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

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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This game got 434 approved ratings and currently scores 7.769 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #64 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.009

Artwork: 7.499

Sounds/Music: 7.305

Other Aspects: 7.886

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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.
1 year ago
Enjoyed this game far more than I expected to, though the rules are not really clear.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Very under rated. Whats not to like. Fun game.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
1 year ago
Pat Lawlor Fun
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.
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.
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.
1 year ago
Kind of an odd theme, gameplay doesnt do much for me but a good layout and rules.
1 year ago
1 year ago
I can't get enough of this game. It just feels right!
1 year ago
undervalued buy it while you can
1 year ago
Love it !
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.
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.
1 year ago
not bad machine to be played
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