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A level where either the hero or some proxy takes a trip through a massive {{Pinball}} machine, or some other area sharing features with one. The typical style is the inside of a pinball machine, with all that brings. Expect metal pinballs rolling around or being destroyed, flashing neon lights, flippers and bumpers, with loud party type music in the background. Is often a CasinoPark area or a BonusStage.

If the entire game is devoted to putting a popular character into a pinball machine, then it's a PinballSpinoff. See also PinballGag.

!!Video Game Examples

* ''VideoGame/WarioLand4'' is the TropeNamer, though there weren't actually many pinball elements in that stage.
* ''VideoGame/AladdinVirginGames'' included the [[WackyLand whimsical]] "Inside the Lamp" level, in which Genie heads and hands served as flippers.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** "Waluigi Pinball" appears several times in the [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] series, including as a track in ''VideoGame/MarioKart DS'' and as a level in ''Mario Party Mix''.
** "Bowser's Pinball Machine" appears in ''VideoGame/MarioPartyDS''.
** Part of "Melty Monster Galaxy" from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' takes place inside a giant pinball machine, with Rock Mario serving as the pinball.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' has a level that puts Mario in a pachinko game.
* Milla's Dance Party in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' definitely has shades of this--especially the raceway level.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Almost every game in the series has at least one level where Sonic is buffeted about by flippers, bumpers, and the like (usually within levels decked out with a full casino theme, starting with [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Spring Yard]] and moving on to [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Casino]] and [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Carnival Night]] Zones), and ''SonicSpinball'' was devoted entirely to the idea of Sonic being the pinball. The in-series tradition may have started because, since Sonic can curl into a ball and move rapidly and the series already featured him careening wildly around loops, through the air, and off of springs, putting him in a pinball machine wasn't much of a stretch.
** Collision Chaos from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'' was more in tune with the Spring Yard Zone in that it had no flippers, but otherwise fits.
** Other such pinball-levels include Casinopolis from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' and Act 1 of Casino Street Zone in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 Part I''. Unsurprisingly, most of the aforementioned stages have a casino motif.
** Casino Night Zone returns in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. In the [=3DS=] version it is the stage representing Sonic 2, whereas in the PS3/360/PC version it is a pre-order bonus that later got released as DLC, and acts like a mix of the original level with the Casinopolis pinball stages.
** ''Sonic 1'' GameMod, ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogMegamix'', upgrades Spring Yard Zone to City Outskirts Zone, adding in faster sections and loop-de-loops in the process.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' gives us Pete's Rec Room, an area in the underground section of Disney Town that features a giant pinball machine in which the characters can climb into the plunger and launch themselves into. While in the pinball machine, a spherical barrier appears around the character (making them the pinball) and the player controls the flippers with the shoulder buttons.
* ''The Incredible Machine 2'' contains pinball levels, complete with flippers, bumpers, and the pinball itself. You can also make your own.
* Level 42 advanced on ''VideoGame/MarbleBlastGold'' is set in a giant pinball machine. It's very hard to play, given that you have to hit the bumpers ''just'' right, and the level's set at a 45 degree angle.
* The Pinball hole in the UsefulNotes/{{Apple II}}GS classic ''VideoGame/ZanyGolf.''
* The {{Marvel}} villain Arcade tried to kill {{Spider-Man}} and several ComicBook/{{X-Men}} by throwing them into a deadly giant pinball machine. ''MarvelUltimateAlliance'' features said pinball; you have to reach a high score by hitting the right targets, at which point the flippers open to let you through and balls start raining from the sky.
* ''VideoGame/ArmyMen'': Sarge's Heroes 2 culminates inside a pinball machine.
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld''[='s=] casino level has bumpers all over the place. Not for the player character to move themselves in, but to redirect thrown enemies to extend combos and earn more points.
* ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Da!'' has a pinball-themed stage, whose boss is a cross between a ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' Core and a pinball machine.
* ''Nitro Ball'', an obscure run-and-gun shooter by Creator/DataEast, is set in a world inspired by pinball tables.
* Sweet Tooth's Carnival of Carnage in the rebooted TwistedMetal.
* In the Creator/{{Capcom}} ShootEmUp ''Section Z'', Section O is filled with flippers and deadly pinballs that bounce around the screen.

!! Non-VideoGame Examples
* The kids from ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' spent an episode in one of these, learning about light, lasers, and reflection.
* Extremely rare comic book example: one chapter of ''{{Iznogoud}}'' had the protagonist trapped in a pinball machine wasteland.
* The Creator/{{Marvel}} villain Arcade likes to throw captured super-powered individuals in a deadly giant pinball.
* The third episode of [[TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]] has a challenge taking place inside a giant pinball set of a Japanese gameshow.
* The [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM ABC Saturday morning version]] of ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' had an episode that put Sonic in a pinball machine, presumably inspired by his game counterpart's frequent pinball adventures. ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' similarly had an episode that was clearly inspired by ''Sonic Spinball'', and he ends up in a giant pinball machine in "Robotnikland".
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Pilaf's castle contained a huge pinball DeathTrap.
* In the "Soos' Really Great Pinball Story" segment of the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E14BottomlessPit "Bottomless Pit"]], Soos, Dipper, and Mabel get trapped in Stan's old pinball machine, and they can only escape by manually turning the machine off.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}} F.A.S.T.'' has Chet competing in a pinball machine as part of a demolition derby.