4 of the Best Pinball Video Games of All Time

Dave LeClair 19-08-2013

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Today, we are going to have a look at the very best virtual pinball experiences you can get your hands on. It’s funny how it has actually come full circle, with pinball machines leading to the arcade games that ultimately let to us having the luxury of home consoles. Now, it’s those very same consoles and PCs that are going back and emulating the experience of pinball machines.

Anyway, enough on the history of how pinball lead to video games. Let’s take a look at these awesome games, so you can get to reliving your pinball memories!

Pinball FX2

This is, in my opinion, one of the granddaddies of all the pinball video games. Why? Simply for the realistic nature of their custom tables. Sometimes, you might actually forget that you are playing a virtual pinball table and not the real thing. They look beautiful, and they are all fun to play as well. They also have some classic tables, which is perfect for any gamer looking to reminisce on the old days of hanging out at the pinball arcade.

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This game is available on PC and Xbox 360, so you can choose how and where you want to play it. Some awesome notable tables are Plants Vs. Zombies, Star Wars, Rome, and the list goes on and on. Check out the game’s website if you want to see the entire list of tables. Just remember, not all of the tables are available with the initial game, and they are for sale as microtransactions.


Pinball Arcade

For the gamer looking to play some of the most famous tables in video game history, this is exactly the game you want. If you think back fondly to certain tables, there is a good chance that it has been meticulously recreated by the developers of Pinball Arcade. Best of all, this game is available for every platform under the sun, including iOS, Android, Xbox 360, PS3, and Mac (it was given Greenlight status on Steam, so it’s coming to PC soon).

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When you buy the game, you get four tables included – Tales of the Arabian Nights, Ripley’s Believe It or Not,  Theatre of Magic, and Black Hole – all of which are classics. The list of other tables available for purchase is absolutely massive. Regardless of what platform you choose to get the game for, you can count on having tons and tons of pinball to play, provided you are willing to shell out some extra cash.

Full Tilt! Pinball

I am willing to bet that you’ve probably played Full Tilt! Pinball, even if you don’t realize it. That Space Cadet pinball table that came with every copy of Windows back in the day is from Full Tilt. While it might be the most readily available pinball game out there, it’s actually quiet good, and even though it’s a little on the older side, it’s still a lot of fun to play.


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The full version of the game actually comes with two more tables, so there is even more fun to be had. There is also a sequel called Full Tilt! Pinball 2, so you can get even more fun out of it. Of course, you’ll have to find the CD to play it, but there are always means of downloading it if you are willing to look.

Devil’s Crush

This one is not as readily available as the newer games, as it is on the TurboGrafx-16, but boy oh boy is it ever awesome. This game embraces the fact that it’s not a real table with some effects that just can’t exist on a real table. Of course, for pinball purists, this will not be the game for you.

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What makes this game so interesting is that it features a mix of single and multi-screen gameplay. This creates a really fun game that all pinball fans should try. Even if you don’t like pinball, you should still play it, because it’s just a fantastic video game all around.


For all of you pinball aficionados, these video games will be perfect for you. For most of us, it’s not practical to have a pinball machine in our home, but with the magic of video games, you can help create some of the pinball feeling without breaking the bank. Even if you’re not a pinball addict, and just a big fan of video games, I promise you will enjoy these.

What pinball video games do you love? Have you played any of the games listed above? Hit the comments section below and let us know!

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  1. Steve
    March 25, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    WTF?!? TimeShock! not mentioned? These 4 come nowhere near...

  2. Mike
    November 22, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Man :) Nobody have played SlamTilt on Amiga? Seriously? This is like BEST pinball game EVER. Ive played reallly a lot of pinball games and SlamTilt kicks all of them :)

  3. dodo
    April 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Although i have Pinball FX2, all the 3D effects kinds a put a strain in the eye.
    Space Cadet was better in terms of colour, it could be viewed with ease and was minimal at its time, still its a good game.
    But i have yet to try Microsoft Pinball Arcade:
    Does anyone know of a download link, it kind of feels like the Space cadet , the type i was looking for.

  4. john
    March 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Hi, i played pinbal lot of time

    for pc where a abandon god pinball games
    pinball fantasies (available on ios)
    Psycho pinball

    good remembers

  5. Andy
    October 31, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Seriously, EPIC Pinball, with the shareware Super Android table was so far ahead of it's time when it came out.
    The physics were awesome real, and the table play was second to none.

  6. Paul in NJ
    August 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Ah, but where can I find my most favorite of all pinball games: Silverball Mania?

  7. Larry
    August 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I need to know where to download Full Tilt Pinball (Space Cadet) without signing up
    for anything?

  8. Steven
    August 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Umm...what about Future Pinball ( and Visual Pinball (, both of which are free and have huge amounts of both fan created classic tables and user created original tables? Plus, Visual Pinball is open source.

  9. Pooky J
    August 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

    any of them for Windows Phone?

  10. Davin Peterson
    August 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

    You can download the old 3D Pinball Space Cadet Game here:

    Here is another Pinball game called Visual Pinball

  11. likefunbutnot
    August 20, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Personally, I prefer Epic Pinball.

  12. Kenneth R
    August 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

    What about Digital Illusions' "Pinball Dreams"? It was fantastic on the Commodore Amiga! It was certainly better than "Full Tilt! Pinball" IMO. :)

  13. Josh
    August 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    space cadet is hands down the best, most realistic pinball game I've ever played, EVER. Not realistic LOOKING but realistic PLAYING, and I've never seen anything come close.

    Is it possible to buy this for Win8? I would absolutely buy it if I could!

  14. Doc
    August 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    These are some of the newer games; I remember buying Pinball Construction Set for my C64 back in the day...

  15. Doc
    August 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    "Full Tilt! Pinball Space Cadet pinball’s actually quiet good..." Funny, I remember it being very noisy. :)

  16. Craig
    August 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm missed MicroSoft Pinball Arcade. Yes, it's old but I've seriously have never found ANYTHING that comes close to graphics and smoothness of play. I truly think these still stand up to the test of time. 100% worth playing if you get the chance!

    Found here > [Broken Link Removed]

  17. Jeff Gilcher
    August 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    For another online pinball game, go to [Broken URL Removed] and play a pinball game based on the The Who's Tommy. The Who's Tommy is at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario until October 19 It is a very well done production and the online pinball game is pretty good too!

  18. cynumber9
    August 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    The ones put out by Zen Studios are pretty awesome. Epic Quest is my fav. Droiders can check out Zen Pinball HD in the Play store.