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

8.117

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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8.800/10
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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago
Game is just ok. Played it a few times and have no interest in ever playing again
8.840/10
4 years ago
I think that this game is a lot like Fishtales in that it is the more than the sum of its parts, unlike in my opinion TAF or TZ. When I first got the game, I did pause and think wtf because the playfield looks simple. It isn't a deep game but once you get over that you can get to enjoying the challenging play and good use of the the theme. It is a bit of a one trick pony with you trying to line up the 3 modes together. I haven't done that or gotten close so far. The mist ball is pretty need gizmo. That being said the game is fun and solid use of the theme and it has "it". It is an enjoyable game once you let yourself get over what it is not.

I think one thing to bear in mind is that this game isn't TAF or TZ. What I mean in that is that this isn't a flagship game with a billion gizmos. This is a good game that can be found at a decent price, though it is getting harder. I think you get much more bang per your buck with this kind of pin than TAF or TZ. For a TAF or TZ, you could get Dracula, Johnny Mnemonic, and Fishtails. Which I think you would get a lot more play and fun out of than just plucking away on one machine loaded with gizmos.

One month later...

This game is a winner. I play a few games almost daily. I have noticed that my play has improved a lot, too. It forces you to focus on hitting certain shots and punishes you if you don't. My high scores on Dredd have come not after a Dredd marathon but after coming back to the game after playing BSD for awhile. The smartest thing about this game is making the goal lining up all three multiball modes. This sounds simple but it is very very hard but the reward personally and score wise is pretty awesome. When you run up a high score on this game, it is because you were nailing everything you were aiming at and not through blind luck. This may sound dumb but others have said the same, this game has more "I have to play one more game" than AF, AFM, and TZ. The person though that I could see not liking this game is someone that doesn't get satisfaction through good play. The game may be too brutal and without enough gimmicks to draw in casual players.
7.147/10
4 years ago
Pplayfield lighting is bad in spots.

Game plays well and i enjoyed a game or 3. But its not the machine everyone makes it out to be, top left corner of field is very dark and hard to see at night, like the mist ball and sounds of it. Not for a casual player imo.
8.320/10
4 years ago
duh???
6.136/10
4 years ago
Played this one recently. Is highly rated as it's hard. Maybe it is but theme is not great and play field iis not a looker. Toys look like a kid modelled them, gameplay was not great, so my overall impression was not great
6.165/10
4 years ago
Not bad at all!
5.849/10
4 years ago
Owned one for a while, but it's a badly weighted game in terms of scoring.
8.652/10
4 years ago
Another game that I grew to love by understanding it more - challenging and fun! The light show is best experienced in a completely dark room, too.
8.376/10
4 years ago
An all-time great by Barry Oursler that proves the fact that pins based on horrible movies or TV shows always turn out better than the source material. They're so many positive things about this game, I could make an encyclopedia! For starters, you have Mist Multiball, an awesome feature at it's time and still is now; a challenging playfield with many tight shots; a deep ruleset where you can stack multi balls for exponential scoring (best multiballs since Centaur!); and the sound. I always get goosebumps when I hear the Jackpot screams in Castle Multiball, and it also feels like the sound is amplified during Multi-Multiball.

Sadly, the game is not without its cons. The left ramp is near-impossible to make with a weak right flipper; it's a very tough game for operators to maintain due to its complexity; and the art could've been better. It's still one of Williams' best machines, and still commends popularity today!
7.216/10
4 years ago
Strange gm cuz not much going on but yet u want more and more!
8.604/10
4 years ago
I own this machine. Hard one to rate. The PF doesn't have a lot of shots, and the game is not deep. I think there are better stackers out there, and really, you are just trying to load up the three MBs over and over, with little else to do. Having said that, it's so well suited for competition, and it's such a relentless drainer, it seems to work. I would not want it in a small collection though.

The video mode is good, and gets pretty fast and hard even in the second wave. I like the bats and rats mini quick scoring modes, and how they are used in your bonus for each end of ball thereafter. I like how if you even get a tilt warning as a ball drains, you lose your bonus.

It's funny how so many people seem to keep this game above many others, given how shallow it is, me likely being one of them. LED'd, with some spotlight additions, it looks great.

I am amazed at the amount of ingenuity that went into the little toy/gimmicks in this machine. The entire mech for the mist feature, including both sides where the ball sets, and the long across PF opto is a ton of stuff for one effect, albeit a very visually cool one. The problem is that when you get relatively acquainted with the machine, you can almost pick off the mist ball just as it's coming out from under the right cave, and almost never see the cool feature.

The other mech wonder to me is why so much went into right orbit scoop. This is only used for when the vid mode is ready, and has a drop target blocking it any other time. From there, the ball drops to a subway ramp, and is carried to a VUK. Why not just use a saucer lock, and have the ball get fired back into the lane changers? As I said, it seems like a lot of mechs for little effect and shallow rules. But still, the game has something, and had been gaining in value and popularity in the last couple years because of it.

EDIT Sep 2014:

Something about this game makes it one of the most addictive out there. I had to increase some things, as this might land in my top 10 if I had to narrow down.
9.280/10
4 years ago
Love this game very dark theme .serous pinball the only pinball That is almost sad to play lots of hidden features movie was cool pin is better seems to be going up price wise get it now before it's out of reach "blood is to precious in these times" awesome
9.760/10
4 years ago
This machine still can give me "chills" after 4 years, kill his 3 concubines,and all hel* breaks loose. kill his werewolves, get bats, and rats, try to kill Dracula
3 different multiballs even at the same time. This game has so much then one would know without looking it up. Fast..Yes, very fast if properly maintained. shorter flipper bats, makes it a drain game. newbies get discouraged..I have to tell them (or show them) what this game can do.Will NEVER EVER leave my collection. With the sound turned up, in a dark room, well...it will get your heart pumping
9.460/10
4 years ago
Great game that takes some time to get the hang of....a shooters game if you will! Love the theme and sounds!
8.919/10
4 years ago
First time played was at the 2013 NW Pinball championship in Marysville, WA. From the first time until now I fell in love. Great game and lots of fun. Center targets are not forgiving. Game is also very fast.
9.340/10
4 years ago
This is a game that makes you a better player. There's a simple and clear goal to work toward (triple multiball), and missed shots are absolutely punishing. I really like the subdued art with the limited color palette. The sounds are great. Very rewarding calls and very humiliating ones when you do terrible. There's nothing worse than the laugh after dropping back to single ball play. But when you are one shot away from starting that multiball and your miss outlanes on you (it will) or your half ramp goes STDM, there's only one thing to do - press start again.
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