Mario Andretti

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This game received 33 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.573 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #319 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.727

Artwork: 6.458

Sounds/Music: 5.918

Other Aspects: 6.64

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7 months ago
Very fast game, seems like a very good entry level dmd. Mario looks like Mario, I’m not sure what people were expecting. Maybe more interesting if you’re into cars.
11 months ago
Backglass... not the best but its better then some of the goofy ones gottlieb had in the 80s. If your a car guy you will love this pin, Sounds like a hot rod starting up when you start a new game. I personally like it better than barbwire,911 and Teed Off. I love how the rules are set up to make you feel like you are racing and competing. They are not the deepest but i dont always feel like playing a pin with a deep rule set. I thought i would hate the spinning cars but i actually dont pay much attention to them during a game. Overall i think this is a great entry level DMD machine, not all of us can afford a top 100 machine and its pretty much an average DMD game. I feel like premier gottlieb was about 5-10 years behind everyone else making pins at the time, if you compare it to somthing made 5 years earlier its not such a bad game. It just isn't in the same league as Bally/Williams who where firing on all cylinders around that time with Attack from Mars, Scared Stiff etc... But its still fun!
1 year ago
My rating of this game doesn't quite do justice to my opinion of it. It's a kind of middle-of-the-road (pun intended) table, but it is a lot of fun. I remember playing this table for large stretches on a vacation in New Hampshire. It was in my hotel right next to Street Fighter II, and I had a hard time deciding which one would get the next quarter.
3 years ago
Bought it for my son and he loves the cars. Its sad how many people hate Gottliebs. I am not one of the haters. I enjoy this game for what it is. Simple car themed game. Its very sad when you can buy a dmd game for under a thousand, but I did and I like it. It shoots well and I like the cars on a stick.
3 years ago
I really like this game. I enjoy it's little quirks, like the pop-up ball save between the flippers and the skill involved with launching the ball to choose a jackpot, lock ball, or strategy. It's not super involved, the cars can be a little hard to hit, and the hairpin loop sometimes drains your ball, but I think it's pretty fun.
6 years ago
As others have said the game play is very fast.
It requires some adjustments to fine tune the game play as the factory settings are almost all set to very easy. With the factory settings, the game is far too easy.
It is not a deep pinball game and if you are not a racing fan it may not hold your interest.
The loud noises and bright lights along with the ease of game play make this the favorite in my collection for the younger or inexperienced pinball players.
Pros: very fast outer loop and hairpin loop, good lights and sounds, many different shots.
Cons: Unbalanced scoring, some players may not like the random play with the spinning cars.
Worth a try if you can find one to play.
6 years ago
As the others have said: this thing is AMAZINGLY fast! Well, it is Mario Andretti, you know. The version of this pin that I play is not regularly maintained, so I figure if I ever got a hold of one that is, I would enjoy it a whole lot more. Bad lighting on the machine that I play makes it a real challenge and, should that problem ever be fixed, I would probably give it a a greater shot than the 2-4 games I play at a time in it's current condition...
7 years ago
Played this one a few times and never got into it. I really don't care if I ever play this one again.
7 years ago
1/2 billion from hidden feature makes scoring unbalanced. Not too bad execution of the theme. Fun in small doses but gets boring pretty fast.

Doesn't Mario look like Jackie Chan in that backglass? Fooled me and many others :-)
7 years ago
Mario Andretti is a game that is somewhere between the top of the line games that Gottleib made and their street series.

The Pros:
This game is FAST. The right orbit to the left flipper can make even the twitchiest reflex player pay attention to what is happening on the PF. The car heli-spinner is a really cool randomizer that is well integrated with "Spin the cars around" mode. Jon Norris loop shots make the most of PF space. The hairpin turn splits the middle of the PF in half and makes you consider your shots carefully.

The Cons:
Not the deepest ruleset. The art package on the BG in particular is ugly. Mario looks like he's made out of orange clay.

The Takeaway:
Take away the crummy BG art and sounds and you will find a really good good skills game. It's fun and if you can pick it up cheap... give it a spin (holds head in shame for the awful pun). One of the better racing themed pinball games out there actually. Indy.5k is head and shoulders above this game though.
8 years ago
Fairly decent Gottlieb pinball machine. Sounds ok w/ me. Rotating cars w/ posts in center of playfield is well implemented and intermittently affects/blocks shots. I like the ramp & return rails. Flow is decent, moves fast sometimes, has multiball, cabinet artwork good, lighting good/fine.
8 years ago
I had low expectations of this pin due to the poor ratings, but it is smoking fast and very fun. Playfield layout is unique and the spinning cars are cool.
9 years ago
Gottlieb has interesting pinballs, but this not... playfield very poor
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