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Stern Stranger Things

By pinmister

2 years ago

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“Are you interested in a Stern Stranger Things pinball machine?”

  • Yes, I am interested if it plays well and has polished code 486 votes
  • No, I am not interested 439 votes
  • Maybe, not a huge fan of the franchise but maybe if it plays well 100 votes
  • I like pizza 202 votes

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Post #972 Stranger things video Posted by halflip87 (2 years ago)

Post #975 Stranger Things screen shots Posted by Rascal_H (2 years ago)

Post #1751 Feature matrix from Stern. Posted by twenty84 (2 years ago)

Post #1774 Pro features video. Posted by proco (2 years ago)

Post #1775 Trailer with intro from Duffer Bros. Posted by johnnyutah (2 years ago)

Post #1793 First shipping confirmation photo. Posted by Tilt (2 years ago)

Post #1829 Pics of official Stern accessories. Posted by RebelGuitars (2 years ago)

Post #1835 Brian Eddie podcast link on game. Posted by C2CPinball (2 years ago)

Post #3236 Nice game review Posted by delt31 (2 years ago)

Post #3275 This Week In Pinball deep dive. Posted by pin2d (2 years ago)

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#3882 2 years ago

Edit: I have not read anything on this thread, so have no idea what the consensus on this game is.

I played this game last night for a few hours. I will reserve judgement on the premium/Le because not having the projector completely changes the game, I would imagine. Without the projector, you get a static image on a big billboard that takes up a ton of space. Not a big problem if it was located in the back of the playfield, but it is in the middle. The code so far is everything I would expect from Sterns worst programmer. Code is horrible at this point.
The main objective is to knock down the drops in front of the Demi-Gorgonzola. (Pun intended because the main toy is cheesy.) Flipping at full strength will get you SDTM. You must cradle and then flick the flippers with weak shots. Once the drive in theater moves and you get that ramp as big as Eric Greggs ass/strikezone (google it), you must shoot your ass beads into the anus of whatever thing that is.

Here is how it should have gone down. The pro gets the premium treatment of whatever that projector thing is. The premium/LE gets an upgrade to the Gorgonzola. That things gaping anus stays shut until you bash it a number of times. Each time you bash it, it shakes/rattles. Eventually, it’s initially closed mouth opens. Then you you shoot your balls into it’s mouth for the win. In other words, Stern cheapened out again on the mechs to save 100 bucks. Do yourself a favor and get Jurassic Park, which is great, or else wait for the next one.

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#4695 2 years ago
Quoted from MrSmiley:

How about you just wait and play the games before buying them?

Yep. Wait until code is complete and then pick up a NIB a couple years after it comes out if they nail it. That’s what I did with TWD premium. By the time I got my NIB second run, code was complete and all the playfield issues that plagued the LEs had been worked out at the factory.

For every really good coded Stern, there are 2 or 3 stinkers like Black Knight or Munsters. Did they ever fix Munsters code? Or is it still that abysmal, stack jackpots and try to cash in later nonsense? Boy that game is just a hot mess of suckage. I wouldn’t hold out much hope for good code on Stranger Things with Lonnie in charge.

#4698 2 years ago
Quoted from anathematize:

Unfortunately Munsters is still in the state that most people don't enjoy.
Dwight has said that there is no intention of revisiting the code but i wouldn't put it past him once he gets a little free time in his schedule. The game is such a good shooter with a stunning art package. It would be nice if they came back to it and made things a little deeper.

Too bad. Another reason not to buy early. No incentive to fix the code. If Dwight and Stern think that Munsters code is acceptable than they are as delusional as the owners who claim to love it. The pro is a good shooter, and the premium art looks great. But that cheesy kB toys lower playfield was an epic fail.

#4704 2 years ago
Quoted from ectobar:

Did the Munsters pin kick your dog?

I was a big fan of the show growing up. I was hoping for a fun pin to play. I was disappointed, and am not going to sugar coat it. One thing absolutely necessary to make a good lower playfield. It must feel like a part of the rest of the machine. That is, the ball must travel between playfields. None of this isolated system crap. This is why AC/DC and Congo lowers don’t work. The parts must be of similar quality. These kB toys kiddie type flippers and pachinko ball don’t belong in a commercial grade $8k machine. The physics don’t scale. This is why FG Stevie playfield sucks as well. The pro sucks because of awful code and the prem/LE sucks because of awful code and awful lower playfield. This is objectively true.

#4764 2 years ago

That left side saucer shot always seems to bounce out. Poor design. A scoop would have been a much better choice. Unfortunately that would have added a buck twenty to the BOM. Can’t have that on a $9k machine can we.

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#5420 1 year ago
Quoted from thirdedition:

Also Guardians, Munsters, and Star Wars.

Munsters started out pretty good. It wasn’t until people realized the garbage code it was released with was essentially complete, that things went downhill. That and the Toys R Us lower playfield kiddie toy (pachinko ball included) abomination.

#5422 1 year ago
Quoted from jandrea95:

Hate the lower playfield, so boring, but I hate all lower playfields. I actually put money in the pro every time I see it still!

Pro is so much better. Too bad Lyman wasn’t on code for it.

#5553 1 year ago
Quoted from sir_tankalot:

You are young and enthusiastic and impressionable. I remember those days (Expo 1991). I will never fault you for that.
Just don't beat me into the ground.
My apologies for the interruption.

TWD premium is the greatest pin ever, and the biggest reason for that is its masterful code. I hope you will be working on cornerstone Stern games again in the future.

#5573 1 year ago
Quoted from Rarehero:

It’s a game with a giant wall with a sticker on it it, revealing a mutant artichoke that doesn’t do anything.

If you’re tall like me, the mutant artichoke isn’t even hidden by the billboard. You see it just sitting behind there waiting for the billboard to move out of the way so you can put your balls in his mouth. He never reacts to any of this, so I assume he’s ok with my balls in his mouth.

#5616 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

113 pages and you guys are FINALLY coming around to the idea that it looks more like a toothy butthole than a vagina?
Wow. Thank god nobody here has any idea what a clitoris looks like so that didn’t also get thrown into the mix!

I can’t decide whether it looks like a toothy butthole or a mutant artichoke vagina, so I will settle on mutant toothy cloaca. A vagina anus essentially.
A Gaping vagina anus.

#5620 1 year ago
Quoted from Pinball-Obsessed:

It's a little ironic that the title on this pin is Stranger Things and when the main toy on the play field is revealed you get this big'ol vagina anus looking thing...
[quoted image]

Gaping. Don’t forget gaping.

#5913 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Pinside is FILLED with “podcaster shills” these days

Well, if anyone could spot a shill it would be you. #sternknobslobber.

#5933 1 year ago
Quoted from Rockytop:

Brian Eddy on the stream mentioned the home market many times, and how he wanted to make a game with a lot of staying power in the home.

Oh well, better luck next time. Hint: if you want a game to have staying power, make the main toy actually move. Start with an artichoke vag that actually opens and closes or at least moves from side to side. Why can JP2 get a T-Rex that does it, but Stranger Things can’t?

#5934 1 year ago

Wouldn’t surprise me at all if Eddy had a MM castle level interactive demigorgon toy in mind before Gary walked by and said to scrap it and go with the static artichoke vag. “It will save the investors $30.”

#5939 1 year ago
Quoted from kpg:

Man how sick would that have been if the ramp opened up, you see the Demo head and then it opens up like that ?! THAT is how it should have been done.

And raise the BOM $20-$30? Nah. Stern would go out of business.

#5957 1 year ago
Quoted from ufotofu:

Yeah, definitely meant to type Star Wars there. It's a cool feature, I just mean that mechanically it could be a common point of failure, and overly dependent on operator attention and maintenance. Similar to the center ramp on Iron Maiden LE, the T Rex mouth on Jurassic Park LE, etc. Fortunately, the code seems smart enough to realize when the Telekinesis shot doesn't capture, and you still get awarded the locked ball as long as the ramp mechanism doesn't block your shot entirely.

The Star Wars hyper loop shot never worked right in the 4 or 5 prem/Le games I played on location. Frustrating to get all those rejections when you’re trying to load balls into it.

#5958 1 year ago
Quoted from benheck:

Yup and you could do it with a single actuator. It would basically be the MM castle sideways.
But Stern is stuck in the Apple model of seeing how much your customers will pay while cost reducing as much as possible (see also car industry)
Apple found the ceiling a while back, Stern hasn't yet.

So it’s not even $20-$30 BOM? Do the people at Stern have no pride?
Is the bash toy on the upcoming TMNT going to get the nickname Pineapple anus?

#5970 1 year ago
Quoted from f3honda4me:

I owned an ST Premium and never had problems with hyperloop. It worked awesome, my best was 4 balls.

You beat the odds. Congrats on winning the Stern lottery.

#5979 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballaddicted:

Just another reason to complain. Plastic ramps are fine and on some titles look fantastic.

I have no problem with plastic ramps if they look good and feel right. I would like them to be sturdy enough not to crack when an air ball hits them or when some dummy tightens the screws down on them slightly too much.

But there is no excuse for that artichoke vagina.

#6008 1 year ago
Quoted from Bartzenegger:

Had mine 2 yrs in March and have never had a hyperloop problem

Later build premiums seem to have much less issues than LE and early premiums. This goes for pretty much all the titles. My Later build TWD premium had few problems out of the box, but those LE’s were a mess.

Unfortunately, location games are disproportionately early builds.

#6091 1 year ago
Quoted from Rockytop:

I don't think the ones coming off the line on a daily basis get played or tested as much as they should.
I think the overall game itself gets played and tested a bunch internally, but the individual games getting boxed need a little more attention in my opinion.

If they played or tested the games coming off the line, occasionally during testing there would be a dimple or two on the playfield. Imagine people getting their NIB and opening it up for the first time to see a few dimples on the playfield. Pinside would implode.

#6267 1 year ago

If this game was made 5 years ago, the Le and premium would have included this uv feature as well as a moving demogorgon with mouth that opens and shuts as standard. Maybe in a few months Stern will sell an upgraded version of the demogorgon that doesn’t suck so bad as the artichoke vagina.

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