Ripley's Believe It or Not! (Stern, 2004)

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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This game got 432 approved ratings and currently scores 7.770 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #60 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.003

Artwork: 7.485

Sounds/Music: 7.309

Other Aspects: 7.87

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“I don't care what anyone says... this game is very fun! and one of Pat Lawlors best designs... he fit a lot in this game. The only complaint is the annoying idol, but so what... I got over it and fun game, very under rated.”

  • AttilaK currently owns this game.

  • “Meh... Average. This shows how a non-creative corporate structure (Stern) can suck the life out of a brilliant game designer (Pat Lawlor). I guess if you fnd a nice one for closer to $2k it might be worth giving it a whirl, but no way is it a keeper. The game play is okay, but the art direction and aesthetic of the game are shockingly poor when compared to Lawlor's work at at Williams. To the pont where they affect the enjoyment of the game.”

  • KingDaddy has this game on the wishlist.

  • “A mediocre machine. Although it's not a bad game it also doesn't stand out with anything particularly interesting.

    - 3 flippers
    - some interesting shots
    - nice toys, particularly the "Easter Island head"
    - the biggest pro of this game is the artwork, in my opinion
    - overall enjoyable, but fails to dazzle

    - strange rules
    - little modding potential
    - the "talking head" at the end of the score count is annoying”

    “Fun game, kind of an oddball theme but Stern has made this one work quite well. Typical early-ish Stern release but it has plenty to do and can be fun. 6 pops on a game is also nice and a little bit rare. Translite is instantly forgettable though!”

    “Ripley's isn't a fast playing game or the nicest looking but it is probably the hardest pinball machine I have ever played. That's why its still in my collection. Deep rule set and lots of shots make this a super fun and challenging machine. Still reasonably priced if you can find one.”

  • Droptargets currently owns this game.

  • “RBION is a PLD "Pat Lawler"

    it is a marvelous display or thought & strategy

    but is a game you discover the rules the more time you spend on it

    Atlantis is your goal (wiz mode)

    there is the upper left mini bagatelle that features 3 displays above interact with the center of the PF
    to unlock features or objectives

    the penguins get annoying

    shrunken head if the pitch is off is weak or if the magnet has mushroomed from neglect

    getting M-Ball is actually difficult and this game give you nothing for free

    you could have a great game, sub 20,000,000 points real kickers

    are you ready to take a trip with Mr. Ripley??”

    “I enjoy my RBION and believe it or not, it is a keeper. I have been pleasantly surprised at the gameplay and desire to play one more. In addition, the wifey likes it!! The third flipper doubles the fun and pleasure as you travel from continent to continent and are required to make the shots to progress. No bad days....”

  • BenetBoy78 currently owns this game.

  • “This game is a great game. It has challenging multiballs that reward trapping, complex deep rules, tight rewarding shots and punishing outlanes that will teach you to nudge! In my collection it would be one of the last to leave. Long after honeymoon phases of new machines pass, I still go back to play Ripley's.”

  • Euchrid currently owns this game.

  • “overall a fun pin. Long ball times which was fun as i learned what each shot did. Not a fan of the call outs.”

    “Very deep and challenging game. Game is very underrated, probably because of the theme and art. This game has a lot going on and many different multi-balls. Definitely a game that is challenging enough to keep you coming back. I believe the same game in different theme would get much more love. Great Pat Lawlor design.”

  • bridgeman currently owns this game.

  • “Ripley's was a lot of fun. Only the sound was a bit annoying but otherwise this is a very solid pinball. A target rich environment, good game flow, decent variety and just a lot of fun. I was parked in front of this pinball for several hours without even noticing it, typical sign that I was having fun.”

  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “This is a long lasting game. Very challenging as many shots need completed per each continent to collect all ripleys letters. There are some hidden multiballs and wizard modes. One thing that makes this game long lasting is that the flippers are closer together. The game seems scattered, multiball makes you look at two places at once to utilize all flippers to their fullest. The playfield is fast and responsive, there isn't much room for error on shots. Fun and entertaining, I enjoy this game for the challenge.”

  • tk-the-jammer has owned this game in the past.

  • “Ripley rocks! It's fun, it's fast, it's challenging, it's rewarding! I like the constant challenges. Each continent (7 unique skill shot challenges).

    A wonderful pace and the ability to play for a long time makes this a pinball I keep coming back to for more play. Stern didn't have much action on the DMD, but the Ripley's facts are a fun read on the DMD when you get a chance to read them after activating the shrunken head. It also has outstanding sound!

    I like trying for the Penguin jackpot, the Super jackpot, the Tic-Tac-Toe game with the various rewards when you get 3 in a row. It really has a lot going for it. The kids love it and play it often with many ways to get a multi-ball challenge.

    I wish it had more going on with the DMD and what an opportunity for at least one DMD video mode game to put it over the top for me which I believe could have been easily conceptualized and integrated into the game.

    Fun game if you ever can master and get all 7 continents and all challenges successfully. I've not been able to get all 7 continents 2 times in a row, but it is so rewarding when you do....Like the old saying goes for golf....It can never be mastered....only played....And the play is outstanding. It has so much going on.

    Even adding additional lighting to the playfield to make it stand out with LEDs and it just makes it even more enjoyable with more eye-candy. It is quite a beautiful playfield with the extra lighting. Pick yourself up one if it comes available. Well worth it!!”

    “As a lot of people have said, this game is seriously under-rated. Typical Pat Lawlor with so much going on its hard to know where to start. And great depth. One of his best IMO.”

  • cooked71 has this game on the wishlist.

  • “Underrated game that is fun to play. Lot's of traffic on the playfield but has some nice shots. The theme was good when it came out but may be not as appealing to the younger generations. Overall, a fun game to play but it may not be one that everyone wants in their collection.”

    “I recently picked up a super nice example of this and I must say this pin is a blast.It has a vast ruleset,you really need to play it a while before judging it.It has a super light show on the playfield.It has some really great shots that really require consistency.I just love this thing.The lightning and thunderclaps look and sound awesome!This is a very solid machine too,seems very high quality.This is a very Underated machine in my opinion.RBION is rated #63....Really??Ive played quite a few of the top rated games and this one I have just as much fun with if not more!
    This is one that will be bolted to the floor in my collection,no doubt.
    Play one and you'll see what I mean,it won't disapoint.”

  • Elevatorman currently owns this game.

  • “Love this machine. Easy to get multi-balls on it for the novice, and a deeper rule set for the experts. At times it's just frenzy of action. Unique art work.”

  • winkdot currently owns this game.

  • “Really love this table, classic Pat Lawlor.

    Only thing I don't really like is the ball save, it goes away really fast. Sometimes even before the ball is on the play field, then say you get a ball drop right down the middle, it isn't really fair losing a ball within 10 seconds.”

    “Fun pin but not a fan of the theme It really doesn't grab me. Very creative play field. The artwork could be better but overall a solid pin.”

    “At first I didn't like this machine (mostly due to constant functional issues). But after finally spending some time on it (while in good playing condition), I get it. This game is a lot of fun to play with a really good variety of shots and modes of play. There is much more to this machine than I was aware of and I have grown to really like it a lot.”

    “Enjoyed this game far more than I expected to, though the rules are not really clear.”

  • drsfmd has this game on the wishlist.

  • “Top game, but the art is ugly. Still, one of my top favorites.”

  • Pigjes currently owns this game.

  • “An underrated Stern, Lawlor put his most effort into this one when he was at Stern. Great game, but the only thing that annoys me is the match sequence. If only I can get rid of the Alvin and the Chipmunks squeal. Other than that, it's a top ten Stern.”

    “Very under rated. Whats not to like. Fun game.”

    “This is a helluva fun game, and the one I'm currently playing A LOT. It seems you can really build your flipper skills playing this one. It can be super frustrating.

    If you don't understand how to re-light the continents by hitting the right ramp, the game can downright make you want to smash the playfield glass!

    But if you take deep breaths and calmly shoot, you'll find yourself getting better and better at not just this machine but at all machines. It's a skill-building machine.

    Also it's really a rush to hit a super jackpot... especially after collecting a continent jackpot. Still haven't seen Atlantis; this one will be in my collection likely forever.”

  • chadderack currently owns this game.
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