Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball

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This game received 55 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 5.238 /10


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This game ranks #348 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 4.527

Artwork: 6.623

Sounds/Music: 5.686

Other Aspects: 4.674

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44 days ago
It does have some pretty nice artwork.
68 days ago
The answer to the question: “How bad can it be, it’s a Bally?”
4 months ago
I laughed my butt off when I first layed my eyes on this machine. Despite the ABOMINABLE playfield layout (terrible design and not much to shoot for), it's one of those games that plays SO BAD that it's ACTUALLY GOOD. In other words, I really enjoy how TERRIBLE the game plays and looks and I play it like it's some sort of joke pin (it kinda reminds me of playing E.T. on the Atari 2600 or playing as the joke character Roll in Marvel vs Capcom 1).

NOTE: This is just how *I PERSONALLY FEEL* about this game!
1 year ago
I think this is the worst of the 90s Bally games. Sometimes everything just falls into place and you get a classic. Sadly this great theme missed the mark.
2 years ago
Hate the theme. One of the worst layouts I have ever seen.
3 years ago
The Looney Tunes is an amazing theme but it's a shame that it was used in one of the worst playfield layouts I've ever seen. Half the playfield is taken up by a lower playfield that has no point in existing, this makes it feel cluttered and there are barely any shots in the game cause there is only half the playfield to work with. The music was fine and the art is not too bad but the gameplay just sucks.
3 years ago
A great licence to land, with an incredible cast of characters, but the design suffers from the setbacks that occurred when Trudeau and Python hooked up in the past: it's an exercise in style over function. In simpler terms, the game looks and sounds great, but it's an incredible drag to actually play. This game should really be a testament to Trudeau's legacy as a pinball designer: his off the wall designs failed more often than they were remembered as timeless. Let the non-pinball Looney Tune memorabilia collectors have this one. It's not suited for a collection of any size. By a wide margin, the worst game built on the System 11 platform.
3 years ago
Bugs and crew!! Draws you in to play, but after a few games you realize it’s a rabbit hole.
4 years ago
Played a few times in the past. An amazing theme with endless potential but a swing and a miss with the table.
5 years ago
Oh how badly I wanted to love this game........terrible. All the other reviews you're seeing here are spot on: it's just a bad game. The sounds are TERRIBLE quality (most of the late Bally games pre-Williams buyout suffered from this), but the playfield layout is absolutely DREADFUL. What the heck was JT thinking on this one?! I love Looney Tunes and wished this game were better (albeit the artwork is really good, but it's not an art piece!). It really is bad and not worth whatever price you're seeing it available for. Walk away friend...
5 years ago
normally i like unique pinball layouts. this definitely qualifies, but alas i don't care for it. two thirds of the play field are totally out of use at any given time. it just doesn't work. the feature at the end where you can gamble away points for a potential bonus means that scoring is anarchic and detatched from skill level or even game to game conduct. not huge on the WB theme but i understand it appeals more to younger children. i believe atari made a road runner pinball. i would like to see that.
5 years ago
sorry this is one pin i would not walk across the room to play let alone buy or put .25 into. Seemed like it was made to be sold to 12 year old kids who have never played a pin. Strange layout no good shots in my opinion anyway.
5 years ago
If you see this game and there are other machines around it, DO NOT PLAY IT. You will regret it.
5 years ago
I played a very nice version of this machine. It was still one of the worst machines I have ever played. A great theme completely botched. Apparently the designers were rushed and it shows. Sad, really.
6 years ago
love the theme- how can you not like looney tunes?? don't understand all the negs... great underated pin. only gripe is that it hasn't got a dmd which is a shame because that was the year when they became industry standard.
6 years ago
Visually interesting game. The skill required to keep the ball in play is low, good for beginners. Overall the gameplay is moderately fun. The glaring problem with this machine is in the upper left corner. What were they thinking when they designed the game? What is the point of having that mini playfield with one flipper? A complete waste of space. Could have been a pretty decent game otherwise.
6 years ago
Finally got to play this system 11 at a friend's house, and the more I played it, the more it grew on me. It has a solid feel, and I really like the backward left shot. Unlike Black Hole, it's a lot of space used for 1 gimmick, so I feel they took a lot of risk including that in the game. I was a huge Warner Bros fan as a kid over other animation.

Give this one a chance, I hope you get to play a shopped version.
6 years ago
Haven't played many games on this infamously terrible machine? that reverse shot in the back left playfield is unique. I think this pin is middle of the road, but not a complete Spike and Chester (dog) like many people feel it is. more color would be nice.
6 years ago
Like the predominantly white color, a bit different. Interesting shot with the 3rd flipper, not sure if its the best utilization of space but it is something different.
7 years ago
Another game I really wanted to enjoy. Not fun at all, major disappointment. Carrot flippers are fun, as is artwork. Gameplay is horrible.
7 years ago
What child would like a loony tunes pinball machine? But a parent isn't going to spend the $$ for this. Could have been great. It's not. You have to remember..it is a pin.
7 years ago
not so bad !
children like it !
7 years ago
The one reason this game is good is the theme. I love the Looney Tunes characters and have for a long time, but this machine didn't do them justice. I think it would've been better done as a DMD game during the mid 90's upswing of pinball. Stupid 50m shot ruining all other scoring in the game (remind you of BOP?)...
8 years ago
Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball is another table where Python reduced the game to 1 shot.

The Pros:
It's a Lonney Tunes pinball table! All your favorite wacky characters are there and are having a great time at Bug's B'day party.

The Cons:
The game is not nearly entertaining as Friz Freelings most mundane efforts on the screen. The whole left side of the table is a wasteland. Lots of interesting ideas that were partially executed and buried by an abyssmal rulesheet. I can't remember any other pinball game with so much white on the PF and the cab, it does not do the art package well. Considering the vintage of this game, I am amazed and appalled that Bally/Williams let this out the door.

The Takeaway:
Blow out candles... 50 million. What else is there to do? Go find another game...? yeah. Use this one for parts.
8 years ago
In 40 yrs of playing pinball, I've never left a machine with a feeling of complete disgust. I even like some games other pinheads despise. That is, until I played this abomination last month. No flow, no appeal, few decent shots, just gimmicks. And, to top it off, why bother--at the end of the game, your score may no longer be your score. And I'm a huge Looney Tunes fan--so much could have been done with this game. What a waste.
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