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Gilligan's Island

Pinside rating

This game received 84 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.841 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #297 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.835

Artwork: 7.009

Sounds/Music: 6.462

Other Aspects: 6.797

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4 months ago
Not a very fun game. I played this game probably 15 times over two days and never enjoyed myself. Shockingly boring for a 90's Bally.
4 months ago
This game is definitely under rated in my opinion. Yes, gameplay is simple compared to others from the time, but simple does not mean bad in this case. Scoring centers around Kona's Treasure and Jungle Runs by shooting center ramp but rotating island feature allows variety in how the ball is fed back. This is an easy game to understand and enjoy. The theme, music, and callouts are also great and fits perfectly with the shots and objective.

Also note that if you own this game you can adjust percentage of multiball reward from 3% (factory default) up to 25% so that players can enjoy this feature more often.
9 months ago
This will always be my favorite game because of the theme. I just love/d the show. I like the game because you don't need to do a 100 different things to advance in the game. You don't need to know all kinds of rules to complete a bunch of different modes so you can advance in the game. The simple rules and achievable goals make the game FUN and not so frustrating like the recent games of the 2010 decade.

There are too many rules and modes and objectives in newer games for the average player to understand or want to try to complete. Most players don't try to "win" the newer pinball games. We just play the games and try not to let the ball drain. It's still fun but there's almost never a sense of accomplishment playing a newer game that you can get with Gilligan's Island. We don't have time or the inclination to learn the 1000's of rules and objectives to progress us through a newer game. You can't beat newer games unless you're a seriously great player. Be honest, how many of us have ever gotten to a wizard mode on a newer game? If you did, how many people completed it and "beat the game"? YOU CAN DO THAT PLAYING GILLIGAN'S ISLAND. This is what makes it such a great game!

I have owned this game for about 2 years and played it 100's of times. Yet, I have NEVER gotten multiball. Never! It is stupid that it's a random award.
I wish they had some video modes in this game. That would have made it more fun.
They should have had more callouts from the cast. There are really very few.
I paid $1800 for mine after a long search. They don't come up for sale often. Pinside says value is between 2400 and 2800 but games priced in that range will sit for months. It's NOT a $2400 game... yet.
The ROPE shot is the most difficult shot in the game. Then, the SHELLS and then the LAGOON. The island shot is easy because the ball comes back to the right flipper everytime. And, the island shot can be backhanded from the left flipper.

If you're contemplating buying this game, DO NOT just look at the pinside 100 rating (currently 323?! wtf?) because it's way off. Please only consider the reviews from people who have owned it in the past or do own this game now. People who own/ed it all say it is a very fun game and they like it a lot. The reviewers that say it's boring, shallow and not fun have not owned it can't really be trusted to accurately judge it.
10 months ago
Gilligans is a great (entry) pinball. The rules aren't so deep. Simply collect 7 items for the recipe and start the volcano mode.
Multiball is a random selection, albeit only a 2 ball one.
The layout is quite cool. How many tables have a volcano that turns (altering every shot), or a volcano drop shot?
Also, it's a fast table and lots of fun.
1 year ago
I feel I need to defend Gilligan. Like I've read elsewhere, Gilligan is a System 11 game in a WPC89 cabinet. It's not very deep, but the island mech gives a lot of shots which keeps it interesting. The fact that Multiball is a random Lagoon award is unfortunate, yes. The unbalanced scoring is unfortunate, yes. But it's still a hoot to shoot, and I found myself always looking to play another game. The only reason I sold mine was to fund another purchase, I could see Gilligan returning to my basement again down the road.
1 year ago
The DMD is a bit lacking. How many times have you tried to explain the rule set to friends only to have them stare at you in total confusion? This game gets the most play in my game room. Super easy explanation. collect these ingredients and then get Kona to burp! Done. The shots are not too hard. Its super easy to understand the games goal. One bummer is that the two ball multi-ball is not tied to an achievement but a random award. That is a shame. The game is easy to really get hooked. The rotating island is a cool feature. The DMD graphics could have been much more creative. "Nice Coconuts". Its a winner in my game room.
1 year ago
Good theme, not great artwork. Shallow rules and boring gameplay. Pass
1 year ago
Interesting layout and great for beginners. Its a system 11 type game in a WPC 89. The rule set is way simple and straight forward. Not much animation on the DMD screen. The game is enjoyable for a few plays. Everyone loves Gilligan!! Decent shots to make, but overall its on its own island and over time will drive you coconuts!!
1 year ago
This pin is one of my favorite sleeper hits. I don't think it gets a lot of love. There's things I really enjoy about it, and a few things that aren't so great. First of all, I really dig the layout. The spinning area that creates different ball paths is cool. This is not a deep pin. Very simple, but fun. Not always easy to make that ramp shot. Nice art work. Sounds are ok, but sometimes it's hard to understand whats being said. Music is ok, but after awhile it can become annoying. This is a pin that doesn't need to be too loud and it also helps to have other music playing in the room. Overall, a fun pin that is becoming slightly more popular these days.
1 year ago
Just plain fun. Not deep by any means but the shots are great.This game really brings me back in time more than any other pin.Try one if you can find one.You will be surprised.
1 year ago
I truly like this game, I don't necessarily love it, but it's fun! It serves it purpose just fine. It doesn't have the deep rules, BUT it has the shots. I like them. The rotisserie ramp selection is great and gives options. The only thing weird is the unbalanced scoring, all they had to do was level it out a bit and voila! good to go.
My family loves playing it, the wifey, the teens, and myself. We will have fun with it for a while.
1 year ago
I know this game is hated, so when I ran into in while I was staying in NJ for a few days, I played it.
I liked it. more of my money went into this game than Ghostbusters by a LONG shot. I can see how it may get old after a while but I would rather have this than a Ghostbusters. personal preference.
2 years ago
I like this pin a lot. Took me a while to find one. Great looks. The layout is smooth and very unique. Love the turntable. Love the theme and sounds. Cool skill shot and Lagoon mystery award. The simple ruleset makes the pin very approachable, great for casual players and wife/kids. The 50M jackpot is probably unbalanced, but it is not that easy to achieve - doesnt bother me one bit. This one is a keeper for me.
2 years ago
I dont really like this game
2 years ago
Thought by some to be underrated. Loving the television series as I do is a big plus of course. Ramp and spinning island a terrific highlight, though I can't deny it does get boring fast. Owned for one year and then sold.
2 years ago
Underrated. Gets too much hate but in all reality it’s not that great. Played it twice at Ohio show and was one shot away from beating it. Moving thing is cool but rules aren’t. That one sound is also extremely annoying.
3 years ago
I liked this one simply because I loved Gilligan's Island as a kid. Played this one a lot at the Las Vegas pinball hall of fame. Simple rule set, funny sound effects, cool "jungle run". Just a simple fun game to play.
3 years ago
Pop culture at it's best!
3 years ago
I have a large collection of many higher rated games, but I still enjoy playing Gilligan's Island, particularly as a palette cleanser (some here would clearly argue as an enema). Yes, it's very basic, but I bought it for that reason -- as others here have stated, it's a good entry-level machine for family and friends. A buddy with a collection that includes TZ, AF, and other top games has had this for years, and I always came back to it after time spent battling the other machines (and after a number of drinks), and I began to crave having one for myself. It's fine as the only machine in a household of novices, otherwise it works best in a collection. It's not a gimme to get through Kona, and it's always fun to do a few rounds to try and get there. It's not a competition-oriented machine, nor is it about playing for points as much as for the clear and understandable yet reasonably challenging goal of collecting the ingredients and nailing Kona. I mean really, anyone walking around comparing points on games is being a bit silly anyway, nor is it fair to complain about broken switches or other mechanical details. Play a working version of this, with expectations tuned to what it is, and enjoy!
4 years ago
This pin goes well in my collection with the easier set of rules.My wife gets a bit overwhelmed on some of my other pins.Alot of the casual layers tend to gravitate to this one too.Ive spent some time playing it and im not sure why it gets bashed so bad,im enjoying it too.I grew up watching the show so that helps but it has really good sounds and music.I also like a few of the shots and the rotating island is pretty cool.Its lit up good with leds and led flashers and it has a great light show too!
Why all the bashing?
4 years ago
There's nothing complicated about this game. It's got simple rules, but it's fun to play. Great title to bring into your own gameroom for the kids-- something they can just play and enjoy at face value. It's never going to be a classic, but it doesn't deserve the bashing it gets around here.
4 years ago
Fun for a couple games, but then got old
5 years ago
I think this is an underrated game.
It is a challenge to get the vulcanoshots and with the timer it is stressful.
Very nice game for families with children.
5 years ago
i didn't appreciate this one at first but it quickly grew on me. there is only one objective, yet many ways to go about it, which makes the game addicting as hell. jungle run is one of the funnest hurry-ups i can think of, and hitting the fifty million shot is soooooo satisfying. frustrating to miss, but sooooo satisfying to snag.
6 years ago
Really enjoy playing this pin. Grew up with the show. Could not be your only pin. But a great diversion from other serious pins. Wish there was a translite of a hot Mary Ann and Ginger. And ooooh Mrs. Howell:) also some globe
trotters would be great.
Owned this for a year. Still fun to play.
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