BalkeBoy's ratings

Pinsider BalkeBoy has rated 7 machines.

This page shows all all these ratings, and forms BalkeBoy's personal top 7.


Rating comments

BalkeBoy has written 7 rating comments:


8.896/10
5 months ago
Rollergames is the game that people always want to play when coming over. Everything about it just stands out, bright lights, the music and sound effects, the ridiculous babes and dudes on the playfield and back glass. It's so incredibly dated that the further away from 1990 it is, the better it gets!

The game is fast and flows well as Ritchie games do, with ball times pretty short for newer players. But once you can hit consistently hit the Pit and the Wall, you're golden. Definitely a "one more game" pin. The main song definitely gets stuck in your head, which is part of the appeal, but having played it for months, it doesn't ear worm me as often. Just puts me in a good mood while playing.

I think the only things preventing this game from being consistently one of the best-playing System 11's is that there's no skill shot (from perhaps successfully plunging the ball to make it down the left wire ramp?) and that Sudden Death is random instead of earned (maybe from hitting SKATE, JET, ABC, and 123 or something?). It's a not-so-hidden gem of System 11 era. I just keep coming back to it and don't stop until I have that one good game or suck so bad I gotta walk away.

Extra balls are achievable, Kick Butt is the most awesome jackpot music around, locked ball stealing and zooming around the habitrail are a nice feature, and when you can get your 3rd flipper dialed in to make the Wall of Death from the magnet, the game is just a blast. If this game was on location, I bet it would be an earner. There are a ton of better games, but Rollergames is so unique and fun that it's hard to deny hitting the start button.
9.420/10
10 months ago
An accessible now classic that's great for new players and still fun for veterans now and then. It really lays out what to do and getting to the concert isn't that difficult. It always gets a few games out of me whenever I see it!
7.920/10
10 months ago
Gottlieb gets a lot of flack for their DMD games, but this one has lasting power. Playfield is packed with things to shoot for. Music can get a little monotonous, but it sets the mood. Definitely a strong candidate for LED's with how dark the playfield is. Pretty easy to get multiball on which is fun for casual players. Mine didn't last long when we found it "fully shopped out" meant not touched at all and needed a TON of work. Returned it but miss it. It really is a fun game that tells you what to do, so be ready for lots of, "SHOOT FOR ________!" over and over again.
9.444/10
10 months ago
What hasn't already been said about this game? I've only really spend time on the remake version so maybe I don't know what I'm missing. It's just fun and so smooth. Good game time length, makes you feel like a champ every time you destroy the castle or get multiball. If it wasn't so damn expensive, maybe I'd want to own it. Luckily, there's one in town that I've thrown more dollars at than I care to say.
9.120/10
10 months ago
This is the game that I always go to in a local arcade line up of only 7 pins. It's just so smooth and fun! It feels good to play. I don't really care about Batman and I usually hate big screen pins like this, but I strangely really like the theme and the screen isn't distracting like other newer games. Getting to choose villains and then sub villains is a clever way to give this game a good amount of variety. I'll probably never buy this game, but I'll always spend an hour on it wherever I see it.
6.288/10
10 months ago
This was my first pinball machine I got for cheap. I knew nothing about repairs beyond replacing a fuse because too much flipper use would burn one out over and over again. If I was smarter, I would have looked how to fix that and not have that problem. And had I known how rare these are, I wouldn't have gotten rid of it. It's nothing splashy or crazy. Just a simple layout with basic shots of knocking down the targets to rack up points. It was fun and it makes me want to own another cocktail machine someday. Perfect for someone with minimal space. It took the place of a dining table in my little studio apartment!
8.102/10
10 months ago
This is definitely a love it or hate it machine. I'm either in the zone and locked in, or drain 3 times in 90 seconds and want to throw the stupid machine out into the street. But I don't. It's got that "one more game" pull. Partyle because Party Zone drains and drains and DRAINS. Those outlanes are hungry for your balls. And shooting for the Captain in the center sends you right down the middle half the time. But it's forcing me to really learn flipper control and nudging. This game can make you a better player.

Looks and Sound: yes, the sound quality isn't that good, the Captain sounds like he's talking through a radio. But that damn main theme just feels like a fun, stupid, 90's party. And when I select Pinball Wizard to play, it motivates me to maybe not suck this time. And with LEDs, the light show IS a party. When friends come over, see the bright yellow, ridiculous cab art and bright lights, they say, "That's f-ing cool." And it's rotating 4 player games all night.

Captain B.Zarr is a cool, funny toy that pulls people in, Supersonic Robotic Comic is so stupid it's smart and his shot is an early attempt at "modes" (if you can call them that, it's basically a System 11 with a screen for fun), and the Dancing Dummy makes our kids laugh. The shots aren't all that expansive, and there's a lot of the balls rebounding right back at your flippers or quickly draining. The best strategy is basically hit the Cosmic Cottage 3 times for Happy Hour multi-ball, fill up Rock-It Fuel 5 times and then send both balls up the Rock-It ramp for the Big Bang. But it's still hard enough. We've owned it a month, and I've only managed it twice. If you have a nice model with good ramps and a Diamond Plate like I do, it's fun to watch the ball loop and zip smoothly up and down over and over. The skill shoot is satisfying and easy enough that our 8-year-old can get it. It's fun going for Eat, Drink, and B.Merry (the Captain hole being so fickle makes this difficult) and hitting the WAY OUT OF CONTROL loop makes you feel so cool when you get it (especially when lit up and multiplied!)

All in all, it's not a perfect game, not worthy of the Top 100, but it's just goddamn fun. When I walk by it, I often go, "Yeah...I got time for one quick game." When friends and family see it, they just want to play it. They don't care that the game is real stop-and-go and done in under 3 minutes more times than not. It's quick and casual and a blast. The flip side, it does make me hungry for longer and deeper games. So it may not stay in my very limited space collection forever. But until then, we're playing the hell out of Party Zone.