Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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This game received 364 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.977 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #69 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.223

Artwork: 7.633

Sounds/Music: 7.395

Other Aspects: 8.131

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39 days 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.
43 days 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.
3 months 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 f@#$ing clue how you would hit the frog frenzy.
5 months 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.
7 months ago
A good whitestar machine
7 months 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.
8 months 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!!
10 months 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!
11 months 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.
1 year ago
Way over rated.

A lot like funhouse. Clunky. Zero smoothness. Clunky. Clunky.

Was expecting more. Got very little.
1 year ago
Fantastic machine!! One of the few machines that ropped me in immediately! Very deep with tough shots. Got BM 66 two weeks before I got this. Have barely touched BM 66 since.
1 year ago
This pin has a lot of people who believe that it is one of PLD's best, I'm not one of them. Compared to his other work this pin is just not at the level of his other designs. It seems too compact and tight, over-stuffed. Possibly if it was a wide body the layout would be better/more spacious. The modes are not that interesting and the game audio is just too repetitive.

This game has somewhat of a strong support base from many of pinball players...I tried, its just not for me
1 year ago
I've had this game for a few months now and enjoy playing the game a lot. I think it offers a lot of bang for the buck as this game can be picked up for less than 4k. The theme is obviously bizarre but the sounds and callouts are paired quite well with the theme. It's a cool game and a family friendly machine. Fits well in any size collection from a single pin to larger collections.
1 year ago
I finally got to play Ripley’s at Pinfest 2019 in Newcastle, NSW and it didn’t disappoint. The machine has shots all over the table and the rules tie in beautifully with the theme. I’d love to spend some more time with this one to gain a deeper appreciation for its true depth.
1 year ago
I guess the nicest thing I can say about this game is how much it reminds me of other Lawlor games. Whirlwind: skill shot, upper right flipper shot, lower outhole. The TAF reference: "it's not plugged in yet mon." The mode-select shot reminiscent of the mirror in Funhouse. The one innovation I like is where the magnet grabs the ball, lets go long enough to let the ball drift downward. Then pulses again to fling it back up to start the monkey mode or whatever that is up there. On the downside, it feels like those old Stern and Gottlieb games always seemed *way* too forgiving. I put in a couple of quarters and 12 replays later I had had enough.
1 year ago
Great game. Fun shooter. The close up scoop shot is difficult for me. Thank goodness there is the vari-target.
1 year ago
Very nice lawlor game that you just don't see too often. It has tons of toys/gimmicks and the shrunken head gives it a definitive creepy feel. The rules can be a bit if a curveball to understand, but it has all the checknarks for a good home use pin.
1 year ago
Fun game with some challenging shots. Keeps a good pace and has diverse objectives.
1 year ago
I like this game, I don't love it. It reminds me a lot of games like "Twilight Zone" and Williams' version of "Indiana Jones". The ruleset is nice and deep and the game plays well enough with rewarding shots and a ramp which leads to an upper playfield. The issue is that it feels a bit crowded. There's not much to do on the left side because so much room is taken up by ramps and bumpers and an upper playfield "temple". The audio has some dude (I assume it's Ripley) who just says random things like "You're spelling my name" or "Boy...Africa is really weird..." while the rest of the audio is somebody trying to say things in a Jamaican accent that's so bad, you can tell they're not really Jamaican. Neat game with a wonderful light show but the game doesn't really do much for me.
1 year ago
This pin has it all!
1 year ago
This game is decent, but I feel like I should be playing Twilight Zone instead whenever I give it a go. It is fun but it's not a theme that draws me in; at least Twilight Zone has a cool vintage vibe to it. All of that said, it's definitely a game worth trying if you haven't - theme matters more to me than a lot of players it seems, and this game is still fun despite it not matching up to TZ.
1 year ago
Great underrated game (even though it’s in the top 100). Pretty straight fwd rules. Great multiball animation.
2 years ago
A must have! I believe RBION will continue to appreciate in value.
2 years ago
My son and I love this game, when you can find one that is working of course, love the variety although a bit confusing at first, love the callouts. It is a game that I would consider buying if in excellent condition for a good price, a pin that will have lots of lastability I'm sure. One of Stern's best alongside LOTR.
2 years ago
I bought this game new in the box in 2005. I played it a lot the first couple years, then fadded away. I started playing it again about 16 months ago and have a whole new appriciation for the game. I really enjoy this games play, theme, sounds, lighting, and quotes. I did update the playfield lighting to LED's which really helped the game to Pop in terms of lighting affects. Lots of fun shots and long game play possible with some lucky ball bounces, overall a keeper for many years to come.
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