

I'm not sure the rating here is going to be up to the overall impression I have of TNA (The factors are what they are), but it's sui generis among games of the last couple of decades, and that's just a fantastic thing.
5 months ago
Feels like a great game that was designed 40 years ago. Good ruleset and awesome sound. Extremely lackluster pf layout by any machine designed after the 80s
6 months ago
I've owned well over 100 machines and have a large 30+ collection with many "A" list titles. Purchased TNA almost a year ago and it is my absolute favorite game of all time. The music and speed of the game make it thrilling. The way they've incorporated the lighting is excellent. Shaker adds an extra element to blowing rector's. Don't let the mediocre artwork or one level playfield fool you into passing this one up. TNA is a superb example of what makes pinball fun and thrilling. An absolute keeper. Game is designed for experienced players so novice and intermediate players may find the game particularly hard.
7 months ago
This game is simple for sure, but its perfect for that reason. Non complicated, focus driven pinball. This pinball machine WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER PLAYER, if you miss shots often, you will be punished.
7 months ago
When I first saw TNA, I didn't look twice. I love ramps, so to see a modern game with no ramps did nothing for me. I didn't think about it again until I ran across one on location. Luckily Cactus Jacks in OKC had the sound cranked because that's what immediately hit me when I loaded up my first game. The uber bassy 80s beats matched the art and theme perfectly, and the 8-bit gaming noises pair up perfectly. It's a deceivingly simple, but insanely difficult game (if that makes any sense). Super fast (that scoop kickout though :P). I'm all for complex layouts with great toys and deep rules, but this game is a throwback to the roots of pinball in the best ways.
8 months ago
I’ve had the opportunity to play this game on location a number of times and have logged quite a few games in both solo and coop play. I have to say that I absolutely love this game. Although it’s a single level playfield with no ramps (that I know some people complain about), it all works and works really really well. The rules are simple and that allows you to jump right in, but the game itself is very challenging. Blowing the nuclear reactors one at a time is just so satisfying. I kind of find it satisfying in the way people find destroying the UFO in ATFM satisfying. There’s just something about it. The music is phenomenal and the coop mode is a blast. Honestly, I think all games should have a coop mode. It really brings a different perspective to the game and takes the pressure off less experienced players. If I have one complaint, I’d say the scoop shot is off a bit. The ball seems to rattle around and pop out a little too often. Anyway, I’ve very much enjoyed this game and would love to own one for a bit at some point.
8 months ago
This game is definitely unique. I'm not a very big fan of the playfield layout, but the game makes me want to keep playing, which is interesting. The music and sounds of the game are very impressive even though the music isn't my typical cup of tea. I do enjoy the overall concept of the game, I just wish there were more shots.
9 months ago
Recently picked up a used TNA and I’m having a blast. It’s fast and fun. It’s a great throwback to the 80s, but with updated lighting, display and sound. Co-op mode is my favorite
9 months ago
It's now been 5 months of actual TNA ownership, and quite a long time since I fell in love with the whitewood.

A few thoughts.

+ Pluses:
* varied RGB lighting completely matches the play style of the game
* music... how many pins also release their own soundtrack?!
* easy to learn, a lifetime to master....
* just one more game feeling
* I love the 80s, dystopian techno-noir nuclear age future theming
* Co-op play!

- Minuses:
* I suppose music can get repetitive if you don't like that style of techno
* Pretty brutal, not newbie friendly
* Some variance in QA leaves a bad taste in your mouth if you are affected

Overall, one of my most played pins. I tend to prefer simple but hard pins... any game I have to play for an hour to get anywhere (I'm looking at you LOTR) I tend to dislike. So this game scratched that quick game feeling... but if you have a long game (20 minutes?)... you're totally spent trying to go through all those reactors.

Also scratches that early SS vibe and still owning a modern pin, which is quite nice.

When you have folks over, and you're all drinking, and do 4 player co-op... life is fine! One of the only pins I play even at a friends house on league night... just because it's that good.
10 months ago
This is my kind of game. If you have friends, the co-op modes are fantastically fun. The music and light show are currently unmatched in pinball. This game isn’t for everyone. The rule set is basic and there are no toys or ramps.
10 months ago
What a rush to play this game !
First title I've tried from Spooky Pinball - and I'm impressed.
There is a certain feel to how the flippers react and a general smoothness in how those moving parts sound and activate that I find way better than some modern Stern titles, who sometimes seem a bit clunky.

This feels like a crossmix of a really fast EM-design - combined with some futuristic elements/ideas from older classic SS-titles
( Xenon, TX Sector etc. ) but re-wrapped and topped off with modern sound and programming.

Simplistic playfield on one hand, but a really entertaining, fast and action-packed game design here.

Lots of nice details; the colour-fx when slings are activated, the inline drops as ball locks and an awesome light show during game. Great retro-space-techno-art style on the playfied plastics make this quite a looker, although not as fantastic as Pinbot or similar gorgeous playfields- but pretty damn good.

I understand people who say that there is not too much to do on the upper mini playfield. But then again, the sheer speed here still makes it pretty challenging and fun.

I dont know if the machine I played had been modded or was stock - but the sound was bombastic, as in some of the best ever in a pin. Really nice FX and call outs, but fortunately a rather smooth and easy background loop as main theme that probably wont drive you nuts even at the 1000th time.

It's beyond me how this colorful and entertaining pin is ranked lower than titles like TWD, AC/DC in the current Top100.
I think- viewing it as a complete package, not just gameplay, it should belong in the Top 25.

This pin would fit well in any 3-5 or bigger size home collection. Wow !
10 months ago
Such a fast pace game.
11 months ago
Too much the same, it needs more variation for playing. Music is great.
I scored 2,350,000 in tournament mode. That was my first game with TNA.
Too easy?
11 months ago
Beautiful Pin by Spooky Pinball .. Destroy the Reactor's , achieve multi=ball ,, Awesome Sound from this Pin ,, Best Stock sound I've EVER heard ..
11 months ago
You can see from my rating that I didn't like this game at all. When I walked up to it, I actually thought it was a home-built game. It felt cheap and poorly thought out. When I put some money in and played it, I was completely bored and couldn't wait until the money I had put in was used up. I has a wide open playfield with shots that are far from exciting. If it wasn't for the LCD screen on the head unit I would have sworn it was some old, low production game that I'd never heard of.

In all fairness, I should mention that it was sandwiched between Deadpool and LOTR. A real yawner for me and I really wasn't that interested in learning how to play it properly.
12 months ago
If you want a pin that will get a new crowd into your party, etc then this is it.

I usually have get together at my place for various crowds. Every once in awhile a pin will get played, but never draws a group, that’s usually my MAME arcade.

Had a party for the neighborhood and turned TNA on, the lighting drew in a small group, the basics of the pin really easy to explain, the sound drew in an even larger crowd, the gameplay kept them hooked. It’s the first pin out of my 7 years collecting that had hooked a new crowd so well and kept them coming back for one more round.

The rules are great, the lighting is some of the best ever, the music keeps your adrenaline pumping. Love that it has a coop and team mode too.

Highly recommended for any size collection!
12 months ago
TNA is an amazing throwback and an absolute blast to play single player or multiplayer. Fast, mean, and brutal, but in the best way. Scott Danesi with a real winner here and I can only wait to see what he does next.
1 year ago
This is my first pin at home and I absolutely love it. Amazing sound, lighting, and challenging play. I love the straightforward linear ruleset. TNA keeps me, my friends, and family on our toes.
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