The individual machines listed in our database are rated based on overall playing condition. As machines tend to move around quite a bit, we rely heavily on the reputation of the operator when evaluating the condition. Those operators we highly value only put machines out that are well working and well maintained. We do not alter the rating if a machine is having trouble on a specific day, as most problems are tended to quickly. Many of the machines with a rating have been personally played and evaluated, and the ratings are solely the opinion of Pinball New York City. This is not a hard science, and we do not claim to be experts in evaluating pinball machines, but here is an overview of how we rate the machines.
A four ball machine is fully functional and in great shape.
Three ball machines are modestly flawed. There may be some aspects of the game that are not fully functional, but overall the machine plays well and is fully enjoyable.
These machines are flawed to the point of being “annoying.” A key switch might not be working, or it might randomly spit extra balls out onto the table. I might still play it if I needed a fix, but it’s certainly not worthy of league play.
We don’t bother playing these machines.
Machines that are listed as “unrated” have not been evaluated yet and are not from a reputable vendor.
League approval is based on a number of factors.
Prior to each season all possible bars will be re-evaluated to determine their status in the league. If you know of a venue that isn’t approved, but you feel should be, then please let us know as we will happily reconsider.
* Reciprocal Skateboards is the notable exception, but they’re impossible to ignore.