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

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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This game got 417 approved ratings and currently scores 7.789 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #57 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.016

Artwork: 7.481

Sounds/Music: 7.302

Other Aspects: 7.894

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“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.
  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “Pros:
    Amazing ruleset
    Cool thunder noise when hitting switches
    Great features: magnets, upper playfield, ramps, back ally/orbit; only game I know when two sets of bumpers (can shoot between on one side or line up lights above the other to get all 3 lit!)

    After many games, have to say the theme really doesn't grab me
    Would like to see more fun toys besides shrunken head
    Better cabinet art would be nice”

  • travmo123 has this game on the wishlist.

  • “Solid game, but nothing to write home about. The rule set is pretty deep, so for serious pinheads, this game is challenging. The 'around the world' hole on mine is important to completing rules, but even direct hits often find the ball bouncing out - so that can be frustrating. All in all, a better game than it is currently rated.”

    “Incredibly under-rated game! I've had tons more fun as have others playing this than much higher rated games. Very nice game with tons of great shots to make, great theme and artwork, lighting and color, very interesting and variable in nature. The playfield has no wasted space with many different angled shots, some good toys.”

  • Scooter108 currently owns this game.

  • “This game is honestly one of my favorite Stern layouts. I like almost everything about the layout / gameplay. The upper playfield could be better, but overall my only complaint is the theme. Wrap this layout in a new theme and it would be a little higher. I would have said a lot higher, but others seem to have realized how underrated this machine was a few years ago.”

    “Pat Lawlor Fun”

    “Very fun and pretty deep game. Not easy to score by any means, lots of variation, doesn't get old. A bit like TZ, and underrated.”

  • Rlerman has owned this game in the past.

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