Batman

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This game received 64 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.990 /10

6.99

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #255 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.586

Artwork: 7.521

Sounds/Music: 6.623

Other Aspects: 7.031



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9.712/10
6 months ago
This machine is a classic. Looks great and plays fast. However to really experience the best with this machine you must have the pinsound board installed. All original sounds from the movie with the Prince and Tim Burton soundtrack. Absolutely elevates this game to the next level and makes it a keeper. My kids love this one and after playing the other three Batman tables, I have to say this one is the funnest!
7.708/10
7 months ago
The artwork on this machine is one of the best of all time! I'm a Batman fan going back to my childhood with the comic books but still! Call out are fantastic especially the Joker! If you like Batman or a fan of the original movie you'll like this game! The only negative is that its not a longtime keeper. It is very fun for a little while then starts to get a little repetitive. I would give it a 7.5/10. Its a better game than it gets credit for. The sound is great and was ahead of its time! In 1991 this game would have been in the top 10. I personally wouldn't go over $2,000 for one even though I paid $2,300 for mine. They don't come up very often especially in good shape.
8.796/10
9 months ago
Batman is a fun game rules are decent it has some cool features but my favorite part is the artwork I just think the game is beautiful looking.
5.264/10
1 year ago
This game hasn't really stood the test of time. It feels very cheesy and dated. The worst thing about it is probably the layout, which is a shambles as the Joker mech takes up the entire left corner, the batcave blocks everything and the museam takes up everything on the right, so there's no flow aside from hitting the ramp over and over (though i do like the way ramp shots aren't indefinite because the game flicks the ball off the ramp after a few, that's good). The themeing is decent, suitably quirky for the original film, but there are so many instances of Batman in Pinball, and this is definitely the weakest of the bunch.
8.508/10
1 year ago
Unusal layout for me with an easy to shoot at central ramp. Had a lot of fun on this one recently with plenty of free plays at the end.
8.876/10
1 year ago
One of my favourite DE games, awesome theme with superb artwork and I just love the way this game plays!
9.480/10
2 years ago
Def underrated. This pin is funny and has an amazing playfield and backglass
7.684/10
2 years ago
It's a very funny Pinball and easy to play and get credit. I changed it for another and we miss it !!
6.694/10
2 years ago
Fun nostalgia pin awesome artwork on playfield and back glass
6.087/10
2 years ago
The original 1991 Batman is somewhat clunky, I prefer Batman Forever from Sega.
I have found this machine to be very prone to broken parts, because the nature of the ball shot angles.
It seems like everything is made out of cheap plastic (the Bat Cave is always broken).
Not really a good challenge in terms of gameplay, and game design is below average.
Artwork is average.
It uses recycled sounds and music from other period games like Star Wars and Tales from the Crypt, which really brings the quality of the game down.
The bottom line is there just many better games out there.
6.231/10
2 years ago
I couldn't really get into Data East's Batman. The multiball is pretty damn easy to start, and there wasn't much depth at all to the scoring. As with many other Data East games, the sounds can get repetitive & piss you off after a while.
4.661/10
2 years ago
A truly bad game in my opinion. The "skill shot" area at the top of the playfield is random, and the huge Bat Cave in the middle of the game blocks a large portion of the upper area of the game. I just don't get it.
7.829/10
3 years ago
Wonder why this is ranked so low? Tons of shots all over the playfield...pretty good modes. I like the artwork. Huge ramp on this one as well. I will try and play this one more, maybe even buy one!
9.140/10
3 years ago
I love this machine being it is awesome! This table is like playing a flipped over comet pinball, With an added freddy boiler. The ramp is fun shooting the main ramp loop until the diverter changes the flow causing a break in the infinite center ramps that could be shot. Spelling batman with the bash toy door is fun, And then starting 2 ball multi-ball then reloading the building to add 1 more ball feels rewarding, especially when you get the jackpot! The music is super cool, just like in the movie. The playfield art is great, they used a lot of images and it is very full.I am pleased this is in my personal pins.
5.757/10
3 years ago
Just know that this game is fairly placed here on Pinside: in the 200s. It's just not that good! The skill shot isn't as much about skill but dumb luck, the bat cave is right in the middle of the playfield (which means it obscures the field and inhibits viewing certain areas), there aren't any great shots, and it just plays poor. If you dig Batman, maybe you'll like this, otherwise I'd steer clear.
9.098/10
3 years ago
Its a plain game but very fun!
7.515/10
4 years ago
A game for Batman fans. Coll back glass, nice artwork. Would do well in a bigger collection or in a barcade
7.309/10
4 years ago
To be fair, this game lacks everything I like in a pinball game. No flow shots rather than the one gimmie ramp up the middle. Everything else is a dead end shot to a gobble hole or back to the pop bumpers. So, I should hate it, and my rating should reflect that I suppose.

The positives:
A real skill shot that is very beneficial to hit, as it gets you to multiball real quick.
Bash toy is somewhat satisfying to hit.
Artwork is very nicely done.
Mirrored back glass looks awesome.
Rules are very simple, and it's easy to understand what to do.
Attaining 3 ball multiball isn't challenging, but it does feel rewarding to do.
The joker face mini-game where you light both 'eyes' and then get a bonus for putting a ball in the mouth is a cool task to perform.
Lighting is nice, and the light show is quite good. Many flashers.

The not-so-good:
Too many dead-end shots.
The ramp diverter to nowhere. I know the idea was to put the ball toward the other flipper to keep the shot from becoming too repetitive, but I would have preferred for it to be diverted to a habitrail across the game to be dropped into the left inlane, rather than just deposited on the playfield like it does. It feels broken to me.
6.404/10
4 years ago
This was in the era of very simple rules with a large bash toy for DE. This worked though in the day, and I recall this machine and POTO getting a lot of play because of it. I'll be honest, is was POTO, and the very similar large bash organ that really got me to understand there are things to shoot for at certain times in pinball, and to care about reinitiating these modes.

As such, this machine is not deep, and it's felt in home use, but if you are not a strong player, or you have kids, these machines can really make for fun, as they help with “getting pinball”. Most people that are not pinheads are overwhelmed with the very idea of complicated rules from most 90s+ machines, but machines like this make it easy. Hit the scoop, light a ramp mode/reward, do it again, a couple shots to the joker ramp, another basic timed mini mode, bash the building, play around with the timed multiballs. All in all it's a great beginners game with a great theme and superb artwork. I love the music after a jackpot is hit. I love the in your face loud obnoxious pounding sound when the jackpot is achieved. I crank all machines, and really get into the music and noises, no matter how cheesy.

One of the problems with this machine is that the entire thing is made to break. The main ramp is always destroyed where it drops to the right inlane (easily solved with some dampening foam at the bottom). The PF, especially in the right inlane, and around the upper lane guides is always worn due to dropped balls which occur a lot in each game. The posts on either side of the bat cave take a beating being so down and center. The Joker ramp takes a crap load of abuse with a lot of force absorbed on the corner part in the middle of the eyes, resulting in this being badly broken on most games (I mylar this on every one of these machines I come across). The joker ramp is a lot harder to hit for some reason than you might think in looking at the photos.

I should not like this machine, but something makes me like it. I have thought about removing the outlane posts, and making it a serious drainer (isn't too bad as it is now), to balance out the scoring and lack of depth, as made shots to the building, scoop, joker face or ramp, always return safely to the flippers, thus it would be an interesting league play machine made hard, where controlled shots are life and misses are pure death.

Hard to find in good shape (I have a super nice one right now), although the beautiful backglass is always perfect, so much so I have never come across one with even a scratch. Protected by the pinball gods...?
9.000/10
5 years ago
Like many modern Sterns, this Data East machine is too easy. Unlike those Sterns, there is no depth or long-term goals. So what do you do? Pull out the center post, change the settings to hard, switch the outlanes to hard! Put those thick tapered yellow rubbers on the posts in front of the ramp! Put blocks under the back legs! (important!) Then this game becomes well balanced, with an awesome soundtrack, theme, artwork, and great action. Not even a Batman fan, but this machine is highly recommended.
2.616/10
5 years ago
Batman is suffers from "Let's make money with a pinball game that uses a movie tie-in to get people to play it" syndrome.

The Pros:
A fantastic game for the kiddies and the Batman fans.

The Cons:
A crummy game for pinball players. The mini-dmd is almost as bad as premier blue alpha numeric displays.

The Takeaway:
This game is what the entrance to the center ramp plastic looks like. A really big black turd.
7.970/10
5 years ago
I realize that this machine probably gets a bad reputation because it's not very deep and the shots are not overwhelming difficult. Make no mistake about it, these things are true. However, DE Batman is a well-designed and fun machine. I think for the price point you can't beat it and even if it is a little on the easier side, there's something to be said about the fun of long ball times. Because the rules are easy and the shots aren't overly difficult, it appeals to all skill levels of players. A great machine to have in your collection that everyone will gravitate to. I really don't understand the comments about not playing well. I guess people just don't have them dialed in right, mine plays as tight and accurate as a Williams or Stern.
7.945/10
5 years ago
I'm very ambivalent about this machine. Sometimes I think it's too easy. Way too easy. Yet maybe this is how some pinball should be--my kids absolutely love it (they're not novices, but still find it entertaining), and anyone who liked this movie loves this machine, along with the music and voices. It is fun, and it's gorgeouse.
7.134/10
6 years ago
"Wait 'til they get a load of me!" Data East's Batman is a fairly straightforward game, that is often overlooked (sometimes dissed). Batman is a typical early 90s Data East; not very complex rules while you spam two or three shots at most (batcave, joker face, and Flugelheim). What separates Batman from the earlier DE alphanumerics is its innovations. Batman was another of Data Easts' pins to employ the brand new DMD technology (used in Checkpoint), and is the first pin to use BSM2000 sound system. The stereo sound system in Batman was employed in all future games for DE, and it sounds incredible here when enhanced with Pinball Pro. Game uses some very good lightning as is, and truly comes to life when LED'd. I only wish they could have really done something with the Dot Matrix. You'll sometimes get a pan of a grinning Joker, while other times it just displays an ordinary arrow to show which lane is the target for the ball launch skill shot (yawn). The pin has various remixes of the Tim Burton Batman theme, and it works with the fairly accurate art package (the side art is REALLY COOL). A shame DE could not get the rights to select Prince songs from the soundtrack. "Partyman", "Trust", or "Electric Chair" (my pick) would have broken up the monotony of hearing Joker. Hearing Joker repeat "HAHAHA" continously when you start up laugh mode...you'll want to throw yourself into a Axis Chemicals vat yourself. Overall, Batman fans will find the game looks very good (awesome mirrored backglass), and the game is fairly easy to understand. A decent game for kids, novices, and decent enough first pin for collectors. I would highly recommend Batman fans on a budget (Sterns' Dark Knight is very expensive nowadays) to look for Batman Forever. Superior game in every way in this similar price range.
5.620/10
6 years ago
Game just does not hit the mark, poor playfield design the batmobile is just in the wrong place.
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