PinballAlley's ratings

Pinsider PinballAlley has rated 15 machines.

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PinballAlley has written 15 rating comments:


10.000/10
5 years ago
This is my favorite pinball. My only wish is that someone could come up with a real high quality aftermarket creature hologram. Over time and with play the original never holds up. Someone please answer my prayer. Truly the quintessential pinball.
10.000/10
5 years ago
I don't understand this games rating . It must be from backlash against Stern. It represents the next generation of Stern pinball. The display monitor is awesome. The perfect size. It gives a new liveliness without reducing the backglass art to the point of insignificance. The throwback to 1966 is so cool. The artwork all around completes the feel we so loved in the tv series. The uniqueness that each SLE and LE have means that there are enough differences from game to game that it has to excite true batman fans. With the passing of Adam West , looking at the autographed play card brings the realization that this pinball is a true milestone in Americana. Pinball is a unique American cultural artform and this pinball is the perfect iconic piece. The game play is similar to previous Stern Batman pinballs but that is ok. They were good, this is better. When the bat phone rings it puts you in the game. I have to believe that as time passes this will be considered a high water mark in pinball.
9.500/10
5 years ago
As time goes on this game just holds up. All the Clint mannerisms make me smile. Even if Dirty Harry isn't part of your cultural recall, the game challenges the player without tiring the player out. It is probably one of the most balanced games ever designed.
9.120/10
5 years ago
Pop culture at it's best!
6.875/10
5 years ago
This could easily be the most overrated pinball ever. It is a good game. I enjoy playing it. The remake is even faithful in it's reproduction. The game tends to be expensive. It holds it's value which is good but it ties up lots of capitol which is bad. The addition of a bunch of new units will make future value interesting. The biggest drawback, for me, is it can feel cluttered. It is a good pinball. Usually in everyone's top ten. In my list maybe number 10.
10.000/10
5 years ago
This is the opus of the pinball machine. I can play it over and over and it never fails to amuse me. We decided this would be a signature piece and we went all out on our restoration. We added brass coin door, rails, legs hinges and anywhere else it would fit. I love magic so all the "magic" mods were so much fun. The wands and rabbits just make it so festive. This IS my favorite pinball.
8.700/10
5 years ago
This has to be one of my favorite Gottlieb pinballs of all time. If the Vista cruiser from that seventies show embodies the seventies then Bad Girls embodies the eighties. Put some Duran Duran on the boom box, break out the hair moose and find your favorite girl in a black leather mini skirt. The game successfully embodies the feel of its era. The unique mirror cabinet just adds to the enjoyment. The fact that the pool mod in the middle of the playfield is still available as NOS make it a fun restoration. The game has most of the typical play features that Gottlieb was using at the time. Given it's relatively low production number (800) , Bad Girls is somewhat rare and a good unusual piece for any collection.
7.193/10
5 years ago
This is a year 2000 pinball. Right at about the darkest time for the pinball world. The pinball is a good candidate for restoration. The worst wear is around the out hole and can be easily corrected with a metal out hole protector. The back glass art is uninspiring which is too bad because the playfield is flashy and well crafted. The game is very solid and the beginning of Stern's run of quality and well crafted pinballs. I enjoy the tie in of the magic eight ball into the pool theme. The game flows well and if you are not careful you can spend lots of time on the pin. It just lacks that razzle dazzle we all want in our pinballs. If it were ice cream it would be vanilla. A solid fun game and a good starter pinball.
7.856/10
5 years ago
If you are a South Park fan then the game is a must for you. This could be the height of Sega's pinball work. The restoration work for this pin is relatively straight forward. The pinball has all the classic features including wonderful multi-ball events. The topper is just plain fun to look at. It is hard not to play the game without laughing. One of the real drawback is that potty humor can get tired. The other issue is that many consider this game unfriendly. The ramps and ball challenges are all there. The game is well built and from a strictly pinball perspective, it plays great. It depends on your threshold for talking poop and a toilet target.
7.404/10
5 years ago
This pin is a good example of Gottlieb in this era. It is vibrant and colorful. The game play is pure fun. The real deficit is the game quality. One of the things we look for when we consider a game for renovation is playfield. It never works out if the playfield needs extensive restoration to deal with wear down to the wood. It is for that reason that we have not seen one that would make a good candidate for restoration in a few years. I would love to find one new in the box just to protect it properly. The game is that fun.
8.556/10
5 years ago
I love this game. It is number (1) one my sleeper list. The only drawbacks are that it is victim of the sound limitations of it's day. The other is that the head is so high that it sometimes limits where it can go. We have restored many of these. I try to keep one in my showroom at all times. I have always been a sucker for an interactive back glass and this one is tops. Free the queen and defeat the king is not easy. It is wonderful in its challenging simplicity. It doesn't rely on a movie theme or television show. It is pure pinball design at it's best. It also reflects everything that was right with Williams. I feel it is so low on these ratings because it is not a game everyone has played. After a complete restoration the game just shines like it was new. That is always a testimony to the craftsmanship designed into the game initially. You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear, but you can make one out of and old one. I see that I keep getting more request for Big Guns as time goes on. It could be the slowest catching on pinball of all time. This machine is an asset to any collection.
8.223/10
5 years ago
The vast amount of lights makes this game pure eye candy. After a full LED installation it is a self contained carnival. The game is sure fun with ramps and the swirling bowl in the middle. I wish that more time went into cabinet design and better quality went into playfield toys. Getting past those issues the game does shake rattle-n-roll. It is a more challenging pinball to restore. It is always that way when there are some quality issues. Replacing the flipper mechanisms with better grade ones improves game play vastly. This is a good family friendly pinball. Looks great under the Christmas tree!
7.988/10
5 years ago
We just did a full restore on a Popeye. We added electric blue legs with black cabinet protectors and the game just shines. The back glass is way ahead of it's time, almost as if it had been waiting for LED's. The theme of saving the earth speaks to todays culture. It is a family friendly pinball with a green message. The play has lots going on. The biggest issue for me is that the upper playfield obscures too much. The pinball lends itself to restoration as well as any pinball. It has it share of unique features and is durable. A good family pinball at a reasonable price point.
7.849/10
5 years ago
If you enjoy baseball and all it's nuances then you will love Silver Slugger. This game was made for restoration. After a complete LED refit and upgraded components this game is beautiful. It was meant for lighting. Adding a high quality flipper kit really zooms this up. The game design had the ball cracking against the glass to simulate the crack of the bat in a real baseball game. This game also has nuances that are subtle and similar to it's on field counterpart. In my humble opinion- A great game to own.
6.749/10
5 years ago
I put this pin on the high side of my sleeper list. The game is interesting. We have restored several and they seem to shine after the proper TLC. This is one game that an LED upgrade really helps. This pinball tends to be a real value ever after a full restoration. I would not be ashamed to have this in my collection.