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This game received 202 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.490 /10


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This game ranks #156 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.116

Artwork: 8.663

Sounds/Music: 6.856

Other Aspects: 7.374

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3 years ago
More of a work of art than a pinball masterpiece, but that's good enough to gain it credence as a classic game.
3 years ago
Way ahead of its time. Think about the games that were coming out in 1980, then think of this game next to them. Hard to give this one a low score then considering that.

As for modern day comparisons, it still holds up today. it is very unique, still looks cool, and is still fun to play. The rules are lacking in that regard, as are the lack of shots to make, but at the time, complex rules were not the norm, nor were fancy ramps and whatnot. This would be a good one for a larger collection.
3 years ago
It 's a classic Pinball of the 80' s.
3 years ago
Quad pops, rollover buttons, a spinner, a ramp, drops, multiball, something of a repeatable multiball jackpot even etc this game literally has everything and is instant fun.

Cabinet is striking with it's red and blue on black, playfield has to be up there as one of the best looking in all of pinball and the backglass is so good it's no surprise people keep non functioning games around just for the sake of the thing looking kickass be it with or without the strobing lights.

Only drawback i can think of is that the background jingle turns to a rather nervous pace which i've no doubt will irritate a fair portion of people. That said it did not bother me at all while playing and the sound design on the samples used is probably the single best example of the era.

The one i played recently was one of the restored pride and joys of it's owner, very fast, fairly difficult even with short ball time and while i'm not a good player i still liked it a lot.
3 years ago
Xenon was a revolutionary game for its time and while it will always go down in history because of this, but it's also a pretty fun game too! The artwork and sounds are great, especially when considering when the game came out. The tube shot is very satisfying to hit as is the spinner. Even with all these features, Xenon is not as fun as it could have been. A bonus collect would have been great as well as some more drops. But overall, Xenon is a great game and they made tons so they are easy to find.
3 years ago
Xenon doesn't instantly grab my attention, but it's still really fun to play.
3 years ago
Backglass very nice, well-made but inadequate playfield cabinet and not to play the next level pinball
3 years ago
I really like this game. Gets old after many plays but the layout is great. Also love the random placing of the pop bumpers.
3 years ago
Another one of those "must haves" if you like Early Bally machines.
Fits right in with the game lineups like EBD, Centaur, Fathom, Medusa, Vector, Flash Gordon, Embryon, Spectrum, Elektra, Mystic, and several others.

The game is notable for its "tube shot" with strip incandescent lighting (long before LEDs) which was one of the earliest attempts at a "double level" playfield feature and had a separate patent just for the design.
It was NOT the first pinball machine with a "ramp" which was in the 1930s.

Artwork by Paul Faris is OUTSTANDING.
Double piece backglass with mirroring is PHENOMENAL with its ringed lighting.
Only a few games from the era did these type of backglasses correctly.

A game that actually looks even better with proper use of blue LEDs instead of bulbs with blue "condoms".
The game female voice is sexy and sensual, especially with the pop bumpers.
I generally turn the "music" off, because it really does not exist from this era and is garbage tones.

This is one game that has held the "test of time" well, and remains popular.
People that dislike the game should be blindfolded and play the machine, as it outperforms in sound alone to most modern machines, not considering a repeatable outstanding spinner-top saucer combination.

Most people that overall do not like this machine are under the age of 30, and were not even born when the game was made.
Good luck affording a Xenon in 10 years when you figure out the quality of the game.
4 years ago
Theme is incredible, the artwork & infinity backglass lighting really make the game stand out in a line up. The top center saucer is really clever, excellent replay value. Infinity back glass defines a pinball era. 2 ball multi-ball could have been better but considering it was supposed to be a single ball game & added later, it adds a nice element.
4 years ago
in my top three
4 years ago
Poor Xenon - I want to like it, but it just isn't in the cards. From the annoying pop bumper male and female "moaning" to the less-fun-than-expected ramp-to-tube shot, I really can't stand to play more than a few games on this snooze-fest. But I really want to!

I wouldn't go out of my way to play it - as a matter of fact, I have no trouble just walking past it. Maybe it's just not for me...
4 years ago
Xenon is a real looker with a very good sound set that has a horribly weak background music track that sounds like a jack in the box meets fiddler on the roof song. The game has about 3 fun shots, and the other 1-2 shots are not fun. Fewest shots in any solid state that I have ever witnessed.

* Asymmetry: good
* Backhands: weak
* Ball Control/Hazards: center of PF is a hazard mess with 4 pops
* Ball Time: short
* Drops (Sweepable): none
* Flow/Stop n Go: a bit stop n go without any orbits and relying on saucers
* Fun/Lastability: it's ok
* Inlane Flow: very good -- single wireforms
* Lateral movement/Nudging: good
* Multiball - entering: good, not too easy
* Multiball - enjoyment: ok, not much to do
* Orbit Shots: none
* Originality: excellent
* Pop bumpers: 4, and they are very mean, but take up too much of a range of the playfield shots
* Scoring Balance: good
* Skill shot: yes
* Sound/Callouts/Voice: voice is annoying as a 10-pt sound, background sound is very annoying. scoring sounds are great. The celebration sounds of xenon when you lock a ball and get a chorus of "xenon"s is great.
* Spinners: 1 - decent shot
* ThemeArt/Lights: very good
* Toys/Gimmicks: not really. In 1979, perhaps a tube is a gimmick, but in 2015, it's just a form of a ramp.
4 years ago
Stunning and iconic pinball machine. One of the all time masterpieces of pinball art

Petty basic shots with awesome female voice. The increasing heartbeat sound is hugely repetitive and annoying though.

Above average game for the era, but surely a place for this in most collections due to the artwork.
4 years ago
One of those games that draws you in by how flashy and cool it looks, but when you get down to it Xenon actually has very little to do and is kind of a letdown for gameplay. I can imagine if you own one it doesn't stick around very long.
4 years ago
Finally had a chance to play one at a friends home. Love that backglass! The lighting and coordination are just so cool.
4 years ago
A great machine, makes you really want to try a tube shot.
4 years ago
Excellent Game, Years ahead of it's time. Suzanne Ciani did an amazing job on the sound effects. A must have in anyone's collection.
5 years ago
Beautiful machine and decent playing game for the early 80s
5 years ago
Pinside has removed my negative review of Ghostbusters Pro, so I am commenting on all of my other reviews about how bad that pin is in an effort to be fully heard on their (possibly) oppressive site.

Now, on to the review of this pin

Once again, I'm not a big fan of the games that predate 1985, but this one surprised me in its variety and fun factor.
5 years ago
This is a very difficult game to rate. I played this game back in the early 80's and absolutely fell in love with it. It was so much fun to play and I dumped so many quarters in this machine that I probably could have bought my own arcade. When I play the game now, it takes me back to those good old days in the pool hall when the times were great and carefree. This is what Xenon means to me. To rate this game honestly, it does not compare to the more modern games like Star Trek LE or Addams family from a technical standpoint. However,the pleasure you get from playing this game with the immersive eerie sounds is right up there with the best of the best. After all that is what pinball is for. If this game evokes those same emotions, then get it and enjoy.
5 years ago
Great game for its era. Great sound for the era. The gameplay is pretty good/solid for its time. Perhaps I just played a really great example of the game though.
5 years ago
One of the best 1"generation electronic Pinball machine. The artwork it's great and you can see one of the best backglass ever.
5 years ago
Just restored complete. Field is sharp with many new parts. Love the Back box and layout. Fast paced and game is smooth and fun to play.
5 years ago
Looks great, sounds are tiresome, liked the tube shot. not much interest for me
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