Top 50 Modern Pinball Machines

Here’s our Top 50 must-have Pinball games that were made after 1990. We have used rating information for other top pinball lists and current sales trends in our rankings. We’ll be updating the list regularly, in the meantime, take a look and see if your pin made the list.

1. Medieval Madness (Williams, 1997)

Medieval Madness is a Williams pinball machine released in June 1997. Designed by Brian Eddy and programmed by Lyman Sheats, Medieval Madness had a production run of 4,016 units. It was an immediate critical and popular success, earning well on location and achieving widespread popularity among collectors. The game features an interactive castle and two pop up trolls. It is widely considered the best pinball machine of all time. A remake of this machine was also produced by Chicago Gaming.

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2. Attack from Mars (Bally, 1995)

Attack from Mars is a Bally pinball machine released in December 1995. Designed by Brian Eddy and programmed by Lyman Sheats, Attack from Mars had a production run of 3,450 units. In this game, Martians began to invade the Earth, and it’s up to the player to destroy the Martian fleet, save all the major cities, and then head off to Mars to destroy the Martian empire and conquer Mars. A remake of this machine was also produced by Chicago Gaming.

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3. Jurassic Park (Stern, 2019)

Jurassic Park is a Stern pinball machine released in 2019, inspired by the classic film. Designed by Keith Elwin, players are transported to Isla Nublar, where the mission is to rescue park staff and recapture dinosaurs from the chaotic environment unleased by Dennis Nedry’s computer virus. The game is widely heralded as one of the best game designs in all of pinball. It is also a very family friendly game. What’s not to love?

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4. Monster Bash (Williams, 1998)

Monster Bash is a Williams pinball machine released in July 1998. Designed by George Gomez and programmed by Lyman Sheats, Monster Bash had a production run of 3,361 units. Monster Bash features the monsters from Universal Studios including Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. It is a blast to play!

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5. The Addams Family (Bally, 1992)

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The Addams Family is Bally pinball machine released in March 1992. Designed by Pat Lawlor, Addams Family is the best selling pinball machine of all time with over 20,000 units built. The game features custom speech from Raul Julia and Anjelica Houston and it explores the strange world of the Addams Family. To this day, The Addams Family remains our most popular refurbished game.

6. Iron Maiden (Stern, 2018)

Iron Maiden is a Stern pinball machine released in 2018 based on the music of Iron Maiden. It was Keith Elwin’s first game design. Keith is considered the greatest pinball player of all time. Iron Maiden won the 2020 Stern Showdown as Stern’s greatest machine of all time, which was voted on by pinball fans. The game features various forms of Eddie, the band’s legendary mascot, as well as 12 Iron Maiden songs.

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7. Elvira’s House of Horrors (Stern, 2019)

Elvira’s House of Horrors is a Stern pinball machine released in 2019 and it is the third installment of the Elvira pinball trilogy! The game features custom speech by Cassandra Peterson as she reprises her role of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. The game immerses players in a fun, campy, B-movie universe. Stern only made a Premium version of this machine and it is highly collectible.

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8. Twilight Zone (Bally, 1993)

Twilight Zone is a Bally widebody pinball machine released in April 1993. Designed by Pat Lawlor, Twilight Zone is based on the TV series of the same name and is one of the best selling machines of all time with 15,235 units built. This machine is one of the most jam packed machines ever made and features a working gumball machine, a working 12 hour analog clock, a Powerball, and a Powerfield controlled by magnets.

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9. Deadpool (Stern, 2018)

Deadpool is a Stern pinball machine released in 2018 based on the Deadpool universe. Players will team up with X-Men characters Wolverine, Dazzler, Domino, and Colossus as they battle against Juggernaut, Sabretooth, Mystique, Sauron, Mr. Sinister, T-Rex, and the Megalodon. Deadpool has beautiful artwork and some great humor that will always keep players coming back!

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10. Metallica (Stern, 2013)

Metallica is a Stern pinball machine released in 2013 based on the music of Metallica. The machine includes 12 songs including “Master of Puppets,” “One,” and “Fade To Black,” The game also features an electric chair, snake, grave markers and lots of other bells and whistles along with art by our friend Dirty Donny.

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11. AC/DC (Stern, 2012)

AC/DC is a Stern pinball machine released in 2012 based on the music of AC/DC. AC/DC is one of the most popular music themed pinball machines and Steve Ritchie came up with a fantastic design to bring the music to life. The machine includes 12 songs including “Back in Black,” “Highway to Hell,” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.” It is a must have for any AC/DC fan.

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12. Avengers: Infinity Quest (Stern, 2020)

Avengers Infinity Quest is a Stern pinball machine released in 2020, inspired by the Marvel Comics. Designed by Keith Elwin, players race to hunt down and recover the six Infinity Gems before Thanos gets his hands on them. The game features numerous famous Marvel characters including Thor, Captain America, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, and many more!

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13. Lord of the Rings (Stern, 2003)

Lord of the Rings is a Stern pinball machine released in 2003, inspired by the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The game was designed by George Gomez, and features a jump ramp that leads to a ring along with a Balrog bash toy. The game is known for some of the best “Jackpot” callouts in pinball and is widely considered Stern’s best game in the 2000s decade.

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14. Indiana Jones (Williams, 1993)

Indiana Jones is a Williams wide body pinball machine released in 1993. Designed by Mark Ritchie, the game pays tribute to the first three Indiana Jones movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and Last Crusade. The game has a total of 12 modes, each based on a scene from a movie and has a Path of Adventure mechanism on the left portion of the machine that is controlled by the flippers. Indiana Jones is widely regarded as one of the best pinball machines from the 1990s.

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15. Star Trek (Stern, 2013)

Star Trek is a Stern pinball machine released in 2013 inspired by the Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness films. Designed by Steve Ritchie, the game puts players in Captain James Kirks chair of the U.S.S. Enterprise, embarking on a journey to protect and defend the planets of the Federation. The game features a repeatable upper warp ramp shot that is endless fun.

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16. Guardians of the Galaxy (Stern, 2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy is a Stern pinball machine released in 2017 based on the first movie. Designed by John Borg, the game features a sculpted and interactive ball-eating Groot. The game also has full movie assets and an amazing art package that brings this Marvel theme to life. Lastly, the game includes six songs from the movie’s outstanding soundtrack.

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17. Batman 66 (Stern, 2016)

Batman 66 is a Stern pinball machine released in 2016 based on the original Batman series featuring the late Adam West as Batman. The game also includes Robin, The Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman, among many other characters. It has stunning artwork and has a large color display that shows video clips from the show. The game is known for its deep ruleset, which was created by Lyman Sheats. This is a must for any Batman fans!

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18. The Walking Dead (Stern, 2014)

The Walking Dead is a Stern pinball machine released in 2014 based on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Designed by John Borg, the game features everything fans would want in a flesh-eating pinball world. Players fight to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside series icon, Sheriff Rick Grimes, by battling zombies and completing various game missions. The game includes multiple zombie toys for adrenalin-filled zombie battles at familiar locations from the show such as the Prison and Cell Block C. The game also features an amazing ruleset by Lyman Sheats.

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19. Star Trek: The Next Generation (Williams, 1993)

Star Trek: The Next Generation is a Williams widebody pinball machine released in 1993. Designed by Steve Ritchie, the game was based on the TV series and features a lot of voice callouts from the television cast. The game is often considered the best flowing widebody pin of all time. It also includes a gun trigger instead of a typical plunger.

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20. Star Wars (Stern, 2017)

Star Wars is a Stern pinball machine released in 2017 based on the original Star Wars trilogy. Designed by Steve Ritchie, the game allows players to choose between Luke, Leia, R2-D2, and Han Solo. The game is very family friendly and will be a great collectible for years to come.

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21. Tales of the Arabian Nights (Williams, 1996)

Tales of the Arabian Nights is a Williams pinball machine released in 1996. Designed by John Popadiuk, the game is based on the stories of One Thousand and One Nights and features a blue genie. Players can experience 7 Tales of the Arabian Nights that includes a travel around the ancient city of Baghdad, flying with the magic carpet and battling the evil genie. The game also includes one of the best art packages from the 1990s. This is a highly collectible machine.

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22. The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern, 2003)

The Simpsons Pinball Party is a Stern pinball machine released in 2003 based on the very popular sitcom that we have come to know and love. The game features many of the show’s favorite characters on a two-level playfield, complete with game modes influenced by various classic episodes. The game features one of the most complex rule sheets ever designed for a pinball machine and gives players the ability to stack various modes and multi-balls on top of each other. It is one of our best selling Stern pinball machines.

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23. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Stern, 2020)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is Stern pinball machine released in 2020 based on the hit Nickelodeon animated show. Designed by John Borg, the game features Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo. In this pinball adventure, players will go to battle as the Turtles fight villains like Shredder, the Krang and loads of super-powerful mutants, to become the heroes they were destined to be, and have loads of fun along the way!

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24. TRON: Legacy (Stern, 2011)

Tron: Legacy is a Stern pinball machine released in 2011. Designed by John Borg, players battle as Sam Flynn on the Grid against Clu and Rinzler. Players will enjoy multi-ball rounds themed around scenes from the film. The game features an incredible 3D backglass that brings the films characters and story to life. It is one of the more collectible Stern machines.

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25. White Water (Williams, 1993)

White Water is a Williams pinball machine released in 1993. Designed by Dennis Nordman, the game is based on white water rafting, which is reflected in the game’s ‘wild’ ramps and very fast game-play. The upper playfield is considered one of the best in all of pinball. Overall, White Water is one of the most unique games in pinball and is a blast to play.

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26. Cirqus Voltaire (Bally, 1997)

Cirqus Voltaire is a Bally pinball machine released in 1997 pinball game. Designed by John Popadiuk, the game involves the player performing many different marvels in order to join the circus. The game also features a dot-matrix display in the cabinet instead of the backbox as well as an incredible art package. Only 2,704 units were produced making it one of the more rare games from the 90s.

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27. Spider-Man (Stern, 2007)

Spider Man is a Stern pinball machine released in 2007. Designed by Steve Ritchie and programmed by Lyman Sheats, the game is based on the Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3 films. Players must defeat villains from all three movies in order to experience Battle Royale! The game was vaulted in 2016 due to its earlier success.

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28. Ghostbusters (Stern, 2016)

Who you going to call? Ghostbusters is a Stern pinball machine released in 2016 and it is a great movie themed machine that is fun for the whole family. The game includes custom speech by Ernie Hudson, who guides players into becoming the newest member of the Ghostbusters team. The game features an incredible art package and is very fun to play.

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29. Theatre of Magic (Bally, 1995)

Theatre of Magic is a Bally pinball machine released in 1995. Designed by John Popadiuk, Theatre of Magic had a production run of 6,600 units. It is based on the timeless magic theme and features a spinning magnetic box, a magic pop up trunk, and other fun playfield toys. This machine is a fan favorite among pinball collectors.

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30. Led Zeppelin (Stern, 2021)

Led Zeppelin is a Stern pinball machine released in 2021 based on the music of Led Zeppelin. Players are transported back to the band’s early days and tour the world from 1968-1980. Steve Ritchie and team was able to create a high energy rock and roll pinball concert experience with this game. Led Zeppelin includes 10 songs including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Black Dog,” and “Immigrant Song.” It is a must have for any Led Zeppelin fan.

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31. Scared Stiff (Bally, 1996)

Scared Stiff is a Bally pinball machine released in 1996. Designed by Dennis Nordman, Scared Stiff had a production run of 4,028 units. It features horrorshow-hostess Elvira and is the second installment of the Elvira pinball trilogy. The game also has an interactive backbox and a lot of other spookiness to it. This machine is a collectible for all Elvira fans.

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32. KISS (Stern, 2015)

KISS is a Stern pinball machine released in 2015. Designed by John Borg, the machine reflects the energy and excitement of a live KISS concert. The machine includes an incredible art package based on the original 1979 Bally KISS machine. KISS includes 10 famous hits from the band including “Rock & Roll All Night”, “Lick It Up,” and “Hotter Than Hell.” This is a must have for any KISS fan!

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33. Iron Man (Stern, 2010)

Iron Man is a Stern pinball machine released in 2010 based on the Iron Man movie. Join billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, as Iron Man, the metallic super hero, on a thrilling action-packed adventure as he battles Iron Monger and Whiplash with the help of War Machine. The game was vaulted 2014 due to its earlier success.

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34. Creature from the Black Lagoon (Bally, 1992)

Creature from the Black Lagoon is a Bally pinball machine released in 1992 and had a production run of 7,841 units. The game’s theme is 1950’s drive-in theater and it features one of the most difficult multiballs in pinball as well as one of the longest ramps in pinball. The game is highly desired among pinball collectors.

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35. Funhouse (Willliams, 1990)

Funhouse is a Williams pinball machine released in 1990 and had a production run of approximately 10,750 units. Designed by Pat Lawlor, the game stars a talking dummy named Rudy, which you can shoot the ball in his mouth The game is themed after the concept of an amusement park funhouse. Funhouse is one of the most popular pinball machines of all time and its stellar design continues to stand the test of time.

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36. Pirates of the Caribbean (Stern , 2006)

Pirates of the Caribbean is a Stern pinball machine released in 2006 and is based on the successful Disney movie franchise. Players must defeat Davy Jones, Captain Jack Sparrow’s nemesis. It remains one of our best selling pinball machines ever! Pirates of the Caribbean is a great family friendly machine.

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37. X-Men (Stern, 2012)

X-Men is a Stern pinball machine released in 2012 based on the popular X-Men comic books. The game features a custom molded Wolverine bash toy and a fun shooting layout. This is a must have for any X-Men fans!

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38. Cactus Canyon (Bally, 1998)

Cactus Canyon is a Bally pinball machine released in 1998 with only 903 units produced. This very rare machine was produced right before Williams/Bally ended its pinball production. It is a western themed machine and features a train that moves down a track, a mine, and popup bad guy targets. It is one of the most collectible games in all of pinball.

39. The Beatles (Stern, 2018)

The Beatles is a Stern pinball machine released in 2018. This was a long awaited music themed pinball machine and features incredible artwork, great music, and a throwback style of play that make this the ultimate Beatles collectible. The Beatles pinball machine immerses players in 1960’s Beatlemania and feature nine timeless hit songs from that era, including “Ticket to Ride,” “Drive My Car,” and “Taxman.”

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40. Game of Thrones (Stern, 2015)

Game of Thrones is a Stern pinball machine released in 2015 based on the popular HBO series. Designed by Steve Ritchie, the game allows players to choose different houses to play and ultimately rule the seven kingdoms of Westeros. The premium and LE model features a very cool castle upper playfield. This is a must have for any Game of Thrones fan!

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41. Family Guy (Stern, 2007)

Family Guy is a Stern pinball machine released in 2007 based on the animated series of the same name. The games main features include a “TV Challenge” drop hole, a beer can giant target, an Evil Monkey’s Lair ramp, and Stewie’s Mini Pinball. The game also has funny callouts and does a great job of brining the Family Guy theme to life.

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42. The Sopranos (Stern, 2005)

The Sopranos is a Stern pinball machine released in 2005 based on the critically acclaimed and award-winning HBO hit television series. Designed by George Gomez, the machine challenges players to rise through the ranks to Boss. The game includes numerous elements from the show, including the dancing girls of the Bada Bing!, The Stugots, a safe that cracks open, and a talking fish that jokes around with the player. The machine also features real voices of many characters on the show. It is a collectible for all Sopranos fans!

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43. Aerosmith (Stern, 2017)

Aerosmith is a Stern pinball machine released in 2017 based on the music of Aerosmith. Players experience the high-energy and excitement that accompanies the experience of a live Aerosmith concert. The game features an incredible art package and a very satisfying layout. Aerosmith includes 9 songs including “Walk This Way,” “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” and “Sweet Emotion.” It is a must have for any Aerosmith fan.

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44. Big Buck Hunter (Stern, 2010)

Big Buck Hunter is a Stern pinball machine released in 2010 based on the popular hunting arcade game. The machine takes players on a hunting adventure in pursuit of wild game, such as elk, moose and rams. The game also features a motorized big buck that moves across the playfield and requires players to shoot it. Big Buck Hunter is a great game for all hunting fans!

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45. Fish Tales (Williams, 1992)

Fish Tales is a Williams pinball machine released in 1992 featuring a fishing theme with a general goal of catching as many fish and telling the biggest lies about their size as possible. The machine includes a plastic fish topper that thrashes its tail when the player achieves certain goals as well as an autoplunger shaped like a fishing rod. Fish Tales also has some of the best music in pinball.

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46. Stranger Things (Stern, 2019)

Stranger Things is a Stern pinball machine released in 2019 based on the popular Netflix show. Designed by Brian Eddy, the machine immerses players in a search to unravel the extraordinary mysteries and secret government experiments taking place at the Hawkins National Laboratory. The game features an interactive Demogorgon bash toy and an incredible “Upside Down” UV kit upgrade. The game includes assets from both Season 1 and Season 2 and does a great job of brining this popular theme to life.

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47. Munsters (Stern, 2019)

The Munsters is a Stern pinball machine released in 2019 that brings you back to the days of black and white TV. Designed by John Borg, the machine features beautiful artwork and tons of playfield action. Players are transported to 1313 Mockingbird Lane, joining the entire Munsters family on a haunted pinball adventure. This is a must have for all Munsters fans!

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48. World Cup Soccer (Bally, 1994)

World Cup Soccer is a Bally pinball machine released in 1994. The machine is based on the 1994 FIFA World Cup and it is a great family pinball machine for those with kids who play sports.

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49. Getaway: High Speed 2 (Williams, 1992)

Getaway: High Speed 2 is a Williams pinball machine released in 1992. It is the sequel to High Speed, which was released in 1986. The machine is very fast to play and is popular amongst car enthusiasts.

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50. Dirty Harry (Williams, 1995)

Dirty Harry is a Williams pinball machine released in 1995 and is based on the fictional character of the same name. Designed by Barry Oursler, the game had a production run of 4,248 units. If you are a Clint Eastwood fan, this machine is a must have.

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