Compatible Pinball Machines

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to read the MPF Overview page to understand how MPF talks to physical pinball machines.

There are three options when it comes to using MPF with a pinball machine:

  • Build your own new machine completely from scratch.
  • Rewrite the rules for an existing machine, which means you don’t change the physical hardware at all, rather, you just update the software.
  • “Retheme” an existing machine, which means you reuse all of the mechanical and electrical components of an existing machine, but you strip down and replace all the artwork to transform it into something else. (And you rewrite all the rules for your new theme.)

Here are more details on each option. The “rewrite the rules” and “retheme” options above are combined below into the “controlling an existing machine” section: