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This game received 801 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.268 /10


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This game ranks #45 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.442

Artwork: 8.105

Sounds/Music: 7.673

Other Aspects: 8.432

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6 days ago
So unique. It’s a blast to play. Getting heckled while you play is a lot of fun. Makes me want to bash his jaw with a few pinballs!
The logic works well and the shots are challenging and fun. Great for a pre-dmd game.
18 days ago
Have really been enjoying this game. It benefits from getting to play it multiple times and get the hang of it. A little trickier on location. What can be said that hasn’t been said before about Rudy the talking marionette or whatever he is. Really makes the game and has to be one of Pat lawlors top achievements. Has the signature Lawlor third flipper shot and some satisfying ways to hit that shot. Overall a game that has grown on me over the years
37 days ago
I cannot see why people like this game. It's pretty repetitive. If they are scoring based on one of the first large heads... then ok. Maybe it was fun back in the day? I don't enjoy the theme or gameplay.
62 days ago
Funhouse is fun. Just not a lot.
71 days ago
Okay, I don’t like this game. The playfield is excellent, shots are great, lots of scoring chances and multiball is crazy fun. I hate the disembodied head.
I am probably the only person who doesn’t call this one of the greatest games of all time, and I will give you a proper reason why.
I was not into the ugly trend, Garbage Pail Kids and that kind of stuff never appealed to me. Here’s a pinball machine with a Howdy Doody looking distorted head stuck in the playfield that talks. Hmmm, no thanks.
Theming is equally important as gameplay. You can have a great TV or movie license but if the playfield is a cookie cutter version of another game or less fun than the no name machine next to it, then the overall package suffers. The same goes if you have a great game but it’s theme is absolutely terrible. Several Gottlieb Premier games for example.
The exception to the rule is when you have collectors snapping up games because it has a certain designers name is attached to it. It instantly makes them the ones with that name superior to many much better games. Also $$$$$$, which is what that kind of thing is really all about. I know, I’ve seen it all before, I used to collect comics back in the day and there are some really bad comics worth tons on money because (insert name here) created it.
The difference though is that this is a really good pinball machine with a less than crowd pleasing theme. Now remember, these are just my opinions, there are plenty of Chuckie movie fans who would love this machine.
There’s nothing wrong with taking chances, trying something different, or appealing to a niche audience. It’s just surprising that Williams approved so many oddball games in the late 1980’s considering their main goal was to make profits for themselves and their buyers via mass audience appeal.
We are also lucky that they did allow those outside of the box games to be made.
That’s why Funhouse exists, and although I may not like it, I understand why it is so popular and why it is so desirable. If this is your type of thing you need to own this machine. I always play it whenever I see it on location somewhere, but I really have no desire to own it.
74 days ago
This really is one of the most classic pinball games ever made. Funhouse seems like a property that has always existed, despite only being in this single pinball game - which is a real credit to the design work.

The gameplay is really tough. The rules are archaic. But that’s part of the fun of the table, slowly uncovering the mystery.

I’ve always been surprised this one isn’t ranked higher.
3 months ago
After all these years, I still love this game. The rules aren't too deep. But, its fun and easy to understand. Rudy is hilarious and creepy all at the same time.
4 months ago
That SCREAM when you hit the trapdoor in multiball... hard to argue that that's not one of the greatest moments in pinball right there. Classic.

Funhouse hits the sweet spot between being easily understood and difficult to master - and yet, not too difficult. An intermediate player can see 99% of the game in a single, decent game. Would love to see one more bonus/wizard mode somehow laid over the top of what's there, then it would be perfect.

As it is, tons of fun, a lasting theme with a handful of satisfying solid shots, some great combos, and valuable Million shots available in multiple modes. Takes the fun factor of a System 11 game and really perfects what makes those games great. A chaotic lower playfield that you'll want to escape with clean shots to the upper playfield, pop bumpers well integrated into the scoring so you'll actually want to hit them, and the double bonus of the Mirror rewards and the Steps make plenty to shot for.

I personally love the music and the call-outs, but can see how they might be grating to others. Whenever Rudy calls me "Chucky" that's my cue to smash him in the chin.

Stands up to almost anything that followed it for the next 30 years, and that's saying a lot.
4 months ago
Game is Classic, fun, hard and long lasting / replay-ability! The game introduced a talking head... taunting the player and interacting with the player, sometimes encouraging and most of the time, with sarcasm humor. The shots are difficult, the options are multiple and fun. The two skill shots is unique as well. First Rudy's hide-away/back-door and then the steps left shooter.

All in all a great pinball machine.... I highly recommend playing if you've never played it.
4 months ago
A must have for anyone collection pure fun a classic
4 months ago
The novelty of funhouse has worn off for me but it’s still an undisputed classic and Rudy is an incredible feature.
5 months ago
Owned this and Whirlwind, WHirlwind is still here and FH aint. FH is too repetitive a loves to breakdown on a monthly basis. I have yet to see a owner get the dang head to function in the proper manner. "Im sleep and gettin mad" BS is for the birds. Plainly just not a keep nor is it worth the $ it fetches...seems 2 be a esteem thing i guess to own one of these.
5 months ago
Something about this game is fun. It's def unique. The placement of those hotdog targets are weird. I do like the orbit path. It's not obvious to me where it actually goes. In general, the main shots feel great. I think the clock aspect is cool, though sometimes it feels tough to advance. But it's always fun hitting Rudy's mouth just to annoy him. There is a lot to do in the game, especially for it's age. The sounds can be repedetive, but it's not enough to stop me from playing. One of the better system 11s imo, but it's also of the last ones. It's also one of the best carnival theme games imo.
5 months ago
I like that's a lot of fun. Not the finest artwork or so but it's a pin that you wil play a lot on
6 months ago
A fun game, but there are better ones from the same era. The lower playfield seems congested, and the gameplay isn't as fun as many others.
6 months ago
While fun for its time, this game has not aged well. The shots are okay, but not great. It's a pretty simple game, which is fine, but it is not as fun as some of its peers (Eathshaker, Whirlwind, Taxi). Throw in the ugly artwork, poor lighting and bad sound and it turns out that this game just doesn't hold up.
6 months ago
Super fun but very challenging pin!
6 months ago
My friend owns this game. The game pisses me off, and makes me want to keep playing it. It is a hard game. The more I play it the more I like it.
7 months ago
This is one of my all time favorite pins and it never gets old to me. The playfield is laid out well, shots are relatively easy, and there's plenty of things to shoot for. Rudy's call-outs make this game even more fun, and they're cheeky enough to find humor in them as an adult while still being the perfect family game. Go ahead and play this game, you...big...sausage!
9 months ago
Fun game. I hate that damn dummy.
10 months ago
I've played at least a thousand games on my FunHouse. It's fast, has deep rules for being 30 years old, and a great light show! Looks even better with LEDs!
10 months ago
Lot's of fun to play....hey, it's called FUNhouse. But for some reason, the main toy just creeps me out. If you've ever seen the movie Magic, then you'll know what I mean. Audio design is exceptional, very clear with a catchy main theme. The layout is fun to shoot but the ball is held for too long in some places. The rules are ok, but don't excite me in anyway, so I have no urge to do it all over again...and again...and agan, listening to that little freak.

I would never own one, and would only occasionally play it in the wild if I ever saw one.
1 year ago
Probably one of the first pins to draw me in. Rudy is one of the best gimmicks ever, following the ball, falling asleep, turning a little evil. Love the layout, rules and call outs do a good job letting you know what to do next. I wish someone would remake this game I would be all over it but very hard to play one in route that is tip top but when you do you can’t go wrong with this pin. Original pin for sure considering the time period. All pin manufacturers do a movie theme and there are plenty that I love but something a little more original like this pin will always make it a classic and keep this at the top of my favorites list.
1 year ago
Great game, never gets old to shoot Rudy, always want to keep playing...
1 year ago
Classic sys 11 game.
One day I will have one.
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