Road Show (Williams, 1994)

Road Show

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This game received 446 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.950 /10

7.95

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #52 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.207

Artwork: 7.804

Sounds/Music: 7.41

Other Aspects: 7.973



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7.976/10
26 days ago
A great mid 90s wide-body game. I love these older games that aren't based on movies, rock bands, or TV shows. It has a lot going on for an older machine. The music, call outs, and art work are great. I don't like the linear play (starts at same place and progresses across the country every game). I do wish you had the option to start any mode or at least I wish the modes were random. Like most wide-body games it is a little slow in game play based on the size of the playfield. That said, I highly recommend this game. Its a lot of fun to play. I have owned it twice and would own it again in a heartbeat.
7.658/10
65 days ago
Lots going on, but theme is a bit hokey for me. Music gets old fast. Overall, a fun, very ambitious game, but suffers from music and linear play
8.036/10
71 days ago
I don't like the contry themed music aside from the music it's a good game
8.100/10
3 months ago
At first I avoided Road Show, because I thought the two puppet heads were a rip off of Funhouse and just really stupid looking and not a good idea. I think the idea works amazing in funhouse, as it fits the theme of that pin and is creepy. And I just don't really think it fits Road Show... But, I was glad that I decided to quit avoiding the pinball machine and give it a chance. As its a great pinball machine. And while I still stand by the fact that the heads are a bit out of place. They actually work really nicely in the layout, and the theme as a whole. What I like about the table is there are plenty of shots, and lots of things to aim for. Lots of different modes, and I really like the whole shooting balls in both Red's and Ted's mouths. Red doesn't like balls in her mouth though. This game has I believe 4 flippers, and it has two plungers. I still don't know what you want to aim for when you do get the second plunger unlocked. But, its fun enough. It has nice callouts, nice dmd animations, nice game modes, and nice multiballs. And the two ramps that it has, are simple enough to hit, but not too easy. Just the right difficulty and I like that. I don't want to get to into the modes, but it does alternate hitting certain areas, or ramps, or even not hitting a certain area. So I feel like they utilized the whole playfield for the game modes, and that's always nice when they do that in a pinball machine. The art while I feel not the best, certainly has a charm to it. The backglass art I feel could have been a bit better, or sexier... But, that is my opinion and I know most will disagree with me on that. The playfield art is nice and tells the story, but really nothing too fancy or special. Just fits the theme and that's about it. The cabinet art is a bit drab as well, but works. I like the animations. I think they are humorous and for the time just as good of quality as any other pin out there. And I think that is what is best about this game is the callouts, dmd animations, and humor. Just a fun game to play. And when you get dialed into it, it has amazing flow. I've had games where I had only like 30 million on the first two balls and then the last ball(counting any extra balls as one as well) I get 300-500 million. Just a quality and fun game.
7.856/10
6 months ago
beautiful timeless game imo. One of the top20 of the 90's. wordt every penny. collecteble pin!!
6.945/10
7 months ago
The first game I ever was able to enter my name into!
9.580/10
7 months ago
There is nothing like Red and Ted talking to you during game play. Getting to Friday with two pay checks and the shaker motor kicking in is something that draws me in to play over and over. This is the game in my collection I really enjoy. I did make mistake of selling it and found myself looking for another one 6 months later.
7.650/10
8 months ago
It's a fun, but strange game. Lots of toys, lots of shots, an insane number of modes (though they don't all feel finished, code wise), and some VERY questionable theme choices. I've gotten used to the music, but I wouldn't say I like it. The rules focus too heavily on the narrow bunker shot, so inexperienced players complain that they bash the bulldozer toy but never get to consistently lock the ball. Addng an option to let the city scoop lock the ball would make some in my family like it a lot more.

Even still, it's family friendly and I personally enjoy the game a lot. Progressing through the modes across the country feels very rewarding, but you have to be in the right mood...
7.568/10
9 months ago
Road show is a very fun widebody pin. Lots of modes to play through and red and red have good humor. There are plenty of shots to make and the modes are all pretty unique. The shaker motor fits the game well and there are lots of shots to make.
4.561/10
10 months ago
Expected much more from this game. The layout is overburdened, and the theme seems wasted. The rules aren't as clear as they should be, and it definitely takes quite a while to get the hang of the game with the amount of ramps and rails this game has. I also don't like the talking heads, they look terrible. Overall I'm not a big Road Show enthusiast.
10.000/10
10 months ago
It's a Lawlor. It's filled to the brim with things to do. It has not one but TWO animatronic talking heads. Shaker motor. Four flippers. Carlene frickin' Carter!

What's not to love?!?
7.798/10
1 year ago
Great fun game. Nice widebody game by Lawlor! He took Funhouse to new level with shaker which really added game fun.

Would defenatelly want one in collection.
7.411/10
1 year ago
The two talking heads are super annoying.
7.374/10
1 year ago
Lots of stuff to shoot at and a unique playfield - I like pins that have their own uniqueness. It is fun too. Lots to figure out. I DO play this every time I go to locations that have it. Still undecided if I would want one to own. Once I learn the rules better, I will likely update my rating.
8.800/10
1 year ago
What a game! If you like Rudy from Fun House, you'll love Red and Ted from Road Show. The only thing that bothers me is the rather lineal gameplay. You always start with the same modes on the East coast and progress westwards. Apart from that: really cool game and the sound really fits the theme.
8.352/10
1 year ago
My user name probably gives away my bias, but there isn't a Lawlor machine I don't love to pieces. This despite the fact that as a rule, in non-Lawlor-land, I prefer machines with more open play fields and where everything is visible. Road Show, if I can commit apostasy here, is even better than TZ or TAF -- because it's got an original theme, albeit a strange tale of a cross-country construction crew -- and isn't a licensed game, I feel like the odd modes and hidden souvenirs and easter eggs all point to a hilarious unspecified story of some sort. There's no upper playfield or captive ball or magnet, but it's got a little bit of everything else, and the playing regions of this machine are varied. I just haven't gotten bored in the nearly quarter century since it came out (though I have never owned one, I'll sit and play anything on location until the cows [MOOO] come home).

The only faults I can find with this game have to do with mechanical quirks. It seems like very machine I've played has had something - a kickout that went close to STDM, a curve to the outlane, a balky kickout from Bob's Bunker. An idealized perfectly-tuned machine would be amazing. As far as the rules set, I'd be happier if modes could overlap, but for a linear-progression to wizard mode game, it's just fabulous and pretty well balanced.
9.380/10
1 year ago
One the best pin!!! Amazing
10.000/10
1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorites! Never seems to get old. Great multiball and animations. Perfect family game. 4 flippers and lots of ramps make this a true classic. Wide body design packed with shots. Pat Lawlar nailed it with this design.
9.400/10
1 year ago
FUN FUN FUN, great machine
7.412/10
1 year ago
There are some creepy elements to this game and it often feels "cheap" build wise but it still has some cool features. Gameplay is very start and stop with precise shots needed to really score the big points. The use of primary colors contributes to it cheap look and it is not really an eye catching machine.
7.800/10
1 year ago
Although some of the voices and images are a bit racist, it is very fun game. I cringe every time I hear the cab driver though.
6.512/10
1 year ago
its a good pinball butt i hate the original music...i sold a year ago because i hated the music after a wile...
9.068/10
1 year ago
ROAD SHOW is an under-appreciated game. Amazing layout. NO WASTED SPACE. Lots of satisfying shots. Fun, creative code. Lots to do. Really, the only flaws are the terrible theme and the fact that the talking heads are copycat from Funhouse. This game is a great one for any true pinball fan.
7.091/10
1 year ago
Really like this game.
Red and Ted work great together, its a lot of fun.
7.932/10
1 year ago
A fun early modern game. It's nice to play pinball with original themes. Red and Ted's call outs get a little repetitive.
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