Star Wars Trilogy (Sega, 1997)

Star Wars Trilogy

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This game received 70 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.224 /10


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This game ranks #200 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.038

Artwork: 7.394

Sounds/Music: 6.852

Other Aspects: 7.336

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12 days ago
So disappointed in this game. I searched high and low to find one that I could play and was extremely disappointed. The shots are easy, the playfield is wide open and the features such as Han in carbonite mean zero to the game. This could have been epic in multiple ways, but turned out to be a stinker.
7 months ago
SWT is a clunky game that included a graphic Photoshop style artwork set, subpar sounds (even with stereo sound), poor playfield design, and weakened rule set. The 3D translite did not save the artwork. The cannon is not a good toy, and only will work in a home environment.

The only SW title that stands out is the Data East version especially with the updated "ultimate" EPROM set for rules and a PinSound board. Only one phrase sums up this pinball pinball and many of their titles, "Mediocrity was SEGA's watchword." Even Williams SWE1 Pinball 2000 machine, or Hankins Empire Strikes Back fair better.

Enthusiasts that believe that this is the "Best Star Wars pinball" have most definitely, NOT played all the games in pinball history. Move forward to other games or overpay for something that should have been redesigned at the original factory.
9 months ago
The best of the old star wars machines
1 year ago
Great game when set up properly. Game can be improved by adding secondary audio channel to unlock the stearo sound and adding a sub as it really enhances the sounds and makes it really tie into the game.
1 year ago
Fairly terrible game. Played on location and it wasn't set up all that well... really floaty and the flippers didn't have a lot of strength. That said, when you could hit the shots it seemed really uninteresting. Has giant hole in right side of playfield similar to South Park... which doesn't help things.
1 year ago
The code really ruins the MB and modes. Trying to get a super jackpot is pure luck as one of the targets are blocked off from any flipper. You have to be real lucky to get that last force target.
2 years ago
I can't help but compare this 1997 Sega version of Star Wars pin to the 1992 DE version. Ultimately, the art and the theme seems better executed (for SW lore) on the Trilogy version (this one), but the game play was clunky and not as fun. The X-Wing sits in the way, and there is so much plastic! The shots were boring and everything felt kinda cheap.

This isn't a game I'd like to have - despite being an avid Star Wars fan, but the '92 version isn't much better either. At any rate, worth a play, but don't go out of your way to do it.
2 years ago
Great fun! Underrated game in my opinion.
2 years ago
played more than three diferent machines in 98-99 and found they all played different ,they all felt kinda cheap ,not that good in my opinion,back glass is jus seemed boreing, not a keeper !
2 years ago
Well, I just like this pinball. If in a great condition, this one is really nice. Il like it better than the DE version, that is just to dark for me, and the graphics on Trilogy are way better. The shots are simple but fun. I like the toys. The ruleset is simple but for a quick play ok. Music and theme do it for me. Hard to find a good one, most of these machines are pretty banged up. Would love to restore, clearcoat, new toys, etc. Just need to find the correct machine and time....
This is in my eyes the best of the three Star Wars pins, not by far on DE, but agree that the franchise needs a way better pin! Would be a killer!
3 years ago
This game looks and feels cheap, but it's OK to play. I really don't like Sega's gaping holes in the playfield, but the drop targets in front of the bomber at least cover one up. Honestly I think the cannon on this is better than T2. That's really the best feature of this game. I never seem to get good action out of the pops though.

Not the worst game in the world, maybe a little below average. I wouldn't own one, but I play it on location.
3 years ago
Love Sar Wars but really don't get into this pin. We really need a great Star Wars pin. DE got the closest but for such an iconic theme, the pin falls short
3 years ago
Star wars. Fun to play but sound gets a bit repetitive at times. Has many challinging shots like putting C3po back together (hard to do). Cannon and Wing fighter are ramp shots with the Wing fighter shooting to destroy Darthvader and the Deathstar. Game is fast. May the force be with you!!
4 years ago
This seems like an underrated game to me. While I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, the game represents the theme very well. There are good toys on the play field. Compare the play field toys to a modern Stern, and it meets or exceeds them IMO. The cannon is nice, and similar to the T2 or AC/DC cannon. It also seems like a good bang for the buck game. My friend owns one, and we just spent all weekend playing it. Looks great with LEDs. Very fun game, and didn't get tired of it despite playing it all weekend.
4 years ago
It's a great fun pinball , I like the cannon reminds me a lot of the batman pinball . I love Star Wars .....
4 years ago
I was really surprised how good this game turned out to be.. Based on ratings I never really looked at it, but when a local one came up for sale, I bought it, shopped it, and have really gotten into it.. Not a deep game, it actually looks simple, but I have yet to complete it.. Sega's do not get much love, but I have actually really enjoyed most of them, looking forward to trying others down the road where I can! Plus it's star wars.. Leia chocking Jabba.. I just find it a real fun game, that you do not have to think about.. just play and enjoy!
5 years ago
A game that beats the Data East version in my opinion. Although it does have the benefit of advances in tech since the last one was made.
The 3d backglass is cool. The music is obviously great.
The best bit about the table though is the multiball start. The cannon grabbing the ball then the x wing firing it at the tie fighter. A great bit of engineering.
Lots of fun to play.
5 years ago
I love this game. I find myself playing it over & over again. So I guess that has to mean something.. ;-)
5 years ago
Star Wars Trilogy suffers from the same lack of development and playtesting that plagues Sega pinball games.

The Pros:
A pretty cool layout with variable opeingings into the tie fighter hole with the drop targets being able to drop/pop as programmed. There are shots to be made on this table. the FORCE- C and E targets in particular require sniper skills. The VUK at is not an easy shot either. I like the x-wing cannon shooting into the tiefighter hole. It makes me say "Stay on target..." The ramp with the diverter in it is nicely done. The X-wing shooter to the Tie Fighter is well done.

The Cons:
The Han/Cartman hole is... I don't know, I have never liked this shot on any Premier/DE/Sega/Stern deck. Let's not forget the rules that make you want to forget that you want to play this game. Star Wars trivia is a nice novelty, that gets old before you know it. The art package is crowded and too busy to to be anything other than a distraction to playing this game. A perfect example of design by a marketing committee.

The Takeaway:
A great game for the Star Wars kids. A real player will not have his interest held for long. It's a shame, really...


I FINALLY got the chance to play a fully functioning copy of this game and after sessioning it out I felt that.. well... it isn't as bad as I thought it was, but it will never be that good either. There are some shots that I really like quite a bit. The special/bonus x lane in particular is a challenging shot. I also think the Hero Mode shot is a great pf sniper shot. However the rest of the upper PF notably around the pops is not well utilized (is there a skill shot to be had here? I don't know why vader is shaking his head...). So what do i like about this game more than before? Well hitting the strobing tie-fighter standup means that you can skillfully be in multiball in 2 shots after you plunge the first ball. Reminds me of Pinbot and the strobing targets at the visor and to the side. The orbits and the ramp feel really good and smooth. I like the Laser cannon diverter and the x-wing ball cannon shot through the selected drop target space is a challenging way to start multiball. Multiball jackpot is an easy collect. Super Jackpot is not. You have to spell out the F-O-R-C-E targets and THEN get the ball into the tie fighter tunnel past the drops. The trick is these drops start up and will pop back up. You have to trap a ball, knock down a target and either shoot it in from the x-wing or luck it in. Not an easy thing to do so I have to respect it. Especially if you skillfully shoot it in from the x-wing! Hero modes are of varying difficulty and offer some points, but are not all that valuable. Falcon Multiball can be hit over and over and over, but it is not as valuable as tie fighter multiball. Getting the Vader wiz mode is tough because you gotta get the SJ. Those C and E targets are tough to hit!

This game seems to have quite a bit of technical issues. So as you can tell by the update... I really had to quest for a properly working copy. Even then the X-wing diverter and the Han Kicker STILL were not consistent! The force is not strong with this table...hmmm? If this game is working properly, it is a fun table. Best of luck to you your quest to find and play one that does.

Q: Who was the 18th president of the united states? A: Han Solo

Scores changed accordingly.
5 years ago
This is a nice playing pinball, very fast! It has 2 hard shots and the rest are easier. I can play this pinball and enjoy the game flow and not get uptight. It keeps me coming back again and again. In my opinion it does a good job in playing through the Star Wars first 3 movies. I always loved these movies as a kid and still love them today. This is a great pinball to put in your collection.
6 years ago
Fun game. Few hard shots (atleast for me) drop hole for han solo interesting, as i cant hit it ever. but fun game and i put it on my list for the future.
6 years ago
Not being a fan of the theme, this game has a tough time impressing me... not bad to play though, and the DT's make it fun for me, but the theme and music is just too much for me to bear to make me want to play it!
6 years ago
Like the theme not the best of games.
7 years ago
Better than the Data East Star Wars! Which is not saying much :(
7 years ago
What's not to love - it's Star Wars!! The X Wing shot is a great treat and the gameplay is smooth.
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