AC/DC (Pro)

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This game received 341 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.921 /10

7.921

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "AC/DC". The group itself ranks #20 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.833

Artwork: 7.108

Sounds/Music: 8.544

Other Aspects: 7.926


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This game is part of a group

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "AC/DC (Pro)".
The other versions are: AC/DC (Premium/LE), AC/DC (Pro Vault Edition), AC/DC (Premium Vault Edition)


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6.418/10
85 days ago
This zzRock-Band-Based pin was the best one I played at Pinballz in Austin. The music was great, after all, it’s AC/DC! Much better band pin than GnR, LED Zepp, Metallica, IMO.

Pretty smooth play, fun shots, plus the bell. I agree that the playfield art could have been much better. Back glass looked good IMO, but cabinet artwork was not very original
7.541/10
3 months ago
Though I haven't played this game enough to comment on the lastability, but it seems to have great potential for it. Love the bell, very clever. And also love the music. I've only played the PRO version and it seems very satisfactory from my perspective. Perhaps I'd gravitate to the higher end versions if I played them but perfectly happy playing the PRO.
6.388/10
11 months ago
Lyman is the only thing holding this pin together. This is Ritchies magnum opus of cheese. It’s like he really put his heart, soul, wraparound sunglasses and frosted tips into this game. Artwork gives off bigtime flavor town Guy Fieri vibes. This game has more corn in it than a vegetarians s#it.
7.569/10
1 year ago
Fun game to play. Hat e the artwook on the PF though with the face. Put something else there then it would be near perfect.
7.815/10
1 year ago
Love the band - don't love this machine.

For me the music pulls me back every time though as I'm a huge AC/DC fan. Shots are decent but I seem to drain very easily on this game which is frustrating. Hard game to buy - seems like people hold on to these!

I hear if you move up to premium it's much better but none around me.
9.240/10
1 year ago
As far as the rock themed games go this is a really good one. Great music, lots of good shots, cannon is really cool.
8.680/10
1 year ago
I love this theme a lot. Playing through the songs is great fun. This the machine that got pinball back on my radar.
7.632/10
1 year ago
Only buy the premium and LE. Missing too much in the pro.
7.058/10
1 year ago
It’s not one I would own, but I love playing it whenever I see it on location.
6.519/10
1 year ago
Quite enjoyed playing this but the theme and music isn’t for me, change it to Depeche Mode and I might consider buying it, game play is decent.
6.773/10
1 year ago
Games played: ~20, >300 on Pinball Arcade

Layout/Toys:
+ The cannon and bell are very cool mechs/toys for a Pro game.
/ Very easy to understand and learn.
- The layout feels a bit boring. Even worse with the drop targets removed.

Rules:
+ Interesting progression system with the songs and Encore as the wizard mode.
+ Building up the song jackpot is a good risk/reward rule.
- There are 12 modes, but none of them is interesting. The only difference is which things score some points and build the jackpot.
- The mode jackpot build-up and lighting the next song are two completely different conflicting tasks when the should somehow work together to make getting to Encore enjoyable and also rewarding.
- Getting to and playing multiballs is not interesting. It's just a matter of looking at which MB needs the fewest shots to get to and hitting that, or just hitting shots randomly and eventually lighting a multiball anyways.

Display/Lighting/Integration:
+ A good amount of little animations that play when hitting a shot, e.g. the car trunk and the train.
+ Short but good intros to the multiballs.
/ The progression to get to the next song is tied to the jukebox in the back which provides something to learn (which shot has which name).
/ For the focus on points there is very little audiovisual feedback when doing well or getting a big point reward.
- Lighting is incredibly confusing with only one insert per shot for multiple features.
- The flasher in the bumper area is annoying.

Gameplay:
+ Heavy on ramp combos. The ball rarely stops.
+ Firing the canon into the target is difficult but it's the big payoff shot.
/ Preparing/starting the playfield x during gameplay provides some "strategy".
- The spring/diverter from the pop bumpers is plain stupid and creates more chaos and bad feeds than it should.

Art:
/ Mostly red, yellow and black shapes and some photos.
- There is a giant face in the middle of the playfield staring at me the whole game.

Sound:
+ Amazing use of the band theme with a small recognizable song piece playing when a shot is hit (e.g. bell, train, hey ...)
+ Songs don't get old because there is no set order and each song rarely plays for more than 1-2 minutes.
/ Good callouts, but sometimes a bit hard to hear over the music.

Theme:
+ A rock band theme with focus on the songs. Very well integrated overall, but especially in the sound area.

Lastability/Fun:
+ Shooting combos while listening to ACDC is fun for a while.
- The songs don't get repetitive, but there aren't any features to be excited about when stepping up to the game.
- Just focusing on gameplay lights or start things (and especially multiballs) eventually so there is no real focus needed except for not draining.
- The shape of the lower playfield that is still present on the Pro. It's like a slap in the face from the artist telling you that you could be playing the Premium right now.
8.808/10
2 years ago
I just love these stern ”rock”games.They are fun to play and half the thing is of course the Music and design
8.656/10
2 years ago
Had a pro, sold it. Bought another one. All said :)
8.648/10
2 years ago
Initially this pin wasn't really on my radar, but after someone mentioned it had a good cannon-shot, my interest was piqued. I got to play it at a local arcade, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. Its a really fun and challenging machine to play. I love the fact that there are about a dozen different AC/DC songs, and that you can choose one at the start of each game; you never have to hear the same song over and over if you don't want to, and I love the sound effects and lighting. The flashing lights and cheers when you pull off tricky shots feel great, and make it seem like you're really at a rock concert. The ramp shots are very tricky, not where you'd expect them to be, but they are rewarding once you can start pulling them off more consistently. This pinball has a nice level of challenge, and plays very fast. And I can't help but smile every time I pull off a bell shot, and listen to the "gong" sound. For those playing on location, this machine is pretty fair with earning free games, at least at the arcade I play at. I think AC/DC will have a good level of lastability due to the challenge, and enjoyable music tracks. That being said, I do like a lot of AC/DC's music, so that probably affects my enjoyment of this pinball by quite a bit.

EDIT: I should add that like most DMD machines, this table is a lot more fun when you can hear it. Recommend playing it in a low ambient-noise environment, or with the volume up to get the full effect.
3.564/10
3 years ago
An absolute steaming pile of a game. JUNK. I would gladly throw it off a roof. Plays like hot garbage... clunky and almost designed to be the opposite of fun. It feels like half a game.

You AC/DC lovers will never change my mind, you love that ugly snarling face in the middle of the playfield because they were too lazy to put something interesting there? The pro is awful. It is just terrible. It deserves this rating.

If you are considering AC/DC do yourself a favor and buy the Premium. Game plays 100% different. Premium is smooth, buttery pinball play.
Pro is like taking the wheels off your car and pushing it down a hill.
7.396/10
3 years ago
Once again, a pinball with a music theme and look that doesnt score any style points on my list whatsoever.

But......on the other hand there is no way around the fact that this deck plays like a winner. Smooth, fast and seemingly without any "filler" or dead zones. Perfect playfield design and well thought out placement of possible shots and targets. It's been quite a while since I played a machine with a ball cannon that actually felt this well implemented in the actual play. But AC/DC demonstrates exactly how cool such a playfield feature could and should be. In this last respect the game beats both Dirty Harry and Black Rose by miles, although the style of playing is somewhat different.
Adding plus to the playfield dynamics; the jukebox and bell are a couple of really neat features here.

A game that plays this good doesnt have to be good-looking, but I'll make a brief mention of it anyway, just to avoid being to much of a onesided fanboy. Cabinet art is standard for this kind of theme and rather uninspired, but acceptable with the main theme in mind. The center picture of the playfield however, featuring guitarist Angus Young in one of his many strange facial expressions, is a tad much on the ugly-meter no matter how you look at it.

Soundwise this is a game that shows variety and a good mix of call-outs,music and effect noices. And I state this as a non-fan of the bands music.

Summary; Another fine rockband pinball from Stern that looks pretty dull but plays stunningly.
4.867/10
3 years ago
Shocking playfield given when this game was designed. Clever code but just a boring playfield and shots.
8.250/10
3 years ago
Gotta luv ac dc..
6.149/10
3 years ago
I found it an average machine, but then again I am not an AC/DC fan, would liked to to have tried it a bit longer, but couldn't get into it, seems a bit better built than most sterns.
7.419/10
3 years ago
The game I played gives you 4 balls as opposed to 3. I guess that's a good thing because you're gonna need them to build a score. Game can be unforgiving at times(i.e. when you shoot the ball out of the cannon and hit your target, too many times it drains immediately down the left side. Or what's worse is after the skill shot the ball drops into a hole then spits it back out and 6/10 times sdtm!) Maybe the machine I played wasnt balanced correctly. I'm also new to the music themed pins. One objective is to see if I can keep the ball in the playing field through an entire song, which rarely happens anyways. Although I do like the band and their music. It wasnt my machine. If it were, maybe I would have the music a bit louder to immerse my senses. Sound is a big part of gaming IMO. It's fun. Just not top 20 for me
8.460/10
3 years ago
Nice game. The bell can get old after while
8.360/10
3 years ago
I own the Pro VE. Its a fun shooter that can be really challenging. We have had it for a couple months and the whole family enjoys it. Ours has some good mods but I dont think it changes it from the stock so my review should be close for a stock. These have a lot of songs, good call outs, and great shots. The center 3 targets though can really make your ball fly around but its a good pin
9.060/10
3 years ago
I don't recall a game where the premium version is leaps and bounds better than the pro version more so than ac/dc. Don't get me wrong...it has great music, an awesone theme, and plenty to enjoy...but the premium version is just SO MUCH BETTER! It really is better in every way possible. It is almost like 2 different pins.
Spend the extra few bucks and get the nicer version.
8.636/10
3 years ago
Lots of shots and rewards. Getting to wizard mode is near impossible with 12 songs to get through. Fun to play because its challenging. Plays very smooth and AC/DC fans will love it. Shoot a cannon and ring a bell great fun.
9.000/10
3 years ago
Probably one of the best Ritchie designs I've ever played. AC/DC music goes great with gameplay, and the T2 Cannon is always a welcome toy. You gotta love a Pinball machine whose DMD "moons" you after every game. A must-play. The only way you'll not enjoy AC/DC is if you can't stand their discography.
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