Pinball / The Addams Family

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A pinball experience for the whole family.

Gomez: "Look everyone, we have guests!"

The Addams Family is a pinball game designed by Pat Lawlor, illustrated by John Youssi, and released in 1992 by Williams Electronics (under the Bally label). It is based on the 1991 film of the same name, and Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston reprised their roles as Gomez and Morticia, respectively.

The game casts you as a visitor exploring the Addams' mansion, and the most obvious objective is survival. Not that it's easy, with the swamp and the graveyard out back, the electric chair in the parlor, the living bear carpet, secret passageways, and the Mamushka. While Gomez and Morticia try to be supportive, Thing is ready to lend a hand by helping you work the flippers. If you can get through all thirteen rooms (game modes), you get to Tour The Mansion.

The Addams Family ultimately went on to became the best-selling pinball game ever, breaking all previous sales recordsnote  with 20,270 units sold. Bally eventually re-released the game in 1994 as The Addams Family: Special Collector's Edition, with gold elements on the cabinets, more quotes in the game, and an expanded set of rules.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, The Addams Family was added to The Pinball Arcade. The Collector's edition was given to those who donated a certain amount of money.


"Look everyone, we have tropes!":

  • Adapted Out: According to the FarSight developers, they were unable to secure the likeness rights for Christopher Lloyd (Fester) and Jimmy Workman (Pugsley) to appear on The Pinball Arcade version. As a result, Fester and Pugsley were redrawn to not resemble the actors, leading to some instances of Uncanny Valley, especially Pugsley on the flyer included in the Extras menu.
  • Animate Dead: The "Raise the Dead" mode.
    Gomez: "Out to the cemetery! Come on, everybody!"
  • Angrish: Cousin Itt lapses into an unintelligible version of this if he gets hit in "Hit Cousin Itt".
  • Artificial Brilliance: The Thing Flips feature adjust its timing if it hits the targets on either side of the Graveyard hole.
  • Ascended Glitch: The 3- or 6- Million awards from the Mansion. Collecting one also accidentally makes the other window light up on the play field (if it wasn't collected yet). This was maintained in the Pinball Arcade version.
  • Assist Character: Thing, who will help operate the left mini-flipper if "Thing Flips" is active.
    Gomez: "Well played, Thing! You're really on the ball!"
  • Badass Boast: In the graveyard is a gazebo with the Addams' family motto inscribed on it: "We gladly feast on those who would subdue us."
  • Big "NO!": Gomez will sometimes admonish Thing with one if he grabs the pinball at an inappropriate time.
    Gomez: "No, no, no!"
    • He'll also do this to the player if you shoot an unlit Electric Chair while an Extra Ball is waiting to be collected.
    "No, no, no! Get the extra ball!"
  • Bookcase Passage: The Bookcase leading to the Vault.
    Gomez: "Ah, straight to the vault!"
  • Building of Adventure
  • Combos: Shoot the ball up the Bear Kick ramp, then through the Graveyard pop bumpers on the left side, and then up the Million Plus ramp for a Three-Way Combo bonus. If you shoot the Swamp after a Three-Way Combo, it becomes a Four-Way Combo.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Gomez refers to The Power at the start of the Seance.
  • Creepy Cemetery
  • Creepy Child: Wednesday, who's hanging out in the graveyard.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Morticia, whenever the player misses the skill shot:
    "Don't torture yourself."
    "You should know better."
  • Defiant to the End: If the player gets an end-of-ball bonus worth 20 million points or more, Gomez shouts "Who says you can't take it with you?!"
  • Developers' Foresight: If the player manages to shoot a pinball into the Vault while the Bookcase is closed, G-R-E-E-D will automatically be spelled, the bookcase will open instantly, and the first ball is locked.
    • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Averted; Gomez compliments you for cheating.
      Gomez: "Dirty pool, old man. I LIKE it!"
    • After locking your first ball for the multiball mode, you can lock the second one by simply weakly launching the ball so it rolls back down the shooter lane and right into the swamp kickout (a counter-intuitive move for any player who isn't familiar with this particular table). If you use that trick, Gomez will yell out "Good thinking!". (Interestingly, this only applies to the original edition of the table; the 1994 Collector's Edition removes this.)
  • Electric Torture: The Electric Chair.
  • The Faceless: Cousin It.
  • Helping Hands: Thing will come out of his box at certain times to pluck pinballs.
    Gomez: "That's the spirit, Thing, lend a hand!"
  • Large Ham: Gomez. This is Raul Julia we're talking about here.
    Gomez: "It has to warm up... so it can KILL YOU!"
  • Licensed Pinball Table
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The Special Collector's Edition.
  • Match Sequence: Thing drags a wagon carrying a bag of numbers, and when the wagon hits a bump, two numbers fall off the wagon and form the match.
  • Mickey Mousing: During the attract mode, the machine will occasionally flip the lower flippers in tune to the finger-snapping of the Addams Family theme. Also happens during the bonus count.
    Gomez: Why, thank you, Thing!
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Invoked when Gomez lovingly describes the swamp.
    Gomez: "Quicksand, fumes, toxic waste... it's all ours!"
  • Off Model: Machines made late in the production run (during the switchover to the "Special Collector's" edition) exist with mixed gold and blue cabinet art. This occurred due to how pinball machines are made, with separate production trains for cabinets and backboxes.
  • Poltergeist: The Power.
  • Real Song Theme Tune
  • Say My Name:
    • "Gomez!" "Tish!"
    • "IT, old man!" "[gibberish]"
  • Signature Line: Which plays at the start of the game (sometimes) and when you select it on Pinball Arcade:
    Gomez: LOOK, EVERYONE! WE HAVE GUESTS!
  • Skill Shot: The player has to gently plunge the ball so that it lands into Thing's eject saucer for 2 million points (and increases by one million for every skill shot made, until maxing out at 5 million). Also awards anything currently lit at the center scoop: a ball lock (first multiball only), Quick Multiball, the Thing award, and an extra ball.
  • Songs in the Key of Panic: The music that plays during "Get Ball to Thing" before the ball is locked.
  • Spelling Bonus: G-R-E-E-D opens the Bookcase to the Vault, T-H-I-N-G gives the Thing Bonus and gets Thing to come out of his box, and G-R-A-V-E scores the Grave Bonus.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Just like the film it was based on, Cousin Itt's name is instead spelled "It".
  • Spooky Seance: The Seance and Super Seance, complete with The Power disrupting the ball.
  • Tap on the Head: "Hit Cousin Itt." Each time you hit the Itt targets, he takes a ball to the head and gets knocked down.
  • That Russian Squat Dance: Done by Gomez and Uncle Fester during The Mamushka; they throw their hands and feet every time a target is hit.
  • Trilling Rs: "Grrrrrreeeeeeeeeed."
  • The Unintelligible: Cousin Itt, especially during "Hit Cousin Itt".
  • Visual Pun: The outlanes are decorated with curtain ropes. In other words, if the ball goes in there, it's curtains for you.
  • What the Hell, Player?: Collect the "Light Extra Ball" award from the Mansion (via the electric chair). Then shoot the ball directly back into the chair. Prepare to be chastised:
  • Wizard Mode: "Tour the Mansion", which awards the player 50 million points, lights the extra ball and outlane specials, maximizes the jet bumpers, lights Quick Multiball, then starts each of the six timed modes one after the other.
  • World of Ham: Having Raul Julia as the focus of the game's humor doesn't hurt.

Morticia: "Rest in peace."

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