Funhouse By Williams




Funhouse is a Williams Electronics Pinball game introduced in 1990. It was designed by Pat Lawlor with artwork by John Youssi and features the voice of Ed Boon as Rudy.

Rudy the Dummy is a living ventriloquist dummy and chief proprietor of the titular Funhouse; the player must advance the clock to midnight, which will cause the Funhouse to close and make Rudy fall asleep. When this happens, the player can shoot a ball into Rudy’s mouth to start multiball, panicking Rudy and wreaking havoc all over the board.

Pinball connoisseurs regard Funhouse as an undisputed classic. Rudy offers a level of immersion rarely matched even by modern-day tables, with its main character actually being part of the game itself (instead of just being a voice in the background). Meanwhile, the game proper is simple enough to attract casual players while remaining challenging enough to keep even the best players on their toes. It was this core design from which Pat Lawlor would later build his two biggest hits, The Addams Family and The Twilight Zone.

Technical data:
Manufacturer: Williams Electronics Games, Incorporated, a subsidiary of WMS Ind.,
Incorporated (1985-1999) [Trade Name: Williams]
Date of Manufacture: November, 1990
Common Abbreviations: FH
MPU: Williams WPC (Alpha Numeric)
Type: Solid State Electronic (SS) [?]
Theme: Happiness – Circus/Carnival

Notable Features:
Flippers (3), Pop bumpers (3), Manual plungers (2), Ramp (1), Standup targets(4), 3-bank standup targets (1), Cellar holes (3), Dual right inlanes, 2- or 3-ball Multiball. The ramp has a diverter that guides the ball either to the left inlane or the left outlane for a left plunger skill shot attempt. Upper loop has a “trapdoor” that opens briefly when an upper loop shot is made. A talking head opens mouth when click reaches midnight. Then, the player must shoot a ball into the mouth to earn 1,000,000 points and start ‘Midnight Multiball’.

Toys: A talking head named “Rudy”.
Concept by: Pat Lawlor
Design by: Pat Lawlor, Larry DeMar
Art by: John Youssi
Mechanics by: John Krutsch
Music by: Chris Granner
Sound by: Jon Hey
Software by: Larry DeMar, Brian Eddy
Notes: Ed Boon is the voice of Rudy.