The Big Lebowski

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This game received 182 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.629 /10

8.629

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #15 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.516

Artwork: 8.681

Sounds/Music: 8.586

Other Aspects: 8.693


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7.616/10
9 days ago
I played this game several times and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It feels to me a lot like a 90s Bally game with the different aspects of the game to reach the wizard mode. There are the main rug modes, the character multiballs, and other side features as well. The lower playfield is fun and I like the variation of the mini games that can be played there rather than just normal bowling. I also thing the shots flow quite well. The animations look nice on the simulated DMD style color display. It's a fun game that I'd recommend everyone try if they get a chance.
9.820/10
28 days ago
This game is the definition of great theme integration. It has a very "special" feel when playing it. You can really tell that Dutch pinball put alot of love into creating this gem of a pin. Has the feel of an older bally/williams pin as far as weight with all the newer tech and better build quality as far as the wood and components used. Very speciall game that is a delight to shoot...
9.580/10
43 days ago
Top 3 theme integration in all aspects. My favorite use of upper and lower playfield and the rug is an amazing concept. It is delicate delicate delicate - I don’t let kids play this machine or I’ll need to repair, that’s the downside, but I’m still not selling.
9.628/10
44 days ago
Interesting theme for a pin. I don't know if anyone will buy or play just because of the theme. Until recently, I never saw the movie. This game is really fun to play! The shots and rules are great. Not many around for people to play. If you see one on location, play it.
9.560/10
58 days ago
That game pulls you into the world of the dude. So many things out of the movie incorporated into Gameplay. Each time I do have a smile in the face hearing the Callouts.
Great lightning, sound and Gameplay. Have I mentioned the built-in bowling alley already ;-)
And DP is still working to improve the Software enhancing it with further modes, scenes etc. Fantastic.
8.940/10
77 days ago
Super fun game that gets 10s for theme integration and fun. Top 5 theme integration for me. You can tell the people who worked on this game love the movie, as do I. It was a grail theme for me as it’s my favorite movie and I’m so happy that the gameplay does the theme justice. If you’re a fan of 90s heyday Williams/Bally this game is for you. Code is ok at this point but this game deserves to be taken to the next level. Lots of stop and go which I’m not usually a fan of but it works here as this game has a chill vibe which is befitting the theme. Not sure if that’s Sam Elliot doing callouts or his doppelgänger because it sounds exactly like him. Game is JJP/superpin heavy. The translight seriously weighs 20 lbs. Couple of fit and finish issues (I could slice a ham with the edge of my lockbar) but overall I’m quite pleased with the build quality of the game.

Edit to add: Forgot about the music! While I wish there was a little more variety, what is there is excellent. Add a sub and you’re good to go.
10.000/10
85 days ago
An example of perfect theme integration. If you love the movie, you will love this machine. Shoots like a 90’s Bally Williams.
9.900/10
3 months ago
...the rug really tied the (game)room together.
10.000/10
4 months ago
Best theme integration ever! So much fun! Great game to own and a great conversation piece!
7.623/10
5 months ago
Cool game. Mostly well done and fun, but The code still needs work. It crashes, it has ball dead spots be ready to take off the glass and - or reboot.
Probably too high of rating for a problematic machine, but love the theme.
9.460/10
5 months ago
No doubt I enjoyed the movie and have watched it a handful of times.

When I had the chance to spend some time playing this game I thought it did an excellent job of tying in multiple moments from the movie -- great theme integration. Pinball naturally works with a bowling theme and I could almost smell the cigarette smoke as the game took me back to nights/weekends I spent at the alley. The characters from the film are well represented and the video clips that accompany each "hit" are very complimentary.

I have to say that the creators of this game put a lot of thought and detail into the pin and I really enjoyed every ball of every game. Multiple options for multiball were nice, and of course rug mode has no other match (to my knowledge) in pinball. Upper playfield with the car bashing definitely made me smile.

I'd love to own one of these games some day, but right now the price point is more than I can spend on a single pin. I suppose a guy can always dream. . . or maybe just sell off half of the current collection!
9.516/10
5 months ago
Awesome friggin pin. A must have!!
9.760/10
6 months ago
Personal I think the game is just plan fun.
9.305/10
6 months ago
The theme on this games just does it for me.
10.000/10
6 months ago
this pinball machine despite its long waiting time to get it (which makes it so rare and exclusive) is really the most fantastic pinball machine that I have ever seen and played ... it has been over 40 years since I play pinball and I have owned a lot and this one for me and the holy grail ... everything is perfect, I can only advise ...
9.680/10
7 months ago
If you see it, you gotta play it. If you can afford it, congratulations you must smell terrific. Really fun game, I hope Dutch Pinball can sell a lot of these and make more games based on this machine. The call outs are great, the playfield is really creative.
9.620/10
7 months ago
Its the one game I can't seem to get enough of. Its a theme about a rebel, on a rebellious device (once illegal in the parts fo the U.S.) for a rebel at heart. Fantastic music, abstract, off the wall theme beautifully integrated and oddly peaceful to play over and over again. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it!
9.700/10
8 months ago
Hard to rate as I've been waiting for many years for my EA game to arrive. I have to say, after playing it the other day, it is everything I hoped it would be. Theme integration is one of the best ever!
9.084/10
9 months ago
for me it is one if the best new pinball machines currently. so much love put in the details. the shots are not very smooth always; but it is really great fun to play. the theme is great, the gamedesign is great, and the gameplay is also very nice. two thumbs up!!
8.352/10
9 months ago
It took me a long time to track down a TBL, and it was worth the wait. I spent an evening at a friends playing and probably only was able to play 5-6 full games. There were lots of issues with the build quality from Dutch: lots of code issues that led to lockups when we were trying to play 4 player games, a flipper coil fell off during one of my games, and the weirdest one was a friend causing a full reboot of the game with just a little bit of static electricity charge.

With all the bad out of the way, I can go on to the good. For me, this a grail theme, and I think with time and coding updates this could be a really great game. Dutch was very very ambitious with this project, and it shows. The upper pf is a lot of fun and the main pf has a ton going on. Whoever did the covers of the music tracks did a really nice job of making them sound like the originals. The lightshow on the Nihilist mode is great and the music for the mode fits really well. I had a lot of fun playing the game despite the persistent issues. I'm sure if I spent more time, the lack of code would start to bother me, but didn't in this first session. I'm looking forward to playing TBL again in the future, and seeing what Dutch can do with the code.
4.440/10
9 months ago
STOP STOP STOP , take a second and reach out to Player 1,Jersey Jack, Stern or Chicago Gaming. Do not throw your money away on a made in China quality pin ! I was over the moon excited when I first heard there was a Lebowski pin. I was even more excited when I was able to get my deposit down on a unit! That is about when my nightmare began and I got in to the loan a sketchy start up pinball company 20k for most of a year business. I was told to pay the remaining balance 18k and change, and that my game was ready to come off the line it would ship within a few days(by end of work week) I paid in full on my credit card(thank gawd I bought with my visa) ... A week goes by, two weeks go by three weeks go by...no tracking number delayed and vauge responses from the retailer....1 moth goes by..no game TWO Months goes by, Three months arrive...I finally get word my game is shipped...The retailer claimed Dutch was waiting on parts and my game was on hold until then. I later found out units did leave the factory but I was put on the back burner AFTER THEY HAD 20K OF MY MONEY FOR THREE MONTHS! SOOOOO, game arrives I have multiple people come for an unboxing party (mid summer, I paid for the game in full in March) Plethora of issues.. and just an insane amount of poor workmanship and corners cut wherever possible.. If you turn the volume up over half way..the speakers distort..back and bottom of cabnet are particle board...Game was unplayable and after the 3rd game, a coil on the lower playfield caught fire lol and filled my garage with burning plastic smell and shock from all that attended. The ramp was drilled in the the playfield, broken plastics all over, scratched lockdown bar out of the box. It looked like it had been on location for a while then sent out.....Decals were peeling off the cabnet, the back head was creases due to overstrapping...I could go on and on...The retailer placed blame on me for unboxing it (WTF) I had to threaten to get Visa involved to get any kind of customer service from the retailer. They blamed the manufacturer and then passed me on to them to try and rectify the situation.... After a bunch of back and forth (a better part of a month with an unplayable game in my garage) The retailer/manufacturer agreed to have me send the game back and send me a new game. I was gauranteed that my game would be the next one out, I asked Barry(head of Dutch) to sign the backglass) (this was to ensure he gave it a once over before it left the factory) I had posted a completely honest review on pinside about my game and was asked to take it down because it had caused people to change their deposit to another game(whomever I saved from this pile of junk, you are welcome, lol). I obliged, so the waiting game began, one week, two weeks three weeks 1 month, two months...responses not sent to my inquiry on where my replacement game was...THREE MONTHS go by, games have gone out..just not to me.....How crazy has this got, I paid 20k, I now have no game in my possession, paid over 20k and am getting ignored by the manufacturer....Complete madness.....I get told by the retailer"oh, Dutch is now moving their shop and this has caused the delay" I then asked for a refund untill my game arrives or another game to use of similar value ....
Neither is obliged .....I finally(8months after paying in full for my game) Get somewhere with speaking with Visa, they agreed that I made every attempt to reasonably rectify the situation and that I should be refunded .....The retailer gets notified of this and like a gust of wind I finally get a response, they will send me my money back. Lol, and like a true relic , they send me a cheque in the snail mail... absolutely bush league.... AVIOD this game and company at all cost.

Above is a small condensed version of what happened, feel free to reach out if anyone wants the complete story !!! BUY FROM PLAYER 1, JERSEY JACK, OR CHICAGO GAMING...AVOID DUTCH AT ALL COST! I

I bought one brand new and it has been a nightmare. I will post complete details of the nightmare I had dealing with Dutch. If you want a quality game buy a Jersey Jack. Game is made of poor quality materials, wherever corners can be cut they have been cut. It is not worth more than a Stern pro at best. AVOID this game!
7.960/10
12 months ago
It´s a bummer, man !
Beautifull pinball machine. Yopu see that Dutch Pinball LOVES pinball. No "redesign" of a good payed gamedesigner from Stern or JJP. A group of dutch people loving pinball and found that very very special theme ! I am happy that nor Stern or JJP catched this up.
The story of DP is a story full of ups and downs. Right now I beieve this story will find a good end and looking forward for other titles by DP.
I have a Archiever Edition, therefor the perfect illuminated and integrated apron. It is a beauty !
The pin is a "Wpc95" style machine, typically for the end of the 90th. Wonderfull !
It plays like a WPC machine !

I will stop now with my comment but will come back later:
The software is not finished yet, DP has to fight with some smaller issues and a software about 85% ready. Some bugs are also in the actual software. But this game is right now ... a bummer. And will be a keeper in the future with 100% software !
9.340/10
1 year ago
This is the best implemtation of a theme i've ever seen. The love to detail is just incredible. I only wish it would be a bit easier, it's really unforgiving, hard game. You need to be in controll of the ball at all times or it's gone. This is not a beginners game.
9.300/10
1 year ago
Dream theme that has the best implementation of any modern game. Video clips that have the actors voices. Upper playfield, lower playfield, two bash toys , diverters, and the soundtrack. I see why this game is so sought after. I may have to empty my piggy bank out.
9.020/10
1 year ago
Beautiful game with really perfect theme integration, sound, music, call outs and art. It’s bright and easy to understand what to do after just a game or two. Fit and finish is good, especially for a new company. The code isn’t finished, but it doesn’t feel shallow. There is enough to do for most players, for now. Hopefully it gets an update at some point. The toys and creativity are excellent. Overall, it’s a really fun game with terrific video clips and movie integration. It’s not a bummer, man!
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