Batman 66

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This game received 450 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.456 /10

8.456

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #27 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.136

Artwork: 8.769

Sounds/Music: 8.416

Other Aspects: 8.472


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9.860/10
2 years 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
2 years ago
Very fun game. Modes can feel like "chopping wood" at times. Beautiful art package with great music.
9.640/10
2 years 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!
8.680/10
2 years ago
I bought this game NIB a few weeks ago. I played it several times before buying it, and I'm loving it more everyday. The game theme and interaction is the best I have ever played. The screen shots, use of the display and call outs are right on point. The weak parts are the quality control on NIB issues that many have experienced. Also, I feel the turntable is a little worrisome for me if it will last the long haul with out maintenance issues. With the 1.0 code this game is now worth the money and a higher rank. I highly recommend this pin.
8.416/10
2 years 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
2 years ago
A crappier version of Batman Dark Knight, I dont get the ranking on this game...
9.540/10
2 years ago
Could be my favorite Stern machine. Such a deep rule set, perfect for a home collection.
9.012/10
2 years ago
Excellent theme integration, sound and display. It's also a lot more fun to shoot than it initially looks. With 1.0 code the game has a lot going for it, but could use a bit of polish in a few areas still. This is one of the most enjoyable Stern games I have ever owned.
9.700/10
2 years 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
2 years ago
Cinderella of code for gameplay. Fantastic Game!
10.000/10
2 years 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
2 years 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 years 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.
8.284/10
3 years 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. After getting this in my lineup and a bunch of code updates this game has really transformed into a fun game. The theme is starting to grow on me, the shots are not butter but they are fun and the orbits are really challenging. I really enjoy how deep the rules are and how you can approach this game from so many different ways.
8.736/10
3 years ago
I really enjoy this pin. The art and display are top notch. This is a very well integrated pin.

The playfield is alright, but it is a bit clunky. It is still above-average, but the shots themselves are a bit underwhelming.

The code is what makes this pin. It is super deep, and the minor villain modes are what I believe makes this code set a top 5 of all time. Lyman and Keith are the masters of code, and this one is no exception. The minor villain models really elevate this game. Additionally, the use of three seasons is innovative.

I really enjoy this machine, and believe it is one of Stern’s best. It may not have the layout of Metallica, but everything else is top notch.
9.100/10
3 years 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.
9.204/10
3 years ago
Finally, we get the best Batman and Robin of all time in a pinball machine!

Absolutely, fantastic work by the crew of Stern for Kapow. Having a very short window to produce the project and time for the code, they nailed the show into pinball history.
9.620/10
3 years 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
3 years 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!
9.280/10
3 years ago
This game has grown 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 great 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. So much fun. It's amazing how far it has come.
9.820/10
3 years 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 1.02 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(1.02 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 there is a high retail cost of $12,900.00 delievered (I know our dollar value is not what it use to be).

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.
9.280/10
3 years ago
Game Design:
Layout: The layout is a pretty standard fan layout. Nothing interesting, but not a deterrent. 4/6
Rules: Ho hum. Just another Lyman masterpiece. :) He is the absolute best at creating a multilayered rule set with the perfect balance of approachability and depth. Batman 66 is no different. 6/6
Toys: It’s got enough to hit the mark. I’d consider it good, but nothing special. You’ve got the lazy Susan and the crane, which is good, but isn’t enough to be in the top group of games 5/6
Game Play: The game shoots well, but it’s not fast and flowy like a Steve Ritchie game. It doesn’t have the kinetic satisfaction of Iron Maiden or Deadpool. 5/6

Artwork:
Playfield: One of Feanchi’s best.
Backglass: I like the back glass and it’s one of the best Stern back glasses ever. 6/6
Cabinet: Great artwork. One of Stern’s best. 6/6
Animations: One of the best on a Stern game ever. 6/6

Sounds and Music
Sounds and Speech: Great Adam West callouts. 6/6
Music: The music fits the game helps pull through the theme. 6/6
Quality: Sound quality is great. 6/6
Variation: There’s definitely enough variation. 6/6

Other Aspects:
Game Lighting: The lighting is good, but there isn’t anything that stands out. 5/6
Lastabilty: Easily a game with great legs. The code is sooo well done and allows for multiple ways to approach it. 6/6
Theming: This is a tough one. The theme is carried almost exclusively by the code, animation and sounds. The excellent use of these more than makes up for the lack of integration on the play field. 6/6
Fun: This is a fun game! The shots feel great and the code keeps everything engaging. 6/6

Update: Dropped Lastability to 5/6. I’ve learned that I really don’t like super long playing games and this one plays super long. I’d love to have one for a bit, but I don’t think I could keep it for long.
8.127/10
3 years 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.
9.940/10
3 years ago
I really love this game !!! Great artwork, and lot of fun !!! One of my favourites games
9.220/10
3 years ago
Great theme, super fun but feels a little cheap, specially when you know the price.
Super sweet for the eyes, and videos from the show are super cool. I hope the annoying telephone constently ringing has been corrected in recent code updates.
Too pricey in my opinion, but really cool table.
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