The Machine: Bride of Pinbot pinball machine was designed by Python Anghelo and John Trudeau (Dr. Flash), and released by Williams. It is the second game in the Pin*Bot series, and is the last game produced by Williams to use a segmented score display rather than a dot-matrix screen.
The primary plot of The Machine revolves around the eponymous female robot that makes up the majority of the playfield. The robot begins the game in a semi-completed state, requiring the player to activate her voice circuits and her eyes, then cause her to metamorphose into a human female. Each of these events occurs as the player makes shots up the left ramp to lock balls, and once metamorphosis occurs, a two-ball multiball mode begins. The Machine reverts to an incomplete robot when multiball ends.
The left ramp feeds into two areas: A pachinko-style raised playfield similar to the one in Pin*Bot, which can drop the ball either back onto the main playfield or into the shooter lane; and an enclosed area containing a rotating box with The Machine’s various facial states on each side. The box contains raised guides and holes depending on which face is showing. Beside the left ramp is a saucer containing the Small Wheel. In single-ball mode, shooting this saucer awards a random Small Wheel award, which includes lighting a timed jackpot. In multiball, the player must lock both balls to spin the Big Wheel, which awards larger random prizes including a shot worth one billion points. (Scoring this shot at least once causes the player’s score to be recorded in a special “Billionaire Club” high score list, separate from the main high score table.)
Once her voice circuits are activated, The Machine provides spoken feedback to the player on his or her shots. The Machine’s voice is provided by Chicago-based singer Stephanie Rogers.
Flippers (2), Pop bumpers (3), Slingshot in the pop bumper area, Ramps (2), Spinning target (1), 2-ball Multiball. Upper level bagatelle mini-playfield. Plunger lane has elevated skill shot to drop ball to a kicker which kicks the ball into the pop bumper area. The woman’s head in the upper playfield rotates to show different faces.
Heartbeat Ramp (the center ramp) is a dual-path ramp which diverts the ball either to the right inlane or to the plunger lane, depending on the ball’s path in the mini-playfield.