The Machine: Bride of Pinbot

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This game received 400 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.818 /10


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This game ranks #73 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.62

Artwork: 8.244

Sounds/Music: 7.473

Other Aspects: 7.848

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84 days ago
One of my top 5 all time favorite games. Great flow, fun shots. fantastic sound...turn it up. My God She’s Alive!
3 months ago
Had this game in my collection about 10 years ago and sold it to a friend. Given its age it had good play, theme, lighting, and sound, also had good voice call outs during the game play. Kind of wish I still had this game, might end up getting it back because its just a cool fun game that can be enjoyed by all. Again, given when it was made, I think it holds up well in current day variety of fun games to play.
4 months ago
Amazing sound e gameplay!!
4 months ago
I like DMD games or the newer LCD displays that tell a story and give direction. Bride of Pinbot is the rare exception for me. I love this game. Bringing her to life and hearing that heart beat is really cool. Must turn the volume up on this one!
5 months ago
A masterpiece of intuitive rules.
5 months ago
Its an addicting game, I just cant walked by it.
5 months ago
I could play this game all day. I love everything about the pin. It is challenging and it never gets boring.
5 months ago
Don't tell my wife, but I think I have a total, unhealthy crush on The Machine. There is something really strange and special about this game linked to the theme, and I know I'm not the only one that feels it. I really think Williams hit a long lasting home run with this game that was a fantastic bridge between 80's futurism into the 90's. Dated, but in an incredible and fun way: Hajime Sorayama meets Daft Punk. The playfield, cabinet, backglass, art are all magnificent lifts of Sorayama's sexy robot designs. The shuttle ramp shots that bring the bride to life are challenging enough to keep pinball jock's interested, but easy enough that a novice could sink a few and enjoy the games fun. To me, this is great because it allows a wide range of players to enjoy the call outs and light show after sinking the shot/shots. I find myself consistently drawn back to this game to try and bring the machine to life. A classic and underrated pin.
6 months ago
This is my second bride of pinbot I suffered vendor remorse after selling the first.its the first pinball I light up in my collection to play, simple rules great fun to play great shots to make for wheel bonuses or heartbeat ramp and of course the shuttle ramp to turn the face stages. Exciting going for the billionaires club the scoring though is lopsided with a billion points bonus.great colours on this game even better with LED’s fitted I love it
6 months ago
I purchased this game becaue i loved the artwork. The colors, and backglass are very nice. I had big expectations but i found it difficult to play for a beginner like me. The ball drain easily.
The sounds and theme are very cool. Nice looking machine but not a keeper for me.
7 months ago
I own this game and I wanted to like it but I just can't get into it. The upper playfield takes up half of the game. The shots are minimal and not very rewarding when you hit them. The Bagatelle is a waste of space imo. I like the theme and her callouts but there isn't anything to be desired other then turning her into a human. After you have completed her the game loses its appeal. I have owned this game for a month and it is already leaving this weekend.
8 months ago
Top 5 game all time for me. Love the theme, love the build up, love the sound effects, love the shots. This era of games is my sweet spot, so I admit I'm partial. Pinbot is the original classic, but low key this is actuality the better game.
9 months ago
This one surprised me. I enjoyed playing it a lot more than I thought I would. Fun shots to make, and the gimmick of building the robot is great. Make sure to give it a try if you get the chance.
9 months ago
There are things about this game I Loved and absolutely hated. First, I like the way they updated the Pin*Bot music in this game. Same theme but more catchy. Second I liked the process of locking the balls for the multiball, and the method they release the balls. The elevated rail adds a 3-D element. Thirdly, I liked the process of how the Bride transformed from robot to human, the rotating playfield was very innovative. Fourthly, I liked how the designers kept the same type of playfield on the upper right, similar to the original Pin*Bot playfield. Fifthly, the collection of sound effects and voices were well placed and there was a pretty good diverse selection of sounds.

What I hated. The designers tried to make the Bride of PinBot Sexy. Hourglass figure, sexy pose on the machine cabinet, sultry pose on the backglass. Didn’t do it for me, Too gratuitous. The locking of balls (for the multiball play) in the Brides eyes was ok, because that’s how it was done in the original 1986 Pin*Bot, but locking a ball in the Brides mouth . . . Uninspiring, nothing like locking a ball in Rudy’s mouth in Funhouse.

Overall a good game but the over sexulation of the Bride takes away from otherwise a good game.
11 months ago
My favorite call outs!
11 months ago
A classic when it came but rules are so simple and game is broken with its billion shot. Artwork is hideous in my opinion except the cabinet which looks great in its purple. Had it for a few months and then passed it on.
11 months ago
After playing one I knew I had to have it. Absolute blast to play. Shots everywhere and the rotating face is a really neat part of the game. One of my favorites of all time.
1 year ago
The best of the Pinbot family. Definitely a keeper and worth some quarters. Williams really did well with this one. Play has decent speed and shots give you reward and risk.
1 year ago
I'm not a great player of Bride of Pinbot, I generally only get around 4-9 million when I play. But, I think its a fun and challenging game, and when you do get dialed in very satisfying. I also like the skill shot that it has, its not too hard and yet not easy at all, not a huge reward for getting it, but sometimes in 2 player mode it is the difference between winning and losing for me. The sci fi robot chick theme is cool, playfield is really cool even if it feels a bit squished as 1/4 of it is really hardly ever used and a lot of stuff is unseen beneath the second upper playfield. Love the rotating face, and I love the sound. One of the things I like best in a pin is a sexy female voice doing callouts and stuff like that, and this game has that in spades. But, it has lots and lots of sound and good sci fi music. I think the art is good, while not great, certainly retro by today's standards, but I am fine with that. And it has just a really good light show and usage of lights in general. I will say for first timers the machine can be a bit hard at times, but take your time and learn how it handles, and you will have a great time. But, still the game can be brutal and unforgiving the errant shots.
1 year ago
A rare dud in the Williams '90's run of excellence. I remain mystified as to why this came is so well thought of. Like its predecessor, it's dominated on one side by the pachinko upper "playfield" and return ramp. Unlike its predecessor, which had the gizmo of the body to shoot with the grid of lights, there's basically only one real shot in this game. Hit the left ramp, over and over and over and over again, you'll get lots of points and a multiball every now and then. Yes, there's the robot-turns-into-a-face gimmick, and the beating heart in the backglass, but those aren't really toys that are going to provide lasting entertainment value. The theme's obviously a retread so I can't give them a lot of credit for this either.

Score a billion, then futz around getting chump change for the tiebreaker.

1 year ago
Some folk dislike this, saying its bland and dull. Well, I really the machine and never tired of playing it when I owned one. I'd like to get another at some time too.
1 year ago
The Billionaires Club breaks this otherwise excellent game.
1 year ago
Just doesn't seem to hold up for its age. The speech and sound aren't too bad but gets a bit repetitive. Replay ability is OK.
1 year ago
This is my first in-home machine and after a year I'm still as excited to play it as I was the day it arrived. I'm still learning new tricks. In addition to being a fun playing machine, it's a nice looking piece of furniture with a theme and artwork that never looks outdated. One thing I will ding it for though, my highest scores have all been achieved by ignoring the signature head and just shooting the middle ramp repeatedly for unlimited millions. That essentially means that when you're playing to get the highest score you aren't utilizing the parts of the game that really make it fun.
1 year ago
Bop is a great and beautiful game. It definitely "Turns heads". I disagree with the "one trick pony" comments because there are many shots to complete. The game is very "loop" based and everything happens near your flippers. The head is a beautiful piece and is definitely a neat toy. The game looks really sharp with leds. If I didn't see the game yet and someone told me that the theme was some robotic lady changing into a person, I would definitely think that the theme sucks, but the designers did the game so well that I actually enjoy the theme. It's so pretty and well thought out unlike a lot of other games. The audio is excellent and it is neat that they brought back things from the original game. I do think that the billion shot is a bit much and that getting to metamorphosis should be worth more. I do really wish there was a 3-Ball Multiball and that it had a ball save. Also that it was a bit easier to change the rubbers. Overall The Bride is an excellent game that I would recommend.

Edit: Game seems to get stale after a little bit. It really is just shooting the left ramp all day which is unfortunate. There are other shots, but they don’t really have anything to do with completing the game. Still looks great though.
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