The Walking Dead (Pro) (Stern, 2014)

The Walking Dead (Pro)

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This game received 283 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.904 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "The Walking Dead". The group itself ranks #21 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.853

Artwork: 7.906

Sounds/Music: 7.296

Other Aspects: 8.096

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

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17 days ago
I have played the bejesus out of this game. It was the first pin that I really had to shake around to keep the ball in play, and boy do you have to shake it. The game is really difficult, but it keeps you coming back for more. If I were to purchase a machine, I might choose TWD. Its deep rule set and variety of strategies have yet to become tiresome for me, and I've dumped at least 50 hours into the thing. Which is to say that getting good at this pin is the equivalent of running with a backpack full of rocks. I've found other pins to be much more forgiving after spending a good deal of time with TWD.
18 days ago
my favorite skill shot.
21 days ago
The gameplay is phenomenal. There are very few pins out there that will provide such a challenge and have such lastability. However, to really shine, it needs a voice mod package, as the stock music and sounds are kind of cumbersome. Otherwise, my favorite pin as of yet.
33 days ago
A love/hate game for a lot of people, but for me personally, more love than hate. This game is challenging, and you have to know that going into it. This ain't no buttery smooth combo after combo shooting game. This game requires shooting skills, ball control skills, and nudging skills. Because of this, there are a lot of people that don't like the game. This game is meant to drain you, and 99% of the drains in this game can be prevented with better shooting, nudging, and ball control. This is probably one of the furthest away from a "flailing" machine where you can randomly flip balls and good things happen. Randomly flipping balls in this game will result in a drain!

With that said, this is one of the most fun games I've played. The modes, multiballs, rules, dots are all exceptional. Two musts for this game, the Cleland sound package, and a small subwoofer. I downgraded the stock sound package. If Cleland's sound package came stock, it would get full marks.

The PF artwork is mediocre at best. Still looks like the photoshopped variety, which is a bit disappointing. The cabinet looks nice, and the zombies on the PRO backglass are just eh. I would have preferred hand-drawn art as opposed to what they used. I'll probably get one of the several alternate translites one day, but for now, I'm going to be killing zombies...
68 days ago
very fun and difficult, awsome.
80 days ago
This is a very fun game.
82 days ago
Feel like a reworking of Iron Man to a certain extent with the villain in the middle of the playfield you strike with balls, the magnetic sling at the top. Feels cramped and obstructed, wasn't even sure it was licensed from the TV Show due to lack of characters on the game.
3 months ago
This game is very underrated and i think it is mainly because of the bashing it received when first released. It is a fast and brutal game with some good flowing shots. Plenty to go for on the playfield and i think this pin doesn't need the crossbow or the extra bash toy. I actually prefer it without those extras. Perfect layout and perfect theme.
Instant classic though.
3 months ago
This game can be brutal but damn when you get it going it is tons of fun!
3 months ago
My second favorite stern... Very professional pinball! I like so much your difficulty
4 months ago
I appreciate the theme and some of the gimmicks in the game. It is fun but I don't feel it draws me back. I don't feel the urge to keep plugging the machine with coins. I may not understand the whole game which is maybe why I am not drawn back in. Fun but there are many other games I would rather play.
4 months ago
Truly believe it's one of the greatest games of all time. I've based my ratings on the latest code and the r rated cleland sound update. It's a must have update. This game doesn't need the crossbow or the extra bash toy. I actually prefer it without those extras. Perfect layout and perfect theme. The only thing i would say is a wish they'd do another update and include a video mode. "Shoot ball into shooter lane for video mode".
Instant classic though.
5 months ago
One of sterns toughest playing modern machines imo. I'm not baised that i own a pro, i honestly feel that it is one of sterns best modern efferts. the code, the dots, and the refreshing change in playfield layout makes it a winner. The outer lane drains and SDTM can be frustrating, but that's why this game is so tough to play. Shoot the drops, get em, or maybe the ball goes down outer lanes....maybe you get lucky and stack everything and the weapons for mode. Still haven't gotten close to 115 kills for last man standing, or siege, or terminus. I have gotten to horde often enough it is doable, and crossbow wizard mode only a couple time.

I find that the tunnel shot is extremely tight, and the riot shot is right up there. The only gimmie shots on the machine are well walker and the left ramp imo.

I'd recommend adding Clelands show callout code to the machine, great upgrade!
5 months ago
That head in the shed sucks. Otherwise I love this game !!!!!
Die zombiesssssssszzzz!!!!!!
6 months ago
Another game that was bashed - terribly - when first launched, however has become a timeless classic. "too many cheap drains" or "the outlanes are too brutal" seemed to be every other word about this game. Give it some time, learn YOUR game and those drains quickly become rewarding saves. Couple a unique and challenging layout together with the BEST CODE in any STERN yet and you have your self a winner. Playfield artwork is perfect for this theme, backglass could have been better IMO, side art was well done too even if it's just photoshopped from stock TWD assets.
6 months ago
Fun Game Under rated Like the theme This one is a keeper !
6 months ago
First I should say that I rated this based off of a custom sound upgrade and a shaker motor which is a must for this machine. I love this game, it can be very difficult at times and frustrating but then all of a sudden you have a great game where you are running through the modes and it makes you want to just keep coming back to it. I didn't think I would like just the red and white color at first but after playing it for a while I wouldn't change it, it works really well with the theme! The code is definitely top 5 in all of pinball with lots to do. This game should definitely be higher in the top 100 and I don't really understand the rating discrepancy between the premium and pro versions. In this particular game I don't feel like there is much difference between the two.
7 months ago
This is a fine, fine Stern Pro. The lack of walker bombs just makes you a better player, so when you hit the Premium/LE you can blow it up!
7 months ago
One of the best codes available thanks to Mr. Sheats. A game that is often overlooked, but once understood it is as deep and brutal as anything you can play at the moment. A custom sound update is a must. Make sure the game is level and set up perfectly and the fear of drains from the pops and off the magnet disappear completely. It's a game that you never really feel like you've gotten the best of. After owning the game for a little over a year it's still on of my favorites. Your game could last 1 minute or a half hour and you still might not reach the end. Great job by Stern on this one and a perfect application of code.
9 months ago
Ratings are for 1.56 cleland code, new code makes a huge difference and updated sound is great.
9 months ago
Nice theme and art but has unrewarding gameplay with a poor simple bash toy that interrupts the flow of the game. Played this game on site many times as it is in a convenient location for me but still cannot break through to a place where the game is entertaining.
10 months ago
I haven't played a pin with 2 balls until I played this pin. Really interesting. Lots of action going on and I really like some of the targets. Problem is that it plays way too fast. I really don't know what I'm doing since there are too many balls to keep track of. Nevertheless, it's interesting and unique.
10 months ago
I"m not sure why so many people bash the game. I think theme is great. Very good animations and sound effects. Good pinball game overall. If I could change one thing-I think they should have hired somebody from the show to do voice overs, sort of like GoT did.

While I would say the premium is better, I think on this one the pro is the way to go. The difference in premium isn't worth it for the crossbow, ramp change, and 3 color lights.

I would say the game play speed is little slower than GoT or some other new ones. But I find it fun.
10 months ago
One of the best pinball rulesets ever?

Right feed out of pops can be very nasty with SDTM drains.

Addictive addictive game.
10 months ago
Solid pin all around. I could care less about the theme, but as with Game of Thrones, I can see why Stern chose it. Layout is unique and the shots are fun. John Borg only makes good pins. I prefer Iron Man, Tron, and Metallica over this Borg design, but it still a great effort. If you're a fan of the show, I am sure that it helps.
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