Lord of the Rings (Stern, 2003)

Lord of the Rings

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This game got 1,530 approved ratings and currently scores 8.575 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #6 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.735

Artwork: 8.318

Sounds/Music: 8.292

Other Aspects: 8.653

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There are multiple version of this game

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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8 days 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.
10 days 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.
29 days ago
35 days 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.
43 days 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!
59 days 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?
60 days ago
Great fun. Only downside is that it reminds me Peter Jackson made Gimli a twit.
61 days ago
Better than any other Maschine.
71 days ago
A favorite 200x era Stern table for me.
81 days ago
I have owned this game for a few years now and it is still a favorite here. I loved the movies and wanted this game for a while. I really don't have any negative things to say about the game. gameplay is great and I love the play field layout. People say it is a long game but I'm not that great of a player so my games are never too long for me. I think they really nailed the theme to game play you feel like your really involved.
If you have the chance to own it I highly recommend it
3 months ago
Never gets old.
3 months ago
Lots of depth in the game-play and a great theme that comes together really well.
3 months ago
Keeps you coming back for more. Very difficult to master.
3 months ago
When I first played this game I did not really got it, but after a while it started to grow immensely. Fantastic game with great great rule set, possibly not the best shots in the world but as a total package this is just an extraordinary game that lasts. Only downside is that game play can be extensive at times.
5 months ago
The inner loop shot
Theme Integration
Good Flow
Deep Rules
Lots of Multiball
Long Games

Lots of multiball
Parts of the art package
The audio quality is inconsistent
5 months ago
Very well-designed, good-looking machine, and pretty fun to play too. It takes the best from its theme, has some very cool gimmicks and ruleset as well. But, as the Simpsons Pinball Party, it feels a bit "clunky", and doesn't give me the best feeling while playing. It lacks of... "smoothness" to me. Also, as TSPP, a lot of "ball-rolling" noise on the playfield. Not a big deal, but quite annoying.
5 months ago
This is a grail game for me. Once you play, you understand why it deserves its ranking.
5 months ago
Really fun game. Put it in my top 5 as well.
6 months ago
Lord of the Rings is the ultimate LONG pinball journey. It's fairly brilliant in every aspect. It's hard to knock it in any area.

The theme, rules, layout, and toys are all first rate. Add the excellent code and it's just a complete game for HOME. Games are LONG when you're good, so you can spend an hour trying to get to Valinor (which you'll never get too, so stop kidding yourself).

But one think that makes it over the top good is LOTR has multiball FLOW.

You start a mode, then get MB going. Shots are awesomely smooth. You can shoot balls out of the way towards the ring or out loops, then hit your shots with one ball. It's awesome. No stop and go. It's great.

Add to this the fact that multiball are modes that CAN be completed as you advance towards Valinor (which again you'll never get to :D), and it's just a kick ass experience.

Of course, DTR is probably the best mode in all of pinball.
6 months ago
Recommended this game. Really enjoy playing it, always a challenge.
6 months ago
This game is pure fun with the theme and gameplay.
6 months ago
Lord of the Rings is an epic Theme and Pinball. If the pin is setup correctly you get a fast pinball with a good flow. The deep rules make it very hard to play. The pin takes you on a journey the LOTR story.
The gameplay is awesome - lot to do and various shots to go for.

With LEDs + OCD Board it looks fantastics, the sound quality is decent but with a speaker upgrade it's ok. If you put in some mods the the package of gameplay and appearance is very good.

You can have short ball times and if you play better you can get longer ball times and finish the modes.

For me it's a masterpeace!
6 months ago
Enjoy it a lot. Deep rule set. Fun to play for a long game. But the toys are sparse and by comparison to other games of this ilk it suffers from a really boring playfield, 8; we are being honest.
7 months ago
have sunk many quarters into this game. love the modes and the shots are great.
7 months ago
Lord of the Rings definitely gets the greatest amount of playtime in the household. We simply keep coming back to this game.
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