Champion Pub (Bally, 1998)

Champion Pub

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This game received 326 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.860 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #59 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.894

Artwork: 7.959

Sounds/Music: 7.464

Other Aspects: 7.761

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22 days ago
A simple pinball version of Punch Out that has a theme I'm normally not into at all, but can overlook due to it's fun factor. It's a shame it never got the attention when it did come out due to the pinball slump, but now that we're in an era that no longer judges pinball as a thing of the past, maybe it will start to get the love it deserves, cause it truly is a gem.
23 days ago
Champion Pub is quite a unique game and I enjoy it a lot. Boxing the different opponents is fun and the different training methods are cool. The jump rope game is very unique and the punching bag mini playfield is super cool. The callouts are good and overall the game is pretty easy to understand. There are a few different multiballs and getting to the wizard mode is a real challenge.
3 months ago
Champion Pub gets credit for trying something new / different but for me that does not add up to a fun game. The theme of this game is great. Train your fighter and then take on fights to advance in rank. Combo shots for KO's is a cool idea. The music and speech is top notch. Love that Ireland music. Jump rope and speed bag toys are fun for the first game or so, but then it takes you out of pinball too much and becomes a chore. Playfield design also is not great on this table. Add in a boring skill shot and you are left with one of the worse B/W games from the 90's. Ok to play on location once in a while, but would be horrible in a home collection.
4 months ago
I've spent a good deal of time with this machine, and here's my takeaway: This game is a ton of fun, it excels in almost every way -- but it's a bit too easy and there's just not enough variety to ever consider taking one home with ya. And that's really, really unfortunate, because this table does what it does well EXTREMELY well.
5 months ago
Love this game but also immensely frustrated by it. The right side outlane is littered with pointless pegs which always seem to guide the ball into a drain. This always seems to happen when beginning a fight, which makes me think that beginning a fight should automatically trigger a thirty second ball save. Many copies i've seen of this table have mechanical issues with the fighter/heavybag or the the jump rope or the speedbag. If everything is working it's tremendous fun to play.... if frustrating. it also has some of the best video side games of any pinball table such as the catching spit in a bucket side game. Excellent all around.
5 months ago
"The Champion Pub" is an insanely fun table that offers up a gaming experience unlike most tables out there. The entire idea behind the game is to get jewels for a title belt you're fighting for. Along the way, you literally "train" with things like a heavy bag, a speed bag and a jump rope. This leads you to your "fights" against different fighters (who all look the same because, let's face it, this isn't a Playstation 4) for pride and money and points. The fighting and training systems are very clever and well-executed and require precise reflexes and shots. You're either with this or you're not. Ultimately, three of the four missions work for me. While the speedbag mini-playfield is very cool and the heavy bag/fighter is clever, the jump rope bit doesn't feel like part of the game. Neither do random DMD games like "catch spit" or "card games". Even the fighting and heavy bag are flawed thanks to two ramps which are designed to re-direct your shot to the bag/fighter. The intent is to create "headshots" instead of constant shots to the jaw. My issue is that those ramps lead to an unintended drain dead center, This happens a little less than half the time in my opinion unless you get lucky and happen to tip the ball elsewhere to prolong the turn but it happens and it's annoying. Regardless, "Champion Pub" is a winner.
5 months ago
Champion Pub is a little too gimmicky for my liking. I find myself frustrated standing around and waiting for modes to start, or the toys to set up as you progress in the game. None of the shots feel particularly satisfying. One bonus of the stop-and-go nature of the game, is that it gives the player plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful aesthetics of the game--the artwork and animations are absolutely fantastic. The theme, overall, is integrated very well, but the gameplay lays kind of flat in spite of it.
6 months ago
very fun pinball, more rules and deep than i think at the begining. Fast and Fun
6 months ago
very fun machine, for all the family. a lot of great toys.
7 months ago
Like PunchOut! but pinball. Fun little training games to vary it up. Quite a different design than a traditional pinball but the theme works. Interesting and fun.
9 months ago
Finally got to play a nice example of this game. Would like to spend more time with this game.
Seems pretty good. Seems like alot going on.
10 months ago
New owner. Very happy with this machine. Great execution, call outs, toys, flow. Excellent build quality from Bally.
10 months ago
You need to punch not to think should be the perfect pinball :)
10 months ago
Top machine. Nelwly added to my collection.
11 months ago
Have owned this machine for 10 years once you activate the skipping rope you will be hooked
11 months ago
It may not be a traditional pinball game but there is no denying that it's a lot of fun...although I haven't played it enough to say whether it gets old or not. It's definitely original! I like how they incorporated the ramps to deliver head shots.
1 year ago
I like the toys on the playfield, not comparabel with other pins. This is just something else, not the fastest flow but it has really nice toys. I like this pin a lot. Not the best pinball but very original game play.
1 year ago
Champion Pub: this is a tough game to review. While it's not a bad game, it's not a great game either. So much to do on it, but so little that's actually fun. Who wants to play jump rope in pinball?!

Not my most favorite pin, but definitely play it every time I see it at a friend's. I could take it or leave it, but at the price it currently fetches, I'm leaving it.
1 year ago
I will own this machine untill.I die
1 year ago
This game is absolutely spectacular. There is nothing else like it.

If you read through the ratings people will say it will get boring or that it is easy but it makes me wonder if they actually played the real thing or just played it on Pinball Arcade. I was operating under a similar line of thinking until I played the real thing.

Amazing. The toys aren't gimmicks but actually vital to the experience. Seeing the boxer turn around for the first time to fight is an eye opening experience. It makes you wonder where pinball would be today if WMS didn't stop producing machines after this one.

The game is not easy. I have been playing it over and over and find it a challenge and I'm not someone new to pinball. I'm not a wizard or anything but I play quite a bit. It has plenty of modes to challenge anyone. Like anyone here has actually completed the Ultimate Challenge.

There are complaints about scoring regarding betting points later in the game. I can't even get to this point and neither can anyone else that has played my machine so what's the big deal? Plus, shouldn't you be rewarded with big points for making it that far?

The point ultimately being not only is there plenty of depth and challenge but it's FUN! This is the definition of a fun table. Casual observers want to play after seeing it in action. My entire family is hooked. This is the type of pin to get anyone to love pinball. It's just got that kind of wow factor and appeal. I can not think of any other game that elicits such a joyous reaction so quickly.

Once you factor in the rarity, the sound, the fun factor, the humor, the playfield, the art, the toys, and how easy it is to pick up yet how much depth there is Champion Pub is unrivaled. It is just so innovative and fun I wish the designers were able to keep things going.

It's never leaving my collection. If you can even find one, scoop it up before someone else jumps on it. It's brilliant.
1 year ago
I've only owned this game for about a month now, it's a great game to play every now and then. I got it because I played the VP version, and since I like unique game I had to get it. I think they did an amazing job with the toys. Reminds me of mike Tysons punch out. The toys and/or the sounds are probably the best part of the game. The one thing I would of done differently is have like an outer orbit shot or something else to shoot for after you finish training. The game does get repetitive, but then a lot of titles in the top 50 do to.

I've only beaten the 4th fight once, but I heard after that you bet a percentage of your points on next fights. which totally messes with who is actually better, mainly who is willing to bet more. Going to look in the setting to see if there is anyway to limit or get rid of that aspect. The other thing I thought was messed up is they left out the gate for the danger zone. Which means there is a whole other small part of the playfield that doesn't even get used. I installed the gate on mine, works great. all in all its a fun game that doesn't get enough credit.
1 year ago
fun game initially that i can see getting old quick
1 year ago
I got allot of drains SDTM because of the punching bag. Cool game though, but not one that I would buy or own.
1 year ago
Artwork is beautiful and timeless. Great toys and lots to shoot for. Unique ramps add the gem of this game. A real beauty.
1 year ago
Champion Pub has some good concept work behind it, and it has some really neat toys and features. The jump rope, the speed bag, and the up post between the flippers (a nice homage to the EMs like Honey, etc. that employed this mech). I've found that Champion Pub can get a little repetitive after playing for awhile, but it has that "it's a kind of boring until it isn't" feel to it. When a fight starts or when the toys are activated, the game gets pretty exciting. It doesn't quite call me to it like the Sirens, but it is a fun once-in-a-while game. The vid mode with the spittoons is somewhat off the mark (but still thematically appropriate, I guess) and the angled short ramps can be more of a hindrance than an asset during most normal game play.

It's not high on my list, but I'd let it eat up some square footage if I got a decent price on it. Play it in the wild if you see it - it's worth checking out.
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