Rob Zombie's Spookshow International

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This game received 126 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.445 /10


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This game ranks #167 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.859

Artwork: 7.929

Sounds/Music: 7.952

Other Aspects: 7.002

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4 months ago
This game looks simple but it will kick your butt. Sad that so few were made that only a small amount of people will ever get to play one. Love this game and it stands up nicely in my collection.
11 months ago
I'm simply not a fan of spooky pinball their games have silly artwork, poor lighting, and seem poorly made. This game looks out of place everywhere. This game in my opinion is not good and down the road will be one of those games worth about 2000
12 months ago
My first new machine. Really needs to be dialed in though. Needs adjusting and a few fixes. Plays fast, lots of kickers. Very busy game, lots to do. Has a switch problem were the ball gets stuck. Poor switch selection. Pinball life has replacement for correct one. The sling shot rubbers are to small they broke. Now have v24 software installed. Really helped polish out the game play. Also added some strip light LEDs. Swapped a few of the red LEDs for white ones. Sure helped on the lighting, problems. Really turned out to be a decent game. 7 balls at once. Will keep you busy.
1 year ago
I rated this game rather highly. I bought mine having only played it on location twice, months in the past, with the sound very almost muted. I gambled that I would like it. Before buying the game I liked 3 Rob Zombie songs, and two of those I hadn't listened to since HS.

This all said the game is an interesting piece. Build quality is like a boutique car. There are things that are incredibly high quality and well made, and design features that make you scratch your head. For example, the clear coat, powdercoating on the hardware, and backglass (surprisingly heavy) are miles beyond anything stern does. Other things like how the apron is assembled, really make you wonder what they were thinking.

Now the game itself is unique. It is an adult theme, it needs to be played in adult mode. Yes, the display is a little muddy but when comparing it to a stern of the same time period a color dmd beats an led dmd. The swearing, nudity, and sarcastic nature of some of the callouts is great. This is the kind of game you play with your buddies over a few beers, not with the kids.

Code has enough depth to give you plenty to do. Modes are interesting due to several requiring you not hit certain things or fail the mode. The shot layout is not typical, but the game is also fairly forgiving. I don't find that the numerous slings or pops send balls sdtm. It does not feel like balls unfairly find their way to the outlanes. Make a bad shot and chances are you get punished, but it doesn't feel like you are getting hosed by design.
1 year ago
I’m a big Spooky pinball fan. But I’m not a big Rob Zombie fan. So there was some room for me to like this game more than I did. The game design is okay and the rule set has some decent things going on. But overall this game is thin and kind of a bore. Like Zombie’s movies (except Halloween)
1 year 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.
1 year 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. Play code version 23 or beyond.... whole different world
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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
1 year 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.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
This game can only be appreciated in the home environment on adult settings. Updated codes are making it better and better.
2 years ago
I enjoy the game.
The dirty language mode makes it funner with the theme.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Frankly, it is a perfectly realized vision for the theme. Who doesn't like original art?!?!?!?!
2 years 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 !!
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Played this at FlipOut in Vancouver. Really enjoyed it. Different playfield layout. Kudos to Spooky for keeping it weird!
2 years 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
2 years 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.
2 years 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
2 years 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.
2 years 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
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