Pinbot (Williams, 1986)


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This game received 336 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.755 /10


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This game ranks #72 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Game design: 7.721

Artwork: 7.89

Sounds/Music: 7.134

Other Aspects: 7.942

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8 days ago
Pinbot is pure, wacky fun! A challenging, somewhat unforgiving layout offers a great array of shots. Some unique features make this a memorable experience, particularly the visor and the upper gallery on the right side. The fantastic music and and sound effects also really help bring this pin to life.
62 days ago
Classic Sys11 game.
63 days ago
Classic game, classic design. After all, how many other pinballs had two sequels made after them? The idea of a 5x5 matrix of lights with 2 rows of 5 stand ups perpendicular to each other to light up the matrix – great idea. This leading to the rising visor revealing the two sinkholes to lock balls for multiball – that was out of the box thinking. In a real throwback to the beginning days of pinball (when there were really pins on the playfield) Pinbot has this nifty upper playfield – the ball bounces around on the pins and can leave this playfield on one of 4 different spots – each with different consequences. Not sure if nudging would help here – I’m always fascinated watching the ball bounce around.
There are several different goals to achieve. In addition to the multiball there is also trying to get all the planets. It is a fun challenge, but kind of dangerous because you’re shooting sharp left or sharp right.
Pinbot has great sounds and also a very good light show.
77 days ago
"Pinbot" is one of the two tables that got me into pinball. What isn't to like here? The name of the table is catchy, the design is eye-popping and colorful and the audio is an absolute work of art which works in tandem with the visuals. The package is beautiful. The only bad thing I can say about it is the table's penchant for draining out the left side without touching the bottom flipper on some turns. Doesn't happen all the time and perhaps it's a balancing problem with the version I played. That and the strangely ironic bagatelle on the right side (a neat idea, to be sure; it melds pinball's past with its present here) that really doesn't do much. Other than that, "Pinbot" is a classic.
3 months ago
PinBot is a game I shouldn't like, but I do anyway. It's got a lot of shots to nowhere, and the one "flow" shot ends up in a bagatelle for the reason of maybe getting the ball back into the shooter lane to score a skill shot, I guess.

It's got good music and theme and a great light show with about a million flashers. The locking mechanism is pretty cool and the rules are well thought out for a game of this era.

I generally don't like games from this era, but something about this is fun for me as a change of pace game. I think I'll keep it.
3 months ago
The oldest game in my young collection, but newest to me. I love it, classic pinball look and feel.
3 months ago
A true classic. Love the artwork, theme, and sound. Gameplay is great as well and keeps me coming back.
3 months ago
one of the most overrated games ever IMO
5 months ago
Classic. Just classic.
7 months ago
one of the best pinball cabinets
8 months ago
Love Pinbot! The first game I really got into.
9 months ago
One of the best games of its era. A good layout that could use maybe one more shot somewhere, but the visor gimmick, bagatelle mini-playfield, and spiral skill shot make up for it. The art, sounds, and music are all great.
9 months ago
Just an absolute classic pinball. Simple rule set, but difficult to accomplish. In a medium size collection, the game really stands out. Excellent playfield layout and sound. Add some LED's and upgrade the speakers and I think you will be very happy with a game that can be picked up for a relatively cheap price.
10 months ago
Not to many shots. Just couldn't find any (come back for more) appeal. This game is overrated.
11 months ago
I think this machine ranks up there with other late 80's hits like TX Sector and Space Shuttle

Action/Per/Minute: good, other than the bagatelle
Backhands: good on left flipper, not sure about right flipper
Bonus Multiplier Goal: good - top left orbit
Dink Donk: none (other than bagatelle)
Drops: 1 set of 3
Drops Sweep: good - almost sweepable
Extra Balls: very good - you can earn one per inlane/outlane
Flippers: 2
Goal -EB/BC/Jackpot: good: lots of EB’s no Bonus Carryover, sadly it has a progressive jackpot
Hurry-ups: very good - drop target has it, and I think a standup or two
Inlane Lane Change: yes, 4 EB’s to manage
Inlane Ramp Release: ok - not super fast
Inlane Swoosh: good on left side, not sure about right say
Jackpot/Bonus Collect: very good several jackpots to collect
1-2-3 Lane Change: none
MB Earning: good - takes some effort to earn it
MB Fun: very good - has a clear goal
Metal Ramp: none
Nudging: very important. outlanes are tricky
Orbits (Repeatable): none
Outlane Fun: very good — like cyclone
Pops: fascinating placement - on right with a nasty shot to left outlane at times
Rules (time/order): very good - there’s a flashing light on the drops
Shots (total): 9
Skill Shot: good one - almost a full plunge or u score pennies…
Slap-Saves: yes - it’s a williams.
Spinners: none - too bad…
Stop'n'Go: good other than the bagatelle
Taunting: none
Toy/Gimmick: the visor was a breakthrough at the time, copied several times after (doctor who), the sound that accompanies it is great.
Voice / V. choreography: good

ART: Python, of course it’s great
SOUND: Granner, of course it’s great
DISPLAYS: Fun gimmicks in the alpha numerics
FEEL: Feels good
OVERALL: Very good pinball, with a great soundtrack and awesome use of color.
12 months ago
This is a very fun machine with great sounds and excellent lights. Voice of pinbot screams the eighties and its part of the appeal. Great machines can be found without dmd displays and this is one of them. Very affordable and fun machine.
1 year ago
A great system 11 with a lot of different shots that keep me coming back game after game. Especially trying to lite up all the planets. Sound isn't the best but its expected from from the 80's. Cabinet art is lacking, could of been red and blue instead of the standard Williams red and yellow.
1 year ago
Love the pinbot.. finally have one in my collection...
1 year ago
Even though this game is 30 years old, it can be really stunning if in nice condition and with LED's. I really enjoy both the light show and pulsing music. The biggest drawback of the game is the imbalanced playfield; the left side is much stronger than the right and the planetary advance shot is incredibly tough with a high likelihood of ending up in the right outlane. The submersible row of targets and visor is a great combination, but multiball can be frustratingly short, especially if you put a lot of working in raising the visor. Advancing the planets is a super cool objective and how the planets light up in the playfield is a nicer use of inserts than many of the modern games with ridiculously busy playfields that don't add anything to the theme. It's not a deep game and I'm not confident that I will keep it indefinitely, but it is a great game that can be reasonably purchased and a perfect slice of nostalgia.
1 year ago
Played it at a meet. Nowhere near as good as BOP. Still I can see the natural progression of the theme.
1 year ago
Destroy the Solar Sun..remember those words, because you will have a tough time getting there! This game looks simple enough but it holds many surprises for the pinhead. Make it through the solar system planet by planet either by drop targets or a tough planet shot. The opening robot head for ball capture is an awesome feature. The play field in led is incredible and the color selection and sequence is the WOW factor! The red light sequence flashing topper is a plus and adds to the attraction of the game. Many gamers at my pin Game On parties comment on this game and remain attracted to it, mainly because of its openness of shots and incredible lights. This is a keeper for me in the collection but once again the infatuation with space themed pins and the cool game play.
1 year ago
Cool and challenging shots, pick your strategy and run with it! classic 80s feel, cool music and sound effects. everyone needs a pinbot in their collection
1 year ago
I will be biased here as I own this machine. This machine screams all things 80s! The speech is awesome, the visor with eye sockets for multi-ball is brilliant, and the concept of reaching the target planets just makes you pick your shots. The outlanes are brutal, and the game can drain quite easy on either side. This machine is a great example of a mid 80s pinny.
1 year ago
This pinball to me never liked him, too theater design, theme obvious and very boring game
1 year ago
Not sure why everyone loves the playfield, one cool feature, and repetitive sounds just don't do it for me. From a collector stand point, way to many of these out there. No real investment upside.
I will take 'the bride' over pinbot any day.
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