Scared Stiff (Bally, 1996)

Scared Stiff

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This game received 685 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.410 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #15 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.303

Artwork: 8.746

Sounds/Music: 8.043

Other Aspects: 8.397

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4 hours 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 ...
26 days 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!
51 days 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.
51 days 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...
53 days 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!
78 days 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.
87 days ago
hey old timers love this game
3 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.
4 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.
5 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
5 months ago
Great theme
5 months ago
fun pin lacks a little on code
6 months ago
Amazing game! 3D Back glass, nice playfield, Fun toys. Music, sound and speech are awesome ! Scared Stiff is a MUST HAVE machine.
6 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.
6 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.
7 months ago
Great looking pinball machine and very fun to play however, after you complete the relatively easy objectives it can get repeatative...
8 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.
9 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!!
9 months ago
this games is very to easy and fast boring play
11 months ago
A great game. Lots to shoot at.
11 months ago
Killer game
1 year ago
Great machine with fun toys.
1 year ago
I'm not a big Elvira fan but I love the two games based on her. This game is the better of the two if only for it's modern advances. All of the shots are very satisfying. The callouts are great. The music is decent. Some of the best playfield design integrated with the art.
1 year ago
Had it, sold it - haven't missed it. Beautiful game in every way - great theme, good flow, funny, but simply boring after a bit - it just seems to be missing that something to put it out of the ballpark...and that's something you only realize after owning it for a bit...first impressions with this pin are HUGE....
1 year ago
This is a really fun machine and definitely a classic! The theme is awesome artwork and dot animations are a great compliment to the overall package. The call out by Elvira are entertaining and always good for a few laughs. The game plays very smoothly and the fun factor is through the roof on this pin. They playfield has a great layout and there plenty of fun shots to make.

On the negative side, the ruleset is a bit on the shallow side, but it's deep enough to keep the pin fun. Also, this machine loses a bit of its charm once familiarity sets in. While it's something that happens to every machine, many of the jokes and call outs start to feel a bit stale quicker than usual. However, it's always great machine to go back to after taking a bit of a break. All in all, this is a super fun pinball with great artwork, good shots, and a classic theme.
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