Pinball Magic is a pinball simulation game. There are 12 levels, each with a different machine. The goal on each level is to score points of course, but also to clear the way to the exit hole and send the ball there.
The pinball machines are vintage ones with mushroom bumpers (no multiball or special bonuses), with some gameplay elements borrowed from other computer games (brick walls from breakout, a slot machine in level 4). The player can nudge the machine to change the ball trajectory, but too much nudging and the machine tilts and all bonus points are lost.
Once a level is cleared, gameplay proceeds to the next machine with an extra five balls added. Once the twelfth machine is beaten, the game returns to the first one. The goal of the game is to make it to the high scores list.