Big Bang Bar (Capcom, 1996)

Big Bang Bar

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This game received 178 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.061 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #40 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.868

Artwork: 8.644

Sounds/Music: 7.386

Other Aspects: 8.068

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24 days ago
Played this at Pinball Museum, wow, totally overrated. Machine was average at best. Guessing it ranks because there’s only 14?
4 months ago
Cool game with a wacky theme.
I really like the left ramp lighting (flat LED strip under clear ramp) more games should use this effect, plastic dancer is also unique.
4 months ago
Some of these so called RARE games are actually VERY overated but not this one... this game is really fun! I hope Chicago Gaming remakes this classic. Would love to have one.
8 months ago
Pretty cool game wish they made more of them I would love to have one in my collection it plays very well the tube dancer is funny they look really cool with led lighting hope they remake it a third time
11 months ago
Great machine, great artwork. Great shots. Love this machine, would add this to my collection without hesitating.
1 year ago
BBB ....whoahh what can I say.. Ya got one...You are Badass !! The
1 year ago
Love the theme, but was let down that there is no wizard mode. Some cool features i haven't seen on other machines, like the captive balls, and i like the neon tube. Simple rule set. It would be fun to own as a novelty machine, but definitely wouldn't be my go-to machine in a collection.
1 year ago
Finally got the chance to play Big Band Bar at Pintastic 2017 and was pleasantly surprised by how it played. It is colorful, great artwork and plenty of shots. It showed where Capcom was going if they stayed in the business and it is a shame they left. It is certainly one of their best machines.
2 years ago
Really enjoy it. Great colors. Didn't feel as sturdy as some more modern games. I'd want one for the adult theme but the price is out of my reach for sure.
2 years ago
I love the artwork, theme, music, sound and overall fun of this game. This game is fun, its downfall being is that it would not be a good game in a small collection as far as gameplay. It is fun but not deep in the least.
2 years ago
Well, this is one for the collectors.

I like the theming and the artwork.

When I play it, it feels a little like an 80ies pinball machine.
Game is OK.
The ball locks are pretty awesome and so is the left ramp.
Only 200 made, so a must have for any pinball collector.
2 years ago
Very nice artwork and a decent layout make this pin to be an above average experience but not much more than that. Ramps, drop targets, captive balls, 3 pop bumpers, its all there. The flow was so-so. Overall the graphics are better than the game play. Nice machine to play at an exhibition but way to expensive to own. For that kind of money there are more fun machines out there.
2 years ago
Fun pin!!!
2 years ago
This game has great art and adult theme, a really nice feeling ramp, but the gameplay and rules aren't my favorite. It's certainly an interesting game, but not even my favorite Capcom machine. I toss some tokens into it every time I'm at Flippers and have yet to fall in love.
2 years ago
Was really looking forward to playing this at Banning. Boy, what a let down. Not a bad looking pin at all but the gameplay was very average.
2 years ago
Thought there would be more substance to this game. Did not really excite me while playing. Although it has some neat features, not much for gameplay. Really cool theme but I felt that it just was not stimulating. It's as if people buy this game just to say they have it in their collection. I have just as much fun playing older Data East games. At a fraction of the cost!
3 years ago
A game that remains "out of reach" for most pinball collectors for more reasons than cost.
It would have been Capcom's greatest pinball success with no doubts.

I have had the opportunity to play (and own) multiple versions of this machine over the nearly 20 year history, both original prototypes and the remake.
Both types are NEARLY identical in construction, but the remake has some advantages, previous noted.
However, standards of construction are less than a standard Bally/Williams game, but not poor by any means.

New pinball enthusiasts generally are let down by the game, as they think it is some "holy grail of pinball" which it is NOT. This is the not the "elusive white whale of Moby Dick". On the other hand, a lot of other enthusiasts $#@! on the game because they cannot afford one out of complete envy, which is completely pintarded and not a impartial analysis either. It is a GOOD ORIGINAL game, otherwise why the hell would it have been reproduced in 2004 (and shipped in 2006)? There was no shortage of people in 2003 wanting to buy the game either when the consideration of remaking the game was discussed.

This was not some type of fluke or means to generate addition income like MMr through PPS.
It was a Gene Cunningham dream that came to reality through a long and arduous process, that has a great story and history. It was not because "spare parts were just laying around" either.
MANY people were involved to make it happen and most do not understand or were not around to know.
Most of the remake parts had to be remanufactured, ultimately at a loss.

Overall, a solid effort with a colorful playfield, unique theme, and above average playfield shots. The DMD animations and sound calls are the true standouts of the game, not the "tube dancer".

If you like this game, but cannot afford it, go buy a Pinball Magic. It is just as good, and 3x the quality of Theatre of Magic.

However, anybody that says this game is worth $20k based on "bang for the buck" or a "perfect 10" should be locked up and have their head examined. These same people probably snort a lot of cocaine.
3 years ago
So freaking expensive!!

There is one at the pinball museum in asbury park NJ that I can play for the 15$ admission fee. Pretty cool game with some interesting toys in it. Check it out if you can find it.
3 years ago
I had a chance to play one game and it has been enough to think that is a very good game
I love The adult theme ( it makes me think to manga of Cobra in some ways)
I love The artwork
I love the Great toys
I love the ramp
I love the captive ball game
Ruleset is in average
It's really a pity that so few machines were produced
My main complain is there is no Wizard mode.
3 years ago
This game is pretty cool, but it's not as cool as it is unless you're in the exclusive club of owners. And it's not a classic Bally / Williams / Midway so it just doesn't feel as solid.
4 years ago
Fun game, but the call outs get annoying and monotonous.
4 years ago
This pin has a nice look and cool unique theme. However, the only shot worth making was hitting one ramp from the right flipper. This one didn't have much variety.
4 years ago
I played BBB a few times once, and felt it was a surprisingly great machine. A few months later I was given another chance to play this machine, and I felt it was totally awesome. Despite of having a bunch of new Stern behind my back, including ACDC BIB and Metallica, I couldn't stop playing BBB. The looks and theme just fits my fun factor perfectly.
4 years ago
Cool for the rarity, but the game itself is clearly quarter-baked.
4 years ago
"God WHY??? I could have been famous! Just one more month, please???"

- Tube dancer is a super sexy way of shooting those ramp rewards
- I think it's cool how the inserts on the ramp illuminate insert by insert when something like Tube Dancer is lit
- Great, hilarious sounds and quotes
- Deep rules that encourage exploration of the Bar as much as possible
- Beautiful artwork and good adult theme

- Besides the approx. 200 machines made there is no way to find it - good luck! You'll need the locator!
- Software could use some minor tweaks, but it's pretty polished for a proto
- Not that challenging of a game
- What could have been...
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