Indiana Jones (Stern, 2008)

Indiana Jones

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This game received 205 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.220 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #193 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.937

Artwork: 7.223

Sounds/Music: 7.284

Other Aspects: 7.166

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2 days ago
Underated game that gets a bad rap because people compare it to the Williams Indy. Stands well on it's own merit. Try to buy one and they are hard to come by, people hold on to this game because of the theme and the gameplay is above average.
17 days ago
This machine is not nearly as good as the Indianna Jones game by Williams but it’s not too bad. Several multiballs and all the movies are represented, which might be a negative to some because that includes the kingdom of the crystal skull. The ark toy is cool and the raising temple of doom scoop. Not the deepest rules and not a very good layout but it’s still overall a pretty fun game.
72 days ago
I like Indiana Jones it has cool toys, good sounds and music, and the rules are pretty good.
4 months ago
Still getting to know this pin, but it is a lot of fun. The voices from the movie are great and there are a lot of great shots to make. The Arc is amazing and the 8 ball multi-ball is one of the best in the game. This appears to be a keeper, but only time will tell.
4 months ago
When all the ballsncome out of the Ark, it's super cool. So cool they stole it and reused it in Aerosmith. Haha! This would be a cool game if the rules were better.
6 months ago
A tad bit underrated.
6 months ago
Stern's IJ isn't as bad as everyone says. It is fun for what it is, and it really does the theme justice. It's a shame the Crystal Skull installment had to be included, but bad movies are a part of any movie series! The treasure chest toy is impressive--I always get a kick of seeing all the pinballs dump out. There's a lot going on in the game and the shots feel nice. Sounds are terrific, but the DMD has the horrible film clip style animations. Not a gem of a game, but certainly a solid offering from a lull period in pinball.
6 months ago
I've spent a lot of time on this game, because everywhere I go to play Pinball seems to have one! Obviously it's not going to be as good at the Williams one, but I still thing there is fun to be had on this one. The Arc toy is fantastic, and I'm glad to see it return on Aerosmith. The ramp is a very satisfying shot, but isn't utilised very well. The rising captive ball is very good and I'm surprised that hasn't been done again since. The art is a bit bland for the theme, the audio is decent and the clips are mostly good (they can't all be made out). This game falls short when it comes to rules - it has lots of modes and a fair amount of depth, but in order to get to all of these modes the game is incredibly repetitive and for every awesome multiball there's 5 minutes of dull linear play to get there. Everything Crystal Skull related is also lacking, feels like the Licensor told them not to include anything that would spoil the film so we're left with a model of the skull and four animations. Although all these things sound quite negative, I will always have a soft spot for this game as so many locations in the UK have clung onto it!
9 months ago
Fun game, but not as involved as the William's version. I loved the movies so I would welcome this machine to my collection regardless. . .
9 months ago
Very under rated, friends keep dropping by to play it. The Ark multi ball is great plus the captive Sankara stone is innovative for 2008. Way more fun than I thought it would be. Looks great with LED's and benefits from a shaker.
10 months ago
Includes the dreaded Crystal Skull movie. Any Indiana Jones pinball machine will have a tough time living up to the incredible 1993 Williams machine. The game consists on 4 main shots which have to be made over and over again. Starting Ark mode dumps balls everywhere for the sake of having balls everywhere.
10 months ago
The game feels like a grind. Errors in programming and missing content for the 4th movie.
11 months ago
Upon playing a better example of Indy and being able to hear the game, my initial review was quite uncharitable. The game plays well enough and the right scoop that comes up after striking the static ball is a good feature. The sound of the game is much improved with SAM over the lo-fi Whitestar games and the build up for the multi-ball with the arc opening up is pretty cool. That being said, it feels very derivative of JP with the layout of the scoops and pops. It has a shallow feel (along with the static toys with light bulbs glued to them). All and all not too bad a game, which will be carried by theme alone. The arc toy being recycled in Aerosmith (with less pomp and circumstance) shows the designers gave this game some originality.
1 year ago
This game gets such a bad rap. Not sure I'd own it, but man I like playing it when I find it. Great MB start! Worthy of being copied in Aerosmith!
1 year ago
I really wanted to like this pin since Indiana Jones is one of my favorite characters. It just didn't do much. You'd hit things or get to certain goals and expect something amazing to happen and really nothing did (maybe a short vid). I just didn't enjoy myself.
1 year ago
1 great multiball rest is garbage. indy cant even save this game.
1 year ago
LOVE THIS PIN. EXTREMELY UNDERRATED! Best multiball feature in all of pinball IMHO! It's a keeper for me.
1 year ago
Overall, great package with a dream theme. A nice inviting color scheme, with great sound, and great DMD animation. The game is fast, and very enjoyable. I can see why seasoned players don't like the layout, and I do feel that Temple of Doom and Last Crusade are too close together, but that shouldn't be why the game is rated as it is. I have adjusted the games settings so objectives are not too repetitive, and don't feel like a grinding session. Non-pinheads flock to this one first, and seem to keep going back, again and again throughout the night.

Great Stern pin that deserves to be rated higher.
2 years ago
The OTHER Indiana Jones is so good, this game didn't stand a chance by comparison. Cramming all four movies into one game was a terrible idea (just like the fourth movie). The shots feel "cheap" (so weak and pointless... hard to describe), and the gameplay is dull. This table reminds me of the plastic tabletop games that can be found in the toy aisle.

Don't do it... just don't.
2 years ago
Multiball is the only highlight of this game.

Could have been so much more but ended up being a major disappointment
2 years ago
IJ4 has a really cool captive ball that opens up into a scoop. The Ark dumping out 8 balls is also kind of neat. I really don't like just about anything else about this game. The pops dribbling into the Last Crusade scoop is just AWFUL and SLOW. On top of that, the other scoop has the same return kickout. You will be waiting for balls from the Last Crusade scoop A LOT. Lots of shoot-this-x-times rules, the game gets very repetitive. The Ark multiball takes 19 (!) shots to start and doesn't pay off big in terms of big points. The MAP captive balls unlimited multipliers can make your bonus ridiculous. Most shots aren't very satisfying. You'll get Last Crusade just from pop bumper dribble outs, Temple of Doom is an easy backhand with a safe kickout, the Ark take a ton of hits to mean anything, the right orbit leads in the dreadful pop bumpers. The worst thing about the playfield is that the 4 scene inserts don't match up left-to-right to the four major shots on the game. Why!!! Stern was in the cut and paste art doldrums in 2008, and IJ4's generic tan map playfield is one of the most boring. You can't skip the lengthy mode start movies for some reason, so you get to sit through them every single time you play. Modes are basic and samey with rules like "Hit any 50 switches" and "Shoot anything because all the shots are lit", not very exciting or creative stuff.

I've never been to the wizard mode and imagine I'll never achieve it. 20 modes to complete to get there including about a billion hits on the Ark. At least you can't say this is an easy game to complete, although ball times can be long.

All pinball is good pinball. I rate games on a relative scale. Is IJ4 fun to play? Sure it is, but I would play almost any other game other than it given the chance.
2 years ago
Don't open the Ark!
2 years ago
Got to play this in Niagara Falls Ontario, and it was in great shape. I love Indiana Jones, so this hits home for me. Cool theme and toys on playfield to hit. Sound was perhaps a bit repetitive, but enjoyable. Really like this game!
2 years ago
The Arc feature is fantastic in this game. The 8 ball multiball is fascinating.
2 years ago
You have chosen poorly...

- Really good color scheme that definitely entices people to play the machine.
- Captive ball / scoop is a nice feature.
- Cairo Swordsman doesn't take up the entire playfield.
- Fun for casual players.

- Ark is a waste of space considering it only activates during one mode.
- DMD animation for 8-Ball Play is boring... who wants to watch half of the movie before mutliball anyway?
- Ark multi balls themselves are boring. SHOOT THE ARK X TIMES TO LIGHT JACKPOT AT THE ARK!
- Playfield layout seems like it was rushed out the door.
- Bonus X scores more than anything else, so ignore all shots besides the captive ball.
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