Champion Pub

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This game received 390 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.914 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #90 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.985

Artwork: 7.92

Sounds/Music: 7.547

Other Aspects: 7.867

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19 days ago
Played at the newly-opened Medway Pinball Club.

I've got to say - this is a fun pin. It just has a great pub theme, lots of humour, and the various pin-games (i.e. skipping, punching the ball) are just great. The novelty rotating boxer is also a work of genius.

I suspect it would get quite boring if it was your only pin, but - on location - I kept returning to it because it was such amazingly good fun. I imagine, if I'd played it in a pub in the 90s, I would have just been all over it all the time. Or, at least, all over it until I got better at pinball and it got a bit repetitive.
36 days ago
I found this one in a local bar last weekend and was pleasantly surprised! The toys and gimmicks are plentiful and made for an interesting evening. That being said, this one wouldn't keep me coming back for more to the point where I would want to own one! Pretty much, this one can be said to be "fun but not for a long run!" The machine I was playing had a weak left flipper so I wasn't able to control the ball the way I would have liked but I would be willing to give it a rematch!
3 months ago
I love the idea and the toys for Champion Pub. However, at least at my skill level the randomness of the ball coming off the fighter toy is uncontrollable and just not fun. I've never beat the second opponent, and usually get smacked by O'Brian.
5 months ago
This is my favorite sports themed arcade. The toys, artwork, call outs, and point risk are all reasons why it is a pin that will continue to capture my quarters. It's training shots are fun mini games and really add to the immersive experience. I'm sad that more of these are not readily available for people to experience in person. If you experience it out in the wild, you owe it to yourself to try it out! This is a must own for me.
6 months ago
What a unique game. Too bad they didn’t make more of these.
7 months ago
First week of ownership, so far the game does not do a lot for me and it drains balls like crazy.
A weak point are the balls flying in the air because of the design of the playfield.
Need more games on this for a better rating.
7 months ago
Not a great one. The jump rope in the middle is anoying. The theme is nice but not more. Few games are ok, and then: next.
9 months ago
Trovo questo gioco geniale e come un genio che si rispetti, unico. Da avere in collezione, pezzo raro e importante.
10 months ago
This is another one I can not pass up when I see it on location. The game is so unique. I love the bouts, I love how the theme is incorporated.
11 months ago
I had played this when it came out and liked the action of the punching bag. Will buy one of these in the future
11 months ago
The toy is really cool, but personally didn't seem much fun to me. A bit repetitive.
11 months ago
One of my absolute favs growing up!
1 year ago
A fun game when you start with it, but to me it gets a little boring after a while. Unique features, such as the rope skipping feature, but I think the lastability of this one may be short.
1 year ago
I had this pinball machine for about two months, I didn t hook it up. I sold it without regret
1 year ago
I'm into boxing so especially drawn to the theme. It is a lot of fun and has some of the best gimmicks and toys out there especially for an older machine. The fighter, jump rope, heavy bag and speed bag are great. Visually I would have changed a few things. At least on the one I have played it is a little dim lighting wise. I think the bright green center ramp things are kind of ugly. The back glass is good, but the cabinet is boring and just blah. If I ever got one I would custom paint the cabinet. I would love to own one though.
1 year ago
This is a really fun pin. The rules aren't nearly as deep as others, but the goals are clear and the gameplay mechanics work very well. Sound gets a little repetitive, but well within my tolerance level. I haven't found one of these for sale in my area, but I'd snap it up if one popped up.
1 year ago
Good for what it is... a pin that should be in every dive-bar in the world. I like the toys, especially the punching in the upper right of the playfield, but the center is a little to big of a target and the layout causes airballs like crazy.
1 year ago
This game is one of my all time favorites! Never gets boring to me and provides a fantastic workout! Love the theme and objective of this table. I give this machine a perfect 10 except for durability. You will end up with cracked ramps and more importantly having to repair the boxer as that wire harness twists repeatedly and eventually you end up with a cracked or open wire(s) and it needs to be repaired. That is my only knock on this game. Make Pub Champion and then proceed to increase your score exponentially in the cash fights where you can make small to large wagers up to your entire score! Massive rewards for massive risks await you. So come on down and pound a few!
1 year ago
Pinball fun, plain and simple.

At present we have Elvira HOH, Avengers IQ and Champion Pub in the house and my son is playing Champion Pub almost exclusively.

Non pinball players always want a second game because it's easy to understand and a lot of fun.

The call-outs are up there with MM & AFM in terms of humour and the bare knuckle fighter who swings around at the start of each bout is one of the best toys in pinball. The skipping rope is also simplistic brilliance.

Not the deepest game in the world, not a pretty cabinet and certainly not one for a small collection. It's a bit clunky and doesn't have a lot of flow . . . .

However if you were having a BBQ and a few beers with folk who didn't know pinball this would be the game to bring out and let everyone enjoy the fun.

Here is my video review:
1 year ago
Fun, fun game - one that the wife actually picked out and loves to play.
1 year ago
GREAT main toy, but everything else is just "meh". Unique idea for a game, but I just can't really get into this one.
2 years ago
Champion Pub is a game that you will initially be drawn to because of the mini-games within the playfield as it draws you in to play it. It's an enjoyable theme and an enjoyable game but the game loses it's appeal quicker than the average pinball machine because the gameplay does become repetitive and slightly boring. In a large pinball collection this is perfect for but in a small collection I think this one will be one of the first pins to get the boot. There are alot better pins out there that are far more enjoyable. With that said it's still worth a few plays when you see it out in the wild or at a pinball show.
2 years ago
Super torn on this Game. It was the first reasonably big ticket pin in my collection. It was fun at the start but it really started to collect dust after a while until my buddies came over that were not really in to pinball. The first time the boxer turns around it has big wow factor but gets old pretty quick. Def need a large collection to make sense in somebody's home. It gets boring pretty quick. Feel like it would be a great pin for a bar or barcade.
2 years ago
CP was a lot more fun for me IRL than it was on a virtual pin (which is the only way I had experienced it before yesterday), so it was a pleasant surprise. A lot of good, fun shots and even though I was super familiar with the rules, I was able to make progress and enjoy the game without feeling like too much of a noob. Very fun game.
2 years ago
Very innovative game. I like the direction Bally/Williams was going in on this title, you can really tell they were trying something different here in there later years of pinball manufacturing. My first impressions with this title were great, loved all the characters, thought the jump rope and punching bag were some of the best toys in pinball. With that being said after I put more time in on this title the honey moon phase wore off and I began to see just how unfinished this game really was. Theres multiple characters displayed on the game that aren't even playable! All in all the game is hilarious at times, I found myself often laughing out loud at some of the characters banter. Definitely worth a play but would get old fast in a small collection.
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