Star Wars (Data East, 1992)

Star Wars

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This game received 257 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.649 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #101 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.42

Artwork: 7.975

Sounds/Music: 7.402

Other Aspects: 7.657

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16 days ago
Not too bad but sound effects and music very similar to Jurassic Park and not as much fun (IMHO). The Death Star lock isn't too bad as well as being able to use the shooter rod/handle to lower the death star target and shoot storm troopers is okay. R2D2 jumps around when the ball goes under him. Again very similar to JP but I prefer the dino toy to the R2 and/or Death Star as far as that goes and more modes in JP. Backglass artwork is really nice and animations are pretty good. I did purchase this at one point as I was a star wars fan and remembered playing this from earlier in my childhood but after a number of games didn't feel there was much left to do on it so grabbed a TZ instead. (Note I haven't played with updated rom so can't comment on that).
17 days ago
The sound effects and DMD animations are great! There are a lot of different objectives and skill shots that make this game a lot of fun. It's definitely one of my favorite games and I highly recommend it.
33 days ago
The best Star Wars game to date. LED the thing, give it the current home ROM, and pinsound and it's incredible. It's a bargain at current pricing and should only go up. For its day the amount of modes, shots, goals is crazy high. Theme integration at its finest.
36 days ago
Star wars has many cool toys and I really like the artwork but the rules are horrible it's shoot center ramp over and over.
53 days ago
Great game to play over and over, great pinball for a family
78 days ago
Color dmd and pinsound put this machine on a different level.
79 days ago
I'm a SW fan, and this game brings together the things I love about the theme. Shots can get a bit repetitive making lastabilty the only downside of the game for me. I'd own this any day over the new Stern release.
86 days ago
muy divertida, excelente gráficos, muy buena música.
5 months ago
Best backglass of any pinball machine, because I'm a Star Wars fan. I will say I cut this machine breaks because of that, too. It is really fun, though. Shooting the Death Star is an obvious feature, but they did it right. I still enjoy playing it regularly and every kid loves it.
6 months ago
Do I really have to post a text review? This game is a classic; if you update the ROM's for scoring, add a Color DMD and get a Pinsound Board with new Speakers... this thing elevates into the stratosphere. Amazing for a SW fan.
7 months ago
It is easy, but still one of the best jackpots. The animation waiting for the Death Star to open- legend. And then the music?! The most satisfying of the SW pinballs.
9 months ago
Arguably the best Data East game to ever be released.
10 months ago
DE Star Wars, is a good game but it always feels like all the budget went into the licence and everything else was done on a "we have this much of the budget left for the game what can we get for this amount". Some great fun shots but the code is super shallow and with a licence like Star Wars should have been so much more, but it was my first pin and for that reason alone I love it as it got me into the hobby as I am sure it did a lot of others, a fun game and a must play just not a keeper.
11 months ago
It's Star Wars ...... what else do you need to know. The game play , shoot the death star then shoot the death star and then well you get it. I wish i had it still. The new code might help the play i didn't have it then.
11 months ago
This game really isnt bad. I used to walk past SW. Worth checking out.
1 year ago
Very one dimensional game, pound the death star for MB and then shoot jackpots. The death star shot is not very satisfying so this game is a huge disappointment.
1 year ago
Love this game, it's star wars after all. The PF artwork is gorgeous. One of the best looking Data East machines, if not the best. However, since it's Data East, the sound quality is poor. This game should always have the pinsound upgrade. And the custom reprogrammed rules that makes it a lot better (get the updated ones for Jurassic Park too!) I want this in my collection!
1 year ago
Play is excellent with the updated chip.. Without it, not so much....
1 year ago
Just like in JP, you need to get ChadH's code update for Star Wars. Once you have that installed, this game really comes back to life and fixes a lot of scoring/rules issues with the game.

As for play, it's probably one of the top 3 best produced Data East games and very desirable to all different types of collectors.
1 year ago
I really liked this game and would seriously consider including in my collection. I am a Star Wars fan and the theme works very well on this machine. I think the artwork of the playfield and backglass could be better though. Almost forgetting to say: the sound track is awesome!
1 year ago
Fantastic Star Wars experience in a pinball game. Great animations, sound, artwork, and layout. The skill shots are fun and there a lot of variation in game modes. A very fun and exciting game!
1 year ago
Nice game, music get a bit repeating after a while
1 year ago
Bad pinball like almost all the Date east
1 year ago
i have had this machine since 2003. Its a good looking machine and the better of the star wars titles. I will never sell it, but the gameplay is very boring. It just gets boring very quickly and I only play it a few times a year. Its the last machine I will turn on in my game room. But its star wars and looks great. If your looking for a star wars piece of art in a pinball machine this is it. If your looking for a great pinball machine this is not one to buy.
1 year ago
"Death Star approaching..."

Everybody seems to have played this machine at least once in their lifetime.
Most non pinheads say, "but do you own a Star Wars"?
I just start laughing.
Hopping A2 D2, spiral Tie Fighter ramp, rotating Death Star with the BIG yellow rectangular target, and Jabbas and Force "gobble holes".

Auto Plunger handle with the button is fun.
Darth Vader plastic flimsy topper is alright, but a voice changing mask is better (and cheaper).
Playfield artwork is good, classic Data East for the times.
Translite is iconic.
Cabinet artwork is good.
Lighting is a$$.
Sound clips are EXCELLENT for the shots (but repetitive, "Shoot the Death Star!")
Understanding what shots are supposed to be made is pretty clear...
Music is average, and is the typical recycled Data East tunes with a SW theme.
Ruleset is practically non-existent.
Shoot the Tie Fighter Ramp until you get bored for decided to go for ramp champion.
Playfield shots are very tight for loops.
If you completely suck at the game, wait for the third ball after letting the first two drain quickly, and depend on operator setting, you will see multiball anyway.
The multiball wind up and animations is probably the best part of the game.
The game needs more Boba Fett action instead of him just flying around on the DMD screen and one action shot.

Basically, if you are a Star Wars nut, you will really like the game.
As a pinball machine design is above average mostly for iconic use of the theme license.
PinSound REALLY improved this machine overall.
The anniversary roms balanced out the game, but it won't fix a 24 year old design.
This is essentially why I rated the game higher than a 7+.
Without the new EPROMS it is a 6.8 at best.

Don't mod this game with cheap new Star Wars Walmart toys, nerds (who generally rate this game 9+), it makes this game look worse beyond imagination.
Markus Rothkranz just laughs at you.
It is like jerking off on the playfield and covering up the decent artwork.

"Choose wisely you must" and "do or do not" try to spend an absurd amount of money on this machine.
Yoda will otherwise scold you for your pinball wisdom incompetence.
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