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Updated by pinballusa on May 03, 2018
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An Ode to The Most Popular Pinball Machine of All Time

If you are a fan of digital pinball machines, you are probably a fan of pinball machine trivia. One of the most interesting pieces of pinball trivia is that The Addams Family, which was released in 1992, is the best selling pinball machine in the history of the genre.


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The game came on the heels of the 1991 featured film of the same name. More than 20,000 units have sold worldwide and it quite simply outperformed what the movie did at the box office.



The popularity of the game comes from a mix of awesome artwork by John Youssi and incredible gaming design by Pat Lawlor and Larry DeMar. The game features many classic Addams family features like the mansion, which offers 12 different windows for gamers to aim for. Each window provides another opportunity to win rewards and boosts the score



There's also the ability to unlock a multiball feature by spelling out the word Greed at the top of the game. The reference is one directly from the movie where Uncle Fester shows Gomez a bookcase with the same letters. It leads to a trapped door in the movie and the multiball feature in the game.



Scoring in the game is quick and fast. The average skilled gamer usually can accomplish a score in the tens of thousands. The best score recorded comes from a gamer who refers to himself as BirdmanCrowe. He incredibly scored 165 billion with just 3 balls utilized throughout the game. Achieving a score like this took more than 3 hours of gameplay.



The Addams family game certainly doesn't feature the same type of gameplay experience as the digital pinball machines of today. However, the game still provides a transformative experience and a true sense of nostalgia for gamers who tried their hands at the game in the 1990s. What's your favorite game? Tell us in the comments below.