Banzai Run

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This game received 190 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.763 /10

7.763

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #102 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.979

Artwork: 7.776

Sounds/Music: 6.792

Other Aspects: 7.871



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7.771

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6.585/10
48 days ago
Quite the unique machine. I felt the ball drains too quickly on the back box.
7.773/10
3 months ago
Fun game. Novel idea. Vertical board on backglass is both cool and hard. Then put in pretty pointless (from what I could see) and the game loses its mojo after that.
7.735/10
9 months ago
Once you figure out what to do this game is so much more fun than just trying to get into the upper backboard area
9.205/10
9 months ago
Excellent, unique game. Kind of rinse and repeat once you know what to do, but it never really gets old. Great sounds and music, especially when you get a replay. Really challenging MB. Game can be set up super fast and challenging. The only complaint is that I wish the the laps were worth a little bit more. I also believe this can be a very frustrating game to own, as its unique/extensive mechanisms and electronics that go with essentially having 2 playfields can be more frequently troublesome. But this of course is not a knock on the game when it's working.
8.223/10
10 months ago
A very unique pinball, challenging but as others noted not as much replayability as you would think.
6.376/10
11 months ago
I realize that this is a unique game due to the vertical playfield section, but I really didn't enjoy this game. I felt fairly bored with it after just moments, and that's not normal for me. I wasn't feeling the flow of the shots, and none of the shots in particular felt all that good to hit. I'll give it another go if I come across another and maybe it'll grow on me.
9.196/10
1 year ago
Banzai Run is a the most unique designed game other than Pinball Circus. The game plays super fast if dialed in, especially if you are lucky enough to have one with upper and lower xR7 playfields. The challenge of defeating racers, getting laps and heading up the Banzai Hill makes each game memorable. Everytime I hit start, I know I am playing something special. It stands out in any collection and shows how Mr. Lawlor, even on his first attempt, pushed the limits of pinball forward. Innovation, beyond measure, a true motocross race under glass, start to finish. In my opinion, when locked in, this game holds it's own against the legendary wpc titles.
7.966/10
1 year ago
Unique gameplay, fun to play . The extra play in the backglass is memorable, and fun.
Dirtbike race theme is cool.
8.537/10
1 year ago
Pro's +

Unique game
Music/Sound package is cheesy but great
Really fun

Con's -

Gets repetitive
Not much staying power
10.000/10
1 year ago
Favorite pinball machine out there. No comparison!
6.762/10
2 years ago
The back glass is tough and unique. I like the dirt bike theme but like a video game I also like (enduro racer) it doesn't seem like many were made or around. I would still buy this pin if priced right.
7.213/10
2 years ago
Ah, yes, the most unique pinball machine between Black Hole and Safecracker. From a collector's standpoint, if you were making a museum of pinball, this would be on the must-have list. The vertical pinball takes the mechanical back box animation to its ultimate logical finale, a call out to both pachinko and bagatelle, and is tons of fun. The major flaw of the whole design is the rules and scoring and playfield challenges aren't balanced. Jackpots are incredibly hard, relative to payoff, and the lower playfield (ahem, main playfield) is simple. While I always dig the originality of Lawlor's theming, and the dirt bike maze is well thought-out, I still think that somehow if there had been a different thematic hook to this machine other than another racing game it would have had more staying power. It's a player's machine in that it's not particularly easy to master, but not in the sense that it rewards a balance of skills, and it takes a lot of plays consecutively to get into the game successfully.

I think the analog to this machine isn't, say, No Fear or even Safecracker or Haunted House, but Hercules -- a novelty machine so wonderously weird you really have to put it on your checklist of machines to play, but not one you're likely to pine for when you haven't played it a while. A bucket list machine, not an obsession.

That said, when I start my Pat Lawlor Museum, this will be on the list, for sure.
8.348/10
2 years ago
So I’m not sure if I’ll ever buy the game, as there’s not enough variation in modes and objectives but this game is fun to play. The top playfield is challenging at first, but quickly gets easy. Still always satisfying to make a cliff jump. Fun to beat racers and move up in the standings. I’d have to play this game a lot to get better at it. It’s good, but not great.
6.576/10
2 years ago
Cant get into the gimmick
5.726/10
2 years ago
Great, unique pinball. Rules are kind of shallow and if you got it finally up it's pretty hard....
Nice try from Lawlor. Don't need this in collection I think it's a to heavy. classic game
7.648/10
3 years ago
Unique, but I get bored pretty fast.
9.368/10
3 years ago
One of the best system 11 games out there.
It's a challenge to beat the game.
7.760/10
3 years ago
Crazy first effort from the legend Pat Lawlor. Although this isn't his finest design (but to be fair, he has 10 pins that made the top 100), this is great fun built around a very unique gimmick. The vertical playfield, whilst a nightmare to keep running, brings an entirely new dimension to pinball. Super fun. Great Pin.
8.287/10
3 years ago
Banzai Run is 100% kick ass and probably the best gimmick-centered game of all time. It blows away games like Champion Pub, Orbitor 1, Hercules, and all those other one trick ponies because it's actually a fun pinball machine. I love the different colored standups to light the racers. I love that the ramp dumps the ball back at your flipper rather than safely returns it. I love how ABC doubles your cliff jump value on the upper playfield. I even like the stupid little cannon on top of the left slingshot

If I had one criticism it's that I would make it a little harder. The rider standup targets are all clumped together so lighting a rider by flailing in their direction a couple times isn't too hard. Also once you get the hang of the cliff jump it's a little too easy. I wish there was more motivation to actually play the upper playfield each time rather than dumping the ball directly into the cliff jump with 2 shots. Even with these complaints I think it's a very satisfying game to play.
8.763/10
4 years ago
Great Game.
7.271/10
4 years ago
Banzai Run has quickly become one of those pins that people will spend more than they should on. Yes the design is absolutely unique; there's absolutely nothing else like it! Unfortunately, I just don't think it's a great game (i.e.: there's a reason there aren't any other vertical pins like this).

The bottom playfield is really not laid out all that well. Without the top part, it would be a terrible game. The game really relies on the top portion, which just feels weird. It's a cool gimmick but not something I would want to stand around and play for hours on end.

Because I have a limited pinball budget, whenever I think of buying/trading for something, I always think of "is this game worth what it costs?" If BR was a $2000 game, maybe it would be worth it. It's no $4500 game though. Pass.
7.271/10
4 years ago
Banzai Run has quickly become one of those pins that people will spend more than they should on. Yes the design is absolutely unique; there's absolutely nothing else like it! Unfortunately, I just don't think it's a great game (i.e.: there's a reason there aren't any other vertical pins like this).

The bottom playfield is really not laid out all that well. Without the top part, it would be a terrible game. The game really relies on the top portion, which just feels weird. It's a cool gimmick but not something I would want to stand around and play for hours on end.

Because I have a limited pinball budget, whenever I think of buying/trading for something, I always think of "is this game worth what it costs?" If BR was a $2000 game, maybe it would be worth it. It's no $4500 game though. Pass.
7.271/10
4 years ago
Banzai Run has quickly become one of those pins that people will spend more than they should on. Yes the design is absolutely unique; there's absolutely nothing else like it! Unfortunately, I just don't think it's a great game (i.e.: there's a reason there aren't any other vertical pins like this).

The bottom playfield is really not laid out all that well. Without the top part, it would be a terrible game. The game really relies on the top portion, which just feels weird. It's a cool gimmick but not something I would want to stand around and play for hours on end.

Because I have a limited pinball budget, whenever I think of buying/trading for something, I always think of "is this game worth what it costs?" If BR was a $2000 game, maybe it would be worth it. It's no $4500 game though. Pass.
8.669/10
4 years ago
Awesome game for its era. One of a kind with vertical playfield that is beautifully integrated into the game. And the vertical playfield is more than a gimmick, it has been very well designed to offer multiple shots from each of its three flippers.

Superb System 11 music. One of the best jackpot shots in pinball, earned by completing a number of other great shots in sequence.

The hill shot is too easy which is the only real criticism that I have of this wonderful game.

Lifter to upper playfield interrupts the flow of the game but the great music and excellent integration with the theme make up for it.

Unique cabinet design makes it truly horrible to move. Even worse to work on as amongst other things it has a unique display panel and interconnect board. You can see why production volumes were low as operators must have hated it. But what a joy to play after you have rebuilt the 6 flippers.

A true collector's piece.
7.043/10
4 years ago
Banzai Run has a really interesting concept that was way ahead of its time. These days, I see it as too gimmicky for its own good. The bottom playfield is really a snoozer—very bare bones. The backbox playfield provides an interesting challenge, but it’s a hook that wears out its welcome on me very fast. I love the art package of the game, and the overall design is interesting, but I’m not compelled to play this game more than a couple of times when I find one…gameplay just doesn’t grab me.
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