Iron Man (Stern, 2010)

Iron Man

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This game received 540 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.217 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Iron Man". The group itself ranks #27 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.223

Artwork: 7.816

Sounds/Music: 7.933

Other Aspects: 8.449

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

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37 days ago
IM is a very quick and brutal game. The amount of cheap drains straight down the outlanes can be very frustrating.
IM is a very simple machine with not a whole going on for me. It can be a fun game and very easy to get the Iron Monger multiball though.
85 days ago
This game plays very fast, which makes it exciting. Game times are typically short. Great theme, fun and intense.
3 months ago
Overall a fun game, but fairly simple. Perfect for casual play. Limited rule set. Interesting toys. Great lighting and theme.
4 months ago
Super fun pin, fast in all the right ways. I think IM has tremendous value, and desire to play one more time. Enjoy the ramps in particular, the speed of the machine rocks. Would love to add to my collection someday. Not overdone, doesn't need to be.
4 months ago
When I played the operator had turned down the sound, so I didn't get a much out of it as I could have.
4 months ago
One of the best games Stern has put out, I am now on my 2nd NIB original release and this one wont be going anywhere!
5 months 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.
6 months ago
Just a perfect pin for me. My favorite Stern for now.
Great sounds and music, fast and brutal, extremely fun, simple but very effective. Great ruleset, great flow...
I think i'll never get tired of IM, just that one more game feel that others pins don't have.
6 months ago
Very fast, challenging and fun game that will keep you coming back. Games can be very short as missed shots will come back at you and drain very quickly. Great magnetized Iron Monger that rises from below the play field. Very cool loops and combos.
6 months ago
Cool theme, love the magnet and the toys. There was too many drains for me to get into it.
6 months ago
Iron Man is a great pin!

First played it in a cinema.

A good game-layout by John Borg

I especially like the Iron Monger, that raises up on the playfield.
The War Machine-assembly and the Whiplash with the magnet is great too.

The game has amazing ramps and loops. But I don't like the loop post, because it steals a lot of the flow and on location you're going to have to live with that.

The rules aren't that much, but they're not easy to master, similar to AFM. Lyman Sheats and Lonnie Ropp did a great job.

The animations are ok like on Transformers or Spider-man.

The music is very good too. It is similar to the original Iron Man soundtrack.

Overall the game is a lot of fun and if I would be at a location with the game I would spend some money in it.
9 months ago
My first pin I bought new-in-box. I still have it, I like the not too complicated artwork, especially the simple backglass. First I was angry about doing all the stuff with every ball again and again, but with the time I realised that just this is very catching...
10 months ago
IM is an excellent pin for adrenaline junkies. It plays very fast and can be brutally difficult! It will absolutely kick your ass if you're not careful. Average ball times are very short, compared to other pins, so this game provides some balance in a small collection alongside games with long ball times like LOTR and TH. Not surprisingly, this is a popular game for competitive tournaments. The Jericho wizard mode and Do or Die Jackpot are fantastic. The Do or Die Multiball is virtually impossible! %&@$!!!

Great theme, artwork, lighting, sound, and music. Unfortunately, several of the DMD animations are clips from the movies, which don't look that great on the standard red DMD, but that can be replaced with Dmod's Color DMD kit, which looks much better.

Overall, IM is another jewel in John Borg's extensive design portfolio. It is definitely one of my favorite pins!
11 months ago
I decided to add this game to my collection after playing about 2 dozen games on location. Like many have mentioned, this game can be very brutal. From the second the start button is pushed until the moment the final ball is drained, this game offers a very intense and heart pounding experience. It's one of the fastest games I've played and the ball times can be ridiculously short. The "just one more game" factor is higher on Iron Man than any other machine I've played.

The rules are easy to understand and relatively simple. While not extremely deep, the rules fit the fast nature of the game very well and there are enough strategies and ways to play this game to keep things interesting. The artwork on the cab and translite are great and hard to find any fault with, especially if you're a comic or Iron Man fan. The playfield artwork is decent, but it's the weakest part of the art package since it has that "photoshop" feel. The playfield layout is great and there are tons of satisfying and challenging shots to hit. The music is some of the best in pinball and it couldn't fit the action better. A handful of actors from the various movies do the call out's and all of them are pretty good. However, the ones done by Robert Downey Jr, are fantastic and it seems like I hear a new one almost every time I play.

All in all, this is one of the most intense and satisfying pinball machines out there. Due to the fast speeds, short ball times, and overall brutal nature of the game, it's not going to be for everybody. However, I've found that this machine is hard to beat for sheer intensity, challenge, and fun factor. I find myself playing 10 games in a row every time I turn on this machine, which usually doesn't take as much time as 2-3 games on most other machines. Iron Man a perfect compliment to my collection and it holds its own against some of the more complex and longer playing pins.
11 months ago
Thought I was really gonna like this game. Forced myself to play it a few times. Just wasn't fun.
12 months ago
Not a deep rule set but perfect for this brutal game. Fun to play whether its a quick game or a long one, but really satisfying when you do get it right and rack up the points
1 year ago
I keep coming back for more. Addicting gameplay. Not one of the all-time greats, but it has staying power in a way that most of the Stern titles do not.
1 year ago
Very fun and challenging game. Great music. Game times can be short, but you will want to push the start button again. Game has a sparse layout, but you never lose the bad.
1 year ago
Fast and furious. Game can be brutal but that's what I love about it. Has that one more game feel to it.
1 year ago
Simply put. Ironman is fast and furious, challenging and adrenaline pumping. keeps Ya coming back for more.
1 year ago
If speed is your thing then this is your game. Tricky ramps, hard to hit crucial shots, and toys that will drain you if you're not careful. The gameplay fits the theme perfectly. The playfield art is very simple and photo-shoppy. However, the game is fun to play and has that one more game feel. If you get a high score on Iron Man you have earned it (and definitely have advanced nudging skills). Great game for a medium to large collection.
1 year ago
One of the best and funest machines ever built
1 year ago
Just got an IM Pro with a brand new PF installed and holy sweet baby Jesus..........

This pin is an ass kicker! And it has a one more game factor that I have never known before. I can't stop playing it and even though it seems like it should be easy, it's always a challenge.

Ill update the review after a while but for now, I love it.
1 year ago
Game may seem simple, but super high on the fun factor. Lots of strategy in stacking and just brutal gameplay. Enjoy the music and callouts. Had the one more time factor for sure.
1 year ago
This game is a blast. One of my favorite Sterns. One of the best use of magnets in pinball. Licensing that doesn't feel forced, but integrated well and fitting to the theme. Deep ruleset, but not intimidating. I want one...

Edit: more plays led to some boredom just not enough to do. It's a good change of pace game
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