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

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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This game got 430 approved ratings and currently scores 7.763 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #65 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.986

Artwork: 7.483

Sounds/Music: 7.286

Other Aspects: 7.862

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2 months ago


- Standup targets actually register!

- Feels like a Williams game in terms of ruleset.

- Temple adds a ton of strategy to the game: 2x playfield, road trip, etc.

- Super Jackpot rules are interesting, and help the player learn essential multiball skills.

- Return of the vari-target!


- Sounds make you feel like you just played Surf 'n Safari II.

- Vari-target often doesn't register on routed games and makes the game unplayable.

- Layout relies heavily on the left flipper.

- Continent modes are way too similar.

- Ghost from RCT is reincarnated as the shrunken head.

2 months ago

This is, for whatever reason, one of the tougher machines I've ever played. As if the rules aren't confusing enough (not really that bad but will take a handful of games before understanding it), the shots on this table are difficult to make, most especially with the bottom right flipper. The bottom left and top right ones are fine, but the bottom right one is just hard to get balls onto ramps or into loops with. This table plays quite fast, and it's definitely a machine that caters more to pinball veterans. I like the premise and all of that, but even if this machine were simpler for a more casual pinballer like myself, I'm not sure I'd like it much (if at all) more. The Jamaican sounding shrunken head is nothing short of annoying, and the sounds as a whole are rather average. I do enjoy the look of the table though, but again, this game doesn't feel quite as good as I want it to. I'll put more time into this one and edit my scores if necessary.

2 months ago

I played this at Pintastic and was a fantastic machine, wishing it was in my price range, I loved the game !

3 months ago

Very good game

Was surprised How i felt good on it. My third PL favorites with Addams family and No Good Gofers

The only grip is that skill shot of the death. No interest.

Would like to own it

4 months ago

Ripley's is a game for players, featuring a deep ruleset, challenging wizard modes to achieve, and lots of scoring opportunities. It's like an amalgamation of past Pat Lawlor games, particularly TAF and TZ, and it shares many of the same features those games have. However, RBION to me features a more meaningful ruleset with greater things playing a bigger part when it comes to scoring big (i.e., not just play multiball or get Gumball locks over and over). The flow of the game is great when you get it down, but the shots can be tricky if you're new to the game, but that makes the satisfaction of dominating this machine even greater.

Cabinet art itself is probably my least favorite aspect of this package. The theme itself though works very well and despite it being a licensed properly, it fits as if it is a completely original theme. The sounds and speech are some of Stern's best when it comes to pre-SAM games with lots of humorous, memorable callouts and beefy sounding tunes. The playfield layout is very well done with a lot of shot options, and just about every shot on the playfield is important at one time or another. The looping left ramp wireform is nice and the right ramp crossover is interesting as well. Not many real "toys" on this playfield, but the two magnets, the upper gated playfield, the multiple spinners and the vari-target are implemented in a way that makes the game stand out. For lastability, Ripley's should satiate a skilled player's need for a long time. The stacking options are great in this game, particularly once you figure out how the tic-tac-toe style board works, bring those modes into traditional vari-target Continent modes, then bring both of those into the standard multiball (three modes running together). Truly satisfying stuff.

I sold my Ripley's only because I needed the money. I look forward to the day when I can acquire another one. It's a fantastic game and one of my favorites I've had the opportunity to play.

4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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!

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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??

7 months ago

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....

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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!!

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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.

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