Star Trek: The Next Generation (Williams, 1993)

Star Trek: The Next Generation

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This game received 795 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.498 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #13 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.591

Artwork: 8.143

Sounds/Music: 8.441

Other Aspects: 8.53

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10 days ago
My all time favorite game, and I've played a lot! Shots, flow, rules. sounds and music all top notch. A true Steve Ritchie classic!
20 days ago
This game is one of my favorites. Steve Ritchie games are always fun and this one has the added benefit of being a theme that I love.
29 days ago
I bought a very modded pin so haven’t spent much time on a stock pin. It is an awesome experience. Probably one of the coolest pin experiences ever. The pin is just excellent , fun and fast. A ton to do and great for the family
54 days ago
I love the show, so I may be biased, but I really enjoy this machine. Lots of fun modes to play, and its a great player really. Good use of characters and artwork to really take advantage of the licensing.
71 days ago
Resistance is futile. Sadly I've yet to play a TNG that's fully functional and properly lit. Still on the wishlist!
82 days ago
I know this is a popular, high-ranking game, but I just can't get into this one. Many shots are cool, and the code is actually good, deep and with decent modes. But the playfield is cluttered, to me, and it feels clunky and very difficult. I experience some cheap drains and the games I've played on location have been poorly lit and felt dated. This game hasn't aged well, in my opinion. Many Williams games from the early 1990's are better. I respect the fact that people really like this game. It's just not my personal cup of tea. Nice theme integration.
89 days ago
Best sound call outs in pinball? I vote yes. Whether you love Star Trek or not, this game is a gem. Love it.
3 months ago
Being a huge Trekkie this game was a no brained for me. The laser cannons anthe Picard manuver offer some difficult shots and Picardy opening monologue is
Perfect. This is a really fun game!!
3 months ago
Fun and very deep, beautiful machine, after many years i have this game, is always fun to play, a keeper.
3 months ago
Have had this for over a year now, so can adequately put a review in.

What else to say about this, a work of art by the Master Steve Ritchie. Just an amazingly fun game, that is both super deep; and just pulse pounding exciting. So many different ways to play this; I've played it close to 800 times in a year, and it gets better each time I play it.

Outlanes can be tough; but you can adjust kickback setting, I keep it at hard because the game is more fun that way to me. Excellent them integration; I'm not a trekkie; so really didn't think I would dig the pin; but with a color DMD and Flipper Fidelity speakers, this is a true treat to play.

It's fully dialed in; and that is a must; as that right flipper ramp shot into the ship ball lock, is just so damn satisfying.

One negative, might be the reliance on the right scoop straight ahead to start modes; but once you lock in the shots, this has flow for days; best flowing wide body I have every played...A huge thumbs up and really shows that B/W and SR are the kings of Pin.
3 months ago
Fun and realy DEEP. The rules are awsome.
4 months ago
Like Indiana Jones, I have to give this game a 10.0. I still like MM, TWOZ and TZ better, but there is nothing I can ding this one on.
4 months ago
Fun mode based pin with quite a bit to do. Modes are pretty fun and collecting the artifacts is good incentive to play them. Cool layout and fun shots. The side ramp is super satisfying and is probably the best side ramp in pinball. Overall a fun mode based pin.
6 months ago
I have never been a fan of star trek next generation it looks cool but I just don't like the way it feels when you play it.
7 months ago
really fun widebody pin. plenty of shots, and very satisfying when you hit them. i love the sound as it reacts to the player, and always a rush to loop the ball around. nice fast widebody with a fun theme! i want one
7 months ago
Just cant get into this one. Too floaty, too much going on. The cannon wasn't that great on T2 and the need to put two of them on this game doesn't make sense to me. just not that much fun
7 months ago
unbeliveble pin!! great theme
one the best williams!!
8 months ago
Great game..lots of stuff goin on. Love the launch wireform from the start.
8 months ago
Love the show, love the game, lots to do, but not too complicated. I play this game at least once every time im at the arcade.
8 months ago
State of the art. One of the most successful merge of rules, music, lightning and action put together in a pinball machine. Still a reference piece.
9 months ago
Star Trek is an awesome pin that really feels like it was ahead of its time. My one major complaint are the dreaded outlanes as I often feel cheated when I am playing well and without warning the ball drains and there's no way I could have avoided it. However, everything else really stands out, the sound, the feel, the rule set. Great pin.
10 months ago
Just picked this game up after selling two of my other pins. This game has it all, not only are replacement parts available and mods that can be done, but it has just simple fun game play that anyone would like, but hard to master. You don't have to be a star trek fan to enjoy this game. Ramps, multiball, dot-matrix mini games, as well has hidden easter eggs in the coding of the game. Glad I sold my pins for this gem. One of Williams finest designs, period.
11 months ago
Love the cannon and wide body. Didn't like that the video game mode was always the same pattern and could be memorized. Overall a great pin though as of late find myself not playing it much now that I have newer pins...
11 months ago
I'm not a Next Gen fan AT ALL, but overall, this pin is pretty awesome. From video mode to shooting the cannons, the deeper you get into this game the more fun it is. Once again, if you see this game, play it! You'll be glad that you did.
1 year ago
This is a really fun game that I've found to live up to its reputation as one of the greats. I'm not a Star Trek fan, but the theme integration is second to none. The call outs from all the original actors are very well done and fit the game perfectly. The cab and playfield artwork, dot animations, and music are all top notch. The layout offers lots of great shots and the modes offer a lot of variety and take you all across the playfield. The game can be very brutal and even a bit of a drain monster. However, I've found that it rewards accurate shots and the excellent wizard mode is very achievable with a little bit of strategy.

The mode based ruleset offers a decent amount of depth without being overwhelming. The playfield toys are good and the slingshot mounted cannons are fun and well integrated. My only real complaint with this game is that the video mode is the same every time. Once you memorize the pattern, it becomes a bit too easy to score tons of points with it every time it comes up.

Overall, this is a easily one of the best pinball machines out there and it gets almost everything right. A true classic that even non-Star Trek fans can enjoy!
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