Playboy (Stern, 2002)


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This game got 122 approved ratings and currently scores 6.809 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #258 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.945

Artwork: 6.919

Sounds/Music: 6.273

Other Aspects: 6.719

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“Everyone has one that has to be the bottom of the pile and this is mine. Terrible terrible game which is utterly irredeemable in every way. Awful artwork, music, gameplay and I just detest the theme and how Stern handled it. Personally if they all went up in smoke I would not care, Stern should have left this one at the drawing board!”

“so bland. hit the center drop, hit the center ramp, play centerfold multiball, and repeat, and repeat, and repeat. dumb theme, even dumber "artwork".”

“One is rewarded with pornography for their pinball skills. Genius!”

  • thewildstallion has this game on the wishlist.

  • “Very under rated game IMO. Plenty of things to shoot at and great ball flow. I can see where it wouldn't be a game for a family type atmosphere but would go great in a man cave type game room or bar. I would like to add one to my collection someday if I could find one locally.”

    “I enjoyed this pin, thought it was fun to play on location, might get a little bored with it in a home use environment but I thought it was a great game, a heap of air balls off the drop target, skill shot is nice, and all in all the playfield is set out quite nicely , if your thinking about getting , I would recommend giving it a shot, coz its pretty cool...”

    “zzz... wait, this was a game?

    - Nudity (really only exists to attract guys though)
    - Mansion Mania is a fun mode but it gets repetitive at times
    - Good toys that are used considerably well, esp. peek-a-boo curtain and centerfold locker
    - Decent flow - not too good but you can backhand stuff easily

    - Terribly unbalanced scoring. Literally the only things I do in this game to score big is centerfold multiball, mystery, and Mansion Mania. Sometimes I even fall asleep before I get to Super Mansion Mania
    - Modes are wastes of time because the aforementioned features score much higher than them
    - Terrible sound design (I honestly can't play through centerfold multiball because of how horrible it is. We get it, "hsusuifssfsdkfhkshsfkfhdsi centerfold"
    - Mansion Mania is extremely boring and forgettable
    - Overall a meh game with meh sound and meh artwork. Don't play it unless nudity is a total requirement for pinball.”

  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “Challenging? no...Fun? Yes! However if you want a challenge remove the rubbers from the outlanes...this significantly changes the gameplay! Your scores will drop big time, when they are in it is a pretty easy game.

    Doesn't hurt that it looks beautiful. You gotta have the nude photos to make the most of is playboy, go nude!

    Ramps are laid out nicely, center shot is key, it is easy, so easy they put a blocker in front of it. Animations are top notch, beautiful dot matrix work. Love the sounds too, maybe the best voice work on a pin. Gives you the full playboy feel. Tournament worthy? Probably not, but tons of fun to play.”

  • BeaverBrewing currently owns this game.

  • “I've played Stern Playboy a couple of times and it ACTUALLY is a nice player with great flow... but I don't care for the theme and art on it. If this machine was re-themed I'd jump for it. As-is it's kind of a waste of a nice player.”

    “I'm not a fan of the theme, but I am a fan of the playfield layout and ridiculous toys.”

    “Excellent pinball lot of fun , I really like this pinball . The option of mature rated pics is a really cool option .”

    “Not a big fan of the theme but.. why not.
    Backglass is **very** ugly - especially compared to its Bally ancestor.
    Love the lady on the side cabinet. PF artwork and gameplay are OK - no better than that. Some animations are fun but I would not stand the sounds for a long time.”

    “VERY NICE GAME wish there were some audio updates”

  • sterlingpinball has owned this game in the past.

  • “The actual game play was not the best, but the gimmicks and sounds of the pinball machine made me laugh and have a good time. The game, to me, does not have lastability, I played for an hour and did not want to lose anymore of my quarters. Also, the middle drain was huge and the ball can just slide right down it many times with nothing you can do about it.”

    “This was one of the most popular games at my bar..and was super fun for everyone, great multiball and everything works excet the cheesey 80's girls and worse backglass.”

  • oropuro currently owns this game.

  • “Stern Playboy is a game that should play much better than it does.

    The Pros:
    Ummmm... it's a Playboy pinball game? Photo mode is an interesting idea.

    The Cons:
    Someone, somehow made a pinball game with this much technology and this theme that was an utter bore to play. I can't believe that Kevin O'Connor had this theme and produced this quality work. K.O'C. has created some of the most attractive women in pinball images for all time (AND this is a Playboy game?!?!?). Did they rush him to do the whole thing over the weekend?

    The Takeaway:
    Calling mystery programmer... Calling mystery programmer... C'mon guys... I know you can do better than this! During this era... did Stern even play test their decks?”

    “I can't get away from this pin as it is on location at several establishments in my area. This game is clunky and its not really clear where to shoot. The backglass is nice and the artwork is o.k. For its era there is nothing special or eye popping here. The music and sounds are unmemorable and the overall gameplay is scant at best.”

    “Walked into a bar, this was the only pin for 50miles. First game I clocked the champion score on. I actually got bored with game and just gave up after I got the highest score. I am not a great player, so it made me feel awesome. But the game sucked I seriously got bored with it and just walked away.”

    “I finally got to play this machine, not bad, interesting fan layout- decent ramps, funny/cheesy DMD sequences... Like System 11 implied, this can be a combo machine! Unfortunately the one I played had the lingerie pics... : (
    If I ever picked one up I would have to make some drastic (artwork) changes to want to keep it. The playmates are terribly rendered and the inserts are uninspired. I would have loved to have seen more of a "Sexy Girl" attempt with sunken centerfolds.”


    Pinball master

    “Underrated effort from Stern. Not a very family friendly theme and some of the artwork is low quality, but the playfield layout (a classic Gomez fan) is tuned to perfection, there's not a clunky shot on it and combos are a blast to put together. The toys are great and put newer Sterns to shame.”

  • system11 has owned this game in the past.

  • “The worst machine i have ever played (wait, i played a spanish pinball last month that was awful.......... no this was worst), even the girls weren´t the best choice, and that magazine that opens in the middle of the game just to show a topless girl???, come on Gary (Stern) the pinball fans are expecting more from your company...”

    “A very fun game... not deep, but that matches the theme... pinball is about fun afterall... I wish I'd not sold the one I had to be honest!”

  • pinballslave has owned this game in the past.

  • “good and fun pin i like playing it many shots in my top 5 Georges Gomez games ( with Monster Bash Lord Transformers and Johnny Mnemonic ) better and deeper than Sopranos and Batman”

    Great fun game with awesome sound and playfield art. Very varied and fast playfield layout too with some clever toys incorporated.

    So damn easy! If would be nice if there was more depth to it and if the toys did something more than just reveal the same photo each time they function.”

    “This is one game that I find embarrassing to play - Stern, why was this produced?”

    “Not my favorite but not the worst Playboy pin...
    None of my favorite playmates in it...
    I just don't know how someone could be turned on by the gameplay or execution in this game.”

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