FunHouse (Williams, 1990)


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This game received 718 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.211 /10


Top 100 ranking

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

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Game design: 8.376

Artwork: 8.051

Sounds/Music: 7.569

Other Aspects: 8.373

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9 days 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.
10 days 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.
18 days 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
72 days 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".
3 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.
3 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!
3 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.
3 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!"
4 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.
4 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
4 months ago
One of the classics. Buy one.
5 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.
5 months ago
I fail to see why this is so highly regarded but the play field setup looks awesome.
5 months ago
Like this game...mostly for the nice theme and ofcourse....Rudy!
6 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.
6 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 ;).
9 months ago
I really like this game and added it to my collection to have a "pre-dmd" game and because I loved playing it when I was younger. It had then and still has that "I wanna come back and kick Rudy's ass" feeling. To me his call outs never get old - I love how his eyes and mouth move - best play field toy. I guess compared to the more modern games the rules are shallow and I really like what the DMD brings to games. However this is "my" beginning pinball experience as I am not interested in the older EM machines. I like games that have something different and having the left plunger is fun to try and hit that skill shot - similar to TZ ball launch. My game was done by a fellow pinsider and has cool lights along the back that tie into the game, nice side blades and other enhancements like color bumper caps so bring the entire game more alive.
9 months ago
How can you look at Rudy and not see equal parts adorable and terrifying? I really like this one!
9 months ago
A fan favorite for a reason. Though games of this era aren't terribly deep, I find myself drawn to FH whenever I see it in the wild and the story behind the rules is more than serviceable. Ruddy is probably the best toy ever put in a pinball machine and the shots all feel good. Overall a great pin, though I am skeptical of value for the price it seems to be commanding lately.
10 months ago
this ranks as a old school favorite anyway...
11 months ago
Fun classic here, easily the machine that has made me laugh the most while playing. Strict ballsave make it frustrating at times, and the shot for making alot of score (the top left flipper) can be frustrating at times, otherwhise a really fun game with the funniest character I've ever seen in a pinball-machine!
11 months ago
FunHouse is a kooky, often creepy middling game that is basically a filler table for FEC's. The right scoop is annoying and the shots feel clunky and often pointless. This is a miss for Williams and a rare miss for Lawlor and DeMar - should be called DullHouse.

Put a quarter in it if you're stranded on a desert island without any coconuts to play with.
1 year ago
I have owned funhouse for several year and have no plans to part with it. Some feel the theme is creepy because of Rudy but I feel that is the best part. Many who play it at my house are very amuse by it and want to play it over and over. This is one of my favorite pins. It is collectible and makes for a nice game room pin. The colors are vibrant, the sounds and music are appropriate. The call outs are funny. Overall a great pin.
1 year ago
Great pinball, undoubtedly the best product ever made before the advent of the Dot Matrix; in my view remains the best pinball created by the genius coupled Youssy Lawler.
1 year ago
Funhouse blazed a lot of trails for things to come in pinball.

Things that make Funhouse memorable to me:
Smacking Rudy's face with the ball
The build-up to midnight when the music tempo gets faster and the light show builds your excitement.
Fast pace with rewarding shots.

It is a keeper
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