FunHouse (Williams, 1990)


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This game received 712 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.212 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #32 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.378

Artwork: 8.057

Sounds/Music: 7.584

Other Aspects: 8.374

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29 days ago
Love this game. Rudy is the central toy and does a great job of leading the player through the game.The playfield is well laid out with some great skill shots the game is also visually beautiful and bright with a set of leds added
53 days ago
One of the greatest games ever made. Another Pat L original with all the great mechanics that we all want and love. You really cant get a better game than this one. It is an older game, pre DMD but it does not seem to matter. The game is so well done you do not want the extra distraction.

Plus hitting Rudy in the face is FUN!
80 days ago
Another Pat Lawlor classic Funhouse is a very fun pinball machine to play. Known for the first pinball machine to have human animation. I love how the theme is integrated into Rudy's head. Rudy gets upset when you don't leave. Hey your having fun. Like many early pinball machines it is limited in depth but what it lacks in depth is makes up for in creativity, ingenuity, and just overall fun. Initially, Its tough to understand what to do but after a few games when you understand the ruleset it becomes extremely fun trying to make those all important shots. These have skyrocketed in price lately which shows in ability to keep up with the times even when newer games like Star Wars and Iron Maiden are coming out. I Highly recommend this game.
81 days ago
This is my all time favorite game! Rudy is the main driver of the game. without Rudy it wouldn't be as nice of a game. Fun! Fun! Fun!
3 months ago
Ugh...what could have been. "Funhouse" looks SO good and Rudy is incredible to look at even though he's creepy as hell. The sleep sequence is haunting and the game looks even better with LED lights installed. My gripe is that the flow is off. Shots are near impossible to make save for the two top-left tunnels. That center shot is annoying and is pretty much based on luck. Putting a ball into Rudy's mouth is fun but that gets old quick. I WISH this game played better. It looks like a ride when you get on, then just plays really clunky. Shots look accessible but really aren't. There isn't much appeal. All atmosphere and looks and no substance. What a shame.
4 months ago
Absolutely would love to own and keep one in my home someday. Funhouse is toe to toe with Attack from Mars for my favorite pin ever.
5 months ago
One of my favorite games of all time.

The flow, the sounds, the shots, the pops and of course, Rudy!

Once I'm playing this, I quickly forget that this is a pre-DMD game. Nailing the loop around Rudy's head from the upper flipper repeatedly, then following up with a shot down the trap door or shooting it right down Rudy's throat is has got to be one of the pinnacles of layout design.

I love skill shots too and this game has two plungers, both with skill shots to master.

One of the simple things I love is the sound the pops make. The distinctive "discord" they have is perfect for the slightly dark/bizarro funhouse theme.

And somehow, as simple as it is, Rudy's eyeball animations and callouts never get old to me. Always pestering you enough for that "one more game."

A classic that'd I'd love to own one day.
5 months ago
Rudy mouth shot soo satisfying.
6 months ago
Up there on my wanted list. Really enjoyed playing it on location. Its kind of creepy and surreal but I like that.
6 months ago
This is my first real pinball. It was the first one that I paid above my budget. The first one that drew me in and the first one that draws me back! I don’t have a whole lot of experience with different machines but I do know that this machine is something special! Will I have it forever? I don’t know! But it is definitely a machine that drives me crazy and draws me back for one more game! I have bought newer machines that I am very impressed with but when you think how a 28+ year old machine can still stand the test of time, kick my ass, and laugh at me while it’s doing it, is pretty darn cool! Hope this helps! Mike
6 months ago
An absolute classic. Simple rules, all goals can be achieved in a short period of time, yet still has a ton of replay value. The best interactive toy in the history of pinball, Rudy. Outstanding sound package and callouts.
7 months ago
Have definitely put a lot of time on funhouse. Great coding and artwork. Game just isn’t a good value in my opinion. Great game just to much of a price tag.
8 months ago
It's a simple game, but like many other very hard to master (guess mastering is subjective, my "mastering" goal is breaking 60 million W/O extraballs). Sometimes it's nice to have a game that isn't all about finishing modes to get to a wizard. Was pretty close to getting to my goal a few months back... maybe some day.

One of my favorite Lawlor pins. The thing I love/hate about this game is when you have a bad game it's usually pretty bad, but when you have one of those "all the stars align games" its really, really good.

Plus what's not to like about a talking head that eats the ball.
8 months ago
My favorite game of all time
9 months ago
I have played this game many times and aside from being a boring game, in a large collection it is OK. I would not pay anything near the price some are asking for this game.
9 months ago
Classic, great quality game. A must have.
10 months ago
Not much excitement to this game. Don't find the shots that rewarding. The game plays too simple.
10 months ago
Awesome pin , real character that Rudy. I Sold FH to a friend to get room but missed it too much so bought it back. Who cares about room anyway..
10 months ago
Rudy? WTH? This guy(?) is the jacked up cousin of Lady Elaine Fairchilde from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. They probably hang out in that Museum Go Round on the weekends. They both have a complexion that says, “I got drunk on antifreeze and passed out face down in a snowbank which resulted in frostbite and permanent tissue damage.” All jokes aside, this game was pretty innovative for its time. I think most of this machine’s high rating on Pinside is due to nostalgia and just the sheer number of people that have been exposed to it. It’s a good game, but I don’t consider it a great game. Lighting design, kooky music, sound effects and the big smack talking dummy head give this game most of its charm. Shot variation, mechanics, and ruleset were ahead of its time. I think Funhouse set pinball design in a new direction. Kudos to an innovative, yet creepy machine. It will always hold a place in pinball history.
11 months ago
Put a lot of money in this machine in the early nineties. Rudy is the main attraction, and I know I have said more than one snarky comment right back at him. So fun to beat the ball on and down his mouth.

Really innovative game for the time. I had never seen anything like it before. The sound and playfield work together fantastically. In fact, I would say that you need to be in the mood for a fun house experience as the game and sound are quite manic - as you would expect from a game of this name. I cant play it for long periods, but I definitely keep coming back when I find one.
11 months ago
Classic game by pat lawlor. The Rudy head is the obvious stand-out feature of the game and he’s great. He will taunt you and make funny call outs throughout the game. The layout is good and the rules are pretty good for the time period the game was released. Overall a really solid game.
11 months ago
Great flow! Love the 3rd flipper on this one. FH is an easy game to figure out....but a great game to shoot. Can get old after awhile, rules very simple
11 months ago
Just a fun game that keeps you coming back.
1 year ago
The audio drives you nuts. Over-all this is looks, great play and classic, classic, classic. That little guy just makes me a bit nerous. Quite simply one of the best or thee best Pinball game ever made. The art, the music, the playfield layout & playability makes this machine very special. You can have a 100 pinball machines, yet you'll always go back and play Funhouse again. It captures a true "Carnival" like atmosphere and when certain things are accomplished; ie. Funhouse closes, Rudy goes to sleep & snores, you manage to get the ball down the trapdoor & Rudy screams, etc. This machine just LIGHTS UP and really comes to life! Lot's to do & very challenging. Rudy can be funny, yet downright creepy. A home game room with Funhouse makes it truly a "Fun House".
1 year ago
the fun factor is lacking. the shots are too few, and the playfield needs to be redone. essentially, it is like a three shot game. as such, it becomes boring quick.

the callouts are not exciting, and there needs to be more interaction on modes.
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