Ghostbusters (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2016)

Ghostbusters (Premium/LE)

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This game received 311 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.216 /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: 7.831

Artwork: 8.652

Sounds/Music: 8.098

Other Aspects: 8.212

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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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4 days ago
Played both the premium and pro a number of times. It looks really cool but I can't seem to get into it. May be I am missing something but it seems repetitive, doesn't seem to have enough shots or there are just too many gimmicky shots. Almost seems like it should have had another ramp or orbit. Seems wide open, yet cluttered and available space is all taken up for the cityscape looks, if that makes sense. Perhaps I need to give it more time, but something is lacking.
On the other hand I would think this machine would do very well in arcades or for someone playing machines in your lineup, it will draw people to it on the looks and theme and games can be short.
9 days ago
Bof bof,
i have played it today and I m' really surprised how cheap the playfield compared to great 90s' pinball. Items are so-so. There is more thing to do on the left side of the playfield. Lot of stuff, but no so much fun. But it s'new and buyer probably think they shall not put their hands under the play field, witch is probably about half of the fun in life.
Friendship to all.
23 days ago
I thought I would love this game because I loved the movie so much and I grew up in a time when it was cool to watch Ghostbusters on VHS and play the soundtrack on cassette. But honestly speaking, I don’t understand the flow of the game or where to make shots. It seems too chaotic to me. And, since every machine I’ve played costs a dollar (which is a lot when your game lasts about two minutes) I couldn’t get into it. I guess I need to stick to simpler machines from the 80’s.
I’m not great with my smartphone so it could just be an age thing. Do love the art and theme though!!!
24 days ago
In my opinion this machine isn't up to par with most of the newer pins available. It felt a little too busy and kind of thrown together for my taste. I was never able to get the flow of the play field down.
28 days ago
Fantastic Game, have owned since new and still have so much to aim for in my personal game play, i don't think i will ever get bored with this game. It is a real fun game !!!
30 days ago
I am surprised how much I liked this game. This is really a fantastic effort with a few flaws out of the box... First, the theme integration into the gameplay and sounds are truly excellent, but wish a few more of the callouts were custom vs. movie clips. Also, didn’t care for the digitzed version of some of the movie tracks (why not just secure the actual rights?) the GB theme song is great though. Make no mistake about it, the wide flippers make this a challenging table, though I love it. I always find it funny when people complain about a game being too hard... you really want to drop 4-8k on a game you can master in a few plays?

There are a few key flaws out of the box, namely airball city, but mods in the left ramp and outlanes significantly improve this (why didnt it come that way?). All in all, after switching up a few platics and putting several hundred plays on this, it has become one of my all time favorites. It is a nice change up from Sterns usual fare, and feels like a pin that should have/could have been made in the 90s.
49 days ago
this is a very fun game but hate the ball drains and wide flippers. but still wouldn't sell it. It is so different that the other stern games made.
55 days ago
Its Ghostbusters! Game is fun to play. I love the artwork and the callouts. The rules are more linear on this one. Lots to do on this one. The game is full of cheap drains, but that just ups the intensity.
83 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.
83 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.
3 months 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!
3 months 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!
3 months 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
3 months ago
A beauty i like to play
3 months 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!
4 months ago
Future classic. The shaker motor is a must on this game, makes a huge difference in the feel of the game.
4 months 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.
5 months 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.
5 months ago
Much better upgrade on he Pro. Magna slings and Subway ramp...way worth it.... TRust Me ...The ModFather
5 months ago
What's not to like... Its Ghostbusters and designed true to the real movie. Sound Looks Plays GREAT!!!
6 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.
6 months ago
I enjoyed the game play, overall a fun machine.
6 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!
6 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.
7 months ago
Overrated wanted to really like GB. Ball drains are often. Poor flow software not up to par.
Cheep look and feel.
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