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Freddy: A Nightmare On Elm Street

Pinside rating

This game received 113 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.224 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #222 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.071

Artwork: 7.504

Sounds/Music: 7.024

Other Aspects: 7.149

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49 days ago
Cool game with fun toys. Really like the claw ball save, makes things interesting.
3 months ago
It’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The theme carries this game a lot further than the game itself.
I’m really not sure what to say about this game... the claw save is cool, the furnace toy/shot is cool, and Freddys head is cool too.
It has its charm for sure, and to anyone who loves the horror genre can overlook its shortcomings.
I really love the cabinet artwork, and I love the theme.
9 months ago
Fun pin if you enjoy the theme. Definitely not a single pin collection, but would have lastability in a 4-5 in my opinion. CLAW save is a cool feature. I think the Claw flipper however is kind of pointless. Freddys callouts and spitting out the ball is an amazing feature. I wish there was a ramp or two. After a few plays I sort of loss interest.
10 months ago
I restored this game to its former beauty. Fixed the claw and center kickback. I just can’t get into it. I feel like Freddy is right behind me. Seriously, no fun. I’m selling this game. Not sad to see it go.
1 year ago
Owned one 15 years ago and regretted selling Freddy ever since.
I like the theme alot as it brings me back to the 1980's.
When you learn the rules the game is quite fun.
Machine must be 100% to truly enjoy.
Art is beautiful and for being a Gottlieb its great.

I will not be letting this one go ever again.

Update game was just to slow and boring to keep after honeymoon. Love theme and art but not enough to take up a spot in my collection.

Freddy's Home
1 year ago
Such a underrated game
1 year ago
Theme is great on this one , if you have a horror collection this game is for you.
Fun early dmd , not much to do but ok for a few games.
2 years ago
I own this Awesome machine we need more horror Halloween Friday 13th Evil Dead come on Stern!!!!
2 years ago
Not much to do more of a game if you love the theme.
2 years ago
A very good Gottlieb. In my top 3. Art is absolutely beautiful and that is hard to say about any Gottlieb. Modes are lacking and difficult to understand at first, but the code could be increased worse. The head is very scary and was really well done. I don’t think the call outs are bad and I actually love the music and some sound effects. I would definitely recommend.
2 years ago
This is a pretty good pin. The playfield design is a little lacking but there are some good shots and a good rule set that helped the over all game play a lot.
2 years ago
No rhyme or reason whatsoever with this pin. Nothing fluid, very little to shoot at. Reward for launching the ball is multiball...woohoo!
3 years ago
One of my favorite horror characters of all time (I used to be a part of the Freddy fan club back in the day!). I have never owned this game, mostly due to it being a Gottlieb, but have almost pulled the trigger numerous times due to my love of the theme. I finally gave it some play the other day and though I can see the limitations to the gameplay, and find it bizarre that you can start a multiball on the super easy skill shot, I do find an allure to the play that's hard to explain. Gottlieb is normally the most clunky of all the brands, but this one may find it's way into my collection soon enough.
3 years ago
O.K, im in love with the theme, but very fun pinball, sound is awsome.
3 years ago
very fun and very underated
3 years ago
Great theme! Decent game.
3 years ago
Very much underrated. Fun artwork, good sound, and solid gameplay. LEDs are a must to brighten the stock lighting up a bit. Playfield design is somewhat simple and leaves a bit to be desired. Rules are ok.
3 years ago
I think this is a very underrated pin. It was a bit dark but after adding a few light mods it's great!
3 years ago
Fun game. Finally picked one up last month. Game is in amazing condition. It was actually never played. Got really lucky. The game is mint. Plays very fast. The rules are quite simple but pin is a lot of fun. Nice shots. Music is old school. Freddy call outs are cool. Overall in enjoy the game a lot!!
3 years ago
Great game. Some neat things like the glove flipper, claw save and freddy's head that spits the ball out. Its a fairly easy game to play. The artwork is great for the year it came out. The only thing they could have added is some ramps. Overall great game.
3 years ago
After passing it over in the past, I recently put in some quality time with this pin and was fairly impressed. The playfield has a flat look to it that is inoffensive if uninspired, and the game I played had some issues that may have arisen from age/maintenance or simply product quality. Also, the venue was quite loud, so I didn't pick up any of the sound. That being said, I played several games on this machine and really enjoyed the gameplay. Overall, it's a solid pin for the money if you are into the theme.
4 years ago
Very dark lighting, fits with theme. Artwork nails it. Game play is good if everything works. Ground mod is mandatory on System 3 games IMHO. Freddy head puking balls is cool. Flipper glove blades must not be plastic! Mine are aluminum and work awesome. Dot matrix animation is not the best but it works. The #1 letdown on this is the VUK, should have been a ramp, would have been much more flow. Linear rules could get old. Set difficulty to hard for a real treat if you're a good player, otherwise it's too easy. Good luck finding one that works 100% and reasonably priced. 'I'll break your fingers next time!' makes me grin every time.
4 years ago
Underrated pin. Call outs and lighting are spot on.
4 years ago
This is a decent title from Gottlieb. The sound is repetitive and it is a bummer their are no ramps. I love the them it just seems they were in a rush to get this title to market. The play field is nice but it lacks in so many other departments. The fragile Freddy claw is also a pain in the ass.
5 years ago
Freddy: A Nightmare on Elm Street sure is a nightmare. The SDTMs abound, the super fast ball lock (skill shot-ish) robs the game of continuous fun when the house on the upper PF eats the incoming shot, and the Freddy face toy is neat but fairly useless.

Don't put any money in this machine - no matter how much you like the NoES franchise (well, maybe one credit, just to see how awful a great license can be in a pin).
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