Elvira and the Party Monsters (Bally, 1989)

Elvira and the Party Monsters

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This game got 315 approved ratings and currently scores 7.910 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #42 in the Pinside Ranking.

7.91

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.751

Artwork: 8.264

Sounds/Music: 7.418

Other Aspects: 8.012



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8.486

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8.072
Rating #26 of 10 18 days ago

all has been said already, one of the best sys11 ever created :)

7.498
Rating #26 of 31 23 days ago

This a decent playing machine that benefits from a great theme. The artwork is top notch on the playfield, cabinet, and backglass. The music is good, but a tad repetitive. The call outs are clever and entertaining, but they also can get a little repetitive. I have to give this machine props for some very clever humor and call outs. However, the "nice organ" joke was only funny the first 20 times I heard it. A little more variety in the call outs would've really helped.

As for gameplay, this is one of the better playing System 11 machines. The rules certainly aren't deep and most of the scoring relies on the ramp shots. The ball times can be really short and this machine can be brutal, which gives it a high "just one more game" factor. The scoring is a little unbalanced and the rules are little on the shallow side. Overall, I think this is a fun machine that has a perfectly executed theme that greatly brings the whole package several notches.

6.230
Rating #26 of 57 2 months ago

Elvira is just an OK game in my mind. The shots get repetitive, and the scoring isn't clever enough to make up for that. The art is OK, and sound is pretty decent. There's nothing in the overall package that makes it particularly fun for me.

I have a feeling this game's popularity has to do more with Elvira herself and the cheesecake theme than the actual game.

8.863
Rating #26 of 26 2 months ago

A pin that everyone will enjoy. One of only two alphanumeric pins that I enjoy.

Pros:

- nice toys

- spooky theme represented well

- obviously a good pin if it got its sequel pin

- few larger free spaces provide additional modding potential

- easy play, simple rules

Cons:

- sound quality, albeit still not bad considering release date

- tough maintenance

- alphanumeric display

9.029
Rating #26 of 18 1 month ago

Found a super nice Elvira. Love the gameplay. One of Nordman's better pins, second behind Wh20 in my book. Wish it had a full orbit shot though.

The artwork on this backglass and pf is second to none. Just amazing. Love the theme and goofy factor involved. Not a huge fan of the boogy men. They look cheap and do nothing.. besides make me laugh, which is good I guess. Maybe something else could've been used in that part of the pf?

Overall a top system 11, if not the top. Up there with Taxi and Pinbot.

EDIT: been playing this thing a ton lately, moreso than my other pins. Just fun. I love going for the jackpot, which is easy to reach, but hard to make. Love the colors on this thing. THIS will not leave anytime soon.

8.300
Rating #26 of 18 2 months ago

Elvira!

8.032
Rating #26 of 11 3 months ago

I think the artwork, backglass and overall look of the game is better then Scared Stiff. Both are fun to play, but EATPM gets the nod for me. If the game is dialed in, it's a very challenging game. I hope to do a complete restore on my game some day.

9.560
Rating #26 of 10 4 months ago

Picked up an EATPM a couple of months ago, shopped it out, can't stop playing it! I love the theme, the artwork, sounds, light show. Great pin! MY only complaint is the Boogie men. Cute and funny the first few times, then you just want it to be over. But even that only takes a few seconds to finish. Had a small party with about 6 pinheads the other day, 6 pins to play and all we wanted to do was keep playing Elvira. Overall, a fantastic design.

9.156
Rating #26 of 11 4 months ago

I like it! It's on my want list.

9.789
Rating #26 of 17 4 months ago

Love this game!!

9.560
Rating #26 of 8 6 months ago

One of the best system 11 machines made. The Halloween party theme with Elvira is near perfect, the music ties it well together, the artwork has many party and humorous references). The playfield is well laid out with plenty of shots and has one of the best ramps in the biz. The Boogie Men and the coffin toys are a blast and the use of the deadheads on the back of the playfield is cool too. The light show right before the multiball is second only to F14 Tomcat. For its era, one of the best machines and it still can hold a candle to newer games. The only thing it can't compete with is newer hardware (MPU and displays) and deeper rules. But hey, for a 25 year old machine this is a gem.

8.200
Rating #26 of 25 6 months ago

Being an elvira fan had to own this, it's a great fun quirky pin with a nice retro look and feel sadly I didn't own for long, great pin for elvira fans

9.789
Rating #26 of 25 7 months ago

I held off on rating this after I picked one up. After a few months of playing it, I have to say it is Awesome! The artwork is gorgeous...both on the playfield and especially the translate. If you have the modesty sticker, which I did, get it off! The pervy artwork and comments from Elvira are typical of the time and era of those horror flicks back in the day. The skill shot into the skull followed by nailing both ramps before the ball your balls drain is so satisfying. The music and sound effects are awesome too, especially for 1989. Cabinet is pretty nice as well, I love the dead heads, boogie men,, and bbq bonus. I hope there is a remake of playfields because that is my only gripe, mine has a bit of wear hear and there and I want to keep this one in the collection for a while.

8.165
Rating #26 of 20 7 months ago

In my humble opinion, Party Monsters takes the cake as best Elvira game, beating Scared Stiff hands down. Some will side with Stiff for the simple fact that it has a DMD, but judgements like those are not made here. Designer Dennis Nordman designed both game with quite rudimentary rule sets, with both games dependent on "riding the ramps" to score big points. Party Monsters adds quite a bit of depth by offering multiple one million/three million jackpots, achieved by shooting ramps, the skull or the BBQ saucer. Chasing these jackpots is the key to big scores, as not much else is worth mega-points--the game was released before mode-based play became the norm. Chris Granner puts together one of the most memorable sound packages in pinball history: a groovy soundtrack with lots of bottom that sets the haunted mood quite nicely. Greg Freres adds an art package that stands head and shoulders above anything else he has ever done. Insert lighting is mesmerizing however the overall lighting in the game is quite dark, which some have argued adds to the atmosphere, however, with so much packed into this playfield, it is easy to see why lighting was either squeezed out or forgotten. To make up for the general lack of light, there are flashers abound that give off a blinding blink with nearly every hit of a switch. In sum, some may be bored of the "ramps-all-day" strategy, but there are many achievements to collect and any lack of depth will quickly be erased with the sheer FUN of experiencing this game's total package.

8.132
Rating #26 of 26 7 months ago

Sweet 80's fun. Prices are awesome by today's standards. 3 games for $1!

7.716
Rating #26 of 90 7 months ago

I wanted to like this game more, but I was playing on a machine that needed some work (weak flippers, etc.). Great theme, some good shots, etc; but I really need to spend some time on a decent copy of this machine to give a final rating. After falling in lust with Scared Stiff, this one probably won't compare.

8.867
Rating #26 of 6 8 months ago

The board is separated down the middle with a nice balance of ramps, targets, and skill shots on both sides of the play field. The colors on the play field, the music, lights, and humor of the game, make it stand out among the crowd. It can hold my interest for years.

9.720
Rating #26 of 10 7 months ago

I love those monsters on the playfield. Great game design. Excellent theme. This month I am going to the best pinball museum in the USA (and most likely the entire world) to play this game again!

8.676
Rating #26 of 55 8 months ago

I love this game. I'm not even an Elvira fan, but this game has a lot going for it. Great layout and unique feel, rules, plenty to shoot for, fantastic artwork and theme. It nails all the areas I look for in pinball. I feel it is under-rated.

9.620
Rating #26 of 10 9 months ago

a classic

8.564
Rating #26 of 9 11 months ago

I like elvira right away you see a bustu elvira on the backglass. Theres a cool

"Boogie men" toy that bounces when you make a certain shot. The multiball has you shooting the two ramps to collect the jackpot. And to get the super you spell elvira with the lane change and shoot the left orbit to collect it. A nice table by all means

6.572
Rating #26 of 39 1 year ago

Good machine but it could have used just a "wee" bit of extra flair.

Pros:

- The theme. I'm sure that Elvira is as recognizable now as she was in the late 80s, so it's timeless. Nice speech and music passage too (I dare you to try and get out the multiball jackpot theme out of your head)

- Great art package that reminds me a lot of the late Python Anghelo's art (RIP)

- All kinds of bonuses to collect with effort required

- Crazy, twisting ramps...

Cons:

- ...that unbalance the game. I'm sorry but I don't see much fun here. Literally all I did one game was loop the Monster Slide while collecting ELVIRA letters and the Million.

- The game is fun if you ignore the unbalanced ramps, but just keep in mind the bonuses are much less than the potential Monster Slide / Party Punch values

- Ball lock kickout can become weak and ruin your game

- HEAD FOR THE GIRLSROOM

9.300
Rating #26 of 35 1 year ago

Another nostalgic one for me. There was an Elvira and the Party Monster's in my University Union building which I would skip class to play. Remembered the cheesy dancing rubber monsters, the groovy/sexy organ music, and of course the sultry Elvira in both drawn form and voice form.

Cheesy, campy horror theme. I could see myself picking one of these up. It's a helluva fun pin. Plus it's liable to give ya a woody just listening to it.

5.912
Rating #26 of 32 1 year ago

Ok to play for a game or two, but that's all. Playfield is alright, but it just seems to lack a special feature for me. The basic draw factor for this one is Elvira, yet you don't hear much of her witty quotes. Sound and music variety could be much better. "Let's Boogie" can get old pretty quick, especially with the loud thumping. Looks killer, but it really doesn't keep my attention for too long. There are better machines out there from the time period.

9.240
Rating #26 of 14 1 year ago

I think this is a great lasting game. Fun for players and for newcommers.

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