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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Pinside rating

This game received 166 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.536 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #158 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.569

Artwork: 7.667

Sounds/Music: 7.297

Other Aspects: 7.425

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6 years ago
One of the best pins ever made. Tons of fun.
6 years ago
Frankenstein is another one of those games that needs to be set up properly to shine. For home use, turn off the ramp memory. This makes the game much more difficult to start the main Multi-ball. And that is a good thing. The game then becomes Risk/Reward.

There is a potential big payoff in that multiball ... so earn it. Meanwhile the easier to achieve Geneva Multiball is much less lucrative.

Make no mistake. This is one of those under-appreciated games, just because of the Sega badge.

Have you noticed the trend. Data East and Sega games are no longer the amazing Bang for Buck they used to be. They are now catching up in cost to B/W. I own many great B/W and this holds up. A fun, deep game, with one of the best multiballs out there. Can you say mutli-staged multi-ball 5 times fast? How about that Roaming Jackpot?

Oh ... and the game has to be played with the music Cranked Up! One week I feel like Edgar Winters. The next ... dramatic soundtrack. Love having the choice.
6 years ago
This game is so underrated in my opinion. The play is quick with many skill shots needed to complete a task. It's fun for all ages.
6 years ago
This game was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. There are a few different modes. You can pick the music you want to play to which changes the feel of the game. The artwork is very nice. Too bad the movie wasn't very popular.
6 years ago
Fun Sega overall!! Love the layout and shots.
6 years ago
Best Sega overall. The shots are challenging and fun. I have one and have logged over 250 games and like it more than the first game. Game needs a little more light. LED'S and extra spot lights a must.
6 years ago
Good playfield lay out Fun
6 years ago
Love the theme. One of the better Sega's. Haven't played this enough to consider it..but, I like it so far as a B
6 years ago
A great game, awesome to pick the music you'd like! Frank's head likes to stop working and so does the huge display. Some modes are really tough, the main scoring mode is too easy.
7 years ago
My first pinball, so trying to be honest :) Its a great game, I think the theme goes well with pinball, tight playfield, so I find it best to keep hold of the ball and consider your next shot, deep rules, very cool multiballs (x6 is madness) and a real drive to want to get a better score... After all this time I still love it, plays great, looks great, under rated table for sure...

Also added all LED's to mine with a blue (for the cold areas) and red for the rest, now looking very groovy...
7 years ago
I played this game on location and was pleasantly surprised how fun it was. I played 18 games before it was done! Great playfield toy, shot selection, music and sound. I have to say that I am impressed by this Sega game and it makes me want to play other Segas. If I found this game for a decent price, I would buy it for home use.
7 years ago
Not my genre or theme, hated it was boring and bland.........YUK!
7 years ago
Too bad that when I play this it's in a skating rink RIGHT NEXT TO THE EXIT FROM THE RINK! In other words, you'll be playing and kids come skating off the rink to get to the seats and they use the left side of the machine sometimes to balance themselves or to slow down! That can be good (some folks have tilted it!) and it can be good (some kid saved a ball from the left out lane!). Overall, I would love to play it in a"normal" setting. Given all of that, many of my ratings would probably change with the change in location of the machine...
7 years ago
I played this game about a dozen times. Certain my ratings would change after really getting to know the pin. Shows some promise for home ownership. Most annoying for me were some of the callouts.
8 years ago
Frankenstein has been spoeken about in a positive manner by players that I respect. I finally got the chance to play this table. I have to say that this copy was not in the best of shape and it needed work on the electronics. But from what I got from the games I played... here goes.

The Pros:
Choosing music is something I like in pinball. Both tunes are very well fitted to the theme of the game. But between the two... I go Johnny Winter every time. Tight shots require skill and good timing. The 6 ball multiball is frenetic, but never a blast that passes too quickly. I like the loop and the hole-shot from the upper flipper, both are tight shots. The upper hole can be a luck bounce sometimes, the upper loop has to be hit to pass all the way around. Hit the right ramp for the "bobby pinches a loaf" sound cue.

The Cons:
Ummm... does the game work? The BG muddy and the PF is not much better. This is from the man who did the art packages for Centaur and Paragon? Possibly Paul Faris's worst package ever (it grieves me just to even consider typing that last sentence down). I mean, really, what happened after he left Bally? DMD's are impossible to find. Franken-arms are prone to failure. Movie-tie in's really were not Sega's best way to spend their time on games... and they did it over and over and over and over.

The Takeaway:
I like what I see, but the jury is still out for me. I am more than willing to give this game a go (if and) when I encounter it again. Right now, it's ok. I promise to update this score once I get the chance to session this table out in complete working order. Please take this into consideration for the current rating with this pinball game review.
8 years ago
I was a little nervous about buying this game because of the cost and difficulties of replacing the large DMD should something happen to it but I am so glad I bought this game. The animations on this game are great the extra size really is nice. Frank is a cool toy and game play is fast and fun with a nice mix of hard and less hard to make shots. Awesome 6 ball multi that is hard enough to get that it never gets old. The choice of music at the start is nice for two player games when you have been drinking as it helps keep track of who's turn it is.
8 years ago
Great theme, great artwork, great music. MSF has a lot going for first glance. I find the gameplay slightly disappointing. There are lots of multiball modes which are great fun but it seems that the ruleset is missing that extra something to make the game a real smash. A shame as I always seem drawn to play this.
8 years ago
I really enjoyed play this game, even thought the machine I was on need some TLC the game was still fun. The cabinet art work is excellent, and the video themes selection was good too. If I can find a well priced machine I would almost certainly buy. It's in my wish list.
8 years ago
incredible pinball ! ! ! fun, artistic and music top level ! fidelity with the movies ! for me at the same level with monster bash ans very much cheapper ! ij you can buy it you will b a happy man !
wonderfull !
8 years ago
This machine surprised me as I generally do not care for Sega or DE pins. The Frankenstein multiball mode is amazingly deep and very difficult to score a super jackpot on. I'm not a fan of the massive Geneva hole on the close left (these close shots seem pretty common for Sega/DE machines) but, other than that, I think the layout is smooth. Some of the modes are very tough (save Justine and Creature Feature), while others are ridiculously easy (North Pole), however, they are varied enough to keep things interesting. Also, getting to wizard mode is a pain, which is a good thing in my opinion.
8 years ago
Love the multiball modes on this machine and it is a challenging pin to play. Great theme...
love franky's call outs.
8 years ago
Just got Frankensteing as my first pin and have been playing it for 3 weeks non-stop. the game is complex which adds replay value as there is a lot to learn. Theme is great sound is very good, shots are very hard which also makes the game hard to master. I definetly recommend this pin to anyone looking for a challenge and a great theme. P.S. the large Dot Matrix display is great, which more games used it back then.
8 years ago
Played this a bunch. I found a some of the shots sometimes hard to make. Its very well themed, throwing the big switch to plunge, selecting the music at the start. SEGA did this really well. The hard shots make you just want to play again and again. One dislike to me is the playfield artwork, its lound and busy and detracting in places. sometimes 'less is more' and this needed a bit less of the montaging that they have going on.
8 years ago
A GREAT looking machine! The Frankenstein creature in the middle is the 'attractor' to this game. The two variations of music makes it fun and the ball launcher is unique. This can be a 'trouble pin'. Two things that seem to be a problem for most owners is the DMD failing and the motor on the Franky creature not turning its head or the arms not moving correctly.
9 years ago
great theme a toy monster throwing ball is great fun ..
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