Pinball: Elvira and the Party Monsters
Elvira and the Party Monsters is a 1989 Williams Electronics pinball (released under the Bally label), designed by Dennis Nordman and Jim Patla, with art by Greg Freres.As the title indicates, this Licensed Pinball Table features Elvira, Mistress of the Dark hosting a rockin' party for an assortment of ghouls, ghosts, and monsters. There's pizza to eat, punch to drink, a sizzling barbecue, dead heads to wake, dancing boogie men, and a monster water slide to ride. Of course, with Elvira around, there's also plenty of innuendo and suggestive humor to make the party really memorable.A video adaptation of the pinball was included in the game Pinball Jam for the Atari Lynx, along with an adaptation of Police Force. A digital version of the game is available as part of FarSight Studios' The Pinball Arcade collection.In 1996, the sequel Scared Stiff was released.
This pinball demonstrates the following tropes:
- Adjustable Censorship: Arcade operators could configure the game to remove the saucier voice clips. In addition, the pinball included a "modesty decal" to cover up the Gag Boobs on the backglass.
- Alien Lunch: Pizza toppings include head cheese, eye of newt, and lizard tongue.
- Anti-Frustration Feature: If you score poorly on the first two balls, the Extra Ball light will be activated at the start of the third ball.
- As Herself
- Autobots, Rock Out!: The regular game music is bouncy if unspectacular, but multiball starts a full-blown rock show (with synchronized playfield lights) that goes Up to Eleven if you score the Jackpot.
- Alternately, spell ELVIRA and make the three million shot for "Elvira's Theme," a twenty-second lightshow extravaganza.
- Back from the Dead: The Dead Heads.
- Bland-Name Product: "Gravestone Pizza" could be seen as this for the Real Life Tombstone Pizza company.
- The Cameo: Assorted monsters and creatures seen in the game include:
- Celebrity Star
- Creator Cameo: On the backglass, Dennis Nordman is the Wolfman, while Jim Patla is Dracula.
- Development Gag: The slingshot bumpers and inlane rails are decorated with bones; the broken ones were a reference to a motorcycle accident Dennis Nordman had during the development of the game.
- Double Entendre: Elvira without double entendres? Is that even possible?Dracula: "Lights! Organ!"(organ music plays)Elvira: "Oooh, nice organ!"
- Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: The skull has eye sockets that light up as balls are locked.
- Licensed Pinball Table
- Monster Mash: The point of the game.
- Our Vampires Are Different: And they grill up some serious burgers.
- Punny Name: Just about everything on the playfield, from "Wake the Dead Heads" to the "Monster Slide".
- Ready for Lovemaking: Elvira adopts such a pose on the cabinet art.
- Rise from Your Grave: The coffins, which have both Elvira ("Chief Kook") and Dracula ("Chief Cook").
- Spelling Bonus: Spelling E-L-V-I-R-A lights a three-million-point shot. The lights carry over from player to player and game to game.
- Vampire Vords: Dracula's dialog, naturally.
- Wolves Always Howl at the Moon: Done when the player starts multiball.Wolfman: "PARTY!" (howwwwwwwwwwwl!)