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

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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This game got 459 approved ratings and currently scores 7.768 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #69 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.014

Artwork: 7.495

Sounds/Music: 7.325

Other Aspects: 7.896

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1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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!!
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Enjoyed this game far more than I expected to, though the rules are not really clear.
2 years ago
Would somebody please tell that darn idol just to chill out? Overall this is a fun game, but the sounds in this game are so grating to my ears that I cringe when I hear the bizarre callouts emitting from those speakers.
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
Very under rated. Whats not to like. Fun game.
2 years 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.
2 years 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
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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 main complaint is the theme. Wrap this layout in a new theme and it would be quite a bit higher.
2 years ago
Pat Lawlor Fun
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Kind of an odd theme, gameplay doesnt do much for me but a good layout and rules.
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