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10 Must-Play Pinball Games

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Website bargames101.com says these 10 must-play games are the gold standard for longtime pinball wizards and new apprentices. Scout out spots like Zelky’s Beach Arcades in Rehoboth Beach and 1984 Arcade Bar in Wilmington for some of these enduring classics.

The Addams Family (1992)

Based on the 1991 film starring Raúl Julia and Anjelica Huston, this sensory assault (in all the best ways) offers thrills, scoring opportunities with nearly every bounce, and an occasional helping hand from Thing.


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Black Knight (1980)

Bridging the gap between mechanical ’80s games and the solid-state electronic models of the ’90s, it’s “magna-save” function lets players save a ball for later use.

KISS (2015)

Rock ’n’ roll all night with the eponymous band on this update of the original 1979 version released during the group’s heyday. Watch out for the balls fired from Gene Simmons’ head.

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The Lord of the Rings (2003)

Based on the Peter Jackson film trilogy, the play is intense and, Bargames101 notes, “epic in scope,” featuring miniatures and music from the soundtrack.

Medieval Madness (1997)

Castles, dragons and trolls populate this board with kitschy olden-times art and easy game play.

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Pin-Bot (1986)

Robot speech, a “space nymph” mini-playfield and high-tech lighting make this perhaps the most ’80s machine out there.

The Pinball Circus (1994)

Super rare—and a little bit creepy with its angry clown centerpiece—this seven-flipper extravaganza boasts an unusual vertical configuration. Only two are known to exist.

Pinball Wizard (1994)

Riffing on the themes in the Who song that raised the humble game to mythical status, the machine features blindered flippers to help you “play by sense of smell.”

The Twilight Zone (1993)

A basket of Easter eggs from the original Rod Serling sci-fi/suspense anthology series rewards players; four flippers, two ramps and magnets amp up the intensity.

Super Spin (1977)

A basic machine with no music and lots of noise from the multitude of scoring opportunities makes this one a standout.

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