Meteor (Stern, 1979)


Total rating

This game got 66 approved ratings and currently scores 7.355 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #154 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.462

Artwork: 7.406

Sounds/Music: 6.059

Other Aspects: 7.471

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“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.”

  • muzikman has this game on the wishlist.

  • “What a fun game! It's a classic. It can be super fast at times. Always time for one more game of Meteor.”

  • winkdot currently owns this game.

  • “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.”

    “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.”

    “i love this table, been spending loads of quarters on it lately...”

  • Lysurgeon currently owns this game.

  • “This is an oldie but a goodie. The music trips me out man.”

    “Weak, perhaps a classic if you grew up with it, good for learning very basic play skills.”

  • systemlcp has owned this game in the past.

  • “Meteor is without a doubt the best classic Stern machine you can play.”

    “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.”

  • Paisley_Pinball currently owns this game.

  • “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...”

  • 4 Pinsiders starred this rating review

  • “Cool game since the meteor drop targets are also linked to rollover and spot targets”

  • J-ride has owned this game in the past.

  • “Great game, especially when price is considered. I love the BG art on this game, up there with some of my favorites.

    This game has a ton of drop targets, which to me, are always satisfying to hit. There's some decent strategy to this game. Another underrated game from pinball's early SS era. This was my earliest and most frequent experience with pinball, but I don't nostalgia has really affected my rating.”

    “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.”

  • CrazyFliprFingrs currently owns this game.

  • “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"!”

  • phh0999 currently owns this game.

  • “I sunk so many quarters in this machine when it was first released. Always loved how the music would build the longer your ball stayed in play. Lots of targets to knock down and a real sense of accomplishment when completed. Great theme,especially when sitting side by side with Comet.”

    “It is an older machine so it has pretty straightforward set up and is easy to play. Pretty much just keep keep knocking down the 4 drop target banks. No ramps, multi-ball or other gimmicks. The play is pretty fast with the ball not bouncing around in limbo doing nothing very often. The sounds and lights aren't bad. The background music is ominous and is in keeping with the theme but the tone quickly ramps up to a high pitch proximity warning which gets annoying. The backglass is pretty and goes really well with the playfield theme. Not a bad older game but I've played others of the same era which were more fun.”

  • SealClubber has owned this game in the past.

  • “For an older game, it plays great.”

  • LOTTABALLS has owned this game in the past.

  • “i really like Stern games,but not this one. bad looking and just not much fun to play.


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