Orbitor 1

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This game received 55 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.349 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #345 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.168

Artwork: 7.362

Sounds/Music: 4.995

Other Aspects: 6.23

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51 days ago
Orbitor 1 wasn't a big hit when it came out but in lately it seems more sought after. It was an odd ball pin and still is. Absolutely different gamplay with its bowl like molded clear playfield overlaid over top of a pseudo lunar surface. The bumpers spin and repel pinballs. Kinda cool.
5 months ago
Where's the ball gonna go??? Nobody knows........
1 year ago
In Banning, during a three day, free play weekend with over 500 machines to choose from, I kept finding myself drawn back to this truly unique pin. The invisible, warped playfield, while initially frustrating, is a challenge begging to be mastered. The spinning bumpers are entirely unpredictable. If you get the chance, play a couple games just to watch how the ball moves; it's the next best thing to playing pinball on acid.
1 year ago
Weird machine. I dig weird.
1 year ago
I love this game, so different ...
1 year ago
After couple of games I thought I was on LSD...... What a trip to play this unique game!!
Must be a desperate attempt to beat the video games in the 80's. When I see one for a reasonable price maybe .....
1 year ago
A very unique piece of pinball history, if you do not know what it is when you start to play it then you will be shocked, lol. Not sure how much fun it was, I played three or four games just because I had never seen it before but it was mainly to make sure I was seeing what I thought I was.
2 years ago
shallow rules and super short uncontrollable ball times make this game a nice novelty.
2 years ago
I don't know why, but I love this game. the playfield is hella fun to me, though I understand that it's not traditional or to everyone's taste. I like the space theme, and the bowl of the playfield works with the gravitational play concept.
2 years ago
You gotta play it when you see it, I guess. It's an strange game that's fun to play in short bursts, but would be a bit too much of a one trick pony to own once the novelty wore off. It is kind of amazing to see what Stern had done mixing a pinball machine with a novelty game, and even more amazing when you get a look under the glass.
3 years ago
There is just no real way to score this game in a conventional pinball sense.
It was a marketing novelty experiment by Stern.
It failed.
Next to last game made before Stern initially closed.
Nothing really really disastrous in terms of artwork (if you can call what was on the playfield?), but you don't play art anyway.
Backglass is a redeeming feature with its 3D planets and plexiglass bubble.
This is of course contrary to all those opinions of pinball collectors who spend $600+ powder coating their games, and then say "Oh, shiny"!

I personally dislike the game because it is more random than even Fireball with its spinning disk.
That game at least takes skill, this one does not.
Its like wasting money watching a pinball fling around doing nothing.
In a home environment, what exactly are you going to master or play here?
You cannot aim for any shots due to the "moon crater" undulations on the playfield and and catapult speed "pop bumper" type sling wheels.

Interesting collectible from the standpoint of pinball history, but I would not want to try and find game specific parts for this title.
Unique designs don't make a game an "instant classic" folks...WTF x 10e6?
I never have ever seen that happen in any type of collecting.

Belongs in museums, or VERY LARGE collections.
If this is the only game you own, I feel REALLY bad.
Let me find you something better like a really good EM or inexpensive SS and expound your pinball experience.

If you think the game is the "coolest thing ever" you have not actually owned one.
3 years ago
Not really one of my favorites but certainly an interesting concept. A game you certainly have to play to believe it but the novelty wears off pretty quick. Too bad, I really wanted to like this game because it was truly innovative but it didn't keep my attention for very long.
3 years ago
Played this one last weekend at the Dutch Pinball Museum. What an unusual game! I absolutely loved it and would really like to own one sometime.
3 years ago
I can watch my toilet bowl flush and not have to pay fifty cents...
4 years ago
A game you'll remember for the rest of your life, even if you play it only once. That alone makes it an instant classic.

Stern gets a 10 for originality and for the balls it had to make this game, especially during this period in time. It's pinball re-invented.

Sure, the playfield seems a little barren. But, with 13 drop targets and a lot of other targets,, it's far from shabby.

People say that you can't control this game. 2 words: play better. This game is certainly controllable. It's just so different that you have to learn how. No matter how good you are at regular pinball, there's always a pretty steep learning curve to O1. Want to see how it's done? Check out my video 'Orbitor 1: How the Hell do you Play it?'. You'll find it here on Pinside in the video section of the game.
4 years ago
Only pin to have spinning bumpers and a wavy play field. Your guess is as good as mine as to where the ball will actually go when hit. Only one like it. How does this machine not get a higher rating simply because of its uniqueness.
5 years ago
Very cool concept I believe and I have to disagree with those that say that there is no skill involved in playing this game. After playing many games, there definately is a great deal of skill involved and keeping the ball in play and hitting intended targets is not just random or chance but can be accomplished by learning the contour of the playfield and practice.
5 years ago
Plays insane with the bowed playfield! Worth a quarter if you ever see it for the gimmick...but thats about it. Can't see playing this one over and over.
5 years ago
Sweet old school Stern game, super fun sound effects, not much to do gameplay/rule wise though.
5 years ago
I played this a bit in the arcades when it was released, this game is freakishly creative, the movement of the ball and the spinning red bumpers is crazy. BTW, it was only recently that I found out the red bumpers spun. The look perfectly still. The movement off them made me think at the time that it was some kind of magnet turning on and off. The sad thing is that there is not a lot to shoot at and luck plays too great a part, although I would like to think that if you learnt the playfield well enough there is no more luck involved than a normal pin.
5 years ago
Gee, what can you say about this game. It is a lot of fun and is really cool . . . but it is just not a game you would want in your lineup unless you had a monster size collection or were in the hobby primarily to bring games to shows. I do like the way the game looks though; if you have more than 20 games it is certainly something different.
5 years ago
This is a unique machine, the playfield is concave with bowls. It's worth playing a few times because of this. But it's actually kind of hard to make any decent shots. I like that they tried to do something different. The spinners that make the ball orbit around the playfield are a neat touch. It just doesn't seem very deep, and doesn't have lastability.
6 years ago
Orbitor is a cool game! You gotta try one. You'll never play anything like it. It has this CRAZY anti-gravity feel to the whole thing. I really wish other pins would have implemented some of the ideas presented in Orbitor and ran with it in a normal pinball game!

The only downside is: there's just not much to do on this game. The anti-gravity effect is amazing, but without much to do, it's easy to get bored.

Takeaway: I'd buy this game in a second if the price was right. Just a super cool effect and game. But, this game can't be the only pinball in your collection. It's not that deep.
6 years ago
I get it that it's different and that they were trying something different but this game was just annoying. Spinning pops were neat and maybe could be used elsewhere. I couldn't wait to walk away from this game.
6 years ago
I have played this game only for 20 minutes. I was waiting for the parts guy to show up at J.E. Weatherhead . Orbitor 1 was set up in their showroom. Brand new, a sales person heard the pin running, he came over and ask what I thought about this game. I said it was hard to play, a totally different idea, and that the ball can actually be hit backwards. He said, "ya it is different". I never saw the game again. I never remember seeing an Orbitor 1 in an Arcade either.
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