AC/DC (Pro)

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This game received 317 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.980 /10

7.98

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "AC/DC". The group itself ranks #13 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.882

Artwork: 7.18

Sounds/Music: 8.591

Other Aspects: 7.968



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8.053

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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)


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8.676/10
9 months 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.
3.990/10
10 months ago
A 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.

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
10 months 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
1 year ago
Shocking playfield given when this game was designed. Clever code but just a boring playfield and shots.
8.250/10
1 year ago
Gotta luv ac dc..
6.149/10
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Nice game. The bell can get old after while
4.638/10
1 year ago
Really fell short. I like AC/DC. Not much going on. So many better choices for less money.
8.360/10
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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.
8.060/10
1 year ago
If you don't enjoy their music, stay away from this machine. I'm a big fan of the band and this pinball machine. I highly recommend doing the speaker upgrade to this machine. I enjoy mine so much more after the good speakers went in. The cannon is a great, unique, gimmick. This machine has some great multi ball modes.
9.580/10
1 year ago
Best Pin ever...I love it
8.688/10
1 year ago
Colored inserts are cool on the premium; Bell swings better on premium; drops are more fun to hit with the cannon on the premium; tnt is cooler on the premium. Yet, that all aside, I have much more fun on the pro with the speed and ball movement from the standup targets. And now that angus’ ugly mug is taken off the vault, it’s worth owning.
8.600/10
1 year ago
Prefer the premium, this one is still good tho.
7.970/10
1 year ago
Very cool and fun pin.
Music avor the top, AC/DC, like it or not, is a perfect music for a pin.
Ugly playfield. Backbox and side could have been worse. If I have to buy one, I'll go for the lucy, wich has the best art ever, and at least the payfield doesn't have this super ugly-creepy Angus face.
I like the game, although it reminds me a LOT of T2. I love T2, so I like AC/DC.
Over all a nice table, fun and fast, with great music and nice animations.
7.081/10
1 year ago
I rate this pro quite harshly for that ugly face taking up the entire playfield, with lights on it's features. Bleh! Artwork elsewhere is also pretty bad. Lighting is not as good as the LE. Toys are pretty much non-existent on this version.

The awesome flow, ruleset and soundtrack are all present, but this is one Pro that pales in comparison to it's LE/Premium counterparts.
9.301/10
1 year ago
I loved AC/DC as a kid growing up, so I figured this machine would suck me right in. It has done the opposite.

The Bad:
-- 8 drop targets and 4 stand up targets? I feel that's taking the easy way out for a 2013 game.
-- The cannon hides the entire right side in & out lanes. I can't see and it's frustrating to look around it.
-- I end up fixing/tweaking this machine a lot, and it seems to get dirtier than others. The glass to the lower playfield gets cloudy.

The Good:
-- The lower playfield is fun.
-- The music and sounds are awesome. Some of the best of any pin I've ever played.
-- The cannon is innovative.
-- Being able to stack multiballs and use the fire button to add a ball or save multiball.


I used to hate this game, but I rather like it now. The cannon is the worst part. I have a hard time seeing where the ball is underneath it, and during multiball it's very frustrating. The rules are great, it sounds great, and it has tons of things to do. A+ game!

PS: I'm grading the premium. The pro would get a completely different rating. I rather hate the pro, actually.
9.120/10
1 year ago
AC/DC Pro Vault Edition (2017) Review

Since I've played this game for the first time in 2013 (original Pro Edition with the face in the middle) I love it. For me it is at least one of the best games of the last years!


Playfield Layout:

It has a super layout made by legendary designer Steve Ritchie and the flow doesn't lack on this one in my opinion. Every shot feels smooth.
The shots are hard but they're hittable. If you miss your shots often the game will definetly drain you fast, especially on the Pro with the standup-targets.


Game Rules:

Lyman Sheats has done it again, he has made another groundbreaking gamecode. You can pick between 12 different songs, which each influence your scoring and gameplay strategy differently.
I love the multiballs they're really hard to start and finish. But they're a lot of fun to play actually.
Encore is one of the best wizard modes I've ever played, although I've never finished it. It's a new innovative mode that (as much as I know) has never been used before.
I love the jukebox feature on the game featuring the album and live versions of all used songs.

With the last software update (V 1.70) we finally have a real use for the red horn arrows. You collect them all to lite stuff in the jukebox. Basically you just get awards in a designated order, cool feature though.
And another great addition the last code revision has given us is easier settings. In retrospect I feel that they were a little too hard previous to that.

The game has one of the greatest gamecodes I've ever seen. And that's due to Lyman Sheats. He worked on many of the best games gamecodes (Monster Bash, Attack from Mars, Medieval Madness,...).
I really value the effort Lyman Sheats is putting into these games. It makes these games special and unique!

I would love to see Lyman Sheats doing more gamecodes!


Toys and Gimmicks:

I've got to admit the Pro is missing a bit of a quality "decoration toy" (molded train on left ramp, moving band, miniplayfield). On the Pro they're only plastics with flashers behind them.
But it still has got the main gimmick, the cannon, which finally is a gimmick not only to bash but to really interact with. In additon to that there is a moving bell (only LED and Vault Edition).
I don't find the miniplayfield on the Premium/LE being that special, for me it is more of a gameplay-blocker. I guess that's just a matter of taste.


Gameplay:

As I mentioned earlier in my review every shot feels smooth. The game is a true masterpiece by Steve Ritchie and even the diverter doesn't disrupt the flow.


Artwork:

The Playfield, Cabinet and Backglass artwork is good, although it is "photoshopped". Of course it doesn't come near Metallica's artwork.

They've fixed one of the greatest flaws of the AC/DC Pro edition by replacing the "Huge Angus Young Face" in the middle with a smaller "dancing" Angus which was a great idea!

The animations are excellent on this one. Great job Stern! There is a great variety of different animations. Although I wish there would be different animatons for the Jam, Album and Tour Multiball start.


Sounds and Music:

I love the custom speech on the game by Steve Ritchie. I can't say much about the music either you like it or you don't.
It is nice that you can hear 12 different songs in multiball, which you really can't do on many of the music-pins like Aerosmith or Metallica for example.


Game Lighting:

The game has great lightshows and there is a nice amount of lamps on and below the playfield. One thing I miss though are the color-changing LEDs the Premium/LE. The flashers are nicely placed too.


Lastability:

There are so many different combinations of songs and multiballs on this game, that it doesn't get old in my opinion. It is a really hard game and you've really got to be a good player in my opinion to get to the wizard mode (Encore).
I don't exactly know, but I think the Premium/LE Edition might be a bit easier there. If you're going for Encore all the time I guess the game will not get old that fast.


Theming:

The game really fits it's Theme. It couldn't have been done better in my opinion.


Fun:

The game isn't easy so it isn't always fun, but overall it is. Because playing a good multiball on this game is great and it it's even possible for an average player in my opinion.
And if you can do that and collect your tripled Song-Jackpot the game is just a great deal of fun!


Overall:

It is one of the hardest and greatest games I've ever played. And it definitely is one of the best games released in the last years.
So if you're a good player looking for a challenge play this game. If you're more of an average player the Premium/LE version will probably be more fun. I do like them both.

It is definetly worth dropping some quarters in!
And if you're a better player this is the way to go!


Thanks to Steve Ritchie, Lyman Sheats, Mark Galvez and Stern for this beautiful game!
7.726/10
2 years ago
Played this game on location. My overall thoughts “ MEH “! I love the band but the game was just lacking in so many ways! The only reason I rated it as high as I did was because of the music! I will say that I am looking forward to playing the premium/LE. I am hoping that it will redeem itself! Hope this helps! Mike
8.249/10
2 years ago
Changed my mind about ACDC...it's still an ugly game for sure...but it's a very fun shooter!
It can be mean, but when you dialed in your shoots and get a feel for the nudges...it is rewarding!
7.679/10
2 years ago
Not a huge fan of the music, but game plays excellently. Great code and great wizard mode. Not a huge fan of the art either, but it’s definitely a solid game.
8.635/10
2 years ago
Not a fan of the band, but it's a pretty good game. A little disappointed with the giant face mid playfield, kinda ruins the artwork (if whatsyourface ever happens to read this, I'm not commenting on your looks or likeness, just the design choice of focusing all the artwork on the face unrelated to game play, rather than laying down artwork that makes sense with the game flow).
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