Elvira and the Party Monsters

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This game received 310 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.934 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #71 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.78

Artwork: 8.289

Sounds/Music: 7.424

Other Aspects: 8.06

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8 days ago
the first Elvira game is a hoot to play , great callouts & some good multi ball modes on this gorgeous system 11 jewel
62 days ago
Not the most interesting layout of this era, but still quite fun. Cool ramps and a killer theme/art package. Can't go wrong with Elvira.
67 days 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 months 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.
5 months ago
“Lights . . . Organ!”

Great memories of playing this one in college at the university rec center. Good music for its time. I especially liked the jackpot music after the organ plays, and the “hurried up” version of the main theme that plays after you get a jackpot. Its downside was gameplay gets repetitive fairly quickly.
7 months ago
I have owned this game for several years and played it allt. I think the jackpot on multiball mode is quite too tricky. Its really hard to get the two balls up the ramp withouth dropping them.
7 months ago
Older game for sure but way fun. Fun shots... Would probably got old after a while but I've played it probably 50x and nowhere close to beating. Would be a great cheaper pickup. There's so many games rated above it that this game is better than!
7 months ago
I really like this pin. I like how it shoots, and I love the theme. I won't lie I like babes and pinball. But, I also love macabre themes, and I enjoy Elvira and her cheeky sense of humor. I'm a big fan of art and I think this pin has a very good backglass not the best, but definitely among one of my favorites. The cab art is really nice and I think its one of my favorite cab arts. The playfield art is only decent, but the sculpts and tombstone targets really make the theme pop. No real toys or complicated mechs in this one. Regardless it doesn't need any. And all the little flourishes like the skull lock, and the aforementioned tombstones targets really add up to make the theme pop in this pin. I do like all the silly details and jokes in both the backglass and playfield.
One thing I like about the playfield is it's easy to know what to shoot for, and its not cluttered. However, with that being sad... I feel the light show on this game isn't the best. I'm not harsh with lights as I just for the most part like any type of blinking and flashing light show.
The layout shoots really well. Love the ramps. They're super fun to shoot and watch. I do like the coding and rewards for shooting them multiple times. And I like the look of the ramps they have nice personality.
The callouts and music also add greatly to the personality. They're not a lot of a variety to the callouts. But, they're good. My favorite is when multiball starts Dracula says "Lights... Organ... and there is a really nice flourish of organ music, and Elvira says... OHHHHHhhhh nice organ." Its probably one of my favorite MB starts there is. And they really use sound amazing in this game. From the sound effects to speech and the music. The music is good, but not great. But, I do like how it speeds up with every ball that is locked. Really amps up the tension, however it can get old.
About MB its simple rules. It starts off with the lock lit for all three balls and you just need to lock them and then it starts. To get the jackpot you need to hit both ramp shots. The 2nd time it's the jackpot. Nothing to complex. And if you're decent at trapping and you're lucky to be able to get control, then its not the hardest shot. But, I find the real trick is getting control to trap them in the first place as there is no guarantee that you can get control from where the balls released.
Then after the first mb you'll need to light the ball lock each time you want to lock a ball. To light the lock you need to complete jam or bats. Jam is risky, but easier than bats...
And that's the game... Rinse and repeat... And I won't lie the game can get old and repetitive. But, its still a very, very fun game. I like the rules. And all in all I think this is one heck of a pin. In a small collection it might be too expensive and too shallow, but if you have a big collection it would fit nicely. As is. If you ever see one. Play it. Its fun.
8 months ago
This game is no Scared Stiff. No bad and somewhat fun but short lived fun
9 months ago
I'm still a bit mixed on this game. The playfield layout is definitely nice and the amount of shots is too, but I don't know if I found it all that much fun. I can definitely see why it is fairly popular, and it may grow one me, at which point I'll update my review. I guess I just somehow found this game kind of boring despite its shots and playfield features.
10 months ago
There just isn't much to this game, and considering Scared Stiff and a new Elvira 3 coming soon this game is not a good investment. As time goes on it will get cheaper and cheaper.
10 months ago
After playing one machine with LED and one without, LEDs are a must. I absolutely recommend this game. You would think with an Elvira game that it would have more sexual inuindo, but I understand why it doesn't. It does have a few shots that are instant drainos and that can get a bit frustrating.
11 months ago
Cool theme, great art, challenging shots and no ball save. This game can get a little old after owning for a while but its a really cool comp game & does well on site
11 months ago
What’s to say that hasn’t been said
Killer game
If all you know is new games then this game would seem like there is nothing there
But there is ALOT here
A classic for sure
Had one,sold it,thought was to simple
Got another and realized what I had missed
Pure fun Monster Slide all day ohhh yeah!!
Also,anybody trashing this game just doesn’t like pinball in general or overall,they like satisfaction for themselves and are purely driven by having the best and being right about something and flat out just don’t “get” Elvira or the style and how cool those two finger puppets are
Better than SS forget the new one gotta have this one classic
1 year ago
EATPM is a challenging Pin and at times downright frustrating BUT it will make you twice the player when you master it. The rules are shallow but the shots are very satisfying. The 3mil shot is one of the coolest, most intense shots in all of pinball. You feel like a KING when you nail it. This game has an amazing look and layout. Love the light show and the sounds / fallouts are great. The song does grate on you after awhile. I’ve had this game in home and I played it non stop...it just keeps calling you back for more. It never got old to me. I had it on route for awhile and it didn’t do we’ll coin wise...I’ll guess that is due to the difficulty and no ball saves. In short this is DEFINITELY top five system 11. It’s just GREAT PINBALL! If you can find one between $2500-$3000, GET IT and KEEP IT.
1 year ago
My love
1 year ago
I love everything about this pin, except I don't own one.
Sell me yours!
1 year ago
1 year ago
This game does it's theme well, and it's iconic in terms of nostalgia, but there's nothing here to make me want to come back. I feel it's a little overated because of the great theme, because the none of the 'toys' interact with the ball, and there is almost nothing to do, even when compared to games of the time. Callouts are muffled and repetitive, orbit shots don't go all the way around the back of the game, and once you've got multiball you've seen everything there is.

Fun game, but not for long.
1 year ago
EATPM is timeless. The boogy men are hilarious, and the game has a fun feel. The flow is great, and you can play for a long time. Plenty of stuff to accomplish, but not too much as to seem overwhelming. The flow is laid back, but hey the theme is a bbq with Elvira...
1 year ago
I just don't get it. SS is great, so I'm happy Elvira got another shot. Just not into the layout. One ramp is long and squiggly. The other leads to a kickout which serves no purpose other than to slow the game down. The main shot up the center is in to a saucer that leads to the pops. There's a reason games aren't designed like this anymore. Slowing the ball down so much removes excitement from the game! The multiball and ramping out is fun enough though. Great sound obviously.
1 year ago
Not a bad game for what it is. Neat theme, I liked the sounds and the shots. definitely worth some loonies/quarters in the wild
1 year ago
I had remorse when I first bought EATPM, but over time I came to love her. I like this one much more than Scared Stiff, to be honest. Fun music, callouts, and light shows.
2 years ago
I loved Elvira and the Party Monsters WAY more than Scared Stiff. I think party monster flow and proportion are spot on. Usually I try to activate everything on the PF and not just keep doing the same shot but the monster slide is one of the few exceptions for me (like fish tales) where there is something so satisfying nailing that shot over and over as the sound, pitch, and score increases. I can't wait to get one as it, excuse me, she is next on the list.
2 years ago
This is my go to pin after playing my sterns. Reminds me why I love the classics. Great shots, flow and the theme is the cherry on top.
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