Oktoberfest

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This game received 148 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.966 /10

7.966

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #71 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.189

Artwork: 7.559

Sounds/Music: 7.76

Other Aspects: 7.981


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8.812/10
15 days ago
Not your run of the mill, flowing pin game play but what a captivating game. Games upon games within one pinball machine. The game play never gets old or repetitive. So many different ways to play and score.

I’m not one for deep rule sets. This game manages to throw a lot at you but as I player I’m never confused as to what to do next.

Is the theme a little kitschy? Yup, it sure is. But it’s so much fun.
Tough ramps? Yup, sure are. But how rewarding when you make them.

AP makes an incredible, solid as a rock machine. And if anything does go wrong or if you have nothing more than a question, their customer service is second to none. They respond quickly, call if they have to and are always active on Pinside with assistance and suggestions.

Love having this game in my collection.
7.182/10
30 days ago
NOT A GOOD LOCATION GAME--AVOID IF ROUTING

What can I say about Oktoberfest? It's got a lot of positives, but ultimately I would say that the game is a miss. It never clicked with me, even though I really tried to like it. I actually enjoy the festival/carnival/beer theme, but just don't have a lot of fun playing Oktoberfest.

The game isn't particularly fun to shoot, and while I like the freedom of choice in the rules, I'm never really pulled in or heavily invested while playing. I do really like the physical knocker integration--it's a lot of fun when it goes off for bumper cars or duck hunting. That's honestly probably my highlight. While Okfst is certainly not a bad game at all, it's not really something that I would ever own again, or probably even play again on location.

Speaking of location, this game is a router's nightmare! I'm a hobbyist router with a couple games at a local arcade, and Okfst by far gave me the most headaches of any game. The software is sorta buggy, with occasional freezes and lag. Which isn't a big deal at home, but on location if someone puts money in and the game locks up mid-game, that's a problem. AP also doesn't have any game adjustments for disabling mechs/features. This is a huge, huge problem, as I had a lot of trouble with the ball locks, and there's no way to disable them and switch to a notional/code lock. If you need new lock switches (proprietary), then all you can do is turn the game off until new ones come in the mail. Compare this to my Stern Beatles, where almost every single mech/target bank/feature can be disabled in the software, while still keeping the game playable.

Plus, Oktoberfest doesn't even have pricing card slots. I literally had to tape in a pricing card to the apron. Also, the DBA pinout was wrong from the factory, and the service bulletin to correct the mistake was also wrong! I had to get my meter and punch-tool out and re-pin the DBA connector manually. Not hard, but certainly annoying. Speaking of annoyances, it literally takes something like 5 mins for the game to turn on. You can switch the game on, and then go make a cup of coffee before it's ready to play. More annoying than you'd think. Particularly if the game is acting up and you need to restart it.

So sadly, even though it's not awful, I'd say give Oktoberfest a miss. I will add one last positive, which is that AP's staff are very responsive. They're frequently on Pinside, and AP's Tech Support is very good.
8.624/10
43 days ago
Just picked this up yesterday and have really been enjoying it. It's a fun theme and the call outs are hilarious! The corkscrew ball lock and then multiball is a lot of fun, great light show. The shots are a lot of fun and satisfying. It's a low scoring game so for those spoiled with an easy billion on many games will be disappointed. It's a bit slower than most games but then surprises you when the magnets grab the ball and slings it. Love the center post.
6.796/10
62 days ago
Played this a few times on location. It was ok!
9.292/10
82 days ago
Boy do I love this game! If you are looking for a game with great flow, you are reading the wrong review. This game is all about accurate shot making. If you are up to the challenge, then you will be rewarded with some of the best gameplay you can possibly have in a pinball machine. This game is loaded with so much fun I don't know where to begin. Scoops, vuks, magnets, toys, leds, ramps, drop targets, shaker motor, knocker, spinners... you name it this machine has it. But it's not put together hap hazardly. This pin has a great layout, with open shots and tight ones too. It also has some of the best rules and coding that I have ever experienced. And with over 16 game modes, two different physical lock multiballs, and a guy named Otto, there is enough gameplay to last a lifetime. I have owned this pin for a few months and every day I want to explore this pin more and more. Yes the theme is about beer and boobs, which will definitely turn off a few people but if that is not a concern, then you need to play this game now. And I have to say, American Pinball has the best customer service I have experienced. Other companies should take note. I am going to finish this review now and go play another game. If you will excuse me...PROST!
8.352/10
83 days ago
Honestly this is a game I seem to keep coming back to at shows or in the wild, I aspire to own one someday, lots of steins to collect, challenging beer lock, modes are pretty fun, and I don't think anyone can do a better game with same theme.
Marvelous game.
9.040/10
88 days ago
this game is so fun !!
it's a very different game i love that,it's very surprising with touches of humour well found.
It 's not a hard play so you can keep on playing and there so much tings to do that pleasure is here.
Thanks for that American pinball
7.988/10
3 months ago
Good commercial quality equipment. Keeps me playing.
9.180/10
4 months ago
This game is very deep with a lot of modes and things to explore. It is all in on the theme, I always enjoy playing it. I think it would be more fun at home in a quieter environment, and if $$ was no object... But it is and you have to trade off between a deep pin with an unlicensed them, or a licensed theme that is recognizable and fast playing. Build quality is great, and American Pinball is engaged with its customer base with good support and frequent code (and hardware) updates. Will probably end up with this pin at sometime, maybe after I master Houdini...
9.458/10
4 months ago
extremely underrated pin. so many challenges and good ideas in this machine. ramps, nice shots, the rollercoaster, and so much more. a lot of pinball for a fair price. i love all the API pins! the flow is also quite good. i think the theming makes people a little bit sceptic. definitely a keeper!
8.604/10
6 months ago
Very entertaining! Makes me want a pint of pilsner every time I see the artwork!
9.640/10
6 months ago
Recommended game, not sure I understand why it's ranked where it is(think it should be higher). it has lots to enjoy with the different tents (games), some very challenging, but it drives you to want to come back. The quality of the game has been great since owning it and AP customer support fantastic. Having Fun with Oktoberfest! - Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Hoi Hoi Hoi
7.576/10
6 months ago
fun game, fun modes, fun gimmicks. the one handed beer carrying mode makes you feel like you have to hold something in you hand while playing with the other. crazy fun.
8.488/10
6 months ago
was short on time so it was quick - would like to play this one some more
7.843/10
6 months ago
I feel this is a game that I need a LOT more time with. I've only played on location: less than 20 plays. You can definitely shoot around and make progress, but I didn't find it intiuitive. I love the theme. I love German beer. I should like this game more than I do... Artwork seems mixed between live models and artwork. I'll update when I get some more time on it.
8.824/10
8 months ago
Oktoberfest was my second Pinball from American Pinball. After I bought Houdini and was really incredibly enthusiastic about this Pinball, I wanted to have an Oktoberfest too.

I personally like the Oktoberfest theme. I think many people don't really like the theme, which can be a problem. Oktoberfest is a very good pin.

The different tent mission are genius! Every mission is very well done. The missions really make sense and were thought up and programmed with great love!
The different multiballs are also great! The playfield is very nice and there are a lot of shots on it!

I also love the idea with the steins as power ups! This makes the gameplay really interesting and tactical!

I personally enjoy the music. It fits the theme and really lets you dive into the Oktoberfest feeling.

What I miss at the Oktoberfest and what makes Houdini and Hot Wheels so unique is the variety.

I have super mission and multiballs and then there is the food stand but that's it. At Houdini there is the mission, prison breaks, combo mission, multiballs. Hot wheels has monster battles, epic features, multiballs, car collections, the race.

I always have the feeling at Oktoberfest I can only play the mission and multiballs. There is nothing else to do like collecting something or combo missions or whatever :)
8.012/10
8 months ago
sympa mais un peu grossier dans sa conception
9.480/10
9 months ago
Personally I feel you should not rate a game that you haven't put at least 100+ games on. It takes a while to really understand the game play and the ruleset of a game. Nothing annoys me more than someone who rates a game after playing it a couple of times on location....

Let me first state, I own this pin, I love the artwork, I love the use of the knocker throughout the game play. (shooting ducks).
This game shoots well, is super smooth, has awesome ramps, sounds fantastic with the 6.1 sound system.
Here in Australia we celebrate Oktoberfest (think a of a carnival with lots of beer, food and music) and I feel this pinball machine captures the feel perfectly.

I think the Oktoberfest pinball machine gets a bad wrap due to people not knowing much about Oktoberfest in general. Considering the low build numbers, the quality of the game play and the fact I love the artwork leads me to believe this machine will be in my collection for a long time to come.
BTW buying this pin NIB it came with a glass stein! Suits the game beautifully...
7.337/10
11 months ago
I had problems with this game. The game play was slow and it had shots I just could not seem to hit. The games I play are always on free play, and I didn't really want to spend much time on this one. I love beer and hoped for something better.

Update: I tried this game again and the layout looks to be right up my alley. I should love this game. I figured out what bugs me so much about this game. It's just slow. You hit the skill shot and you are just waiting to get the ball back. This wait just keeps happening. Also, I wonder that the thought was behind the face of the woman on the translight. She reminds me of the foreign lady that was in Dodgeball.
9.400/10
11 months ago
So, my first impression of Oktoberfest is I like it, I like it a lot...it provides a great deal of fun and I am really enjoying this title. The build quality is superb, the code is deep with lots to do...API made it simple to understand what to shoot for by giving a detailed description prior to the start of each mode coupled with a decent delay before starting to allow time to understand what is going on. 3 flippers add to the fun...I am really enjoying the "Bier-Barrel" multi-ball and magnet action...a very makeable shot not unlike the the Warp Ramp shot on Stern Star Trek or Williams Next Generation. The rollercoaster multi-ball is cool with its shaker motor integration and timed release of each the 3 balls down the Corkscrew wire-form. I do have one criticism, that upper left pop-bumper gets a beating from a fast ball coming from the left flipper...not sure if this was mentioned before...those pop-bumper skirts/mechs aren't really designed for straight on shots so this will be an item to keep an eye for periodic maintenance. Although Oktoberfest, the event, seems pretty much focused on the beer, it is also about music...there is so much Oktoberfest music out there, it would have been nice to add some of that to this machine...no doubt a licensing issue but the background music for this title could use a bit more variation. Anyway, for me, as it stands...this game is a keeper...maybe it is the newness factor but I find myself playing Oktoberfest much more than my Elvira HOH...(another outstanding game). Given this, I reserve the right to update my my above comments as I get more time on this game. Congrats API, I know I am late to the show but I wish to commend you on another outstanding pinball machine.
9.640/10
1 year ago
Due to the deeper rule set, you have to put quite a few games on this machine in order to understand the awesomeness. There is a lot going on here. Collect Steins in order to boost your advantage, and you can choose a Stein up to 3 times. Beer barrel lock and roller coaster lock are both physical locks. The roller coaster multi ball has an extremely long track for the ball to travel with curves and circles. Its so long and eye fooling that you have to time your shot correctly or your ball will drain. Another pinball first is the Stein Race where you use only your right hand to press the two flipper buttons located on the right side of the machine. This allows you to drink your frosty beverage while playing pinball. Many tents, modes, to visit, challenging shots, multi balls, blonds, boobs, beers, ramps, magna grabs, humor, and fun to be had.
8.688/10
1 year ago
As one of the few Pinsiders that actually loves the theme, this game was always on my Radar. I finally was able to purchase one (Played it a lot at shows and on location) and now that i can drink a beer and dive deeper into the rules and explore the new code I have come away very impressed. The build quality is fantastic. And the sheer amount that the Team over at AP put in this game is staggering. They coded the hell out of a machine that people never really gave a legit shot. This will go down as an extremely underrated game. Maybe it will be worth more in the future... I don't care though, not selling.
8.796/10
1 year ago
OF is home from few weeks, with something as +/- 100 games on it, and as a good player (...) already reached/saw all the wizard modes (but didnt fully beat MEISTER)... after DI i was looking for a nice contender (mainly about code point of view), and let's admit that JP was (and still is) on the radar... and than, i knew a little about OF, having played it in some meetings/tournaments (with a positive feeling), than reading & watching over it on internet convince me to go for it (and be back to JP later)... and than, except the theme i'm not really in love (was the same with DI), i have to admit that OF is as i was thinking, but not only with more than very good (rules) surprises : the layout is good, its more based on a "stop & go" gameplay than a master of flow, the code is already very good & very well done, with clever things in it (STEIN multiplicators, use of the knocker in game, use of the 2 right buttons in a mode, tapper video mode, the shaker is nicely linked to some situations, 4 magnets including 2 controled, ...), and back to the theme, lot's of funny things to hear, meanwhile for adults (there's a family friendly setting)... and than, all in all, a very nice pin, which i think deserve much more attention (especially if you're a "player", as with the 14 STEIN multiplicator in 3 [even 4] levels each, you have LOTS of possibilities to tacticaly build your game)... really waiting to see more from next AP Hot Wheels pin... :)
9.900/10
1 year ago
I had never played an American Pinball before, and it didn't disappoint. Was (admittedly) worried about an upstart company. I LOVE the theme personally, but the depth and game play is what got me hooked. very deep, so much to do and keep you coming back again, and again. After meeting Josh at SFGE, sitting through his panel, and personal discussion, the amount of love that went into the game is evident and astounding.
I think Oktoberfest is a well thought out, beautiful game. There is so much in it not only from a gameplay standpoint, but from a physical aspect as well. Art blades, real back glass, even the inner apron is adorned with art. Add to that its a non-licensed game and not another "remake theme" You have a FUN game that keeps you coming back to try so many different things. Beer Barrel multiball is now easily in the top 5 coolest multiballs ever, and the corksrew ramp is so satisfying.
Oktoberfest isn,t for everyone, but then again no game is. some cant see past "beer" and its so much more, and if you have been to a real Oktoberfest you could see that.

Ich Liebe Ein Oktoberfest.
Inga is calling out to me, shes ready to bump.
8.835/10
1 year ago
I think what holds people back from giving the game a chance is the theme. I have played the game several times now since its release. Everything has improved. It has a unique layout that is a breath of fresh air. The rules on Oktoberfest are down right fantastic which is where the game really shines. It is not a linear game. I really appreciate being able to play the modes in any order, along with collecting steins. There are so many different paths to take while playing. A different layout and amazing rules easily overcome the theme. This game is very underrated!
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