Star Wars (Pro) (Stern, 2017)

Star Wars (Pro)

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This game received 122 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.487 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Star Wars". The group itself ranks #34 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.94

Artwork: 7.477

Sounds/Music: 8.181

Other Aspects: 7.44

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Star Wars (Pro)".
The other version is: Star Wars (Premium/LE)

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2 days ago
STERN Star Was is the best Star Wars Pinball based on the original trilogy ever made . The Pro is an excellent example of value as it has the same RGB color changing inserts and the choreographed GI lighting as the Premium/Limited Edition. It is all about the game play. The modes are represented great in synergy to the LCD film clips and voice overs from the original films . The music by John Williams score is excellent . All this brings you into the Star Wars original Trilogy universe . The game play is hard. But there are so many ways to choose to play the rule-set. The shot multiplier system is very addicting as you learn how you may manually move the shots around the playfield for maximum scoring . I have never played a pinball game with this type of control given to the player. This style of code brings so much "breadth" of strategically building up you shot multipliers and choosing different main character from the Star Wars 1977 film to aid you through your playing experience . It is a " masterpiece" in coding and fun. And "Fun" is what defines a great pinball machine .
For people on this forum to score STERN Star Wars pinball in the range of (2-3) Such as (@ Guitoone) and many (others) as read there ratings for this title is quit frankly ( laughable, absurd, comical, funny, hilarious, risible, droll, amusing, farcical, silly, ludicrous; and ridiculous ).
2 days ago
I am so sad to see such a good theme with such a poor pinball!!! It's amazing. What did stern do with this???
It is so void, so boring... It's really the worst Stern since a long time!
3 days ago
Right off the bat: I hate Star Wars. I don't see what's so damn great about it. That being said, this game is pretty sweet. It plays more like an arcade game than a pinball machine with the multiplier and all, but that's what I like about it. Nailing a shot with a huge multiplier feels great! But overall, the machine does leave me wanting. It's just so basic.
6 days ago
Game did not impress me the first time I played it. Have since played it on multiple occasions and really don't enjoy it. Empty playfield, aside from a tie fighter on a spring and a death star. Licensing must have cost Stern a fortune, cause they obviously had no money to invest in innovative features.
A very weak effort on Stern's part!!!
10 days ago
Just not the game I was hoping it would be. I've waited a few months since release to see how it would change and unfortunately it hasn't improved how I would have hoped.
Will add more detail later.
15 days ago
Star wars is a fun game rules are great but there are no toys at all in the game which stinks.
40 days ago
Played on different locations and got frustrated most of the time, cheap drains galore... Horrible game start in the lower playfield, had a few balls which went directly on the outlanes twice in a row. Not that fun for me anyway with the complex game modes and action button pushing to destroy those Tie fighters. Well, no more € coins for these machines that’s it.
42 days ago
It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be or as bad as I've read. Game plays fast, honestly too fast, and suffers from short ball times. I managed some crazy air balls, but over all the shots were better than expected. I really liked the lighting and the color changing GI lights.
44 days ago
i avoided rating this game until the video modes and Lightsaber Duel modes were added, and now I can't get over how awesome it is playing this. The Lightsaber Duel mode is fantastic, with the GI effects sync'd to the video clip being shown when the mode starts. The soundtrack is fantastic. The gameplay is fast and frantic, it really keeps you on your toes. I keep having the 'One more game' feeling when i finish a game! The playfield is a little less packed than some other games, but the flow of shots combined with the rule set more than make up for this.
49 days ago
Most fun I've had with Pinball since I opened my NIB Met. So fast, gets there heart pumping
50 days ago
Empty and cheap game.
lot's of shots an to many rules.
Hard to know what you're doing.
I just don't like it.
61 days ago
It is a fun game, but it seems like you can just shoot randomly and still get great points. I shoot the safe shots that return to the flipper easily over and over. My only real worry was the right outlane. The small screen is neat but I didn't even see the bumpers behind it until I heard them. I was also very surprised with how many fish eyes were in the clear coat on the playfield on the machine I played.
63 days ago
Another new Star Wars game based on the original Trilogy? Sure, why not? It is a solid little shooter with some interesting design elements. It doesn't have a lot of originally and it won't win any innovation awards but it is good for what it is. Still pre-1.0 code so it is tough to judge it but I do wish Stern would put a little more into their artwork and animations, this one wasn't their best.
65 days ago
A fan of Star wars not the pin though
66 days ago
Got a chance to play this onsite. Pretty average. Good Fast play. LCD screen big and distracting. No toys apart from a tie fighter on a spring.WTF. Nothing real good to say about this game. Was looking forward to it but seems very underwhelming. Spoke to a few others around that were playing and all had similar opinions. Would be a waste of money and a little dearer than other new stern titles.(in OZ anyway) Others much better.
66 days ago
love this game. Played my buddies Pro multiple times. It has that one more game feature that i want. Must have game....!!
66 days ago
Current rating based on current code. But as it stands it is extremely unfinished with unbalanced scoring. And not intuitive on what to shoot for. And no real shot callouts.
Mystery award wtf?
Place holder texts seen in the first few seconds of play.
Come on. Really? Makes me wonder what else is missing.

Fun SR layout that flows nice. But overall it seems bare and the code is a complete mess. Again with no direction on which way it is going. Just release it and worry about what to put in it later.
There has yet to be a good SW pin made.

Also the showroom model I played had ghosted inserts and you could see the sanding marks on the inserts under the clearcoat. And the playfield was full of craters. The Diled in next to it looked perfect and it was/is a prototype for testing.
Get it together stern and up the quality of your pins.
67 days ago
Star Wars is fun has that one more game effect code is brilliant game is lightning fast will make you a better player for sure
69 days ago
I've put about 30 games on this, and I can say that this game is okay and that I was hoping for more.


- Ritchie speed! This game can be hella fast

- Theme is great, but that goes without saying

- The tie fighter button bashing is super fun. Losing a ball to it is hilarious the first few times

- The idea of the characters is a cool way to organise the game

- The screen works well with the game. You can get updates as to what to shoot at


- Rules overload!!! I love a deep rule set, but when the rules are so complicated that you cannot figure them out after ten games, I'm ready to turn my back.

- Ritchie speed, but not necessarily Ritchie flow. This game is nothing like GOT and doesn't even touch Iron Man. In Iron Man, I have a "Ritchie Moment" almost every game, meaning that I slam combos so fast that my head spins and I start laughing out loud. Not this one. The shots aren't as pleasing and the flow is different somehow... hard to explain.

- Annoying sounds for Tie Fighters all the time.

- The modes feel redundant. I don't feel like I'm actually in a mode when I am, unlike games like TZ, AF or, again, Iron Man and countless others.

- Stern cheapness. This is topic all in itself. Cheap boards with integrated LEDs, cheap components, no toys for the pro version. You want an LCD screen or two? Well, you can have it, but Stern will strip value from elsewhere, where there is no value left to strip. I digress...

- Incomplete code. At least with SW, they will likely attempt to finish it. No promises here, but we know Stern's approach.

Overall, I'd say this game is a solid 7/10. It's a game I could see myself playing if the code is updated and I can understand the rules. I don't see this game holding its value, seeing that Stern will sell a zillion of them due to the license alone. The game will be like Ghostbusters and will sell for less than NIB. Too bad Jack didn't get his hands on the license.

May the pinball market be with you.
69 days ago
I have had three opportunities to play this machine. I don't need a fourth. It's just not that good... it's dull, repetitive, and uninspired.

A great opportunity to build a modern machine on an iconic theme, and Stern totally blew it.
71 days ago
I cant believe people actually like this machine. I am not the guy that is harsh over every pin, but this one by Stern is the lamest yet. Totally boring. I have a Star trek pro, which is solid, but not an amazing game, but this is so uninspired I was shocked. I expect the ratings to drop like a rock once players actually rate it rather than Star Wars fans. I would honestly rather have ANY other new pin still available from Stern, (or anyone else!) than this one.
79 days ago
It's a lot of fun to get some cool combos. The shots are manageable. The Theme is great. I like some of the Ball Saved animations, which are great choices. The side art is awesome, especially the X-Wing side. Pretty clear which shots to get. The scoring seems way too complicated to bother with. I only have about 10 games on this, so it's an early review. It's pretty fun.

For the negative. Some code and lighting is awful. Right when you are in a combo, and when the ball is screaming towards the flippers, they turn off the damn lights. In a low lit route, that's just mean. I get that this is a fast flow machine, but hell, is it too much to ask to let us see the damn ball when we need to react at our fastest. The death star sort of just hangs there. I do love when the green LEDs flashed. That was cool.

I love the ramps and the inner loop. That is a lot of fun.
81 days ago
I wanted to like this game, but absolutely nothing made me want to keep hitting the start button. It's barren and the worst effort from Stern to date. Hopefully the premium has more to offer.
84 days ago
I've played this pin several times at a couple of arcades. This one is hard to review because I like some things and dislike other things. I want to say the layout is boring, but it is more of a disappointment that it is missing cool toys and features, but I kind of like the game play maybe because it is similar to ACDC that I love. It plays nothing like ACDC because SW falls short of it in many ways. The Tie fighter on a spring ... that should be more of one of the side minor features but is the main bash toy. I like the integration of the small LCD and the targets under them - that is great. This is Stern's best integration of the back box LCD, but it is hard to keep looking up to get the info you need ... so it needs more call outs. Maybe those will still come with future code. I like the 4 main progression plots for the multiball mode rewards. The music is good, the artwork is what I expected for what the license would probably allow and is "ok" because of that. It is entertaining to play. There are some punishing shots that go SDTM that I really don't like about it. I'll watch the progression on this one and MAY someday buy an LE second hand if the code improves and the game play is much better on that version. As you can read ... it is good and not so good in my opinion, but pretty fun too if you get a good game going on it.
3 months ago
Star Wars is a great game but the art and playfield layout is just decent. Now for the art I just look at the play field as that is what you see the most. The colors are nice but that is just it. It is not the killer play field art. The shots are nice but not perfect. There are no toys! I played a pro and just the tie fighter, but that is nothing. Rules or sometimes a bit dull. Shoot this, shoot that, and even sometimes you could not progress unless you shoot a specific shot. The music is great, Star Wars soundtrack is really good, animations are good, not the best yet, the explosions are a bit bad. Flow is great the ball keeps rolling, you have no time to rest on this machine. Lights are great. So overall a nice machine that I will play if I see one, one for the home?...I think not yet.
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