Pinball 2000 - R.I.P.
Revenge from Mars Pinball
Any sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Magic
(Arthur C. Clarke)
Pinball 2000 - R.I.P.


Revenge From Mars Pinball: Bally, 1999 Introduced in 1999 Revenge from Mars was the first Pinball 2000 game and the last ever Bally pinball. Pinball 2000 was a completely new hardware platform and operating system for Williams/Bally pinballs. It replaced the industry standard dot matrix display with a 19" CGA video monitor which overlaid its image on the playfield allowing the ball to interact with 'virtual' targets.

The Pinball 2000 system was also designed to make each cabinet upgradable to any pinball 2000 game merely buy changing the playfield and software (and artwork if required). Such a shame that only two titles were produced before WMS industries shut down Williams/Bally pinball forever.

The other Pinball 2000 title is Star Wars: Episode 1.

A Pinball 2000 repair guide is available on the marvin3m website.

Why not visit the Pinball 2000 Owners Club Website and register your game

Despite being a relatively modern game, my Revenge from Mars has had a hard life. At the time I bought it (March 2002) it has 78,000 plays on the clock. I bought the game as a project because someone had vandalised it in order to steal the two Martian figures! (or maybe the Martians escaped?!) In doing so they smashed the playfield glass (specific to Pinball 2000) and a good deal of the playfield plastic parts including the bottom arch and the lower right ramp. By the time the game came to me it also had a faulty monitor fitted. So the game was bought and the hunt for parts began ...

The following parts were replaced, repaired or fitted where missing to make the game as Bally intended:
  • The Monitor was replaced
  • The bottom Arch was replaced
  • New Martians figures were fitted
  • The lower right hand ramp was replaced
  • The 'Rocket' plastic was replaced
  • The plastic under the left hand ramp was replaced
  • The Software was upgraded to v1.5
  • New backbox locating 'Knobs' were fitted
The following was done to shop the game:
  • Everything was cleaned to perfectionist standards
  • A complete set of playfield rubbers was fitted
  • All lighting was tested, cleaned and/or replaced where required
  • All switches were tested, adjusted and/or replaced where required


Photographs of the game before and after repairs:

Broken 'Rocket' Plastic
Broken 'Rocket' Plastic
The Repaired Playfield
The Repaired Playfield
Broken Plastic Under The Left Ramp
Broken Plastic Under The Left Ramp
New Bottom Arch and 'Rocket' Plastic
New Bottom Arch and 'Rocket' Plastic
New Plastic Under The Left Ramp
New Plastic Under The Left Ramp

Click on any image to enlarge!


Wot No Martians?
Wot No Martians?
Broken Bottom Arch
Broken Bottom Arch
Cracked Right Ramp
Cracked Right Ramp
Go Back to Mars!
Go Back to Mars!
New Bottom Arch
New Bottom Arch
New Right Ramp
New Right Ramp


Special thanks go out to the following individuals and companies who helped with the restoration:
  • Colin Jacks - For selling me the game at a nice price!
  • NOVA Games - For the Pinball 2000 Playfield Glass and some misc parts.
  • Archer Maclean - For the replacement WG 7300 monitor.
  • David Corfield - For supplying most of the plastic parts I needed.
  • Doug Speidel - More plastic parts.
  • Pinball Heaven - Miscellaneous game parts.
  • Brad Crawford - For the NOS side art
  • Hans-Martin Wiest - For the FREE RFM Promo Plastics

A sad footnote: Since purchasing my Pinball 2000 playfield Glass NOVA games have ceased trading and are no more :o(