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

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Total rating

This game got 418 approved ratings and currently scores 7.791 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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“Ripley has it going on. This is a very deep game that hides its depth by being less linear in play than most deep ruleset games. Modes are important and mostly fun to play, challenging the player to complete them and earn Ripley's letters.

This game holds facts, tidbits, and secrets from the world at large and the inner world of pinball that are always a delight to discover.

The playfield is classic Pat Lawlor: one side a little too close for comfort, long tight shots, two sets of three pop bumpers, with a shot through a set of course.

The most novel feature is the temple grid, awarding big prizes for completing rows, columns, or diagonals.

Mode stacking and the playfield multiplier make for good strategic gameplay.

And there is Atlantis lurking there, always beyond the horizon.”

  • Voltherd currently owns this game.
  • 3 Pinsiders starred this rating review

  • “A great game with a lot going on. Love all the different shots and the amount of things to look at on the playfield. This is another game I would like to add to my collection.”

    “Kind of an odd theme, gameplay doesnt do much for me but a good layout and rules.”


  • Snowyetti currently owns this game.

  • Bbismuth

    Pinball addict

    “I can't get enough of this game. It just feels right!”

  • Bbismuth has this game on the wishlist.

  • ek77

    Pinball master

    “undervalued buy it while you can”

    “Love it !”

    “Another great game that's also on my wish list. This has a bunch of cool shots and features. Although the shrunkin head is a little freaky. LOL Still, it's a real fun game that has a lot of lastability to it. It's fun shooting around through all the continents. Very creative. I think this should be higher up on the top 100 list myself.”

    “Played once for roughly 3 hours. I did not ever manage to figure out what half the shots were or many of the goals in this machine.”

    “not bad machine to be played”

    “There are a whole lot of better sterns out there than this. Maybe I missed something, but I didn't get into this game. Boring.”

    “I really like this game and it's on my wish list even though I really dislike: (1) The creepy guy on the cabinet artwork, (2) the ugly slingshot plastics, and (3) the physical shrunken head toy (although I like his callouts) is almost as bad as the troll doll on RCT. However, while those elements slightly lower my score the ruleset and the shots really do it for me.”

  • classicgamefan currently owns this game.

  • “Have had Ripley's for almost one year. I find it a hard game to get many points. I like it lots of shots and lots of fun. Lots to shoot at and challenging. Still not tired of it. Shrunken head is cool.”

  • pinball77 currently owns this game.

  • “A great pin and should be rated higher. Lots of things to do and different directions with plenty of variation. Flow is good and fun for all ages.”

    “This is a fun machine. That seems to loosen up on ball 3. Lots of different game types and fun ramps to hit. Replay seems really easy as well. I purchased credits and ended up winning 7 or 8 replays.

    Two things seem strange.

    1.) The counting up scoring. In many of the game types. You're score will just increase as long as you keep the ball in play. If I was bored enough I would have just held the ball on my flipper for 30 minutes until I had the high score.

    2.) The shrunken head sfx almost ruins this game it is so repetitive and constant that I walked away with 2 credits still on the machine, because I couldn't take anymore of the sfx.”

    “Ripley's is a real players game. It has quite a bit of things to do with more than one wizard mode, fun shots, great super jackpot animation and effect. There is much more than meets the eye on this game.”

    “Two sets of pop bumpers!! I stole this one that's why I have it! for a Stern its a better one!”

  • pindan3 has owned this game in the past.

  • “Excellent ruleset with lots of things to do. Frog Frenzy and Atlantis are both quite hard to reach providing good lastalbility.

    Vari-target rejects and evil outlane/inlane setup can make the game quite frustrating occasionally.”

  • marble has owned this game in the past.

  • “The playfield layout is pretty original and gameplay decent but I had a very hard time with the theme. It just didn't keep me interested.”

    “Annoying sounds. Shrunken head taken from Harry Potter movie (lol). Not a fan of the upper playfield with ramps (ramps are good, but it looks out of place). Slingshots are creepy. Did not like this one.
    However, this one is family friendly. Lots to do in this pin and the playfield is PACKED with all sorts of nifty shots.”

    “I really like this game. Balls last a long time. great call outs, and I really enjoy the SFX. It definitely feels like a "poor man's Twilight Zone", but I don't think there is anything wrong with that. I like this game, it's fun, entertaining, challenging and relatively deep. Areas can be a bit repetitive but I still come back to it on a regular basis. Play it, you won't be disappointed.”

    “Man, I love this pin! I never thought anything would break my love affair with CFTBL, but Ripley's did. I can just play it and play it and play it over and over and it never gets old. There is always another goal to chase after. I used to watch the show and read the books in my youth and went to the Ripley's museums as a young adult, so I LOVE the artwork/theme/playfield! Lot's of multiball modes to keep the blood pumping and the call-outs are killer, especially for jackpots. Very deep ruleset that reveals itself over time. Or you could read the rulesheet ;-)

    My only gripe with this machine and it's a small one is that it's pretty tricky to reach the upper playfield with the lower right flipper. Since this is where most of the action takes place, I find myself favoring the left flipper, nearly always passing the ball anytime it comes down the right side. The upper right flipper is exceedingly important though, so it's kind of reverse trade-off.”

  • Omniscience3 has this game on the wishlist.

  • “It's alright, I guess. Neat graphics and sound, but the game itself is a tiny bit lackluster.”


  • Iamdarras has owned this game in the past.

  • “Very under-rated game, still. Nice rule set but can be difficult for some to see and get.
    When dialed in plays very well in the Pat Lawlor fashion.
    Great lighting effects when nice LED's are put in. I've played ugly RBION's and beautiful ones and it all comes down to care and attention to detail.
    Worth considering for your collection.”

  • RussG has owned this game in the past.

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