Big Brave

Pinside rating

This game received 16 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.796 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #130 in the Pinside EM Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.885

Artwork: 7.974

Sounds/Music: 3.231

Other Aspects: 7.755

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2 years ago
Big Brave is a cool game! It has vari target which is a plus and rewarding when you hit it dead on! The targets are placed nicely at the top left upper playfield and spaced throughout... Surprisingly with only two pop bumpers this game gives a decent amount of action... A very simple EM to play and master! I recommend this game!
5 years ago
Undervalued game!
6 years ago
A classic Krynski/Morison Gottlieb Game. Great artwork everywhere, a classic. But wait... There really is no right flipper shot at the left roto target because the left roto is aligned with the left flipper. There really isn't a shot with the left flipper unless you are getting a rebound slapshot left. I am a fan of Ed Krynski and though he was definitely an influence in my childhood, this game makes me wonder. Would Ed do this? I don't think so.
6 years ago
I graded this one on an EM scale. I just don't think these games are as much as SS's. For an EM game, I love it. Makes sense, has the classic sounds where you want them, has a strategy. This one was made right towards the end of the run of EM games, so it has about everything you could want from one. And the cabinet is about my favorite artwork out of any of them.
7 years ago
With it's excellent artwork and an asymmetrical layout, this really is one of the best games of the 70's. I played this at the PHOF, remembering the feathers for the bonus countdown from my teenage years playing this at pool halls.
The native theme coupled with the 70's teal and purple psychedelic spirals is quintessential Morison. The great art just adds to the outstanding action. One of the best e/m's of all time in my opinion (along with C37, Abra, Atlantis and Jacks Open), and if set up right can be both rewarding and frustrating. It really is a great piece of fun art that looks and plays fantastically well. So cool!
My total restoration is almost complete (NOS play field, new targets, plastics, door, bumpers, orange dot flippers, etc. etc.). It's not going anywhere. Ever.
10 years ago
In my opinion, this might be the BEST EM machine Gottlieb ever made! I've been playing this machine for over 35 years, and it NEVER gets old! Let's start with the ONE thing that I don't like about it. As with most Gottlieb machines that involve 'Bonus' scoring, Double Bonus is only available on the last ball. I've never been a fan of having one ball that means a lot more than the other four.

There are a lot of different ways to score, and to advance the bonus as well, yet they are not complicated or random. Completing the drop targets adds a hefty 5K to the score, and sends the bonus along it's way as well. If you're having a hard time dropping that last target... fear not, because there are bulls-eye targets, and rollover lanes and buttons that advance the bonus just as well! This makes that well-played ball that only scores a few K on the out, a bit of a rarity, and allows a great deal of consistency in scoring from game to game.

There are two things that I LOVE about this pf. When you get that wimpy shot off the flipper, because of the layout in the center, with some proper nudging, you can avoid that slow roller that goes SDTM. The second thing is that all the shots are good shots all the time! Even if you have the bonus maxed out, the rollovers that advance the bonus score well, as do the drop targets, again, adding an awesome balance to the entire package!
11 years ago
Big Indian is a game that makes the most out of very minimal design.

The Pros:
A deceptively lively game with a minimal amount of playfield population. Nudging skills are needed despite a pf that looks sparse. Accurate shooting for all targets must be executed. Risk/reward personified at the vari-target shot. 5k is a good deal of points on this table. A missed shot (or even an accurate one) can come screaming at you from halfway up the playfield right between your flippers.

The Cons:
Drain monster could be another theme for this table.

The Takeaway:
A Krynski course in efficiency in pinball design can be derived from this deck. If this game is waxed and the coils are strong, the diagonal angles on this table get the ball bouncing and spinning all the way down the table. Frustrating would be the best single word to sum up the play experience. I guess I have to start playing better...

This game has really grown on me. The whole table needs to be actively played and nudged. If you do not take control of the ball from the top lanes of the PF, there is a good chance that the ball will be sent to the super hungry outlanes. Either directly or with a treacherous bounce off of the top of the slings. The gap between the flippers is no joke either, But the outlanes in particular... yikes. Some people will bemoan the lack of what most designs would utilize with guided shots. This game has those shots, you just have to really look for them and realize that those 3 star rollovers in a row are pointing you in the direction you need to go. Once your bonus is maxed, you can keep shooting drops, but your only other real scoring opportunity is the vari-target. Yes, Master K put a limiter on the scoring of the pf so when you got to the ceiling of bonus count, you really can only go for the most dangerous shot on the table to make any more real progress. Brilliant. Combined with that "one more game" magic... is why this design in 2/4 player reels sold over 10k. This game is a true player. Scores adjusted accordingly.
11 years ago
one of my favorite em games. a classic gottlieb. i played this game alot when i was a kid. there was one at a local mom and pop store near my house. if you find one at a show or in the wild give it a play or two.
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