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Rob Zombie's Spookshow International

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This game received 132 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.510 /10


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This game ranks #165 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.908

Artwork: 8.009

Sounds/Music: 8.048

Other Aspects: 7.095

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60 days ago
Awesome sound system. Fun game. Super fast play. Love it.
62 days ago
I’ve been intrigued by the Rob Zombie pin for quite some time. It seems to be very polarizing. In other words, some people seem to love it and some people seem to hate it. I was fortunately able to finally spend some time on the pin and form my own opinion.

First off, I think your enjoyment of the pin will depend heavily on whether you are a Rob Zombie fan. I think the theme integration is great and they took it to the extreme in, my opinion, a good way. For example, the profanity laced call outs are some of the best ever, but they may not be for everyone.

I’ve heard so much debate about the layout. It’s not a traditional layout, but I think that’s a big plus. Why is something different undesirable? It’s a layout that certainly works. It’s a tough shooter, but not so tough to be frustrating. For example, you need to hit the left orbit to start a mode. It’s a tight shot. However, I was pleasantly surprised how easy and often I was able to hit it. I didn’t hit it every time, but I did so on a consistent basis. I found the right orbit to be the more difficult shot, but I also always have a hard time with right orbits.

The modes are tons of fun and the music and sound rocks. The lighting is dark, but it fits the theme and looks cool. Why does every pin have to be brightly lit? There a lot of slings creating chaos, but I never thought they were unfair or resulted in SDTM drains. Lastly, the art is great. I think the cabinet art is some of the best. Really really detailed and cool. If I had to really rip on it for something, I do agree with the criticism that the DMD is muddled. It’s definitely lacking.

In conclusion, I loved playing the pin. It’s not perfect or the greatest pin ever, but it’s way better than a lot of people give it credit for. For me, I definitely wanted to push the start button one more time. I hope over time it generates a bit more respect.
75 days ago
This is a very rare machine and also quite polarizing. I enjoy some rob zombie music, so I am more keen on it than most...but I will be the first to admit that I have played it on 2 different machines and came away with very different perceptions. It absolutely needs some fine tuning to be enjoyable.
3 months ago
This machine is all over the place. A dream theme for me. My biggest issue is the DMD and the toys. The DMD looks straight out of an early 90ies video game. Terrible. The toys are even worse. They look pathetic. So cheap. Day/Night difference to the quality Medisinyl provides with their mods. Also a shame Spooky and Fawzma don't care about the game and don't provide the final code the machines deserves.

Other than that, a fun machine. I grossly overpaid for it at roughly 7k, but not many have made it over to europe and i will keep it. Translite is great, the callouts are fantastic and probably the best in pinball. Shots are fun, it's fast and nasty. Just could have been much better.
6 months ago
Very underrated game. Difficult and very unique layout and is a total ass kicking game.will definitely drain quick if you are not paying attention. I was pleasantly surprised of this game.if I'm ever lucky to get one.pinstadium will have too be a day mod
9 months ago
After finally being able to play this game I love it! I like Rob Zombie's music but am not a super fan and I do enjoy watching his terrible movies! The rules are deep enough for me and this game is rather difficult. Definitely not a traditional or a flow game. That's the main thing I like about it. Definitely play it if you get a chance. I did and ended up buying it.
9 months ago
This is my firts NIB machine, so I might be a litle “colured” in my raiting. After updating to code 24, this machine is just awesome - it will blow you away, settings in adult, makes it hard ti concentrade on the game. This is not my last machine from spooky.
1 year 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.
1 year 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
1 year 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)
2 years 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.
2 years 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
2 years 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.
2 years 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
2 years 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.
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