Elvira and the Party Monsters (Bally, 1989)

Elvira and the Party Monsters

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This game received 287 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.009 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #43 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.829

Artwork: 8.381

Sounds/Music: 7.575

Other Aspects: 8.12

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35 days ago
This is my go to pin after playing my sterns. Reminds me why I love the classics. Great shots, flow and the theme is the cherry on top.
4 months ago
I don't like Elvira because the game is very simple get multiball or grind ramps.
5 months ago
Nice surprise to play this game. Kind of rush after couple of runs on this Pin.
7 months ago
Such a classic. From the time you start the game the fun begins. A great 80's soundtrack starts coupled with the cheesy organ and Dracula sound bites.

Not a deep rule set by any means but a fun game with very cleaver theme objectives. Gotta love collecting The Deadheads. Collect the tombstones and you hear a quick Grateful Dead "Not Fade Away" tease.

Never gets old.
8 months ago
Elvira is HOT. The game is excellent. I would defiantly place this within the top 5 of system 11 games.
The game play is fun and rules are easy to understand. I always say, a great game is one that is easy for a novice player to get something going, but hard enough for skilled players to keep coming back. This game has both!
9 months ago
I. Love. This. Table.

First played it as a teenager in an apartment complex gameroom and I absolutely fell in love with it. Aside from the game playing fast (and frustratingly draining to the left side all the time), it's still easy for even a novice to master.

The game has excellent audio that makes you shake your head and smile because it's SO Elvira and making well-timed shots or activating multi-ball only makes her that much more playful with one-liners like "Don't touch me THERE..." or "Ooooo, nice organ!" (with regard to an actual organ tune, not one's actual "organ" - heh). Music has about two or three tunes that play during different modes.

Hitting ramps are satisfying and the game features one of the best Multiball activation sequences next to The Twilight Zone.

One of the greatest tables I've ever played.
10 months ago
I really do not know why, but I have never found this game fun. I actively avoid it in fact. I roll my eyes if I have to play it in tournament. It deserves credit.... just not from me.
12 months ago
good job..the monsters are a great theme anytime
1 year ago
A classic. My first pin and maybe the best system 11 ever created. Great fun and a beautiful machine, if you can find one in good shape
1 year ago
Pretty simple but fun rules yet a very difficult game to have a 30 minute ball. Sounds and theme are very appealing to me.
1 year ago
This pin was more fun than I thought it would be. I like the music and call outs. Flow was good. I would add one to my collection seems like it would not get old, the art work is silly but fun. Just a fun pin to me I enjoy playing it when I can.
2 years ago
One of my all time favorites. Music and theme are great!
2 years ago
I have owned this since about 1996 and would not get rid of it. It can be brutal to play at times. Maybe I am just a bad player. Nice organ!
2 years ago
great late 80's game,i dnt think it would be as good of a game if it didnt have elvira...wen starting a game i get tierd of hearing her say "lets party" other than all of the rest of the sound bites are cool and i love the organ, very fun game sweet multi ball..not much flow but still very playable to me...keeper in a bigger collection if i could only have one game i would pass on this and do s.s! if i get rid of tftc i would buy one ,only because s.s is so expensive(rather have s.s) all in all e.a.t.p.m is a good game
2 years ago
I get bored of this one pretty quick, thin gameplay.
2 years ago
Great game. Good solid System-11 play. Best light and sound show when Multi-ball starts.
2 years ago
Not much going on. Nothing like scared stiff.
2 years ago
Its overrated. Toys kinda cheep. Machine plays ok, for what is.
2 years ago
A game I've loved since a kid. From the theme (huge Elvira and horror fan) to the art (best backglass ever) this one is a winner. And as far as sound goes, this one is tough to beat. Funhouse and Phantom of the Opera are the only ones that come close. Maybe it's the era in which they came out, maybe it's just that I love awesome synth driving bass lines in a game.

Sure, the game only has a few real challenges, but I'll tell ya right now that those challenges are not as easy as they appear. Actually hitting a jackpot on multiball is quite a feat. And keeping the ball in play on it's own is pretty darn difficult! Fast!!! Drainer!! You gotta be precise...

I remember being so in love with this machine that when I heard it was coming out on Lynx, I purchased that system just to get it (and the game is really pretty bad on that platform, haha!), and once I downloaded it for Pinball Arcade the love returned. I now am a proud owner, and couldn't be happier! Bloodshed Deathbath Arcade is almost near perfection at this point with this inclusion :)
2 years ago
I love this Pin! It's just lots of fun, pretty simple rule set but it doesn't get boring. Colorful playfield, excellent back glass and cabinet artwork is great. Can be a slight drain monster if you brick shots but I suppose that's par for the course. This one won't be leaving my small collection.
2 years ago
Fun game, great system 11 game. Much prefer Scared Stiff. Great theme though. Want it in my collection someday
2 years ago
Everybody loves Elvira. The game is just fun to play. People seem to really like to play it at pinball parties. My only complaint is that sometimes it is a drain monster for some people and they get frustrated and stop playing it.
2 years ago
Fast and fairly brutal, i was never particularly good at it but it had everything to keep me coming back and i played this for several years.

Beefed up Elvira's theme after you score the 3 million shot is just one of, if not the coolest single piece of music in all of pinball to me. At least it allways made me feel like a boss.

Shame it's so expensive, the money it goes for can get me at least two lesser regarded titles or even a full fledged dmd pin.
2 years ago
This is a somewhat difficult table for a couple reasons. One being that the ball seems to like to slip out of play quite easily, and that it takes awhile to build a nice score on it. What you really want to do to score big points is to light up "ELVIRA", and of course, trigger multiballs. Consistently hitting the loops is probably the most effective way of racking up a high score on this table. Probably my favorite thing about Elvira and the Party Monsters is the look of the table and the sound -- one of the more memorable tables to play in the first Season Pass. I like this table because it not only appeals to amateurs, but more hardcore pinballers as well, which probably explains its ranking well within the Top 50 on Pinside.com (currently #43). Elvira is a "funstrating" game, meaning that even though it'll frustrate you time-to-time, it's a blast to play. I had no previous interest in Elvira or anything like that, but I wound up really enjoying this table.
2 years ago
Bounce to an outlane. Bounce to an outlane. Bounce to an outlane. I'm done. Really, this game could be more fun if it wasn't so frustrating. It's one thing for a game to challenging, but I can't stand drain monsters. And the game is rather unforgiving too - no ball save in sight even though 2/3's of my plunges are doomed.

I like the campy theme, and the game is fairly easy to play if the ball can live for a few flips. The barbeque kickout is amusing and I think the boogie monsters are funny. The ramps are decent, but I've never been amazed by any games I've played of Party Monsters. It's not on my wishlist and I would only own one if I got it for a steal.

EDIT: The more I hold EATPM up to other games that are rated very highly, the more I realize that it really is a decent game. Still unforgiving at times, but plays better than many other games that get too much credit.
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