Lord of the Rings (Stern, 2003)

Lord of the Rings

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This game received 1057 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.657 /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: 8.867

Artwork: 8.348

Sounds/Music: 8.366

Other Aspects: 8.75

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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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32 days ago
I used to not appreciate this game at all! Every location game was always in poor condition and was in disrepair. Then I played one in good condition with someone who gave me a good strategy to play! It completely opened my eyes to how great this machine is!! Such great, deep rules!! I ended up buying it! It's a great machine in the home environment with the deep rule set!
45 days ago
What a cool pin. Lost in the gameplay, sounds and slowly getting into the world of this perfect machine, suddenly the Ballrog lights up, growls to you and the machine shakes. The balls are coming down as a Ballrog attack and are screaming to be punched back as fast as possible to hit and the Ballrog over and over. YES, this is pinball at his best.
49 days ago
This game is soooo much fun the music the gameplay is all awsome to play fun for hours
50 days ago
This is our favorite pin. Deep rules, great connection to the movies. I recognize our love of the movies may have biased us on this one, but who cares. Love the voices from the movie and some that are for the game only. The various video modes are numerous and good and the various multi-balls really get your pulse moving. This one is a permanent in our game room.
58 days ago
A classic in all respects. You can really feel that the designers of LotR wanted the game to succeed. The rules are wonderfully thought out and fine tuned. The shots are very satisfying. And the theme is presented in a way that only a few games in history have managed to achieve.

The game does have its flaws: the Gimly VUK, the Path of the Dead, pixelated art and flippers that get weaker during a longer game come to mind. To me, they are overshadowed by all the goodness of the game.

To me, LotR was the game that put pinball in general back into the saddle. This was at a time when the public had nearly forgotten about pinball and fans were wondering if it would survive the modern age of gaming. It turned pinball's tide. Clearly Sterns best effort up to date, it was proof that pinball could move on after the decline of Bally/WMS. And so it has. There and back again.
68 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
3 months 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
3 months 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...
3 months 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.
3 months ago
It's a great game. My favorite Stern. Great fun, great theme.
3 months 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.
4 months 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.
5 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.
5 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!
5 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!
5 months ago
By far one of Sterns best titles. Its just a great playing machine and very fun.
6 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!
6 months ago
Fun game, the best stern machine so far
6 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!
6 months ago
My favorite stern. Keeper killed it! Great the,e.
7 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.
7 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.
7 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.
8 months ago
8 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.
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