Twilight Zone

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This game received 1477 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.746 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #9 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.922

Artwork: 8.723

Sounds/Music: 8.271

Other Aspects: 8.804

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27 days ago
This is a great old classic, with magnificent theme integration. It's not really fair to compare a 25 year old game to newer games but it holds it's own to some recent sterns. Compared to Elvira or Gunners, its a historic nice old game. Enough comparisons.

The upper flipper shot into the piano is satisfying to say the least and the ability to make the jackpot shot from here in MB is essential for solid scores. The power ball is a great spin on the traditional ball and makes hard to handle. Theme integration is top notch. Not a great flow game, like demo man for instance, and a little start stop for me.
A great game from the 90s BW and there's some rippers there.
32 days ago
A classic. Would love to have one again. Can be a chore to get dialed in and all the bugs worked out, but it's all well documented at this point. A real pinhead's pin; casuals may not get "it".
53 days ago
Theme integration is as good as it gets. Nothing built in the last 10 years can match this level of creativity. Unfortunately, the theme has aged it terribly, so only really old people will get the most enjoyment from it.
58 days ago
Sold mine but wish I hadn't. If I still had it I'd do a color DMD on it. I'm not real big on games with underground subway stuff where you're waiting for the ball to come back and having to watch the animation over and over out but other than that it I thought it was a fantastic game. There should be a way to vote an 11 on its toys and gimmicks!
64 days ago
Never gets old. I enjoy playing this pin as much now as the first time I played it. Theme is great and connection to the tv series well done.
84 days ago
Still in my top 10 after all these years, such a great game!
3 months ago
One of my all-time favourites. I could play this every day for years and still have more to learn.
3 months ago
Really fun classic with all kinds of unique shots and upper playfield, etc. a more interesting Addams Family.
3 months ago
Definitely one of my top ten games. Such a fun game; great features, interesting shots and rules, great lastability, and game play that always results in “playing one more game” before I leave.
3 months ago
This game has always been one If the best. It will always be innovative even compared to more modern machines. I'll take this over 80% of stern's output.
3 months ago
One of my top 10 favorite games to play.lots of stuff going on.jam packed with all kinds of things you'll never see on any other PIN . Keep in mind that it's almost 30 years old,still one of the best.
3 months ago
Finally got to own one and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite games of all time.
Lots of toys and rules.
3 months ago
This game never gets old. I forget about it for a while and then it pulls me right back in. It is a forever machine:)
4 months ago
In my top ten list for sure. Another classic that everyone should own at least once. The wide body is filled with shots and different features. Always something to look at and shoot for.
4 months ago
typically pat lawler style. a lot to do, nice shots also. one of my favorite "old" pins.
4 months ago
Déçu par ce flipper si vanté par certains, je l ai a la maison, fini très rapidement et lassant une fois qu on le connait
Apres c est un bon flip, mais pas inoubliable
4 months ago
Owned a TZ for 3 years or so. Absolute classic game, one of the best theme's of all time and my personal favorite Pat Lawlor game.
4 months ago
I own this pinball machine. It is by far the most feature-rich machine around. It has so many unique and cool features - such as mini-playfield (lost in the zone), gumball machine, powerball ceramic pinball, working clock, and lots of tunnels and ramps to get lost in. It is a fun game to play, but it breaks down a lot. I seldom come across one, other than mine, where the clock is actually working. The machine has a tendancy to get stuck balls in the shooter lane (often due to a faulty switch). Even with some defects, it is still one of the greatest pinball machines ever made.
4 months ago
I love the upper flippers, and the flow of the game. I love the gumball lock toy, and the powerball gimmick—really creates a shift in pacing, and ends with a fun multiball. It has my favorite jackpot sound effects, which really makes them feel awesome. But, I don’t like how the game randomizes the order of the modes you can start. I’d love it way more if you could choose the order as you play.
5 months ago
This game is bolted to the floor at my house. As a collector you owe it to yourself to own one of these. Every time I play, I marvel at all the shots, modes, innovations for the time of the game. This game even had my son and I going back to watch old TZ episodes that are represented in the game.

As an arcade owner, it seems overly complex for the casual player and certainly tougher to maintain. That coupled with cost, make it a tough game to route.

I have read that they allowed the Lawlor team "poetic license" to do whatever they wanted with this game, and that was admittedly a mistake when the game came out for cost (Bally) and operators. However, there is a reason this a grail game for collectors.

Pros - Multiple modes, multiple balls, toys, shots (4 flippers), upper playfield, gumboil machine (power ball), magnets . . . so many innovations for its time

Cons - Hard to think of many (perhaps skill shot and ball coming out of lower pops). Perhaps the Golden Earring tune can get a bit old (but is it a Pro?)
6 months ago
Great Lawlor design, though I prefer TAF to it. Tons of fun.
6 months ago
never gets boring!
6 months ago
At first I really don't feel about the theme and I found the sound effects a bit annoying.. But as give a time playing and understanding the rule sets. Now I think that this is perhaps the best pinball of the last century.. I think that only some JJP could be over this machine. It's awesome. It worth any bulk you spend on it
6 months ago
Top Five Game and another Pat Lawlor classic. Builds on the success of The Addams Family; Lawlor really pulled out all the stops on this one.

Each mode is fun. Always a thrill to defeat the Power with those invisible magnet “flippers.” Getting to Lost In The Zone for the first time had me fist pumping for a solid minute. My only disappointment with the pin was discovering the “don’t touch the door” callout was not based on an episode.
7 months ago
TZ. The follow-up to Pat Lawlor’s best-selling TAF. The story is well-known in the pinball world, Bally gave Lawlor a free hand and big budget to take this dream theme and do pretty much anything he wanted. The result is a mechanically complex game that does a good job of expressing the TZ universe, maybe not quite as well as TAF did. A widebody with 4 flippers, several magnets, clever mechs and toys, an upper pf and cool skill shot. The rules, completing the door panels to reach “Lost in the Zone” wizard mode, are well done. Not especially deep, but adequate for the early 90’s. The unique shots and flow make this one stand out. There is plenty to discover and explore. It’s a fun shooter and tricky at first. Really plays and feels different than anything else out there. Once you get the hang of where the shots are, this game comes alive. Deserving of its reputation and ranking.
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