The Machine: Bride of Pinbot

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This game received 466 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.815 /10

7.815

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #118 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.624

Artwork: 8.216

Sounds/Music: 7.359

Other Aspects: 7.828


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7.668/10
57 days ago
The rules are simple, everything is consistent but it's not the pinball machine I'm most attached to
7.723/10
64 days ago
Great starter pin, with simple to follow rule set. Love the art and sound on this sweet lady.
7.040/10
3 months ago
Cool retro machine. I think the turning head is a very cool gimmick which was ahead of it's time. Cool machine to play and one of the better machines to play of its era. I like that DP made a 2.0 for this machine.
7.874/10
4 months ago
This is a very special game.

In terms of layout it's unlike any other machine I know and especially the left ramp shot is difficult to hit. That shot is the most crucial shot in the game. It gets a bit repetitive after shooting that ramp many times. The flow of the game is good but sometimes it is a bit of stop and go.

The rules are perfect for a game of this era. Starting the multiball is fun, the Metamorphosis is amazing and getting to the Billionaire's club award is well worth all the effort you have to spend in order to get there. I also love the Skill Shot on the machine as it's legitimately difficult to get the maximum points. I actually like the original rules more than the new Dutch Pinball version's.

The artwork is quite good, but there are many Bally / Williams playfields that looked a bit more accomplished. Nevertheless, the illuminated backglass looks amazing.

Overall, this is a good game with a unique layout, good and challenging rules and nice flow. The replayability is limited by the necessity of hitting the left ramp over and over for me. Still, it's a lot of fun playing the game.
6.979/10
7 months ago
The music is creepy and the pin looks weird but it’s grown on me because it’s just so different. The game plays pretty slow it’s pretty much just shoot one shot the whole game. The skill shot is interesting and I couldn’t master it which is something fun. I honestly don’t mind playing but it would get boring pretty fast.
6.724/10
9 months ago
Lighting and robot theme are nice but it didn't give me joy to play it
6.290/10
10 months ago
I don't think too much of this one. Let's start with the positives: the robot face that rotates is a very good toy/mechanism, and it has a very good flashing light show that pops up every now and then (I couldn't remember what made it happen).

Unfortunately that's pretty much it for the positives. The playfield is poorly designed, with the upper left portion basically going completely unused, and while there are a couple other things to shoot at besides the shuttle ramp, none of them are fun, get significant points or advance the game in any way. The only way to do anything in the game is hit the shuttle ramp again and again. It's a fun shot, but not that hard to hit (or shouldn't be, but see below) and it gets tiresome fairly quickly.

The particular machine I played had a weak right flipper or something, and even when I hit the shuttle ramp dead center it often didn't have enough juice to make it up to the robot face unless the ball already had a lot of momentum when I hit it. The only fun shot in the game rolled right back down the ramp half the time. Aggravating. At least it made it more challenging, but it made it even less fun.
8.311/10
10 months ago
Best introduction for a final ever!
Great Theme and top layout and design. Don‘t want to miss it in my collection.
8.674/10
11 months ago
People saying that this machine is a “one shot pony” are simply not playing the game. They’re only shooting one shot to advance the face, but that’s only one aspect of the game. The small wheel is much more inventive than a traditional random award loop, even lighting the jackpot, and that shot is HARD. A worthy jackpot. Heart loops can combo for millions and a killer light show on a four loop combo. The skill shot is difficult and rewarding, the pops exit is simple but very cool and sometimes unpredictable, the diverted lane that sends the ball back to the shooter lane for a multiplied skill shot randomly… all aspects that make this machine completely unique. Of course the face is awesome, metamorphosis is almost unrivaled in pinball, and the cabinet artwork is the best ever made. Given that most of the playfield is the lower 2/3rds, the shots and bricks are FAST. Like, TMNT fast. Which is an interesting contrast with the upper playfields, which give you time to sip your beer before you need to flip again.

As others, I wish there was a 3 ball multiball considering there are 3 balls in the machine, and the billionaire’s club is silly. Other than that, this machine is perfect. One of the best of all time.
8.341/10
1 year ago
Good game but didn't tick the boxes for me.
8.189/10
1 year ago
Pinbot is one of the best games of all time, but somehow this one beats it. Who doesn’t love building their own sex robot?
8.652/10
1 year ago
If you should have only one machine.this is the one. YOU LOOK GOOD..welcome to the billonaire club. Like many bally/williams game of this era this is a keeper for me.good lookin machine and fun to play.
9.495/10
1 year ago
I have played this game a lot when it came out and again owning it later in life. Nobody can beat me on it in my circle of friends. It is kind of a one shot game (shuttle ramp to the faces) but it is so beautifully done. Is this game easy for me? - Yes. Do I Still love it? - Absolutely. One of the greatest pinball machine ever made in my opinion.
8.000/10
1 year ago
This was a grail game for me. Played it extensively in my youth and finally found a beat up one. Did a fairly deep restore and have been playing it non stop ever since. Simple layout but not very forgiving when you miss a shot and blast one of the posts. Getting up the ramp enough times to get multiball, change the face to human and go for the big wheel is alot tougher than it would seem to be. Great theme with variations of sounds and lots of adult innuendo. Still love it.
9.000/10
1 year ago
Played this in the arcade a long time ago and forgot about it. I had recently played it and I mite consider getting all 3 of the pinbots
9.642/10
2 years ago
BoP at our house has gotten over 70 hours (1200ish) games since we got the game in Jan 2022. It is the go-to for all of my kids and really is a great follow-up to pinbot (we have that as well). I see a lot of people saying this is a "1 shot" game and while I do not disagree, there is a lot more going on that is not the shuttle ramp. The loops are great, mini wheel is fun and heartbeat ramp is a blast to hit over and over. Rules are great and everyone that plays it wants to go buy one. I have newer/older pins right next to this one and BoP normally is the one we all end up on at the end of the night. LEDs on this game look amazing and if you have one, check your ramps for cracks. If you do not have the Cliffy protectors on the ramps, get them.
9.378/10
2 years ago
They say you should never meet your heroes because you will be disappointed. I can easily say that wasn't the case for the Bride of PinBot!

Growing up with the original PinBot always left me wanting to play a Bride ever since I was a little kid. I recently found one to play at a Round Table Pizza, about 30 minutes from my house. It was in rough shape, but talk about feeling like a little kid on Christmas! I spent hours playing this pin that had obviously been neglected by the owner (displays on the way out, beat up playfield, weak flipper). That did not stop me. From the sounds she makes, to the turning of her head, and beat of her heart as she comes to life kept me coming back for more! This pin is awesome!

After visiting this pizza joint multiple times to get my Bride of PinBot fix, I decided I had to have my own! A few weeks later, I found one local to me and made a deal with the owner. I am officially the proud owner of my own Bride! I couldn't be happier! I do not understand a lot of the negative reviews about the pin being a one trick pony, and rated lower than the original PinBot. Yes, you have to shoot the left ramp over and over to progress the game, but aren't all older games repetitive to a point??? After bringing the Bride home and playing it side by side with PinBot (which we are both biased towards), my brother and I can EASILY say that the Bride is the superior playing pin. There is much more to do on the playfield with the various loops and turning head mechanism, not to mention the awesome light show as she comes to life makes this pin very playable over and over. Along with PinBot, this pin will never be leaving my collection. Do yourself a favor and find one to play!

My God, SHES ALIVE!!
8.821/10
2 years ago
The Machine: Bride of Pinbot is how to make an Empire Strikes Back after the success of Star Wars.
Even though most of the original team was working on other projects, the new team creating Bride of Pinbot looked to making the game innovative and unique rather than just a sequel.
Fortunately it turned out to be just as great. It’s not a replacement or upgrade, but rather a companion piece to the original.
Python again! Need I say more?
People have tried to upgrade Bride of Pinbot, make it more ‘90’s with a DMD and rom mods.
Why?
It’s like taking The Doors Riders on the a storm and turning it into a rap song…
Oh yeah they did that too.
The Bride of Pinbot is sexy, needy, temperamental, wants money spent on it, goes psycho on you, may be possessed, has breakdowns, cheats on you, am I describing my first girlfriend?
It can be a lot of work getting one of these back up to snuff after being on location or not maintained for a few years.
If you truly love the thing it’s definitely worth it, but remember that it has a lot of unique parts and none are cheap or easy to find.
I know someone who sunk nearly $3000 into one that he initially was buying for parts. He said it was too complete to part out and sold his good one to make up for the other one’s costs.
If you are new to pinball, I would have to say avoid this one… for now anyway, and look at games people refer to as starter machines or the latest Stern stuff which might have some sort of breakage warranty.
I love this game and have had it on my wishlist for years, but they always seem to be too far away, too broken or too overpriced for their condition. I won’t overspend on a machine just because I want it, you just have to have patience.
One day I am sure that the right girl will come along and be everything I am looking for, just don’t tell my wife.
5.117/10
2 years ago
I played this at Plonk Golf in Hackney, London, and promptly forgot about it…

I’m unsure if it was poorly maintained, or whether it is normally grimly grey and dimly lit. Either way, I got someway to transforming the bride and felt there wasn’t much else to do. The playfield is dominated by a very large plastic ramp and a series of pegs on the right-hand side such that it felt, on initial inspection, that the only place you could shoot was the left ramp over and over again.

Watching tutorial videos afterwards, it seems that - yes - the game is mostly about shooting the left ramp over and over again.

Either way, I had believed that Williams could do no wrong in its 90s designs. Bride of Pinbot got this notion out of my head - I could hardly believe the Williams ‘W’ on the speakers because this is total tosh (at least to someone who walked up to casually play).

UPDATE: Played a nicer version at Pinball Republic in Croydon, London. Still of the same opinion on this one - it’s a single shot game with not much to do after completing the Bride. I also hate the sexist call-outs. Sorry to the many fans of this game, but ratings are my opinion and, personally, I’d rather play a huge range of other pins.

UPDATE: Played the Pinball Republic version again and increased its rating, largely because it is better than Star Wars Episode I. It is fun activating the Bride but, unfortunately, after several plays (I’m not a great pinball player), I’d seen most of what this pin had to offer.
9.253/10
2 years ago
Just got this game recently and I’ve put over 100 plays on it in 3 days. What an incredibly fun game. Multiball is infuriating, very difficult to get control and last longer than 15 seconds.

The shots are tight and close to the chest. You can’t take a breather even for a second or you’ll lose it. I had no interest in this game until I bought one in a package, and it quickly became my favorite. What an amazing game!!! People who say “One trick pony” should jack the game up. Stop playing it flat as a pancake!
10.000/10
2 years ago
It's a super fun game from the early 90's. Although it's long in the tooth, it plays as well as most modern tables from Stern. It's got a lot going on and the face that rotates around is a super cool gimmick as it is part of the playfield. The sounds are SO late 80's and it's part of the fun. When it's tuned up, it plays super fast. I love this game and it's my #2 favorite of all time, rift behind STTNG. I guess that shows in truly a 90's pinball fan. Keep em playing.
8.016/10
2 years ago
Great game from the early 90s! Yes, as everyone states it is sort of a one trick pony... BUT what a trick! Metamorphosis (making the robot turn human) is always fun to reach. Great music & callouts. It does get a bit repetitive after a while, so maybe not great for a small collection.

The callouts and artwork are a bit suggestive - as most things were in the late 80's and early 90's.
7.788/10
2 years ago
Played the hell out of this on base at the US Naval station san Diego back in the early nineties. Always said if I every got my own house I would buy one of my own. Had this since 2007 , its broken down plenty of times but thankfully always found someone to fix it. Wish I knew how do it myself but there is just way to much going on i wouldn't even know where to start. The sounds on this game are unbelievable, Especially when the head turns. Great game, hoping to get another 13 years out of it!
7.948/10
2 years ago
Such a great game with awesome alpha numeric display animations.
10.000/10
2 years ago
After30 years it’s still a great game to play
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