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Demolition Man

Pinside rating

This game received 386 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.745 /10

7.745

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #109 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.113

Artwork: 6.813

Sounds/Music: 7.689

Other Aspects: 7.887



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8.01

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8.556/10
44 days ago
When I start playing this game, it is hard to stop. Nostalgia is there for me since I was 12 when the movie came out and it was awesome. Love all of the gimmicks, prefer to play using the top mounted controls. Widebody is also a great feature for this game, i love how many ramps, wireforms and targets are. All around fun and great gameplay, highly under rated machine.
7.628/10
68 days ago
Really not a bad game. A great pin to start out with, and one I have strangely been wanting to buy. Ramps feel great and you can really get some good flow going. I enjoy Stallone and Snipes' callouts as well. Art isn't anything special, but when the LED's are done right, it can look pretty good.
8.848/10
88 days ago
This was my first machine and literally every time I turn it on, I find myself forcibly needing to pull myself away before I just tell myself "one more game!"
9.223/10
3 months ago
Love this game fast flowing ramps plays a lot better than some top 50 rated games artwork hurts this title badly.
Just had the ROMs upgraded really adds to the game love the call outs make me laugh
7.896/10
3 months ago
This is a really cool pin that only just recently seems to have garnered much recognition.
It is based off a B movie and the artwork leaves something to be desired, but the gameplay, toys, and call outs are all fantastic.
7.675/10
3 months ago
In case you haven't seen a picture of this game, it has a LOT of ramps going on. It makes jugging pinballs during multiball really fun. You can stall them out at the top center shot then bank them across the playfield with the 3rd flipper eventually ending up in a subway if you need to clear the playfield without losing balls. The claw at the top is really unique and a fun way to select which mode you want to play. The captive (eye) ball and cars are fun to bash on too.
8.156/10
5 months ago
Ramp mania! Art package is a little lacking in detail. This game has many good shots and the flipper triggers make this game truly unique.
8.508/10
5 months ago
Fun for a while but it can get repetitive. Cool features like the multiball set up and the claw(when the claw works) plus the grips are neat, something different. Lighting is cool. Lots of little things if you get the time but all comes back to the same couple shots being repetitive. Fun always whipping the ball around the ramps when the speed is there.
8.270/10
5 months ago
Just added this pin and I just can’t stop hitting that start button. This pin is simply a blast to play. The gun handles are really unique and add a highly immersive element to the experience. Something about holding onto the grips and using the thumb buttons to launch the ball and choose your modes is very satisfying. It’s more than just a gimmick, it works great and adds to the fun. The rules are easy to understand, and there is just enough to do. The modes are nicely varied, and there are some other mini modes and hurry ups to achieve. I also like the captive eye and car crash, even tho they are highly risky shots. But where this pin really shines is in the gameplay. Flow, flow, flow. Ramps all day. 3 fantastic Nordman ramps, with terrific placement so that you can really string combos together. The upper flipper shots are excellent. This is a widebody but doesn’t feel like one. It’s fast, fun and engaging. Ball times can be short if you miss a shot or two, it can be punishing. But not unfairly, it feels reasonably hard. My only complaint is with the cab art and especially the translite. The renditions of the actors just doesn’t look great, to me at least. The cab art is sorta bland. It’s ok, but it’s pretty boring. Overall, this is one of the most fun pins around. The swear ROMs add some funny adult callouts too. These are somehow still selling for less than most Bally/WMS pins from the 90s, making this one of the best, most underrated bargains around.
5.458/10
7 months ago
The dual hand triggers is neat initially but the gimmick just wasn’t for me.
9.216/10
7 months ago
Demo Man has always been in the top list of my favorite games. I love the flow and speed of it. Its one of those games that gives you a workout while playing. Almost every shot leads right into the next perfectly.
Plus being a movie fan, and a big Sly Stallone fan... Its def a keeper for me.
9.700/10
9 months ago
Just picked up my first wide body Williams machine ! Demo man is an awesome game ! Im in for the long on reframing this one but plays really fast, heap of ramps and think the theme is under rated ! Might look at installing that rated R Voice ROM to add some 90's flavour to it !
3.086/10
10 months ago
Nothing bad but also nothing that really stood out for me. I’ll have to play this again sometime to give it another shot,
7.884/10
11 months ago
I dig this pin for the variety ramp shots and how comfortable it is to play with the handles. That's a plus for me. Love combo shots. Voice actor callouts are great, especially during Museum Multiball where every jackpot is Stallone yelling "AAARRUUGHHH!!!" Love it. Perhaps a design flaw, but launched balls don't always make it around to the 3rd flipper, which is a common thing to happen on this pin. Also, I wish there had been some more importance applied to the left side of the playfield. Would have been nice to see some inline drops, but I get the idea of having the car and retina scan for the sake of theme.

Recommended if you like ramps and decent ball flow. Represents its theme very well if you like the movie or Stallone in general. The trigger handles are the highlight of this machine for me.
7.178/10
11 months ago
Wide body pins can seem slow and boring but this one is one of the fastest pins out there. The flow on this pin is unbelievable and fantastic, and hitting shots are approachable with no less than five ramps and habitrails to aim for. The crane is often broken in the wild but when it works, adds a fun and an important part of gameplay. With five different multiballs and game modes, there is plenty to do and each mode is different and cool.

The game is not without a few problems, issues, or gripes. The skill shot does not work with a lot of machines and is difficult to get working. The game is also a STDM drainer. The floating eyeballs never have fluid in them and are too light to hit the stand-up target. The last issue I have is the game is a little boring for me. It seems uninspired and and the theme is lost to most people.

I may be the only person who liked the movie, and the pin it's based on is a great widebody with the pistol grips and incredible flow. But it suffers with uninspired theme, poor use of dot matrix, and bland game play objectives. This machine is a good fit for a larger collection.
6.818/10
11 months ago
Meh
7.736/10
1 year ago
This game has a lot going for it. The ramps are great, the Cryo-Claw is cool and the overall flow is very good. I like the car crash captive ball but find it to be a bit of a drain shot if not careful. The theme is well integrated with the movie, the call outs and animation are good. Don't like the guns so much, but they are unique.
7.839/10
1 year ago
For a wide body this game has it all. Flow is amazing. Hitting ramp combos very satisfying, especially the skill shot.

The claw is an ok addition to the game. Makes reaching m/balls very easy. Disabled and it adds a new dimension to the game.
7.819/10
1 year ago
Let me get a few things that I hate about this pin out of the way. I don't like the hand triggers, I prefer to use the normal flipper buttons. And I think it has just a horrid backglass, and the cab art is just garbage as well. They reuse Snipes face for the upper cab art and it wasn't a good portrait to begin with. Big faces on cabs and backglasses are BORING to me.
With that out of the way I think it uses the theme of the movie really well. The toy car and eyeball toy are cool. Has a crane that lifts the ball and lets you select the modes. That's a really cool touch and a big crane is in the movie and is important in the movie too! I think the animations for the DMD are really well done, and I like the MB mode where Stallone just grunts and yells everytime you hit a jackpot. I love Stallone, so that sound doesn't get old for me. I think its awesome. I like the playfield layout. Game has a really nice sense of flow. And each mode seems to be done nicely. Game also is really fun to shoot, and I think has really nice replay-ability. I actually think its the artwork that is the main reason why this game isn't so sought after. Could also be the callouts for non Stallone fans, but its just a boring to look at pin, but fun to play. I think if I owned this, I would re-do the cab art and totally replace the translite with a better image.
8.271/10
1 year ago
Besides the superhighway of ramps to shoot for the things I walked away from liking on this game were the Cryo-Claw and car crash captive ball. I liked the movie ok and probably feel the same way about the game. I'd watch the movie if its playing on the television and I'd buy the game if found at a decent price. . . but I am not going out of my way to seek out and pay a premium for either. Have to remember this is a wide body and these things are heavy!

I may be in the minority but I do not really like the handle style flipper actuators. Just cannot get used to them. . . guess I am just and old school flipper button kind of guy.
8.440/10
1 year ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 9 - very high

Pro's:
* Hands down the best feature is the gun handles makes for a really fun gaming experience
* Flow of the shots is very impressive and fun to hit
* Toughest shot is the left loop to start a multiball which is how it should be
* Swear roms are fantastic
* Keeping a tab of how many shot combo's made is cool
* Easy to get to at least 1 multiball

Cons:
* The ability to choose "Lock Freeze" each claw
* Animations are a little weak as most display shot combos made
* left side of the playfield with car crash and retina scan a bit redundant
* Average cabinet & backglass but I've seen worse

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Install a GI socket under the scoop on the left
* Add swear roms
* Lights in the gun handle buttons

What To Look For When Buying
* Worn out chrome on the gun handles
* Make sure claw works as it should
* Broken centre ramp is common
* Cars in the car crash easily break
8.118/10
1 year ago
A fun machine with some really atrocious cabinet and backglass art. If you can get past that, it's an absolute hoot to play.

Figured I'd update with some Good, Bad, and Ugly:

The Good:

1. This game flows phenomenal. IMHO, this is the best "flowy" game ever produced, bar none. One caveat: YOU NEED STRONG FLIPPERS. This game will stink without them. If you play on location somewhere and the ball keeps failing to get up the ramps, that's why. With proper flippers, you get into a nice rhythm with this machine, ramp to ramp to ramp. Never played another game like it. Never get tired of it. This game will likely never leave my collection.

2. The Cryo Claw is just cool. Some don't like that it breaks up the flow. I do. Gives you a moment to reset. The novelty factor is great, too. It's an awesome toy. The other toys are kind of cool, too. The sequential hot wheels cars as captive balls, and the squicky floating eyeball for the retina scan. They aren't shots you hit often, but they are nifty toys nonetheless. Toy factor is A+.

3. It's a wide body that doesn't play like a wide body. The orbit is deliberately made standard size.

4. The sound and music is excellent for the era. Yeah, quality isn't up there with today's machines, but compared to contemporaries, it's excellent. Hard to imagine it's a '94 pin. It only ever annoys me if my son leaves it on after starting a game, but before finishing it. The launch waiting music is annoying.

5. There are lots of funny easter eggs in this game, like the exploding cows in the ACMAG mode, or Eat at Joes "big points."

6. The rules, while shallow, are also very fun. You can just play this pin on kinda-sorta autopilot and have a good time. Makes for a great party pin.

7. These things are STEAL in price. I don't think there's anything as cheap as a Demo Man that even comes close.

The Bad:

1. The cabinet is UGLY. U G L Y ugly. Did we really need a naked Sylvester Stallone on there? Somebody apparently thought that was a good idea. I always sandwich this pin between other pins, or a wall, because the cabinet is THAT ugly.

2. The back glass art is bad. Not as ugly as the cabinet, but the three giant heads look weird.

3. While I liked this movie/theme, most people don't. Some don't even know what it is. It's just not a theme most people care about.

The Ugly:

1. Maintenance on this machine is a chore. The overlapping ramps are a major pain to disassemble for cleaning, and then reassemble. You have to really stay on top of your flipper maintenance, too, or the whole gameplay experience is ruined.

2. Did I mention the ugly cabinet and backglass? Thankfully the playfield art itself is pretty decent - not great, but okay... but still, one of Williams/Bally's worst art packages, for sure. OTOH, this is probably why a game that plays as well as Demo Man is so cheap. So it's not ALL bad.

Overall, it's a great starter pin, because it will teach you how to maintain a pin by necessity, it's very cheap, and it's fun. It also has a place in a more experienced collector's lineup because it's such a well-flowing, unique game. I've yet to really play anything else like it. With better art, and a theme people cared about, this would have been in the top 20 games - maybe even top 10 - IMHO. But since it didn't... these things are great bargains.
9.900/10
1 year ago
So many ramps and combos keep you entertained for hours.
10.000/10
1 year ago
This is my fav game of all time and the reason I say that is because I have owned the game 16 different times; this game has it all and is the best playing wide body pinball ever produced
8.620/10
1 year ago
unique fun game with lots to offer. call outs are fun claw is neat toy and flippers operated by trigger take alittle getting used to but neat once you get em.
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