The Big Lebowski

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This game received 66 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.969 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #54 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Game design: 7.888

Artwork: 8.055

Sounds/Music: 7.835

Other Aspects: 7.974

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13 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!
36 days 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.
41 days 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.
6 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.
8 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.
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
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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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. ;)
1 year 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.
1 year 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!
1 year ago
I own TBL # 25 and received it in the first container shipped to the US. After playing for a few months, I figured I'd put in a placeholder rating for now, hoping that DP is able to recover from their problems and finish the game. I love the theme and was one of the fake pre-orders in a Pinside thread long ago, so I was very happy when Dutch announced they were making the game, and promptly pre-ordered (for real). It's got the feel of a Bally/Williams game. It's a very heavy game and the back glass is surprisingly heavy. Here are my thoughts thus far: I love the art, music, call outs, under field bowling mechanism, and layout of the game. The Nihilist and Mark it Zero modes are particularly great. Primary multiball is earned at the Dude's ramp, plus each character has one and they can stack. There are also three car modes, a couple of bowling modes, and obviously the various modes earned at the rug, so there really is plenty to do. Unlike Sterns, there's no grace time as a mode or activity times out. The ramps are challenging to hit and it's actually a very difficult game compared to others in my collection. I've had less than ten breakout games out of maybe 200 played and they weren't very high scoring. If DP is able to get back into action, I'd like to see the following updates: more scoop awards, more saucer awards, higher scoring, and some sort of laughing Knox Harrington the Video Artist mode added.
1 year ago
The game has good bones and should continue to improve with additional depth to the rules. Jury is still out on the bowling alley being an asset or liability. Artwork is beautiful. As awesome as theme and execution are, high price dampens my enthusiasm for this pin, and I am left expecting a little more.
1 year ago
I got 6 games on this beauty before it couldn’t find the PROC controller. Doh!
I laughed, and laughed, and laughed.. Great theme integration...
I'm very proud with DP for this first release.
I look forward to more plays on this table, and learning the rules...

1-2-3 rollover lanes: It has 2 sets! Great ! (must see!)
Action/Per/Minute: Very good
Backhands: unknown
Bonus Multiplier Goal: unknown
Dink Donk: minimal — very good.
Drops: none
Extra Balls: unknown
Flippers: 3
Goal -EB/BC/MB/Jackpot: unknown
Hurry-ups: unknown
Inlane Lane Change: unknown
Inlane Ramp Release: decent
Inlane Swoosh: good
Jackpot/Bonus Collect: unknown
Lane Change: yes (confusing though — have no idea how it works - one blinks one doesn’t?)
MB Earning: good. Locking balls isn’t a quick gimme
MB Fun: unknown
Nudging: a little…
Orbits (Repeatable): no. don’t think so. The exit from left orbit is right flipper.
Outlane Fun: fair. Left is steve ritchie kickback shape, and right outlane is pretty narrow.
Pops: fair: these were tuned down a bit weak.
Rules (time/order): unknown
Shots (total): 15 VERY good. Almost like TOTAN.
Skill Shot: barely — it’s a 1-2-3 lane
Slap-Saves: very good. a must for a center-shot game
Spinners: 1 !
Stop'n'Go: a little bit - has a scoop and a saucer, and a few ramps that slow things down. Display is rather quick (as displays goes)
Taunting: unknown
Toy/Gimmick: amazing: car, bowling alley, rug, drink, two sets of rollovers, might be the best toy set of all time.
Voice / V. choreography: amazing:

ART: fantastic
SOUND: great
FEEL: very good. solid
OVERALL: might be the best theme integration of all time - I was laughing, and it's like these guys "get it"... It was like finding a long lost 1998 B/W game...
2 years ago
Dutch Pinball hit it out of the park on this machine... They absolutely nailed it and made a machine that is as good if not better than your favorite all time game. The quality of the build is spectacular. Unlike every other pin not produced by B/W since they stopped, this one feels and plays like a golden era B/W machine. Every aspect of the play field is beautiful. They integrated the movie extremely well into the game play.

The upper play field is nicely incorporated into the board. I was concerned about a single flipper upper board, but on this machine, it's well-designed, with 4 different elements going on up there.

The bowling alley underneath is spectacular. The engineering that went into this is just incredible.

To think after all the years of pinball, Dutch was able to incorporate two really sweet never-before-used features into this game (the bowling alley and the rolling rug).

The sound quality is top notch, graphics, cabinet, backglass, it's a solid 10. The Big Lebowski is the Rolls Royce of pinball machines. I'm thrilled to have one of the rare few to exist in my collection, it is truly a thing of beauty.
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