Rob Zombie's Spookshow International (Spooky Pinball, 2016)

Rob Zombie's Spookshow International

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This game received 119 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.662 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #112 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.027

Artwork: 8.202

Sounds/Music: 8.175

Other Aspects: 7.254

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71 days ago
Art is good, game is bad.
Boring ruleset and the dmd looks muddy.
I guess if you like Rob Zombie it can fit in a larger collection.
76 days ago
Played the game at a few shows and saw it as something unique and different and already had the hats off to Spooky for building a licensed game that could hang with a Stern. The third time it really grew on me as I got some extended time and started to get into the rule set. Fourth time was the charm - quiet room on adult settings - knew I must own one. Artwork is excellent. Sounds are great if u are a Zombie fan. Shots are plentiful. Upper Playfield is lame until you figure out how to set it up proper - thank pinside! Game is DARK so additional lighting is a must.
4 months ago
Just got to play this a few times, at a bar which also had an Alien, an IMDN, a Batman 66, etc., and I was surprised to discover that this was the most fun pin to play. Hard to say why, it seemed relatively modest in its approach and layout, but it just had a tremendously high fun factor.
6 months ago
This game is fun. Keeps me coming back, not sure why their is so much hate for it. Definitely better than lots rated higher than it. This is a top game..........try it, you will like it. Best rock themed pin so far........not the same old layout either, this one is better.
6 months ago
Great horror pin, a bit dark for me at times, played solid , it didn't seem that fun, just okay, I walked away after 3rd game , i didn't feel the need to play it again...okay game , not a keeper, jus me
9 months ago
Everyone should have a guilty pleasure, even in the pinball world. This one is mine. Love the artwork, and the adult-themed commentary in this machine. It is definitely a machine that will frustrate, if you hate a hard-draining game. The advantage of owning it would be that you just push the button, and go again. But I wouldn't imagine this would be a big earner, on location.

Issues: Needs more song variety. I am a Zombie fan, so I wanted more music!!! The biggest fail on this machine, for me, was the screen. No matter which setting I use, it feels fuzzy, and illegible.

Positives: The toys are well done, and the dark theme holds up. Only toy exception is the LDG front panel. Saw a nice mod here on Pinside, and may have to pick it up.

Love having a dark pin just for me! Spooky really seems to have their own path, and I do like it.
11 months ago
Did not like this game at all with its early code. Played with the latest code many times and what a difference. I have considered owning this game now. The best way to describe fast, fun but brutal. Not a fan of the dark play field but that is personal.
11 months ago
This game can only be appreciated in the home environment on adult settings. Updated codes are making it better and better.
1 year ago
Why rate my own game? Why not?! Ok... here's reality. When I laid out a game this different I KNEW it would be judged harshly. People that like "fan layouts" aren't going to get what this was meant to be... or maybe they will and just don't care for that. THAT'S FINE! The game is harsh and brutal and the absolute best game we could make on our second release. It has a ton of quality upgrades from AMH, and easy to forget now but was THE FIRST "COLOR DMD" style game to hit production. We also didn't raise the price a dime for it or the license and kept it under $6,000. We're still proud of it, and if you haven't played it with the finished code then I think you might have missed out on what this game became. It was a blast to make, Rob was awesome to work with, and I'm glad we at least tried something different.
1 year ago
Frankly, it is a perfectly realized vision for the theme. Who doesn't like original art?!?!?!?!
1 year ago
I have a LE edition. Amazing art work. The back glass is real cool. The mods are challenging. Hard as hell. Add a ball is so cool. Multiball is so fun. Hit 1000 corpses right out of the box and since then not once. Music is good. The bass is amazing. Color DMD is so nice. Video mode is fun. Visually a beautiful game. The game play is really fast. I'm mean fast. A real challenge to keep up with multiball. Quite the workout. Overall I am very happy with the game.
I Played the early software version when released It was kinda disappointing But after but after software updates it is a totally different game now !!
I recommend this game !! WOW !!
1 year ago
Nice looking game, lovely proper backglass, beautiful powder coating, awesome sounds.

As for gameplay, not a fan of low scoring games and the code/rules just aren't fun. Too many multiballs, not enough stacking.

Display is a bit too low resolution.

A decent game , maybe more fun with a group of 4 players, than just single player.
1 year ago
I like Rob zombie I think it has great sounds and music, good artwork, and it plays good. But, what I don't like about the game is you can play the same modes over and over so there is not point in playing different modes just play the easy one over and over I would like once you finish a mode you can't play it again.
1 year ago
Played this at FlipOut in Vancouver. Really enjoyed it. Different playfield layout. Kudos to Spooky for keeping it weird!
1 year ago
This game gets a bad wrap. A refreshing layout that breaks away from the cookie cutter Stern models. Great music and you can't beat the artwork on this machine. The feel is like a super fast 80s Williams beefed up. The games go really quick and to me that's a plus. Lots of wonderful anatomical animations. My only complaints is the captain Spaulding area is under utilized and the robot building is unfinished. I'm still learning this one and based on v21 code
1 year ago
Meh. So we have an R-rated pinball machine; unlike Lebowski, where the cussing makes some kind of elegant tie-in to what's going on in the pinball game, this is just kind of thrown out there. The machine I played on was full of bugs, throwing balls out and swallowing them, and the playfield seemed really unbalanced. Even getting into a couple of multiballs, I didn't feel that sense of either discovery or anticipation, and hitting jackpots was strangely underplayed. I don't like the feel of the flippers, either, which feel like they're toys. The bugs in the software and bad STDM throws turned me off soon enough, though, and I doubt seriously there's much in the theme to draw me back in given the poor overall gameplay. But, it's still better than Domino's.
1 year ago
I spent $6750 for the biggest piece of crap out there. If I had played it first I would have never purchase at all.

The lighting sucks, the middle of the playfield is empty, none of the figures move hardly at all, it just repeats the same crap over & over. Game looks cool as hell but sucks to play! Cabinet & artwork are cool but would look even better IF YOU COULD SEE THEM. Plus this machine has kinks. One of my gutter pins is screwed up. The soundbox has static in it. When it sits there it makes static & hums. Captain Spalding doesn't work correctly in the back. & the ball gets stuck in the back so I have to turn it off & lift the playfield to retrieve it.

I have owned this game less than a week & don't want to even play the thing! This machine is a Lemon! I feel like they should be recalled & they fix the issues & add some lighting & gimmicks that actually work.

STAY AWAY FROM THIS GAME. Only reason I purchased was my love for Rob Zombie music. I wonder what he would say when I see him next time that his machine just flat out sucks! I paid $1000 for a lifetime ticket to see any of his shows & know him personally.(funding for his movie 31) I am actually afraid to tell him because I think he would tell me where to go. But on the other hand he needs to know.
Respectfully Junk-Man
1 year ago
My favorite type of machine, brutal, fast and hard to stop playing just one more game. Insanely fun to play at home when you can play as many times as you want. Still has some very RARE game ruining bugs to be worked out for pay to play (Expect an occasional complaint on location). The scoring and code completion is not quite tournament ready. But it's a new machine and improvements to the code have been impressive so far. The game rocks and when you put it in adult mode... It's probably the #1 most adult rated pinball machine you've ever played.

Review based on version 20. Will update as new code is released. I implore others to update their reviews based off the major update released on July 2nd 2017.
1 year ago
I've owned this game for over a year and I have to admit, I was disappointed with the code and kind of lost hope on this one . That all changed once the new code dropped July 1st 2017 with (V20)! Still some bugs that need tweaking, but this game is an absolute winner now and a lot of fun. So many of the previous ratings were on incomplete code(and unfinished game) and I'm betting those that sold will be very regretful from this date on. This is a different game now and this one is well on its way to being special. I'm back having fun playing my game after it had been sitting so long. Be forewarned, in adult mode this one naughty in a very good way. Animations will leave your eyes open and jaw dropped. This game could use better lighting. If you play in the dark, you'll need to add spotlights
1 year ago
Game is fast and brutal. A great theme that could have been made so much better. Machine feels empty and lacking though.

The DMD.... oh my god.... the DMD. Garbage. For a boutique game, with a colour dmd, its horrible. Its chunky and underwhelming. Seems like an afterthought and makes the game look cheap.
1 year ago
I didn't like this game at first. Looking at it, the bottom looks bare. That's until those extra kickers star messing with you. There's plenty of speed. The music, sound and video modes are cool. The upper playfield is interesting, because it's wonderfully unpredictable.

This was a pay to play machine at Chicago Street Pinball (Joliet Illinois), and I played once or twice the first time. Last time, I sunk in 10 bucks. The "yeah yeah yeah" sound effect cracks me up. I also love the "low score of the day" initials.
1 year ago
I have enough "fan layout" pins, and I wanted something different. This is! With the code 99.9% complete, this game delivers brutal play, fun modes, and lots of them. Vulgar animations, bewbs, and the best taunts in pinball. "Put your name up and go f*ck yourself".
I absolutely LOVE IT. Great sound, reliability is on par with everyone else, and in some ways, better (pf clearcoat). Thanks Spooky for REALLY shaking up pinball.
1 year ago
I really thought I'd like this one lot more than I did. It is dark, some of the shots are cool, some are not all that much fun, the upper playfield is lame, the toys don't interact much. Sure looks great (what I can see of it), tho...
1 year ago
I describe this game as "Black Hole on steroids" and I think that's apt. Some people won't like the random gameplay .. especially those players who can't control their shots. Miss your shots in this game, and you'll get punished. Control your shots, and you can explore some innovative (and non cookie cutter) modes and multiballs.
1 year ago
Unfortunately, this game is another example of why potential buyers should wait to buy games instead of preordering titles out of hype. People are having to learn the hard way, and I don't care to try an educate anymore. Perhaps this objective review will save someone some pain, if money and have fun with pinball matters.

Other than the art package for the backglass and cabinet, shot layout, average ruleset, and general music quality the game is well below average in comparison to most of the BLY/WMS games of the 90s in terms of layout, rules, and features. Just pick any game from 1990-1998. They are all light years ahead, yet all were made more than 20 years ago. The lighting is especially terrible. Even most modern Stern games overperform this title. New collectors are slowly starting to "see the light of pinball God" but not without wasting anywhere from $7000-10,000 first in folly.

They are up for sale often now for a reason, even though some owners are trying to recover some of the loss.
Plenty of pinball price speculators bought them, and still have this title still sitting in a box.
The price just keeps on dropping, and I and other experienced collectors keep on laughing.
This was not the "next Big Bang Bar".

Skip it, avoid the fanboy reviews here trying to defend their ego and purchase.
There are literally hundreds of games both EM and SS starting from the 1960s that have better quality than this title.
"New" is not "better".
Spooky needs to seriously step up their abilities for future titles.
All their games look like they were designed in people's basements.
AMH was a good (albeit very slow) start.
RZ, Dominoes, and The Jetsons are just barebones games passing through as even used games overtake their efforts. They do not look commercially viable as a product. They need a get a serious hit title very soon if they want to remain in the manufacturing business more than another 2-5 years.

Keep in mind, I like Rob Zombie and listened to his albums when half the people here on this website were in elementary school.

PinSide moderator staff must have drinking heavily and listening to White Zombie when they rated this game.
Either that or they were paid by Charlie to shill the game.
Maybe they wanted to $#%@ a chicken with their dildo bonus?
Living dead girl is right.
The game did not "rise" to the occasion in this case.
Captain Spaulding should be ashamed and get out his Viagra, or scare some new pinball owners out of buying the game.
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