50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

By Attila Nagy on at

PBall Gallery, a pinball museum in Budapest, Hungary, contains more than 130 once-banned (and dreaded!) electromechanical gaming machines. It’s an incredible collection, and a reminder that while most of us were glued to the game, these games are also little works of art.

Pball is Europe’s largest interactive pinball exhibition, and anyone who’s into arcade gaming culture should visit at least once. The museum has machines from almost every decade, representing the full history of pinball. There are machines inspired by sports, music, movies, science fiction, fantasy, space, comics, history, technology. Many of them are also beautiful, with hand-painted or designed “back glass” or “head glass” decorating the headboard of the machine—you know, the part you might miss if you’re focused on your game.

The following set of images shows you fifty pretty pieces of back glass—the main design element of any pinball machine. Enjoy the time travel!

This is the first piece of our mini series showcasing awesome pinball machines.

Batman (Data East, United States, 1991)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Blackout (Williams, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Firepower (Williams, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Pink panther (Gottlieb, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Spectrum (Bally, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Rolling Stones (Bally, United States, 1979)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Punk! (Gottlieb, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


The Amazing Spider-Man (Gottlieb, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Fathom (Bally, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Elektra (Bally, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Hi-Score Pool (Chicago Coin, United States, 1971)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Hi-Diver (Gottlieb, United States, 1959)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Roto Pool (Gottlieb, United States, 1958)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Jalopy (Williams, United States, 1951)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Basketball (Gottlieb, United States, 1949)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Airport (Genco, United States, 1939)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Dancing Lady (Gottlieb, United States, 1966)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Centigrade 37 (Gottlieb, United States, 1977)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Criterium 75 (Recel S.A., Spain, 1975)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Flying Chariots (Gottlieb, United States, 1963)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Winner (Williams, United States, 1972)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Spacerider (Atari, Japan, 1978)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Medusa (Bally, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Rapid Fire (Bally, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Motor Show (Mr Game, Italy, 1989)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Farfalla (Zaccaria, Italy, 1983)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Haunted House (Gottlieb, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Apollo 13 (Sega, United States, 1995)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Space Station (Williams, United States, 1987)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Black Knight 2000 (Williams, United States, 1989)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Time Machine (Data East, United States, 1988)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Star Wars (Data East, United States, 1992)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Orbitor 1 (Stern, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Xenon (Bally, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Spirit (Gottlieb, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Sexy Girl (Arkon/Ranco, Germany, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Space Invaders (Bally, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Attila the Hun (Gameplan, United States, 1984)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Capt. Fantastic (Bally, United States, 1976)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Fireball (Bally, United States, 1971)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


KISS (Bally, United States, 1979)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Black Hole (Gottlieb, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Super Mario Bros (Premier/Gottlieb, United States, 1991)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Rocky (Gottlieb, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Mars, God of War (Gottlieb, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Eclipse (Gottlieb, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Disco Fever (Williams, United States, 1978)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Cosmos (Bally, United States, 1969)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


Super Flipper (Chicago Coin, United States, 1975)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


The Machine – Bride of Pin Bot (Williams, United States, 1991)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades


(Photos: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo)