Lord of the Rings (Stern, 2003)

Lord of the Rings

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This game received 1048 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.648 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Lord of the Rings ". The group itself ranks #5 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.858

Artwork: 8.347

Sounds/Music: 8.372

Other Aspects: 8.734

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Lord of the Rings ". The other version is: Lord of the Rings Limited Edition

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6 days ago
One of the greatest pinball machines on this planet. Deep ruleset and long lasting gameplay. Must have even if you are not a fan of the movies
29 days ago
At a location I frequent, This is one of those titles I continue to go back to. I still suck at it and don't really understand every 100% yet, but after playing it I have to say its a title I would get in a heartbeat if they did a vault edition of it. Something about the flow of the game and the amount of shots you get to make to complete the different tasks made this game for me. I'm not a huge LOTR fan, good movie but the game more then makes up for choosing a theme that I could of done without.

That being said I could really care less about theme, The game could have Barbie theme and if it was fun enough I would probably be looking to buy one. Seems for a lot of people it's a deal breaker. I hope to own one someday, but for now I'm content with playing the one on location. Great title
29 days ago
Love this game! I've had it with my collection for about a year and a half now and it never gets old! I love the look, the theme, the call outs (especially Gollum), the deep rule set, etc, etc, etc...
32 days ago
I got one as I played a friend's and loved it.
Is nice pimped out with mirror blades, leds and extra lighting.

There are long games to be had, and having this in a larger collection is wise - as having a game to play that you know could go for ages is good - if (like lotr) there's always something more to achieve.
It's not my favourite game (not even close) but there's loads to it and there's loads to aim for.

If legolas was backhandable I'd like it even more.
49 days ago
It's a great game. My favorite Stern. Great fun, great theme.
50 days ago
One of the best game ever produced. Missions make U visit all the playfield (horizontal and vertical. Intuitive and non directive rules. you need to build your partie and to have time for it. a selfish machine not to be play during happy hours with friends.
56 days ago
LOTR is a masterpiece.
I don't keep this one because i like fast and brutal games like BSD and IM, and i don't like when a game last more than 30 minutes. So after a while, i have to forced myself to play it, but the first months i had it, it was a great pinball experience.
So if you like epic games with a great music and callouts, a deep ruleset but easy to understand and a perfect layout you can't find better than LOTR.
Maybe the only pin i will regret to let it go...
87 days ago
Simply put, the best game around. Long lasting, keeps you interested in trying to destroy the ring faster or beating your high score. Some games can last 30 minutes in length! Yes I know, the artwork is pixelated but at that point you're just searching for something bad to find with this pin. I'd consider this a must have for any home collection. Likely you'd want to round out the field by adding a quicker game to compliment this unit.
3 months ago
I like the game and would play it on location every time. I typically like deep rulesets and layered modes, but did not find them as entertaining as more current pins. The theme is not a must have for me. This could have been one of the best pins when it came out. Mods would definitely give the pin a good face lift (including a color DMD). Some of the main shots seem a little repetitive. The magnetic ring is pretty cool, but it needs a better main gimmick.
3 months ago
Playing LOTR is a fantastic experience for all pinball enthusiasts regardless of weather you are a fan or not. Just play it, and you will understand!
3 months ago
I love the movies but for some reason I wasn't interested in the pinball till I bought it for my daughter and realized how fun it is. The pinball is exactly like the movies, an epic adventure!
3 months ago
By far one of Sterns best titles. Its just a great playing machine and very fun.
4 months ago
I love the movie and I love this Pinball. Definitely on my wishlist. I love the game play and it is a very attractive pinball machine from the playfield to the back glass. I found the game play very easy to learn and understand which made it easy to become invested in my playing ability. Highly recommend playing!
4 months ago
One of the greatest games ever designed!

It fits great to the Lord of the Rings theme.
The game is very unique.

One of the greatest shots in all of pinball is the shot into the "One Ring".
A great idea to use a magnet there. Even if that ring-magnet-fuse burns through approximately every month you play the game. For a good player, I believe, there is almost no chance, that the fuse does not burn through.

Another thing that makes this game so unique, is the amount of figures, Stern has put on the machine.

And of course, there is the "Balrog". It looks really nice. I never had any problems with mine yet. I guess I am lucky there.

The "Path of the Dead" is an addition which is very interesting, it gives the game a really pinball-like feel. First it feels like they could have put some figures on there too, but after some time you get used to it. By the way it is kind of inevitable that the "Arwen-plastic" breaks without any protector.

The VUKs on the game are very good "disguised" on this game. For example the "Orthanc-tower-VUK" or the "Shire-VUK".

Nice work done there on the code by Dwight Sullivan and Keith P. Johnson. Even if there are some bugs, like for example, that sometimes the "Destroy the Ring-insert" doesn't flash during the "Destroy the Ring-mode".
It is very difficult to get to Valinor. The Spider-man "Super Hero" wizard mode for example is far easier to reach, mainly because you don't need to complete all of the multiballs. But it is possible to get there.

The DMD-animations are great. Especially, when you compare them with those on the Iron Man or Spider-man games. They've really invested some time in that.

The sound isn't the best, though when you realize which sound-system Stern had back in the days, then that is bearable.

After some time gets a bit repetetive!

But overall it is a great game, with just a few problems and a great amount of fun.
4 months ago
Fun game, the best stern machine so far
4 months ago
This Pin is tied with MM for favorite of all time. There are no flaws, its just a perfect piece of art, gameplay, theme, and style for me. Deepest rule set with a holy grail wizard mode that separates the men from the boys in pinball. When I turn this game on and plunge that first ball, I play nothing else all evening. Hours I can play going for variety and challenges, enjoying the music and animations and adventure of this epic pin. GET ONE NOW!
4 months ago
My favorite stern. Keeper killed it! Great the,e.
5 months ago
This is the game that got me into pinball. I loved it until the machine started to have issues at the location I was at. The Gimli launcher started to act up and the Balrog would sometimes not register shots. This game is crazy fun.
5 months ago
Found this on location. Just found the whole game a bit pointless, couldn't understand what I was meant to be achieving. Maybe if I owned it, it might make more sense. Too dark, very stop and go. Was pretty easy too. Guess I'm not really a fantasy person.
5 months ago
The sound is a bit suspect, the shots can be challenging and repetitive. It's a fun game that will probably at some point in time leave my collection. It isn't a top 10 for me, unfortunately. Luckily, they sell well.
6 months ago
6 months ago
I really enjoy playing LOTR. The theme, toys, shots, callouts, and deep ruleset make this a table that I can push start on over and over again. The worst thing about this table is the DMD animations. On the machine I played, they had a ColorDMD installed and the animations look like they were drawn in by a 6th grader. Thankfully, it doesn't take away from the layout, flow, modes, and other things that make this table great.
6 months ago
Super deep game literally setting the modern standard that all code is compared to, some great shots but also some clunkers found game to be a little overated not as fun as simpler games but classic stop code clunk from of a Gomez design still one of the all time greats!
7 months ago
Brilliant machine! The ruleset on this machine just makes sense - right away. Most of its rules you can almost figure out by simply playing it. However, to master it you will need to combine all the different elements into one strong run. Shots feel great and come quite natural. The animations and sound-effects are top notch and really honors the movie in a good way. Not to mention, this machine (as far as I know) is the one with the highest possible multiplier in all of pinball history!! How epic isn't that?
7 months ago
Great fun. Only downside is that it reminds me Peter Jackson made Gimli a twit.
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