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Tron Legacy makes the list

Tron Legacy Pinball Machine
The Tron Legacy pinball machine, made by Stern in 2011, has already climbed into the top ten list of the all-time highest rated pinball machines at the Internet Pinball Database website. That’s pretty darn impressive for a brand new pinball machine. Overall, it appears the sweet spot for the most popular games was the era of the early to mid 90’s. You can head over to and read the ratings and reviews about Tron Legacy, or any other pinball machine you want to research. It’s interesting to compare today’s top ten list to the list from a few years ago. Twilight Zone is still ruling the top spot, with Midievil Madness and Circus Voltaire climbing up the list.  Star Trek Next generation has been demoted, and Centaur has fallen all the way down to #43  on the list. Here’s the current top twenty best pinball machines, rated by IPDB users. Do you agree or disagree with this list? Is your all time favorite game in the top 20? Feel free to comment with your thoughts and reactions. What’s your all time favorite pinball machine?

  1. Twilight Zone (Bally, 1993)
  2. Medieval Madness (Williams, 1997)
  3. Tales of the Arabian Nights (Williams, 1996)
  4. The Addams Family (Bally, 1992)
  5. Cirqus Voltaire (Bally, 1997)
  6. Star Trek: The Next Generation (Williams, 1993)
  7. Theatre of Magic (Bally, 1995)
  8. Creature from the Black Lagoon (Bally, 1992)
  9. TRON: Legacy (Stern, 2011)
  10. Monster Bash (Williams, 1998)
  11. White Water (Williams, 1993)
  12. The Lord of the Rings (Stern, 2003)
  13. Jurassic Park (Data East, 1993)
  14. Funhouse (Williams, 1990)
  15. Scared Stiff (Bally, 1996)
  16. Attack from Mars (Bally, 1995)
  17. The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern, 2003)
  18. The Getaway: High Speed II (Williams, 1992)
  19. Spider-Man (Stern, 2007)
  20. Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure (Williams, 1993)

What happened to pinball?

Pinball machines have vanished from many places where they were once popular. Remember the days when local convenience stores like 7-11 had pinball machines? What happened? Pinball experienced increased popularity in the 80’s and early 90’s with innovative pinball machines like Cyclone, Taxi, Diner, T2, Indiana Jones, Adams Family, Fun House, Star Trek, and more. In the mid to late 90’s the pinball industry was hit hard by the evolution of high-tech arcade games and affordable computer video console games like Xbox and Playstation. Pinball manufacturers Williams and Bally have fallen by the wayside, and now the only remaining maker of pinball machines is Stern. Some of their more popular pinball machines currently in production are Black Spiderman, Wheel of Fortune, Family Guy, Pirates of the Carribbean, Simpson’s Pinball Party, and Dale Jr.