Star Gazer (Stern, 1980)

Star Gazer

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This game got 33 approved ratings and currently scores 7.502 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #136 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.631

Artwork: 8.008

Sounds/Music: 6.035

Other Aspects: 7.853

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1 year ago
Very fun pin to play.
1 year ago
What a looker with a repro cleared PF.
Upper playfield is a bit "meh"
Lower playifeld is solid and very fun.
Three sets of sweepable drops
Three spinners
Evil pops
Interesting approach to inlanes...
2 years ago
Love the artwork and have enjoyed the few times I've played the game. Wish I had more game time on this. Will update the ratings when I get my machine operational.
2 years ago
Awesome game!
2 years ago
Had the chance to play not one but TWO restored examples of this game at TPF 2014 in the tournament area. Just a fantastic game when it's dialed in and cleared. Fast, fast, fast. The game does a great job of making sure you want to pick off the last drop target on every bank by having 3 banks and tying them to multipliers. Also, it makes sure you don't keep shooting the same spinner on the right side by having the rollovers by the flippers potentially light the opposite spinner for 10x value.
3 years ago
Classic Stern goodness. Drops and spinners work well in the rules. Fast and fun. Interesting flipper area design takes getting used to but nice to see different designs. One of my top three classic Sterns. Get one if you can find one.
4 years ago
Star Gazer is a table that has some interesting design features and a fantastic BG.

The Pros:
Mike Polacki, a truly creative unknown in the pinball industry. Doomed to obscurity with low production runs and well... working for Stern. Mike made this game, Iron Maiden and a few others. A simple and open layout belies the complexity and shots that this table has. Three spinners are always a plus. The rollovers by the flippers offer play options and rules not seen in any other table. Dual scoring target by the upper drop targets switches score priority between drops and spinners! The slingshot/lack of inlanes and outlanes makes for a different experience by the flippers.

The Cons:
The upper pop bumper better be singing or all those targets will never get hit. Mechs must be in tip-top order. With a PF this wide open, this game has to be fast. Rollovers on the PF would have been a good addition to this pf.

The Takeaway:
A brilliant BG by an unknown artist. This game would be "Christensen" worthy of a 6 if the PF weren't so flat as compared to the rest of the art package. That and the thigh tentacles... Even the cabinet looks amazing and it only uses 2 colors. When this game is waxed and tuned the ball flies and the shots require your complete attention. One of Stern's best.
4 years ago
The best classic Stern in my opinion. If you like shooting spinners you'll love this game. The curved scoop at the flippers also makes for a very different feel—in a good way. Just a ton of fun.
6 years ago
This is a really nice single ball game. The game play is challenging, good rules. The sounds are also nice as although simple they add urgency to the game at times. The lack of in lanes and curved bits above the flipper make it relatively unique. Art is stunning!
7 years ago
Very addictive game, nice sounds and terrific gameplay.
Very underestimated pinball machine.
Try to play one and you know what i mean!
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