Elvira and the Party Monsters

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This game received 323 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.024 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #78 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.866

Artwork: 8.39

Sounds/Music: 7.424

Other Aspects: 8.197

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26 days ago
I really love this game. Naturally, Elvira is a great draw, and I think they did a great job with the artwork, especially the playfield. This is my first non-early 80s game, so although it only has alpha-numeric displays, that's still quite a step up from what I'm used to - and likewise the layered nature of the playfield - I know, welcome to the modern world, but this is my reference point - games like Centaur, Fathom, Black Knight, Black Hole, etc..

I do find the that lighting of the PF is spotty at best - the barbecue targets are completely unlit. Surprised there isn't anything to highlight the organ or Elvira in the party punch. Gotta look into correcting that. The voice audio on my machine seems a little low quality, even compared to the background music. But all that aside, it's Elvira, a fun game to play with just enough variation and things to do that a casual player and avid collector like me keeps coming back, game after game.
45 days ago
A friend has a very, very nice example of this game. It plays beautiful and it's just a super nice game. It has everything I want in a pinball machine. Maybe the sound effects and music can get a bit repetitive, but that's with all Sys11 games.
5 months ago
Fun shots, great theme, and nice artwork! Just brought this one in. Game has been fun and I have found myself playing it more than I thought I would.
7 months ago
My personal favorite out of the 3 Elvira games. It’s brutal and fun.
1 year ago
Awesome backglass, cabinet and playfield artwork. Fun game to play, hope to get a chance to play again.
1 year ago
I had this game in my collection and while I moved on after some time, I thought it was a great game. The theme integration is awesome and rules are easy to follow. Making the lock and ramps feels rewarding with that classic bally feel. I would recommend if you already have similar themed games.
1 year ago
Such a great pinball game, EATPM kick-started a franchise of great machines.

The integration of lights, music, theme, animations (both mechanical and alpha display) are second to none.

10/10 Charm factor.

Some of my favourite features:
Kickout ramp over the center lane into the pops is amazing. "PAAAAAAARTY!!!!!"
boogie men mechanical animation jumping up and down with rubber arms flailing... "Let's boogie.... Thank you boys!"

The iconic massive Monster Slide that takes you from the left ramp, in behind the PF, all the way to the right flipper!.. going up, "OH YEAH!!!!".. not enough power..? "Ohhhh.. No."

"Lights" (machines goes dark).. "Organ".. a piece plays and strobes go off all over the place.. ... Elvira states: "oooo, nice Organ!"

... I could just go on and on here... in general tho, the variety of call-outs and things to do is great.


room for improvement might be some rules tweak between the competition mode, and default. Perhaps balance some other shots, the game can be largely about making the ramps.

There's no spinner.. I like spinners.
1 year ago
Very good theme integration. The speech, sounds and music and light show stand out, especially for this era game. The rules and scoring are not as great, since left ramp over and over (with an occasional skull shot) is the best way to score big points. Still a fun and entertaining game, especially if you like the theme.
1 year ago
This was the game that got me back into pinball after a long hiatus away from the hobby. So admittedly I have a soft spot for this one. I find it a ball to play and not overly punishing.
1 year ago
Great, older game that has a lot quirks to it, great artwork on playfield and backglass!
2 years ago
Simply a feast for both the eyes and ears. Layout makes for some really satisfying shots not to mention all the ghoulish attractions. Basiscally a kids haunted house under glass. 10/10 all day long.
2 years ago
I absolutely am in love with this game! Classic !
2 years ago
So I love the theme, artwork, and sounds. I like the ramps, layout, and toys. But I find the rules lacking.

There's just not much to do other than go for the multi-ball. And while it's a lot of fun to play in short bursts, I don't find myself pulled in and engaged to the point that I want to keep playing game after game. The gameplay/rules aren't addictive for me, the way some pins are.

Still a very pretty and enjoyable game with Nordman's signature fun ramps; just don't expect much from the rules.
2 years ago
Probably my fav sys 11 game as far as fun factor. I don't know why, I just enjoy playing this one more than the other games from this generation.
2 years ago
Another great system 11 game. Gotta love Elvira and her great commentary.
2 years ago
Love my Elvira. Not a deep game, but it is never boring. Great art, sounds, and just fun to shoot. Wife likes it too, because she doesn't need a PhD. to understand how to score big... and Elvira likes to score big!
2 years ago
I played Elvira at a laundromat back in college 96-00 and I put a lot of quarters in her and said one day and that day did came. Fun to play a lot to shoot at and when you get the multiball light organ uh nice organ that makes me laugh. It has some light show. The backglass and cabinet forget about it it's Elvira great to look at. My wife, mom, dad, brother, and our friends love to play her, she would be great in any collection glad she is in my.
3 years ago
sorry this was for scared stiff
3 years ago
Probably my favorite Elvira game of them all, mainly because of the 80's nostalgia, music, sounds, speech, and fun theme.
3 years ago
Another stand-out from my college days. It didn't really stand out in a long row of pinball machines, but that was fine with me. The machine was just fun, and there usually wasn't a line.
3 years ago
Fun game is pretty difficult for a Sys11, especially if set up fast and steep. Rules are straightforward but reasonable for that era. The 2 ramps feel good to hit, and the gimmicks and toys like the boogie men and grave stones are iconic now that we have a trilogy. The backglass art is fantastic. Overall, this is a fun pin that looks good and has cool ramps and decent rules. Not deep, but not easy to beat either. A good Sys11 game that paved the way for Scared Stiff and House of Horrors. That alone is pretty awesome.
EDIT- 6 months later I now own one of these, and I like this game more and more. The music and hurry up modes are exciting, especially the 3 million shot. There are several ways to achieve a high score, but you have to work for it. This is a worthy entry in the Elvira series!
3 years ago
I don’t get how this is ranked so high. Love Elvira. I understand this game is a little older so I take that into consideration. It’s not fun. I do like some of the simplicity within the game but I walk away from it always telling myself “hey I gave it another shot” always disappointed.
3 years ago
the first Elvira game is a hoot to play , great callouts & some good multi ball modes on this gorgeous system 11 jewel
3 years ago
I'm a big fan of all three Elvira pins and would be happy to own any of them. Of the three, this one is the weakest because of the low fidelity callouts and whiny sound effects. The series only gets better from here.
4 years ago
I have had this game a week today.i wanted to give myself time to really put some time on this game before reviewing. All in all this game is a keeper for me.It is just so much fun and I truly believe it should be way higher on the ranking list.the theme integration is perfect and is such a fun game. don't be fooled though this game takes no prisoners as it is quite difficult and that's what makes it a great game too me.if you ever get the chance too play it.DO IT.
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