Bram Stoker's Dracula (Williams, 1993)

Bram Stoker's Dracula

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This game received 569 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.138 /10

8.138

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #32 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.185

Artwork: 7.833

Sounds/Music: 7.934

Other Aspects: 8.283



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8.904/10
3 years ago
BSD, one of the "love it or hate it" machines. As many who are reading this know, there is no wizard mode. It is all about triple stacking the multiballs, and that is no small task.

Being an avid pinball enthusiast for only a lil' over 2 years now, I purchased this one knowing what I was getting into. This is a "kick you in the teeth" game. You may have scores that don't top 20 mil, and then the stars align, everything comes together, and your scores go into the high hundred millions to low billions.

The art and theme are dark; this is not a family friendly game. Some pretty intense DMD animations - especially jackpot on castle or coffin multiball. Animations are most intense or possibly even gory second only to Tales from the Crypt. The mist ball is the toy of the game, and seeing it in action never gets old - very cool toy implemented to this day.

This game is one of the pinnacles of risk vs reward and a direct correlation to ball control vs payoff. Your skills are dialed in, and your score is only limited by the sky. Your ball control skills are not so good or your aim is off, BSD will make you pay. It can be a bit frustrating at times; casual players just flailing the ball will be discouraged very quickly. This is one of the few pins that once you've played a good while, you'll move to other games and notice a significant increase in your ball control abilities has occurred.

BSD has been a diamond in the rough for quite some time. Unfortunately for those looking to purchase, the price on this particular pin has increased in a frightening manner. I wouldn't say it'll ever really approach strong A-list level; it's just not THAT attractive of a pin. It's one of those games that has a strong following, but probably due to lack of depth and theme will never be a CV/MB/MM/AFM/ACDC/TZ game, and that's not a bad thing. This is the kind of pin that should be affordable to everyone. It has a lot of ball control and flipper skill lessons to teach, and it is one of the ultimate "just one more game..." pins.

Definitely a satisfying title to own, and I hope to keep mine around for many...many years. After all, I believe in destiny :).
7.719/10
3 years ago
Picked up a gorgeous example of this pin. The main toy, mist multiball, never gets old. I love the green lights that travel with the mist ball. There are no other toys other than mist. The coffin doesn't do anything besides acting as a virtual lock for balls.
What this game does better than most is draws a player in to play again for a better, higher score. I've only stacked two multiballs so far. The game is difficult and you must use a little strategy to get the modes stacked.
The theme is killer and the sounds are unique and well done. I love the video mode as well. Led this sucker out!
7.628/10
3 years ago
Good theme, very challenging, and nice multiball play, but the machine doesn't quite pull me in like many other top games do. A decent value game from what I see.
10.000/10
3 years ago
Awesome!!!!
9.420/10
3 years ago
This game is such a blast everytime. It has a very spooky vibe to it, which you don't find very often on a pinball machine. I love the awesome DMD visuals and the bad-ass call outs ( "...cut off her head, take out her heart!" ) !!! Definitely not a family-friendly machine! Also, it's not a game you can just flip away and expect to see 'cause and effect' with every shot. This is one of those games that really commands respect. These are very strict shots that will take some time to learn. The pulsing music really adds to how I think about my shots. It really is a rush trying to obtain the 3 simultanious multiballs! Even getting just 1 or 2 of them is fun in itself. I keep wanting to play over and over again. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the games in the Top 20 list...and i'm ok with that. Mist multiball is the neat feature of this machine. Otherwise, this is straight-foward pinball with a killer look. This is a very serious machine that really takes you into the Dracula theme. Also, I think this does more for the theme than the film itself!

Some may argue that this isn't a good game to have for a small collection. I can see why that can be said, especially for a beginner. However, if you really give it some time and learn what kind of game this is, you'll learn to appreciate it just as I have. After spending some time on this one, you will start to see progress with scores going into the triple-digit millions. After owning a few other pins, this is the only one I own right now and i'm glad to say it's a keeper! I can really connect with this game and I am proud to own it.
9.420/10
3 years ago
I played this game 20 years ago and remembered just how fun it was, even when getting my butt handed to me. The machine had a creepy vibe and amazing music, sounds, and callouts.

Now that I own one 20 years later, I can honestly say that no pin has more vibe nor is just as freakin badass. And getting all 3 multiballs stacked is hard, but a lot of fun.
8.432/10
3 years ago
Great punishing game, and I love the 30 Million call out!!! Glad it's getting the credit it deserves now.
9.140/10
3 years ago
This is my second favorite 'monster' themed pin. The werewolf video - shooting them as they come at you more and more rapidly is awesome. The girl's near orgasmic sigh when she is bitten by count Vladimir. This game is hard, requires great skill and for that reason, and the clever videos, I rate this very highly. I own this game and it is one that I will never release. Odd..., Scubascotti does not like Dracula. He must have been abused as a child.
BTW, did I say Drac is hard? I have played it... maybe a thousand times, and I have yet to kill Dracula in his coffin. I just love this game!
4.312/10
3 years ago
Updated review..

Spent some more time on this, my first impression wasn't great but once you get past the appearance of this ie lack of toys, poor artwork etc its actually quite a challenging game.
Good multi ball action, red dmd is cool & I like the translite, not a fan of the playfield art though looks like a kiddies drawing.

Take away: not a bad game at all, worth spending some time on.
6.195/10
3 years ago
Fun game.
8.306/10
3 years ago
Very difficult, but extremely fun game. The kind of game that makes you want to push start just one more time. Pretty simple rules and not terribly deep, but stacking the 3 MBs is no easy task. Does have much longevity once you start getting the three MBs going consistently. Shot variety very limited.
7.586/10
3 years ago
Hard but has a lot going for it. Cool use of magnet
8.656/10
3 years ago
This is the 2nd BSD I have owned. I missed my first one. Tough shots but the pay off when all 3 multi balls are running is worth it. Great for me and my coffee shop. loops and multi ball. The sounds effects are Great!!. If your looking for your first pinball then this may not be it, but looking for a challenge with a good rule set then buy one.
8.563/10
3 years ago
Ugly translite. Ugly playfield. unbalanced scoring. Ego crushing drains. My favorite game. Who woulda thought.
8.672/10
3 years ago
This is a game for expert players only. You need extensive playtime on this one to really appreciate what it has to offer. The object of the game is the big setup to get all 3 multi-balls going at the same time. Doing so will double (with two) and triple (with three) your jackpot values. This is extremely hard to do and you will have 20 bad games or so to every good one. But when you do have that one good game and get everything dialed in, Dracula has IMO the best multi-ball in pinball. The adrenaline rush you get when Dracula is screaming "Thirty Million" at you is unmatched. Some may say, there are not enough modes. But with this game I disagree. If it was a mode based game, I think focus too much would be taken away from the constant set up. This game is a one-of-a-kind gem.
8.800/10
3 years ago
I own one so I'm probably going to be a bit biased but I do enjoy this game, there is something that keeps me coming back. The sound, stacking multiballs and theme all work well together. One I will keep in my collection for a while.
8.720/10
3 years ago
Always liked playing this game. Disturbing and creepy theme but good gameplay. Mesmerises you and lures you to return to it just liked Dracula mesmerises his victims in the movie. Slick blood red artwork.
7.236/10
3 years ago
Excellent horror theme, creepy music/audio, gameplay is ok, rules are average.
9.660/10
3 years ago
Great game to add mod; I've add at least 10 already !
8.620/10
3 years ago
Get ready for this year's TAF.

Getting hotter and hotter the more people realize how great this game really is. Is it tough? Yes. Is it for the casual player? Probably not.

This is a game that needs to be owned to truely understand its greatness. The shots, layout, video mode, all of it is above average.

The only problem is if you don't care for the movie. Not one of my favorite Vampire flicks but get past that and you'll have yourself a gem.
8.016/10
3 years ago
Tough game. Very unapproachable at first. Not for the casual player... but give it a chance, and it will suck you in.

I love how it is different from anything else in my lineup. The game is all or nothing. You are building towards a big payoff and stacked multiballs, but all that work can be for nothing if you're not careful.
It rewards you with some awesome jackpot callouts, if you can get them ;)
7.598/10
3 years ago
Was at the top of my want list. I will say this game is really REALLY hard. People who would come over to play would play a game or two and give up. The Mist ball is really cool. I just felt like there could have been more. I found myself just shooting for the left ramp. It is as fast as it is claimed. But have this title in a small collect did not work for me. If you have 8+ games I could see this being a keeper.
7.791/10
3 years ago
Pros: Nice animations, cool toys, video mode, Theme.
Cons: Stand up targets. I find scoring unbalanced. Lighting. Artwork is so-so for me.

Overall, what an unforgiving pin! You pay for every mistake...
9.556/10
3 years ago
This is a very tough game and I love it. Game times are very short unless you bring your A game. This makes it a great multiplayer game for skilful players.

The Dracula voice over by Gary Oldman is magnificent, it adds real character to the game. What a contrast to Steve Ritchie yelling at you (eg No Fear, AC/DC - I hope he never gets another voice acting gig.) The playfield art is only OK, the translite is beautiful. The 3 stackable multiballs for double and triple scoring make the game extremely exciting. I am very pleased I bought this game, the difficulty level is great training for competition play and the open playfield is excellent for practising skills like drop and live catches etc.

[UPDATE] I've owned this game 9 months now and I am enjoying it more now than ever. It is still hugely challenging, which I love, but now the world of stacking multiballs is opening up. Keeping three balls alive while killing dracula in the coffin doubles the Coffin jackpot. During Castle multiball, instead of making the jackpot shot, lock a second ball in the castle first to to double the Castle jackpot. Do all of this with all 3 multiballs stacked and you are earning 6X jackpots. And of course, each subsequent multiball the Castle and Coffin jackpots are 2X, then 3X, 4X etc. The payoffs for strategic play and fine multiball control are huge. This is a game that rewards the highly skilled player like no other. If it weren't for the OK playfield art this game would be No 1 in my list.

[UPDATE 2]
I totally love this game, I've had it for maybe a year now and it is more addictive than ever, I can't stop playing it. The intense challenge and the incredible payoffs when you have a great game are so satisfying I keep coming back for more. Every element of the design is perfect, too, the way the ball moves along the habit rails, the way that every animation can be interrupted by hitting both flipper buttons. The well balanced strategic decisions - should I hit the left ramp and start Bats to proceed towards extra ball or should I wait until I have the coffin ramp up to get a higher Bats score, or wait even longer and stack two multiballs and then Bats to score an extra 50M at the end of every ball? Go for Myst now or stack two or stack three multiballs? All are viable approaches.

I have come to the conclusion that this my favourite game of all time. And I bought this machine just because it was a cheap multiball DMD with fan layout that would be good for practising my skills.
4.343/10
3 years ago
Game is just ok. Played it a few times and have no interest in ever playing again
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