Batman Forever (Sega, 1995)

Batman Forever

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This game got 200 approved ratings and currently scores 7.691 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #90 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

7.691

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.63

Artwork: 7.86

Sounds/Music: 7.374

Other Aspects: 7.672




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8.31

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7.812
50 days ago
Yet again like a lot of SEGA games overlooked and underrated, easily one of the best games to come out of SEGA. Tonnes of shots to make on the playfield with a couple of unique feeling shots in there, if the theme had maybe been Batman Returns this game would get a lot more love.
8.580
3 months ago
Very fun machine to play especially if you enjoy a lot of ramp, ramp combo, fast pinball action, hot pop bumpers and changing targets. If you like slower pinball, this game might not be for you, but you will love it if you like fast action. You do not need to be a Batman fan to love this game.

There are a lot of targets, 4 Ramps and two orbit shots that can be tied together in loops that are well integrated into the modes, and themes. You need to be alert for missed shots; they can come back at you very quickly.
The game is tied very well into the Batman Forever theme on the layout and on the DMD animations. Very colorful lighted game, but a little on the darker side in the upper play field. Many game within game modes (i.e. 7 Themed Gotham Events with DMD and Playfield Integration, Batwing, Roving Lighted Batwing targets that lead to Circus Countdown, 3 and 4 Ball Multiball and finally a very hard to attain Forever Mode).
Overall this machine is an excellent value for the cost relative to many machines out there
5.345
3 months ago
Not my favourite, but its a pinball to play on
3.744
10 months ago
Overrated, not really a fun game to me. Kinda cheap look and feel.
8.820
1 year ago
Difficult shots abound on an open & fast flowing PF. Timed objectives are insane. Don't change the flipper coils, learn the sweet spots after you've dialed this KGBeast in. Best Batman pin in the biz. Batman stays forever in my collection.
9.220
1 year ago
This game is much better than it gets credit for, there is a ton going on, the movie was so so, but they did a great job with the theme on this one, lots of ramps, and challenges in the game, oversized DMD, fast, and just a fun game to play, with easy to understand rules, it is great for beginners and a challenge to beat for seasoned players, best Sega ever, and deserves more credit than it gets, I can see a point where this game is 5K to get one..
8.560
1 year ago
Batman's playfield is beautiful. The overall artwork is quite nice on this despite being made for a horrible movie. I truly enjoy the flow of the game. Balls can be quite long but are enjoyable as there are a lot of rules and tasks to this game. Lighting could be better. My workaround was to add an LED strip behind the back playfield plastic and that's helped a lot. Sega got it right with this affordable pin.
8.100
1 year ago
Scoring is a bit strange, but one of the coolest looking games ever made, hands down.
8.087
1 year ago
A very underrated game. My favorite game was I was 17 (1995). I'm not a huge fan of the movie, but I think Sega just got it right in the way the theme is uses. The cabinet artwork looks great. Playfield artwork is great too. For a 1995 machine, the game is loaded with rules. The way the wire ramps are used, I don't think we will ever see again. From a cost standpoint, you get a lot of game for a low cost. Upgraded speakers makes the game come to life.
9.340
1 year ago
Batman forever is an awesome looking game with the green ramps and the bat jet cannon is really cool and the artwork is really good.
7.172
2 years ago
Just started to give Sega more play time. This is a very nice game.
9.460
2 years ago
Great pin from a decent batman movie. Love hearing all the different celeb voices during gameplay. The ramps are complete fun and look awesome under blacklights. We enjoy superhero/movie themes.
7.238
2 years ago
Decent game, but still fun!!
7.465
2 years ago
Probably the best game of the 90s
7.492
2 years ago
Movie sucked, but Batman Forever Pinball has a lot going on! There are a ton of shots and the ramps are very well done. The playfield artwork is awesome, but the backglass and cabinet are just so so IMHO. Got mine recently and am very happy I did. One of the better games for the money.
6.405
2 years ago
Not too impressed with this game. The gun feels cheap as does the machine. A color DMD adds to it but not enough to own one.
7.620
2 years ago
DOts are good Great ramps good SEGA
9.320
2 years ago
Just added this to my collection (in mint condition); great game!

It is now in a collection with the Medieval Madness, Attack from Mars,Scared Stiff and Twilight Zone.
When comparing to these I have the following pro's and con's:

Pro's:
-beautiful widebody; I love the green metal ramps
-Batmobile kick-out ramp very well done, very original
-Plenty of shots and game modes
-Big DMD!!! Awesome!
-The cannon for shooting the ball is AWESOME! (Like STTNG)
-Love the green colors on the ramps

Con's:
-Well, the quality is definately less that Bally/Williams. Occasionally the balls fly out of the ramps, or smack into plastics. I am sure something will break sometime soon.

-The shooter pistol is of a typical 'made-in-China' quality. Bah. I was surprised it didnt break yet.
-Not necessarily a fan of the comic, but this game is great!


So summarizing I think this is an excellent game and if it would have been made by Bally/Williams it would definately be a top 30 game (better build quality).
The jumbo DMD makes it really stand out in a collection of pinballs.
9.621
2 years ago
All I can say is wow.... Amazing game, especially as a Batman fan- and I haaated this movie.
10.000
3 years ago
Features on this pinball are awesome , rules are great , art is excellent . The batwing cannon is a lot of fun , the batcave is fun how it throws the ball like if it was the batmobile , and the best feature it's the animation . I played it on location in a trip I did to Sacramento , and man I want one so bad ....
7.508
3 years ago
"Hey Joe, let's take a STTNG, move the jets to the left side, and remove the spinner".

But they didn't do that at all. This game by what would normally be considered "Sorry Excuse of a Game featuring Bad Sounding Monotone Tracks" instead does an original idea with a good ruleset.

Pros:

- Lots of great shots to make. I like the vertical kicker that leads to the Batcave. I also like the insanity of all the shots, could beat Whitewater in how it's presented.
- Much better game than DE Batman, with deeper rules and an awesome multiball.
- The game would have good flow...

Cons:

- If it wasn't hindered by Wet-Noodle Flippers (tm). This makes the left ramp impossible to hit, and the right flipper overall just a mean-spirited joke. Please mod all your games!
- Impossible Super Jackpot Batwing shot is impossible.
- 20x bonus is SO unbalanced it hurts my fingers every time I get it.
- The gun handle looks like it came from a Cracker Jacks box.
- Habitrails (esp. the one leading out from the Batcave) often get hit by air balls and suffer other damage due to how low they are.
- Batwing often fails at registering the ball.
- Batcave is just a waste of time and missed play field opportunities when Lock isn't lit.
7.836
3 years ago
Hands down the best Sega pinball machine i've played.
8.099
3 years ago
This really is a great game. I agree with the previous posters: the best of the DE/Sega games (at least the ones I've played). Jumbo dot matrix (though the animations are probably decent at best), wide body with AWESOME ramps. Very cool game.

The thing to note is that the standard audio system is definitely lacking. Almost no bass and decent at best fidelity. I'm not a big "upgrade the audio" guy, but this machine is gonna need it.
8.416
3 years ago
I've owned this machine for about 11 years now. I have no intentions on selling it; mainly because it is my first game. Being aware that most people are not fans of Sega's work, you could, however, make the argument that this is one of the best pins that that they put out.
The sound, theme and visuals are all great and put a smile on your face when you're playing it. Not a huge amount of depth but a very fun "middle of the road" type game that has a wide appeal to people who are not pinball fanatics.
A NOTE to people thinking about owning this machine: This particular model with it's supersized dot matrix (192x64) is difficult to fix if you have problems and those components are pricey due to the limited amount of that style produced. However, it's usually a bad capacitor(s), a bad display driver board or a grounding issue that tend to be the cause. DON'T replace the actual dot matrix until you have checked everything else. Needs a steady (spot on) +5 volts to that display or you're going to have issues. Some resources are out there on it and a big "Thank you" yo those individuals for doing that!
7.712
3 years ago
Wide-body, jumbo sized DMD SEGA game (only 1 of 4 made this way). Captures the feel of the movie very well, good looking machine, nice artwork and the green ramps really make it pop-up. If you're a Batman fan to me this is a no-brainer, a bit underated in my opinion, because it is a SEGA game.


The good:

- Green ramps
- Lots of ramps, fast paced game
- Lock ball that then shoots the ball near the apron, bellow the flippers
- Animations on the DMD


The bad:

- DMD.. if it goes bad you're screwed.
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