Twilight Zone (Bally, 1993)

Twilight Zone

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This game received 1303 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.750 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #4 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.887

Artwork: 8.762

Sounds/Music: 8.305

Other Aspects: 8.794

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24 days ago
Although incredibly frustrating at times this is one of the top 5 games ever made. Endlessly playable and one of the most unique and memorable pins. Pat Lawlor innovation all over this thing and endless eye candy. Game can be start and stop as folks often mention in regard to Lawlor pins, but just the sheer amount of shots and things happening almost demands the game slow things down for you. There's no nicer looking machine out there and no game more fun to play.
48 days ago
Getting Lost in the Zone is always a challenge to achieve. I find this pin to be a spectacular piece of American Art. IMO the rules are actually pretty simple, hit slot machine, hit ramp, hit piano hit ramp etc... Until you get lost in the Zone. I've actually gone back and watched all the episodes of Twilight Zone so i could relate to what is happening on the Playfield. The integration of Theme is excellent to say the least. Once again another machine that you have to be accurate in your shots.

I've had several of the newer Sterns, AC/DC, Metallica, Iron Man, Spiderman, however just find the original classics to be outstanding.
48 days ago
One of the best pins ever made. SO much to do, so much to experience. The whole package is great but the vertical zig zag playing is not my favourite. The theme is superb.
49 days ago
Here is a classic example of pinheads thinking a table is good simply because it's overly complicated. Not a good game at all, below average flow, weird layout with the extra flippers, entirely too much to remember. Theming is good I suppose. It's just not fun which is 100% what a game should be about. Excessively over rated. (LOL people flagging my review cause I don’t like their favorite game. Typical Pinside.)
52 days ago
So much to do in this game, keeps you busy for hours.
64 days ago
Very fun game, although hard to master. My son is a big fan of this one!
69 days ago
This game has great replay value. Really captures the twilight Zone spirit
85 days ago
One of the best. What to say that hasn’t been said? I hope to own one of my own someday!
87 days ago
Have played on location only a dozen or so times. Fun but not as much as others rating this high. Probably need more time with it.
3 months ago
A truly extraordinary device, either you love it or hate it
3 months ago
Great loaded that it reminds me of a modern JJP game
3 months ago
This game still holds up today! Power Ball Speed is Awsome!
3 months ago
Tons of toys and can be fun at times but too much stop and go for my liking. Lost in the Zone is one of the best multiballs in all of pinball. Great looking playfield and cabinet with tons of very cool mods you can add to make it look even better. Powerball and upper playfield with magnet flippers are such a great additions that no other pinball has. Overall I love the them and look and enjoy playing it but wish it had a bit more flow overall. Still a great game and one I play anytime I see it.
3 months ago
Twilight Zone is my all-time favorite game that won't leave my collection. I put it just slightly ahead of Monster Bash. It's hard to find something negative for me on this game. My biggest criticism is not having a ball save and the cabinet artwork is just okay, lol. Beyond that, this game was just so WOW when I first saw it many years ago and it always keeps me coming back. Lawlor really nailed it out of the park with this one and I'm yet to see this level of innovation.
4 months ago
The game is cool but grossly overated. When i look back at the tv show or even the movie the pinball game is way off the mark. The TV show is more serious and the pinball game is way to campy. I'm not threading the concept and the game itself ...
4 months ago
It took about 2.5 months for things to “click” for me on the Twilight Zone. Now that they have, I can fairly rate it. I’ve always been a big fan of the show, and the game presents it as a pinball very well. The rules aren’t intuitive and it takes a little while to get the game opened up. But once it’s revved up, getting multiballs going, hitting some jackpots, surviving risky shots in the pop can be a rush! It’s stop and go, but in a good way. Allows you to see many animations and enjoy the jackpot sights and sounds. My only wish was that there was more show content represented since there were so many more iconic shows available. Will look to add the TV mod with black and white episode clips to fill this void for me down the road. For now, Ill keep playing it and try to get over the 1 billion point threshold.
4 months ago
What to say is a great game and will stay in my collection.
4 months ago
Quite the challenge lovely table been number one for decades for a reason
5 months ago
A really excellent game that just doesn’t justify the price tag. Great coding and art though.
5 months ago
The powerball is very unique. Upper playfield works well.
6 months ago
Superb machine. What possessed me to sell mine? :(
6 months ago
A classic and rightly so. A widebody filled with different shots, multiple features and that (sometimes infuriating, but unique) powerball. Is a bit 'stop start', but merits its place in any pinball collection.
6 months ago
It's considered the pinnacle of pinball design for a reason. Not even Pat Lawlor himself has managed to top it yet. Timeless theme, fantastic artwork, fantastic sound, widebody design, some stop and go, but because of the incredible depth your flipper fingers need a momentary break anyway. Any weaknesses like incandescent lighting, monochrome DMD and low power sound are easily overcome with today's technology. Endless mods and personal customization options. An available home ROM with the unique ability to pause a game! An upper playfield to battle with magnetic flippers! The POWERBALL! Modes galore! Reasonable pricing everything considered. What more could you want? There is one annoying screeching sound, but it's meant to be annoying so you work hard to complete the mode quickly. The only issue might be reliability and maintenance on location. I've played about half a dozen machines at various locations and only one felt like it was playing correctly. But, the game is now 25 years old, so it needs a permanent home as a well cared for collector's item instead of location abuse anyway! Afterall, if you owned a Ferrari, you certainly wouldn't rent it out for 50 cents, would you?
6 months ago
First played it when it came out in the 90s, and loved it so much that I bought it in 2017. What a fantastic, timeless machine. The piano, the clock, the gumball machine, and battling the Power! The added bonus of the ceramic ball completes a game that doesn't lack for mode after mode of replay-ability! Always has been in my top 5, and continues to be! Don't touch the door!
7 months ago
After owning and playing TZ for the last 5 years game has proven to hold up well for playability! However game is not difficult to master! Can't sell it unless I am ok with taking a beating from family who absolutely love this game! Ok I love it also!
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