Pinbot

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This game received 389 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.827 /10

7.827

Top 100 ranking

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


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.771

Artwork: 7.93

Sounds/Music: 7.336

Other Aspects: 8.027



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7.802

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9.389/10
2 days ago
Now I see you!! This machine was the one that started it all for me. I can remember spending summers at Mountain Lakes resort as a kid. They had an arcade on the property with many options, Pinbot was my favorite by far. Now I own one that is in amazing condition, even replaced the translite with the new licensed backglass. This one will never leave my collection.
9.537/10
21 days ago
I AM IN YOUR CONTROL!

this pin is magic. one of my favorite system 11s, it's delightfully simple, but can be fast and brutal.

to start off, each skill shot adds to the vortex value so if you get enough extra balls and you're making your skill shots you can really put some points up from plunging alone. I really enjoy hitting the ramp a bunch of times to build the solar value and then cashing it in during multiball for big points. progressing the planets while making the bank also adds to the excitement.

this game is a true classic and I don't ever see it leaving my collection.
9.368/10
52 days ago
My first Pinball purchase. The difficulty keeps you coming back. Great music and theme that defines classic. Guests love coming over to get some play in.
8.425/10
83 days ago
A perfect example of a pin that does so much with so little. Playfield feels like only 2/3 of it is available, as the pop bumper area feels isolated. No orbit shots or spinners. Very few drop targets. Despite all that, I still love this pin. The look and feel of this pin really make up for lack of playfield elements. Robot themes are a plus for me and this one is highly immersing. The moving ball lock is still a cool feature. Awesome light show and sounds. Still holds up to this day.
9.592/10
3 months ago
Pinbot is one of my favorite games and the first game that I've ever owned.

I prefer the non-licensed games, as it opens up the artists to a wide range of possibilities. And the robot-space theme is surely one that many people can get behind. The art work, sound design, and playfield design work perfectly together.

The visor is an awesome gimmick and being awarded multiball feels like an accomplishment. The two different jackpots are fun and hitting the left ramp after locking a ball in multiball is very satisfying.

This is 100% a sharpshooter style game. There is next to no flow to it. You make a shot, and then scramble to regain control of the ball.

There are a handful of small things I don't like about the game. Primarily, advancing through the planets do not give enough points. These are risky shots, and the value is just too low to warrant going for them if you are trying to get a high score. They do make for a fun side objective if you aren't worried about points. Secondly, the skill shot rarely functions the way that it should. It is nearly impossible to get the skill shot to work the way they intended. This is a design issues.

The jackpot rolling over between games and ball steal aren't the most conducive to a competitive style pinball experience, but they are fun for a casual players.

Pinbot tends to have an unforgiving left out lane that you'll quickly have to learn how to nudge out of.

I don't expect that this game will ever leave my collection.
8.905/10
3 months ago
This is a challenging game that has some real subtlety to the rule set. For example, advancing planets is best accomplished on ball one because each planet will give you a bonus on drain, meaning you could get 4 or even 5X the planet bonus with extra balls. The skill shot is great, the sound and theming are extremely well done, and with lit up posts and leds, this game is an absolute blast in a dark room.
The outline drains are hungry but the game rewards nudging and if you put in the plays, pinbot will reward you by making you a better player.
Probably not the best choice if you’re only gonna have one game because of the difficulty...could be frustrating for a casual walk up and play scenario with guests coming over to play. But in a small collection of 3 games or more, it’s a great one to own.
(As a bonus, the game is pretty easy to strip down and work on, even the central chest target mechanism.)
7.941/10
3 months ago
Pinbot is a favorite in the family and for good reason. The background music, the call outs and theme, along with the integrated topper, all combine for a pretty classic pinball experience. Only three drops but a great mech with the visor. Tough out lanes make it hard to keep the ball in play. If not dialed end, may drain down the middle when multi ball starts. The bagatelle doesn’t really add much to the pin IMO, but it doesn’t distract from the overall game. A homage to pinball’s beginnings that will be lost on most. Overall, Robot themed pins seem like a natural. Get the new CPR back glass replacement for the translite – it looks awesome. Now I see you …
7.954/10
4 months ago
Love my pinbot. simple fun still to this day (2020). colorful lights, love the topper light bar!
7.904/10
5 months ago
Pinbot Circuits activate! Some of the most unforgettable speech I’ve heard on a machine. Very challenging to play.
6.933/10
7 months ago
Simple game, but fun.
8.415/10
8 months ago
"Pinbot circuits activated!" This game was ahead of its time. Toys and tricks abound: a hidden saucer shot concealed by the ramp entrance. The corkscrew skill shot. The iconic visor and matrix of lights to fill. And this under-appreciated gem: the upper playfield is an amazing callback to pinball’s roots in bagatelle...and why they call it pinball. The electronic music is stunning, and there’s a great payoff for touring the entire solar system. Just watch out for those outlanes!
9.057/10
8 months ago
A Granner/Oursler/Python masterpiece... with metaphorical robotic phrases like "we control the universe" intermingled with an epic and tripped out deep space score, what's there not to love about this game!? The game really does come to life when you pay attention to the depth of the sounds, music, and art. It's not the deepest game ever made as far as rules, and in some cases it can get repetitive, but it could be one of the more beautiful and cerebral.
8.304/10
9 months ago
An alltime classic.
Go play PINBOT
10.000/10
9 months ago
One of the most underrated games in all of pinball. Great backglass, cabinet, and PF. Tons of shots. Simple to understand...but hard to execute game. Built like a tank. The robotic voice is killer!
This game should cost double.
8.800/10
9 months ago
Pinbot circuits activated!

I think this is a great game! The flow is designed to be chunky and missed shots usually result in a lost ball. Maintaining control is key. I think that it has one of the best soundtracks for a system 11. Perfect for the game. A little out there, but groovy. It has a classy look and honest gameplay. Love it!
8.947/10
9 months ago
Much better than many games ahead of it.The beauty lies in its simplicity.A Classic game all around.
8.274/10
10 months ago
Love the voices on this one. Pure 80s pinball... Cool, unique layout unlike any other...
8.272/10
11 months ago
Fun game. Challenging, the shots are good, I keep coming back to this one.
4.780/10
12 months ago
Fun game from the 80's though it gets old to me pretty quickly. Fun game to play, good machine for the game room because of the price, but a classic game that iI enjoy playing some days and other days I do not.
7.368/10
12 months ago
I finally got to see what Pinbot is all about. It's pretty fun for a game of its age. I didn't feel like it played slow, which I thought it might from first glance. The shots are fun, though the amount of shots feels just a little limited, but again, it's an older pin. There's a lot to like about the playfield and overall the experience captures the theme well. I know there is nothing to relate them, but I compare this game to Fathom, an older game with a lot of praise, and this one feels better to me than Fathom.
7.352/10
12 months ago
Love playing this back in the day. Would love to have one in my collection someday.
7.208/10
1 year ago
While is fun I just think I like Bride or better.
8.524/10
1 year 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...
8.531/10
1 year 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.
7.929/10
1 year 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.
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