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Decision Time - Riverboat Gambler or Pinbot?

By bdPinball

7 years ago


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#1 7 years ago

RBG Is rather old, she is wrinkled, and wears glasses. She is known for rather liberal bent on the court- wait, wrong RBG.

My prospective RBG is in very good shape, and the song really brought me back. $1,800.

The Pin@Bot is only $1,400, and seems robe in pretty good condition as well, except for an intermittent voice problem.

Thoughts? Tawk amongst yourself.

#2 7 years ago

I do enjoy pinbot but from my experience RBG has more things to do but i may be wrong

#3 7 years ago

I've never understood why people think Pin-Bot is such a great game. It's simply "ok" in my book.

RBG isn't a great game either, but it's got a lot more to hold your attention. Price seems a little high to me, but maybe that's what they are going for these days...

#4 7 years ago

I've played both extensively, and it would come down to this for me. If the Pinbot is in great condition, I'd take it over the RBG. Same in the reverse as condition is everything to me.

Overall, I'd give the edge to Pinbot because I love the sounds and it's a classic game. Prices seem to be okay but if they're nice my gut would say about $200 less on each. You can't lose with either one, both really fun games.

#5 7 years ago

Why not split the difference? If you like the casino motifs of Riverboat Gambler and appreciate the layout of Pin-Bot, you should look for a Jack-Bot. It has great sounds and music, DMD animations and a variety of casino-style games.

Have a look at Bowen's tutorial:

#6 7 years ago

I'm worried about the sound problems on the Pinbot. I'll wait for one with no issues. He doesn't seem like he's dropped the price enough to account for paying someone for a sound board. So, I'm back to the Riverboat Gambler, or, well, I saw this really great Gladiator for $1,000.

tampa.craigslist.org link

Gladiator is a Gottlieb/Premier game, Designed by Jon Norris, with art by the Constantinos, and David Moore. I recognize the Constantinos, the've done the artwork on 1/2 the games in my game room! I've been told to be weary of these - I guess they're almost as bad as the early Gottlieb SS games, like Sinbad, Circus, and I can't think of the name, but now I can't get that music out of my head. So I read the IPDB file on it, and it looks kind of interesting. Anyone have one in their collection?

It's a LOT cheaper than the RBG, and I'm sure that the guy will be upset if I put him off another month, but I don't see how I could pass on this one. What do you guys think?

As always, I appreciate you fine fellows advice.

-Brian

#7 7 years ago

Oh! The guy posted it!

tampa.craigslist.org link

Unfortunately you don't get much of a view of the table from his pics, but it's pretty nice.. Like I said It's also $800 more than the Gladiator. Heh.

#8 7 years ago

I have a gladiators and i love it. Im not sure why though. Its not a deep ruleset at all, go for the modes, slay the beast, done. But, the flow of the upper ramps and flippers never gets old for me. The shaker motor can shake the doors off the house, i like the playfield art, and they are built like tanks besides one resistor under the playfield that will go bad and cause tje flashers not to work. 1000 seems to be on the cheap side nowadays. It seems the last few i have seen for sale have been around 1800-2000. I got mine for under a grand 2 years ago though. Just my 2 cents. But i also like gottliebs

#9 7 years ago

RBG as who doesn't like a bit of a gamble? I'd like one.

#10 7 years ago

This would be my first Gottlieb. I've never liked their EM's. Okay, I've put up my shield, go ahead, throw things! I know everyone just digs them to death, but for me, it's something about the shape of the flippers. I didn't like Bally Games for the same reason, but then the got bought by Williams - And now this game has the pointy flippers too-

I saw a 300 for like $250 or something over in Daytona or somewhere. Maybe I'll score one and see what they're like. A friend of mine told me their EM games are not built nearly as well, or are as easy to follow/repair as Williams and Bally Games of the same era.

Well, I don't know, after my research, even if someone comes up and says "Oh God! Premier games are terrible!" I might still get this. I guess I'll go play it and see how it is. I'm still supposed to be selling m Spy Hunter this week, and I'll I'd have the money for either one in the case this Gladiators is a bomb.

-B

#11 7 years ago

Let us know. Interested to know what you think of gladiators. Check the shaker motor and make sure its there with the weight at least present, i know they get removed or unplugged since its pretty powerful. If the flashers dont work, its the resistor under the playfield, and make sure the catapult (left) ramp motor works. It should swing left and right for part of the game. The right ramp is also slightly adjustable, and may need to be if it sends the ball right down the middle. Those are the only things i would really look out for. And if the pops drive you nuts that the ball stays up there too long, hold both flipper buttons and theyll stop. Great during rain of terror though when theyre worth 500k each hit

#12 7 years ago

Nuts. It purged my message!

No G, but I got the RBG!

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#13 7 years ago

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#14 7 years ago

She's a beauty, congrats. One of the better ones I have seen left in the world.

#16 7 years ago

Really. I saw some cracks, and a chink missing on the left there.. What can you do? Not much chance of getting another plastic ball trail, huh? When I first got it there was something (a post -and a huge wood screw) lodged under one of the switches on a ramp. Getting the ramp loose was hard. You would have to remove the table to give this things good cleaning.

Anyone else have one of these?

#17 7 years ago

I see the work that CPR has done, and it's just beautiful. But, what are they, or anyone else going to do about these ramps? The're too flimsy! It looks like williams designed them to break so you'd have to buy a new one. Which would be great except...

So I say, maybe they need to be redesigned! Sort of like the way Rottendog does their boards, I'm not saying make something ugly, or that completely departs from, or changes the game. I know their many of the collector types who would say such a thing is absolutely a no-no, and I'm all good with that, except that if this ramp breaks I won't be able to play it at all! So, if I put a different piece in the puzzle, until CPR, or Freeway_40 or someone makes one, this one can serve the purpose. I'd really like to find a replacement NOS or something. Heck, I can't find PLASTICS for this machine!

But it's fun as hell! Ward Pemberton, You're the man!! I'll Mouse around this riverboat Anytime, because as that girl keeps reminding me, I'm good!

-Brian

#18 7 years ago

I played RBG for the first time about a month ago. It seemed like a really fun game with a good variety of shots, I'd consider owning one.

Pin-Bot isn't terribly deep, but it has some of the absolute best sounds for the era. It also has some good shots. Trying to get to the Sun, while not really being lucrative from a scoring standpoint, isn't easy and is a good achievement in my opinion.

#19 7 years ago

Do you have room to run back and get that Gladiators, too?

#20 7 years ago

That dude sold it like THAT night. It was pretty cheap though. I have CL set to flag me when pins in a certain range come around. I saw this flipperless Genco thing - Hah.. Bosco. I'll post it on another thread.

#21 7 years ago
Quoted from akm:

I played RBG for the first time about a month ago. It seemed like a really fun game with a good variety of shots, I'd consider owning one.
Pin-Bot isn't terribly deep, but it has some of the absolute best sounds for the era. It also has some good shots. Trying to get to the Sun, while not really being lucrative from a scoring standpoint, isn't easy and is a good achievement in my opinion.

If you plan on coming to the York show I will have my Riverboat there for sale.

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