Aerosmith (Pro)

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This game received 253 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.136 /10

8.136

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Aerosmith". The group itself ranks #35 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.984

Artwork: 8.513

Sounds/Music: 8.125

Other Aspects: 7.897



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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Aerosmith (Pro)".
The other version is: Aerosmith (Premium/LE)


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8.220/10
28 days ago
Rightfully so, the music just makes this game fun to play.
8.064/10
84 days ago
Not a huge Aerosmith fan, but I enjoy this game despite it. I still mark out for the launcher and toybox. I do like how you can opt out of multiball to build up the number of balls. I do gravitate to this when I see it at a location and will drop a few bucks in it each time.
7.568/10
3 months ago
Another surprise game for a band I don’t really care for
9.800/10
4 months ago
Fantastic gameplay!
Excellent flow
Love The Toybox 6 ball multiball
Strong Theme
Better than LE - Elevator is a more rewarding shot
8.300/10
4 months ago
Not a huge Aerosmith fan but this pin is great looking and fun playing. May not be as deep as other pins to say the least, but this one if just a smooth shooting fun pin. I am bias to ratings as I am more concerned with a pins overall feel and Aerosmith was a enjoyable pin. Jackie figure may be similar to Metallica in terms of call outs and concept but the toy chest is a nice feature overall. Does not get boring at all.
1.000/10
5 months ago
I was Cryin when I met you, now I’m trying to forget you. Your the shittiest LCD screen machine
9.340/10
5 months ago
I have had this pin for about 6 months now and enjoy it more every time I play it, it can end quickly though and this is frustrating when you are playing well and it drains very quickly from a rebound or similar. Elevator multi ball is hard to come by, by a the video on the colour display adds to the achievement. The six ball multi is great fun but you have a better chance of getting a high score by taking the lesser multi ball options when they come up. The toy box is very impressive and again the video adds to the fun. Will be in my collection for some time. A lot of fun with a fantastic modern pin
8.716/10
5 months ago
I would own this in a bigger collection. Beautiful machine, and it is a lot of fun with friends. Not sure if it would last too long in a small collection, but it is pretty cool. Love Jackie box and gambling multiball.
6.799/10
6 months ago
Pros:
It’s a fun and cute game. Toys and elevator multiballs are fun; though the locking balls rule for elevator isn’t very fun or creative. The newer code made the two wizard modes greater and more energetic. That’s about the only positivitives I have for this game.

Cons:
Fonts on the display are horrible. While the music is good, The sound effects and call outs are probably the game’s weakest point - Jacky is completely ear wrenching, and the spinner effects are probably the worst in modern pinball. The super mode effects (except spinner) are cool and energetic so I’ll give it that. The rules really aren’t that great; they really lack synergy and they don’t give you that one more game feeling.

Theme is par at best. I like Aerosmith but the music doesn’t really fit well with pinball.

Overall it’s got its moments of fun, but too far and few in between is it not so fun, at least in a small home collection. Good game to pop a few bucks in and enjoy on location for sure, but certainly not a game I like at home.
8.404/10
6 months ago
So I finally feel like I have enough plays on this to give a honest review and I have some mixed feelings about it. When i first played it I really enjoyed it but now that I understand the rules a little more I feel like they are not as good as I thought and lacking in areas. I do really enjoy the toybox toy and the launcher seems to work well. The pro version is the one i have been playing but played a premium at a convention and thought it was much better with the way they did the elevator. The pro model I play in my league is a little beat up and both the elevator and scoop seems to shoot down the middle every time. The elevator give a ball save that I feel is wasted every time because of this and I have had balls come out of the scoop and drain during competitive play a lot which is very frustrating. Also is the machine is not leveled correctly the pop bumpers with catch it a lot of times when I dont believe it was meant to.

The artwork is awesome on the playfield especially and would look great in my collection at home but after getting to know it better Im not sure i would pick one up if I saw it for sale even for a decent price.
8.072/10
8 months ago
Decent game feels like MET-lite to me. It offers tremendous playfield artwork and is a very good looking game overall. I find the animations to be decent, if simple and comical, almost Scooby-Doo-like. The rules are a bit repetitive and uninspired. The two main multiballs are fun though, and the toy box is a cool toy. If you are a fan of Aerosmith music, this a very nice pin to own. If not, this is still a decent game, with some pretty good flow and some fun shots. I really like the lock lane for the trunk, it's in an odd location that isn't a gimme to hit consistently. I do feel the placement of the pop bumpers is strange. Unless you soft plunge the ball, plunged balls or auto-plunged balls enter the pops before your flippers ever touch the ball. Sometimes, the ball exits the pops and goes SDTM. Also, because there is a post between the two pops on the right, the ball cannot exit the pops and travel into the lock lane or elsewhere. It seems like a useless place to put them, except to create a shot-thru-the-pops, which is popular. This is a good pinball machine, with great hand-drawn art. But it's a less impressive cousin to Metallica in rules, layout and shots. Deserves a spot in the top 50, however, and makes a beautiful addition to your music-pin collection along with MET, AC/DC, KISS, GNR and Iron Maiden. If only Dream On had made the song list! Maybe an updated ROM with a Dream On mode to unlock???
7.636/10
8 months ago
Aerosmith is a great game, the pro model is very cool with nice flow
7.424/10
10 months ago
A fun game, but not addictive in any way! Not very clear when it comes to rules/objectives and points! Some of the songs are also poorly chosen! Seriously "The dude is like a lady" even Aerosmith have made better songs than that!
6.134/10
10 months ago
I just don't like playing this game. It feels like I should like this deck but none of the shots make me super happy and every time I look up at the screen I just can't get over how bad the animations are to my eye. The toy chest is awesome but aside from that nothing grabs me.

I'll keep playing it on route and maybe one day something will click but until that day comes I can't recommend this game.
8.516/10
11 months ago
Very good game with lasting appeal, the toy box must be one of the best playfield toys in awhile. Great art package. Addictive gameplay and great flow. Would own this game again
7.575/10
11 months ago
Enjoyed the actual game play. I think the playfield itself is a bit too busy, but the game plays smooth and the music is on point. I'm a huge fan of Stern's Elvis and feel like this one is Elvis on steroids with the Spike System and song selection. I've yet to walk by this machine without dropping a couple of dollars in the machine. I'll probably never add this machine to my collection, but that has more to do with it being Aerosmith than the game itself.
8.224/10
1 year ago
Very fun, easy to play, easy to learn, game for all the family, nearly perfect for me.
8.617/10
1 year ago
Fun. That describes this game. It's just fun pinball. The rules are not too deep, the shots aren't too hard, it's fast but not lightning, it's beautiful to look at and has a great toy. It has the smoothest orbits I've ever shot. Easy to learn and jump right in. This is not the journey of LOTR, the deep rules of TWD, or constant trying to stay alive as SW or TNA. It's just fun pinball. Reminds me of classic System 11 games where multiball is obvious, achievable, and worth it. Probably one of the most beautiful art packages as well. I have always enjoyed Aerosmith music and I guess if you didn't like them, then that would be an issue. But for a fun game with a truly spectacular toy, this is the game for you. My wife and kids love this game as well...and for me, that makes it a hit. Liked it enough to finally own one.

After owning for 7 months, it was time to go...even after the code update. Just got old. Very repetitive. Always hitting the same shots. Great for location, but would avoid as long term purchase in a small pin line up.
6.109/10
1 year ago
This game is a real let down. The game didn’t even feature their best song like Dream On. Many of their top rated songs aren’t used for very unpopular songs. Why? OVerall the game isn’t that fun and the CGI FX on the screen might be the weakest of any game in the full color screen era. The game is average at best.
8.720/10
1 year ago
Although, I’m not a fan of the theme, this is one smooth playing pin with lots of fun shots. The toy box is a great gimmick. I’ve played both the Pro and the Premium and I much prefer the Pro. The second floor playfield in the Premium is an unnecessary distraction from a beautifully uncomplicated design.
7.284/10
1 year ago
Very fun game, great sound and beautiful Light show. I am not sure when i buy it because im not a fan of the band, but im happy.
6.287/10
1 year ago
Impressed overall with Aerosmith gameplay.

It's not often I say that about a Stern game, but I was pleasantly surprised by Aerosmith. The unique ball lock/saucer combination is an excellent "difference" between this game and other Stern games on the market. Similarities in layout to Metallica can be made, or to any Stern Borg layout. The Aerosmith theme doesn't have the visual oomph in their catalogue, nor the cultural currency as Metallica or Iron Maiden does, which certainly goes a long way in overall acceptance of the game. Sure, Aerosmith is a great band, but their visual imagery isn't as impressive as the other rock games that have come before (or after in Maiden's case).

I know it's early in the LCD screen display integration, but the clip-art/Adobe Flash style animation does nothing for me, nor does it fit the overall package. The game tries to use what it has at its disposal. The toy-box clown is annoying, perhaps a step behind No Fear skull as the most obnoxious pinball character ever put into a game. The Dirty Donny art is okay...but the game is just too...blue? I can't put my finger on it. It isn't executed as well as Metallica by the artist. Fun gameplay, so-so everything else on Stern's Aerosmith.
8.268/10
1 year ago
Not the biggest fan of Aerosmith's music, but it is a fun shooter. Donny's art is absolutely stunning. Jackie toy box is really really cool. Feels great to play.
8.416/10
1 year ago
My Aerosmith Pro showed up just as they were released early last year so I got one of the first Pro’s off the line. My inclination to pick one up is that I a) liked the art, b) liked the lay lout, c) like music pins and d) always liked Aerosmith (though not a hard core fan). I also have a Met Pro and an AC/DC Prem VE. The toy box multi-ball was pretty novel I thought and it remains a really fun feature.

Out of the box…massive fail for Stern. Both node boards were kaput. There is a known problem with these boards where the D9 diode is soldered to the board with two pins while the rest of the diodes have three. This proved unstable. On power up, the chip burned right off the board. The other board showed no signs of damage and had a different problem. It took a few weeks of troubleshooting and waiting for parts to realize that both boards were duds. But, Stern did get me replacements and the game has worked OK ever since, though very rarely I have had a software glitch that caused the pin to reboot in the middle of the game. Very few updates have been issued so I’m hoping when one does eventually come down the line it will address this issue. The D9 diode issue affects Batman66 and GB as well. You can read the fix here at http://sternpinball.com/upload/service-bulletins/service-bulletin-189-core-node-stabilization/2235/Stern-SB189.pdf. I would have preferred they sent out new boards that fixed the design flaw.

The game play is fine. You have your orbits, ramps, a scoop, and enough modes to keep you busy as you try and make it through each song to unlock the Wizard Mode—something I’ve yet to do!!! It’s a low scoring game, like Metallica, and you really work for the points. It’s definitely not an AC/DC, but it’s challenging and fun to play. Over a year later it's still one of the most played in my collection. I hear lots of complaints about the lock shot. Sometimes I nail it from the left flipper easily, but like most I have to wait for that opportune bounce. Opening the toy box is an easy right flipper shot. Is it a keeper? I guess it depends on your taste. What I do like is that unlike with Metallica, the band does not make any call outs. I didn’t know much about Metallica and until I bought the pin probably could not have named a single Metallica song, so having the band do call outs is lost on me. I prefer Sparky and even Steve Ritchie taunting me (AC/DC) rather than random band members who I can’t identify making comments on game play. That’s just a personal thing.

The art is just beautiful and and so is the back glass. I picked up a topper from Laseriffic. I have no issues with the LCD screen, though hopefully there is still room to add more interesting animation as right now it's somewhat bland but I'm too busy playing to notice what's going across the LCD. I am lucky in that my wife also likes pin ball. Not enough to play in a league or in a tournament, but good enough for some pinball and a few beers in the game room. She really likes Aerosmith and part of the decision to buy that game was her choice. Who was I to argue?

One thing I probably am not enthused with is the music selection. How could they leave our "Dream On" and "Janie's Got a Gun"? There are two good songs (Walk This Way and Sweet Emotion) and the rest are...meh. Still, STERN's AC/DC left out "Shoot to Thrill." Sigh.
7.826/10
1 year ago
Love the toy chest ball lock! Not a fan of the LCD screen, however.
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