Ghostbusters (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2016)

Ghostbusters (Premium/LE)

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This game received 235 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.340 /10

8.34

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Ghostbusters". The group itself ranks #20 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.025

Artwork: 8.65

Sounds/Music: 8.1

Other Aspects: 8.38



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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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6.282/10
1 hour ago
This is my dream theme from my childhood! The art for this machine is incredible!! The audio is amazing!! But....it'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.
9.416/10
18 days ago
I really love this version so much better. I bought and returned a PRO version of the game after a month because i had the opportunity to play the premium playfield and immediately had buyers remorse. The varied ramps, improved playfield toys and the drop on the right side make a big difference. Dont get me wrong, the PRO version is GREAT, but the Premium / LE is another level all together. IT IS worth the difference in cost for this machine.
4.882/10
19 days ago
Waited so long for my GBLE and after playing it since new finally decided to sell it. Gets morning fast with the linear modes. Code is very weak and there is really nothing to do aside from start modes and chop wood. Sorry Stern you missed the mark on this much anticipated game. Selling mine for a $1000 loss and happy to be out.
9.520/10
24 days ago
Had the game A while now. extremely fun and addictive. Magna slings are great feature. Shots are all good and challenging. Great multiballs and hysteria is amazing. Highly recommend!!
7.953/10
26 days ago
I really, really wanted to like this one, but honestly I just haven't been able to get into it. I find the modes to be a bit confusing, and there seem to be way too many hyper-velocity SDTM drains. I do get the feeling that with enough practice, it will all come together, but I don't really see myself getting over that hump as long as there's something else to play nearby.

On the plus side, the sounds are absolutely amazing, and the theme is highly consistent and fun.
7.756/10
37 days ago
I want to like this game so bad. I love the theme but this thing is a drain monster on 4 different machines I've played in 4 different locations. I cant make sense of the rule set, and it is just frustrating every time I play it. Really unfortunate.
2.043/10
44 days ago
only the magna slings are great
9.200/10
50 days ago
good game
10.000/10
53 days ago
I absolutely love playing GB Prem. It's difficult and challenging. The lights and sounds are top notch! This game does require some tinkering to get it running perfectly, but it really is a fantastic pin!
9.560/10
57 days ago
This is a super fast and fun game with great effects on play-field and audio. It is so much fun!
10.000/10
60 days ago
This game can be so hard but it is so much fun to play over and over again!
3.430/10
62 days ago
Disappointed with my Ghostbusters. I love the theme and I like the art package. The playfield LOOKS cool. I've had the game a while and I've tried my best to dial it in, but it's just a clunker. Always malfunctioning, balls jumping, mechs going bad.. and the game code is just very poorly done. Feels rushed/unfinished. I love the topper though!
5.630/10
65 days ago
I'm not a fan. The outlanes and wide flipper gap make this game almost unplayable. Look at that gap! And not in a good way. I think this machine is very overrated. The theme and art package are great, but the playability greatly diminishes that. I really wanted to like it, even after several plays, but just can't get into the GB love that so many other people have.
7.738/10
66 days ago
Ghostbusters is a classic in the making- if and when the quality control can be locked down.

I'm not savvy with pin repairs- I just wanted to take it out of the box and play.
Unfortunately, with GB, I just couldn't do that.

Needed mods. Needed cliffys. Needed special coil power tuning. It goes on and on- even with the playfield ghosting issues basically resolved.

In the end, the game play was just too brutal for my collection- ended up trading it for a Hobbit which is more to my taste.
8.820/10
71 days ago
Ghostbusters LE is the most difficult game I have in my collection. Art work, sounds and dots are second to none. Playfield has a nice layout. When you have a good ball going, the game is a blast to play. There's other times, where the ball just seems destined to go straight down the middle every time, making the game very aggravating to play.

My biggest complaint with the game is all the protectors that are needed. Air ball protector for the standup targets at the left ramp (I designed my own that works perfectly), hooked on pinball protector for the echo goggles, mezel mods sling shot extended protector to stop the ball from jumping the lanes, and mylar around the pop up targets. The right ramp needs to be lowered to make the shot smoother.

I would not recommend this game in a small collection. In a collection of 7 or more, then it would fit. The brutality of the game makes it seem unfair at times, but when you have a long ball time, it really gets the heart pumping. Definitely keep the tilt very loose on this game.
9.663/10
73 days ago
This game is a masterpiece. The artwork is amazing, fresh, and unique. The rules compliment the layout nicely and are well integrated into the theme. Some people have bashed the layout because of "cheap drains" and being too difficult, but it's the same story as when TWD first came out. After a handful of plays you learn how to anticipate most of that and the cheap drains go from being frustrating to rewarding as you make the saves. Music is top notch, every time i start spook central I get into the groove. Top 10 pin by Trudeau with amazing Zombie Yeti artwork.
5.605/10
75 days ago
Amazing theme, as others say. "Dreame theme". This could have been the next LOTR. Instead the playfield is cluttered, the shots are too tight and airballs are crazy. Such a shame. Wish JJP would have gotten their hands on this license.... it could have been amazeballs.
5.799/10
82 days ago
love the magna slings, hate all of the airballs. I don't think i've ever played a pinball machine ever that has so many airballs, and i've played maybe 5 different machines. Starting same modes as ladder style each game gets old fast. premium/le plays much better than the pro model. artwork and sound is great, too bad it doesn't play as great as it looks.
8.173/10
85 days ago
One of Sterns best. The artwork is excellent (especially on the playfield). There is plenty to do with a wide variety of shots. The audio it terrific with great music, good sound effects, and plenty of call outs. The bad, the game plays poorly it is less refined and clunkier than a Data East. Airballs galore, the ramp feeds to the inlanes are inconsistent and don't flow well. I don't know how one can screw up an orbit but that right orbit rejects the ball frequently with a solid shot going into it. The drop targets are more of a hindrance than a help, especialy during loopin supers. Good game, just wish it played smoother and didn't cheat you out of shots due to the crudeness of its play.
9.380/10
86 days ago
Great Theme! Lots of fun!
9.260/10
87 days ago
It is my favorite recent pinball machine. I love the theme. The game design and colors is beautiful, the led light makes it an amazing attraction. The premium is really fun with the magnetic interaction, the many multiball, the inversion of your pinball.... etc etc. It is a really good game. The only negative is the space between the 2 pinball... i held one and will not sell it. It stays in my collection.
7.350/10
3 months ago
I can't rain on this game too much because I see so many players who love it and seem to really thrive in what to me really seems like a pretty cheap and unrefined game. I also might just be annoyed that a game that costs so much is so thoroughly plastic-y and breaks so often. But in the end my real sense is that this game is beloved only to those who bother to learn its deep ruleset and those who need loads of seizure level LED flashing. It isn't for me. I find that it just feels boring.
9.900/10
3 months ago
My new Desert Island pin!!!
10.000/10
3 months ago
Simply one of sterns best. Gameplay is hard but fun, sound and art are top notch, rules and code are great and still going. Just a special game all around one of the few 'full package' games ever made.
10.000/10
3 months ago
I'm giving this machine a perfect score because it's the most fun I've had playing pinball. John Trudeau did a masterful job designing the layout and shot selection. Such a wide variety of shots! I like the Newton balls in particular, as well as the subway ramp integrated with the physical ball lock, and movable Slimer bash toy. The Magnaslings are a true innovation, work perfectly, and are wonderfully suited for the ghost theme. I'm even beginning to appreciate the Trudeau gap.

I love the round inserts towards the bottom of the playfield showing how many ghosts have been collected. That gives you two things to shoot for: a high score as well as a high number of ghosts. It reminds me of something you might see on an old EM game, which I like.

Zombie Yeti did a beautiful job with the night cityscape art package with hues of rich purples, blues, and pinks. Hand drawn art is part of the heritage of pinball and this machine honors that tradition in a grand way. I think this is the best looking game out there. The light show is superb. And it sounds great as well. The theme integration is exceptionally well done. Ghostbusters is a happy title that will bring a smile to the face of almost anyone.

One criticism that seems to come up regarding this game is that it's challenging. And that's true. As with most modern Sterns the ball moves around very fast. I'm not a strong player and many of my games are short. However that makes obtaining a good score even more satisfying. This game is perfect for home use since after a quick game all you have to do is push the start button again. And again. And again. Lol.

After this masterpiece I can't wait to see what the John Trudeau/Zombie Yeti team does for an encore.
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