The playfield of a pinball machine is the entire surface from the back of the cabinet to the front of the cabinet. The playfield includes the surface not visible to the player under the apron or obstructed by other shields or playfield items.
The playfield is populated with targets, ramps, ball guides, pop bumpers, posts, flippers, toys and other items that redirect the ball around the playfield and may score points. Additionally, the playfield is usually populated with lights and playfield art to enhance the gameplay experience for the player.
Playfield Sizes vary by manufacturer and era.
Some games include one or more additional playfields raised above the primary playfield such as Stern Family Guy (2007).