Twilight Zone (Bally, 1993)

Twilight Zone

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This game received 1299 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.757 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #3 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.893

Artwork: 8.768

Sounds/Music: 8.317

Other Aspects: 8.797

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3 days ago
Very fun game, although hard to master. My son is a big fan of this one!
24 days ago
One of the best. What to say that hasn’t been said? I hope to own one of my own someday!
26 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.
37 days ago
A truly extraordinary device, either you love it or hate it
43 days ago
This game still holds up today! Power Ball Speed is Awsome!
49 days 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.
53 days 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.
56 days ago
Twilight Zone reflects the apex of thoughtful pinball design. This widebody has it all: great shots, a complicated ruleset and an interesting theme that is executed well (in layout, ruleset, artwork and sound/music).

Gameplay flows and dodges in and out of an Alice in Wonderland array of tricky shots, pop bumpers and sound/music magic.
61 days 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 ...
70 days 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.
73 days ago
What to say is a great game and will stay in my collection.
74 days ago
Quite the challenge lovely table been number one for decades for a reason
3 months ago
A really excellent game that just doesn’t justify the price tag. Great coding and art though.
3 months ago
The powerball is very unique. Upper playfield works well.
4 months ago
Superb machine. What possessed me to sell mine? :(
4 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.
4 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?
4 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!
5 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!
5 months ago
Ask yourself: if you had to pick only one game to play for the rest of your life, between The Addams Family and The Twilight Zone, which would you choose?

My answer's TZ. I will say that objectively, they're almost the same machine when it comes to the shots on the playfield; TZ has a weaker upper flipper shot and a less interesting skill shot, but adds in the upper playfield. But there are two main differences that I believe sets TZ well apart and ahead of TaF.

First is the graduated overlapping scoring; while there's progress towards a Wizard mode in both games, there are so many more detours in TZ, including more than one mode going at once, that it makes for an N-squared number of possible approaches to the game. We all know there are certain shots in TZ (as well as TaF) that are very dangerous to make, and yet the multiplicity of scoring modes offer them as a temptation so it's not really possible to lie in the weeds (which in my experience is possible in TaF with its easier ramp shots).

Second is theme integration. As appealing and amusing as TaF is in its great encaspulation of the movie's version of the Addams Family quirks, and with the actual celebrity voices on it, The Twilight Zone takes it one step further by having a mixture of call outs to the actual television show (which was longer-running, more complex, and weirder than The Addams Family) and some things that *seem* like they should be in the show, but were actually invented for the game in the style/as inspired by, the show. You very rarely see liberties being taken with a theme that way, and despite my occasional disappointment they didn't get more of the original Twilight Zone's classic episodes incorporated, it makes the pinball machine more of an extension of the theme inspiration than a mere hommage to it.

As with TaF, the only time I get bored with TZ is if the machine isn't tuned or if something's broken. Unlike TaF, the machine still surprises me from time to time. And that is, in the end, why it rates a bit higher.
5 months ago
Absolute classic, and for a reason. Master the left ramp/right ramp/piano and you're close to set. Never gets old.
5 months ago
In my opinion this pin should be at the top of the list for any collector. Once I get my hands on one it will be the last pin to leave.
6 months ago
No doubt about it, this is a great design for its day, but in my opinion doesnt hold up against some other designs. Its less about the toys and more about the fun for me, this is a great theme that I really wanted to love that just never held my interest. Still, this is a cherished table for alot of people - just not my cup of tea. I find alot of Lawlors other efforts that Inwould keep over this, including RBION with a similar layout.
6 months ago
I Love this game!! So much to look at so much to do..
The layout is great, the gameplay is fantastic and the art is awesome specially the translight.
A real superpin in my book.
6 months ago
I just got done refurbishing mine. What an amazing machine. I know it is the best game I have ever owned. So many different shots. Very challenging.
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