ABOUT PINBALL LAND

Rockford Michigan’s Family Friendly Arcade

Located in beautiful downtown Rockford, Pinball Land is a retro arcade featuring 7 rooms of awesome pinball machines and some of the best video arcade games of all time.

The best part – no quarters required!  No appointments!  Just come in, pay admission and all of the games inside are free to play.

You can play for just an hour, or get an all-day pass so you can come and go as much as you like.  The all day pass allows you to take breaks for food and drink at any of the terrific bars and restaurants in Rockford to really make a day of it.

Pinball Machines

Pinball Land features pinball games from many eras and styles, showcasing a wide range of what pinball is all about. We have games from all of the major pinball manufacturers: Gottlieb, Bally, Williams and Stern, all well-maintained to our high standards. Play ’em all, find your favorite, then ask the friendly Arcade Guardian on duty for tips and tricks!

Video Arcade Games

It’s not just pinball at Pinball Land!  We also have a great selection of classic video arcade games, including sit-down driving games where you can race head-to-head!  We have Ms. Pac Man, Centipede, Asteroids, Gauntlet, Galaga, Mortal Kombat 2, Crazy Taxi, Area 51, Mr. Do, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donkey Kong and many more!  Between all of our dedicated cabinets as well as our “multicade” machines, we have over 100 video arcade games to choose from!

Food and Drink

Pinball Land is surrounded by great food and drink, all within walking distance!  The Corner Bar, Uccello’s, The Pump House, Marinade’s Pizza Bistro, Cinco De Mayo, Underground Cookie Club, Grill One Eleven, Dam Dogs, Rocky’s Ice Cream and more are all just a stone’s throw away.

Thanks to Rockford’s RORA (Rockford Outdoor Refreshment Area) program, you can also bring in beverages from any participating vendor!  And we even have cup holders on all the pinball machines for your drinking-and-playing convenience.

There’s even a public parking lot directly behind us, street parking out front, and another lot behind Cinco De Mayo – all free!

Private Parties and Special Events

Pinball Land is a great place for a private party, whether you’re hosting a small birthday party, holding a team-building event with your company, or just having a fun night out with your group of friends.

You can rent the entire arcade for a 2-hour block either before we open to the public or after we close.  You can even bring in your own food and drinks!  Contact us to get your private party set up.

Play a real game, with your real friends, in real life

We’re in this because we love pinball and the arcade experience and want to share the love with you and your family!  Have fun, make memories, and maybe even set some high scores.

You don’t need an appointment or a reservation – just come on down and have some fun with games!  We’re open 6 days a week (closed Mondays).

Looking forward to seeing you at Pinball Land!

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Honoring Arcade Legends Nolan Bushnell and Eugene Jarvis

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Not only does Pinball Land offer classic arcade games to play, we also have created an atmosphere and aesthetic born out of pure love for these games.  But these games didn’t just flash into existence on their own – they were all designed and engineered by wild and crazy pioneers whose personalities and resumes are…

Pinball Land Helps Gabe Find His Forever Home

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FOX 17 news produced a beautiful segment called Forever Home where they showcase a wonderful kid from the foster system and attempt to find him a loving family. This week, Pinball Land proudly hosted the segment for video game loving 13 year old Gabe, a funny kid with a lot of character. He’s all about…

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Opening Weekend was a Super Jackpot!

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The dust has settled after an incredibly fun opening weekend at Pinball Land. Lots of guests, lots of games being played, and most importantly, lots of smiles! The surprise favorite game of the weekend was none other than Gottlieb’s “hidden gem” Big Hurt! It’s a game I personally love, but I did not expect the…

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Top 5 Games for a Great Date at Pinball Land

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Retro arcades are an awesome destination for a casual date, and Pinball Land is no exception. In fact, we have hand-picked our game lineup to include just the right titles you will love to play with your special someone. These games are each competitive without being exclusionary; games that a “hardcore gamer” doesn’t have an…

Led Zeppelin Pinball at Pinball Land

Led Zeppelin’s Band Member Symbols – What Do They Do?

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The band member symbols in the middle of LED ZEPPELIN’S playfield are the key to higher scores! Now, this is kind of a lot, but listen to me ramble on for a minute here to get a much better appreciation of how to play this awesome game!

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Pinball Land Now an Official Stern Army Location!

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We at Pinball Land are absolutely thrilled and honored to be an official Stern Army location! What does this mean? It means more fun and prizes for you, that’s what! Read on to find out the fun details of our new relationship with Stern Pinball.

Educational Arcade Field Trips to Pinball Land

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Treat your students to a true STEAM experience with a field trip to Rockford, MI’s favorite arcade, Pinball Land! More than jut a fun outing, we give your group a special peek behind the curtain and show how your favorite arcades games and pinball machines actually work. Read on to find out just how educational…

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Play Choice Arcade is a Nintendo Lover’s Dream

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Back in the 1980’s, if you wanted to try a video game before buying it, your main option was to rent the game from your local video rental store.  Nintendo thought of another concept: playing games for their Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) on a Play Choice arcade cabinet. Originally, the Nintendo Play Choice arcade games…

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Check Out Our Front Page Feature in The Rockford Squire!

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Hot off the presses! The Rockford Squire has written a lovely article about Pinball Land in the Thursday, July 22, 2021 issue, and they even put it right on the front page. Read the entire article here!

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Grand Opening!

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Saturday, February 1, come down to Pinball Land and celebrate the official opening of Rockford Michigan’s new arcade! On opening day, we will have 13 awesome pinball machines such as Attack from Mars, Monster Bash, Theatre of Magic, Iron Maiden, Paragon, X-Men and more. There’s also tons of classic video arcade games for you to…

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Multiball: How to Activate It…and Survive!

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A multiball round in pinball is always exciting and usually leads to good scoring opportunities. It’s hard to walk away from a game where you got a multiball and feel bad about yourself, so here’s some universal tips on how to activate multiball on many pinball machines. Once the multiball mode begins and you’ve launched…

An Adventure 65 Million Years in the Making – Jurassic Park Pinball

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Get ready for an adventure 65 million years in the making – Jurassic Park pinball by Stern!  Now available at Pinball Land! From the mind of Keith Elwin (designer of the awesome Iron Maiden pinball machine) comes a smooth-shooting game that is truly a “pinball adventure.”  With 4 ramps, a super-juicy spinner, a very clever…

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Atari’s Asteroids Now Available!

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Today we welcome one of the most iconic arcade games of all time to Pinball Land: Atari’s ASTEROIDS! This is truly a game that must be seen in person to be appreciated. Photos do NOT do it justice! As a bonus, we have the “Deluxe” version of Asteroids featuring a stunning blacklight-lit backdrop. They sure…

Pinball Land's Arcade Summer

It’s an Arcade Summer at Pinball Land

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When the summer’s heat is in full effect, sometimes the place to be is indoors, playing your favorite games with the AC blasting. That’s what we’re going to be doing at Pinball Land during our Arcade Summer and we’d love for you to join us! Walk-in players are welcome!

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Star Trek Pinball: Welcome Aboard

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Stern’s Star Trek pinball machine is a terrific game that gets more fun the more you know about it. Set your phasers to “fun” and beam yourself up to pure pinball satisfaction with this guide to Star Trek pinball!  This guide contains all the information you need to make a starship captain out of you,…

Rockford Pinball League at Pinball Land

Rockford Pinball League at Pinball Land

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Every Wednesday night, compete in the most fun, friendly pinball league around, only at Pinball Land arcade in Rockford, Michigan! Our all-ages league is the perfect atmosphere for casual and beginning players as we compete for the championship belt! Keep on reading to learn more about this outrageously fun, family-friendly event you can enter every…