Scared Stiff (Bally, 1996)

Scared Stiff

Pinside rating

This game received 741 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.443 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #18 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.351

Artwork: 8.774

Sounds/Music: 8.098

Other Aspects: 8.427

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5 days ago
Stop the Spider!! Its Scared Stiff! Whats not to love?! Everything about this pin rocks! There is nothing like just beating the crap out of that crate until the ball gets through!
10 days ago
Loved one
20 days ago
One of my favorites. OK, the rule set is pretty simple, but the flow is great with very satisfying shots. The humor is THE best of any machine I have ever played. My kids enjoy playing it, while having no idea that the call outs are continuously referring to male genitalia, and oral sex. While I am not necessarily a big fan of Elvira, I think she is perfect for a pinball theme.
22 days ago
Not the deepest pin as far as modes, but it's fun every time I play it. Great pin for beginners or people who don't play much. Some of the best artwork on a pinball machine and it looks even better with LED lighting. I still laugh at some of the call outs and sounds. One of my few gripes is the "Stop the spider!" callout gets kinda old. Who doesn't love Elvira!?
23 days ago
A good pin but overrated imho. The theme does nothing to me so it doesn’t help.
Still, never quite totally understand the “mass historia” for these Elvira branded pinball machines to be honest...
35 days ago
When you take this game and mod it up with side blade art, powder coat the armor, and add a few mods plus a color screen you bring the game into 2018. This game is just so amazing. Its one of the 10 best ever.
36 days ago
The look of the 3 dimentional back glass is amazing. Elvira draws you in. Once you play a few times you realize the spider wheel is important as it can help you make the 6 objectives. The comments are great although not appropriate for children. Each objective is accomplished by 3s which makes it fun to follow as you play. The toys are very unique as wells. Stiffa meter real meaning is questionable. Over all a great game and worthily of high rating.
65 days ago
A really fun game visually beautiful definitely a keeper for me
3 months ago
One of the best games of the era. Beautiful cabinet, one of the best backglasses ever made. Amazing theme integration and toys. I could play this one all day long. Sound/jokes get a little repetitive but that's a small knock on this one. The shots are silky smooth, great layout. This one is on my wishlist for sure!
3 months ago
I ignored this pin for years before I started collecting them. I only saw the theme and the little rubber pencil eraser toys and plastic bones and silly spider backglass. Once again, I was wrong to judge and dismiss this machine. It's deep enough, with 6 main modes and then the spider backglass web to complete, all the while moving up the Stiff-O-Meter! It's kinda trashy, kinda sexy, pretty spooky and odd, and a huge amount of fun. The shots are straightforward and pretty easy, but satisfying, and they allow you to accomplish much even if you are new to the game. The crate is really fun to shoot. When the lights are bright and the color DMD is installed, this game is great looking. Now I understand why these are pretty hard to find and not cheap to own. Can't wait for number 3!
3 months ago
This game is straight up, balls out FUN!

From a rules perspective, it isn't the deepest in a home collection but is so fun for non pinheads and friends really get on with this game. It has some challenge for a season player and the multiballs offer a chance to really stretch out your high score compared to an average player or newer player.

The Monster Multiball is the only real challenge in the game though, but it doesn't matter, hitting it is an incredible rush.
4 months ago
Classic game, classic theme, great art and audio package. Love the risque humour all over. Simple rules and wide ramps can make the game feel a little bit too easy at times and perhaps a little shallow, but the theme more than makes up for that. Completing the spider is actually more fun than beating the stiff-o-meter because the latter is a little to manageable whereas that damn spider takes a while to complete! Good game, but not the very best.
5 months ago
The game is just lots of fun and keeps you coming for more game play. I can see why it’s in the top 20, it not as challenging as some games just lots of fun to play.
6 months ago
Best call outs in pinball, even superior to family guy.
6 months ago
Fun and unique game that should only be in a large collection as it tends to get old fast.
7 months ago
Never could understand the appeal of this one. A drag to play and not so ravishing to look at either. Ah well, there are others who love it.
7 months ago
I love that the backglass was put to work in this game. I also love playing this pin. The sound, art, and shots are all fun. The market price for this used pin says it all. I'm looking forward to the third in this series.
7 months ago
Overrated game. Too expensive for a game that doesn’t have the best code and would get stale.
8 months ago
One of the best games I've ever played. A great theme for fans of horror or cheesy movies. Really just another example of how great Bally/Williams was in the 90's. The spider spinning backglass is simple but a very effective way to add one more level of playing to the game. Multiball is also a lot of fun. Would love to own one if I ever had the capital for it!
8 months ago
The chest seems to be a sdtm drain fest. Game ok, but is not as fun as EATPM. Not sure what to think of the spider roulette game in the backbox. It's fun once or twice, but then it's repetitive.
8 months ago
Perfect pinball. What more is there to say? I call it a ‘Pinball Trainer’ . It gets players used to making shots and completing common pinball objectives. Great fun for newbs and pros alike. I’ve heard it called everything from easy to difficult. Once you are comfortable with the layout, achieving Scared Stiff should be possible.

If you haven’t experienced the Stiff o Meter, you haven’t fully played pinball.
9 months ago
I had this game in my collection for about 3 months and as it looks great, art and good theme the game is boring! so repetitive, I could not wait until I sell it. I am not a good pinball player and got to the wizard mode every time ... the game is ok to have if you have a huge collection of pins and play it once in a while. Way over priced these days and surprised it is not lower on the charts.
9 months ago
One of the best machines for the humor. Flow is pretty good on this machine. I find it too be a little repetive.
9 months ago
Fun but not deep game. I liked the call outs the first 200 times I played. Great theme , good shots, like the ramp shots mostly. Glad I owned one. Sold and do not miss it at all 12 months later
9 months ago
Fun ramps and challenging shots. Scared stiff has all the trappings of a classic pin.
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