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The Big Lebowski

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This game received 120 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.401 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #29 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.284

Artwork: 8.501

Sounds/Music: 8.326

Other Aspects: 8.418

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31 days ago
So, just received my B.L N.I.B from Dutch/Nitro. I have a game that kinda works. Three games in, lowerplayfield was not working. Pins were falling and not working. Then the smell of melting plastic filled my home. So I had call a tech to come and figure out what was going on. The Dude ramp was not and still is unplayable. The assembly was drilled in to the playfield and not the pre drilled housing holes. Ball hits the ramp and flies everywhere, the plastic cover to look through is not level with the playfield so the balls will change direction when they roll over it or even bounce. The lockdown bar was scratched, plastic around the white Russian was also cracked. Head of the game has creases in it due to over tightening from the strap before it shipped. It is really really cheaply made, I would put the quality of build on par with Thunderbirds. I am currently corresponding with Dutch Pinball to see how we can remedy the plethora of issues. I basically got a 20k rug with a cheap pin that kinda works..I. It could have been sooooo good had J.J.P had the licence. I have a P.O.T.C JJP and it is built with incredible quality and attention to detail. Hopefully Dutch/Nitro will stand by their product and remedy the situation. I would highly suggest avoiding buying the game. It is so disappointing because the interaction of theme to game is great. Just the actual quality of machine is really really substandard. Very very disappointed. To be continued , I will update my rating after seeing what Dutch/Nitro will do to fix this. Hopefully I just got a made on Friday game and they will sort this out.

Update, I must mention that both blister packs on the box came triggered so this could be the reason for the lower bowling alley problems, Tommy at Nitro has been incredible in the customer service department at trying to rectify the situation. Again to be continued!
39 days 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.
55 days 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!
4 months ago
Meh. I guess I just didn’t get it. I think that scarcity and a cult following doesn’t necessarily add up to a good pinball machine.
4 months ago
I decent game but not sure it would be in my collection as the playability isn't there for me. Sidenote - played two different machines and both have had issues with upper playfield. Durability / build seems like an issue.
5 months ago
Simply an amazing game. Love the movie and the theme integration in this one is top notch!
6 months ago
A lot of people are grabbing this game because it is rare. I want to say that it is also an amazing theme and great fun to play. The toys are just enough and unique, the game play is quick and once you know the rules very playable, the sound is amazing and so are the call outs, there is nothing I would knock on this game. It is not as deep or involved as the JJP POTC, which I still have ranked a 10 out of 10, but it is in a close second place. Great title and a must have.
6 months ago
It’s a great game with one of the best theme integrations I’ve seen. The playfield artwork is top-notch that blends items and people from the movie perfectly. Oddly, some of the rights were not granted from certain brands (ie, Folgers/Kahlua), where they’re either blurred out or generically named, which is kind of amusing in and of itself. The game rules are solid for the most part, but it could still use a little more depth and polish. It plays nice and fast, with a lot of that “one more game” appeal. The call outs are spot on, and it still cracks me up hearing/seeing the different movie quotes/clips (although, I wish the family mode didn’t simply drop the cussing, but instead inserted different phrases into it [like tv’s “this is what happens when you find a stranger in the alps!”]). The music lends itself flawlessly to the game, and while they’re only covers of the songs from the movie, Dutch Pinball still nailed it. As far as toys go, the bowling alley is very unique, although it doesn’t add too much to the game other than visual appeal. However, the upper play field is pretty fun. I’m thrilled these games are trickling out again...this is easily the crowd favorite in my collection, from both veteran and novice players alike. An absolute A+ game with a manufacturing nightmare of a tale behind it.
6 months ago
I love this movie and the pin almost feels like watching the movie. The theme is amazingly integrated and the toys feel extremely unique and perfectly on point with the theme. Fun factor is off the charts for me. Variation of shots is good though I felt a slight clunkiness. That is my only negative. Well...I'm off to sell a kidney or two so I can this pin.
8 months ago
The under playfield bowling alley is a really fun idea!

It's a solid built pin with great artwork. The mini playfield is cool; although I find the shot difficult to make to reach it.
All-in this is a top pin with some original toys.

8 months ago
Perfect theme and great play.
Play field layout is spot on, no expense spared on the build quality, feels tight like a mint Bally Williams machine.
Dutch have integrated the movie perfectly for mine. Always the first to get game play out of my line up and constantly laughing at quotes and clips some of which are new months into owning.
Great job and top 3 all time machine.
8 months ago
Looks good from a distance. Hope the last batch plays better than the first ones. Could have been better.
8 months ago
Great pinball with the theme executes very very well.

The music is iconic and full use of videoclips and sounds is just awesome.

Game has a well thought layout. The bowling alley is perhaps the most complex assy ever built in a pinball but has only 2 modes.

Game rules are understandable and keep you busy but could use polishing and some more depth (version 0.52 at moment of writing this).
8 months ago
tBL and pinball combined. My 2 favorite things. It looks amazing it plays great. But there is something lacking. Maybe not enough development. As it is I personally find the game to be to slow. Do want one. But at these prices. No thank you
9 months ago
This is truly a masterpiece. After about 80 games I was concerned about the “just one more game” factor, but it has me there every time. My only concerns are with the bowling alley and the LCD. The bowling mode is very cool although.. it is hard to see without leaning down very low. Not a huge deal but slightly annoying when entering that mode. The screen was my next issue... thinking it has more to with the software then the actual LCD itself.. but it’s def not a deal breaker. This game is wildly cool and the theme integration is brilliant. I could only imagine what DP would think of next if they can get their business model under control. Go get one!!
1 year ago
Loved playing this game at Tilt in Minneapolis. Table is fast and fun, and the theming is on point for the world of The Dude. Excellent game.
1 year ago
Wish I had the money to own this. It tops my wishlist. My only problem with the game was that I got to play on early teest models that had the authentic Lebowski soundtrack and WAY WAY more speech and call backs from the movie. Those early version didn't have the mode worked out yet. When I next got to play it the situation had reversed it's self. The loss of some of those great voice and call backs really damaged some of the fun of the game play, especially the boom of John Goodman's voice swearing at the player..... hilarious. I seriously hope that the makers of this game can get their shit together and make a thousand of these. There ought to be one in every bowling alley in america.
1 year ago
Wish I had the money to buy this pin. A blast to play and barely scratched the surface of the rule set. Some challenging shots got a bit easier after several games but by no means easy. Love the call outs and video scenes. This was on location at Tilt pinball bar in Minneapolis so was seeing lots of play time. Fllippers acted a bit funky at times and a slingshot was acting up so durability may be a problem.
1 year ago
One of the rare cases where a truely great game is enjoyable because its actually a great game and not just rare. Simple enough rules that its easy to understand but a difficult enough wizard mode that its hard to reach. Good balance in scoring. Itd easily be a top 10 if more units were made.
1 year ago
Love the film, so I'm bais. I do think its a perfect movie pin tie-in
1 year ago
Fiiiiiinally got to play one.
Thoroughly enjoyed it overall.
1 year ago
Be careful if your kids are around when playing. I must have played the adult version because it quoted Jesus saying he was going to f—- you in he a—-. I was shocked at that but the game is awesome. It even has a carpet that rolls up when hit to tie the game together.
1 year ago
The best pinball ever based on one of the best movies ever. The sound and music selection on this game is incredible.
The callouts and the film clips go along well with game play. It has a ton of modes and a very fun game code .
The playfield layout and shots flow well. The bowling bottom playfield is fun.
1 year ago
I would like to buy a copy of this game because I really feel like it would bring the game room together. But man, that is not an option. I will just have to settle for playing this awesome game wherever it can be found. Man, if those dudes at Dutch pinball would just get their shit together, than we could all play whenever we wanted, man!
1 year ago
Unfortunately, these are very rare and incredibly expensive. If those two weren't the case, this would be a top 10 pinball machine.
Awesome theme with great artwork and gameplay. 3 playfields, tons of toys, great video clips, and top notch sounds/music.
There are truly no flaws in this game aside from rarity and price.
If you can afford it, get it. If you have the chance to play it, go for won't regret it.
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