Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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This game received 169 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.597 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #146 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.631

Artwork: 7.738

Sounds/Music: 7.357

Other Aspects: 7.496

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30 days ago
Absolutely incredible Playfield if you ask me. Lots of fun shots with interesting callouts. Dotmatrix animation is incredible in combination with the sound package. Isn't as deep as some other tables in 2021 but if this is not your only pin it makes for a GREAT switchup. The cabinet art is probably the weakest part for me, I just placed him between a wall and a pretty table :->
55 days ago
Fantastic and under rated game, skill level needed for high score.
4 months ago
Underrated game. Nice gameplay and hard to finish.
1 year ago
Loved this machine. Traded it, but will get another soon! Very fun to play!
1 year ago
There is something about the game that keeps me going back. I like the spooky theme, numerous shots, and artwork. Something just works. I'm not really sure why it isn't rated higher.
1 year ago
Underated game!! Great rules and fantastic jackpot levels! Artwork Is Amazing and good sound!!
1 year ago
The best Sega in my opinion
1 year ago
Fast and fun. the more you play, the better the games gets. Love the ball tossing Frankenstein's monster figure. Music is perfect - excellent candidate for a Pinsound board. Add a color DMD and this will be a keeper for me once I have the room!
1 year ago
very good artwork
love the great DMD animations-awesome with the large DMD-IMHO one of the best of that time
monster is a nice toy
6 ball Multiball
3 flippers
has modes
2 different theme songs available
good bang for your buck

neutral/not so good:
layout somehow similar to TAF - altough a bit more crowded-especially the left and top area with the monster takes much space with not many shots there.
shooting 12 stand up targets to start a mode can be a bit annoying/dangerous
North pole is a hard to hit shot (Yes I´m not the best player)
1 year ago
This game has a lot going for it. First it was designed by John Borg who designs great games IMO. If it had Williams on it instead of Sega it would be rated much higher. So the movie was terrible--who cares--you are playing a pinball machine. The shots are excellent with great art work by legend Paul Faris. The wizard mode is a blast. Unique start to multi ball which can lead to 6 ball if you hit your shots fast enough. The large DMD and animations are excellent. Some things to do if you want the full experience. Color DMD is awesome on this. You have to replace the flipper coils with the GNR coils. It totally changes the game. There was a design flaw with the originals. Full LEDS and it jumps with a great lightshow. Add some Titans and some lights to the back and you are set. Deep rule set and many modes. I have not even mentioned Frankenstein throwing balls at you but its awesome. Adjust settings to have him throw it hard and it hits the glass--way cool. You can even change the soundtrack--don't feel the hate for the music like others do.The ball launch is cool too--no regular old plunger--classic. Set it up with the right enhancements and you will not be disappointed.
1 year ago
I own this game and have enjoyed it, although if I never hear the words “Who am I?” again, it won’t be too soon. The music is also repetitive and grating like fingernails on a chalkboard. Agree with another player - Good shots and rule set like White Water. Monster toy throwing balls at you is cool and looking around playfield like the t-Rex in JP is a nice touch. Cabinet is dark, artwork is slightly below average IMO. I have to trim my collection and this one is leaving. Will I miss it like the Stargate I just sold? Probably not, if only because my auditory nerve will thank me...
2 years ago
Surprised it is not rated higher....I think it is great fun...
2 years ago
Not in the top 100? That's bizar! This game is really good and challenge you every time.
2 years ago
An amazingly fun game that nearly is destroyed by the music. Compared to current machines this game has some wildly entertaining shots, toys and features. I mean check out the monster throwing multiballs your way! How friggin cool is that! The ramps are some of the most intricate I've ever seen, and the ice cave? A near impossible shot to hit. It's overall kind of like an Addams Family remake with it's only downfall being the horrendous midi sounding music that is the default. Thankfully you can change the song when a game begins, but rarely does this happen since 9 out of ten players don't pay attention and plunge away, keeping the most grating sounding tunes going for the entire game. If I could just replace that song I would give this game a 9/10... but sadly this is not possible.
2 years ago
Overall the game is pretty fun. I believe it would be rated higher if isn't a Sega. anyway, a pretty good rule set, and not an easy game to get deep into. I love the big dmd screen. I'll add more as I learn the game better. I always like to rate a game early on, and then update it as I play It more.
2 years ago
My second and third pin. Very underestimated. Great fun, I want to play all the time. I love music and talking. Ramp heavy to overcome. 6 multiball is a big rush. LIV LIV LIV :-)
2 years ago
My rating is High for this game. My only regret is i sold it. This game is so unique. It tells a fun story.

Hitting the mis Master is super fun. The colors are awesome. I Will get another. One of Ballys Best.
3 years ago
Frankenstein is the second game I ever owned and I had a tough time initially trying to get the DMD to work right. Once it was fixed I really enjoyed the game. I love the horror theme and its great when Frankenstein throws the ball at you for multiball. The 6 ball multiball is a rush. Live, Live, Live!! The gameplay is a little off balance to me but the large DMD, moving Frankenstein head, cab art are all unique. The Sega build quality isn't the greatest. It has a lot of dead spots and the sound isn't sharp. This being said, if you haven't owned Frankenstein I recommend it. Its a great game and you will find yourself wanting to play again and again.
3 years ago
This is an easy game to play but difficult to get a high score. Artwork is fantastic with the main character Frankenstein up front and center. The game is too dark with insufficient lighting but makes up for it with strobing and flashing GI to the beat of the music. Oh, and being able to choose two different music soundtracks at the start is terrific. Highly underrated pin in my opinion.
3 years ago
I feel like I've owned this game long enough to make a detailed evaluation, rather than reviewing a routed machine that may or may not have issues that impact my impression of it. I had to overcome my Bally/Williams bias and the ugly Frankenstein toy before purchasing but I'm glad I did.

It quickly became one of my favorite machines. There are lots of things to like about it, the first being the ability for each player to select which music they want - the movie soundtrack or the Edgar Winter version (I prefer the drama of the movie soundtrack and Edgar Winter still plays during Geneva multiball). There's Creature 2 ball multiball which can be turned into six ball multiball by locking one at the North Pole and then hitting any hole, the ramp, or the right orbit quickly; delay and the number of balls will be reduced. There's also 3 ball Geneva Multiball. The modes are generally fun and achievable, with my favorite being Graveyard, where you have to assemble body parts from hitting various shots. Save Justine requires a shot through the bumpers which can be really challenging. There's only 1 ramp, but there are 4 pop bumpers, 3 holes, a spinner, a North Pole VUK, a kickback, and a monster that moves his head and throws balls right at you!

The shots generally feel good. In many ways this game reminds me a little of Whitewater without the ramps. One big creature toy sits in both machines and interacts with the ball. The North Pole shot with the VUK is similar to White Water's No Way Out. Some days I can drill a shot up that narrow passage anytime I want, and other times all can hit is the targets in front of it. The same goes for the ramp next to it. Hitting that ramp consistently will start Creature multiball more quickly. On my machine the monster throwing the ball hits the glass just like Insanity Falls does in White Water. Unlike White Water, Frankenstein's upper flipper isn't super important, but if you can consistently hit the Ice Cave with it you will get good bonuses. The bumpers are placed close enough to get good action, although a ball will occasionally exit this area and go SDTM. The DMD animations are excellent and the big DMD is a great feature, but expensive to replace, and Color DMD is $469 and not fully developed - I think the current version only supports changing the color, not supporting multicolor yet (except for Baywatch). I also love the big knife switch used to launch the skill shot, very steampunk! The machine is very forgiving for bad aim, as errant shots often bounce of rubbers and slings, easily caught on the flippers, while side drains are fairly rare. Getting 6-Ball Victor in multiball gets its own initials at end of game, which then appears on the cover of a journal on the DMD in subsequent games, the first time the ramp is hit...a neat feature. There are also some hidden features like the secret passage shot (again like White Water), a diverter behind the North Pole, add-a-ball during multiball, and restart multiball with a North Pole shot.

Some issues I have with the game are modes are a little inconsistent, with countdowns for the Creature Ramp, Frozen, and Save Justine creating tension, but Voltage and Millions don't feel quite the same, while Stoning is absolutely dull. Another issue is that while 6 ball multiball is exciting, the flippers tend to be slightly underpowered during this mode and can become frustrating. Some of the callouts are great, such as "Live again!" for extra ball and the buildup to Creature multiball is great; others such as "Who am I?!" are quite annoying. One other negative is that the game is very dark and unplayable in low light conditions. Putting in a few spotlights would help immensely. I also recommend a Pinsound for home users that utilizes Hazzard's mix, it's much better than the stock sounds! There is mini-wizard mode entered by completing all modes that really amps up scoring, lights extra ball, and and starts CREATION multiball, but it is a timed mode that ends after 60 seconds so it can be intense while it lasts but also a bit disappointing when it ends.

Overall it's a solid, trouble-free game (I've had zero maintenance issues) that keeps me coming back for more. The movie wasn't very good, but the pinball machine overcomes that and works well in small or large collections, especially those that are horror or monster themed. Since White Water is my favorite game, some of the similarities I mentioned above between it and Frankenstein might explain why I like Frankenstein so much. It's just a lot of fun, and it won't be leaving the collection anytime soon.
3 years ago
This game has to be one of the most underrated games of all time with only 3000 units made world wide lot of people haven't experienced this machine in full flight,with LEDS and the sound cranked up you easily get lost in the game making it really very exiting to play,this game should easily be in the top 50but you know Sega snobs don't rate it or haven't played it.
3 years ago
Not sure why this game ranks so low. Cabinet art is very nice. Put some LEDs on the playfield and it brightens it up nicely. The sound on this pin is its low point, speakers are just not that good. Game play is awesome with the monster hurling balls at you is a great gimmick.
3 years ago
The sounds and music do get a bit repetitive, but the gameplay is great. The six ball multiball is insane. The theme isn't kid or family friendly... kind of scary with murder scenes, etc.
3 years ago
Great multiball , love Frankenstein throwing the balls at you, artwork and music and callouts are great. Weak point is the switch to launch it breaks often but a kick solder and you are back in business. I love the sega games they are great value at their price points and this one doesn't disappoint.
3 years ago
Frankenstein is fun game wish it had deeper rules but I love the artwork on the game and the sounds and music on the game are great. Frankenstein throwing the ball is also a great toy.
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