Batman 66 (Stern, 2016)

Batman 66

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This game received 230 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.321 /10

8.321

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #26 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.884

Artwork: 8.847

Sounds/Music: 8.23

Other Aspects: 8.286



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9.720/10
3 days ago
I picked up a Batman 66 LE with a bunch of mods about three months ago. Saw it as a great opportunity given that only 240 were made, but honestly, I wasn't really sure if it would be a long-term part of my 10 pin collection. I like the theme and saw the show many times in reruns as I was growing up, but I wouldn't consider myself a fan of the show.

After playing it for three months, when I think about which pin would be the absolute last to leave my collection, this is it. Why? Because it is so fun and so deep. The integration with the show is incredible and deep. Every time I play, I can look for something new to do with a goal of putting up a high score for one of the 8 major villain modes (there are 2 of each - hold down the right flipper and then click to the alternative mode for each of the four villains before you plunge the ball) or for one of the many, many minor villain modes. No other game that I own even comes close to the variety and fun that this one provides. I've got MMr, AFMr LE, WOZ Ruby Red LE, Ghostbusters LE, IJTPA, TZ, CFTBL, Beatles and MBr. So many wonderful pins, but this is the ultimate keeper of the lot.

I can't recommend this highly enough. You will not regret it. The depth is just amazing.
9.660/10
10 days ago
I was gonna buy this game when it came out initially, as I grew up watching this show religiously, cross legged , in front of the old school TVs on the floor....
Held back as I was told it was a dog...
Picked it up based solely on the new reviews as code was updated....
The conclusion....?

This puppy is getting modded to the extreme as it's getting bolted to the floor along with my TWD..
8.013/10
22 days ago
I really didn't want to like this game. But, I must admit I really do enjoy it... What I don't like is though, I think its hard to get into MB... At least for me... It has a nice ruleset, but its a deep one... So I think for bar use... You don't have much time to experiment and try to go deep. You gotta find what works and just mine points. For a home use game, I think its perfect. Lots of villains video clips and they did a great job getting that feel of the old show. Maybe one of the all time great incorporation of a theme. Until I played it, I thought it looked bad the use of video clips, but no, it works. The one downside is the silly crane... Its a cool toy, but it has as much to do with Batman 66 as it did with the Dark Knight. The other toys like the spinning batcave, phone, and tv are cool. Nice feature. This is a fun game... But, I think really it be better at home then a bar. And one day I hope to own one, and I really didn't think I would be saying that. The art package is really nice. Playfield art is the weakest though, as I'm not a big fan of big heads on playfields. But, it still ooks nice.
8.215/10
25 days ago
I love the new pins that have the full LED screens in the backglass. This is not the best example of those (see Iron Maiden...), but this is a great pin with a good, family-safe, classic theme. I'd like to have it in my collection.
9.860/10
30 days ago
Wow. Love Batman - the code is awesome, the art awesome, the shooting very good, the fun is one of kind. This is the best machine that I have played for instant fun and should be in the top 10 for sure!!!!!!!
8.184/10
30 days ago
Very fun game. Modes can feel like "chopping wood" at times. Beautiful art package with great music.
9.640/10
35 days ago
I'm a long time fan of the campy Batman series from the late 60's so the theme is a no brainer for me. Shots can feel a bit clunky at times if you are not on your game and are missing shots, but I think that is the charm in this game. There is a bit of clunkiness in the TV series as well. Hit your shots and it flows beautifully. The callouts are perfect, the scene selections on the LCD are amazing, the music is spot on and the coding is brilliant!
8.416/10
38 days ago
Fun game. Didn't live up to the hype at first, but liked it more the more I played it. Pretty clunky and cheap feeling unfortunately. Not one I'd probably buy although I love the theme and looks. Pretty fun and easy to understand though. I will enjoy playing it on location.
1.000/10
38 days ago
A crappier version of Batman Dark Knight, I dont get the ranking on this game...
9.540/10
42 days ago
Could be my favorite Stern machine. Such a deep rule set, perfect for a home collection.
9.700/10
56 days ago
I love the music and animations. They are second to none. The game flow is smooth and fun. If you like the Adam West batman, this is a must-own game.
9.720/10
82 days ago
Cinderella of code for gameplay. Fantastic Game!
7.263/10
85 days ago
A good pinball with the theme close to the old show, a fun game to play but would it last ?
10.000/10
87 days ago
For a kid who never grew up with Batman---the Adam West Batman---this is the ultimate theme. Stern went all out with clips from the show, fantastic art and sound and game play is simply unmatched, in my opinion. Might be my all-time fave machine and I think I need one in my collection. Perfect.
8.628/10
3 months ago
I've waited a LONG time to rate this pin. At first the code was so sparse that I really regretted buying the game, and it took months and months to even begin to turn that around. For those of us foolish early adopters, it was a long walk in the desert with little to appreciate other than the fantastic art. The shots in this game have always been fine, very Gomez-ish that can feel clunky at first, but with basic code there was just wasn't much to do, though the crane and rotisserie have always added interesting variation to the shots.

Now, we've more or less reached the promised land and the code has made this game. There simply isn't a better utilized license in pinball, which has resulted in great audio, video, and so much variety to the modes that there are alternate modes for the main villains in addition to 3 seasons of minor villains and side modes like the bat parachute mode. These can all be stacked and, again thanks to code, a player can easily switch between stacked modes using the action button. Lyman Sheets has really made this game special.

At first, I was annoyed when people reviewed this pin before the code was done and gave it such terrible scores, but as time passed with little code improvement I began to realize that Stern deserved those low scores for releasing such an unfinished game. Nonetheless, I wanted to wait before I reviewed it, and I can say this has become one of Stern's best games as a whole package.
7.612/10
3 months ago
Great code - goes without saying with Lyman at the helm.

Fantastic use of LCD.

Very good theme integration.

If only the game shot better - clunk, clunk, clunk.

Still, it is a fun game to play, just could have been better playfield design and better use of the big main turntable.
7.462/10
3 months ago
Played it and had fun. I’m really not a Batman fan so the theme just doesn’t impress me. The game played well enough that in the future I would add this to my line up if the price was right.
9.100/10
3 months ago
At first I did not like this game when i’d Played it over a year ago,As the code got better the game got better and better and it was time to add this to my collection.the game play is very good only one problem sometimes you can get a very long ball times .as me personally is not a fan of long ball times.I have the Premium which I have completely modded out and it looks better than the more expensive LE.I find the SLE decals the best looking.but not for the $15,000.this pin will definitely become a masterpiece.
9.540/10
3 months ago
Finally, we get the best Batman and Robin of all time in a pinball machine!
9.560/10
4 months ago
The code just keeps getting better and better, by the time it (finally) gets to 1.0 it seems worthy of a top 20 position.
8.952/10
4 months ago
Batman '66 Review

Summary and First Impressions

My introduction to the Batman '66 pinball table was at an Atlanta area pub called Manuel's Tavern. From afar the first thing that struck me was the color display playing vintage footage from the old show, complete with the music and SFX. Talk about a blast of nostalgia! On closer inspection, you could see the game was a real labor of love when it came to the theme. The artwork, callouts, the bat phone toy, etc... The game itself has grown on me over time, especially as the rules have been updated.

Highlights
* Spinning Dynamo - I don't know what else to call it, lol! The spinning mechanism with the bat phone and other toys is really cool to see in motion. It also changes the available shots in interesting ways. Neat toy!
* The Crane - I know it's technically stolen from the Dark Knight but I like it in Batman 66 more. The combination of the crane and the spinning dynamo make the playfield dynamic in a way that most pinball games aren't. Shots change in this game; which is cool.
* Theme and light show - The theme is implemented very well. At its heart, Batman '66 is, like the show its based on, about defeating the titular hero's most iconic villains. While the player does so clips straight from the show play on the display. The player can use Batman's gadgets to help him catch villains if those gadgets have been collected. Before all that though, gotta answer the red phone!
* The minor villains, when defeated reward some really interesting bonuses that can change the way you approach the game.

Misses
* Accessibility - It is somewhat hard for a new player to get to the "cool" stuff; the multiball modes, in particular, aren't straightforward to trigger.
* Doesn't do any shot or playfield thing exceptionally well; there weren't many shots that I found particularly satisfying.

Conclusion

Batman '66 does it's theme great justice while also providing a decently shooting pinball experience. It's got some great toys (one original one not so much) and the light show is pretty good. The latest code update (0.9 at the time of this review) also provides some relatively deep rules to play with for the enthusiasts. I've grown quite fond of Batman '66 and I think if you give it some time you will too!
8.320/10
4 months ago
This game is growing on me. Every code update adds more stuff, more fun, improves the game. The first time I played it, meh, but now... this is quite a good game. Good shots, lots to do, I love the stacking of the villains to add buffs. Sequence matters. There are lots of ways to play this game.
9.820/10
4 months ago
If you’re looking for one game to buy that is fun, exciting and a blast for the family and friends that come by to play, this is it. We have weekly family tournaments using the green tournament button, which makes for compelling competitions right in our own home.

Update: Now that Batman 66 has reached .98 coding, it is an awesome game! Quite deep coding and amazing what Lyman has done with the playfield of that table. Those people who bailed early may be regretting it. I know it was rough at first, but quite refined now and who doesn’t like Batman 66? It has universal appeal worldwide. The theme integration of that table exceeds all others in the TV/Movie genre. Call outs all by original actors. Music is original. Tons of show video. The small table TV needs improvement although. Currently a slide show that needs to have villain taunting happening instead of just a slide show. Game design after Lyman coding is a winner. Table is on the hard side though, because most all the shots are at the back of the table. I know it’s made me a much better player now.
Early code was not good, but now Batman 66 new code really sings! Truly a keeper if there ever was one. Deep game play for pros or can keep it on the simple side for newbies. If the Bat themed music is too repetitive, just kick in a villain mode to change songs. Code keeps improving with every release(.98 as of this writing).

We’ve modded our table with some of the excellent mods from Mezelmods and the Mod Couple. Makes for an even more fun experience and increases the “wow” factor of our table.

Was sitting on the fence at first about this premium table making sure we made the right purchase, since this table purchased through the Stern AMD distributor is a high cost of $12,900.00 delievered. Unbelievable high pricing in Australia for a pinball table of any kind. They should rethink pricing. But if you want to play, they make you pay. Lol! Honestly, it could have been more fairly priced. Stern needs to take a hard look at what their foreign distributors are doing in the market place. AMD doesn’t understand that they’d sell far more tables and earn more money, if prices were even a thousand or two less.

Other than that, we love the table! Right up there in the top three of pinball lore, after new code and learning the rules. Can't understand why so many old tables are rated higher than this excellent modern table. Looking at you MB, MM, AFM, etc. It's like saying buying an old 25 or 30 year old car, drives better than a 2018 model! Can't understand why these old tables get rated so high, when modern tables are so much better!!
9.280/10
5 months ago
Batman ‘66 has come along way since it’s initial release
The code has taken this game from disappointment to triumph
Well done Stern
8.127/10
5 months ago
I wanted this pin for home, but the more I played it on location, the less fun I had. Reusing the crane toy from TDK is just lame. I still love the way it looks, but can't justify 8k for a knickknack.

Update: Definitely better with the newer code. I would pick up a used one at a decent price.
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