Pinbot

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This game received 364 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.774 /10

7.774

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #86 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.725

Artwork: 7.856

Sounds/Music: 7.296

Other Aspects: 7.962



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8.524/10
20 days ago
Pinbot theme and music is amazing for it's age. The use of color and sounds makes this interplanetary game really cool. The back glass reveals a image behind the "mask" during certain levels in the game. Cool overall game for the 80s...
6.954/10
41 days ago
What's not to like about this game? Easy to understand rules with fantastic sound and music. Robots, Rockets and Uranus!
8.594/10
73 days ago
"Now I see you. Pinbot circuits activated." I love that. And the sound. Great pin from this era. I've spent many quarters on this machine. It's haunting and fun. One of the reasons why I love Pinball. Great game for beginners as well.
7.689/10
87 days ago
A robot themed pinball machine? Sign me up! This game is at the limit for machine age for me, but has a lot going for it. First of all, the theme is well integrated. It looks like the pinball arms go all the way down to the flippers. I love the way the visor opens to create shots. The ramp pops up to allow shots to go under, and the spiral skill shot is unique. The rainbow target bank screams 1980s, but I still have not figured out what the rainbow target lights are used for. I am not a big fan of the stenciled art on the side of the machine or the playfield art, but the back glass is gorgeous and the topper is well integrated. There is a lot of bang for your buck with this one.

I would like to add, that this is the best game from 1986 or earlier IMHO.
8.909/10
5 months ago
Pinbot is a excellent game and well deserved the term 'Classic'. Lots of challenging shots, excellent music & sounds and the layout is great! A very satisfying pin to play and own. I would love to add it back into my collection one day
8.364/10
5 months ago
Loves me some Pin Bot! Unique play field with fun objectives. Interesting story with Pin Bot himself. Fun ramp. Pops under the top field. Just a pleasure to play. Unlike the majority of pins!
8.968/10
6 months ago
PinBot is a fantastic pin that's not too hard or complex to have a ton of fun on without having to study a 1000 page rule manual. Shots are all straight forward, and the Vortex ramp skill shot is quite unique. PB offers rewarding shots to novice players with a nice wide and exciting ramp, huge "chest" area to hammer away at, and simple yet rewarding targets no matter the phase of play. I personally love managing the ball while on the upper playfield, nudging the ball to where I need it most. The visor lift-up is cool, and opens up the eye sockets which themselves are appropriately sized for moderate difficulty to hit. Nice simple 2-ball muti mode is still a challenge to keep going.
12000 PB's were produced, along with 2 follow-on titles after this one. Success? I certainly think so!
8.345/10
7 months ago
Pinbot, the first machine in my collection! This game is a lot of fun, with the goal of opening the visor, locking both balls and hitting the ramp for the solar bonus. There really isn't a lot to it when you really think about it, but somehow this game keeps you coming back for more. The art, sounds, and music all work really well together. My only complaint about this game is those darn outlanes are evil!
7.149/10
7 months ago
This is a great pinball machine to play. The Bagatelle takes up to much room but works with the design of the game. I like this game a lot more than Bride of Pinbot. The music and playfield art really give you the illusion you are in space. The topper is built very well and adds to the game. I color coded mine with blue and red LEDs and it makes a big difference in how it looks. I had to adjust my drop down target in front several times to get it right. If its to low it jumps the ramp as it passes over the drop down and won't go into the eyes of pinbot plus there is often wear at this spot because it hits the wood. I highly recommend this game. It has the "I want to play it again and again" aspect to it.
7.964/10
7 months ago
Classic system 11. Get multiball, hit the ramp for jackpot.
Seriously though; I fell in love with this game for the awesome artwork and sound. The game play is quite good too. Fairly simple rules on the surface. After watching some tutorials, there's a neat skill shot, a trick to completing the grid faster and other strategies in completing the planets. So, not just multiball and ramp..
The game is a drain monster, but if you can get a streak going; it's a blast to play.
8.463/10
8 months ago
The classic. One of my early favorites. Still some of the best theming and design in pinball. Sure it was surpassed by Bride, but this is one I can never walk past. When set up properly (which is rare) it's one of the top 10 games of all time.
8.360/10
9 months ago
Owe this game and love it.
6.003/10
9 months ago
From a nostalgia perspective it's a good game, and the themeing is great. But I can't stand this playfield layout is absolutely dire. The ball dribbles out of the bumpers towards the left outlane every single time, multiplayer games are awkward as balls are in locks when they shouldnt be for another player. All saucers launch the ball straight down the middle more often than not, ramp shots end up in the bumpers half the time removing all flow...the ball flies out of the bumpers and hits targets through no input from the player meaning the 'one shot visor' is often ruined through no fault of the player.

I dunno. I like the theme and the art/sound, but this layout grinds my gears! I prefer PIN.BOT's Taxi appearance to be honest.
7.592/10
11 months ago
Overall this is a fun game. The robotic Pin*Bot voice is good.Music is OK, not as dramatic as my Fire! Machine. I think it is a little too easy to get the multi-ball. However, it is a fun game and the surprise illusion of the face appearing from behind Pin*Bots visor is pretty cool.
8.123/10
11 months ago
Great game overall. I love the theme and the game play. Definitely not a game for amateurs, she can be cruel to you if you don't respect her. It can be very competitive and multi ball is very fun. I love the music, lights and game play.
8.267/10
1 year ago
One of the most beautiful machines ever made. I don't know what it is about this game that just draws me in. One of Python's greatest pieces of art. It's beautiful but a tough machine at the same time. This table seems to drain easily on the outlanes which gets really annoying. The flow isn't super great since there's only one ramp shot, lots of the time the ball just goes crazy bouncing off drop targets and posts. The helmet on the top is a cool feature, as is the upper play field that the ramp connects to. Its a very alluring machine, I want to be much better at it than I am someday. Let's not forget about the music, the music is wonderful. Lots of variation too.
6.765/10
1 year ago
Pinbot was definitely an excellent game from it’s era. If you have a larger collection, pick one up!
8.699/10
1 year ago
A classic game that should be part of any collection.
6.968/10
1 year ago
May I quietly and somewhat weakly dissent about Pinbot and its descendants?

There are four main gimmicks in this game. One is the obvious - the double-ball-capturing opening, along with the flashing field of lights and two ways of activating the box. There's the vortex skill shot, and the bagatelle-style upper playfield on the right. Almost none of these really engage unique skills. The robot part is fun, of course, and there's the progressive planetary goals (which seem like they're from a different theme than the robot theme), but all of this feels like it's from a machine from a decade earlier. Just because the ship allows the robot sounds and a little more complex scoring logic doesn't make it feel like the acme of the era (High Speed came out the same year).

The kicker for me is that when I play this, I always post pass to the right flipper. A machine where this is a winning strategy for play is inherently unbalanced. It's not that I don't enjoy all the toys, it's just they feel like they were smooshed together in the wrong order somehow.

Yes, an amusing machine that's worth revisiting; but not the classic that merited two sequels, IMHO. There, I said it - Pinbot is overrated.
6.759/10
1 year ago
A fun game for its time. Not a game to last long term in ones collection. Better choices out there but a solid game for a casual player.
8.459/10
1 year ago
Great design and overall playability. Not a fan of the jackpot shot reset since it is fairly easy to hit but it does build back up quickly.
7.427/10
1 year ago
Meh. A classic, yeah... I get it. A good game, but hard one that seems to really do it for me. I'll play it happily, enjoy it, but would allow a ball to drop without hesitation if something better came along. Solid, solid game, and I can understand why some would love it.
9.027/10
1 year ago
Ah, Pinbot. So much love, so much hate. Brutal outlanes. Beautiful artwork. Damn difficult skill shot. So rewarding for careful controlled play. It’s a game that I want to play everyday.
8.261/10
1 year ago
Pinbot is a brutal system 11 game. The sounds and lighting are very well done for a game of that era. Build quality is also solid.
9.100/10
1 year ago
What a fun pin to play! Getting the visor to open is very cool. The skill shot is fun as well is getting across the planets.
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