Spider-Man VE (Stern, 2016)

Spider-Man VE

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This game received 101 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.243 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Spider-Man". The group itself ranks #14 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.636

Artwork: 7.99

Sounds/Music: 7.576

Other Aspects: 8.445

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Spider-Man VE". The other versions are: Spider-Man (regular version), Black Spider-Man

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11 days ago
The vault edition is my favorite of the bunch. The dmd animations are great and the comic art style is far more appealing than the movies. Sound effects are great and the gameplay is fast. Ruleset is decent, but may get repetitive over time. Best version of a great game.
3 months ago
My first solid state purchase & could not be happier. I cannot pull myself away from this game! This one is a keeper!
4 months ago
a fun game
7 months ago
Just good.
8 months ago
A really wonderful Stern table. The upgraded toys look great! The modes, variety of shots, multiballs, callouts, and art package are done very well and are true to the SM universe. The variety of shots and modes, make this one a great playing table!
8 months ago
Spider-man 2.0!! Better art, more interesting modes, and better sound!! ( bought it last week and love it!!
8 months ago
Was in on the SMVE before I knew about the changes. Let me just say that after a month of owning this thing, the changes don't really matter--the music is the same, the shots are the same, the modes are essentially the same (except for their names) and all the important stuff is the same. People who down rate this on art are insane--the art looks fantastic, and I am an artist with many years drawing experience.

The game plays really fast, and it's a hoot. I think it will be a keeper. Getting to Super Hero is a serious challenge.
9 months ago
Tightest ruleset there is. I prefer the original callouts to the VE. I have owned SM twice but have sold it again. I have always thought SM gained respect rather than love. Everyone seems to agree it's a great game. But, after a while, it becomes less fun. One of the best. You should experience owning it and really go after Super Hero. Can it keep you engaged forever? Not sure.
10 months ago
Finally found one of these at a local arcade. The artwork on the play field and cab are leaps and bounds better than the original. With that said the trans light looked cheap by so comparison. Shots felt very smooth, and while I thought I would miss the old green goblin, the shot on this one was nicely integrated into shaker and I didn't miss the old toy at all. All in all I'd say this is the best version of Spider-Man.
10 months ago
How many spider man games does Stern need to make? I'm spidered out.
11 months ago
Owning a spider man red edition, the game is the same to me. Just adding new artwork and sound and speech. I like the animations, especially when you put in a color DMD. I like the callouts of the original better. Artwork, not a fan of the comic book style but that is just taste. For the rest a great machine. I would not trade my old spiddy for this one, but when you want a new one, go ahead.
11 months ago
This is a pin I would play at a location every time I go, but the "Lastability" of it as a HUO game would probably not be that long for me. The game design is ok, but wish there was better theatrics or better modes or something to keep my interest better. I like the theme and others would play it just for that. Maybe some extra modes can add some excitement/eye candy rewards. I don't like the artwork graphics too much or call outs - the original version is better. Black Spidey is a better with graphics.
1 year ago
I own both this and the original SM. I wasn't so sure until I bought it, but the VE is better and a worthwhile upgrade in my opinion. It's brighter, faster, much better looking, much better animations, better-looking toys (except for the goblin) and it's new. The color DMD is a must for this title - the best I've seen. I only miss the JK Simmons call outs and the Bonesaw mode.

Still a long-playing game. Best to open the out lanes and limit the extra balls.

Definitely in Stern's Top 5.
1 year ago
Obviously this is a re-skin of a classic Stern pin. The gameplay is basically the same, the difference is the art upgrade package and some better quality pieces for the toys. Unfortunately, I love the sound package from the original game better. Basically a pick your poison, this one looks better, the original sounds better. Otherwise basically the same.
1 year ago
better of the 2 Stern SMs but with ghosted playfields everywhere this is a major issue with this title. Rules arent deep enough for lastibility in a home environment
1 year ago
Good comic book update version, but the only Spider-Man realm I liked was Amazing Spider-Man series one...
1 year ago
Fun game, VE is the best of all the Spider-Man models
Could be Sterns best ever pinball machine
1 year ago
my second round on spiderman, sold my original few years back before I well and truly played pinballs by the rules intended, now a brand new one, its understandable, fun, fast, wizard mode is achievable , leaving you pressing for "maybe this time"
1 year ago
I didn't hate it, but I didn't care for it all that much.

Why do we need to recycle worn out themes over and over again? Is it impossible for Stern to come up with a decent original theme?
1 year ago
I can't imagine why anyone would give the Vault a bad rating except for those that are in their original versions for too much and can't upgrade to a Vault without losing their shirts. Better in every way.
1 year ago
"Check fire, check fire, check fire" Stern enthusiast fanboys.
Over 50% of all ratings have NO COMMENTS, but rate the game 9+?
Have these people even PLAYED this version of the game?
Most do not own the game either.
The number of released units of this game is SMALL, and not readily available for review.
I have played it via special invitation.

This is the same game as the original with marginally increased quality coding and DMD animations.
Artwork is a step down in my opinion with better plastics.
Toys are partially improved and partially worse.
The rest of the game is the same, and the score should reflect these equivalencies.

Original review:
One of modern Stern's "savior titles" from the pinball drought of the mid 2000s.
If it was not for this game, LOTR, and TSPP, Stern might not still be making machines.
Very well playing game with smooth ball flow.
Overall modes, ruleset, and game play are excellent.
The game has enough depth for experienced players to come back and continuing playing, and easy enough for new players to just bat the ball around and enjoy.
This game actually set the standard in terms of Stern's pinball design "layout" until this day, meaning two flippers, two ramps fan layout, bash toy, 3 bank target, magnet use, etc.
Music and speech is average.
DMD animations average.
Artwork is average, plastics are poor images, especially the slingshots.
A worthwhile addition to any pinball collection, especially if you can find a SM Black with its real backglass and side armor.
1 year ago
Wow was very impressed by this new and improve SM played the original a lot back in the day and this was is better!!
1 year ago
SM is a great pin with fun layout, well designed rules, speach, sound and art. SMVE is a hot mess. Many do not like this style of artwork including myself, and the arts, sounds and dots on SMVE are not as good as SM imho.
1 year ago
Hated what Stern did to this machine to make the Vault Edition. When I heard the rumors, I was really pumped because the digitized scenes from the movie are the weakest part of the original, and if Spidey was getting a retheme, then that meant new hand-drawn dots on the display - and a lot of them!

Unfortunately, while the dots are indeed great overall, the artwork of anorexic Spiderman isn't great, and I'm not a huge fan of the speech bubbles on the backglass. The toys were also cost-reduced, and you lost some modes from the movie, too. But the WORST part, BY FAR is the new speech. It's atrocious. Terrible lines voiced terribly overall. There is SO much wrong with the voice it completely ruined the experience. I highly recommend finding an original run Spiderman from Stern if you want the machine. Yes, the dots are weaker, but everything else is stronger, and the voice in general is MUCH stronger.
1 year ago
Stern Spiderman is a great playing game. I was just not as into it as much as other Stern gmaes. Upon recent review... this is changing. The more I play this game, the more I like it. As Martha would say... "It's a good thing..." and this is a really good pinball.

The Good: Artwork and theme are very well implemented. Bonesaaw! Great shot. Full on Steve Ritchie PF design! The ball does not stop moving until you get to the final wz mode. This game has FLOW! The integration of the theme is one of the best I have ever seen. Stack your modes and THEN hit a multiball for maximum playability. Double and Triple scoring shots are way sweet! This game is a players game and there is lots and lots to do. Stacking is king here and to get your first mode and then your Doc Oc... you pretty much need to hit every shot in the game from the start. The LE version has a rumble motor and the spiderweb flipper guards are perfect for this table. Kudos to Lyman and Co. for the revised (and revised and revised) code. Gary Stern... give this man a raise. Lyman and his like make your good games GREAT GAMES!

The Bad: Sounds are tinny and thin. Maybe turning up the sound will help. Or maybe upgraded speakers? Considering SR did World Poker tour... I thought the Green Goblin would have had drop targets. Movie clips on the DMD are muddy. Hit Doc Oc over and over and over.... The ramp from the upper right flipper either is super smooth or I just can't seem to hit the damn thing.

The Takeaway: A great design and a real players table. It took me a long time to "get" this game. Playing with some other pin-heads who I respected made me see even more great things about this deck. Sometimes the games can be long, but that's not always a bad thing. The best Stern games in my eyes: TSPP, LOTR, AC/DC and then Spiderman, WPT, Tron , Ripley's, after that, a bunch of games lumped together including: Monopoly, Family Guy, Iron Man, Avatar and X-men. The rest... I forget.

The more I play this game, the more I like AND respect it. This deck is a true player!

Update v2:
At the world championships I witnessed Jorian Engelbrektsson (Former PAPA champ and current world champ for 2014) utterly destroy this game with over 400 million on the first ball by hitting Doc Ock over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over... This qualifies as an exploit to me and after having played this game with that strategy (and having found it successful), I have to significantly reduce the scores on gameplay and longevity. This is a good game, but not a great one and because of that, it joins the ranks of Medieval Madness and just about every game JPop ever produced. It's a damn shame too. Can I still play this game for fun... yes. But when the win is on the line... I'm shooting for Doc Ock again and again and again and again and again and again...

So disappointing. This game is off the wishlist.

VE Update:
I stepped up to the "new" version of this table and for a game design that is 10 years old, it plays really well. The comic book art package looks spot on and the only gripe that I have with the "new" game is that when I hit the right ramp, I have had the ball knock on Sandman's left elbow and head back down the PF towards the flippers. A plastic shield over the top of the ramp should do the trick. The wider magnet in front of Doc Ock looks and works great and keep the PF wear down to a minimum. The new animations look great and the callouts and muzic are spot on. I like this version of the game BETTER than either of the previous ones. Now that I have gotten over myself and played more of this game, it's great when you play the entire game. Can you still Doc Ock all day? Yes. But double/triple the right ramp and hit super hero... big points! This PF design just FEELS right. I still wish there was more to do with the shot under the upper right hand flipper, but man... it is really hard to find much fault in this deck. I like this game a lot and have re-upped my scores on it's rating.

Spider Pig!
Spider Pig!
Does whatever a spider pig does!
Can he swing from a web?
No he can't
He's a pig
He is the spider pig!!

- Homer Simpson
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