IT'S A SMALL WORLD
(but I wouldn't want to clean it!)

Pinball News is pleased to recommend these other fine sites from around the world. They are listed alphabetically.

Please choose from one of these categories:


GAME MANUFACTURERS

.USA

  Jersey Jack Pinball's site serves as an introduction to the new company and the members of the team building their games.  On the website you can also read the update messages sent to subscribers to their mailing list and find out how to buy The Wizard of Oz.

.USA

  Stern's site provides details of the company's current and archived products, providing links to pictures, brief rules and software downloads.  It also includes details on how to buy their products, where you can play them, videos of their most recent games and a number of blogs with links to press coverage of pinball events.

 

ASSOCIATIONS

Italy

  "The purpose of the Association is to promote - through events and shows - playing pinball in our country and abroad, with members, supporters or simply people who share our passion."

Austria

  The Flipper Sportverein Austria website is dedicated to promoting pinball ownership, playing in leagues and competitions across Austria, as well as providing news and information about events in the pinball world. There is also a discussion forum, a pinball locator, pictures of gamerooms, and a newsletter.

USA

  Apart from being the home of the WPPR ranking system with around 15,000 registered players, and the website of the IFPA World Championships, the IFPA also promotes competitive pinball around the world and organises a number of tournaments through their Country Directors spread across the world.


GAME SUPPLIERS

.USA

  BMI sells a very wide range of new and pre-owned coin-op games, vending and gaming equipment for trade and home use and has an extensive showroom of over 175 machines at their South Florida location. They also rent games and supply them to corporate functions.

.USA

  Tom Manely's Flashback Classic Coin Ops is based in Navarre, south of Cleveland in Ohio from where he sells and repairs a wide range of coin operated games and amusement machines. The lavishly decorated premises are designed to provide customers with their very own flashback to a golden age of gaming fun.

.Canada

  John's Jukes of Vancouver sells a good cross-section of home gameroom machines including jukeboxes, video games, pachinko and of course pinball. The website carries a number of pinball tips and troubleshooting guides along with for sale and wanted lists.

.USA

  Great American Pinball is based in West Chicago and supplies pinballs, parts, other arcade games and game room equipment.  Selling the latest models from Stern pinball alongside restored games from all the major manufacturers, their website also includes a blog where you can see how their work is performed.

.UK

  Based in South London, Liberty Games have been retailing pinball machines since 2004, as well as other games room equipment. With an in-house pinball technician with over 25 years experience of pinball machines, Liberty Games are also able to offer a warehouse-based/on-site pinball repair service.

.USA

  Based in Wantagh NY, Ron Barbagallo's New York Pinball sells, restores and repairs pinball machines. Operating mainly in the Long Island area, the company stocks new Stern games as well as a wide selection of classic titles. The web site includes an extensive game flyer gallery and a collection of assorted pinball pictures.

.UK

  Pinball Heaven are primarily a supplier of both new and refurbished pinball games and spares, though their site also contains a wealth of technical information on modern games. Based in Southport, they ship parts worldwide and have gained a good reputation for service and support.

.UK

  Pinball Palace is based in Ramsgate, Kent and is run by Sean Mills who is an engineer in the amusement industry. Apart from machine sales, the company does board and game repairs and sells numerous spares including the PinLED range of replacement boards and displays at www.pinballdisplays.co.uk

.UK

  Pinball Paradise is run from its Blackpool premises, where the company specialises in the restoration and sales of early electro-mechanical pinballs.  They regularly have around 100 machines in stock and also offer a parts service.  In addition, they can powder-coat pinball legs in any colour of your choice.

.UK

  Located in London, Pinball Pleasure sell reconditioned pinball games. They do tend to sell at lower prices than other restorers. They also operate a "game finder" service if you require one special model.


INFORMATION

.Australia

  Formed in 2008, Aussie Pinball has quickly become the home of the Australian Pinball community. Collectors and hobbyists from Australia and around the world share stories, document restorations and technical tips on all things pinball. The preservation of pinball and sharing the knowledge is their focus.


.USA

  When you want to get out and play some games, Barcade is the place to turn to. Listing game locations across America, Barcade also features reviews of games, an events diary along with game and location ratings and a forum. Before you head out, take a look at Barcade.


.USA

  If you've got a pinball game, you've got to maintain it and fix any problems. Bell Springs publish the book "Pinball Machine Care and Maintenance" which show you how to keep your game in tip top condition. They also send out a free e-mail newsletter with tips, historical information and trivia.

.USA

  The home of the Simpson's Pinball Party and Fish Tales owners lists, Bucci's Arcade also has a good selection of sound samples from various games and details of an impressive gameroom line-up. Each game has several pages devoted to it and there are plenty of pictures available.

.USA

  If it takes a coin, it belongs on this website devoted to all things coin-operated. From arcade games to shopping trolleys by way of washing machines, no device is left uncovered. You can leave your own comments about the machines and search the archives for previous reports.

.Germany

  Just about everything you could ever want to know about this classic Bally game, including downloads, history information, the owners' list and an interview with artist Greg Freres about his work on the game. There are also hints and tips for game restoration, maintenance and playing techniques for the game.

.France

  A great French language site with lots of articles about restoration, electronics and other practical information. To get the most out of the site you need to register but that gives you access to the forum area where many of the other sections reside.

.Belgium

  This Belgian site (don't worry - there's an English version too) contains a good range of hints, tips and ideas from fixing circuit boards to making your own custom game parts. With clear pictures and waveforms, it's a great site for pinball game repairs and modifications.

.Belgium

  Another great Belgian site with an English language version. Flippers.be features a large number of detailed articles about all aspects of pinball from show reports, book and game reviews, through a full restoration guide, to the pinball basics like how to take out the backglass and remove the head.

.France

  An excellent French language site founded in 1997 and featuring forums on pinball, jukeboxes, arcade video games and slot machines as well as game sales advertisements, illustrations and manuals from all the manufacturers, scans, artwork, pictures, list of show dates in France and all over Europe, and lots of articles about restoration and repair.

.USA

  An excellent publication covering not only pinball but jukeboxes, slot machines, video games and vending machines. In short, everything for your game room. There's a wealth of pinball publications available to buy and lots of other information on the site.

.USA

  A great resource detailing just about every pinball game ever made. There is a comprehensive search engine and it includes links to external sites with rulesheets and other information about the games.

.USA

  This site covers everything you could want to know about setting up your own home gameroom. That is the choosing, buying and moving of the games themselves, the lighting, decoration and stories about how various people became involved with pinball.

.USA

  When it comes to maintaining and repairing games, Marvin's site contains a wealth of information. There are specific guides for common problem areas such as flippers which go into quite some depth and are best printed out.

.USA

  Missouri Pinball provides some
good solid information for new pinball owners. Greg Peck's site also
features a growing number of game pages for detailed descriptions, pictures
and links.

.USA

  The home of the New York City Pinball Association features the Metro Report - a database of locations to play pinball in and around New York - as well as a number of interesting articles and videos about people living in the city and their games.

.UK

  Available in Flash and non-Flash versions, this UK site is dedicated to the beautifully crafted and ornate coin operated amusements from the start of the last century up until 1970. There's a comprehensive library section, a discussion forum and you can even try your hand at some of the games in the arcade section.

.Brazil

  This excellent Portuguese language site covers pinball events and news for the Brazilian pinball fans. It includes an active forum and classified ads as well as articles and polls. You can download ROMS and service manuals or join the Brazilian Pinball Club.

.USA

  The home of the Pinball Price Guide is also filled with information and links about pinball's history from its earliest days with the transformation from Bagatelle, to the present day and the latest Stern Pinball machines.   Plus, of course, there are links to purchase the latest edition of Pinball Eric's price guide.

.France

  Pinball Gallery is the website of Raphael Lankar's pinball museum just north of Paris and contains a many pictures of the pinballs, bingos, slots and other coin-op products in his collection. This includes many rare and unusual models as well as assorted foreign conversions of US games not often seen on display.

.New Zealand

  Run by Michael Burke, Pinball Links not only provides details of many fine sites, but also catalogues numerous personal web pages with pinball games in them. There's also a comprehensive list of games in the Wellington area.

.Italy

  If you own a pinball machine, this is the place to register it and get in contact with fellow owners. You can leave interesting details about each game, add photos, rank its condition and let potential buyers know if you're thinking of selling. Registered users can also display their location, games owned and preferred type of machines. The site is available in English and Italian versions.

.USA

  Pinballprice.com is the place to find out how much pinball machines have sold for in the US at auctions and on Ebay. Historic data goes back to 2009 so you can see how prices have varied over the years. Plus you can submit your own sales results and find out about upcoming auctions.

.Sweden

  A great resource for real pinball fans. This site contains loads of sound samples and tunes, pictures, and perhaps most importantly, details of all the hidden features found in so many games. The site is also home to the owners lists for The Addams Family Gold and Earthshaker!

.Germany

  Pinballz.net calls itself an international community and it is the place for pinball fans from many countries to meet and talk pinball. Messages are mainly in German but English posts are also encouraged. With around 40 different discussion areas there's bound to be something to interest you.

.UK

  Pinformer maintains a list of pinball machines on site in the UK. You can search the database for either a particular game or location. If you spot or play an unlisted pinball game you can rank it, describe the condition and let people know how much it costs for a game. Pinformer also allows private collections to be added so you can find fellow pinball collectors around the country.

.Netherlands

  The relaunched Pinside features a mix of general articles about pinball, details of specific games and a bunch of customisable features.  But the most popular section is the forums which has become the favoured place for pinball fans to discuss the game, new machines, new products and technical repairs.

.USA

  A good range of rulesheets for pinball games from Scott Piehler. Most dot-matrix games are covered as well as many other solid-state ones.

.France

  Silverball is the French pinball association with the aims of promoting pinball in France, boosting competitive play and organising the annual Flip-Expo pinball show. The website includes membership details, a newsletter, reports from previous Flip-Expo events and the history of the association.

.Netherlands

  A link to a links page? Yes, but Start4All's pinball links are extensive and include individual games' owners' lists. Although Dutch orientated, the majority are English language sites.

.Italy

  A bi-lingual site, Tilt! is the home of pinball in Italy. The site contains masses of information about Italian games, game conversions and has ROMs for Zaccaria games. There are some behind-the-scenes pictures, classified ads and polls together with personal collection information.

.USA

  Twobit provide some solid information about repairing pinball games, but the information is mainly geared towards professional repairers. They don't teach electronics, but do have some good links if you need to find out more.

.UK

  With around a thousand messages a month and fifteen-hundred members, the UK Pinball Group is the hub of online pinball activity in the UK. Just about all the UK's shows and meetings are arranged through the Group, while machines and parts for sale or wanted are regularly posted by Group members.

.USA

  Daveland's pinball site is the home of the World Pinball Directory - a listing of pinball sites and their machines located around the world. There is also a good links list and news of the latest new games.


PARTS SUPPLIERS

.USA

  With hundreds of game specific parts, plastics and motors, Bay Area Amusements is bound to have something for most modern games. They also stock a full range of ramps and displays along with various useful additions to enhance your machine.

.USA

  Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Centsible Amusements stock a wide range of parts for pinball and arcade games. Apart from all the commonly needed spares, they also sell game specific parts and entire plastic sets. In addition they sell video and pinball machines and have regular special offers on parts.

.USA

  Mainly a source of games, spares and collectibles, Herb Silvers' site manages to convey his enthusiasm for pinball, although he also sells video games and jukeboxes on this site.

.USA

  K's Arcade's main claim to fame is as a supplier of pre-owned and brand new pinball circuit boards. They sell MPU, sound and score display boards for all the major makes and systems, as well as a few unusual ones. They also sell restored games and offer restoration and board repair services.

.USA

  If you run your games on "free play", why not replace the pricing card with one of these? Ken's site contains custom cards for many games, containing design credits, information and game artwork which you just download and print.

.USA

Another great place for pinball parts, Lakeside Distributors are based in Louisiana where they sell a surprisingly large range of lamps, switches, coils, rubber rings, balls and all the other parts you need to keep your games in top condition.

.USA

  Marco supply a range of spare parts, cleaners, paints, tools and books for
the pinball restorer or repairer. You can download their catalogue as
acrobat files for offline browsing. They also offer a number of repair tips
on their site.

.USA

  If you own anything other than a brand new game, then Mayfair probably have any parts you need. They stock backglasses, boards, schematics, flyers, in fact almost anything pinball-related.

.USA

  Not a regular parts seller, Pinball Magic sell an assortment of unusual and useful tools and game-specific add-ons. With a range of playfield cleaning and polishing products as well as new springs, nuts and wiring, there's no excuse not to make you game look its best.

.USA

  Pinball Pal offers a range of ways to protect and improve your pinball game from cabinet, leg and playfield protectors, coloured filters and replacement 8-track tapes through to reproduction backglasses from The Shay Group, plastic sets from Graphic Dimensions and stencils for repainting game cabinets.

.USA

  Steve Young is probably the best pinball parts supplier in the world. Service can be slow but his knowledge of game spares is second to none. There's no online ordering, but with over 6 million parts in stock you should be able to get what you need here.


GAME REPAIRS

.USA

  Clive Jones runs the Cauldron in South Carolina and repairs all types of circuit boards used in pinball games. All work is guaranteed and prices are on the website. There is an EPROM blowing service and also a number of technical articles.

.Canada

  Jay operates a pinball repair and sales company from his base in Calgary, Canada. He's been repairing games for over 18 years and offers in-home service calls as well as back at base repairs.  Jay also sells game parts as well as new and reconditioned machines.

.UK

  The Pinball Doctor is a UK game repair service. Based in Sandwich in Kent, the Doctor performs in-home fixes and services to most games from the '80s to the present day along with a few older games. He also performs upgrades and customisation work.

.UK

  Andy Netherwood's Pinball Mania is not only a fast and reliable source of pinball parts, he also operates a mobile pinball repair service. Covering an area of 120 miles around Leatherhead, Surrey in southern England, he offers regular maintenence calls, repairs and a deep clean service.

.Italy

 

Based in Cesano Maderno near Milan, Pinball Restore undertakes machine restorations and sales. You can see a list of their current games as well as past restorations on their mixed Italian/English web site, where you can also buy a Pinball Restore t-shirt and check out the press coverage of the local Italian Pinball Tourament.


.USA

  Jim Sumpter and Chris Rhinehart provide playfield repair, repainting and clearcoating services. The website shows many examples of their work including woodgrain painting and shooterlane restoration.

.USA

  Evan Smith is The Pinsmith, carrying out pinball repairs and restorations in the Dallas, TX area and beyond, as far as Austin, Shreveport Abilene and Ardmore.  Evan makes home repair and refurbishment calls and his work is guaranteed for 30 days.  He also buys, sells and trades machines and can repair faulty arcade game monitors.


VISUAL PINBALL & PINMAME SITES

.USA

  Your starting point for all things Visual Pinball. Here you can learn all about Visual Pinball, see screenshots, read the latest news and download the latest version of the Visual Pinball code. It also contains links to numerous tables and other VP sites.

.USA

  This is the place to get your PinMAME and VPinMAME software. It describes all the latest additions and bug fixes, has screenshots of the displays for each game type and also has a bunch of links to other (V)PinMAME-related sites.

 

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