Ghostbusters (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2016)

Ghostbusters (Premium/LE)

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This game received 296 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.230 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Ghostbusters". The group itself ranks #29 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.856

Artwork: 8.655

Sounds/Music: 8.061

Other Aspects: 8.238

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Ghostbusters (Premium/LE)".
The other version is: Ghostbusters (Pro) (regular version)

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11 days ago
In my opinion, this is by far Stern's best effort in a decade. I want to own one very badly, but don't think I have the room.
12 days ago
Had for a bit now. Still need to play more so might change but so far so good. Nothing new here- with air ball protectors and properly tweaked, the game is a lot more fun than most people probably see on location. Have an LE and must say the most aesthetically pleasing game in my collection. Wish there were more authentic callouts but music is spot on. Hopefully the new rules will make a bit deeper but think this one may be a keeper.
33 days ago
Owned this pin for about 4 months. In a large collection, 10+ this would be a real winner. Friends and casual players LOVE it. Slimer is quite innovative, lighting is really nice and you can get a high score easily enough, if you can keep the ball alive long enough. Theres the rub, for me anyways. On my highest scoring games, I walk away not really understanding what I did to get the high score. But, when I play STLE, LOTR, ACDC, SM etc, I know exactly what I did to get a high score and that didnt appeal to me. BUT, it really appealed to friends who came over to play. So, if I had a big collection, its a keeper, but I have room for 4, so I replaced it for a MET. Luckily, I sold it to a friend, so I will get the chance to play it again, hopefully after an update!
34 days ago
Artistically, playfield layout, and overall aesthetics, this game is a 10/10. They hit a homerun using the original movie theme, although I wish Ernie Hudson wasn't the only vocal besides the movie clip callouts from other characters.

This game suffers from being brutally hard and frustrating, even more so than the pro. Trudeau really screwed the -- wait, maybe I shouldn't go there -- with this one. Yeh, I get it, wide flipper gaps, but the outlanes are no safer with the stupid Avatar/MET bounce, bounce, death and vertically challenged inlane guides that lead to hop drains. No shot (other than a ramp) is safe, with many successful shots leading to drains or airballs. The right ramp on the premium/LE is BRUTALLY hard. It was shipped from the factory with the wrong post, making the pitch/hairpin turn reject most shots. Even with a shorter post, this shot is brutally tough to make for a skilled player, and MUCH harder than the pro version.

Everyone WANTS to like this game. The hologram, subway ramp, moving slimer, etc. are amazing features. But this game is probably the worst coin taker in 20 years!
38 days ago
Wow. What a disappointment. We don’t get a lot of new pins where I am, so I am always eager to play this when I see it. It’s official. It will never get another dollar for me. In fact, I won’t even play it for free. It’s that little fun. Cheap drains everywhere. Yuck
40 days ago
A beauty i like to play
44 days ago
This is my favorite game of all time. The ruleset is so deep and complex the game just doesn't get old. The shots are good. There are 9 different skill shots. There are 6 distinct playfield shots. The premium is what I own and it is worth the extra money for sure. The quality is so good from the code to the playfield art, its just there. Everything flows and is not repetative at all. This game is a keeper. It will probably never leave my game room. Highly recommended!
58 days ago
Future classic. The shaker motor is a must on this game, makes a huge difference in the feel of the game.
75 days ago
I really like this game. The more I play it the more I like it. The game plays fast and the theme is fun. The space between the flippers is like a blackhole. Mine has the center post mod installed which makes it much better. The premium with the Ecto goggles and the subway make the game way more interesting than the pro, which to me was kind of boring. I haven't had it long so I am still a little excited about it so I may change my ratings after I take it through the paces for a while. Really good looking game that is so far fun to play. I have to say I don't like the new metal back boxes. I miss wood.
84 days ago
I've owned Ghostbusters Premium for about two months, and I’m just now able to fairly evaluate this game. The game arrived with a subway coil/kicker that didn't work. I reported it to Stern, who was willing to talk me through trying to replace it myself, and they did replace the coil, and a node board to be safe, but I'm not pinball savvy and I was concerned it was over my head. Fortunately, the new coil is installled and it works great. Now for the proper review...

This is really a beautiful looking game. Great lighting, beautiful and creative artwork, very original and not photoshopped at all. Game play is fast, and difficult, especially at first. Steep ramps, lots of items on the play field make the game very tricky and you must be precise with shots. Not really for the "casual" players at all. Super wide flipper gap, plus bouncy balls and air balls make adding mods and guards a must. Feels like they really could have polished this game up a bit, and it may have been top 10. As it is, you must be patient, make adjustments, and get it working the way it should, frankly, out of the box.

I followed all the recommendations here about mods, and now I can appreciate the game Ghostbusters was intended to be. This is a really fun game. Some games are intuitive, others you need to understand the rules to really enjoy it. This game I enjoyed so much more after I read the rules and goals. Now I understand why it’s important to hit things in order, pay attention to the screen and call outs, and especially watch the playfield for arrows and other signals. The game guides you as you go, once you know what to look and listen for. After a couple days of playing my Premium after mods were installed, I scored over a billion, a good score for me.

This game requires mods, tweaks, patience, and time. Once you get it right, and get into the deep rules, it’s creative, complex and really immersive! Great game. REALLY glad I didn’t give up on it.
87 days ago
Much better upgrade on he Pro. Magna slings and Subway ramp...way worth it.... TRust Me ...The ModFather
88 days ago
What's not to like... Its Ghostbusters and designed true to the real movie. Sound Looks Plays GREAT!!!
3 months ago
This game is really a masterpiece. I made a few small tweaks so the right ramp is now a consistent shot. Hopefully there will be a code release soon to complete wizard modes. I really can't understand a bad review on this game unless you haven't played it enough or you're a new player.
4 months ago
I enjoyed the game play, overall a fun machine.
4 months ago
I have a feeling it's going to be a long time until we see another stern with a playfield this loaded, a original layout, and fantastic art not to mention a dream theam for most. This is a great game, I love the unusual nature of the magma slings, lots to do on this one!
4 months ago
This pin is a treasure. I love the hologram, the steep ramps, everything. Cool back-story too, with the 'Trudeau Gap' and such. I knocked off one notch on 'bash toys' due to the fact that the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man doesn't feature more prominently in this one. Hard to argue with Slimer though.

The last DMD game from Stern. Remember this one.
5 months ago
Overrated wanted to really like GB. Ball drains are often. Poor flow software not up to par.
Cheep look and feel.
5 months ago
Great Pin
5 months ago
Dream theme for many, including myself. Stern could have simply built ghostbusters on a metallica layout and this would have been a top 10 machine. Instead, they felt the need to try to get cute/fancy. Huge flipper gap, droopy flippers, right ramp that typically can't be hit, issues with Slimer, etc.
So, rate it extremely low then, right? Wrong. This is a fantastic pin once you take the time to adjust it to your personal likings. The sounds, light show, and flow are really good.
I can completely appreciate some not liking this game when playing on route. However, in a home environment, spend the time to lock it in and I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as we do.
Besides, busting makes me feel good!
6 months ago
this is an interesting one, it is beautiful, but i think it nails the theme 100% .

but the Prem/le has a few design flaws in comparison to the pro
-center ramp to hard to hit and frustrating
-side ramp even harder
-slimer can be frustrating
-overall less fun than the pro
6 months ago
This game can be brutal to the novice player. With a little flipper and shot control it can be a really fun, fast paced game. The artwork is fantastic and the theme oozes. Fun little toys like slimer, the NYC subway, and the Scoleri brothers really deliver.
6 months ago
Very pretty machine with an AWESOME lightshow. Dots are cool and callouts are done well. Music is fine. Toys were real nice. Not a fan of the magna slings, primarily, the fact that they don't always seem to be on. Some hits to the slings will activate them, and other times, they don't. Maybe the switch wasn't gapped right. Or maybe they are not activated during a mode. Hard to tell. Ball likes to jump around a lot, sometimes right over the flippers. Right ramp is a PITA to get the ball all the way up, it seems to loose a lot of energy making that tight turn. Left orbit is real tight but make able. Left outlane was a gobbler, much worse than the right. Rules: seems like there is a lot to do but the wide flipper gap will probably keep many from seeing it.
7 months ago
The manga slings were an interesting homie, but are inferior to traditional slings. This will long term hurt this game. As with the pro, tight shots kill flow and the game feels like a brick fest. The rules still need work as of May of 2017.

On the plus side, the theme is amazing and the artwork is amazing.
7 months ago
Ok...I just got this machine but I have been playing a pro for the last few months and I have really enjoyed it. I never really felt robbed with a SDTM or outlane just challenges me to play better. It doesn't have the flow of a Richie game but it does move fast. I am still learning the game but I love to play it so there is that. I'm sure I'll update this as I play more.
7 months ago
This is my dream theme from my childhood! The art for this machine is incredible!! The audio is amazing!!'s just not fun! I have tried so hard to love this machine!! I still play it thinking, maybe this time I'll change my mind.
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