Bram Stoker's Dracula (Williams, 1993)

Bram Stoker's Dracula

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This game received 578 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.117 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #34 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.174

Artwork: 7.811

Sounds/Music: 7.897

Other Aspects: 8.263

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8 days ago
Fun game to play with some excellent feeling ramp shots, especially the left ramp. Fantastic mist multi ball and great stackable multiballs. Non ramp shots are just ok. Really good blood red DMD animations and theming. Would be nicer with an alternative backglass, some different sounds and maybe a little bit different look (ie the coffin is a little cheesy).
14 days ago
Pros: Gameplay is incredible. Great "flow." "WIND'S!!!" Callout is epic. One more play syndrome for sure. Cool light shows, very atmospheric. Just a fun pin.

Cons: Theme/Movie is meh overall. Outlanes can chew you up. Some of my non pinhead friends think it is too difficult and not enjoyable, (I say they are wacko). Manufactures short cuts include "Ron Jeremy in a box" as Dracula and a back coffin cover that seems like it was made in 4th grade art class and almost must be replaced.

BSD is a keeper. When setup correctly, it is a game that I feel will long outlast its dreadful movie theme subject. The ramp shots, the flow and the feeling of accomplishment during high scores makes this a machine that is "bolted to my floor." It is a must play, and a must own IMHO. If you can get over the backglass, it is a gem.
33 days ago
The oldest machine I like. Simplistically perfect. I like that even a crappy game can be cheered up (and scored up) on ball three with multiball.
40 days ago
Probably the toughest BW game from the modern DMD era, along with Johnny Mnemonic. New Pinsound track option brings the movie score and upgraded shoutouts into the game. The original soundtrack is popular amongst enthusiasts but for me the tone background music is really dated, and the "Vampire Hunter's" theme from the movie was really missed, pre-Pinsound. I mean, this theme is as known in Hollywood as the Twilight Zone theme. Game is brutal with great multiball modes. A bargain even still on account of the lack of modes, beyond the multiball modes, but with the cool toys and replayability jacked up because of the difficulty, that may be changing fast.
70 days ago
Weird cult popularity to this game, perhaps apropos of its theme.

If I were to own one, I think I'd have to play it with the sounds turned off.

Decent value at current pricing ($2900-$3500 at time of rating).
78 days ago
This game is so bad ass! It's not very deep but that's an advantage IMO. The shots on the game and stacking multi-balls is so awesome! There are a lot of people who seem to think that a game's lastability and rating should be based on the depth of the rules. I don't always agree with that philosophy. I have a few very deep games that I love and I think that BSD is the perfect complement to those games. It's simple economics, why would I want two cheeseburgers if I could get a cheeseburger with fries for the same price? Variety is the key here. This game is a great addition to any game room regardless of size. Couple it with a deep game and you have a great two game collection.
89 days ago
Just Picked up one of these and im extremely happy with it. Now that I have played a bunch of games on it I can see why it is a cult classic. 3 multiballs stackable, the theme hits on a chilling note which matches the movie and yet has its own personality. It has the coolest multiball in pinball (mist multiball) and the best video mode ive played (werewolves). I just love it.

Its crazy if you read through these reviews. Its a true Love it or hate it game. I think if you like the theme and quick ball times this is a keeper
89 days ago
This is a hard one to recommend - there's no real modes. The key is trying to stack up the multiballs in order to increase your jackbox (30 Million) - two locks for multiball (castle and coffin). The mist feature is brilliant. The game plays well - it's fast to play but the game is hard - very hard. You feel a great sense of achievement when you play the game well and then the next few games I play terribly. If you like a challenge and you have some other machines in your collection it's worth getting and will definitely make you a better player. I absolutely love this pin - the sound and callouts are great and the whole atmosphere of the game is fantastic. But if this is your first/only pin and you aren't an avid player you might want to look at something a bit simpler.
3 months ago
This machine is solid as the ball flows throughout like lightning. The mist multiball is the greatest toy feature in pinball but this is where it ends w/ me. The overall gameplay is alright, as the shallow rules make this title lacking. The objectives are to acquire multipliers, shot for mystery award & hopefully stack all three main goal achievements. Killing Dracula is somewhat of a thrill, as the 30 MILLION callout is the end towards the main goal agenda.
As many have stated before, this is a very difficult machine for ballplay longevity. The playfield layout & short flippers were designed for quick ball play & higher profits on the routed Dracula machines. But to see/hear the constant visual & audio repetitious regimen, is the price that's paid time & time again if you can make it to the 30 MILLION callout grail. Overall, what this title had to offer is certainly not enough for that compulsive one more play fascination. This title only lasted a month in our lineup, as we traded this in for the much better machine ~ TFTC. I wish you well in YOUR pursuit for the perfect machine!!!
3 months ago
Barry Oursler's masterpiece. While the backglass is pretty weak and there could be better lighting on the playfield in areas, this is probably the best example I've ever played in terms of integrating everything into a theme that sets a mood. Dark and unique. Nothing else pulls you into the game like this one does.

Mist is the best gimmick of all time. Stacking multi balls requires smart shots and strategy. Playfield artwork by itself looks like garbage but works perfectly with the dark and edgy feel. Sound and callouts are awesome and every one of them matches the overall feel. The freaky-erotic moan when increasing the bonus multiplier is beyond awesome. The general sound during play is maddening repetitive but still fits well.

Very hard, very fast, very unforgiving. Game times can be really short, but when you put it all together for a long game and high score, nothing feels better. I've actually played this with mild-mannered friends that end up screaming and swearing at the machine out of frustration after a quick drain (for the hundredth time)... And then can't wait to push start again.

Best change of pace game out there. Get any machine with long ball times and put this one by its side and you'll never let it go.
4 months ago
Not very deep but its mean. Makes you want to come back for more. Love stacking multiballs.
5 months ago
Great game if for nothing else but the atmosphere. A good "dark and spooky" pin. Hard game but a must in any collection. Backbox art is the worst part of it all but I can deal with that.
5 months ago
Mist multiball coolest thing ever !! The ModFather
5 months ago
I really wanted to like this machine as I am a big Dracula fan in general, so maybe that is why it underwhelmed me.
6 months ago
Let me start of this review by saying the game I have played the most on is set up very easy, so most people will have a different opinion. I've played a game that was set up normal and it was a drain monster, which I very much did not enjoy.

This is such a classic game with a very clear objective that rewards you when you achieve it - try to stack all three multiballs and cash in the jackpots. Has some scoring imbalance in regards to bats, but the main points are in stacking the multiballs. Some of the shots are dangerous and can be hard to hit. Also hard to keep this game working right because of the mist multiball optos, but when it is that's a very fun gimmick. The playfield on this game could have used one more toy or shot, it just feels a little to open. The video mode is cool, but I don't like that to score big points you have to intentionally wait to shot the wolves on the beginning levels.

A very fun game if you set it up on the easier side that will make you want to keep playing one more game. Classic
6 months ago
Was 2 weeks with me, for me worst pinball i ever owned...
6 months ago
This is my most brutal game as far as difficulty. With the lightning flippers expect many random drains. I absolutely love the mist multi-ball. It is one of the coolest features on a pinball. I think the art is overall great, but yes that coffin with the Dracula doll is kind of lame. I think if they just did a plain coffin it would have been fine. This is a good game to obtain if you have several titles because it is nice to have a tough game or two. If you are looking for a challenge this a great title, creepy theme, and good to cut your teeth on.
7 months ago
It's ok
7 months ago
One of my favorite games. Lots of interesting stuff going on and built like a Bentley. Great looking and an awesome theme. The ability to add some custom lighting really picks it up if done well, but the stock lights are just great on their own. Would love this in my collection.
7 months ago
So I own a Bram and I love it. Theme is terrific, play is fast, animations and call outs never get old. Playfield art looks like an old jailhouse tattoo but otherwise I have few substantial criticisms. Back glass is only ok.
8 months ago
Simply put, this game kicks butt.

Simple, straightforward rules, but devilishly difficult gameplay. This isn't a game you can just flip your way to a random high score--you have to earn it. Stacking the three multiballs is absolutely critical to scoring well, and doing so requires skill. No luck.

Outlanes are mean, and the two banks of standup targets are dangerous red herrings that mislead unsuspecting players into short and disappointing games.

Art is disappointing, but gameplay more than makes up for it. Mist multiball is a sight to behold, and so satisfying to get. Despite the rules being rather shallow and repetitive, the punishing gameplay, and the multiple ways of approaching the game more than make up for it. Overall, a fantastic game.
8 months ago
Very fun game. The moving ball across the play field is a nice feature. Has a very challenging mulit ball.
9 months ago
This is an asskicker type game with good variety. It is on my wishlist but I am not entirely convinced it will be chosen among other pins in my collection for myself as well as visitors. I guess I just question whether I see myself owning and keeping this pin for a long time. The strategy is there, cool features and animations. I can see why its top 100 but not necessarily top 30
9 months ago
Bloody fun game that will suck all of your free time away. Timeless classic Dracula pin. Mist multiball is always a spectator hit. Stacking all three multiballs is quite a goal. Really is a game you can sink your teeth into!
9 months ago
When I think of what it means to be challenging, I think of this game. I love this one in tournament play, because it can be a great equalizer against one of the better players.
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