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

The Walking Dead (Premium/LE)

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This game received 305 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.393 /10

8.393

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "The Walking Dead". The group itself ranks #19 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.429

Artwork: 8.352

Sounds/Music: 7.919

Other Aspects: 8.572



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This game is part of a group

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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9.800/10
38 days ago
This game is so much fun!
5.048/10
84 days ago
I played this machine for about a half hour in Gatlinburg this summer. A half hour only because it was the only pinball in the arcade, else Id've only played it once. The constant 2-ball multiball is probably ok for the truly walking dead, though maybe you become the walking dead if you play this long enough.
7.632/10
3 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.
1.210/10
3 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
10.000/10
3 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!
7.840/10
4 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.
8.664/10
4 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.
7.400/10
4 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.
10.000/10
7 months ago
This pin is a masterpiece! Best stern ever.
7.712/10
7 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
9.263/10
7 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.
10.000/10
7 months ago
Amazing pin!
8.756/10
7 months 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!
9.100/10
8 months ago
My Favorite Stern, Metallica is #2. Switching out for Sound Rom makes the game even better!
8.636/10
8 months 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....
6.358/10
9 months 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.
9.840/10
9 months ago
I've been playing the PRO version of this game on location near my house for more than a year, and really enjoyed it. The opportunity arose to possibly purchase this PRO machine near my house, but it didn't work out. After this, I decided to get a NIB PREMIUM, and couldn't be happier.

What I love most about this game is the deep rule set and probably the most satisfying shots in pinball IMHO. The feeling of building up your shot multipliers and landing a shot worth 100 mil+ is awesome. I equate this with METALLICA and its CIU mode!

Probably my favorite part of the Premium is the light show combined with a ColorDMD. After playing a PRO regularly with red and white lights only, I thought the stock red display was cool for its "blood look". But for a Premium, a ColorDMD is a no-brainer! The crossbow is also a fun feature to change things up compared to the PRO, and utilizing walker bombs to start a multiball when your ball drains never gets old.

Don't get me wrong, this game can be frustrating, but when things are clicking it sure makes up for the turd games.

The two mods I must recommend are swapping out the 4.25" post for the left ramp/right side to a 4.125" post to even out the transition between the main ramp and the up/down Bicycle Girl section. The second, add a plastic tube to the backbox fluorescent lamp, and add 3 layers of 1" green Frogtape to diffuse the too bright "AMC The Walking Dead" glare on the playfield glass.

Lastly, I would recommend the Premium over the Pro, but I'm surprised there's such a large gap between the two on the top 100. Both are solid Pins.
10.000/10
9 months ago
Cool theme, game layout, like the playfield toys,
Drain monster but after fine tuning it's awesome !
9.203/10
10 months ago
I must like this game, because the morbid theme is not my favorite. If you don't mind the sight of corpses and severed heads, this is one of the best pins Ever made. The rule set is amazingly varied with many different strategies, the shots flow quickly with several bash toys, and a ‘crossbow’ that launches the ball. It’s a fast game with no physical ball lock, multi balls and modes are triggered by bashing toys or dropping banks of stand up targets. This is what I call ‘Modern Pinball’. On the reliability side, Stern is a bit wonky, but hey, this game is a winner. You’ll need to learn to fix a few things along the way.

The rules are not intuitive, for me at least. I had to read the rule sheet, but once I did, the game really opened up to me. Highly recommend to read the rule sheet.


UPDATE : TWD received another update in late 2017, and it further improves the already super deep game code. Lyman is to be commended for continuing to support and improve the title.
6.835/10
10 months ago
My rating is low based on the way Stern released the game. The original stock audio quotes and music from Stern is terrible. The custom audio makes it much better, but that's not what I'm looking at. Also the lack of a full license, getting the characters for the game is a disaster. From a pinball playing aspect it's good, but it feels less like a Walking Dead pinball machine and more like a generic zombie pinball machine and it shouldn't be that way!
8.640/10
10 months ago
Note: Playing an LE with the latest code (v1.56) and edited audio (RandomKG mix). I traded this for the HobbitLE and enjoying it far more. Game sounds solid and edgy with the Nine Inch Nails audio, plenty going on, lots of shots to make and a lot of fun. Lots of fun mods too, which is an aspect I enjoy.
8.244/10
11 months ago
A wonderful table that I would love to own one day. Very difficult ruleset with great shots. Pro or Prem/LE, both have their merits and both are a joy to play.
9.040/10
11 months ago
super impressed with TWD! Challenging and deep enough to keep my attention. Only lacking that super gimmicky bash toy like MM/AFM (the prison is cool but not quite the same)
10.000/10
11 months ago
I love this game. Hope to get someday.
9.480/10
11 months ago
Another Borg/Lyman masterpiece, and IMO they are, without question, the best designer/programmer team at Stern. The code might be Lyman's best ever, so many different ways to score & strategies to explore. The DMD dots are incredible, even better than Metallica. And most importantly, the game is an absolute blast to play. All you have to say is HORDE. Along with Metallica, it's one of the perfect pins for home use lastability.

TWD Premium is #1 pin on my wishlist. I will own one someday without a doubt.
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