The Walking Dead (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2014)

The Walking Dead (Premium/LE)

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This game received 326 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.377 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "The Walking Dead". The group itself ranks #20 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.424

Artwork: 8.31

Sounds/Music: 7.889

Other Aspects: 8.568

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

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6 days ago
"The Walking Dead" is another Stern cash-in (what happened to original tables?) where you shoot at a barn...and a huge, fat zombie thing in the middle of the table. You also "take out walkers" though I'm not quite sure if that's done by hitting the barn or the bash toy. I keep being told I'm "killing walkers" each time the ball drains...which is often thanks to cheap drains from pop releases. It also has a big crossbow you can "fire" which is as random as the giant zombie in the middle of the playfield. You don't need giant toys for a pinball machine, folks. The game play is smooth...when you can hit your targets. Otherwise, it's aggravating to take cheap drains off the HUGE FREAKIN' ZOMBIE TOY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLAYFIELD. The audio is comprised of Rick (I'm guessing here because it sounds nothing like him) saying homespun southernly things like "What a mess!" while you put up with zombies gurgling and the sound of guts being removed which just makes me want to continue playing, lemme tell ya'. The music is the show's score and theme playing and that's about it. There isn't much to it and Stern has made better.
13 days ago
I have mixed feelings. Crowded and monotonous yet reasonably intriguing and a potentially good theme.
13 days ago
My rating is with Cleland callouts
71 days ago
Deep code, good stacking. Fun bash toys. Great shots. All around solid game. Stern knocked it out of the park with this machine. Crossbow is a little silly but doesn't take away from the experience.
82 days ago
I've owned this game for about 3 weeks now and I can say I appreciate it more the more I play it. A deep code with a lot to do. Definitely a tough pin to play. My rating might be a little bit higher than it would have been as I do have the cleland sound mod. I do not like the original sounds and music at all but the mod definitely changes that score.
88 days ago
Killing zombies never gets old. Now this is a theme. Some nice mods available to a already loaded prem pin. Modders paradise. Deep rules, quite difficult for beginners but good for a home pin. One of Sterns best and really well made. Still a newbie with the rules but learning all the time.
3 months ago
the best game ever
3 months ago
The best game ever... it keeps kicking my ass and I keep coming back... deep ru leset which is challenging and keeps u thinking. I changed the voice over from hillbilly and made a huge difference.. This is one game that's never leaving...
5 months ago
This game is so much fun!
7 months ago
As a fan of the show I played the pro model in the showroom. I wasn't too into it since I was really there to look at and buy Star Trek pro. A month went by and I sold a car I had and had some extra money for one more pin. I didn't feel like driving hours to the showroom. I watched countless videos on YouTube on TWD pinball. I basically just said screw it and bought a premium, I absolutely love this game. This is a new occurrence for me, usually the showroom is where I decide. This game grows on you quick, yes it's tough, but I can't stop coming back for more.
7 months ago
super fun pin! great playfield and shot layout and variation. the bash toy is cool with the magnet. i love the easy mode start and multiball. this is one of the funner stern pins. nice and fast, and easy to comprehend the modes and shots available for scoring.

love the placement of ramps and bash toy, love the placement of the bumpers. its super fun to shoot the channel shots on this game if you are precise in your shooting. not for novice players.
7 months ago
No doubt one of the worst pinball machines ever produced, horrible design, box and translate bad, bad music and game I think is unsatisfactory
7 months ago
This game has it all for me. Its tough, fast, beautiful. Its truly a top 10 game and honestly Sterns second best in my opinion (only to LOTR). I own an LE I play it all the time and it has some tough competition in my basement. when I first played this game I didn't get it at all and even avoided it for a while. Once I learned the rules and played more it was the only newer stern that is a must have in my home. Added all sorts of things to my game official topper custom sound mix subwoofer pinbladez and invisiglass. Its awesome!
8 months ago
I had an opportunity to play this at TILT in Minneapolis. I've never seen the show, so I'm not necessarily drawn to the theme, but wow, was this a fun game. There's a lot more to learn with the rule set, but I had a lot of fun killing off zombies and knocking around a few of the toys it has in it. If I was a Walking Dead fan (and didn't have young ones in the home), this would definitely be on my wish list.
8 months ago
Fun loops and ramps, good flow. Two toys (shed and monster) which are a lot of fun to bash. The zombie silhouettes in the shed are probably my favorite part.
8 months ago
I never watched the show (don't get that cable channel) so the theme and back story I don't follow in the game. However, they probably did a great job with theming. The artwork fits the theme. It seems like you just keep hitting the same targets/toys over and over again to get anywhere in the game. That is just it - most games are that way, but this one gets monotonous with that. I would play a few games on location every time, but I would not want to own it. The LE plays better than the pro because there is a little more action and a couple more things to shoot for - it does make a big difference for me.
10 months ago
Picked up a loaded premium with Cleland sounds and this game is awesome. I never was a big fan just playing it from time to time at shows but this one is great in a home environment. Tons of shots and with the last code polish it is fantastic.

Update: my favorite Stern by far. Sold ACDC and dont miss it at all.
11 months ago
This pin is a masterpiece! Best stern ever.
11 months ago
love the game but some callouts from the original actors would be great . led is lacking after playing aerosmith . balls sometimes lost due to magnets
11 months ago
Pretty amazing game! The art and the call outs are the only thing lacking. Super deep rules, but straight forward enough my kids have fun playing it. Challenging layout that keeps you coming back for more. Short ball times for multiplayer games. Probably the best dots in pinball. Easily top five for me. It took having one in my home to appreciate it. The ones I played on routes were always prone to cheap drains.
12 months ago
Amazing pin!
1 year ago
What a fantastic game in both layout (super creative) and code (super clever).

The game is in your face from the beginning, just like fighting off zombies. Great shots and modes and NOTHING feels repetitive. Choose your bombs, start a mode, bring in a multiball. Add the crossbow and bicycle girl and it's just an amazing game.

No regrets!
1 year ago
My Favorite Stern, Metallica is #2. Switching out for Sound Rom makes the game even better!
1 year ago
One of the best coded games ever. So many strategies to play this game. Blood bath, Horde, terminus, and seige are all great, last man standing is what wizard modes are all about. The crossbow is so much fun with its own mball also. Not to mention the other 2 normal mballs(prison and well walker)and 5 modes with multikill modes within them.The multipliers off the walker using the inlanes is a real good scoring strategy. I love the raising ramp to bicycle girl bash toy, with 3 bash toys all together the battle on this game is ridiculous, you feel like your battling to stay alive the entire time, no other game quite feels like this. This game has it all....
1 year ago
A great code update saved this game from being one of the biggest dogs in recent years. unfair bounces out of the pops and magnets throwing the ball down the middle are very frustrating.
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