Bram Stoker's Dracula (Williams, 1993)

Bram Stoker's Dracula

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This game received 577 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.115 /10

8.115

Top 100 ranking

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


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.168

Artwork: 7.812

Sounds/Music: 7.9

Other Aspects: 8.26



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8.500/10
9 months ago
Either this game is not very good as everyone says or I did not play it enough. I feel like it's an overhyped movie that lets you down.

Updating my review! I traded for a Dracula this week and I definitely change my opinion on the pin. As stated above I obviously did not play it enough or play one in playable shape. The pinball is awesome, a deep rule-set and very challenging to the point where I keep wanting to play it. This pin even made me watch the video which made me appreciate it even more.
8.916/10
9 months ago
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This game is hard. I rated it low before because i sucked so it seemed not fun. It is very fun but unforgiving and takes practice. Loooove it now
8.260/10
9 months ago
Finally got to play this game at my friends house. The sounds is what makes this game. Hitting the pop bumpers has a very unique sound effect. Loaded with LEDs, this game can have a very sinister look that catches your eye and the fun gameplay keeps you there.
6.708/10
10 months ago
Not bad but little bit boring for me
8.876/10
10 months ago
A complete horror classic. Strangely there are not many games based on scary themes. Dracula is one that actually brings true horror intensity unlike others. While the game is pretty basic in a lot of ways... The overall mix of the music, cool toys, and the rush of combining all three multiballs at once make this a game I never get tired of.
8.196/10
10 months ago
Great game, cool rule set. Love playing it.
8.116/10
10 months ago
One of my favorites of all time. Buy one before prices go up. Good staying power.
9.560/10
11 months ago
Very fast, brutal game and unforgiving similar to Elvira. It's takes me quite a few games to have a good one, but that's what make it so rewarding. Mist multi ball is very cool. Great animations (color DMD is a must), sounds and call outs. Love the theme. Playfield could use some additional lighting. The coffin mod is a must as well. Will own this one someday soon.
8.280/10
11 months ago
BSD is a lovely pinball with great sounds and music which complement nicely the spooky theme. Stacking multiballs is very exciting and pretty much the only way to get high scores. So you are trying to almost start 3 different multiballs (mist, coffin, castle), then start one and hope you can hit the items to start the other ones. The pop bumpers play a big role in this game, not only for keeping the ball action interesting, but also to reach the bats and rats bonus (which can be lucrative). The mist multiball feature is genius – this seemingly simple idea requires a lot of hardware to make it happen. In general, with several VUKs, additional metal ramps and a ball lock on a ramp this game seems to have lots of toys and mechanical devices which probably aren’t critical for gameplay, but enhance the game experience. The right ramp entrance rises to reveal the virtual coffin multiball lock – hitting this yields a particularly satisfying clink of ball against metal – (sometimes the real sounds in pinball are nicer than those coming out of the speakers) - the ball then goes into a VUK, rolls through the coffin and is then placed right in the middle of the three pop bumpers.
BSD has a reputation of being a very difficult pin and I think this is justified. So what makes it difficult? For one thing, success in this game depends on being able to nail the left ramp (loop) repeatedly, because only this way will you activate mist multiball (except for the consolation mist multiball on ball 3), castle multiball and extra balls. I find hitting this ramp repeatedly rather difficult and I don’t know why. This game also has rather brutal outlines (somehow this is typical of Barry Ousler games) – another clink of ball against metal in the right outlane – less satisfying. The 3 stand-up targets front and center in this game are to be avoided, if you hit them the ball can fly anywhere at high speed including sdtm. So frequently I find myself almost having a good game, almost having started multiple multiballs, but not quite – and not quite means really low scores, frustration and an itchy finger to push the start button again.
9.580/10
11 months ago
I’ve owned this game for a year or so and I don’t imagine ever selling it. Artwork is tremendous and game play is super challenging. Turn the lights off at night and fire this baby up for a great, spooky game. Just a tremendous game all around. Blows away most, if not all, pins in the same price range.
9.600/10
1 year ago
I've owned this game for awhile now and no matter what no game pulls me in like BSD. Sounds are deep and draw you in. The modes while not deep provide challenge and no game getsyou heart going like when you stack all the multiballs and cash in. The call outs and voices are perfect. Along with the new color Dmd it adds an updated level to the game. There's a reason this is the next big game. Great gimmicks, voices. Best video mode. Has it all
7.928/10
1 year ago
Want your ass kicked? For realz? This is the master.
9.160/10
1 year ago
It has taken me several encounters to appreciate this game. I think the theme is well done and really enjoy the flow. The left ramp shot, which looks juicy, can be surprisingly tough to hit under pressure (aren't they all!?).

I was in a room with 8 pins, including a Game of Thrones LE, Addams Family, Star Trek Next Generation and this pin is what I played for 2.5 of the 3 hour session. Enough said!
8.264/10
1 year ago
It took me a while to really appreciate this game. Once I got a better understanding for the rules I began playing it more and more. Stacking the multiballs is the only key to success. The lightening flippers don't help anything, as the game was probably difficult enough without them. Still, I can't get over the feeling I get when I play this game. The theme is implemented perfectly and you actually feel like your are inside Dracula's Castle. The mist multiball is one of the coolest features of the game. The artwork might not be for everyone, but I think it only adds to the experience. More and more people seem to be pushing the game up on their list. If you can find one for a good price, grab it.
9.320/10
1 year ago
Dracula is just a great game. There are shots from both flippers, the rule set is simple yet challenging, the sounds are good, the art package is good, and the mist ball traveling across the PF is the best. There really isn't much to not like about this pin.

Dracula is a hard game but when you get the multiballs stacked things get crazy quickly. This is the only pin we have had so far that my Wife asked me to hold onto, that kind of surprised me as it is a challenging game.
8.711/10
1 year ago
Utterly brilliant and brutal at the same time. Love it to bits! Lightning flippers are hard to master however. Sounds a little tinny, but everything else is a winner! Quotes from the movie are very well timed.
9.179/10
1 year ago
Great art, great flow. I laugh every time I see Keano in dot matrix. . . Soundtrack is great, Three different multiballs is great for the year it was produced, yeah, just yeah!
8.960/10
1 year ago
Just a perfect pin. My personnal favorite of the Bally Williams 90 era.
8.051/10
1 year ago
I have a hard time describing quite why I like this game so much. It certainly isn't a deep game. Additionally, I think it's fair to say there isn't even a high level of shot variety. 90% of the time your shooting for one of the two ramp shots. Perhaps you might need to shoot a target to light the locks for Castle Multiball, but it's such a dangerous shot. My basic strategy is to use Coffin Multiball get close to starting Castle Multiball. This all sounds fairly negative, yet it's one of my favorite machines. Stacking the three multiballs is just such a rewarding task...30 Million!!!
8.401/10
1 year ago
One of my favorite games of all time. It is such a special game. However it isn't perfect. The rules are a bit shallow, however here they work perfectly. Mine has been setup many different ways over the years. I've had it easy, I've had it brutal, and I've had it in between. I think the best spot is towards brutal, but not all the way. Triple Multiball should be a rare and special happening. That way when you do it, you feel like a pinball god. Great game.
8.763/10
1 year ago
Love this freaking game. I'm a fan of open middle PFs, so this one nails everything I like as far as layout is concerned for me. Deceivingly simple and bare, but not at all in reality. I'm a sucker for Oursler layouts. Tough shots from far away & some of the best rules in pinball, to add to that. Really cool music and sound effects.

Sample quality is a little rough, even for the time period, but the samples picked are great. Great animation. Nails the theme perfectly. It definitely immerses you in its world. And tough as hell too. What's not to like? I guess if you aren't very good at pinball, this one might not be much fun. So not a great game for casual players, but for ownership, kind of a no brainer. I'd grab one in a second if I had the $.
9.340/10
1 year ago
There's just something about this machine. It's mysterious, it's creepy, it's tough as nails, shots feel great, theme is odd in a good way, etc. Not too deep but plenty to do and lastibility. One of my favorite things about BSD are the call outs, sounds and music. One of those games that will stick with you.
8.124/10
1 year ago
I love the theme of the game and playfield art work. A lot going on, with the toys and sound, but I didn't find myself loving the game despite its high rating. Perhaps it grows on you, but I was only able to get 2 games in. The rule set reads to be deep, and multi variations seem cool.
8.744/10
1 year ago
a good pin and quite challenging with easy rules to understand. artwork is average+
Some outlane drains.
the difficulty is to stack the 3 MB and need a little strategy to manage to play them all together.
i'm not sure it's a keeper, a bit repetitive to my taste, not fit in a small collection even if it gets the one more game factor.
8.988/10
1 year ago
This game is hard as balls. To get big scores on this game you need to do a lot of work in order to stack the 3 multiballs in the game. It requires making a lot of very difficult shots. It can be a very rewarding experience when a good game comes together, but it is one of those games that is prone to making you pull your hair out.

The theme, animations, and sound along with the very difficult gameplay are what make this machine one of my favorites. The animations are second to none. A classic machine.
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