The Machine: Bride of Pinbot (Williams, 1991)

The Machine: Bride of Pinbot

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This game received 386 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.851 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #59 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.611

Artwork: 8.256

Sounds/Music: 7.497

Other Aspects: 7.916

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35 days ago
An underrated machine fun to play with different levels and the creation of the perfect WOMAN !!!! AH AH
41 days ago
A perfect integration of the theme into the rules. The show when you wake up the bride makes you smile every time again.
62 days 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.
77 days 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.
3 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.
5 months 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.
5 months 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
6 months ago
When I first saw this game it immediately caught my attention. I love the ramp shot into the brides mouth and the subsequent "I can speak" - "oh no" response. 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 game. For me it has a great balance between being challenging but not too difficult. The light show is almost blinding at times and is better than many modern games. I finally bought it and was amazed at the pristine play field and the speed of the game. I later realized I had a diamond plated playfield. What a gem!
7 months ago
gave this a highscore because of theme...
7 months 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.
7 months 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.
8 months 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.
8 months 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.
9 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.
9 months ago
Just a great playing machine.
9 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.
10 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.
1 year ago
An overal good game. Its fun but can get repetative since its left ramp heavy. Overal good callouts and artwork.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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!
1 year 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.
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