Tommy Pinball Tutorial

Year: 1994
Manufacturer: Data East Pinball Inc.
Designer: Joe Kaminkow, Ed Cebula, Lonnie Ropp, Lyman Sheats Jr.
Software: Lonnie Ropp, Lyman Sheats Jr., John Carpenter
Music: Brian Schmidt
Art: Kurt Andersen, Markus Rothkranz


  1. Winball Pizard
    June 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Oh man I could have used this in leagues a few weeks ago. Another great tutorial guys!

  2. Womble
    June 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Nice death save! (But shame about the Tilt!)


  3. Chris
    June 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Bowen, thanks for the tutorial on Tommy, one of my favorite games and one that I own. I’ve got a comment for you on the loop bounce up to the left mode start hole. Instead of holding up the right flipper, try a complete dead flip with a slight shove forward. The ball will often bounce off the right flipper, then off the left flipper, then straight into the hole! It works perfectly on mine and I tried it on one of the PAPA Tommy’s and it worked to some degree.

  4. Jef
    June 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    One handed death save….Wooo!

    Your brand of humor always makes me laugh. Too bad I live on the wrong coast now and can’t see this first hand anymore.

  5. Marty
    June 30, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Super entertaining and informative!

    That cover that blocks the view of the flippers seems like it could be a good training aide if you could set it to stay on. Then combine that with one-handed play to up the ante. Knarley.

  6. Chris
    June 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    You can play an entire game with the blinders on. Just hold in the “buy in” button while pressing the start button and they will come out for the whole game!

  7. ZEN
    June 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Bowen can celebrate that one-handed multi-ball performance with a delicious “chowder-dog!” TWC!

  8. Marty
    July 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

    PAPA should open a pinball boot-camp where the recruits have to play this machine one-handed with the blinders on and with Bowen, the drill-sergeant, screaming in their ear.

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