Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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This game received 372 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.962 /10


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This game ranks #79 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.198

Artwork: 7.653

Sounds/Music: 7.496

Other Aspects: 8.088

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38 days ago
I remember playing this when I was little as well. It used to be available at one of the Pizza places where I live and it eventually got removed. When I saw this machine on Sterns Pinball Arcade however, it got my attention. This is what initially drew me to getting the collection in the first place. Getting on track, my favorite part about the game is the humor and the design of the game. It provides a fair challenge, though. I never got a perfect Ripley wizard mode segment except on accident. One time, I had my best run going, but because we were preoccupied by other things, we weren't paying attention to when the Xbox shut down and we lost my progress. But overall, this is a funny machine that takes me back to the days when I played it as a young child.
60 days ago
I love this game. Currently have it in my small collection for about 6 months and it's still my favorite. The rules are very deep and collecting is a decent challenge for me. Collecting all RIPLEYS letters or frog mode has still proven impossible, but that's what engages me because I want to achieve those some day.

Playfield layout is good, but not excellent. As a Lawlor design, it has all typical features like a shot through the pops, scoop at the bottom of the playfield, upper flipper, ... But it feels less solid or flowy than Whirlwind for example. The upper pops always feel cramped and the ball almost always just dribbles out to the left, which feels awkward to me. Not that many toys, but I do like both magnets. All in all, not perfect but still very enjoyable and challenging.

The theme was unknown to me but I've grown to like it a lot. The pin feels like undertaking an adventure, exploring continents and collecting things. Incandescent bulbs also fit perfectly as they add to the gloomy/tropical theme. The music is pretty catchy and I also like the callouts and shrunken head, as opposed to some people. The artwork on the playfield and translite looks great to me, the cabinet is pretty unimaginative and could be better.

In summary, not the perfect game but definitely one of the deeper and challenging ones. This one will definitely stay in my collection for quite some time.
69 days ago
Ripleys is highly underrated. It's a pretty deep game but not so deep you need a 100 page book. The shots are fun, especially the left orbit between the pops. The shots feel similar to Dialed in, or vice versa. The Penguin jackpot shoot is so satisfying because it's so damn hard. A colordmd really makes the animation pop. Its bizarre and unusual, and thats what makes it fantastic.
3 months ago
The very definition of a C list Stern game from an era when the games felt cheap and phoned in. The theme is OK with a whiff of colonialism that isn't aging well. If anything, it could stand to be MORE weird. It's sort of cookie-cutter weird.

The layout is OK, but can be frustrating. The scoop and the vari-target can both be difficult to hit at times and both are what you really need to advance the game. The game is near impossible to collect RIPLEYS - letters awarded for completing modes - with standard adjustments. You need to nail every shot in a very short time frame to collect a letter and too often the ball will get stuck in the pops making it difficult. Even with each mode made easier in adjustments, it's very challenging.

There are no toys. The temple is just a dumb way to give you mystery awards, none of which are exciting. There are two magnets, two ramps and a lazy physical ball lock. That's it.

The sounds are at times campy and at times just awful. The rasta head call-outs are pretty bad, some especially terrible (when he counts down, he sounds like Arnold Schwartzeneger). The constant gasps and screams are annoying - particularly in modes like North America. The gasps on the drains are cringeworthy. Call-outs like "Weird gravestones - my favorite!" are endearing in that so bad it's good way.

Overall, just OK. Still fun, but...
4 months ago
Love it
8 months ago
Wow. Instant classic. Could play this game all day and night. Great shots and callouts. I really need this one in my collection.
10 months ago
Very underrated game.
1 year ago
Such a great table, highly underrated in my opinion. Pat Lawlor and John Youssi created another amazing game! So many shots to take, it will entertain right away, and yet very hard to complete the rules for the seasoned player.
1 year ago
It's hard to call this anything other than Stern's Twilight Zone, and for me as a Pat Lawlor fan but generally not a Stern fan, I think it does the job. The rule sheet is a novel, and the modes are cool, and for those who'd like a more forgiving and better lit approximation of TZ, this works!

Pros: Unlike a lot of Stern machines, there is a bigger variety of toys and pathways, and the modes are pretty good. The depth of rules is also bananas, and a lot of the shots are rewarding, so it's easy to spend a long time with the machine.

Cons: Unlike Addams Family or TZ, the alternate flipper shots didn't feel intuitive, and the sheer breadth of things to do is a bit dizzying. The barcade that I played this at only had it for about 3 weeks, so I may revisit this if I find another one.
1 year ago
A nice surprise. This game is great and highly underrated. The theme is very different, weird, and may not be liked by many, but i loved it. Sounds, toys, rules are great.
1 year ago
fun game to play, the build quality of the playfield could be better. the call outs not too strong.
1 year ago
Great game. . . dsepite an older title, still holds up and has very rewarding shots!
1 year ago
Nice game that seems packed with features and shots. Not crazy about the theme, but it’s still fun.
1 year ago
Love this game totally packed with features , fun to play , think I’ll try to buy one .
1 year ago
Nice to shoot. BUT the theme is weak. The Call outs began to wear on me. I owned RBION, its fun for awhile, then i sold it.
1 year ago
This is one of the games I could play for hours and work my way through a multitude of features. I think it's very well designed, has many cool shots and goals to progress through.
1 year ago
Lots of depth to this game, but non of it is interesting to me. I'm not engaged when I play it and my mind wonders. Doubt I'll ever play it again, but it's still a substantial game that many seem to enjoy.
1 year ago
Bought this game a few months ago and have been pleasantly surprised. Deep rule set, challenging shots and plenty for a beginner or expert to go for. Takes some time to figure out the best strategy to use as it can be very confusing at first. Game is probably better in home setting on free play then on location, as I could see this game eating your quarters because it is unforgiving. What lacks in art/ cabinet, the gameplay makes up for it. Super jackpot is a very satisfying shot, but I have no [email protected]#$ing clue how you would hit the frog frenzy.
1 year ago
Love this hugely underrated game! I really enjoy the theme and believe that not all will appreciate it like I do. The game is extremely fun and is bolted at my house!
1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Lawlor pins, owning Funhouse and Whirlwind, so the layout of RBION appeals. Plenty of similarities with FH, WW and Adams. It shoots really well and the modes are enjoyable, but I'd never own it. The artwork freaks me out too much haha.
2 years ago
A good whitestar machine
2 years ago
This is one of the only Sterns that feels and plays like a Williams/Bally WPC pin. The game is interesting and fun to play.
2 years ago
"Amazing" game. from Pat Lawler. There is a lot to do in this game and mine is set up pretty tough which is what I like so it's not easy getting through all 7 continents. I like games with modes. This is similar to Addams Family in that you must hit one of two scoops to start an adventure. When you start an adventure you must make the required amount of shots to receive a letter from "RIPLEYS" This game is a lot of fun. 6 Pop bumpers and a magnet under the shrunken head. My knocks on the game are the cabinet art is bland and there are very few mods to purchase to install on the game. I'm not sure why that is but unlock other games out there where there are several toppers to choose from for example I can't find one for this game. A keeper for me!!
2 years ago
Very rare machine in the UK. Plenty of stuff to hit, and shots are different to any other pin. I really like it and its nothing like any of my other pins!
2 years ago
This machine is a blast to play. I picked it up about 5 months ago and we will be keeping it. I'm an average (I wish) player and sometimes find the rule set a bit above what I can keep track of. My wife routinely has the high scores. I am an experienced tech and this is a very easy machine to keep tuned up and playing well.
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