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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

Not content with action shoot-'em-ups, it seems all the old platforms (and even the modern PC) need at least one homage to the old steel sphere...

PinballGraphics: 4
Sound: 3
Replay Value: 4
Notes: 1- or 2-player game
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With its three-level playfield, colorful graphics, and tough challenge, Pinball will probably get quite a bit of gameplay. Provided you can get into simulated pinball. The physics are pretty good, and the game is tough, and the sound is sufficient. The main problem I have with it is that flipper action can be a little sluggish. I find that using the keypad rather than the side buttons makes the game a lot easier to play for extended periods.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, four variations have been found.
Manual Five variants have been identified.
Overlays Three different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, five labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of four Pinball box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Pinball Box (Mattel Electronics 5356-0210) Mattel Electronics 5356-0210 1982   Origin is not printed on box, but generic copyright info printed on back; opens on bottom flap—not a book-style box; has barcode on back
Pinball Box (Intellivision Inc. 5356-0210) Intellivision Inc. 5356-0210 1982 Singapore Standard Intellivision, Inc. box; bottom flap has full Mattel part number; game title and Intellivision logo on bottom
Image not available. Intellivision Inc. 5356-0210 1982 Singapore Standard Intellivision, Inc. box; bottom flap has full Mattel part number; UPC bar code and Intellivision logo on bottom
Image not available. Digiplay N/A 1983 Brazil UNCONFIRMED! Digiplay edition; cartridge is known to exist, so box must as well—is it a Digiplay/Mattel version, or the later Digiplay-only style?

Pinball has two box variations from Intellivision, Inc. as well as the standard Mattel version. So far, I have not spotted a 'FOR 1 OR 2 PLAYERS' variation, but it seems reasonable to assume one exists.

Mattel Electronics Box - Back

Back of Mattel Box
Includes UPC

Intellivision Inc. Box - Back

Back of Intellivision, Inc. Box
UPC removed

In addition to the UPC being removed from the back of the box, the box variants by INTV for Pinball vary by what's displayed on the bottom flap of the box.

Mattel Pinball Box Flap w/o UPC
Game title appears on bottom flap of box

Intellivision, Inc. Pinball Box Flap w/o UPC
Game title appears on bottom flap of box

Intellivision, Inc. Pinball Box Flap w/ UPC
The UPC barcode and game name appear on the bottom flap of the box





A total of five Pinball manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Pinball Manual (Mattel Electronics 5356-0920) Mattel Electronics 5356-0920 1983 U.S.A.  
Pinball Manual (Intellivision Inc. 5356-0920-G1) Intellivision Inc. 5356-0920-G1 None U.S.A. Staple along top edge
Image not available. Intellivision Inc. 5356-0920-G1 None U.S.A. Accordion-style folding; have not located a Mattel version of the manual with this part number
Image not available. Intellivision Inc. 5356-0920-G1 None U.S.A. Map-style folding; have not located a Mattel version of the manual with this part number; submitted by Hankster
Image not available. Digiplay N/A 1983 Brazil UNCONFIRMED! Digiplay edition; cartridge is known to exist, so manual must as well—is it a Digiplay/Mattel version, or the later Digiplay-only style?




A total of three Pinball overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Pinball Overlay (Mattel Electronics 5356-4289) Mattel Electronics 5356-4289 1982 U.S.A.  
Pinball Overlay (Intellivision Inc. 5356) Intellivision Inc. 5356 None   Plain, papery overlay in purple and yellow
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A 2014 U.S.A. Part of the Supplemental Overlay Pack for Intellivision Flashback




A total of five Pinball label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Pinball Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Singapore Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982 right of origin; smaller label, rounded corners; purple background
Image not available. Intellivision Inc. N/A 1982 Singapore Origin lower right; © I.I. 1982 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
Pinball Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1982   Date lower right; no copyright, origin; larger label, square corners
Pinball Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A None   No origin, copyright or date info; larger label, square corners; large bold font for game title
Image not available. Digiplay N/A None   No origin or copyright; ™ upper right; large red label, rounded corners; game title in black text rather than typical white; this version seems particularly rare; submitted by Psycho Stormtrooper




Title Screen Extra-large game title!
Level I You'll be spending most of your time here, so learn how to hit the two 'doggy' targets to put up the left and right side bumpers.
Level II Level two is actually not as much fun as level one.
Level III Ahh, the Holy Grail of Pinball—Level Three! This is a really cool level, but it's just horrifying that you can't spend more time here.




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