Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Williams, 1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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This game received 541 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.827 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #65 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.844

Artwork: 7.823

Sounds/Music: 7.507

Other Aspects: 7.943

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10 days ago
Terminator 2 is a game that a lot of people love that I don’t really see. The layout is fine and the shots feel good but there just isn’t enough to do and the scoring feels a bit off. Multiball is the only thing worth playing for cause it’s worth so much and it’s basically the only mode in the game. Video mode is just about the only other thing and that is only mediocre. Overall a good theme and layout but just simply not enough to do to keep me interested.
13 days ago
"The game that killed pinball..."

Action/Per/Minute: super-low
Backhands: unknown
Bonus Multiplier Goal: yes
Dink Donk: yes - ball dribbles out of pop area at times
Drops: boring - just feed rollover lanes
Drops Sweep: none
Extra Balls: yes
Flippers: 2
Goal -EB/BC/MB/Jackpot: cool jackpots during multiball
Hurry-ups: yes
Inlane Lane Change: unknown
Inlane Ramp Release: fair - not fast like taxi/diner
Inlane Swoosh: yes
Bonus Collect: no
Lane Change: yes
MB Earning: ok - kinda easy
MB Fun: very good ramps are great detain shots
Metal Ramp: yes you can hear it
Nudging: normal
Orbits (Repeatable): yes, in one direction, and you are encouraged to do it. sometimes this is blocked to pops
Outlane Fun: fair - left outlane is a steve ritchie stinker
Pops: boring
Rules (time/order): no order targets
Shots (total): 9
Skill Shot: great
Slap-Saves: normal good williams
Spinners: none
Stop'n'Go: horrible, it's a DMD -- lots of waiting
Taunting: unknown
Toy/Gimmick: great -- the video mode was revolutionary, as was the dmd, the gun shooter, the gun for skill shots. tops.
Voice / V. choreography: great - this is the clincher. Arnie is your buddy and it's cool.

ART: 10+
SOUND: 10+
FEEL: 10+
OVERALL: It's good even if it's a DMD game
51 days ago
Overhyped a bit. Playfield is not so good. Only thing that is perfect is the sound quality and launch cannon.
68 days ago
Probably the most accessible theme out there. Everyone loves the terminator and people gravitate to this machine. Inserts and GI look fantastic in this machine if you LED it out. Also looks great with mirror blades, since the chrome/metal colors create a really futuristic look with them installed. Tons of (mostly non-interactive) mods are widely available for it as well, so it's a really fun game to dress up.

Has my favorite video mode in pinball, the cannon is an awesome gimmick for starting multiball, and the feel of hitting the chase loop multiple times in a row is very good, although the scoring for it doesn't really reward doing it.

Not a deep machine but that's part and parcel to its accessibility for beginners. There are a couple good ways to score, but payback time is really the only way to go to really push the scoring through the roof. Left ramp, right ramp, repeat over and over. As such, can get a little repetitive for experienced players. But Ah-nold holds his own regardless. Overall, always fun for a few games, when sprinkled in to a mix.
71 days ago
T2 is a cool game the rules are not deep but it's fun to see how many super jackpots you can get. I also like the artwork on the game and the skull is cool looking.
85 days ago
I have had this game for about a month and really enjoy it. In my opinion, the video mode is one of the best of the 90's era games.
3 months ago
I'm glad I waited a few months of owning this title before rating it. I originally somewhat dismissed it, it didn't have enough shots or wasn't deep enough. I've had the opportunity to first, dial it in and get it playing like it should. It has smooth shots an the game plays incredibly fast. Not sure if it's a T2 thing or not, but my pop bumpers are ultra sensitive and fire rapidly when the ball is in play. A Pinsound board made a huge difference in sound quality too. I am using the original speakers and I swear it sounds like I have it hooked to a sub. I think this is one of the better <$2500 games out there. A total package in gameplay, theme and price.
3 months ago
Great game layout, cannon is a bit repetitive and extremely easy to master the timing. Machine holds up really well, satisfying ramp shots, cabinet art is so-so. translight is really nice especially when tastefully backlit. very straightforward ruleset that does get stale in a small collection but the theme is fantastic for the era.
3 months ago
Not that terrible. Too much over-rated in my opinion, because of the license. Of course the theme is well respected, but the game itself is ultimately not so varied as that.
4 months ago
This was our first pin and the only one that was ever routed. It took some time to fix some issues with the skull ball popper, but this is one of our most played pins. Great theme (how can you go wrong with Arnie as the Terminator). Good voice callouts with the real deal's voice. This is a shallow ruleset pin, but it moves fast and the multi-ball is great. This is a keeper in our game room.
4 months ago
First, I feel that this is a good game, but I don't think it's a great game.I feel like it's very repetitive for shots and speeches I feel like it's a little overrated. For multi ball and jackpots very unique with the cannon. That's my favorite part. However there's not that many shots on the table, and not many cool gimmicks that many games have. It has a plastic $3 skull with $3 plastic plane, etc... I feel like it's a little cheap and scores huge. Top 60 game. Once again it's a good game and I own it. I like it. I have several games that I enjoy a little more. Fun game to drop quarters in. I just edited my original rating .... Here are the key take always. I really do enjoy the game more the 2nd time around. I didn't realize how much I missed the game after I sold it. A very fun game. I love this game even more the 2nd time around. Maybe I was a little harsh with this title. Now, I can't stop playing the game. I still think cheap toys, but it's a great game. Yes I changed.
5 months ago
Didn't toot my fancy.

I did give it a higher score after playing it a few hours recently and trying not to pre-judge pins and theming as I typically do... I just end up disappointed. This is a fun game, just wouldn't buy it ...
5 months ago
I'm all about the theme and this one is definitely right up my alley! I'm a huge Arnold fan and it doesn't get any better than call outs from his while you play pinball. Terminator 2 was one of my favorite movies growing up as a kid so this one rates high on my scale. Also, it is great game too! Almost as good as T3!
6 months ago
Not a favorite for game play but respect the over all execution. The design team integrated the theme terrifically which I feel really carries the game as a whole.
7 months ago
I actually wanted to get a copy of this game until playing it. Now I'm not so sure. My kids and I played it once and had no reason to go back. LOVED the movie, the game was kinda meh. Can't figure out why it's so highly rated.
7 months ago
I do not really care for the theme a whole lot but there are worse out there. Overall, really fun game.
7 months ago
This is the game I put the most quarters in when I see it in the wild. Always seems to make you okay that 1 last game.
8 months ago
Love the gun on the side
10 months ago
I docked this one also because of it's age but the amount of people who play it are hooked to it..excellent
10 months ago
T2 is my longest owned pin.
Always has that one more shot feeling.
A properly executed big jackpot cannon shot makes you feel really happy, with all the lights blazing!

Great flow, hit right ramp, left ramp, right ramp, left ramp, cpu, big points!
While the shots are pretty straightforward and easy, it just never seems to get tiring.

I might eventually sell it, but only if the wife agrees.
I LED'd mine out tastefully and with a cleaned and waxed playfield this thing is blazing fast.
10 months ago
This game seems to really divide people. Some people love it (I do) and others don't. I don't compare it to the games that came after it that perhaps were more complex, but those games also generally cost more. To me, it was a nice addition to my collection. Not as basic as my early SS game, but not as advanced as my later DMD game. Sometimes I don't feel like playing a complicated game, and just want to play a fast game with good flow and a theme that I really enjoy (yes, I am a terminator fan and unlike most people, thought the original was the very best). I think I might get bored if this was the only game in my collection (although they can be purchased for a reasonable price), but with several games it fits in very nicely and won't be leaving any time soon.
10 months ago
This is just a great, great game. The drop target/VUK/cannon multiball is super fun, the ramp shots have a great flow, it's got one of the best video modes in all of pinball, and many ways to play to rack up points. Arnold's speech takes it over the top. Definitely a keeper.
10 months ago
Have you ever tried to rekindle an old flame, like an old girlfriend you used to date in high school who you really wanted to get back together with? You finally after all these years get to meet up with her and for weeks the anticipation builds and builds when suddenly you are face to face with her for the first time in years. After talking to her for about 15 minutes you realize there is nothing there, and that flame has gone, that ship has sailed and there are a lot of other girls that are more compatible for you. This was T2 for me. I loved the movies growing up as a kid and played this pin when I was young. When I tried it out recently, I found the game monotonous and the lack of shot selection did not help no matter how much I wanted to like the game. The sounds were good though....

Updated rating! I played a T2 that was in way better condition and it made a HUGE difference. I could actually hit the ramps, it played smooth with lots of action and it was a lot of fun. Definitely on my list again.
10 months ago
Not much going on with this pin. The music and callouts are great but the game is too basic to get me into it.
11 months ago
A very simple game mechanically but the cold looking artwork and metal helps perfectly capture the theme of the franchise. Great flowing game with a simple layout you can shoot shot to shot (combos if you will) all day long. One of my favourite games ever made but I might be a little biased due to the theme, either way a great game that's simple to shoot and tonnes of fun.
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