The game takes players through the first five seasons of the show, and the player's objective is to become the Boss. This is accomplished by completing various tasks, such as cracking the Safe, finishing the Food, burying bodies in the Meadowlands, and getting the Super Jackpot from Tony's yacht. Collect money envelopes and pay tribute, burn down Artie Bucco's restaurant, find the hidden bugs in Tony's office, make a Truck Heist, then unwind with a Party at the Bing. This is accompanied by ongoing chatter from Tony, Carmela, Uncle Junior, Silivo, Dr. Melfi, Big Pussy, and Tony's talking Fish.
The Sopranos pinball is considered to be a competent game with few surprises, but it supports the license very well and is loaded with numerous references to entertain fans of the show. Although the game supports a profanity-free option, it sold primarily to operators in adult-oriented establishments, which dampened its sales and limited the number of people who got to play the game.
The Sopranos pinball demonstrates the following tropes:
- Adjustable Censorship: The amount of profanity in the game can be changed by setting the Adult Mode to "Off", "On", or "Moderate".
- Burn Baby Burn: "Arson", where you have to burn down Artie Bucco's restaurant.
- Cluster F-Bomb: And how.
- Cool Boat: The Stugots, Tony's yacht. Used to start Yacht Multiball.
- Cool Horse: Pie-O-My, seen in "Horse Race".
- Disposing of a Body: Shoot the ball up the Meadowlands lane to get rid of dead bodies.
- Fanservice Extra: The pole dancers at the Bada Bing!, who spin when the left loop shot is made.
- Fell Off the Back of a Truck: The Truck Heist. Completing the heist awards suits, DVD players, and plasma TVs.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: The Bada Bing! and Satriale's Pork Store.
- Logo Joke: Whenever you start an episode, the DMD displays static that clears up and you hear the noises of the HBO "static" logo that precedes every actual Sopranos episode.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The Shakedown, which features two enforcers repeatedly kicking a victim on the ground.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The game plays The Sopranos theme, "Woke Up This Morning," during the game.
- Recursive Canon: You're playing through the exploits of the Soprano family... which includes completing Episodes from HBO's The Sopranos television show.
- Safe Cracking: Hit the Safe on the playfield to crack it open, then shoot underneath it to collect the Safe Bonus.
- Spelling Bonus: Spelling R-I-P on the top rollover tombstones pays respect to the fallen and advances the bonus multiplier.
- Score Multiplier: Unlike most pinball games, spelling R-I-P can advance the multiplier by 1x, 2x, or 3x, depending on who the subject was.
- Spiritual Successor: To George Gomez's earlier Monster Bash.
- Video Mode: The "Executive Game," a poker match. The display shows two hands of cards for yourself and the dealer, with five cards shared between them and three exposed initially. You can either bet points or fold on successive reveals.
- Wizard Mode: Appropriately enough, this is "Boss", which is enabled after performing all eight tasks and rising up to the Underboss. To win the mode, you have to hit both Truck Heists, the Bada Bing!, the extra ball lane, and the Meadowlands three times, then collect the Super Jackpot.