The Big Lebowski

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This game received 72 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.930 /10


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This game ranks #58 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Game design: 7.846

Artwork: 8.018

Sounds/Music: 7.776

Other Aspects: 7.966

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1 day ago
The best pinball of all time that no one (unless you were lucky or you are rich) can ever own. Got to play many games on one of these on location and just loved every minute. The best "world under glass" implementation and theme integration I have ever seen. So so sad that this project is dead. The game shoots great and has a fantastic design. The bowling alley lower playfield is perfect. It never even got "complete" code and is still among the best pins of all time. Someday I hope to be rich or foolish enough to spend the $20k for one or I hope that someone buys out this project and starts up fabrication again...demand is there! So painful that its out of reach!
29 days ago
A great game way ahead of its time! 5 ball multiball, reverb speech, designed by one of the greatest designers of all time! 1981 was the best year for pinball in my opinion.
76 days ago
Had the pleasure of owning one and sad to see it may never make it to the masses. Amazing game and layout and probably my favorite movie themed game I could hope for. In the end I had to sell it cause I didn't want to get stuck with a big paperweight if parts became unavailable. If by some remote chance it ever gets produced again I would buy it again in a heartbeat!
3 months ago
The crappiest part of The Big Lebowski is its availability. At this point, in late 2018, it is still looking like an uphill battle to get the pre-paid games into the rightful owners’ hands, let alone any additional production. It’s a terrible fate for such a well designed game to be offered by a manufacturer that has so far been unable to produce as many units as was planned or sold.

Art, sound, theme - TBL freaking nails it. The rules need to be refined and built upon for the game to achieve greatness, but that seems unlikely in the current ‘Dutch Pinball’ climate. Still a very enjoyable game with a lot to do in it, utilizing all shots on the board.

Our TBL is set up with super bands rings, except on the kickers and flippers, which have white Marco and red Pinball Life respectively. That upper playfield is suppose to have a large rubber ring to keep the ball on the upper playfield, yup, but not on ours. We removed that ring and put two 3/8” OD rings on the posts up there, so if you don’t make your shot in a collected way that ball of yours will spill down onto the lower playfield. I also unplugged the ‘Light Trampoline’ stand-up switch, and covered its respective light, so you’ll never re-light Trampoline after the first is used, nor know you were able to re-light it. Oh, and lightning flippers.

Get this game built for those that paid for it, so we can all go back to taking it easy like the Dude.
3 months ago
I love this game when it's working. Unfortunately, the one local machine seems to be down often. I would add it to my collection if I could find one for a reasonable price.
8 months ago
This is one of the best pinballs i’ve Ever played to bad this company failed because this game is a home run.
10 months ago
I had the chance to play this wile visiting Salinas, .CA for work. I've never seen the movie. But I have to say this was a really fun machine to play. Fun call outs and really good flow. It def kept me coming back for more.
10 months ago
Had the opportunity to play 5 games on this machine at Orange County Pinball three weeks ago and really enjoyed it. The cabinet seemed to be built OK but the finish work on the exposed edges of the wood wasn't that good, might be because they were trying to get the game out ASAP. I don't see that as a bad thing really as all the other aspects of the cabinet and art work were nice.

The game play was very fun, lots of fun makeable shots, with good sound and quotables that accompanied the game play. Each game I played I was able to progress onto higher levels/challenges, but honestly did not play it enough to rate its depth of play, but I will say it was a lot of fun.

Would I add this game to my personal collection if and when it becomes available again, yes I would. Although I think I would wait until some feedback was available from those who had played the game long enough to validate functionality, code, workmanship and overall quality. Would I buy one of the original games (from DP) if one were available, yes I would, it was that fun.
1 year ago
Very interesting game. Cool features and gimmicks. The sounds are good quality but there isn't much adrenaline excitement - seems very low key. The under field bowling alley is pretty different. A lot of stop and go, which normally doesn't bother me, but it seems to drag on to me maybe because of the lack of adrenaline rush.
1 year ago
wow! very very cool pinball, loved to play every second
1 year ago
Great game had Many cool features and good sounds and music.
1 year ago
Looks like a great game with massive potential...but , lets see when they ship. Holding my breathe. The ModFather
1 year ago
The rug really pulls this pin together..
Beautiful pin! Wasn't expecting much with this being next to some higher rated pins- but this was the pin getting played the most. The movie was ok for me, but it does help to appreciate this pin. Music and sound were smooth, mixed with the play- like drinking a White Russian. There were a couple of malfunctions, so not sure if would buy. But if you see it somewhere- definitely play a few. Should be higher in the ratings.
1 year ago
Played it at Pinfest 2015 with beta code with all insert lights flashing all the time. At Pinfest 2016 had updated code that made the game playable with multiball and more callouts. Flippers were strong enough to make all the shots in the game but were noticeably weak to keep from breaking plastics while on display.

First and second impressions: Incredible layout with a lot of flow that was well thought out. Upper mini playfield is fun to play right off the bat. Lower Brunswick bowling alley looked amazing however I didn't get to play that. Beautiful game top to bottom with many cool toys - Rug/Car/White Russian. Cabinet/playfield art looked professional and not home brew. It looked like a legitimate, full featured pin that just needed more code down the road.

It truly sucks with the current situation the company is in. Don't quote me but from what I understand, the board manufacturer found a loophole to charge more for boards and is holding the company and pins as pseudo hostages?

Would it be worth trying to purchase one in? If you can afford a $12K plus toy then go for it. Fun game that will probably be another super rare game to own.
1 year ago
Disclaimer: I've only played a single (prototype) instance of TBL, at one sitting, so take the comments and rating with an appropriate grain of salt.

I normally am not a fan of licensed themed games. Maybe it's the licensed movies and heavy metal groups and so forth aren't generally my cuppa tea. But I always have liked original themes, particularly ones that are evocative without being imitative.

TBL is probably the greatest theme integration in the history of pinball. I won't belabor the point, but starting with a great theme -- a cult movie that has a noir progression, and with a built-in visual schtick of bowling (itself an old meme in pinball and coinop) is a tremendous starting point. In the rules and multiballs, and the gimmicks (including the rug under the machine, which really does tie the whole room together), and the overall flow, combined with full video and an R-rating, makes this as true and evocative to the whole TBL experience as if you were watching an outtakes director's cut DVD.

My feelings about sustainability may change if I ever get another chance at a marathon session, but if that holds, it may hold the spot of best ever.
1 year ago
great way to lose your money
1 year ago
Well, the quality of the toys is great, the music is awsome, nice shots, the only bad thing: the one I played lacked from nearly no chance to shoot up the right lane, although the flippers felt strong ....?
1 year ago
Amazing theme integration, especially for Lebowski lovers. It's the 1st (modern) pin I've played in quite a while that kept me feeling nostalgia and build quality jitters. It's different. The build is so solid. I didn't think it would live up to it's hype - the campaign and advertising for the machine really felt special, a proper nod to the cult classic. But it wasn't until I played it that I got it - WOW. Super fun, hit the right notes of pinball for me. Also, I think the screen integration is best I've seen. Personally I often feel JJ screens, while beautiful and no doubt cutting edge, are almost too flashy or competing with gameplay. Like being in a casino. TBL seems to integrate to the gameplay better without overwhelming it IMO, there's just a fun nuanced balance to it. And the retro goodness really hit the sweet spot. Best of both worlds. If you get a chance to play a well tuned model it's hard to argue it's uniqueness. With so few being made, can't imagine not being worth a small fortune someday. Very special pin.
1 year ago
I really enjoyed this game. I am really looking forward to the updates. I really want one of these for my collection but 10,000. Yikes!!!!
1 year ago
This game still needs work. Looks like it could be an good game. Will update my review at later date.
2 years ago
This game is like a Bally Williams on steroids. The theme is fantastic and the toys are awesome. Wish the music from the film would have made it with vocals.
2 years ago
As of the current code, I truly think TBL has all the makings to becoming a classic on the same level as most Bally/Williams machines that came before it. The machine is beautiful. Dutch Pinball really did an excellent job of recreating the feel of machines that were available during the peak of pinball. The code is a little weak at the moment, but I still had a great time bashing the car, rolling the rug, watching the ball lock system, and looking down at the very unique bowling alley. There are a couple of modes worth noting, especially the nialist mode. The lighting effects are spectacular. Speech and sound is some of the best in the industry and the total package is amazing considering that this is the first real game from Dutch Pinball. I'm looking forward to code updates and watching this machine evolve.
2 years ago
Nice game, but over priced for what you get.. $7995 for a brand new Medieval Madness, $6500 for a brand new Attack from Mars and Alien. ;)
2 years ago
Had tons of fun on this each time I played it, saw most of the known modes the second time it came around to Allentown. Definitely high up on my list, what a nice looking machine and it feels solid like a JJP or classic Bally/Williams/Midway title. Nice blend of art, music, flow, fun, and the dude abides.
2 years ago
Awesome game the play field was planned very well!
I'm not even a big fan of the movie but I am of this pinball!
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