Jack*Bot (Williams, 1995)

Jack*Bot

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This game received 154 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.587 /10

7.587

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #132 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.627

Artwork: 7.666

Sounds/Music: 7.125

Other Aspects: 7.572



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7.424/10
18 days ago
This is basically Pinbot but with a dmd... I think the ball locks are really cool. Decent rule set. Fun mb's and if you like robot babes then great artwork. To me, there is nothing great about this game. I like Bride of Pinbot better, but I think I rather own this over a Pinbot. Good animations, decent callouts. Again... its a fun game to shoot, just not a great one. It looks nice and would look nice in any persons collection. But, again in a limited space collection I rather have Bride.
8.504/10
28 days ago
I love the gambling aspects of the game. It's not the typical randomness thing decided by the machine, but by you. Where at certain times you can accumulate a huge pile of winnings in Casino Run - millions of points, extra balls and credits and you could simply rake it in... but you just get the fever and say "Dammit, I'm still going to take one more skill-based flipper shot and go for broke!!"
7.965/10
63 days ago
Tough game. Ball times can be short, lose control and it’s over pretty quick. Tough isn’t always bad though, if you rate accuracy over flow this game ticks boxes. Keeping control, hitting shots and backing yourself to gamble points can be very very rewarding. Great to play head to head because soild play generally = good score. I feel like I shouldn’t like this game as much as I do. Simple but satisfying, pure pinball.
7.425/10
3 months ago
It's pinbot, only it isn't. Fun game. I like the other 2 games better, but nothing wrong with Jackbot at all.
7.608/10
5 months ago
Great usage of the pin bot theme and updating to something new. Has the casino theme which is fun when you try to double your money.

The music isn’t great but it works.

I really enjoy the pin and so does the family. One that would be hard to get rid of out of our collection
10.000/10
6 months ago
Very 90s retro feel - played this at Rocky Mountain Pinball Festival 2017
7.988/10
8 months ago
Gambling version of Pinbot that changes things up and makes scoring more interesting. There is a visor that can be opened by completing a Keno card, after that, you try to sink the balls into the eyes in order to to score a multiball. There are 2 and 3 ball multiball. Skill shots are a bit difficult. There are a variety of games to play within the game, Pinbot Poker, Slot Machine, Roll the Dice and Keno, so there's a lot going on within the game to keep you playing and aiming for. It's a fun game that is usually overlooked in the Pinbot Series. I enjoy it and wouldn't mind owning it. It definitely keeps me entertained.
8.600/10
1 year ago
Jack Bot is the best of the "Bot" bunch. Fun to play with the classic playfield. The table could use a little more light so i see some led's in the future for mine. Not sure about the cheat mode if i like it or not yet. But the machine does have lasting power that keeps me coming back to play more.
7.853/10
1 year ago
Jack bot is a fun game rules are good but I don't like the theme or artwork.
7.172/10
1 year ago
The third in the "Pinbot" series of pinball games. Jackbot is better than the last entry. In fact, the "Jackbot" seems a bit layered in terms of meaning: is it is a response to the cries of sexism in "Bride of Pinbot", featuring a male robot instead of a female or is it "Jackbot" as in "jackpot"? Honestly, nobody cares, I suppose. But while this is better than the second table, that's not saying much. The game is a virtual carbon-copy of the first game. There's no originality in the design except that you're playing in some sort of space casino thing while scoring "Jackbots" every so often. The casino games are just kinda there and there's no real risk in losing anything since an average player can easily score a billion points without a sweat. I like what I'm seeing but nothing in this series will top the original "Pinbot".
7.640/10
1 year ago
Pinbot remade! Got to try this at Bethany Beach, DE. While it seems like an upgraded version of PInbot, there are some pretty decent features that make this one worth checking out.
It is a good challenging machine. The outlanes tend to work better than Draino. The play speed is pretty fast. I like the risk vs reward aspect. Take a chance for more points, or just grab and go?
Pinbot was one of my favorite machines during my teen years. Jack*bot seems to have captured my memories of a good machine, and left me wanting to play more. A fun machine for everyone.
7.633/10
1 year ago
I was not able to hear the sound but it is an overall good game with some simple gambling rules.
8.336/10
1 year ago
a attempt at what gamers wanted, more sequels..great transition
7.828/10
2 years ago
Jack*Bot is a great game that really emphasis risk vs. reward in the Casino Run mode. The visor is used really well, and while the rules are simple they provide a great challenge.
7.940/10
2 years ago
Fun, a nice addition to the "Pin Bot Family"
9.580/10
2 years ago
This game is amazing. I absolutely love the way the gambling is integrated and Casino run is addicting. What a fun mode!

The playfield is recycled from pinbot but so what? It's awesome.

The art, music, and just general feel are superb.

The pin is challenging as well. You'll curse the outlane drains.

The only thing I would improve is to give the left flipper some meaningful shots and make the lighting a bit more interesting.

Other than that, it's perfect. Can't wait to add one to the collection.
7.797/10
2 years ago
bad copy of pinbot
7.955/10
2 years ago
Fun game, but not enough going on to keep me interested for very long. If I had room for a large collection, I wouldn't mind owing one. I love the artwork and animations and the lights are awesome. Great looking game! As far as features go, just decent.

Update: I find myself approaching Jack*Bot less and less. Beautiful game, but it's just lacking something for me.
7.121/10
3 years ago
Jackbot takes a decent 80s layout into the 90s without really refining anything in terms of geometry. The casino games are kind of whatever, they just sort of happen. I don't feel like I'm playing the casino games during the game like High Roller Casino for example (not that Jackbot is worse than High Roller Casino!). The standup target grid is the central and most interesting part of the game, it still looks and works great. I have a soft spot in my heart for pin boards so I love that too. Cheating is really fun, you can mash the extra ball button at so many times during this game! Casino Run is especially exciting, although it's a ton of points that can be left up to random chance rather than skill. There are a couple neat, probably unintentional things I like about the game. Starting a Super Jackbot with the left eyeball keeps the right eyeball lit for another Super (but not the other way around). Also the valid playfield plunge to a flipper is really more exciting than the regular skillshot since that all important first shot can open the visor single handedly. The art is really great and sounds fit the theme well. The multiball dots sequence is really memorable.

The skillshot is unfortunately worthless and takes up the whole upper right of the playfield. Jackbot is a game where you score into the billions, so why am I putting my ball into the somewhat dangerous pop bumpers for a few million points? The right side of the playfield kind of doesn't have much to shoot for, really an effect of keeping PinBot's layout. Why shoot back into the pop bumpers? Overall though, this is probably my favorite one in terms of gameplay of the 3.
9.700/10
3 years ago
Jackbot is a underrated pin. Casino run is a blast. What a great idea bring back a classic design with modern rules.
6.718/10
3 years ago
i owned my Jackbot for only a few weeks before i got bored of it and moved it on. Of the three Bot games (Pinbot and Bride of Pinbot being the other two) this is the most modern but probably the least fun, for me anyway. I like the visor and locking balls in the eye sockets, but let's be honest, the only way to score big on this game is to repeatedly aim for the saucer between ramp and visor until you get Casino Run. i watched Cayle George doing this, he made it look easy but also dull.

this is ok as a starter DMD game, but if you're a bit more used to playing lots of different games, you will tire of this quickly.
9.080/10
3 years ago
This machine is my wife's favorite and turned her on to pinball. Shows what a great set of rules can do to update a playfield.
1.958/10
3 years ago
Not my game, too outdated, feels tee old. Played it twice and lost my interest.
8.156/10
3 years ago
Definitely a skill game with certain nifty tricks and gimmicks. The playfield is setup so that most of the targets are right-handed shots, so you have to have good ball control skills to transfer and catch the ball (a lot). Outlanes are quite brutal. Somehow Jack Bot balances successfully between being totally frustrating and yet immensily addictive and rewarding. It makes you want to learn all the tricks to beat it.

The music is super cheesy, but not annoying imo at all. The theme is great, but the art could be a bit better.

Great game for honing your skills on!
6.791/10
3 years ago
Sadly, as a third to a trilogy. No variation from the original Pinbot.
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