Road Show

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


Top 100 ranking

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

Score breakdown

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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3 years 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.
3 years 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...
3 years ago
Road show is a very fun widebody pin. Lots of modes to play through and Red and Ted 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.
3 years 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.
4 years 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.
4 years ago
The two talking heads are super annoying.
4 years 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.
4 years 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.
4 years 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.
4 years ago
One the best pin!!! Amazing
4 years 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.
4 years ago
FUN FUN FUN, great machine
4 years 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.
4 years 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.
4 years 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.
4 years ago
Really like this game.
Red and Ted work great together, its a lot of fun.
4 years 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.
4 years ago
Fun, fun, fun..... for all kind of gamer. Roadshow is a keeper for me and a real winner for the guest. If you can have just one pinball, Roadshow is a good choice.
4 years ago
This game has it all. You get 2 Rudy heads, a wide body, 2 plungers, a shaker motor, awesome ramps, 4 flippers, everything. The theme is not polarizing and will not turn anyone off. I think this game is perfect, definitely my favorite pin.
4 years ago
I don't know how to feel about this game. Decently fun, not great but the creepy doll heads really find a way to kick it down a couple pegs. Theme for me is really just a miss. Gameplay is average
4 years ago
Love this machine! it is a keeper in my collection
4 years ago
I like road show but don't love it. The theme is so so, pretty vanilla which allows it to be added to any game room and great for a family. The call outs and DMD animations can be entertaining and humerous. The widebody aspect allows for the placement of 2 pinmation talking heads of red and ted which add to the fun. The rule set is repetitive. It has a shaker motor that is capable of rattling your house. As a matter of fact, I updated the Game Roms to add the option of turning down the intensity of the shaker motor. That helped tremendously. I've owned my machine for a little while and it is in stellar shape. Not sure how long this one will last in my collection though....I would part with it but doubt that my kids will want me to.
4 years ago
Bought this game knowing nothing about it. Wow what a sleeper! Definitely a keeper for me. Sure the theme is unusual but who cares if the game play is that good.
5 years ago
I played on it a few times on location, and I loved it. It obviously reminded me of Funhouse in many ways, but it's an unique and great design. Difficult, but rewarding, deep ruleset, great sound design, fun theme (another great job by John Youssi)... And it's a sturdy, solid widebody machine: it just feels so nice to play on it.

In conclusion, it's definitely an excellent pinball, and one of my favorite Pat Lawlor's design.
5 years ago
Road Show is just plain fun. Tons of great shots including a great left ramp, through the jets, blast zone combo, which is my favorite combo in pinball.

It gets knocked for the music and linear-like gameplay, but man it's packed with stuff. You've got 2 freakin heads on the play field! Add a bunch of ramps, shaker and a second plunger and road show is packed without ever feeling cramped. They'll never be anything like this made again.

Awesome, bargain pin.
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