Star Wars (Pro) (Stern, 2017)

Star Wars (Pro)

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This game received 151 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.431 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Star Wars". The group itself ranks #25 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.89

Artwork: 7.475

Sounds/Music: 8.054

Other Aspects: 7.337

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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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28 days ago
Nice looking game, reminds of lethal weapon release back in the day, that had a nice looking, well lit playfield but not the back glass wars just seemed to open of a fan lay out with long shots, but plays good ,smooth and fast ...not much to it feel for me, fire power could be better? I was let down on game play and the playfield for this new machine,not the worse game ever, just bland in my opinion. I will try premiumn when I find one, hope it's better....not a keeper for me
36 days ago
I LOVE Star Wars. I have over $20K of Star Wars collectibles in my home office, yet I do not own any Star Wars pinball machines. That is always the number one question people ask me when they are at my house. “You love Star Wars and you love pinball, so why don’t you have a Star Wars pinball machine?” The answer is simple, I don’t like any of them. I have put in 40+ games on this new Stern title. I am just not feeling it. Enjoyment is such a subjective thing. I am not slamming the machine. There are a lot of nice things that I can appreciate, but it just doesn’t move and excite me. I need to be moved. Most of all, I need to have fun. I did not find this machine to be fun. I can’t pinpoint exactly why this game falls short me, so I will leave it to the other reviews to point out its deficiencies or its strong points. I guess my main criticism would boil down to theme integration, artwork and too much video integration to carry the lacking gameplay. I am glad to hear that some of you are really enjoying this title. It’s just not for me. I will continue to play to see if I can revise my rating in the future. May the force be with you!
48 days ago
I’m not a big fan of the Star Wars movies but I think that Star Wars is a fantastic game. I don’t understand why people are hating on this game. It doesn’t feel cheap and plays very smoothly with a deep rule set. It plays super fast and is a truly tough game. Ball control is a must and being able to make shots on the fly. The rules are quite dee and there are several choices for the player to make like what character to play as and what modes to stack. The modes are all quite unique and you really feel you are a part of the story. The screen is very well integrated with movie clips that really immerse you. The sound effects are superb as well, many quotes from the movies, lots of great sound effects, and of course the wonderful score from the Star Wars films. Too many multiballs to count and more than enough modes. I love the integration of the button on the lockdown bar to destroy tie fighters because you have to try to get control of the ball as fast as possible to allow yourself to spam the button safely, otherwise you risk draining with one hand off the flipper button. Overall one of my favorite games.
50 days ago
SW pro is a great game. The flow is super fast and the game rewards this kind of play. The drains are also just as fast so it has a good risk/reward profile. Unfortunately I have to compare this to the Premium I would argue that the shots are too easy on the pro. There are no interactive toys. I wouldn't call the tie fighter anything more than a stand up target with a spring. At least Got has a dragon that moves and spits the ball ball back at you. No excuses there stern. I do not like the translite art. Also forgot to mention the code and strategy is very deep and Steve and the design team have outdone themselves.
68 days ago
It may be the best Star Wars game ever released but unfortunately that isn't saying much. The game is fun but for a legendary theme like Star Wars it should have been so much more than it is. It would have been fun to see a more feature filled game similar to Ghostbusters on a theme like this.
70 days ago
This review for the .93 code, I will update as necessary.

After I'd played a few games honestly I was almost ready to walk away from it. What a greedy drain monster this thing was out of the box! And the early software really wasn't that great. Shame on Stern for releasing a game with code in that state. It's deeply unprofessional.

However, now that I tweaked it, wow. I have to pull myself away from this one, the temptation is so strong for 'just one more.' I have more than 20 pins in my collection, and it's quite hard for me these days to find a pin I haven't played. I can state absolutely that Star Wars Pro is by far and away my favorite game of all time.

The shots are hard, but not stupid hard. Once I got the hang of backhanding the death star shot, my enjoyment of the game greatly improved. And that's something I love about this game. I really feel that it has made me a better player. For reference my high score on LOTR is 264m, on Theatre of Magic it's 3.6b. On a good day I can play a 45 minute game of The Hobbit. But wow. Star Wars... it /challenges/ me. The death star shot is hard. The right ramp is tricky. It's blazing fast, and handling multiball requires a lot of concentration. I like the multipliers and the truly impressive variety of strategies.

People say it doesn't have toys, I say they're wrong. The button is the biggest toy pinball has seen in a long time. Sure, there have been buttons on plenty of machines before. But not like this. The risk/reward of that button is brilliant. There is nothing quite so satisfying as button mashing like crazy as the ball shoots straight down the middle and blasting just enough tie fighters to start mutiball just before the ball is lost. The whole experience of trying to judge when you can button mash when a ball is in play, or desperately trying to cradle so you can pound away is truly next level for me. It adds that same kind of magic that Magna-Save does on Black Knight, only on a much more satisfying level.

I like being able to choose characters, and being able to choose which planets, and even then being able to choose the mode I want, and on top of that being able to choose to stack modes or not. Such a wealth of choices!

I find the modes fun, challenging and varied. But one thing I've always wanted - and finally got in Star Wars - is a mode that doesn't end when the ball drains. I love that.

I do like video modes in pinball, and Star Wars doesn't disappoint. The asteroid field is challenging and can reward you nicely.

There's just so much fun to be had - the lightsaber duel, escape from Boba Fett, the four end missions, several different multiballs. It feels a lot like LOTR in scope, another of my favorite games.

I used to think that JJP had the best lightshows in pinball, but honestly SW is better than WoZ or TH. The playfield really changes in the different modes, and they made great use of changing colors for inserts during play.

Unfortunately I've read some unfair hate being dealt on this machine in a couple of other reviews. Honestly, people really shouldn't be reviewing a game that they've only played four or five times. To be fair, the machine does require some tweaking so that it isn't a greedy drain monster, and when I played it like that I hated it too. But scoring it a 3 of 10? That's just not right.

In part I think for some people, nothing will live up to the Star Wars franchise. I think a very credible job was done keeping in line with the Star Wars universe, and I say this as someone who saw the original movie literally dozens of times in the theater as a kid. I /feel/ the drama of the death star assault because it's flippin hard to pull off. I'd contrast this with dramatic modes of The Hobbit, which I think is a very fun game, but because the shots are so easy The Hobbit just doesn't have the same tension as SW.

There are some things that could be better. The original music isn't on the same level as the John Williams score. I'd like more callouts. If there are easter eggs I haven't found them, but the thing should be loaded with 'em. I think the LCD, and particularly the mini LCD could do a better job helping you see what shots are called for. In particular the LCD plays clips that block all status (hint: move the status to the mini LCD during clips, guys!) The playfield is a little dark. I don't care for the LE features at all: the hyperloop detracts from play in my opinion and anyway is used so infrequently it hardly matters, the gate is kind of a cute nod to Space Shuttle but otherwise doesn't add anything, and I can practically guarantee that the fork will cause mechanical failures in the future.

Overall this is more than just a heck of a fun game to play -- this is a legendary machine. Star Wars will never be leaving my collection.
83 days ago
Other than the game could have used a "force" magnet, this is a good fun competent game that delivers on the theme reasonably well. Did they include everything I would have? No. But, the game highlights some key scenes with original audio and video, includes the main SW theme music. It's not entirely done yet from a software standpoint since it's not up to 1.0 but it's far enough along to declare it a good solid game as far as I'm concerned. You get to blast tie fighters, have a light saber battle, and blow up the death star. It's a good game.
88 days ago
Decent enough game, although understanding the rules is not easy.

Playfield is pretty uninspired.

Good flow.

Feels a bit flimsy.

Another game I enjoying playing but not on my list to buy.
3 months ago
It is good for decoration... not very fun to play. It becomes boring after a few minutes...
3 months 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 ).
3 months 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.
3 months 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!!!
3 months 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.
3 months ago
Star wars is a fun game rules are great but there are no toys at all in the game which stinks.
4 months 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.
4 months 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.
4 months ago
Most fun I've had with Pinball since I opened my NIB Met. So fast, gets there heart pumping
4 months 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.
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
5 months ago
A fan of Star wars not the pin though
5 months 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.
5 months ago
love this game. Played my buddies Pro multiple times. It has that one more game feature that i want. Must have game....!!
5 months 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.
5 months 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
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