Deadpool (Pro) (Stern, 2018)

Deadpool (Pro)

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This game received 71 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.035 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Deadpool". The group itself ranks #1 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.526

Artwork: 8.953

Sounds/Music: 8.066

Other Aspects: 7.899

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Deadpool (Pro)".
The other versions are: Deadpool (Premium), Deadpool (Limited Edition)

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19 hours ago
I haven't played the premium yet, so I can't personally weigh the difference between the two. But I've played a fair amount on the pro on two different machines and they both felt a bit clunky and awkward to me. Some shots are decent, but 2 or 3 are just meh. I don't care for that tiny inner loop left of the battle scoop. It seems to reject or deflect balls rather than accept them properly. Lots of airballs on the second machine I played. The sword ramp is a clever variation on LOTR, and the mini Deadpool ball lock is fun, if a bit too close. Overall, I felt it was average to slightly below for someone not familiar with the theme. For fans, I'm sure this has more appeal. There is just so much less to this game than games made a few years ago. Compare what's going on with this playfield with that of TAF, or TOM, or TOTAN or LOTR or TSPP, to name a few. Bally/Williams and earlier Stern were more complex. Maybe less is more is the idea? Or, cheaper and cheaper is the idea, and focus on making it a video game with lots of code and LCD material. Same with Star Wars and BM66. Dressed-down playfields, but more focus on video content and rules. I like the old DMD games with more engineering and mechs. Artwork is eye-popping, as it was with BM66. In short, the gap between JJP and Stern would have been small years ago, but is quite noticeable today. Although price does reflect that.
1 day ago
The flow hurt my review. Although the art and music are so so so good, some shots are just a pain in the butt to hit consistently. I hope that everyone that bought this loves it for a long time. But I don't think this one is for me long term.
1 day ago
Game is clunky and nothing will fix that. Code is shallow and repetitive, hopefully can improve with updates. Art and music are awesome. It's got a long way to go to be much more than mediocre at this point.
2 days ago
Good game, looking forward to having a go on a premium or LE! True to the Marvel themed games.
3 days ago
An other pin from stern that is useless when are they going to make an other disaster as Legacy of the Beast....Here it is with Deadpool …. No more comment
16 days ago
Top notch artwork, and a theme that I really love. Shoots fine but not the smoothest game ever. What holds it back for me is a lack of toys on the playfield. Great game to play on location for sure.
16 days ago
I had a few plays on location. Overall, I did enjoy the feel of the game. As with all new releases, the code is early and I expect it to get better with time. I did wish the theme was a bit grittier, like deadpool as a whole. The shots felt satisfying, artwork was very nice. Solid work Stern.
22 days ago
Game software is buggy at this time as expected. The Ninja lock shot has to be dialed in perfect of results in many clunks and missed shots. The scoop sometimes registers a ball, sometimes award points/mode starts, other times does nothing but sit in scoop awaiting a ball search.

When game is working it is a fun shooter. Artwork package is good, sounds are ok even though the Firepower/Defender sounds are way out of place. The video assets are so 1970's except for the 4th wall graphics. Will rerate when software matures and scoop problem is fixed.
23 days ago
I'm not crazy about new pins generally, but Deadpool is an exception. I've been hooked on this one ever since playing it for the first time 2 weeks ago. I seem to get multi ball at least once every game, which definitely keeps the game fun. Some of these new games I play once or twice and "nothing happens" so I don't feel the need to play it again.

I also really like the soundtrack for this game, and some of the callouts are clever/funny.
24 days ago
I've got about ~30 games on this now and the rule-set isn't complete but the game is super fun to play, it's beautiful, and the theme integration is top-notch. I dig the shots and I like how difficult the right ramp shot is. You can definitely feel the difference when you hit the ball just right and it flies up into the ball-lock. I'm excited to see what happens as the game makes its way to V1.0.

Would love to see the game let you run multiple modes a bit easier. For ex. When you lock in Lil'Deadpool, you should be able to start a mode and THEN initiate lil'deadpool multi-ball. The call-outs are lacking and repetitive. Would like some better humor in upcoming versions. Maybe some call-outs that talk about Stern not having enough money to get Spider-Man licensing? Deadpool has a serious bromance with Spider-man in the comics. And I don't think this is going to happen, but an "adult" mode where Deadpool is a bit more himself would be good. Doesn't have to swear, I don't think swearing is what makes Deadpool 'R' rated, but some better adult oriented humor. Maybe a few sexual innuendos that are a bit "deeper" than your cliched ball jokes? Maybe licensing is the issue with Deadpool not seeming "like" Deadpool in the game? Pinball is such a geeky sport, you'd think a few people in Stern would have been a bit more familiar with Deadpool from the comic books and made sure he felt like Deadpool in the final product.

The game looks like Deadpool, it plays fun, the voices are solid... the call-outs just don't FEEL like Deadpool. Stern has (@0.84) really missed the mark trying to make Deadpool a family friendly game. Absolute wrong theme to attempt that on. Comparable to making a family friendly Rick and Morty or Archer table. They’re all ‘R’ rated characters from ‘R’ rated media. Sigh...

I'll re-review at V1.0.
25 days ago
Big disappointment.
30 days ago
Solid game. BEAUTIFUL to look at IMO. WAY too easy. Should be funnier. Should be dirtier. Still not bad.
34 days ago
I played a bunch of Deadpool at Sunshine Laundry yesterday with my wife. The one thing that stood out was that it is a bunch of silly fun. It’s an ideal game for my situation. The game definitely appealed to my wife who likes themes on the less serious side and will definitely appeal to my kids. The rules weren’t deep, but it was obvious what needed to be done to progress.

With me being an average player at best, the ball times didn’t seem too long. It was longer than Metallica, and on par with Iron Maiden. I didn’t have any games like I have on Star Trek or Batman 66 where I was playing so long that I got bored. I think it would be even better with more open out lanes because there is a lot of back and forth movement trying to light the battle modes.

The game does need some more depth. I’m hoping that comes with the code updates to be REALLY good. If this game came after Guardians, we would be raving about it. Unfortunately it followed Iron Maiden and is suffering from direct comparisons.

Current Ranking of Modern Sterns:

Walking Dead
Iron Maiden
Star Wars
Iron Man
Star Trek
36 days ago
Not what I was thinking when seeing the cool artwork. Childish game sounds and call outs.
37 days ago
Played more than 4 hours in 2 days , very good Stern , beautifull ,fast , loved the theme , LCD videos and multiballs
Can t Say about deepness yet obviously , fun game , but i m still a Dialed in Big fan for the flow !)
best scores 941M and 499M
A top 5 Stern
Good work and thanks Mr Gomez !
37 days ago
By far the best pro model Stern has put out to date. I always prefer the premium or LEs when possible but for the price point this Pro is loaded enough. Great game, Layout,Shots just plain fun !
Includes service rails/ & B/W cabinet corner brackets as well Wow !!
38 days ago
I've been playing this everyday on location and I just cant stand the Lil' Deadpool or the retro video game fighting element. I also don't like the unfunny callouts. I do like the layout, but I'm not sure you'll be making that ramp shot if you're not on top of your flipper maintenance. The artwork is incredible on the playfield as well as the cabinet. The rules are good now and will get better of course. The center of the game is way to dark. I know the game is marketed for good clean family fun, but clean on Deadpool is just not my style. If you love corny humor and Street Fighter video games you'll be plenty pleased with this offering from Stern.
38 days ago
I put in about 3 hours of game time on DP at Arcade Legacy in Cincy. The game was fun, but i don't like the inconsistency of the right orbit/ramp shot. It basically felt like a coin toss to me, nail the shot it could make the turn, up the ramp no problem or just as likely bounce off a pop and back down to the flippers. On the other hand you could hit a weak shot and the ball could make the turn and gently up the ramp, or bounce off the scoop.
38 days ago
Fun game, great artwork, but the play is thin. And they really missed that mark making Deadpool with a g-rated mouth. Deadpool is all about the foul mouth and unapologetic humour. Simpson’s and Southpark seemed to get this right. I don’t expect this game to have a long collectors life. Most will be back on the market after 3 months
39 days ago
If you are a 80’s or 90’s kid who loved playing street fighter and mortal combat then this awesome pin will grab you!
The real play field art and viberant cabinet are amazing! It’s not the crappy looking (imo) photo shop cut and paste that’s been the stern standard for so long. I would gladly hang this play field on the wall as an art piece, what other modern stern (besides ghost busters and Iron Maiden) fit this true art package like vintage pins.
This is the easiest to understand modern pin I’ve played in a long time, and the original integration of the fighting game makes for such an awesome ‘timer’ in the modes.
I’ve got a wide group of buds and many only play when they stop by my place, yet within 1 ball they understand the basic rules and what to try and accomplish. But there are enough “battles” and “quests” that it will be a good while before I beat them all (granted I’m not a great player).

Easliy the house favorite in my small collection!

If Stern brings more games like this I see my collection growing.
40 days ago
Beautiful artwork and a fun game to play. Takes a little time to get the shots down but once you do gameplay feels less clunky. While little Deadpool is not my favorite toy I do like the ball lock feature and the Katana blade/ramp looks fantastic. Shots are varied, challenging, and still fun. After playing the game I think the better choice was to go the comic route vs. the movie(s). I'm usually a wait and see kind of person when it comes to buying new releases but I think I'd be very happy bringing one of these home.
40 days ago
Stern is getting better and better at building Pinballs for a new era. The right lanes were not easy to hit but there was still plenty of action consistently happening. Beautiful Playfield! Deadpool slung in the hamock swings every time you hit that ramp. The battles are fun and easy to engage. The game start skill shot is challenging. The Pro was entertaining enough, I can't wait to play the shaking Premium and or LE! BooM TiMe!
42 days ago
Deadpool is a fun game. The lock shot can be a little bit finicky. Code is a bit early at this time, but the game is still enjoyable. Looking forward to seeing how this title matures.
43 days ago
I had the opportunity to put a few games on this at Crabtown USA a couple of days ago. I have to say that I was honestly disappointed.

The artwork on this machine is fantastic. The playfield looks amazing and the side art is wonderful.
The sound on this machine is awesome. I really like the soundtrack and the sound quality was great.
I really liked the little Deadpool lock.
The animation up on the screen looked awesome.

The toys are crappy. I know the toys don't effect gameplay, but Stern spending $25 on Action figures would have made a difference.
The playfield seems really empty. There really aren't that many shots.
I played for about an hour and still didn't understand the rules. What flashing colors was I supposed to be shooting at?
With no idea what I was supposed to do, and limited instructions available on the machine, I was ready to walk away after only a couple of games.

Overall: This looks like a great game for an operator, but not a great game for the home. It is loud and can draw people in to play/watch, but it's just not that much fun to play. Maybe future code updates will change this but I would rate Stern Star Wars as a more fun game to play, and most of the classic Bally/Williams are better.
43 days ago
This is an all-around phenomenally solid game. From the metal ramps and the crisp feel from everything from the ball locks to the targets, this one is really well designed, with good attention to detail. There aren't any standout toys (the lil' Deadpool thing is okay, but nothing to write home about), but that's really part of the appeal: it doesn't need to rely on a crane or anything flashy. The katana which locks the balls is really solid, though, and works well with the theme.

Artwork all around is great, original art and (thankfully) based on the comics and not the movies. One of the best parts, though, is the original soundtrack, which I can't seem to get out of my head. If you're playing this at a location where they have the sound off, you're missing out.

Shots make sense, but are still challenging, and the modes have good variation (the wheel has more on it, now, too, after the .82 update). Stern has a winner in this one.
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