Who Dunnit (Bally, 1995)

Who Dunnit

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This game received 255 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.676 /10

7.676

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This game ranks #94 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.588

Artwork: 7.596

Sounds/Music: 7.483

Other Aspects: 7.616



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8.095/10
24 days ago
Subversively hilarious with the private eye who has a gambling problem theme, the pin is super fun and the designers got the theming tied together near perfectly.

As others have said where this falls down is in predictability with the rules, there is a fairly simple story mode that never varies in order, after playing a few times you really don't need to bother with clues at all to decide who the suspect should be. That said, even knowing the suspect doesn't mean you'll be successful at catching them as do so requires running the gauntlet of timed shots. Being predictable in goal isn't really a bad thing, especially when I think of my favorite pins are generally just the ones where you rack up points mindlessly anyway but most of those make you work for the points. Here the ball can be in play for a long time which may or may not be a good thing for you. There are a few start/stop moments and some of the return shots can be lightening fast and a little unbalanced compared to others.

I would love to have a nice version of this in my collection some day but there are other pins I'd rather have first. Watch for the insets above the flippers, they all seem to show wear on every copy I've seen even ones that the seller says have no wear. If this had a working mechanical roulette wheel instead of the DMD one (or in conjunction with) it would be higher on my wish list.
6.744/10
35 days ago
This was in a game room at my work for a while, so I've played this a lot. Fun game with a very distinct theme and feel. Love the Noir setting and overall objective to catch the killer and figure out who-dunnit. Sound and callouts are really good and animations fit well with the theme.

That said, there are definitely some things I don't like about this machine. Clues are repetitive and don't always make sense for figuring out the killer. Tony's palace is WAY too easy to hit and roulette completely destroys any semblance of balanced scoring. Ever wanted to completely dominate a game or an opponent and walk away with basically nothing and a loss due to pure luck? Or play a so-so game and end up on the leader board without earning it? Then this game is for you. Kind of cheapens the experience.

Really fun for a few games if playing alone and care more for the experience than your score, but wouldn't hold up long term for me or be something I'd want in my home.
8.796/10
38 days ago
Who dunnit is a very cool game I really like the theme and music in the game. It also has good rules and callouts.
8.097/10
74 days ago
Why do I love this unusual machine? I shouldn't. No upper flippers. Long ramps are not much in play. It's got fairly a fairly simple rules set. There's a ton of luck involved with high scores, digital luck at that. And it's in the heart of the absurd point hyperinflation of the mid 90's; a billion is just a kind of OK score on this machine.

Oh, despite all that, it's just fun as hell. For one thing, the jazzy Theme from Peter Gunn music. The 1930's hardboiled private dick - problem gambler narrator, like from some kind of noir film they never made. (Yes, it's a teensy bit like Clue: The Pinball, but not really.) The (tiny) logic puzzle involved in getting to the suspect. 2, 3, and 4-ball multiballs. A wizard mode that's not really a wizard mode. A hidden midnight mode. The weird-ass triple scoop in the front, which is unlike any other game's (and really does require some skill). The sequencing required to get certain bonuses. The variety of strategies available to score high. It's got Novice mode for your guests and beginners, it has buy ins to keep it going, it's got cute little quotes like the Pack of Rats and the (mostly) meaningless Secret Bookcase lock. Despite the ostensibly violent theme, it's a good kids' game - see also those easy multiballs and the not-really-bloody "murders" one has to solve.
8.108/10
4 months ago
Boy..."Who Dunnit?" I played one game. That game took over one hour to complete. Why? Because

1) It's WAY to easy to hit ramps in this game.
2) Because it's too easy to hit ramps, you can constantly light up "EXTRA BALL" like it's July 4th.

The theme is brilliant. Mystery noir with a hard-boiled private detective trying to find various killers throughout the city. The issue with this is that there's no "logic". You're just guessing, really. There are always about a half dozen suspects you can choose from but the killer is random and the reasoning for them being the killer never really makes much sense. Either that or I'm truly missing something. In any case, this is one of those Bally games where you can score a billion points blindfolded.

One of the cool catches is that you're also supposed to be a habitual gambler and you can play slots and roulette as side games as you're trying to solve cases. This means you could be about 100,000 from being the number one high scorer on the table...only to lose that position because you just lost 900,000,000 points at the roulette table. No, you don't HAVE to play roulette...but the thought that you could not only be in 1st Place on the scoreboard by over a billion points appeals to your ego. You play pinball thus you have an ego. It's unique to say the least.

I was able to get through five cases. Not sure if there's anything more to do after that. But I DO love when you guess the correct suspect -- only to lose them as they run for the rooftop and you have to literally "chase" them across the city. The way this is executed is that lanes are randomly lit -- but they change every few seconds. So you have to hurry and try to get the ball up into the correct lane. If you hit the correct lane at the right time, you have to hit one last lane to "subdue" them and have them arrested. This is followed by a four-ball multiball which gives you a TON of points if you're really good.

The problem is that the gameplay and audio feels more than a bit repetitive with audio callouts repeating every few seconds without fail. If CastleVania: Symphony of the Night were a pinball machine, this would be it.

And, so, this game isn't without its faults. "Who Dunnit?" isn't the greatest but it's TRULY unique. It just feels too easy. A skilled child could probably beat the table if they were quick enough. And that's another part of the problem: it feels like you're playing a game geared for kids.

I liked my experience with this game but I'm not sure I'd ever take the time to play another long game.
8.808/10
4 months ago
Love solving the different cases and catching the culprit. The elevator is also a really fun shot that really makes you think about your next move.
8.496/10
4 months ago
Just a blast to play. Elevator ramp seems to make or break this game for people, same with the roulette table and slots. You better have an alibi.
4.534/10
4 months ago
Fell kinda short. Wanted to like it. Just didnt.
8.780/10
5 months ago
Great theme, lot's of fun. I would like to own this one day!
9.740/10
7 months ago
Very fun pinball, once you start playing you would never stop because you would like to capture more and more killers, genius idea for a game that never tastes!
8.980/10
9 months ago
I love this game and so does my girlfriend. Loved it so much that we had to buy one. Flows nicely and the music sounds great while sounding classy all at the same time. The roulette wheel can make or break your score, so the highscore can change overnight if someone's luck is better than yours.
7.891/10
10 months ago
Cool pin for those into the theme. For me a bit too borring. Rules set is nice and deep enough. Roulette is cool, can change the highscore overnight.
Got me drawn in for the first night, after that it was over. Flows nice though, polished it can be a very fast pin. Who dunnit changes everytime so.... no routine. just not very exiting. exept when u double ur 3.000.000.000 with roulette! for a second.
5.525/10
10 months ago
Not for me at all. Cluttered playfield with ugly colours. A nightmare to shop! Cabinet is ugly but the backbox is ok just because of the side art.

Rules are ok, but the game is too slow. Also has random aspects like the roulette and slots. No...I usually avoid it.
9.160/10
11 months ago
This is one of my favorite tables, I have played it numerous times at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, NV.

It has some nice random elements and accurate shots needed often in a timely fashion to score well.

It's a game with murder mysteries played out, games are likely never the same.

It's well done in The Pinball Arcade, found in Season 3 also!

I agree that it's probably a huge maintenance hassle of a table with the slot machine especially.
8.760/10
11 months ago
Just picked this machine up and I really enjoy all the modes and although none of the shots are high in difficulty or insanely rewarding the game is just a blast. Perfect game to have if you have family who don't play pinball often. The novice mode is a great feature. All the different multiballs and slots are fun. Music is great but I really enjoy the endgame blues music. Playfield aren't is kind of like a board game box but that's the fun of it.
8.964/10
1 year ago
This is a good sleeper game that most people pass on because of the theme and roulette(point gambling). A very deep set of rules keep the game interesting. Love the noir look and sound. Can usually be picked up for a lot less than games from the same era.
8.664/10
1 year ago
Cool game, a bit too stop and go, but its a fun game overall. Worth owning at some point. Probably better in a larger collection.
7.377/10
1 year ago
Cool noir theme. Mixing Clue with pinball is a great idea. This one is a lot of stop and go, but can also play very fast. Game has some unique features, betting and losing all your points on roulette.....can be very risky. Using the center scoop to control the elevator movements is a nice feature, and the start of multiball is a blast. Good lights and sound, and nice DMD animations. I enjoy this game, while friends and family are divided on it. If you get a chance to play one, then check it out.
8.340/10
1 year ago
Table with great unique atmosphere of noir detective story, which is awesome. The "back loop ramp" in the center of playfield is also unique idea. Plus part of "gambling" and chance with slot machine and rulette. Rules could be deeper and more complex, thats true.

For me its great fun and awesome pin, really different than other pins.
7.549/10
1 year ago
Once modded and getting started this pin is underrated. You can buy pinballmachines for + 6000$ that are much more boring.
8.836/10
1 year ago
Really cool and unique game. I had fun playing it because I really dig the theme and how they combined a mystery game into a pinball game. I'm not sure how long it would last in a small collection, however. Plus i'm sure if you play it enough, it may be become easier to guess the clues. Could become repetitive. I will always play it when I see one, though. Great game.
9.620/10
2 years ago
Amazing game with great callouts and theme. The roulette wheel and slots are awesome!
6.392/10
2 years ago
Fun but too slow for me... and finally borring.
6.348/10
2 years ago
:D

Pros:
- Prototype software doesn't put a cap on the Jackpot values, which makes Multiball the focus of the game rather than other features.
- Slot machine is a nice touch, plus awards from it are really helpful.
- Roof hurry-up is an awesome mode. 100m for each shot in multiball? Sign me up!
- Roulette can play a huge impact on scores.

Cons:
- As with Junkyard, prototype was much better than the final product.
- You can collect Extra Balls over and over if the slot reward is set to it.
- Great tournament game because of the proto's jackpot sharing. Another A division must!
- Roulette can score much more than Multiball or anything else in the production ROMs.
6.825/10
2 years ago
WHO dunnit feels like playing a mix of pinball versions of Clue and The Maltese Falcon (or whatever noir PI film you like). The theming makes the game a unique experience, even if some of the shots are a little awkward.

The elevator ramps located dead center in the PF are a unique feature, but they can be a hindrance to game flow. Still, I like the concept, especially when I'm in the mood to play something a different. The phone shots and the large orbit are run-of-the-mill, but not bad.

I also liked the casino features like playing roulette with bonuses and spinning slots (though, the casino theme seems out of place for a murder mystery oriented game). Figuring out who the killer is in each case presents engaging modes with enough sideshow modes to be satisfying.

I'd recommend playing and owning WHO dunnit to anyone - just be prepared for that center ramp set to be annoying at times.
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