/dev/joe's Boston-area Pinball Page
This page lists Boston-area pinball machines I've played or at least
seen. When possible, information about the condition and pricing of the
machine is given. (Sorry it is so out of date.)
The Arcade at Downtown Crossing
9/14/02 - A bit south of Downtown Crossing, on Washington St. All games
50c + various options for discounts on multiple games, which I didn't write
down. Poor maintenance.
- Street Fighter II - Not a very good pinball machine, but played
- Shaq Attaq - Neither coin slot would accept any money, so I couldn't
- Twilight Zone - very flat playfield, which messes up all the shots,
causes the rocket kicker to kick into a pop bumper, etc.
- Cirqus Voltaire - didn't play
- Demolition Man - bad left flipper, also flattish playfield
- Baywatch - good.
- Lethal Weapon 3 - didn't play
- Theatre of Magic - looked like it was in bad shape, didn't play.
At the end of Lansdowne St. behind Fenway Park. Have not been there in
quite a while. Games run on tokens.
Ryan Family Amusements
5/3/03 - Basement bowling alley with small game room on Brookline Ave.
between Lansdowne St. and Yawkey Way. Game room entrance on Yawkey Way.
Games run on tokens.
- Monopoly (50c, 5/$2) - good, electric company kickout weak.
Tommy's House of Pizza
As of April 2003 Tommy's has been remodeled and no longer has pinball.
MIT Student Center
Across Mass. Ave. from the tall flight of steps leading to Lobby 7. Haven't
been in a while but they have a few pins in decent shape.
Flat Top Johnny's
Kendall Square, usually have 1 newish pin.
5/11/03 - Liberty Tree Mall. A music store and an arcade operating under
this name on two different wings of the mall are connected in back. Game
room entrance on the wing with the movie theater.
- Creature from the Black Lagoon (50c, 4/$1.50, 6/$2) - seems like
everything works. No gate on plunger lane to keep balls from going back in.
Weak but usable left flipper. Weird small white stains (paint?) on playfield
Fun and Games
5/15/03 - I never did figure out if this is actually located in Framingham
or Natick, but it's in the big shopping area on rte. 9 near the Natick
Mall and across from Shoppers World. Lots of extremely flashy lights &
neon; spacey-looking doors. Strobes in the entrance area between the two
sets of doors seem to be turned off these days. Laser Tag and kiddie/redemption
area in back. Usually has some of the newest games available. Games run
- Rollercoaster Tycoon (50c) - new, but the sensor in the right-side
kickout was already dead, forcing lots of ball searches. This leads to
some amusing multiballs.
- South Park (50c) - OK. No gate on plunger lane results in some balls
usually ending up there at the end of multiball.
- Austin Powers (50c) - new
- Monopoly (50c, 5/$2) - excellent. Powerful flippers, etc.
- Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World (25c) - a mini-pin redemption game,
in back. Didn't play.
Putt & Pinball Palace
5/11/03 - Take Lowell St. exit from Rt. 1, go east under I-95, and turn
left into shopping center immediately. Indoor minigolf, with a small, clean,
new-looking arcade. Uses small-size tokens.
- Corvette (50c) - bad left lean, but otherwise excellent.
- Monopoly (50c) - excellent. 8/2/03 still plays well.
- Shadow (50c) - clean and fully working
- Indiana Jones (50c) - clean, playfield seems a little shallow. Didn't
play enough to test all the toys.
- Rollercoaster Tycoon (50c, 5/$2) - clean, new, plays decently, unlike
the others I've seen.
Country Cue Billiards
5/11/03 - Rt. 1 southbound shortly before the 95/128 interchange. Dim
pool hall with small arcade. Games look like they never get any maintenance.
- Getaway (50c/75c/$1) - extremely dirty, didn't play
- Funhouse (50c/75c/$1) - Rudy's jaw broken open. Very steep, but
all shots are makable except possibly the steps ramp. Labeled "tokens only"
but runs on quarters.
- Twilight Zone (50c, 4/$1.50, 6/$2) - extremely dirty, didn't play.
Salem Willows Arcade
9/20/03 - Salem Willows amusement area. There are two game rooms here,
the "Willows Casino" which has kiddie and ticket games, and the arcade a
bit further down. This arcade has the best maintenance of any I know of in
eastern Mass. Usually there are one or two games behind the center booth
and a whole line along the back or side wall. Games here are 25c unless noted.
- The Simpsons Pinball Party (50c, 5/$2) - still like new.
- Ding Ding (old Wms EM) (25c/5 balls) - In great shape. This game
features a 4x4 word square with various targets to light up the individual
letters. Complete one or more rows to light up an outlane special, but
the letters reset at the start of the next ball after you do so.
- Funhouse - good, the Steps gate stays open more than it should,
but isn't always open. Rudy's eyes are broken, and his mouth is permanently
- Scared Stiff - good.
- Creature from the Black Lagoon - excellent.
- The Addams Family - excellent. Has TAF-gold roms with Cousin Itt's
- South Park (50c) - right flipper somewhat weak
- Attack from Mars - excellent.
- Cirqus Voltaire (25c) - excellent.
- Cyclone (25c) - good.
- No Good Gofers (25c) - good. Seems to give jackpots during multiball
for other shots besides the ramp you're supposed to hit, but otherwise works
properly. The gofers and ramps are working once again. The top pop bumper
is seriously screwed up, and the tech is planning on fixing it during off
hours as it involves seriously tearing apart the machine. The ball sometimes
gets stuck here, but does get freed by shaking or ball searches.
Salisbury Beach amusement area - from rte. 1 in Salisbury take rte.
1A to the coast. There are at least four game rooms with pinball in a
very small area, but two of them have big garage-type doors on the front
and are only open in the summer.
4/12/03 - Open year round. At the end of the main strip. (Broadway?)
A large arcade that has several separate rooms; pinball is in the back off
to the right plus 2 curiosities upstairs. Maintenance is average.
- Funhouse (25c) - only 2 balls in machine, Rudy's eyes are broken.
- Playboy (Stern) (50c, 5/$2) - excellent, still quite new.
- South Park (50c) - didn't play.
- The Simpsons Pinball Party (50c, 5/$2) - new.
- Monopoly (50c, 5/$2) - good.
- NBA Fastbreak (50c, 5/$2) - good.
- Theatre of Magic (50c, 5/$2) - works, but trunk is badly worn.
- The Addams Family (50c/75c/$1) - good.
- Monster Bash (50c, 5/$2) - good.
- Medieval Madness (50c, 5/$2) - Left troll physically broken, just
sitting in its hole not connected to anything. I got some weird airballs
off its flap, including a castle lock that went all the way over the wall
instead of through the hole. A little lean to the right due to uneven floor
in this area.
- Austin Powers (50c) - didn't play, but it was very loud when others
- Revenge from Mars (50c) - dim screen, didn't play.
- Cactus Canyon (50c, 5/$2) - good, everything works, beer mug "leaper"
hits top glass every time.
- Home Run (Chicago Coin EM baseball game) (25c for 2 innings) -
weak bat, middle targets are probably impossible to hit.
- Hercules (25c) - the giant flippers are a bit weak for the giant
ball in this gargantuan pinball machine, but it's worth playing once just
to say you have played.
Joe's Midway Arcade
7/7/02 - Run by the same management as Joe's Playland. This arcade closes
for the winter, and was closed when I was there in 4/03. Across the street
and up the main road a little from Joe's other place. Report from last visit;
at that time there were two separate Funhouses, one in each Joe's arcade.
- Lethal Weapon 3 - lame flippers, but they worked, just goofy-feeling,
which may be normal for this game.
- Arabian Nights - weak left flipper. Screwy plunger spring means
you have a very poor chance of making any skill shots.
- Funhouse - LED segments out (all bottom segments of digits plus
more segments in the lower score display). Peeling plastic on playfield
in the middle of the upper flipper/mirror-lock lane/Rudy entrance area.
- Congo - Switch problems; couldn't lock 3rd ball. Weird display
defect: at all times, a section is not lit up, but the particular part that
is not lit up scrolls vertically.
- Creature from the Black Lagoon - OK. Missing the gate that is
supposed to keep balls from falling back into the plunger lane.
- Jurassic Park - Played normal for Jurassic Park, which never feels
all that good.
- No Good Gofers - The hole-in-one ramp seemed loose; I had a couple
drains from weird bounces off of it.
- Star Wars Episode 1: OK.
4/2/03 - Facing the beach, a few doors down the road from the main strip.
- Monster Bash (50c, 5/$2) - good
- Monopoly (50c, 5/$2) - right lean, intermittently-insensitive
bank door (Aug. 2002)
- Attack from Mars (50c, 6/$2) - OK
- The Simpsons Pinball Party (50c, 5/$2) - new, play it before it
- Revenge from Mars (50c) - dim screen
- Jokerz! (25c) - poor. Flippers far too weak to stand a chance
of making ramps, plunger too weak/corroded/warped/etc. to make ramp. Heavy
- Theatre of Magic (50c, 5/$2) - OK
- Addams Family (50c/75c/$1) - good
- Star Wars episode 1 (50c) - good.
Carefree Arcade (2)
7/31/02 - Closes for the winter. A few doors past the other one in what
seems to be a converted warehouse. The garage doors open directly toward
the beach, which means the salty sea breeze comes right in and that can't
be good for the games. The floor slopes down toward the back of the machines,
so they need to have the rear legs jacked all the way up to reach a normal
- Cue Ball Wizard - targets behind cue ball badly mangled, but they
worked. Left lean, cue stick broken.
- Jurassic Park - display dead
- Whirlwind - rather flat playfield due to the floor slant, looks
like it has been abused, bent security bar and rusty coin box door. Playfield
was clean and everything seemed to work, though. Very low audio level.
- Cyclone - didn't play
- Tee'd Off - OK
- Creature from the Black Lagoon - didn't play
Good Time Billiards
5/4/03 - Assembly Square shopping area, behind and across the street
from Circuit City. Large kiddie park/laser tag/arcade/sports bar. Yes,
all of those things are located in different parts of one building. Pins
here were never very good but have degenerated considerably. Games run
on tokens. Used to be the home of the only Safecracker I ever played much,
got 4 of the special tokens.
- Slugfest (25c/inning) - didn't play
- Austin Powers (50c) - a ball was stuck
- Twilight Zone (50c/?, no price card) - bad right lean
- Addams Family (no price card) - haven't played recently
- Rollercoaster Tycoon (50c, 5/$2) - new, play it before it rots!
Seemed extremely drain-happy with a huge gap between the flippers that looked
like it should have a center post, but didn't.
Places I Haven't Been
This section lists places noted as having pinball, but which I haven't
visited ever or in a very long time, or in some cases I haven't even located.
Most of them are from old Mass. pinball pages that no longer exist, dredged
up from archive.org.
Boston Billiards Club (126 Brookline Ave., Fenway park area) (3 pins
Richards Food & Drink (maybe 314 Stuart St.?) (1 pin 3/99)
Little Stevie's Pizza (1114 Boylston, Back Bay) (2 pins 4/99)
Tc's Bar (??) (2 pins 5/99)
Model Cafe (7 N. Beacon St., Brighton) (1 pin 12/98)
Sullivan's Tap (north station) (2 pins 5/99)
Boston Bowl (820 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester) (5 pins 1/99)
Pockets (981 Bennington St., East Boston) (1 pin)
Barroom (Irish Pub) (??, East Boston) (1 pin)
Lanes & Games (Rte. 2, near Alewife station) (9 pins 3/99, but very
Mad Maggies/Salem Village Billiards (3 pins 7/99)
Andy's Sunnyside Bowladrome on Rte. 35 (1 pin 5/99)
Mass Merchandise Mart (Lynnway, between Building 19 and Walmart) (2 pins
Circle Bowl (4 pins 10/99)
Town Line Bowling (4 pins 3/99)
Look for games at the rest stops: Charlton westbound, Framingham both
Aladdin's Castle, Natick Mall (1 pin 6/99)
Metro Bowl (2 pins 3/99)
Volcano Park (indoor minigolf) (2 games 5/99)
O'Lindy's (1 pin 4/99)
August Moon (2 pins 4/99)
Hoyt's Cinema 6, rte. 110 (2 pins 3/99)
Winner's Circle (next to Hoyt's, 21+) (2 pins, 3/99)
The Pavillion (1 pin 6/99)
Fuddruckers (1 pin 10/99)
Kowloons (1 pin 5/99)
Saugus Mini Golf (3 pins, closed winters)
Wakefield Bowladrome (2 pins 5/99)
Big League Bowl (3 pins 3/99)