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The Top 10 Stern Pinball Machines of All Time


By HLD

5 years ago



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    #1 5 years ago

    Hi Guys,

    We just published a post on the top 10 stern pinball machines of all time here: https://www.homeleisuredirect.com/blog/pinball/pinball-machines-stern-top-10.html

    We would love it if you could check it out and list your all time top 10. It's our opinion with the list, I'm sure many of you will disagree.

    Let us know

    #2 5 years ago

    Walking Dead ranked #2? Crazy talk.

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    #3 5 years ago

    Needs a little work:

    1) AC/DC
    2) LOTR
    3) Metallica
    4) STLE
    5) IM
    6) TWD
    7) TRON
    8) TSPP tied with SM
    9) FG/SHREK
    10) POTC

    Why does 8 with ) always switch to a smiley guy?

    #6 5 years ago

    1: Metallica LE
    2: AC/DC
    3: Spiderman
    4: Iron Man
    5: Tron
    6: STLE
    7: Lord of the Rings
    8:RBION
    9: XMEN LE
    10: Batman

    #7 5 years ago

    1) TRON
    1A) AC/DC
    1B) Metallica
    2) Spiderman
    2A) LOTR
    2B) Ironman
    3) X-men
    4) Wheel of Fortune
    5) IronMan Classic
    6) The Pin

    #8 5 years ago

    TWD...good lord.

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    #9 5 years ago

    So, the top 3 machines on the list made by a retailer are all still available from Stern. Hmmm...

    #10 5 years ago

    Of all time? I think that kind of list could only be collated once Stern was defunct.

    #11 5 years ago
    Quoted from Olddragon:

    So, the top 3 machines on the list made by a retailer are all still available from Stern. Hmmm...

    +1. I don't think anyone here would put twd or st in the top 3. Acdc would, however, be very highly rated by most.

    #12 5 years ago

    Xmen and TF def deserve to be on the top 10

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    #13 5 years ago
    Quoted from Olddragon:

    So, the top 3 machines on the list made by a retailer are all still available from Stern. Hmmm...

    Don;t worry, once the next update is out WWE will sneak on the top 5

    #14 5 years ago

    What was the criteria on ratings? Was there something like the pinside rating system used where each game was given ratings for different features and then it was added up or was it just a simple, everyone list out your favorites? Curious as that list seems way out of sync with the feedback I see reg around here.

    I haven't played but maybe 50% of Sterns game in good condition and I think you should have time on all their games in good condition before ranking them. For instance, I hated Tron when I played it on route only. Played one in a HUO enviroment and fell in love with it as it played so much different. But, since you asked. Here is my top 10 based off games I feel I've played enough in order to rank them:

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    #15 5 years ago

    I own twdle and love it but it's not even finished yet. TSPP, LOTR, Tron, Spidey, and RBION are my top 5. TWD can get in there once the software is complete.

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    #16 5 years ago

    Even subjective preferences change over time, so I think a tier list is more appropriate. My own preferences:

    Tier A: TSPP, Spiderman, Tron, LoTR
    Tier B:Sopranos, AC/DC, iron man
    Tier C:BatmanDK, Star Trek, Metallica, Transformers, POTC, nascar
    Tier D: IJ4, avatar,T3
    ....
    Tier Z:Shrek, NBA, BBH

    #17 5 years ago

    In a minority but Avatar LE is my favourite Stern

    #18 5 years ago

    here's a list for you:

    the top 1 stern machine released in april, 2013
    1. metallica

    #19 5 years ago

    Another minority voice: POTC is my favorite Stern. And NASCAR is a really fun game.

    #20 5 years ago

    1: TRON
    2: MET
    3: LOTR
    4: ACDC
    5: SM
    6: IM
    7: TSPP
    8: STLE
    9: XMEN
    10: RBION

    Honorable mentions: POTC, TF, WOF

    TWD top 5, lol

    #21 5 years ago
    Quoted from Olddragon:

    So, the top 3 machines on the list made by a retailer are all still available from Stern. Hmmm...

    Iron Man had a recent VE, followed immediately on the list by Tron and LOTR high on the list too. They must have secret information about the next available games and are trying to hype them up. Tron and LOTR VE confirmed.

    #22 5 years ago

    Does 'of all time' only include the last 14 years or all the way back to 1977? If we can include the classics, my list would look much different.

    #23 5 years ago

    Tier A: ACDC Prem, LOTR, ST, Mustang (yep... that good)
    Tier A-: SM, Tron, WPT, X-men, IM,
    Tier B: Avatar, WoF, Shrek, RBION, TWD, 24, TRS, Metallica,
    Tier C: Transformers, POTC, Nascar, BBH, CSI, Elvis
    Tier D: IJ4,T3, NBA, Avengers,
    Tier E: Monopoly, Harley Davidson, RCT, Sharkey Shootout
    ....
    Tier Z: WWE

    So my Top 9 is composed of Tiers A & A-... that would make hell of a lineup!

    #24 5 years ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    Does 'of all time' only include the last 14 years or all the way back to 1977? If we can include the classics, my list would look much different.

    agreed. star gazer, seawitch and nine ball would definitely make the all inclusive "top 10"

    #25 5 years ago

    My though is 10 top up to this current date.

    Metallica
    ST
    WOF
    IM
    POTC
    LoTR
    SM
    TSPP
    Ripleys
    AC DC

    Haven't played:
    AV
    TF
    WWE
    Rolling Stones
    Must

    #26 5 years ago

    1.Metallica
    2.LOTR
    3.AC/DC premium
    4.TRON
    5.IM
    6.TSPP
    7.S-M
    8.ST
    9.TWD
    10.FGY/Shrek

    Somewhere next would have to be RBION, WOF, Mustang, WPT, Avatar, Transformers, etc.

    Oh, and when they get the code right, KISS will be a top 5 !

    #27 5 years ago

    LOL - TWD is #2 ---- It should be #1!!!

    For all you TWD haters out there - LOL - it takes time for a great, tough game to grow on people.

    Coincidentally the list named every one of my NIB Stern purchases since 2000 - 8 out of 10, soon to be 9 out of 10 if the VE rumors come true

    #28 5 years ago

    Just want to give props to BDK. Batman is my favorite game by Stern.

    #29 5 years ago
    Quoted from T7:

    oon to be 9 out of 10 if the VE rumors come true

    Which VE rumor? Spider man, LOTR, or TRON?

    #30 5 years ago
    Quoted from DevilsTuner:

    Xmen and TF def deserve to be on the top 10

    Negative.

    (at least for Xmen)

    #31 5 years ago

    Tf le is a great game pro not so much says the tf nerdo with the megatron avatar

    #32 5 years ago
    Quoted from Olddragon:

    So, the top 3 machines on the list made by a retailer are all still available from Stern. Hmmm...

    This. Why make the list at all? Just list the ones for sale.

    #33 5 years ago
    Quoted from Goronic:

    Which VE rumor? Spider man, LOTR, or TRON?

    I hope they make a Spiderman VE - I wanted to buy SM when it was first released, but didn't have the finances.

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    #34 5 years ago

    Sorry, Stern hasn't made enough great machines to warrant a top10 yet....

    maybe top 6-7?

    #35 5 years ago
    Quoted from HLD:

    Hi Guys,
    We just published a post on the top 10 stern pinball machines of all time ...

    But they make you click on their link. So to help out pinsiders, here is their list:

    1) ST (Stern, whatever the abbreviation is)
    2) TWD
    3) MET
    4) IM
    5) TRON
    6) LOTR
    7) AC/DC
    8) SM
    9) TSPP
    10) FG

    #36 5 years ago

    Thanks.... I stopped reading that ridiculous list at about #5....

    Their "top 5 Sterns of ALL TIME" include such blockbusters as TWD, yet AC/DC and LOTR miss the top5?

    How in the world did WWE and Mustang and WPT and Austin Powers miss this authoritative list?

    #37 5 years ago

    1. Metallica
    2. LOTR
    3. ST
    4. AC/DC
    5.Tron
    6.SM
    7.Rbion
    8.TSPP
    9.IM
    10.FG

    #38 5 years ago

    Kind of curious what my top 10 list looks like, so here it goes:

    1. LOTR
    2. STLE
    3. FGY
    4. ACDC
    5. TRON
    6. MUSTANG (w/pinball browser)
    7. METALLICA
    8. RBION
    9. IM
    10. TSPP

    #39 5 years ago
    Quoted from gambit3113:

    This. Why make the list at all? Just list the ones for sale.

    Maybe they have the most stock of ST, second most of TWD, and the least stock of MET?

    #40 5 years ago

    According to Pinside ratings

    1.) Lotr
    2.) ACDC
    3.) SM
    4.) MET
    5.) ST
    6.) TSPP
    7.) Tron
    8.) IM
    9.) X men
    10.) POTC

    According to IPDB
    1.) ST
    2.) lotr
    3.) SM
    4.) TSPP
    5.) Tron
    6,) BDK
    7.) ACDC
    8.) Rbion
    9.) IM
    10.) Met

    Imo
    1.) Tron
    2.) MET
    3.) sopranos
    4.) Xmen
    5.) TWD
    6.) SM
    7.) ACDc
    8.) TSPP
    9.) Avatar
    10.$ WPT

    #41 5 years ago

    I think the votes that really count are the ones we make with our wallets when choosing which games to buy.

    #42 5 years ago

    Wow I don't agree with the OPs list but we all like what we like. Here's my list:

    1. SM
    2. LOTR
    3. XM
    4. MET
    5. TRON
    6. ST
    7. TSPP
    8. ACDC
    9. IM
    10. BDK

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    #43 5 years ago
    Quoted from Ed209:

    Walking Dead ranked #2? Crazy talk.

    I'd say remove TWD altogether and add PotC at the bottom.

    #44 5 years ago

    Here's my list. Funny thing is that TWD wasn't even in my top 15 before the last code update.

    1. LOTR
    2. SM
    3. ACDC
    4. TSPP
    5. TWD
    6. ST
    7. Met
    8. RBION
    9. Tron
    10. X-Men

    #45 5 years ago

    1) LOTR
    2) Tron
    3) AC/DC
    4) Xmen
    5) TSPP
    6) FG
    7) IJ4
    8) MET
    9) SM
    10) IM

    #46 5 years ago

    1. Tron
    2. Tron
    3. Tron
    4. Tron
    5. Tron
    6. Tron
    7. Tron
    8. Tron
    9. Tron
    10. Tron

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    #47 5 years ago

    POTC is garbage. I mean the theme is cool, but it is far from exciting.
    Sopranos isn't too far behind it...

    I feel it's important to designate editions, IF gameplay differs dramatically.

    For example, AC/DC pro does not belong on this list, but AC/DC prem/LE certainly does.

    I tried to set my personal opinions aside on the list of 10 below and pick the titles with the most longevity in the hobby over the last 1-15 years. I don't even see the point in reviewing or rating a game until it's been out for at least a year. I mean, most game features aren't complete and polished on Stern machines until the first year, sometimes longer.

    1st
    LOTR (includes "LE" since it's the same gameplay)
    MET PREM/LE
    ACDC PREM/LE
    TRON LE
    SM (includes "black" since it's the same gameplay)
    TSPP
    MET PRO
    TRON PRO
    STAR TREK PREM/LE
    Iron Man (includes "VE" since it's the same gameplay)
    10th

    rest of the order:
    AC/DC PRO is in here somewhere...
    Family Guy/Shrek
    XMEN LE
    Transformers LE
    STAR TREK PRO
    BDK
    RBION
    WPT
    BBH
    Transformers Pro
    POTC (I suppose this can be 21st, since everyone has such a hard on for it...)
    Nascar/GP

    #48 5 years ago
    Quoted from Hougie:

    1: TRON
    2: MET
    3: LOTR
    4: ACDC
    5: SM
    6: IM
    7: TSPP
    8: STLE
    9: XMEN
    10: RBION
    Honorable mentions: POTC, TF, WOF
    TWD top 5, lol

    TWD already has more interesting code with latest update then 5 of the games in your top 10

    #49 5 years ago
    Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

    According to Pinside ratings
    1.) Lotr
    2.) ACDC
    3.) SM
    4.) MET
    5.) ST
    6.) TSPP
    7.) Tron
    8.) IM
    9.) X men
    10.) POTC
    According to IPDB
    1.) ST
    2.) lotr
    3.) SM
    4.) TSPP
    5.) Tron
    6,) BDK
    7.) ACDC
    8.) Rbion
    9.) IM
    10.) Met
    Imo
    1.) Tron
    2.) MET
    3.) sopranos
    4.) Xmen
    5.) TWD
    6.) SM
    7.) ACDc
    8.) TSPP
    9.) Avatar
    10.$ WPT

    Right there alone is why I can feel free to ignore IPDB.

    ST at #1??? Lol

    #50 5 years ago

    Well here are mine. It looks like none of us are 100% in agreement, which isn't a bad thing.
    I don't have a lot of plays on the bottom three, but I did enjoy them enough to make the list (for me).

    1) LOTR
    2) ACDC
    3) SM
    4) TRON
    5) IM
    6) ST
    7) TSPP
    8 ) MET
    9) TWD
    10) Mustang

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