Road Show (Williams, 1994)

Road Show

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This game received 418 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.984 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #40 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.238

Artwork: 7.851

Sounds/Music: 7.439

Other Aspects: 7.988

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8 days ago
ROAD SHOW is an under-appreciated game. Amazing layout. NO WASTED SPACE. Lots of satisfying shots. Fun, creative code. Lots to do. Really, the only flaws are the terrible theme and the fact that the talking heads are copycat from Funhouse. This game is a great one for any true pinball fan.
28 days ago
Really like this game.
Red and Ted work great together, its a lot of fun.
45 days ago
A fun early modern game. It's nice to play pinball with original themes. I'm yet to see a Road Show with 100% of components working, but that's the nature of pinball.
46 days ago
Just doesn't have the charm Funhouse does. Looks great and is definitely a stand out. Wish there was more randomness to the modes. Great animations. Crazy shaker. Recommend carpeting under game. Fun game but wasn't a keeper for me.
55 days ago
Fun, fun, fun..... for all kind of gamer. Roadshow is a keeper for me and a real winner for the guest. If you can have just one pinball, Roadshow is a good choice.
70 days ago
This game has it all. You get 2 Rudy heads, a wide body, 2 plungers, a shaker motor, awesome ramps, 4 flippers, everything. The theme is not polarizing and will not turn anyone off. I think this game is perfect, definitely my favorite pin.
89 days ago
I don't know how to feel about this game. Decently fun, not great but the creepy doll heads really find a way to kick it down a couple pegs. Theme for me is really just a miss. Gameplay is average
3 months ago
Love this machine! it is a keeper in my collection
3 months ago
I like road show but don't love it. The theme is so so, pretty vanilla which allows it to be added to any game room and great for a family. The call outs and DMD animations can be entertaining and humerous. The widebody aspect allows for the placement of 2 pinmation talking heads of red and ted which add to the fun. The rule set is repetitive. It has a shaker motor that is capable of rattling your house. As a matter of fact, I updated the Game Roms to add the option of turning down the intensity of the shaker motor. That helped tremendously. I've owned my machine for a little while and it is in stellar shape. Not sure how long this one will last in my collection though....I would part with it but doubt that my kids will want me to.
4 months ago
Fun to play with a lot of different shots. Deep ruleset with good modes. Good DMD animations.
4 months ago
Playfield is a little too wide open with long somewhat difficult target shots.

That being said the video or side challenges are great. Red's call-outs are great

To me it as not as fun as Funhouse but it is still a game I would like to have in a collection.
5 months ago
Bought this game knowing nothing about it. Wow what a sleeper! Definitely a keeper for me. Sure the theme is unusual but who cares if the game play is that good.
6 months ago
I played on it a few times on location, and I loved it. It obviously reminded me of Funhouse in many ways, but it's an unique and great design. Difficult, but rewarding, deep ruleset, great sound design, fun theme (another great job by John Youssi)... And it's a sturdy, solid widebody machine: it just feels so nice to play on it.

In conclusion, it's definitely an excellent pinball, and one of my favorite Pat Lawlor's design.
6 months ago
Road Show is just plain fun. Tons of great shots including a great left ramp, through the jets, blast zone combo, which is my favorite combo in pinball.

It gets knocked for the music and linear-like gameplay, but man it's packed with stuff. You've got 2 freakin heads on the play field! Add a bunch of ramps, shaker and a second plunger and road show is packed without ever feeling cramped. They'll never be anything like this made again.

Awesome, bargain pin.
7 months ago
I bought this game before i even knew how much fun it was. I ordered it online and when i started playing it in pinball arcade i wasnt too happy. After a few day the game grew and grew on me! When it finally arrived it took over my days. Lots to do and gets annoyingly addictive because of the difficulty in getting to see the whole west coast. Reminds me of the 80's and early 90's video games where when you die you go back to the first level. Really fun and deep game.
9 months ago
Only ever played in the wild at a bar that is so loud I can't really rate the sound options. Great fun, lots of replay-ability. Rules clear enough to know what you are going for and still challenging for more advanced play.
9 months ago
Fun game but can get a bit repetitive. My friend has one so get plenty of opportunities to play it..
9 months ago
"You big cheeseburger!" - Red

Road Show is essentially an expansion of Funhouse, another splendid Pat Lawlor table. RS has all the same good stuff: dual plungers, shot through the jet bumpers, a talking head to shoot pinballs into, and delightfully taunting audio clips from the construction duet ("what a waste of money!")

The more I hear the multiball music--Carlene Carter's country song 'Every Little Thing'--the more I actually enjoy it. It's not annoying in the least, and the lightshow that accompanies a jackpot is stellar.

SUPER deep table with an impressive rule set. Lots to experience on your trip across the country. John Youssi's artwork is always nice to see, and that shaker motor *really* makes it feel like you're tearing up the pavement.

Collecting souvenirs is loads of fun. Mini-mode multiballs are a lovely addition and I'm still finding new things to enjoy on the west coast. The color DMD I put into mine makes a whole world of difference with terrific animations.

Road Show will be with me until the day I die. Without question it's my favorite table ever. And those callouts? Hilarious.

"Hey look Ted, frozen people!"
1 year ago
Really deep rule set!
1 year ago
Great for the youngsters. Reminds you of being in a truckstop. A little red neck...but I love it. Makes me smile every time I play it. The constant bantering between Red and Ted is priceless.
1 year ago
Can't believe I've never had a chance to play this before. Unique PF design/flipper placement. Great call-outs, bringing in stuff from other Lawlor titles, and several different objectives make this a lasting and HIGHLY underrated title. Goes great next to Funhouse!
1 year ago
I have played many machines but this was my first pinball purchase. Very challenging game with a number of objectives to go for and keep you busy. Love the wide body and the shaker on this pin is intense. All of the mini games within the game are entertaining both in voice overs as well as on the dmd. Family friendly with a slight redneck feel to it. Both my wife and 7 year daughter like playing it. I believe this is a highly underrated pin and feel it will not get boring anytime soon! I will be back to edit this review in a couple of months!
1 year ago
I'm not as excited about this game as everyone else. Granted, the game is packed with lots of nooks and crannies, and plenty of eye candy, but I find the gameplay a bit clunky and confusing at times. I like the idea of more talking heads on the playfield, but my allegiance lies with Rudy, not Red/Ted. The redneck theme is acceptable, however, the country music is a bit annoying, and I could do without it. John Youssi art fits the theme, and is an asset to the game. Casual players may be overwhelmed with the sheer enormity and complexity of the game. Not a fan of widebody games...but this is one of the best despite its faults. Being a System 11 guy, I think I like simplicity...
1 year ago
Think this is lawlor's worst game. Not a keeper.
1 year ago
Great game, theme is a little bad for me, but if you put a different theme with the same playfield it would be a top 20 game. Lots of ramps, get good and pull off the three way combo and hit blast zone. Tough shot through pop bumpers, and shelter shot is narrow. Fun game, good family pin, if your into trucking, or country music it will be the most awesome thing ever! I think this game will increase in value, its fun to play once you get past the theme. Certainly worth having as an add on in a collection or to a country music lover.
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