Scared Stiff (Bally, 1996)

Scared Stiff

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This game received 738 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.427 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #21 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.326

Artwork: 8.769

Sounds/Music: 8.073

Other Aspects: 8.423

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53 days ago
Scared Stiff is a great themed, fun pin that features easy to make shots and one of the easiest to achieve "wizard modes" of the era. And therein lies its only flaw: the game is a bit too easy. I am by no means a greatly skilled player, but I got to Monster Multiball (completed the Stiff-O-Meter) on only my fourth game. Spider Mania is more difficult to achieve, but just involves shooting the right ramp followed by the Spider hole over and over again and certainly isn't worth the trouble other than to say you accomplished the feat.

Still this game has great "flow" and is a pleasure to shoot when set up correctly. The callouts are adult-themed but some of the best in pinball history, IMHO. It would be a great pin to have in any collection and certainly is a very "beginner friendly" pin that most people can enjoy regardless of skill level.
53 days ago
Scared Stiff is a home run in every conceivable way. Gorgeous art package, great shots and flow, fun for beginners and pros alike. It has last-ability in a home collection and is is very profitable routed. Proud to own one! If you can find one GET IT.
63 days ago
Another classic Bally: all flow & fun. Amazing callouts from Elvira. Solid DMD animations. And one of the best backglass gimmicks ever created. The task-oriented rules also add some variety to the game and shots. Classic. Here’s hoping Stern can recreate an Elvra 3 that is 75% as good as Scared Stiff.
78 days ago
Fantastic game - a relle Beuty
79 days ago
This and Pinbot are dear to my heart. Sentimental reasons aside it is a fun game for all. Casual and professional both can get down on this machine. No bones about it. Let's put it this way, the thought of losing this machine makes me Scared Stiff.
85 days ago
I love games that incorporate the backbox into the game. Scared Stiff is so much fun and has great audio clips. The shots are fairly easy and the rules are shallow, but it's a great game to come back to time and again.
89 days ago
Scared Stiff is a good game. The call outs are too funny!!!! I enjoy the game. Rating and price are too high
3 months 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!
3 months ago
Loved one
4 months 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!?
4 months 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...
4 months 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.
4 months 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.
5 months ago
I think this table is one of the most fun out there.

Every time I see it, I need to play.
5 months ago
A really fun game visually beautiful definitely a keeper for me
5 months ago
Great pin,but only for beginners, it gets very easy quickly (shots are too large). I like music and sounds of this pin.
6 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!
7 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!
7 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.
8 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.
8 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.
9 months ago
Best call outs in pinball, even superior to family guy.
9 months ago
Fun and unique game that should only be in a large collection as it tends to get old fast.
10 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.
11 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.
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