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

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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This game got 444 approved ratings and currently scores 7.780 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #61 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8

Artwork: 7.493

Sounds/Music: 7.321

Other Aspects: 7.87

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Rating #51 of 26 1 year ago

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

Rating #51 of 35 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 10 1 year ago


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

Rating #51 of 29 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 13 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 17 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 173 1 year ago

Pat Lawlor Fun

Rating #51 of 16 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 9 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 6 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 164 1 year ago

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

Rating #51 of 36 1 year ago


Rating #51 of 6 1 year ago

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

Rating #51 of 56 1 year ago

undervalued buy it while you can

Rating #51 of 93 1 year ago

Love it !

Rating #51 of 47 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 7 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 6 1 year ago

not bad machine to be played

Rating #51 of 57 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 25 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 10 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 9 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 53 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 8 1 year ago

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.

Rating #51 of 75 1 year ago

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

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