Bram Stoker's Dracula

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This game received 643 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.171 /10


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This game ranks #49 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.232

Artwork: 7.824

Sounds/Music: 7.967

Other Aspects: 8.34

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5 years ago
BSD is the machine I probably play the most. It sits between TOM and TZ in my collection but I gravitate to this one.

It is a fairly straight forward game but it is fairly challenging. The important targets mid playfiled are drain monsters but they are shots you have to make. You have to really know your flippers and what shot will kill you from what flipper. The machine has some odd angles. One of the main objectives looks so easy but the lane is at a very bizarre angle. I play with great players on occasion and they have a hard time with that shot.

This is a pin that demands mods. The bad Ron Jeremy looking vampire should be replaced immediately with a coffin mod. There are other aspects that look like after thoughts. But even with that, I thionk it is a cool looking pin.

The pinball is far better than the movie or book. They did a nice job of getting the most out of theme. It has a kinds of spooky, hippie vibe with off tune sounds and good voice acting. Great pin.
5 years ago
BSD is an exciting machine to play with a great "one-more-game" feel. Game times tend to be short and the rules are not very deep but the excitement of stacking 2 or, if possible, 3 multiball modes and being awarded big points is incredibly enjoyable.
5 years ago
i realy enjoy this machine ,it plays fast ,smooth and very very good flow,the coffin is sweet,mist ball is awsome, great multi ball mode ,red dmd, nothing bad to me except i dnt care for the back glass that much its jus o.k, oh and the drac in the coffin is cheesy looking,,small flippers makes it harder to save the ball down the middle,i can live with all of that, all on all great game..for me its a keeper on game play alone..dnt pass up a chance to play it!!
Played it again 2018..didn't care for it anymore. Seemed bare
5 years ago
BSD is a true test to your skills, you have to be good at nudging, doing dropcatches etc to get a good score. The ramp shots are one of the most satisfying in pinball, especially when you get the three multiballs going. The callouts are second to none. However, after owning it for a couple of years, I sold mine, so the lastability in a smaller collection is a bit questionable. Other thing is, it can be a bit unexciting multiplayer game, since it's such a feast or famine machine scorewise.
5 years ago
Overall BSD is a fun, yet difficult pin to master. Lightning fast, and the shortened flippers make it even more challenging. The only thing on this game I would have changed is the Ron Jeremy looking Drac that sits in the coffin (and making the Mist ball feature more reliable). It seems that is always getting caught or malfunctioning, particularly the receiving gates. I owned mine for a while, and have regretted selling it ever since I did. Morbid theme and display graphics, and the call outs are just plain spooky. Love it. I sincerely miss this game, and plan on getting another as soon as funds and space permit. Welcome to my home!!
5 years ago
BSD is a just OK layout with some SUPER cool rules. The Bats/Rats bonuses can be pretty significant and count after every ball, so you want them as early as possible and you don't want to tilt. But this game is mean, forces you to shoot deadly standups, and has lightning flippers. Whenever nudging you have to weigh the risk of losing your Bats bonus by tilting. Stacking the 3 multiballs with 10/20/30m jackpots would make for an OK game, but the way they're implemented makes it so much more interesting. Mist Multiball is the most interesting. Not only is it a cool toy, but because it's the easiest one to start you want to bring it in last. There is a lot of risk/reward to think about when starting multiballs, especially on ball 3. Do you start Mist and risk not getting all 3 going? Or do you keep building the other 2 multiballs and hope to bring Mist in?

Relatively simple rules, there's nothing too crazy, but it all stacks (literally) together perfectly. You won't be achieving triple multiball every game and it definitely has the one-more-game it factor.

Also the Dracula doll toy is super dumb.
5 years ago
Really fun game to play
6 years ago
Two words: "Mode stacking". This is game were knowing how to play it makes it worth your while. The gimmicks are nifty like "Mist Multiball" are impressive, but the blood red DMD and animations and sound clips are seal the deal for quality. Not the best first pinball choice for a collector due to difficulty, and not being family friendly. Very dark theme, like it SHOULD BE. Quality is WAY better than most modern Stern SS games.

Old Simple 2005 Review:
"Mist" Multiball, Stackable multiball feature, Blood Red Dripping DMD, Top Notch sound selection
6 years ago
I had to own this game before I could truly appreciate how great it really is. Playing it on location I looked at it as just a quarter eater. Lots of very short frustrating games. When it's in your collection who cares if you have a bunch of lousy games in a row. When that one game all comes together when you stack all three multi-balls, or at least two and kill Drac, there is nothing better in pinball. Artwork, music, sound effects, mist multi-ball and animations are top notch and make for a great package. Not a deep game by any means but very challenging with many difficult shots that you have to hit consistently to be successful. Beginners and casual players will probably be frustrated with this pin but for someone with at least moderate skills it will be very rewarding. It's the ultimate "one more game" pin.
6 years ago
I like this pin very much! The atmosphere is really excellent! I love many game options as video mode, magnet, easy EB after eight loops and very nice Dracula in the coffin.
6 years ago
This is my favorite pin , especially like the most ball !
6 years ago
This is the most frustrating pin I have ever played. No way I could ever own this title. My buddy got one and sold it in 3 weeks. They usually have lots of opto issues, so if you buy one make sure they all work.
6 years ago
The only gothic pinball machine made by a mainstream pinball manufacturer (Frankenstein comes close, though). Goth clubs were still viable in the 1990's when this game was made, and it was in many of them. Great respect for the theme. Sounds and music are good. Playfield can be frustrating, as this game is known for house balls and feeds to the drains that the player has no control over. Flippers must be extremely powerful to have a chance of hitting the left ramp reliably, and that's the key shot in the game. As for the rules, there's not much to do. Build towards the 3 Multiballs and start them as close to simultaneously as possible. It's 3X playfield if you have all 3 going at once, which is the best possible state to be in while playing.
6 years ago
Very tough pinball machine, simple but with the x factor. BSD is really targeted towards an adult audience, as well as the movie by Francis Ford Coppola. It is almost frightening really playing this pin alone at night. The gameplay is just fantastic: very simple things to do, but it's making adrenaline running and always keeps you on your toes. And, the most important thing to me, it has terrific lastability. This is its magic: it's simple, but never gets old. Overall, this pin excel in two very different aspects: it's amazing to play and it's also very fascinating. One of the very best ever.
Edit 2021: after six years owning and playing this game, as well as many others, I confirm: this is one of the very best game ever. Simple but very adrenaline and difficult. And the most important thing: usually I get bored of a pinball machine over (more or less) time, even the top rated. But BSD is THE keeper, it will never leave. I said it long ago, its still here and will never go.
6 years ago
Dracula plays like a vanilla game - but its theme and sound kept me playing longer than the design and kinetics warranted.

I found the ramp hard to hit on time, and there were some other flow problems with the PF layout. However, the ghostly magnetic ball drag is a well-placed and creative feature - freaked me out the first few times through. Good thematic integration.

If the game wasn't so awkward, I'd give it a higher rating. I'd recommend playing it to anyone - you might have better luck than I did. Dracula isn't on my wishlist, but I don't pass by it without playing on location.
6 years ago
Great theme. Great callouts and animation. One of the best toys ever.
But most of all great feel and flow mixed with some fairly challenging shots.
Every time I play it, I have a hard time pulling away.
6 years ago
Owned one for a couple of years, and it's a nice game. A little limited as far as rule variety - 3 multiballs to achieve and they can be stacked for large scores, apart from that, not much more to go for. Mist Mulitball is legendary and when seen for the first time is a stunner. Still enjoy knocking that ball off the middle of the playfield. The game is well played after dark in the dark, with sinister music and is very atmospheric. Not a keeper in my book, but worth playing or owning for a while.
6 years ago
You are safe with me! I did not like this game at first, once you learn the shots and stack your first multiball you are hooked. Defenitely a "one more game" type of machine.
6 years ago
Gameplay is great and truly unique.
6 years ago
A tournament favorite (and feared) machine. I played this table quite extensively at a friend's and at the yearly Dutch Pinball Open. The one thing this table oozes is atmosphere. Quite dark, sinister, great sound(s), call-outs and music. It also feels like Dracula is your host for the game and that makes it a bit more personal (although he is also a bit of a sad character). DMD animations are great and really complement the gameplay. I love the start of Mist Multiball in which you have to shoot at a ball that is magnetically carried over the playfield as if it were levitating. It's even possible to shoot that ball away only to have the ball you shot it with catched by the magnet. Funny stuff (but not when you are going for that HS). It's a big drain monster so you have to be very precise and especially avoid that dreaded target bank in the middle of the table. The left ramp shot is very smooth when the table is set up right, and makes you feel king if you loop it just a couple of times. Scoring is a bit of a hit/miss thing. It's very uneven because a potentially highscoring mode ("Bats") gets carried over from ball to ball and if you stack a couple of multiballs, scoring can go through the roof. So get a high Bats at the first ball, and mostly you defeat your opponent, even if he objectively plays better. Those couple of games that really go well like that will have you come back for more! A good example of a table that does nothing really spectacular but is defintely more than the sum of the parts.
6 years ago
BSD is a great game that doesn't really work that well in a small collection. It has a simple premise that, while it feels amazing to pull off (the triple stacking of the multiballs), doing this repeatedly with little other variation turns into a very "grindy" kind of affair. After owning it for a little while and playing it into the ground, I found myself yearning for deeper experiences that allowed me to do more than play video mode as a side option.

Don't get me wrong--BSD deserves every bit of respect it currently gets. It just needs to be experienced on location or in a larger home collection. If you only have three or four games and you play them a lot, BSD will likely get old (left ramp, left ramp, left ramp, bats.. right ramp, right ramp, right ramp, right ramp, lock, lock; left ramp, left ramp, castle lock.. start mist, do this for all eternity, or so it feels).

Sound-effect wise this game nails it with some excellent sound effects when super jackpots are attained and when movie sample callouts are played. The music itself, while memorable, doesn't stand the test of time as well as the SFX due to the archaic, synthesized nature. The cabinet art is excellent, whereas the backglass is so-so and the playfield art looks like it could have used a little more detail to truly stand out.
6 years ago
just have it.and i think its gonna stay for a long time.really addictif.
6 years ago
i have owned a lot of games and this remains my favorite. I wont go into why as it has all been covered. I will always own this game assuming nothing catastrophic happens to me...
6 years ago
Dracula is a really fun game its very fast has great artwork its also a great theme the coffin is a neat toy and the mist ball floating is very cool
6 years ago
A fine game that replicates the movie well, but fails to provide anything unique into the domain of pinball.

- nice speech from the movie ("I am... Dracula")
- interesting habitrails
- multiball easy enough to get
- simple rules, you get the hang of the game quickly

- playfield artwork is a tragedy
- backglass artwork could have been better
- cabinet artwork has nothing exceptional
- abundance of lightning inserts...
- overall lack of toys
- haven't seen a lot of mods for this game
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