Road Show

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This game received 489 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.972 /10


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This game ranks #72 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.257

Artwork: 7.796

Sounds/Music: 7.462

Other Aspects: 7.968

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1 year ago
I am a big Pat Lawlor fan so I was curious where his brain was after creating the TwilightZone masterpiece.
I picked up a RS last weekend and it makes an automatic first impression. A wide body full of a ridiculous amount of toys and routes. The game play is slower than TZ and approaches AF in its linear play factor. Here are my pros and cons:
Pros: -The animatronics are amazing. Ted and Red actually add to game play and do not become annoying as others suggest.
- The game play has many shots that are challenging , many modes that are hard to unlock, and the idea of going around the country is cool.
- The actual theme is humorous and it was supposed to be. This is not TZ or Monopoly. Hence the hokey call outs and kitchy music.
- any young players all skip my other games to play this one. Multi age appeal ( they all skip Judge Dredd... )

Cons: - The back glass theme is lacking. All Lawlor games have cool back glass .... except this .
- keeping this monster running can be a challenge. I’m sure this was a route nightmare.
- the music detracts for some, not others . It certainly isn’t a bonus IMO.

The truth is this: I believe this is the absolute best pin you can buy for the money. Period. You simply can’t buy a pin with more routes, modes, toys, shaker, and animatronics and compete with this pin. The theme killed the price point .... not the mechanical nature of the game. You make this same game, rebrand it with better theme and art and it sells for $6K all day long .
1 year ago
Love my roadshow! Lots to do, and a long term keeper. Most all who play it agree
1 year ago
One of the least appreciated Lawlor games, but still an extremely good machine, hampered (in some opinions) by an odd theme of road construction. Personally, I love the theme and this game.

As part of the "Super-Pin" generation at Williams, it's flat-out loaded with stuff. Almost to the point of absurdity. Two talking heads, lots of ramps, it's a wide-body that's overflowing with stuff. For all the hardware, you rarely get to use the 'flying rocks' second plunger. Rules are decent, trying to work across the country from East to West, but does get a bit repetitive as it's always the same sequence and start point.

The thing is, though, I think this is better than a large number of games of the era in many ways. But for some reason the community never really took to it, which at least in 2018 leaves this as a bargain compared to other WPC era games. Maybe it's just overshadowed by other Lawlor games, particularly TZ and TAF, and the comparatively simple linear rules aren't in vogue these days. Or maybe people just really don't like the Country/Western theme and music. Either way, this is a hidden gem that got lost in the shuffle, in the days of excess before Williams started their cost cutting extravaganza.
1 year ago
Such a great pinball and theme. Hugely enjoyable visiting the various states as you cross from East to West coast.
Nice flow with some nice long (and short) shots.
Not only is the multiball enjoyable, but when you get the jackpot, you're entertained with the music of Carlene Carter.
And oh.....did I mention it's a Pat Lawlor game!
2 years ago
Fun when you shoot the ball in Teds Mouth
2 years ago
Normally I'm not a big fan of widebodies, but this is the third game (the others are TZ and STTNG) that feels naturally fast and uses the extra width of the table in a way that ties the whole gameplay together with very good balance and variety. No filler areas or uninspired shots here.
The sound package is good and the two main gimmicks on the playfield, the head of Ted and Red, are guarateed to make you laugh and curse at the same time. This is the way a good pinball table should entertain you !

Only real complaint from me is that those habitrails could have been made a little more attractive or theme-oriented and less intrusive on the playfield through better placement. Nothing major, but those are the things in my book that would separate a good game from a excellent game.

Overall another solid Williams game from a period where they really put out one top title after another.
2 years ago
This game is up there. Not on the same level as Twilight Zone but a great table none the less.
I know people don’t like the linearity of the game, but if you’re a decent player, you won’t be stuck only playing the first few cities. Get better and get to the west coast.
Quite honestly, this game is a top 5 pin for me because it has so many modes, the talking heads are fun and unique, the backglass is nothing special but not bad.
It’s a great Lawlor pin with many of his signature shots and depth.
People just get stuck on the country music and linearity.
Get one while the prices are low, they will go up on this title.
2 years ago
Recently played this for the first time.


I don't get it.
Maybe I just don't like wide bodies.
2 years ago
The game is a lot of fun to play, but I have no interest in the theme. It has TONS of toys/gimmicks, but the talking heads are creepy. I really enjoy the call outs and humor. If it were made today, I would cost $15k+
2 years ago
This game is really fun great shots, what seems like just a huge board for some reason and tons to do with two giant talking heads! What more could you ask for??? . Would easily buy if there was one near me for a good price!!

Having said that I rated the sound category pretty low across the board as I find almost all of it repetitive and annoying. Another annoyance is the fairly linear gameplay... but hey it's an older game and was easy better than most games of the same timeframe.
2 years ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 9 - very high

* Lots of short fun modes to make your way across the country
* 2 talking heads & the banter between them
* Hitting a ball into Red's mouth is a challenge on its own
* Collecting souvenirs adds a great element to the game

* The linear nature of the game. If you do poorly it'll be the same few cities every game
* Maintenance of Ted's head
* Theme isn't popular with non pinball people

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Painting the radio
* Swinks construction shooter plates
* A bomb or Witches hat to cover the flasher on the blast hole

What To Look For When Buying
* Faded cabinet artwork is common
* Make sure eyes on both Red & Ted work as they should
* Wear around the flippers is common
* Yellow plastic ramp isn't broken as it's unobtainable
* Wear on the blast zone, in particular the left side
* Wear on or near the fish below the scoop is common
2 years ago
Fun game with allot to shoot for. I enjoy the theme and the music even though I'm not redneck nor do I like country music. Very under rated pin. So much going on in this game and the flow is really good. Two plungers with each having three skill shots, two heads to beat up, lots of drop targets, and four flippers. What more can you want? To me this is only a knotch or two under my Indiana Jones. If you traded themes this would be rated much better and IJ would be rated lower
2 years ago
Fun playfield layout with lots to do. Great callouts. Very enjoyable
2 years ago
Enjoy this game, some animations/speech are funny (and can be a little racist/stereotypical). Have had it for almost a year and still not sick of playing it.
2 years ago
My sister has this game in her collection and when I visit her a few times a year I play about a dozen games on it. Lots of fun shots and game play. Her machine has updated LED lighting which makes a huge difference in look and play. A real fun game and one worthy of a home collection.
2 years ago
This is one of the greats of its era. The 2 “living” heads and speech are uniques and funny. The roadtrip through the USA is fasinating and hard to bring to an end. There is a lot of good humor in it and nice to play with the whole family. This pin is from the day when pinball ruled the waves again. Solid built quality. Sold it after 15 years to make space.
2 years ago
Love the wide playfield, seems so much bigger than other games, maybe also because its so bright compared to other wide body machines
3 years ago
I always have a blast on this game, always wanted one cause they’re fairly affordable so I bought one.
3 years 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.
3 years 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
3 years ago
I don't like the contry themed music aside from the music it's a good game
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Owned one for six months and had to finally get off the road. I understand it has its fans, but the game is not under appreciated, it is what it is as a time capsule. Lawlor comes through with a good layout and Red and Ted prove two heads are better than one. The biggest setback was the grinding linear nature of the game which got old fast. Probably one of the better widebody superpins of that era, just not a long term keeper for me.
3 years ago
beautiful timeless game imo. One of the top20 of the 90's. wordt every penny. collecteble pin!!
3 years ago
The first game I ever was able to enter my name into!
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