Scared Stiff (Bally, 1996)

Scared Stiff

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This game received 698 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.420 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #14 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.314

Artwork: 8.749

Sounds/Music: 8.073

Other Aspects: 8.41

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5 days ago
After the awesome table that was "Elvira and the Party Monsters", she returned with "Scared Stiff", a fine table to be sure, but a slight step down from its predecessor.

The design is eye-popping. The playfield is brilliant and colorful with a 60's grindhouse horror cinema feel to it. This is capped by a coffin/crate in the center of the table and a giant ramp covered by the skeleton of a dragon's neck and skull. The music matches the theme but gets really repetitive very quickly. The frogs screaming each time you hit one is not great audio because you seem to hit them every five seconds.

Elvira has her usual double entendres but they're more innocent this time around and some of the others seem forced and too scripted ("Nice, us"; "Oh! I'm having multiple jackpots!"; "How 'bout another ball?") to be truly memorable.

"Stop the Spider" is also repetitive and wrecks the flow of the game. Sorry. I've never liked it. It's just an annoying feature that gives you repetitive tasks to accomplish ("Fish Head" for the 173rd time in ten minutes?!) and makes it feel like something completely separate from what you were just doing.

Aside from that, the gameplay is very smooth. It's fairly easy to hit the ramps and I love the light show during the multiball event, though it just sort of "happens" without much fanfare.

Great ball drain sequence (no pun intended).

I just like the first Elvira game better. It was beautifully simple whereas this game is needlessly complex and repetitive.
7 days ago
I loved this game the first time I played and I loved it the last time I played it. Genius to have that crate be easy and fun for beginners, but not to mean too much in terms of score (unless you keep hitting it). The game just feels solid. I wish the rules were a little deeper...maybe have completing all of the tales mean a little bit more in the long run. Getting to the scared stiff mode is great, but beating it is a little to easy. This is another game in my collection that everyone loves right way. It just makes sense and is flat out fun to play. A classic.
18 days ago
Gorgeous game...just wish it had a little bit more in terms on longterm interest. Got tired of it pretty quickly. Got another one 5 years later and same deal.

The game just does not have legs like Elvira does.

Could have been a top ten all time based on art and theme. But the rules and layout just are not at the same level.
37 days ago
An absolutely great classic machine. The layout is simple and easy to understand. You always know what to go for next and what you have/haven't completed. The theme and music are just great. It is such a fun game to play with the just one more play aspect really kicking in for me.
I would definitely recommend anyone going out and playing it when you can find the chance.
52 days ago
One of the best pins ever made.
53 days ago
This is one sexy table. The rules are easy to understand and once you are good at making the ball lock shot it becomes even more fun. Elvira's super sexy voice is a real treat and the dialogue make it fun for kids while still having enough sexual innuendo to bring a smile for adults...just wait til you make her have 'multiple jackpots'. Great fun for kids and grown ups.
64 days ago
I love it really great artwork and funny theme !a good gameplay not so easy with the blue fear but all the familly
can enjoy with.I recommend this amazing game a really successfull ...
3 months ago
I find this one to be extremely fun! It's got a solid challenge, and the modes really feel like a progression. As someone who was a fan of the Elvira character back in the 80's, this pin really hits on what was fun about watching those old B horror movies in the middle of the night. I won't be owning this while I have a daughter living at home, but I throughly enjoy playing it on location!
3 months ago
The Bad - the leapers sounds get tiring. The Good - just about everything else. The callouts are classic and just about the best of any game out there. Stop the spider is genius. Multiball modes are challenging.
3 months ago
I'm a horror guy. Love a dark theme, or even fun like Monster Bash. But.... for some reson Scared Stiff did not do it for me. I can understand why many collectors want one, but for me it wasn't that good of a machine. It seemed quite repetitive. The music got on my nerves and the call outs were getting old. I was disappointed because my expectations were set so high because of the theme and reviews, but in the end the game fell short for me. I can honestly say that this is a game I wouldn't consider buying ever...
3 months ago
My absolute favorite game. Its not so overly complicated that you really have to think about what your doing but deep enough that you get invested in each ball. There's nothing more rewarding in pinball than when all of the lights suddenly turn off and you have that moment of calm before all hell breaks loose when you reach scared stiff. Cool toys, the stiff in the coffin, the leapers, the back box spinning spider. In too young to be an Elvira fan but the theme holds up and the call outs are fun. Overall exactly what a pin should be, fun!
4 months ago
Yep. Us old timers love it because they have years of experience playing lots of pins.

Very fun game with fantastic implementation of a great theme. Well designed with fun, flowing shots. Great humor. Rules are fun and spider wheel is a great invention. Rules aren't deep so it's last ability is hurt a bit. I think it's a top 20 pin all day.
5 months ago
hey old timers love this game
5 months ago
I want to play more of this. I have never gotten deep enough into it. It seems a bit shallow on the rules, but boy, it's fun.
7 months ago
This pin is a blast to play. It rewards practice and is enjoyable for folks of any skill level. A truly refined game and also very pretty and solid. Love it. If only it weren't so dark.
7 months ago
I think this machine ranks blah blah

Action/Per/Minute: poor. tons of stop n go (2 scoops, 1 blackbox toy, very long ramps.
Backhands: good
Bonus Multiplier Goal: unknown
Dink Donk: decent — ball dinks and donks after hitting trunk
Drops: none
Extra Balls: great - many ways to earn them
Flippers: 2
Hurry-ups: unknown
Inlane Lane Change: none
Inlane Ramp Release: poor — the ball is spoon-fed to the inlanes, and there’s a pause each time that throws off your flow
Inlane Swoosh: good
Jackpot/Bonus Collect: unknown
Lane Change: yes
MB Earning: decent - kinda easy - several ways to earn it. left ramp then left outlane is rather easy with low risk
MB Fun: great - multiball. detains, long ramp shots. open space
Nudging: decent. didn’t need it too much other than outlanes
Orbits (Repeatable): none
Outlane Fun: decent
Pops: poor — they don’t help or hurt you. Rather waste of space
Rules (time/order): unknown
Shots (total): 9
Skill Shot: yes - very good one
Slap-Saves: yep. very good.
Spinners: none
Stop'n'Go: poor - very stop n go.
Taunting: fair - callouts - but they sure don’t make u mad
Toy/Gimmick: bash toy is very good
Voice / V. choreography: excellent. game knows what you are doing and what’s up - lots of call outs

ART: great
SOUND: great
FEEL: great
OVERALL: not my style of table, but I can see why people like it
7 months ago
Great theme
7 months ago
fun pin lacks a little on code
8 months ago
Amazing game! 3D Back glass, nice playfield, Fun toys. Music, sound and speech are awesome ! Scared Stiff is a MUST HAVE machine.
8 months ago
In high-school, I spent tons of coins and almost more time playing this pinball than being in class. It's one of the best-themed and funniest machines ever, and I loved it. Since then, I played a lot of other pinballs, got better skills, and when going back to Scared Stiff, it lacks a bit of variety and challenge. But still, it has that "special" something that makes it so lovely.
9 months ago
Another one of those classic tables, it has a certain level of "sexiness" which may turn some players off but my wife loved the suggestive comments and thought the table was great fun. I did have to explain who Elvira was though, the problems with marrying young.
9 months ago
Great looking pinball machine and very fun to play however, after you complete the relatively easy objectives it can get repeatative...
11 months ago
Beatiful pin with Great game! My SS has Soul...some days so easy to master, other days Elvira send me away with drains after drains.
11 months ago
Simply great pin. No special features but everything is right where it should be for nice flow and fun. Good rules for beginners, but enough deep for long time playing. Awesome!!
11 months ago
this games is very to easy and fast boring play
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