By Samuel Claiborn
The Pinball Arcade, an app that has been digitizing real-life pinball machines from past decades, is losing the licenses to Bally and Williams machines, which means some of the best tables ever made will no longer be available as of June 30, 2018.
The Pinball Arcade isn’t only a place to play great (and rare!) machines, but also a perfect tool to learn the complex rules behind each game. The Pinball Arcade’s tutorials take you through every shot in the game, explaining skillshots, multiballs, and modes. I’ve spent hours learning machines this way before heading to the local bars or arcades — and learning the games virtually has saved me many pounds of quarters.
First of all, here are the games leaving The Pinball Arcade. The leftmost column generally will have the most value for players, as games from the DMD era, so-called for the orange dot-matrix displays capable of displaying video-game-like graphics, feature the most complex rules and playfield layouts.
DMD (1991-Present) Solid State (1976-1991) EM (Before 1976) The Addams Family Banzai Run Spanish Eyes Attack from Mars Black Knight Wild Card Bram Stoker’s Dracula Black Knight 2000 Fireball Black Rose Centaur Cactus Canyon Cyclone The Champion Pub Diner Circus Voltaire Dr. Dude Creature from the Black Lagoon Earthshaker Doctor Who Eight Ball Deluxe Fish Tales Elvira and the Party Monsters Hurricane F-14 Tomcat Indianapolis 500 Fathom Jack Bot Fireball Judge Dredd Firepower Junk Yard Firepower II Medieval Madness Fun House Monster Bash The Getaway: High Speed 2 No Fear Gorgar No Good Gofers High Speed The Party Zone The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot Red and Ted’s Road Show Paragon Safe Cracker Pin*Bot Scared Stiff* Sorcerer Star Trek: The Next Generation Space Shuttle Tales of the Arabian Nights Swords Of Fury Terminator 2: Judgment Day Taxi Theatre of Magic Whirlwind Twilight Zone Xenon White Water WHO Dunnit World Champion Soccer (Dog Soccer!)
But there are plenty of great games from the Solid State era you should also grab. Here are some of the machines you should definitely pick up before they are gone. You can purchase whole seasons (Season 1 is…