Meteor (Stern, 1979)


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This game got 89 approved ratings and currently scores 7.352 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #175 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.499

Artwork: 7.419

Sounds/Music: 6.004

Other Aspects: 7.519

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7 days ago
Great game!
53 days ago
Meteor is a real S-O-B. It is challenging in a brutal way and tends to knock me out of local tournaments. There isn't much to the game other than wailing on the drops and popping the spinner when all but one METEOR drop is down. I'm not a fan of the angular design in the upper PF and I think that the "All-Bonus" scoring is a boring design. Still, it would be fun to own one of these, even if only to light it on fire once if drives me mad with the sound and outlane abuse.
62 days ago
Wow what a great game, I can honestly say after owning Star Gazer that this pin is equal in fun factor, addictive gameplay and great shots.
5 months ago
First game I bought... Played it alot... simple fun game
9 months ago
Have enough time in on Meteor now to rank. Overall, a solid early SS pin. The space theme is ok, I prefer the playfield art to the backglass. The rocket launch animation is pretty good for the time period. Too early for speech, and man, can those sounds be annoying on a good ball. (Un)Fortunately for me, that doesn't happen that often. Good gameplay, easy to understand objectives...hit the drops! Has a good deal of strategy in when to drop the METEOR targets, to keep the spinner score high, or to not reset the multiplier. Balanced scoring, good game for improving skills, prototypical "gateway pin" or great in a large collection. In my case, with limited space, I think it will have to go before Firepower.
1 year ago
Nice classic pin, put yourself it the timeframe the machine was made when you play it and this would have been a top pin and that's obvious by the number of pins they sold . I just added this to my collection and it's a good solid pin to mix in with newer ones. I like the classic play and sounds of this pin .
1 year ago
Really fun! Good game to play in between playing newer ones. I like the sound as you keep a ball alive but most don't. That spinner shot sure feels good!
1 year ago
Was excited to own this game because I was intrigued by the drop rules. Ultimately I decided to shrink my collection down and this was an easy one to let go of.
1 year ago
Doesn't play that great, and I really don't like the art.
1 year ago
Nice shots and a great drop target game.
1 year ago
Saved this game from a basement of neglect.
I didn't have much draw to it when I played it at shows, but now that I have one all cleaned up and adjusted right; its a very fun game!
The rules are easy to understand. Hit the 1 2 3 drop targets, bash the meteor targets and rip the spinner. The shots are well laid out and can be challenging at times. I don't find the spinner a gimme shot; but that might be just me.
wracking up the points and multipliers is very satisfying, but the higher pitched noise at that level almost make you want to drain your ball on purpose.... Almost.
One of the better single level, older Stern games i've played.
1 year ago
A very simple game but that is what makes it all the more enjoyable. I found Meteor a lot of fun playing it on location but likely would not last in a collection that long.
2 years ago
A very fun drop target game - great design / layout. The playfield looks pretty cool too and the sounds work fine for that era. Play is pretty fast and fun - one of my favorites from this era.
2 years ago
What a fun game! It's a classic. It can be super fast at times. Always time for one more game of Meteor.
2 years ago
Sterns best selling game for its era. Good solid game lots of fun!

Update: I bought a mint condition example of this classic & I love it. I play a few games every night, although, often a few games turns into hours of game after game addiction.

Great game, one of the classics, my collection is mostly Bally games but this Stern sits well with the others.
2 years ago
First time I played this pin I couldn't walk away from it. Second time through it just didn't seem to hold my interest. I do like the flow of the game and the pretty clear and easy rule set, but for some reason the initial feelings I had about the pin are no longer true. Still, a decent game for its time, but not one at the top of my want list.
2 years ago
i love this table, been spending loads of quarters on it lately...
3 years ago
This is an oldie but a goodie. The music trips me out man.
3 years ago
Weak, perhaps a classic if you grew up with it, good for learning very basic play skills.
3 years ago
Meteor is without a doubt the best classic Stern machine you can play.
4 years ago
A real classic solid state machine. I like it so much it has made me look for more machines of the same age to add to my collection.
4 years ago
Meteor is a drop target shooter's delight.

The Pros:
Lots of shots to make that require accuracy and control. The upper flipper is utilized incredibly well. This is one of the best single level PF's ever designed. The spinner is in the perfect spot for a solid shot from the lower left flipper and that standup when lit with the special is the most tempting sucker shot there is. Perfect placement of the red pop bumper keeps you on your toes. 4 banks of drops mean that you are in for a sniping delight with this game. Ripping that spinner when fully lit makes me do the happy pinball dance.

The Cons:
I'm not the biggest fan of the BG... but heck... I'm not playing with the BG. Sounds are average.

The Takeaway:
A damn fine game that when maintained well will offer endless hours of pinball enjoyment. One of, if not Stern's (early Stern's) very best. I can see why this game was Stern's best seller by a mile. This deck is a truly classic pinball game.

The more you understand the upper drop sequence / rollover relationship of this game, the more it opens up to you. The more I play this game, the more I appreciate Steve Kirk's sublt angles with the drops on this table. So, are you going to hit that last target? Or are you gonna rip the spinner? Decisions, decisions... Spinners and Drops. Simple, but damn... Stern got it right.

Side note: If this game is not dialed in as it should be, it will play like ass. Most people who are playing this game that are complaining about it should take that fact into consideration. Frickin' wax your PF every once in a while you lazy pinheads! Rant off...

Update v.2:
I got to play a really nice copy and this game will sing when maintained and setup properly. The open PF reminds me of 9 ball. It's a shooter's game for the drops. There's 15 in all. I still like to get 7 sets of the 1,2 and the banks down for the WOW score (Warlok anyone?) and it isn't easy to do in a single ball. a true SS challenge. This is all great, but the real points to be had are from dropping the outside drops at the top bank and leaving one drop left to maximize the spinner scoring. Rip it up! An incredibly fun, easy to find and inexpensive game. Find one, get it and play the heck out of it if you can! There's a good reason why this is Stern v.1's best selling title. It is FUN! Steve Kirk is one of the unsung heroes of pinball design in my book.
4 years ago
Cool game since the meteor drop targets are also linked to rollover and spot targets
5 years ago
I own one, love it and don't wish to sell it. A solid, reliable game thats built to stand the test of time, and it can get pretty fast, too! Way ahead of its time, if you like drop targets you will love.
5 years ago
This is my first early Stern game. Must confess that my interest in the machine was purely due to the fact it was the machine in the movie Dodgeball ... With that being said, have to say I am pleased...flippers and machine have a "chuncky" solid feel. When set up properly, play is fast and exciting. The meteor drop bank is a great gimmick and with the single pot bunker kind of centrally located, requires some shot thoughts. When compared to sound and sound quality of other games of the era Stern seems to have a bit better quality of sound. I do like drop targets and that's key to enjoying this game. Scoring and game rules are deeper and more complex than some of the other class of 1979 pins...enjoyable pin, maybe a "keeper"!
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