Family Guy (Stern, 2007)

Family Guy

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This game received 369 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.867 /10

7.867

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #58 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.795

Artwork: 7.719

Sounds/Music: 7.84

Other Aspects: 7.857



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7.294/10
30 days ago
Overrated. Love the show, not so much the pin. Maybe I expect too much of it?
7.785/10
56 days ago
This layout probably isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it's one I really get on with. I LOVE the mini Pinball element, as it gets progressively harder to access and helps you progress and score big. Not just a gimmick. The rest of the playfield and rules are solid albeit not quite as attractive. Custom and extracted voicework is all top notch. Jokes are really funny, though the vomit and fart sounds could be toned down. I personally prefer Shrek a little because Shrek has been in my life more than Family Guy, but the rulesets and layouts are winners on both. Pat Lawlor shows us that even with a limited budget, you don't need Pro/Premium or stripped back playfields to make a commercial Pin.
8.543/10
3 months ago
I love this machine. I certainly don't think it should be considered one of "the greats", but I've had a blast with it. The tiny pinball machine in the top right is a ton of fun, although a tad easy to master after repeat play. All of the modes are pretty satisfying, and I love that the wizard mode's value depends on the level of your success on the way to achieving it. The only real complaint I have about this game is that you have to shoot the right orbit over and over again to start the modes, and that can be a bit of a chore. If you're not a big fan of Family Guy it may not be for you, but if you are, then you're gonna dig this machine.
8.740/10
3 months ago
If you like the tv show its a home run. This is a very funny machine. Call outs are great. Animations are funny. Fun to play.
2.500/10
4 months ago
Sheen gets old so fast it could've been so much better the mini Stewie pinball playfield is a big disappointment just not enough going on some nice shots and call outs. But I'd never buy the machine for a collection. Unless I had about 50 others first .
7.828/10
6 months ago
I had fun on this pin. The callouts are funny and it does well to capture the Family guy theme. Upper playfield is unique and I enjoyed that. Sweet pin!
6.382/10
6 months ago
I thought I would like the mini pinball table. I didn't.
7.560/10
6 months ago
I personally did not enjoy the game as much as my buddies but I can see why people would like this pinball. The theme just does not do it for me.
7.434/10
6 months ago
Played this one in a noisy Expo environment so didn't get the full enjoyment from the call outs. I was prepared to make an offer on a game that was for sale there but after playing several games, I changed my mind. There wasn't much flow to the game and most on the shots were unsatisfying. The theme is great and what I could hear sounded fantastic. However, the mini playfield got old quickly and I found myself not trying to shoot for it as games went on. The art work in the backbox is funny but it there's far too much yellow in the overall theme and I pictured it standing out like a sore thumb in my collection. Fun to play for a bit but got old quickly...sorry, not for collection.
7.872/10
8 months ago
Great game!
7.987/10
9 months ago
This game is going to go up in value. Here's the deal: the theme is awesome. If you like the show, the game is a riot. The Ipacac mode is just as funny as it was on the show!! Love it.

Unfortunately, I just don't think it's all that much fun to play. The layout is weird, and just doesn't feel right. Hitting the beer can is completely unsatisfying and it's ridiculously hard to make your way into the Clam. Stewie pinball, while cool, takes up a lot of real estate and unlike TZ (another Lawlor pin), feels like it's eating up a lot of good space (this is a standard size game unlike TZ being a wide-body). Then again, I hate decks that have 2 levels (Black Knight, Solar Fire, BK2K, Lightning, etc...).

The callouts are absolutely hilarious (fart humor never gets lost on me), the animations are great, the art is arguably one of the best from the early Stern-era (due to not being overly Photoshopped), but it just feels a bit cheap and rushed. It's no mystery that Lawlor did not enjoy his time at Stern, and I feel like it shows a bit on this game. Maybe I need to give it more time, but what should have been a homerun for me felt more like a double.
8.215/10
9 months ago
When I heard Family Guy was coming from STERN I had Simpsons Pinball Party levels of greatness in mind, unfortunately FG misses the areas of excellence TSPP managed to hit in nearly all areas. Stewie pinball is more frustrating than fun and the other shots & playfield toys are lacklustre at best. However FG makes up for it by entertaining you with the shows humour and wit and makes the experience far more enjoyable than the playfield itself.
6.018/10
10 months ago
The game is ok to play on location a couple of times. The Stewie mini pinball is a neat gimmick, but not that great. the "lastability" is low for me. It's not that I hate it, just does not hold my interest and is not too exciting.
7.880/10
10 months ago
Pretty fun game. Layout is different. You have to like the upper playfield.
4.750/10
1 year ago
I played this pinball a few times on different locations, and I wasn't expecting much about it. It's quite an average game, even if it has some interesting ideas (thanks Pat Lawlor). Also, the "Fart Multiball" can be quite embarrassing in some circumstances, as if you're playing near a bunch of hot girls you want to impress. Believe me, you will not look that "cool" when they'll hear this.
7.692/10
1 year ago
Stewie Pinball is a super feature.
7.398/10
1 year ago
dont really know the show or care for cartoons in general but this game is still fun. its well coded to its layout and has good sound.
7.808/10
1 year ago
Fun pin, but it gets repetitive pretty fast. In a bigger collection, it's a hit!
7.792/10
1 year ago
Funny game.
I really like the mini playfield, one of the best for sure.
Original layout but Not enough flow for me.
I hope to update later about gameplay
5.755/10
1 year ago
I have played this game extensively on site at a local pool hall. (100+ plays due to replay value being low, can drop 2$ a play for 2+ hours)
The thing I like the best about this game is probably the theme. I love the TV show, and this machine has some funny call outs and DMD displays that are recoqnizable from early episodes in the series. I am, however, not a big fan of the gameplay and some of the rules. The huge elephant in the room is the miniplayfield. It is tedious, not much fun, and you end up spending a large chunk of your gameplay time on it. The second thing i dislike is the death shield. It lasts a LOOOOOOOONG time and isnt that hard to activate. Finally, if you do poorly on your first two balls the game offers you up a pity multiball on your third. While the first two dislikes I described can be adjusted for tournament play, as far as I am aware the pity Lard multiball cannot be turned off which basically breaks this game for competitive play. This game is overatted by the pinside community.
9.500/10
1 year ago
Excellent Pat Lawler game. Have one that is HUO and love it. So beautiful. Kids love it too. Keeper.
6.763/10
1 year ago
I wanted to love this game since I love Family Guy, but in the end I really didn't like the mini pinball machine and felt it takes a lot away from the rest of the game.
6.103/10
1 year ago
This doesn't do it for me the flow isn't right for me and the upper play field doesn't work well.
7.244/10
1 year ago
jus pretty good ,i dnt care for the small upper playfield,every time i play one on location it jus dosnt seem to fun to me,if there was one f.g to play on location close to me i would pass on it. south park and sherk are the others... if there wer only those three to play id probly play family guy.not a keeper
9.900/10
1 year ago
It's been along time since I've reviewed a pin.
But I have to say something about this game.
Besides the first time I brought a pin home 5 years ago (space shuttle)
This game Has everybody in the house going crazy lovin it !
I just got a MMR last week and all I got from everybody was "that looks cool" :(
I bring home Family Guy and the wife and kids are texting/emailing posting pictures to all there friends that we have a Family Guy!
That was just the beginning after we started playing it the laughs just kept coming.
Realizing there's actually a lot of game modes makes this game a nobrainer keeper for me.
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