The Machine: Bride of Pinbot (Williams, 1991)

The Machine: Bride of Pinbot

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This game received 392 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.838 /10


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This game ranks #57 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.587

Artwork: 8.23

Sounds/Music: 7.445

Other Aspects: 7.913

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8 days ago
I'm a pinball novice, but this game got my attention right away when visiting my local pinball arcade that has around 50 + machines. I had to play it and immediately fell in love with "the machine." I love the ramp shot into the brides mouth and the subsequent "I can speak" - "oh no" response. I don't care that some feel it's a 1 trick pony. Even if it is, that 1 trick is awesome and never fails to thrill me when I finally reach her metamorphosis. For me it has the perfect balance between being challenging but not so difficult that I want to give up. It's addictive to me and I always want to play it just 1 more time. The light show is almost blinding at times, which may interfere with my gameplay, but makes it even cooler. I finally bought it and was amazed at the pristine play field. Upon further examination I realized I had a diamond plated version. What a gem! I plan on keeping this game in my basement forever.
35 days ago
gave this a highscore because of theme...
38 days ago
Bride of Pinbot is almost my number one game to want to own.

If I had to sell my entire collection, this would be one of the two pins I'd want to eventually buy to keep (ES being the other).

Had one years ago and sold it. Regret fills me. The Rage and Jealousy is real when I go to my friend's house and play his. :)

Seriously, there is something primal about making the Bride come alive, and the pin's heartbeat sounds and music really pack on the pressure when trying for that Billion Point shot!

With a nice cleared playfield, this can be such a beautiful pin. Also, please don't 2.0 the thing, the original is good just as it is.
53 days ago
A fun game but it does wear on you pretty quickly, the same shot over and over again to build the face "My god it's alive!" And "I'm losing it!" will in fact make you lose it! My wife loves this game and has a great time with it and I enjoy jumping on every now and again to crush my previous scores but not something that lasts long with experienced players.
63 days ago
BOP is a good game but a "1 trick pony". Running the shuttle ramp is what its all about. You can hit other shots but the big points come from completing the face missions which means running the shuttle ramp over and over. Gameplay is fun and I my wife (a novice) loves it. It just wears out its welcome quick for an advanced player. The BOP 2.0 kit fixes the rules and adds animations and new sound from the original actress. So a good game---especially for a novice player, and that has great potential with the new kit that is available.
86 days ago
This sequel in the PIN BOT trilogy is a fun, bawdy, slapshot kind of game. The rotating face-box in the upper PF (left) is hilarious - there aren't many games so suggestive of fellatio in all of pinball. The shots feel okay enough, but nothing that feels special. If you take away the art and theme, the layout would still be original and with its unique design, but the rules are little repetitive and weak. Watch out for the start of the 2-ball multi out of the eye-locks; the balls usually come down quick and knock each other around and down right after release.

Give this one a whirl on location, and, if sophomoric "third base" themes trip your trigger, you might grab one of these if it's cheap.
3 months ago
The story progression of completing the bride's faces is very cool, and the art and sound design are pretty good. It's the gameplay that completely ruins this game. It's almost a good thing it's a one-shot game, because that ramp is the only satisfying shot available in the claustrophobic layout.
3 months ago
Just a great playing machine.
3 months ago
It sounds easy, right? Just hit the left ramp several times and eventually do it with a 2 ball multiball. Have I ever reached the billionaires club? Sadly, no. Do I still love playing this game every time I see one.....absolutely.
4 months ago
I know everyone complains this is a "one shot wonder" but I do not care. I rate this game highly primarily because of that and the repeat, rinse, repeat factor. Love it. Am currently in the process of restoring one. It is the first, and probably the only, pin I will ever restore. That is because I know that once I have a nice one I will never sell it. Everything works in this game for me. It is my second-favorite pin of all time.
6 months ago
An overal good game. Its fun but can get repetative since its left ramp heavy. Overal good callouts and artwork.
9 months ago
The Bride of Pinbot is an awesome pin. The goal is clear, bring that chick to life! I love that rotating playfield animation and the associated ramps. It is one of the few games that you really can see exactly when multiball is earned and it starts slowly enough that you are prepared. The multiball itself is very satisfying. It's a bit anticlimactic when the "alive" mode reverts back to robot and would be nice if the "alive" mode had some more plot "fleshed out"! Anyhow, the games just rocks and is one of my favorites to play at the local arcade, even in the company of all the later DMD games. Since it isn't a DMD game, there aren't any distracting "video modes" to interrupt the pin experience. I haven't played one of these with an LED conversion, and I haven't played v2.0. It's first and foremost about the pinball experience, but the playfield artwork kinda looks like a severed head, I would have enjoyed it more I think had the bride's body been more apparent in the lower playfield.
9 months ago
I love this game!! Even though it has the repetitive left ramp shot, it's always satisfying to hit metamorphis. The artwork is great and the gameplay is fast.
10 months ago
I've always been a big fan of this machine. I used to play it all the time. Hearing the first upgrade on the BoP just never gets old...
BoP: "I can speak"
Pinbot: "Oh no"
I laugh every time.

The gameplay on this machine is great! It's one of those "live by the sword, die by the sword" setups with really ruthless outlanes (which I always like). I ALWAYS play it whenever I see it. I'm sure if it ever came up for sale at a reasonable price I'd pick it up, but I think Dutch pinball pushed it out of my price range.

The one thing I will say about this game is that the Billionaire club breaks this game completely. I wish it didn't exist, because it sort of makes you just go for that in competitive play which is super lame. To be honest I didn't know it even existed until I was playing at a local tournament and Kevin Birrell just blew it up. Well I guess all my heartbeat ramps were for naught cause 1,029,000,000 beats 44,000,000 every time.
11 months ago
I am a fan of Pin*Bot and Jack*Bot, but something just doesn't add up with me with The Machine. Don't get me wrong, it is still a good game, but if I was asked to pick one of the three, i'd go with Jack*Bot any day of the week!
12 months ago
The gameplay is not very good with it being left ramp all day but the satisfaction of transforming the bride is one the best. The scoring is lopsided with the billion shot. The art is awesome and the music and callouts equally so. One of the classics that I would love to own.
1 year ago
This is the game I have owned longest and it's still a fun challenge. Sure, it's kind of a one shot game but still a great game.
1 year ago
I really like this game. A lot of people complain that it is only a one shot game but I disagree. Yes, it is a right flipper heavy game but there are other shots too. The Jackpot shot and different loops. The game can get fast especially during multi-ball. The Face Toy is awesome with the great call outs.
1 year ago
Very addicting game. Not incredibly deep, as there are only a couple shots. But still very fun. Lighting is excellent. Like to try the 2.0 version. Beautiful cabinet and playfield. Like the layout. Love the speech too. Likely not a great pin for a small collection. Hope to add one some day...
1 year ago
BOP seems like it doesn't have a right to be as good as it is. The scoring is tremendously unbalanced. Nothing you do in the game matters, just how many billions you can manage. There is no variety in the gameplay. Shoot the ramp all day, maybe try to nudge the ball back into the shooter lane. Really the rest of the playfield might as well be empty. It's just a fantastically cool game though. The sound is some of the best of all time, especially the heartbeats and callouts. So many memorable callouts here, the best having to be "My god, she's alive!". The moving face is also one of the greatest toys in pinball.

On one hand it's a shame to think of what this game could've been with some more thought put into the gameplay. I haven't played BOP 2.0 but maybe that addresses all concerns without losing any of the inherent coolness of this game.
1 year ago
A game that really stands out from most other 1980s machines.
The innovative "face" lock ball system itself as part of the theme and combination of techno music track along with the sound clips are really shine here.
Only a few machines are equal in quality, namely Black Knight 2000 and Swords of Fury.
Most people know this was the first pinball to feature the "One Billion" shot.
Not-overly repetitive because the game is challenging, and can be tricky in the outlanes.
I hated to get the "machine going" only to have multi-ball end quickly due to drains and have to build up momentum again.
If you have to choose one machine between Pinbot, The Machine, or Jackbot, this is the one to get.
Its one of those "keeper" machines, if you have one that DOES NOT have a fully mylared playfield.
1 year ago
Very fun game to play but can become very repetitive over time. A true classic in pinball but does show its technological age.
1 year ago
One of the earliest WPC games, the bride is the next step up from system 11s. The presentation (light show/animations/software) is definitely next generation. The game is heavily a right flipper game but there are more shots to make than just the ramp. The brides rotating head is the games primary attraction. Probably my favorite of the trio of Pinbots, the bride is a great mix of them, sound and execution of the franchise. Just make sure the right flipper is in good order. :-)
1 year ago
I really enjoy this game. Skill shots, and all! Would like to own this in my game room.
1 year ago
I feel like this is supposed to be a very amateur-friendly table, and at times I feel like it is, but for some reason I personally struggle sometimes with consistently getting the balls to go up the ramp. Anyway, Bride of Pinbot is one of the very best tables in the first season pass. What you want to do on this table is get the balls up the left ramp to morph Pinbot's wife into a human. Once you do this, a wheel spins and you have a chance at a massive 1 billion point shot. It took me half a dozen games or so, but I finally accomplished this feat. Really, if you don't get several 1 billion point shots in your game, you have no shot of getting high on the leader board at all, as even getting 500 million without the shot would take quite a long time. The sounds and look of this table are both pretty excellent, and as I said, the table is pretty newbie friendly, thanks to mostly easy to hit ramps, which eventually make for relatively easy-to-get extra balls. Since the goal of the table is really just getting the ball continuously up the left ramp (and center loop when the billion point shot lights up), it can become rather redundant and one-note. At the same time, it can become addicting like most any table can be when you're in a groove and keep nailing shots up that ramp and morphing Pinbot's wife into a human over and over again.
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