Total Nuclear Annihilation (Spooky Pinball, 2017)

Total Nuclear Annihilation

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This game received 178 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.386 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #22 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.12

Artwork: 7.938

Sounds/Music: 8.891

Other Aspects: 8.485

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10 days ago
It's hard to give this game less than excellent in any category. It is just hard to find fault with it anywhere. Like an old EM or early solid state, it is somewhat linear but it does what it does so well I don't think that's a criticism. And, within this linear goal progression, there are several strategies and options to pursue that still move you in the right direction. The music is awesome and fits the theme perfectly. The drop target ball locks are a fantastic innovation. The light show is beautiful, but not blinding. The brutal pace and lane change ball save feature keeps you on your toes. My initial gut feeling in the individual rating categories will probably put this at the top of my personal ratings. However, while a fantastic and unique game, I don't think it is the best game ever, so I will probably end up massaging the category ratings a bit to knock it below the time-tested all time greats, but I suspect it will earn a long-time place in my top 25.
12 days ago
I played a few games on this machine at Pintastic. What a cool concept! It wasn't intimidating to walk up to and play like some of its more complex (yet awesome in their own right) contemporaries. The sort-of reverse drop-target ball locks were very cool and rewarding to hit. Nailing a nice loop shot and banging it around in the upper playfield was also satisfying. I might have blown one reactor, and if not for a line of people patiently waiting behind me, I would have likely been glued to this thing for a while. It might be a kind of "one trick pony" type table, but that was a trick I wouldn't mind more uninterrupted time with.
13 days ago
"Welcome to the future" ... of pinball (?).

TNA is a dynamic, classic design. This was created as a "love letter" to early SS pins but it offers more speed and spice than the classic early 80's SS Bally titles.

Considering group play and taking into account the co-op mode...IMO this pin offers an experience unlike any other in pinball.

This deck is fast yet engaging -- like a lingering, sideways kiss from a Solid Gold Dancer en route to blow up your local nuclear reactor!
22 days ago
One of the funnest games I've ever played.... especially group play.
22 days ago
Fun pin, i think it could become repetitive in a home environment. Great pin for a friendly competition.
22 days ago
The first time I saw this game was at TPF with the whitewood. It peaked my interest since I love games that are fast and challenging. When I found out that they were making them.... Games that last 45 minutes are great, but sometimes it hard to make time for them. If you know about this game you already know about the lightshow and music which goes over the top.

Think to truly appreciate what was trying to be achieved you have to like/ enjoy playing pinballs earlier games.
If you only like the new sterns, then maybe this isn't the game for you.
TNA is like an early SS game on steroids. It's easy to see that there was a lot of passion involved in the development and building of this game. Scott & Spooky did a fantastic job.
35 days ago
I like the concept of TNA but after a while it is too much wash repeat play to last. Fun to play here and there but no a keeper
42 days ago
After a very long wait, I finally have this game in my collection. I was only able to put a few (20-ish) plays on one on location. That game must have been set at 6.0 degrees because it felt slow and the sound was so low I had to stand next to the speaker to hear the music. Now that I have it at home, level at 6.5 degrees with default volume...WOW! This game is so much fun. More than I expected. It's fast, challenging, and keeps me re-starting. Best shaker integration of any game I've ever played. Best music integration as well. It's just the little things that draw you in deeper. I like the theme as and art as a throwback to the '80's. It's just beautiful. My family loves the co-op and vs modes. I can see my kids and their friends battling on this for a long time. The rules are simple on the surface, but provide enough nuance to make it really challenging. Relighting your locks is not as easy as you think, especially when every shot seems dangerous on this machine. This is pure '80's throwback pinball with modern flair. It's exactly what I was hoping it would be and more. Thanks Scott and Charlie for creating and manufacturing this masterpiece. It is truly a special game.
44 days ago
My favorite new game in recent years. Wow! What can be said about this game that hasn’t already been said, not much! The immersion into this game and “world under glass” is only surpassed by the high intensity game play and best music in pinball history. Love the light show as well.
47 days ago
With time and money, found TNA. The first thing noticed is the small size. Once playing the low tones blow you away, but the repetition stinks. Cool machine for a few games. Hard to master.
53 days ago
Nice,fast pin..simple lay out, fun to play, wanna play more!!
58 days ago
One of worst games ever played
60 days ago
TNA is a fine game, and there's nothing really wrong with it. The sound is amazing, but the overall game play feels to me like it would get old kind of quickly.
65 days ago
77 days ago
For a simple play field and limited number of shots it really draws you in with timed hurry ups and the awesome bass drop sounds.
87 days ago
Really was expecting to like this one more due to all the hype. It was just OK for me, this one got old fast and I lost interest. Looks to be more fun with multiple players, as you can steal locked balls. Trying to stack up the balls to get multiball going, then hitting those shots again for the jackpot was exciting at first but became repetitive. The upper play field is too big and could have been better utilized, imo, as it really just gets in the way and the shots are nothing special. Try TNA if you find one, as most people like this much more than I do. For sure try one before you buy.
87 days ago
Simple rules and addictive to play, like the pinball equivalent of Tetris. The music and lights are top notch. I expect to own a used one someday. If I could change one thing, I wish the video graphics were as colorful as the backglass and cabinet.
87 days ago
Very addictive game.

I think for mortal players, a mini wizard mode at reactor 3 and 6 would have been cool.

Fantastic multiplayer game. Time will tell the longevity of single player game.
3 months ago
Is there a better game that excels in combining music, lighting, lastability & flat out fun??? I think not. The gameplay is brutal & keeps you coming back for more. If you want to become a better player, keep hitting that start button.

TNA is a breath of fresh air to the pinball industry. Classic Bally 80's design with today's modern tech. For me, it's a match made in heaven. I hope more game like TNA come to market in the coming years. Co-op mode just takes the game to another level of enjoyment.

I'm proud to be a TNA owner :)
3 months ago
Holy crap. First impressions this game is awesome. It's hard, fast, loud, flashy, and you don't need a PhD to understand what's happening in the game at any given time. Maybe this game has a deeper underbelly, but 30 minutes playing this game without reading the rules card and you pretty much know exactly what's going on at any point in the game. There's no selecting characters, mashing buttons, or reading little signs above inserts full of text. There aren't 10 modes shooting different colored flashing shots to get different movie clips. No mini playfields, no waiting for balls from scoops, no saucers, no freaking brakes man.

There's so much satisfaction in this game. Destroying a reactor feels so good. Heck, even just having a reactor go critical feels like something important just happened, when it's just a ball bouncing around the upper playfield. Every every ball lock is so mechanically satisfying. Blowing reactors is like the getting a big super jackpot in any other game, except it happens all the time in this game.

If I have anything minutely bad to say about it, the playfield art isn't mind blowing or anything, but it doesn't look cheap. I've had a few times the slingshots airballed the ball directly into the outlane. While the light show is great, I don't think it's on par with a visual spectacles like JJP games like others have said. There's kind of nothing at the top of the game, but not being loaded with "stuff" is kind of the reason this game is great. I'm stretching for bad things to say about this game. Nothing about it is bad.
3 months ago
I tried to like TNA, I know it is a very popular game. It has been at my local barcade for a few months now. But I just can't bring myself to like it.

The game feels cheap, it is smaller than most pins, and the flippers shake the entire cabinet when pressed. It gives the game a feeling of not being solid. The gameplay is repetitive, and honestly after playing for an hour you have seen everything it has to offer.

The artwork and the sound are great, and for maybe half the price it be a great pinball machine. But for $6,000 I can think of dozens machines that will give you more fun and show more lastability.
3 months ago
What a great game! Currently my favorite game to play on location and (so far) the only NIB pinball that I would ever consider purchasing. Really hoping that we see some more games like this in the future. Scott Danesi is Awesome!
3 months ago
Potentially one of THE best games ever produced, and without all of the 3-dimensionality of modern games. Everything from the flow, speed, ruleset, and quite possibly the best soundtrack EVER made in pinball gives this game some of the best replay factor I've ever seen. Amazingly fun and super challenging keeps you coming back for more. Scoring is perfectly balanced and I find novices having as much fun as skilled players. Way to go Spooky!
3 months ago
Simple yet addicting and a light show to go with it. A great game and the first I'm brining home.
3 months ago
After playing the game in a home environment, I had to update the rating. Co-Op mode is one of the neatest modes ever in a game. Shots are well laid out and quality is spot on. The game is once of the best titles to come out in the last few years.
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