The Machine: Bride of Pinbot (Williams, 1991)

The Machine: Bride of Pinbot

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This game received 394 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.797 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #74 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.596

Artwork: 8.186

Sounds/Music: 7.476

Other Aspects: 7.821

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15 days ago
My favorite call outs!
19 days ago
A classic when it came but rules are so simple and game is broken with its billion shot. Artwork is hideous in my opinion except the cabinet which looks great in its purple. Had it for a few months and then passed it on.
23 days ago
After playing one I knew I had to have it. Absolute blast to play. Shots everywhere and the rotating face is a really neat part of the game. One of my favorites of all time.
38 days ago
The best of the Pinbot family. Definitely a keeper and worth some quarters. Williams really did well with this one. Play has decent speed and shots give you reward and risk.
53 days ago
I'm not a great player of Bride of Pinbot, I generally only get around 4-9 million when I play. But, I think its a fun and challenging game, and when you do get dialed in very satisfying. I also like the skill shot that it has, its not too hard and yet not easy at all, not a huge reward for getting it, but sometimes in 2 player mode it is the difference between winning and losing for me. The sci fi robot chick theme is cool, playfield is really cool even if it feels a bit squished as 1/4 of it is really hardly ever used and a lot of stuff is unseen beneath the second upper playfield. Love the rotating face, and I love the sound. One of the things I like best in a pin is a sexy female voice doing callouts and stuff like that, and this game has that in spades. But, it has lots and lots of sound and good sci fi music. I think the art is good, while not great, certainly retro by today's standards, but I am fine with that. And it has just a really good light show and usage of lights in general. I will say for first timers the machine can be a bit hard at times, but take your time and learn how it handles, and you will have a great time. But, still the game can be brutal and unforgiving the errant shots.
65 days ago
A rare dud in the Williams '90's run of excellence. I remain mystified as to why this came is so well thought of. Like its predecessor, it's dominated on one side by the pachinko upper "playfield" and return ramp. Unlike its predecessor, which had the gizmo of the body to shoot with the grid of lights, there's basically only one real shot in this game. Hit the left ramp, over and over and over and over again, you'll get lots of points and a multiball every now and then. Yes, there's the robot-turns-into-a-face gimmick, and the beating heart in the backglass, but those aren't really toys that are going to provide lasting entertainment value. The theme's obviously a retread so I can't give them a lot of credit for this either.

Score a billion, then futz around getting chump change for the tiebreaker.

75 days ago
Some folk dislike this, saying its bland and dull. Well, I really the machine and never tired of playing it when I owned one. I'd like to get another at some time too.
86 days ago
The Billionaires Club breaks this otherwise excellent game.
3 months ago
Just doesn't seem to hold up for its age. The speech and sound aren't too bad but gets a bit repetitive. Replay ability is OK.
3 months ago
This is my first in-home machine and after a year I'm still as excited to play it as I was the day it arrived. I'm still learning new tricks. In addition to being a fun playing machine, it's a nice looking piece of furniture with a theme and artwork that never looks outdated. One thing I will ding it for though, my highest scores have all been achieved by ignoring the signature head and just shooting the middle ramp repeatedly for unlimited millions. That essentially means that when you're playing to get the highest score you aren't utilizing the parts of the game that really make it fun.
6 months ago
Bop is a great and beautiful game. It definitely "Turns heads". I disagree with the "one trick pony" comments because there are many shots to complete. The game is very "loop" based and everything happens near your flippers. The head is a beautiful piece and is definitely a neat toy. The game looks really sharp with leds. If I didn't see the game yet and someone told me that the theme was some robotic lady changing into a person, I would definitely think that the theme sucks, but the designers did the game so well that I actually enjoy the theme. It's so pretty and well thought out unlike a lot of other games. The audio is excellent and it is neat that they brought back things from the original game. I do think that the billion shot is a bit much and that getting to metamorphosis should be worth more. I do really wish there was a 3-Ball Multiball and that it had a ball save. Also that it was a bit easier to change the rubbers. Overall The Bride is an excellent game that I would recommend.

Edit: Game seems to get stale after a little bit. It really is just shooting the left ramp all day which is unfortunate. There are other shots, but they don’t really have anything to do with completing the game. Still looks great though.
6 months ago
I have never been a fan of Bride of pinbot I just don't like the theme or the artwork. I don't like the rules because its too simple but the head spinning around is cool.
6 months ago
This is a Nice and funny game.
8 months ago
An underrated machine fun to play with different levels and the creation of the perfect WOMAN !!!! AH AH
8 months ago
A perfect integration of the theme into the rules. The show when you wake up the bride makes you smile every time again.
9 months ago
Classic pin with great art and amazing sound effects. The gameplay is slightly limited with the only shot you really need to shoot for being the left ramp. The billion point shot is quite unique as well and is rewarding to get, but skews the scores quite a bit.
9 months ago
So the company that brought us the brilliant "Pinbot" decided to eschew thoughtful design and a wondrous, colorful space theme...and replace it with a female Pinbot that looks like she's blowing one of the ramps. The really weird borderline misogyny aside, the sequel to "Pinbot" is nowhere near as good as its predecessor. It's just shooting the left ramp over and over to accomplish stuff with the main goal being to bring the female Pinbot to life. The flipping "face" at the top of the table is a REALLY cool idea, though when it comes down to it, it isn't anything we haven't seen before. Not a game I'd play over and over unlike the first one.
10 months ago
What a great game. This is a players game. The playfield offers more depth than meets the eye because of the turning head. Funny sounds bites. I wanted to but this for my home collection but my family doesn't like it as much as I do.
1 year ago
A great looking game, to be sure. I'm not sold on the cramped layout, and the game devolves into a one trick pony very quickly. Points for being a unique game, with a mood and feel all it's own. The games Python Anghelo worked on feel more like pinball "attractions" rather than pinball "games". May have some lastability in a very large collection, but I can see the game getting old real quick. Sounds and light show are some of the best from the time period. Q: What's the theme of Bride of Pinbot? A: Purple.
1 year ago
I know it was a different time, but the objectification bothers me. Too bad, because I love the difficulty of this game. I must say, I find myself preferring 2.0
1 year ago
I respectfully disagree with the "1 trick pony" comments. Once you pay attention to the scoring you realize that making multiple loops on the right side and the left side of the playfield gets you more points than the ramp shot that some people think is the "1 trick pony" shot. The spinning wheel shot on the far left also has potential to get you millions of points. This game is clearly not one dimensional once you understand the rules. The light show and sounds are great. It's a classic.
1 year ago
gave this a highscore because of theme...
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
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