FunHouse (Williams, 1990)


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This game received 722 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.205 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #29 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.377

Artwork: 8.035

Sounds/Music: 7.594

Other Aspects: 8.358

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8 days ago
An absolute classic. Simple rules, all goals can be achieved in a short period of time, yet still has a ton of replay value. The best interactive toy in the history of pinball, Rudy. Outstanding sound package and callouts.
31 days ago
Have definitely put a lot of time on funhouse. Great coding and artwork. Game just isn’t a good value in my opinion. Great game just to much of a price tag.
47 days ago
It's a simple game, but like many other very hard to master (guess mastering is subjective, my "mastering" goal is breaking 60 million W/O extraballs). Sometimes it's nice to have a game that isn't all about finishing modes to get to a wizard. Was pretty close to getting to my goal a few months back... maybe some day.

One of my favorite Lawlor pins. The thing I love/hate about this game is when you have a bad game it's usually pretty bad, but when you have one of those "all the stars align games" its really, really good.

Plus what's not to like about a talking head that eats the ball.
48 days ago
My favorite game of all time
75 days ago
I have played this game many times and aside from being a boring game, in a large collection it is OK. I would not pay anything near the price some are asking for this game.
3 months ago
Not much excitement to this game. Don't find the shots that rewarding. The game plays too simple.
4 months ago
Awesome pin , real character that Rudy. I Sold FH to a friend to get room but missed it too much so bought it back. Who cares about room anyway..
4 months ago
Rudy? WTH? This guy(?) is the jacked up cousin of Lady Elaine Fairchilde from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. They probably hang out in that Museum Go Round on the weekends. They both have a complexion that says, “I got drunk on antifreeze and passed out face down in a snowbank which resulted in frostbite and permanent tissue damage.” All jokes aside, this game was pretty innovative for its time. I think most of this machine’s high rating on Pinside is due to nostalgia and just the sheer number of people that have been exposed to it. It’s a good game, but I don’t consider it a great game. Lighting design, kooky music, sound effects and the big smack talking dummy head give this game most of its charm. Shot variation, mechanics, and ruleset were ahead of its time. I think Funhouse set pinball design in a new direction. Kudos to an innovative, yet creepy machine. It will always hold a place in pinball history.
4 months ago
Put a lot of money in this machine in the early nineties. Rudy is the main attraction, and I know I have said more than one snarky comment right back at him. So fun to beat the ball on and down his mouth.

Really innovative game for the time. I had never seen anything like it before. The sound and playfield work together fantastically. In fact, I would say that you need to be in the mood for a fun house experience as the game and sound are quite manic - as you would expect from a game of this name. I cant play it for long periods, but I definitely keep coming back when I find one.
4 months ago
Classic game by pat lawlor. The Rudy head is the obvious stand-out feature of the game and he’s great. He will taunt you and make funny call outs throughout the game. The layout is good and the rules are pretty good for the time period the game was released. Overall a really solid game.
4 months ago
Great flow! Love the 3rd flipper on this one. FH is an easy game to figure out....but a great game to shoot. Can get old after awhile, rules very simple
4 months ago
Just a fun game that keeps you coming back.
6 months ago
The audio drives you nuts. Over-all this is looks, great play and classic, classic, classic. That little guy just makes me a bit nerous. Quite simply one of the best or thee best Pinball game ever made. The art, the music, the playfield layout & playability makes this machine very special. You can have a 100 pinball machines, yet you'll always go back and play Funhouse again. It captures a true "Carnival" like atmosphere and when certain things are accomplished; ie. Funhouse closes, Rudy goes to sleep & snores, you manage to get the ball down the trapdoor & Rudy screams, etc. This machine just LIGHTS UP and really comes to life! Lot's to do & very challenging. Rudy can be funny, yet downright creepy. A home game room with Funhouse makes it truly a "Fun House".
7 months ago
the fun factor is lacking. the shots are too few, and the playfield needs to be redone. essentially, it is like a three shot game. as such, it becomes boring quick.

the callouts are not exciting, and there needs to be more interaction on modes.
7 months ago
What a fun pin! Love the layout & the rules on this deck! I just picked this pin up so I'm learning the rule set with each push of the start button. I'll update this rating once I've put more time on this pin, but what a fun layout!
8 months ago
Great game! Lot's of trick shots with unexpected twists.
Was happy to buy one from people who never changed a rubber or bulb. After some TLC it's 100% RUDY again and you better not make this guy angry ;-)

Classic and fun to play with friends.
8 months ago
Funhouse is one of my personal favorite pinball machines. I feel it's one of the more difficult, if only because the playfield is packed with objects, particularly on the right side, which really limit your shot options. Some games are wide open except at the very top of the playfield, like Medieval Madness, and this is the opposite. Rudy is simply a riot as a featured toy. His call outs are fun, his eyes are creepy, and hitting him in his face and into his mouth never gets old. I've even had him close his mouth on the ball, stopping the game, twice in my life. This game feels a little primitive, especially with the dots, but it's really a unique, tricky and clever game. Good theme. "I'm watchin' ya!"
8 months ago
I could imagine the idea of shooting a pinball into (or out of) somebody’s mouth might have come up earlier, but it took somebody with the genius of Mr. Lawlor to realize that idea. But then he added a motor to move the mouth and make it talk and even more solenoids to move the eyes and eyelids – and thus emerged Rudy - the greatest and most iconic toy in pinball history.
Funhouse is a very strategic game. One makes a shot, which enables a function on another shot, which then sets up another function on yet another shot. The games has a lot of such combinations. It is rare that hitting a single shot repeatedly brings much benefit. Most of the combinations do not time out and some remain active to the next ball
Funhouse has two plungers ! One traditional one on the right and another one on the left side – it is fed by a diverter on the main ramp. Depending on what is lit on the so-called crazy steps and how well you plunge up the steps different goals can be attained – additionally, use of the crazy steps allows the easiest shots with the upper flipper (easiest because the ball is generally moving the slowest when it passes the upper flipper). And you want the upper flipper for the two most important shots in the game – to Rudy’s mouth and to the trap door. The downside of this 2nd plunger is it makes the playfield narrower – in general the playfield feels a bit narrow, but generally you don’t notice.
The other main feature of the game is the mystery mirror which starts a mode or activates a function. If you complete the mystery mirror a mini-wizard mode called Super Frenzy starts.
Funhouse is a revolutionary game with great rules, great call outs (from Rudy), classic music (what you’d expect in a funhouse) and a very good light show.
8 months ago
I have a buddy of mine that has this machine, and i am currently helping him do a minor restoration on it. As for the game i like the theme and the way Rudy's eyes follows the ball around the play field. The quotes are humorous and i always like games that have the second shooter lane. Lots of cool mods for this game as well, which we might add in addition to the LED upgrade. I wish this game had a DMD with some animations, but overall it doesn't need it to make it better. its just a classic fun game that i think will always be in the top 20
9 months ago
One of the classics. Buy one.
9 months ago
Overall a bit lacking, but definitely a classic. The "pinmation" leaves a real impression, and the theme just works. It always feels good to smack Rudy in the mouth or force a pinball down his throat after the funhouse closes.
9 months ago
I fail to see why this is so highly regarded but the play field setup looks awesome.
10 months ago
Like this game...mostly for the nice theme and ofcourse....Rudy!
10 months ago
Disclaimer: Clowns give me the creeps. Fun Houses, Carnivals, and Circuses are not my thing. Rudy has always given me nightmares. But the Giant Pinball-Swallowing Head, complete with sound effects, combined with a really nicely balanced set of shots and play rules, makes this the acme of the early Pat Lawlor design era (pre-dot-matrix). I owned this long enough to know it was going to be a keeper (and sold it, again, due to a coastal move that required major downsizing, not because of any fault of the machine). I may not want to own it again -- see also, Clowns Give Me the Creeps -- but when I introduced my kids to it at a show they were all over it and barely noticed the more modern machines nearby. If that's not a ringing endorsement as a Classic, I don't know what is.
10 months ago
Well, you either love or hate this game.

I love it, my wife hate it :) .

Its Pat Lawlor groundbreaking game if you ask me, this game changed pin world forever. Introducing Rudy is something new and unique to pin world when came out.

He did amazing job overthere.

Game have a lot of fun and also hate factor :) , Rudy laugh wheb you lose make me break this pin haha :).Joking ofc.

Very nice playfield , game flow and also game not that easy to beat. Maybe hardest pin i played in my life . I guess if you crush this pin you can crush any other dmd machine ;).

Great callouts, a lot of fun with rudy , challenging ramps, nice multiball , nice gameflow , still as i said hard game for novice players and they maybe not like and enjoy game . Thats only downside of this pin.

Legendary and historic pin as i said.

i am just a fan of pins , i am not pro player, love this hobby (love to play pinballs) and every review is based on my personal feeling and emotion. I am in this game only for FUN and to have stress free ;).
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