Pinball 2022-01-24T14:59:25-05:00


Helicon Brewing has a very nice collection of 40+ pinball games including many of the highest rated games as ranked on the Pinside Pinball Top 100 list.

The full list of current games is available on the Helicon Brewing Oakdale pinside or pinballmap pages.

The full list of current games at the Helicon Brewing McDonald location is available at pinside or pinballmap.

We have pinball tech visits several times a month. If there are any issues with any game at all, please let our staff know so we can get it resolved asap.

Free Play Events

*** Free play events have been suspended for now. They are expected to resume later this summer or early fall. ***

Helicon is closed on Mondays. From time to time the brewery hosts Free Play Pinball events on Monday evenings. Tickets are $20 for two draft beers and unlimited free play pinball on all 40+ pinball games from 4pm to 11pm. 21+ only. Tickets for upcoming dates and additional information can be found on eventbrite or the brewery facebook events page.


Helicon hosts monthly Pints & Pinball Knockout (3- or 4- strike) tournaments and also Launch Party tournaments for every new game that arrives. There is also the Helicon Open, a large multi-day tournament held at the end of each year.

All tournaments are IFPA sanctioned and open to everyone. At this time, due to local ordinances, there is NO cost to enter and NO payout for any tournament placement. The $1 IFPA Fee will be covered by Starport LLC and Helicon Brewing.

Tournament Schedule

All tournaments start at 2:00pm unless otherwise noted.

2/06/22, Celts Launch Party
2/20/22, monthly strikes
2/27/22, Rush Launch Party
3/20/22, monthly strikes
4/17/22, monthly strikes
5/15/22, monthly strikes
6/19/22, monthly strikes
7/17/22, monthly strikes
8/21/22, monthly strikes
9/18/22, monthly strikes
10/16/22, monthly strikes
11/20/22, monthly strikes
12/15/22-12/18/22 Helicon Open (times and details below)
12/18/22, monthly strikes

Knockout Tournaments

Head-to-head 3 or 4 Strikes depending on participation. Players will play in a 1-on-1 versus scenario with the player obtaining the higher score advancing to the next round without a strike. The player with the lower of the 2 scores will be credited with 1 (one) strike. The amount of strikes for elimination will be subject to the attendance of this event. If there are less than 24 participants at the beginning of this event, the format will be 4 strikes. If there are more than 24 participants, the format will be 3 strikes.

Players will be assigned random opponents and machines. Players will not play the same opponent in consecutive rounds. Should there happen to be a tie for 3rd Place at the end of the Tournament, one game will be played on a randomly selected machine immediately after the 1st Place Match machine is selected.

Practice will take place at the time of opening until 15 minutes prior to that start of the event. At that time Tournament Directors will determine what games are eligible for play during the tournament. The rules will then be explained to the participating players and any concerns prior to the start of the Tournament will be addressed.

Launch Party Tournaments

Unlimited qualifying is 2pm-6pm. Finals bracket size depends on participation and is expected to start at 6:30pm.

Best Game Qualifying. Each participant will have the opportunity to queue up and play as many games as possible during the 4 hour qualifying time. Players will put down their name on a list, when they are called it is their opportunity to play a 1 player game on the launch game. After they complete a 1 player 3 ball game, their score will be recorded and they are welcome to place their name on an open line on the queue list for another chance at bettering their score. When qualifying time is over, the player currently on the machine is able to finish their respected game and then qualifying will be complete. We will then eliminate half of the players in the qualifying field.

Head to Head Finals. A Bracket Style Tournament will follow. Seeding will be based on qualifying scores. The bracket will be single elimination except for a best-of-three finals.

Helicon Open

*** Save the date: Thursday 12/15/22 through Sunday 12/18/22 ***

Our current hours of operation are:

Tuesday-Saturday:  11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Sunday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM


Helicon Brewing
102 Union Ave
Oakdale, PA 15071


Phone: 724-693-4204