Batman 66

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This game received 453 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.463 /10

8.463

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #24 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.145

Artwork: 8.774

Sounds/Music: 8.422

Other Aspects: 8.48


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7.720/10
4 years ago
I do think the rotating carousel is a unique idea, but there seems to be some odd spaces where the ball ends up getting stuck. I remember seeing something similar on a game being designed by JPop and Ben Heck. I hope someone tries this again, because there is potential there. Unfortunately this feels like a mediocre layout helped by great coding. In my opinion, the code saved this game from being a complete disaster.
8.980/10
4 years ago
I love it! For me the game's modes and rules are nice and easy. Excellent integration of tv series video and table play. Turntable is refreshingly unique and thus most welcome. Can go ramp to ramp in this game, and I love flow feeling of that! My favorite feeling when playing pb. Playfield and cab art looks good. I prefer hand drawn. This would have been the pur-rrfect opp for that. Villain and minor villain modes are numerous and just fantastic! Mutilball, same, 6 balls, wow!as bat turn batmobile parachute ride about town mode. Exc lastability. It is very approachable, the easiest of my collection
6.812/10
4 years ago
At the time I'm writing this, BM66 sits 118 spots lower than Star Wars, which to me is insanity.

No, BM66 isn't an all time great machine, and it doesn't come close to being as good as the classic B/W machines... but at least it shows a little bit of effort on Stern's part to do *something* a little different. Unlike Star Wars, it's not a total turd. I don't know if the game will improve with better code or whether Stern considers this code to be complete or not at this point, even where it is today, it's an entertaining game.

If I had a complaint, it's the need to look at the screen to find out what target you need or what's going to happen next-- callouts would be nice.
9.000/10
4 years ago
Even at its current state it's a blast to play
6.445/10
4 years ago
I finally got a chance to play this at some length, and was a bit surprised on several fronts.

First off, the lack of delivery on the theme. The video clips used are...boring. This was an exciting show, and there's lots of shots of, say, the Penguin looking one way followed by the Penguin looking the other way. I got well into the modes of this game and watched other players for quite a while, and it's hard to believe the missed opportunity here.

The playfield layout has some problems. The frequency with which I got balls stuck in the rotating thing below the phone was strange. Waiting for a randomized ball clear is not helpful for the Fun Quotient. And the game seemed a bit unbalanced, with a lot of busy features stuck around the bumpers without an interesting visual payoff.

The bottom of the playfield is open, and there are toys spread around the game, which also gives the overall art design a very odd feeling. There's not a lot of either focus or flow.

I have a feeling the novelty of having a screen and live video was distracting, and having not studied Jersey Jack's examples well enough, this is that came out.

The basic sequencing and software design seems fine, and that's the game's salvation, but I'm still astonished at how ineffective the use of the Batman ethos is in the game features. More humor, Biff, Bang, Pow, and maybe just a little more Bat Girl and motorcycles and flaming bat mobiles and so forth?
7.627/10
4 years ago
I want to like this game. The theme is great, the clips from the show are awesome, the playfield is cool, however; I don't know how to play this game. It is confusing, which has turned me off from playing with consistency. I would need to study the rules more to determine a more detailed rating. From my first impression, I'm not impressed.
7.430/10
4 years ago
This game is bright and fun because of the theme but lacks depth.
7.480/10
4 years ago
This one had to grow on me. I hated it at first with the code that it was released with. I've given it several more plays at locations over the last few months with newer code and it is pretty fun to play. However, the playfield does seem a little empty and there isn't the "wow" factor that other pins have. They did make good use of the new LCD. It is Batman 66 style campy and that fits the theme. The crane ... design came from a previous Batman pin, so my thoughts on that are that they should have come up with something new/different for a main gimmick.

Overall, not bad and would probably have one as a "filler pin" if it wasn't so blasted expensive (more so than normal). Not worth the high price tag compared to other pins in that range. So I will just keep playing it on location occasionally for the fun factor that it does bring.
5.441/10
4 years ago
Take a great layout, and awesome toys from The Dark Knight. Splash some colour, ruin the rules, make the game in a rush and call it a boutique offering; and you get Batman 66.

The game just took a dump on what could have been an amazing theme integration. It lacks programming (may change in future). The toys and gimmicks are a rehash and the turn table is NOT as amazing as people try to say it is.

The game is boring, and makes me glad to have a Dark Knight instead.




Save your money.
7.076/10
4 years ago
Very mixed feelings about this game. The theme is excellent, and Stern did a few good things implementing it -- primarily the bat-phone and the videos. Artwork is fun. Game-play is decent. Chasing the Penguin crane is fun. I really want to like the game more than I actually do. Sadly, it has an abundance of negatives. First, the coding and rule set are very weak. I hope Stern improves them. Second, seemingly the parts and assembly are cheap and inconsistent. Not only have I heard other people say this, I've seen it myself because there were breaks and/or malfunctions on two of these that I've played. Third, I have trouble with the fact that Stern basically recycled the playfield from The Dark Knight. That was cheap and un-creative of them, especially when this theme deserves so much more. Next, Stern claimed that Adam West and Burt Ward voicework is in the game, but I've played it many times without hearing any. Finally, given the deficiencies of the game, Stern's over-hyped marketing of it and inflated pricing for it leave a bad taste for me. If the rule set, videos, and call-outs improve with new versions of the code, I could see myself liking the game much more.
10.000/10
4 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.
8.496/10
4 years ago
Ok, the playfield feels empty but the flow is good.
Shots are smooth, the crane well integrated. Rules are decent even if I did not all understand clearly.
Better game than I thought when I played it the first time. Great shooter.
My big complain is the basic layout.
10.000/10
4 years ago
Played this game with my brother in Chicago a few weeks back and we were both blown away. Caveat it by saying we're massive fans of the old TV show so the music and screen animations were right up our alley, but this thing is great. Still need to figure out what's going on with the alternate villans but the thought of capturing Vincent Price's Egghead is amazing.

Game was fun, fast, cool toys.
9.740/10
4 years ago
Game is fun. Code very early for sure. Missing a lot. I still enjoy the game. Will only get better!!
6.305/10
4 years ago
Im not sure but I was extremely disappointed with the game. Perhaps my view will change after playing it a few more times... but my first play I was taken back by the lighting , layout and beautiful artwork/color scheme. I just couldn't get into the game. Im still a fan and prefer late 80's and 90's pinball.

Played more over the weekend, the machine I was on the ball got stuck in the carousel prop every other time I shot up there, or it go stuck up by the pop bumpers somehow.
3x the ball somehow careened off the corner of the first left side post, popping the ball over the shield and immediately drained. For how much this thing costs it seems to have a lot of quirks and errors. Gameplay never seemed fluid to me. Perhaps it was a bad setup IDK.. was very disappointed.
9.860/10
4 years ago
After second go around this game gets better and better!
7.624/10
4 years ago
Overall, a fun game. However, it has a few areas where balls got hung-up and stuck repeatedly. When a ball got stuck, you could either risk a tilt, or the game would eventually consider the ball drained and end it (rather than kicking out another ball).

It might not be a game that would be in a collection long-term, but it's a pretty good location game.
4.791/10
4 years ago
This game is awful. It looks great, but playing this is like nails on a chalkboard. How can Stern release a pile like this. The toys on the playfield are always breaking off, and when the ball hits something it feels like they will explode. It's a damn shame Stern put this out and have the balls to charge $8800 plus! Are you serious? This machine shows that Stern is just out for the money. Very sad.
7.567/10
4 years ago
If you look up the word "Clunky" in the dictionary it has a picture of Batman 66. How they could take a game like TDK with some of the smoothest orbits and scoop shot, recycle the layout and make it shoot so poorly is beyond me. So many orbit and scoop rejects from solid shoots, the flimsy left ramp and the Batcomputer turntable mess. On the good side, it looks pretty and at the code has come light years from the beta code it shipped with at least.
9.272/10
4 years ago
I think this is a fantastic game and a great homage to the TV show. The gameplay is fun, and catching each criminal is a blast. The music and sound effects are perfect.

With the latest code updates, the rules and fun really make this a game that will last. You will almost always see something new each time you play it.
9.660/10
4 years ago
april 2017: Decent game
october 2017: Played the game with the new software (0.8) wow...what a great game.
december 2017: Bought a LE: After a lot of plays, now I see what a fantastic game this is. Lyman his software is fantastic !!!
november 2018: Software version 1.0 This game is just brilliant !!!!
8.964/10
4 years ago
Theme (7/10) I never watched this show as a kid. I recently went back and watched it a little. I admit, it's pretty good. I never knew Batman was originally a tongue-in-cheek, campy thing. I like that approach better than the modern, more serious take on it. So, it's a better theme than I originally thought. Not nostalgic for me, but still not a bad choice. I'm eating some crow on the theme.
Art (8/10) It's very colorful, which integrates well with the theme. The playfield art is a little too crowded for my taste, but that seems to be the trend lately. The graphics displayed on the LCD are stunning. I'm really impressed by Stern on this point. With their notorious issue of slow coding, I figured this would be a weakness. It's not. It looks great, and very professional. They don't overload you with information like WOZ or Hobbit. The screen adds to the experience, but doesn't require your constant attention.
Gameplay: (9/10) It's a fun game. I like BMDK, and it's pretty similar. I understand them wanting to reuse the crane idea, that's a great toy. The main shots are fairly simple but rewarding. The "lazy Susan" mech is kind of interesting. It does quite a few things. Nothing mind-blowing, but it's a pretty good addition. The Bat-phone ringing sound is annoying. Please, pinball manufacturers, stop using this sound. The only think worse would be the sound of a pager beeping and vibrating. (cringe)
Code: (8/10) Getting the main 4 characters is simple and fun. I still don't completely understand the "minor villains" part, but it seems to add some depth. The code seems fairly complete, if a little shallow. Hopefully, the depth will come with updates. Certainly in a very playable state already.
Overall: (8/10) It's a nice game. I don't love the theme, but that's a minor gripe, and wouldn't keep me from buying it. It's fun and engaging. I give Stern a lot of credit for doing such a nice job with the LCD coding on their first such game. One of Stern's better games lately. Not quite on par with Ghostbusters or GOT, but better than Kiss, Wrestlemania, Mustang. Unfortunately, my favorite local arcade (1up Colfax, Denver) isn't getting one because of the Premium pricing structure. C'mon, Stern, give us a Pro model!
10.000/10
4 years ago
This game has just got better and better with each code release and is progressively turning into one of the best Sterns of recent times and I absolutely love it. The artwork is as good as any machine i have seen on a cabinet, and Catwoman is puuur-fect! Would have been nice if it had a glass back glass but still looks great. Playing wise the ramps are nice, crane is fun, bat-turn is cool, and Shame multi-ball is cool. Will be awesome once finished.
9.193/10
4 years ago
This game would have got a perfect score if it was ever working properly at my location. The right flipper always sticks.. For days the bat phone could not be answered. If it works it seems like a bad ass machine. If not, just another labor of pinball love.
8.111/10
4 years ago
Only played a few games, but discovered it to be more fun than I expected. The ball got stuck twice in the turntable, but a ball search released it. The playfield was heavily dimpled and the wooden shooter lane was chipped... Very surprising for a new game. Great theme.
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