Iron Man (Pro Vault Edition) (Stern, 2014)

Iron Man (Pro Vault Edition)

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This game received 135 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.247 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Iron Man". The group itself ranks #26 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.288

Artwork: 7.684

Sounds/Music: 8.177

Other Aspects: 8.534

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This game is part of a group

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Iron Man (Pro Vault Edition)".
The other versions are: Iron Man (regular version), Iron Man Classic

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15 days ago
Game is OK but doesn't belong in the top 50... Stern has done cheap job on using movie clips within the animations that make that look very bad. Rules, suck ... you have to finish game on a single ball (I hate that). Flow of the game is fun, but not recommended for home collection unless you have a large collection.
78 days ago
this game is a blast but brutal.. so many short games. got have a short game in a collection and it has that one more game feel since they are short
3 months ago
I really like Iron Man although I don't think I could own it. It's a fast, exciting thrill ride but I only want to ride so many times before moving on as it gets a little repetitive and affects the variation and lastability negatively. Some of the animations were on par with other SAM games but realistically don't hold up well compared to more recent games with LCDs. For sheer short-term fun, this game does rank highly for me but I wouldn't buy it for my smaller collection.
3 months ago
I wanted to really love this game. Played it a bunch at a friend's house thinking I was going to buy it from him. Needless to say, I can easily see why he was trying to get rid of it.

The game is fast, but has very little if any depth. The artwork and toys are fairly chintzy. The rules are shallow. And the overall quality of the machine (right down to the plastic ramps) are less than what I am used to in other higher end machines on the market. This is a newer pin, but the animations and DMD screens feel very outdated. The whole machine plays like Stern had some great concepts going for it, but in the pursuit to save money really decided to cut corners in the quality of the entire machine.

And, when I say the entire machine, I mean the ENTIRE machine. Everything feels very "mass production quality." Which is really sad because I think the overall theme and layout is good, just very low quality when mass produced.

Conclusion: I think the game has a good theme and certain fun factor going for it, but it is just too low quality to be considered a top 100 pin in my opinion. The whole machine screams "cost reduction" and "chintz." I would have loved to have played and original pre-production prototype because I think the overall layout of the game is good, but it fails as a final product.

The code is also horrible by the way, even for a game with little depth.
5 months ago
No doubt one of the worst pinballs ever produced, bad design, bad music and game I think is unsatisfactory
8 months ago
It's hard to say that you have a favorite, but if I had to pick one this would probably be it. It's fast, extremely challenging (depending on your goal) and if you get a good game going there isn't anything like it. Other games make keep your on your toes, but it's constant with this one. Feels like the ball is almost never safe, almost every shot somehow leads to a drain. Setting the outlane posts all the way up makes the game that much more difficult. The goals are clear, the rules are fairly simple, shots are fluid & stacking the modes are all things that make this game fun. The games don't usually last very long, which can be a good thing. The toys are great and the magnets add another layer of unpredictability. I rotated this game on route and miss it already.
8 months ago
Back at home , my 3rd IronMan (Vault this Time)
I comeback to this pin again and again
This pin is simple , brutal , speed and fun
Perfect pin for short game before go to work
I am not fan of Borg game's but this pin is fantastic
10 months ago
Same old Stern! I put this in the forgettable Stern movie tie in camp, along with Transformers, Tron, Avatar, and Avengers.
11 months ago
Iron man is a simple fan layout, but it is a surprisingly fun game. It's easy to see what you need to do, very little learning is involved. The mini wizard mode is very reachable, a fun challenge. Fast, difficult, challenging, fun.
1 year ago
A real blast that keeps me coming back for that one more game.
1 year ago
This game is fast and addictive. The art is great (aluminum foil) and looks good. Sound and music are good... but not great. Flow is very fast, the magnets work great and the monger toy is good. This machine is a mod dream... so much you can do. The whole machine screams fun and has a long lastability.
Added Full score today, after playing this game a while now... its just unbelievable fast and addictive...
1 year ago
Iron Man was designed with simplicity is mind...simple art work + simple rules + simple layout + great lighting & sound package = one kick ass game!!! Once you start playing Iron Man, it's very hard to walk away from Iron Man. The simplicity of the game draws you in and the challenge of the game doesn't let you leave.

Do I recommend this game is a very small collection? Probably not. In a collection of 5 or more games? Absolutely.

My friends who are good at pinball love the game and my friends who barely play pinball love the game. This is definitely one that I can never see leaving my collection.
1 year ago
Fast, furious, brutal and really damn fun. Two things I think are lacking in Iron Man - better artwork and deeper rules. The toy (Iron Monger) is epic in how cool it is even though it's just a stupid toy coming out of the playfield. It's fun. Maybe part of why I love this game is because it's simple. Who knows. It's just fun.
1 year ago
Sweet just tried it
1 year ago
One of the greatest machines when considering how well it achieves what it sets out to do. It is pretty much the same gameplay every time, but it does that type of game better than anything else. Brilliant in a medium to large collection! Sound is amazing.
1 year ago
Super fast and brutally furious, very, very difficult to attain super high scores on but super addicting. Plenty of ways to strategize the rather simple ruleset to get maximum points. One of my favorite Stern games.
1 year ago
I like the red LED display, changed speaker panel angle/added art to it and the other minor changes.
1 year ago
Just another poor machine, the vault edition even messed up the cabinet design.

Frustrating game-play, the toy in the middle causes you randomly to drain, there is nothing you can do about it. Avoiding it means you can not continue the game.
1 year ago
This is a good pin to balance out a pin collection with ones that have big in depth rule sets like LOTR, WOZ, TH. It is a pin that is a fast game that will make you want to play another game, then another. Sound is "ok" but reported to be a lot better with a external sub. This pin likes mods. There are some pretty good mods out there for this pin that help the appeal of the game, but are not necessary.

This pin polishes you shot skills and helps you do better on other pins as well. There's just something about it that makes you want to play it over and over again. If you like long quest type of games and those only, this one is not for you. This one does compliment those long running quest games though. This game would do well out on a location as it is a good familiar theme and is easy to understand the basics of the rules. The deeper rules aren't as easy to initially pick up on, but are more like rewards for having a good ball going.

The "stock" mono color DMD is pretty bad - especially with the movie clips. A color DMD mod (add-on) from a third party is almost a must for making it a little better. My ratings are based on the "standard stock" options from Stern. Add a +1 to it with modding it out.
1 year ago
Got the last one NiB from Vendor.Amazing i have SM also in my Collection this Maschine is a beast. BEAUTIFUL FAST nice Playfield with LeD looks Awsome.A Top 10 Pin in my choice
1 year ago
This is one tough game. So tough I know people who have not kept it in their collection very long. But for a experienced player, it can offer lots of challenge. For a novice player, it will just piss you off. Nice callouts, nice ramps and many toys add to the game.
1 year ago
Just the same average game as the original Iron Man
1 year ago
Good game, but number one, no way.
1 year ago
I own an IMVE and I am a huge fan of the 1st movie so this pin is a dream theme to me. I love the art (both backglass and side art) and think the music and call outs are really well done. Dots are a letdown but the color DMD upgrade really adds a more 'finished' feel to the game. With a shaker, sub and volume turned up, I scare the dogs and the neighbors. The game at times (many times) is brutal, fast and unforgiving but that also seems to make a good game all that more enjoyable. You can have 5 games in 10 minutes but the machine seems to call you back for just that chance to reach greatness. Addictive and fun.
1 year ago
Not a bad game for a quick play. But a lot of better machines out there I personally don't like the vault edition look as compared to the original cabinets and back boxes.
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