Family Guy (Stern, 2007)

Family Guy

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This game got 485 approved ratings and currently scores 7.863 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #51 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.852

Artwork: 7.627

Sounds/Music: 7.795

Other Aspects: 7.88

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2 years ago
it looks like a toys r us playfield with a bunch of crappy toys thrown all over it. to kid like
2 years ago
Not sure how this is rated 50 spots higher than Shrek. It's the same game with a different theme but not a top title.
2 years ago
This game should be in Top 20,Great gameplay,great callout and funny,Very nice playfield and Cabinet with great colors!
2 years ago
Nice to have a newer Stern with a variant layout. Lots of fun modes, and Video Wizard is a great challenge. Sound gets a little old after awhile, and the game itself gets a bit repetitive as well.
2 years ago
I really like this game. The Stewie pinball machine is my favorite toy from any pin. The part that makes it a keeper in my collection is that it is instantly accessible to new players while also being deep enough to keep experienced players coming back for a challenge.

Non pin players are drawn to Family Guy first out of all of my pins. Most people enjoy the theme while others are caught by the mini pinball machine. Playing the pin brings a smirk to anyone that plays due to the many humorous and numerous call-outs with the newest code. A new player can just flip the ball aimlessly and still have a good time with the pin and usually make it to Stewie pinball at least once.

Now, the advanced player who understands the rules will get an entirely different experience from this machine, all while still smirking from time to time by the call-outs. The TV mode is obtained by a certain number of spinner rotations that progressively advance for each new mode. I believe this is a step up from TSPP's hit the spinner once to re-light TV. Now while TV modes can't be stacked with each other, they can individually be stacked with the various multiball modes and other scoring events (Evil Monkey, Happy Hour, etc.). Stacking the right events with each can lead to HUGE scoring.

Some do not like the death post save. However, this is another part that seperates new plays from advanced. A new player will just see the death post as a way of keeping the ball in play a bit longer. However, the advanced player knows that letting the ball drop and settle to the left or right of the post will allow for a guaranteed Louis or Chris shot.

As for the Stewie playfield, I really enjoy it. You can post pass and backhand shots, while certain shots are more dangerous than others. Not everything is perfect, though. The Louis ramp can rarely be made from the left flipper due to power issues, you can't bounce pass, and sometimes a made Louis ramp shot will bounce the ball off the pf and into the drain.

I do have several dislikes on the game, mainly being the beer can modes. It'd be nice to somehow choose which mode you were about to be awarded. Too often do I get Happy Hour and Beer Scoring at times when it won't amount to much. My next complaint is Stewie Pinball turns up too often, which will kill the TV mode start when lit. Award me both! Although, I do like that you can remove one ball and the rubber post between the two Newton balls, allowing for the loose ball to roll back and forth from the two shot paths. Unfortunately, doing this will keep beginner players from frequently obtaining much Stewie Pinball time.

Anyways, the game is funny, has plenty to do once you know what to do, has pretty tough wizard modes, a very hard to obtain final wizard mode, is funny, and, most importantly, fun.
2 years ago
Game has a family mode which is a must for a family sitting. I bought this game due to the incredible shots and mini pinball. I'm glad the family setting makes it playable without the vulgarity.
2 years ago
My husband wanted to add this game and I had to say no based on the call outs. Absolute fun to play, but call outs not for ones with young children in the house. Was a bad call on Stern's part to release this game to which they quickly tried to convert to Shrek (not as good), but still a very good game.
2 years ago
A fine table, but i like the Shrek version more.
2 years ago
This game was okay. For the price there are many better options out there. There did not seem like a lot of depth to the play.

I was playing and old beat up machine in a dive bar, maybe my experience would be better on a better machine.
2 years ago
Love the show, so I love the theme. Fun game to play . Great call outs.
2 years ago
I was disapponted about this game. I think its rating is to high!
2 years ago
Personally, I cannot see why this machine does not receive higher ratings. At least around this part of the woods, Family Guy and BSD are kings!!!
2 years ago
This game is a total blast. I personally think people who are fans of the show will enjoy the game the most, but everyone should give it a play at least once. This pin gets it right in so many ways.
2 years ago
A really nice game. I do enjoy this one, even though I'm not a fan of the show.
2 years ago
Nice original layout and colors used for pf. A unique game.
2 years ago
played this game on location,an really enjoyed it,stewies pinball is great,fun toys,if u love family guy you will love this machine ,its got some great call outs..very fun game..edit.. after playing this game some more and understanding the rules and the playfield ,I think this game is really great the death save between the flippers is great and getting the characters on the top playfield is super cool, doubt you can go wrong with this one, definatly has the lasting ability, fun all round..
2 years ago
This is the game that keeps drawing me back. Not a huge FG TV Show fan but the pin currently gets the most play in my collection of 64 machines. Love the humor, love the call outs, mini playfield is a gas.
2 years ago
Family Guy is an all around great pin with fast layout and most notably the mini Stewie pinball playfield. The game was designed the one of the pinball legends Pat Lawlor. He made the table to be simple and easy to play. The layout is fairly straightforward once you see how the ball travels around and underneath the mini playfield. A mini flipper on the left can direct shots back to the upper playfield. Pat worked hard on appropriately scaling the mini playfield and plays nearly flawless. Sometimes the ball will pop off the flipper because of its size and lead to a drain. It takes a little finesse to get the hang of it.

All the main characters are present on the playfield two of which are semi animated. The Stewie character rotates to face his little pinball machine, while the Meg character bobs up and down. The music and sound are top notch. There are tons of random one liners and hilarious double entendres throughout. The edgy humor extends to the modes and multiball which are taken out of episodes of Family Guy show. Hitting a drop targets will trigger a fart sound and a reaction from Peter's reaction. All are modes very challenging including the final (and hiddent) wizard mode - “Sperm Multiball”. Family Guy is full of laughs and challenging pinball. One of my favorite titles from Stern.

2 years ago
I need to get one of these. The Stewie playfield is so unique and awesome. I love the speech too...although not for young kids. I would love to have it next to my TSPP!
2 years ago
Its a pretty fun game, but not sure if I could/would own it. I feel like the layout of the playfield just really slows the game down. As much as I like Stewie Pinball, I also dislike it at the same time. The ball in the mini-playfield is way too light and on the several tables I've played, it seems as if the flippers are never strong enough to get the ball up the LOIS ramp.
2 years ago
I love family guy. I love this pinball machine. It is A BLAST to play with others! I would have to say the sounds/speech are what make this game nearly perfect in my opinion!!! Friends love to play this game and then talk about how fun and humorous it is days later. A lot of people talk about the mini pinball as a negative, absolutely not - it is the best part! I should also say I'm a huge fan of the show and that this is my favorite pinball machine.
2 years ago
I think Family Guy is a very fun pinball machine due to the fast that it has a great rule set, funny quotes, and a mini playfield. I like the mini playfield out of all of it the music is great on this game there is nothing wrong with family guy this game should be in my collection
2 years ago
Another very funny pin. Possibly the funniest. Scores and scores of great quotes. One of my faves.
2 years ago
That small playfield ruins this pinball for me. The balls on the small playfield feel and look so cheap when bouncing around. The small playfield literally looks and plays like a 5 dollar hand held plastic pinball game. The rest of the machine plays pretty good.

I am a fan of Family Guy and they missed a lot of the funniest parts of the show on the playfield. They included too much "toilet humor". Family guy isn't as much "toilet humor" as this pinball machine would lead you to believe. I really don't want to hear farts when I am playing pinball... Do I need to say more?
2 years ago
I love the show, wanted to buy a one ...but then saw and played the shrek and like the shrek pinball way more .....
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