Elvira and the Party Monsters (Bally, 1989)

Elvira and the Party Monsters

Total rating

This machine got 247 approved ratings and currently scores 7.879 out of 10 points.

This ranks this machine #45 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.73

Artwork: 8.226

Sounds/Music: 7.479

Other Aspects: 7.975

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“Fun game, not quite as good as Scared Stiff it's later built sibling but still a pleasant game to play.”

“Quirky fun”

“I love this game! This is the first pin I ever purchased and I don't think I'll ever get rid of it. It's just so quirky and fun that it keeps me coming back again and again!”

  • mskoenen currently owns this game.

  • “Not as fun as scared stiff, but elvira just works as a pinball theme!”

    “Really liked Elvira as a kid. Great theme and a very good game.”

    “This is a classic machine that is a keeper. This is a great theme that probably inspired games like MB in it's campyness. Rule set is not too easy,and Skull and Ramp shots are fun. Going for the 4 Mil. in 20 seconds is rewarding if you can hit it in time. Won't be letting go of mine anytime soon!”

  • karmalord currently owns this game.

  • “well if you can't find a Scared Stiff or won't pay the price for one this makes an ok substitute”

    “had a lot of fun with this one!”

    “Tons o' Fun. A little goofy, but guess what, so was Elvira. Several different modes and plenty of shots across the playfield. Great art package as well. I would put some LEDs under the inserts to brighten it up a bit.”

    “This game has alot to offer.Some good shots,great sound,great lighting.”

  • Pinhead-Dave has this game on the wishlist.

  • “Never played this one back in the day and after owning it for a little over a month I have to say it is a very enjoyable game. I love Elvira so maybe that helps but I find myself playing her over and over and over again. You can have games under a million and then have one over ten million. The lanes seem to suck the balls right down at times but a little nudge here and a little nudge there helps.

    Can't see letting this one go for years to come. :o)”

  • JeffF currently owns this game.

  • “I enjoy playing this pin. I like the layout and the shots.
    For me this is a classic pinball game. Not fantastic, but great.
    Considering it's from 1989.
    It deserves it's rank.
    If I should ever have enough space and I find one in good condition I might get one.”

    “Top artwork and light show...”

    “What's the deal with this pinball is bad all around ....”

    “This game shouldn't be in the top 100 let alone top 50.”

  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “This is a machine that wasn't even on my "want" list, but when a friend was selling one for a fair price, I decided to pick it up... I'm glad i did....

    Funny and an easily understandable rule set make this one a great game. It's also quite hard, with a large number of balls draining through the difficult outlanes....

    The ramps are fun and easy to hit, and the boogie bonus is good for a laugh.

    Downside for me, and what might eventually keep it from staying in my collection:

    There is only one good flow shot in the game, which is the water slide shot - and even that has the steel exit hole which makes the ball spin around for a random time before dropping it into the return lane. The right most lane heads to the pops, the right ramp shot stops in the VUK before getting sent along a habitrail to the flipper, the center shot locks in a the boogie bonus knock out, and then gets sent to the pops, and the left lane is the lock hole.

    If you're not a fan of stop and go, this pin might not be for you, and of all the pins I own, this one is the most stop/go. Even though I'm not a fan of this style, I still like the game for some reason.”

  • tamoore has owned this game in the past.

  • “this game has the same sorta layout as indy 500 w/o the orbit shot which i think this table would've benifited from. otherwise a good all around game that does suffer from unbalanced scoring that i and even my wife were able to give it a good flogging and walked away leaving credits on it so i wouldn't own one”

    “Great fun game........good ramps and great flow, definitely recommended.”

  • Mato has owned this game in the past.
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    “Great pin. Great theme. Great fun.”

  • fuseholder has owned this game in the past.

  • “If it wasn't for Scared Stiff, I'd probably rate this one a lot higher. SS is everything this game should have been and is a much superior game, IMO. I'd only be interested in this one at a deal too good to pass up (and then pretend I really had a SS).”

    “this style doesn't date... it's always a pleasure...”

    “Intense game, animated backglass whit color led its crazy.
    Easy game, and lot of fun.”

  • destro666 currently owns this game.

  • “Loved this game since the first time we played it. The Elvira theme is PG-13; kitchy and sexy but not slutty. The speech prompts can be adjusted in the menus for a family audience. I think they are hilarious and don't get repetitive or annoying. Achieving multiball is not difficult, and you can steal another player's multiball because there is only one ball lock. The backglass lighting is interactive with the mystery score feature, and ramps are fun to hit. Sometimes a game is quick with drains but others can go on and on. Good visibility on all shots, too!”

  • Pinthusiast currently owns this game.

  • “Very fun”

    “One I'm playing in the pizza parlor next to where I work is ball sucking drain monster! I just can't get the flow, if there is one, figured out. A challenging occasional player but not to own. PS "Let's Boogie Boys thump thump thump" gets very annoying very fast!”

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