Game of Thrones (Premium/LE)

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This game received 257 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.156 /10

8.156

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Game Of Thrones". The group itself ranks #43 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.171

Artwork: 7.554

Sounds/Music: 8.162

Other Aspects: 8.423



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


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Found 123 ratings (with comment) on this game

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8.868/10
22 days ago
Upper pf actually adds to the game. Well balanced- you don’t spend much time up there, but when you do it’s worthwhile, but it doesn’t overpower the rest of the game. Make sure you disable the adjustment that lets you complete a house just by hitting a few upper pf shots. That’s a terrible rule and it’s much better if that’s off.
8.020/10
22 days ago
The game is a decent game with great artwork and a great theme. It is challenging and I will go to play this machine when in the mood for a good challenge.
9.800/10
49 days ago
Such a great game! Almost a shame that it was released prior to the shows ending but that's Capitalism and Intellectual Property Law at work, I suppose. True to the series up to the date of its release but still missing other items that could have been incorporated had the release been delayed. But a fun, additive game, regardless.
8.488/10
76 days ago
This is most definitely a VERY UNDERRATED player's pin. I feel bad for casual players who bought this because they liked the show, with no intention of reading the rules....over, and over again.

Once you get the rules down, boy oh boy, this sure is a fun one and should be much, much higher in the top 100 list in my humble opinion.

PROs:

Code / Rules: It's very refreshing the sort of strategy that goes into so many decisions - which houses to fight and when, when to apply your house's powers', when to go for a multiball vs trying to complete another mode, etc, etc. Lots of fun little choices, and very cool that each house has very distinct rules and challenges going for them. The code on this is incredibly solid and fun.

Light show: Some really cool stuff going on here. Winter is coming with the back glass getting in on the light show fun makes this one really stand out from other games.

Playfield art: Really good! Matches the theme well.

Shots: Shoots really nicely and very smoothly. Every shot is very makeable, however you do need some skill. My wife just rockets it into the targets 3-4x in a row and gives up every game lol. She is the definitely of a casual player and hates this game.

Upper playfield: I don't get the people who think this takes away from the game. It literally adds about 30 shots if you consider all the combinations, and adds strategy in some modes. To me it's actually one of the better upper playfields I can think of.

Cons:

-Animations: Fugly. Some of the WORST, and I mean WORST animations I can think of modern Stern games. Wow, this one could have been a classic had it been made a year later with better animations on a nice big TV screen. What a missed opportunity. It's too bad Stern doesn't do that stuff when they remake games as Vault games....not that this one probably sold enough to warrant that treatment, I digress though I have no idea.

-Call outs: The call outs are also really weak. If it's an actor I can't tell who. Apparently it's the hound for the male voices but I can't tell the female voice at all. The music is just OK with the theme playing over and over, and occasionally another song playing if you hit a mode or multiball.

The cabinet artwork (on the Prem at any rate, the one I have): I mean really, I guess it's not a huge thing as my games (and most people's) are in rows, but the fact that the bone guy (no clue what his name is), the Wildling with the bone face mask is on both the SIDE and the back glass, wow, they couldn't have put...like... the Starks / Lannisters there? You know, the people the show is actually about. One of the sides has bone face dude and a wildling woman I DO NOT recognize from the show, and I watched it pretty religiously. Maybe it's the woman who did the call outs....they were like we'll get her to do a 2-1. The other side is a wooly mammoth. Had I not known I probably never would have guessed that was Game of Thrones...it could have been a National Geographic pin for all I know. I'm not sure if "horrible" is appropriate, but it's certainly very disappointing.

-Light Show: This is also a con. The light show during Blackwater multiball is way too much (and probably other parts, I turned it down pretty quickly), unless maybe you are playing this at a rave on about 30 hits of LSD. It's not even choreographed really and I assume it is just meant to blind you / test to see if you are an epileptic. It's funny (sort of) that it has an epilepsy warning in several places. The good part about this is you CAN turn it down in the options. Thank god....out of the box it was actually a turn off and obnoxious.

OK:

-Toys: I *guess* the Iron throne is kind of cool and so is the dragon (I love when he flaps his wings and the lights and the machine shakes, nice choreography here) , but they are more like decorations and don't add anything to the game....although I suppose that's true of a lot of toys, maybe even most

Overall fun: 8.5/10

DESPITE the weak call outs, the animation flaws, the disaster cabinet art this one is REALLY fun. It's a breathe of fresh air to be honest... I would take it over quite a few Stern games of recent years, and if you have played it like I have and dismissed it pretty quick, do yourself a favor and learn the rules. It makes you think and is not just a "shoot red arrow here", "shoot blue arrow here" (although of course it has that lol).

What frustrates me the most about this pin is it wasn't made a year later - it would have been incredible if it got the big screen treatment (and better cabinet art!! It's terrible).
8.392/10
89 days ago
This one is growing on me.
Was very boring when I played it a handful of times a few years ago. But recently it seems to play much better post code update. The speed and the flow is there. That’s one really smooth and cool lock shot.
I would imaging having this is even more fun in a home environment with the new ruleset that allows you to approach from a number of strategies.
9.900/10
5 months ago
the best pin ever
8.653/10
6 months ago
I wanted to spend more time on the game rules in order to appreciate them. Looked complicated but something that would add to enjoyment if playing it frequently. There is a lot going on in the playfield too that would take more time to figure out all the nuances but I like that stuff.
8.180/10
7 months ago
Played this lots of times on location. And love it everytime i play it!
Love to own one some day
9.760/10
8 months ago
With complete code, this game has it all. Upper play field, variation with house choices, etc. I would recommend playing again and re-rating with new code. Great game.
5.371/10
8 months ago
I've heard people rave about this one but had a real hard time with it. Mostly, it just feels very bland. The top play field is interesting but it also hides a lot of the action and makes the game feel very small and uninteresting overall.
9.900/10
11 months ago
A very underrated game GOT,One of Steve Ritchie’s best ,This is definitely a shooter’s pin as you have a lot to get,Flow is great and the upper play field is awesome,Even though a lot of people say it’s to big but that’s what makes this game different from the rest,Upper play field has 2 full size flippers and plus there is something to shoot at.Just wished it had the bigger screen/DMD.
9.055/10
11 months ago
Game of Thrones LE is a very well-designed game by Steve Ritchie. It has smooth flowing shots, incredible lighting effects and one of the best upper playfields I’ve had the pleasure of playing. The upper playfield is large and has two full size flippers that allow you to handle and control the ball to shoot the three standup targets as well as the two back exit shots and a left loop. This upper playfield design is the type of upper playfield that should have been incorporated into Steve’s more recent release “Black Knight: Sword Of Rage” pin. In fact, I think that this pin would have been the perfect Black Knight 3000.
It has a pretty deep ruleset, and one of the things I like most about it is that when starting a game you can choose different strategies to work your way through each game.
The playfield toys (Dragon, Throne, Sword Lock, Battering Ram etc.) are great and fit the theme well.
The lighting is amazing but can become overwhelming at times especially the strobe effects during multiball jackpots. And the shaker motor integration is fantastic especially when you hit a Super Jackpot. I highly recommend installing one.
The armor on the LE is beautiful with a smooth glossy black finish and gold dragons inset behind the cutouts on the sides.
I’m a bit disappointed in what Stern is calling a “Mirrored BackGlass” though. It’s just a translite with a small amount of gold foil that has been glued to the back of the glass. Shame on you Stern!
Overall, I find this to be one of the best pins that Stern has released in a very long time and plan on keeping mine.
9.440/10
1 year ago
First time I played this game was a pro at an arcade. I wanted to love it, but found it very challenging and poorly done. Then I pushed ahead and had an opportunity to play the LE with quite a few mods. This game was well-done and I loved the iron throne and upper playfield. Game is very difficult to complete modes, but has me coming back to the machine over and over. I hope that Stern will update the code to account for more of the final seasons with additional modes for each house and updated scenes. Only wish this was built now instead of 2015! Unbelievable game!
7.680/10
1 year ago
Played this game with my friends at the Asheville Pinball Museum. It was really fun but we all felt it could have been more fun. The upper castle level was easy to reach, but hard to maintain.
9.360/10
1 year ago
GoT got me back into playing pinball. Any game that starts a bug into this hobby is awesome and GoT delivers. Gameplay, sound and fun factor are off the charts. Only negative is the art package leaves a lot to be desired. Other than that, amazing
8.824/10
1 year ago
Enjoy this pin a lot. Keeps me coming back
9.860/10
1 year ago
This game is truly amazing. The graphics on the LE package are out of this world. So smooth and great. I purchased this game with 40 total plays, so it is brand new, and works like it. Every gizmo and gadget functions as desired and the fun for amateurs and advanced players is well balanced!
9.600/10
1 year ago
It's a beautiful gane with an excellent theme. The toys and artwork are phenomenal.
9.040/10
1 year ago
I love the code on this game. I also love the variability in terms of how to attack the game. Always moving towards Hand of the King, but different routes. Sometimes, I change strategy and start shooting the spinner when it gets up to a high value. I do wish the art had been darker and more medieval. Overall, love it.
9.280/10
1 year ago
I'm just starting to scratch the surface of the masterpiece of a game. I've never read a Game of Thrones book nor have I seen an episode of the show. Liking the light show and the shots are smooth. There's many different ways to play the game. By picking what house to do battle with. This game is deep. I'm recommend watching the 5 part tutorials on YouTube by Chuckwurt.
UPDATED 3-9-2020 After owning this game about 18 months and new code update I had to rate this pin higher. This is my go to pin time and time again.
7.292/10
1 year ago
owned it got bored with it upper playfield too big decent game
10.000/10
1 year ago
Beautiful looking game. With excellent gameplay.
8.030/10
1 year ago
I cannot get over how large the upper playfield is on the LE and how much it takes away from the game. I played 5 games, liked the game, but I can't stand the HUGE upper playfield. Artwork and lighting id great. GOT seems to me like the lastability will go away over time and this game will fade into the background.
9.027/10
2 years ago
I'm a GoT fan and a pinball fan so this is a good combo. I love the challenge of getting to the iron throne, it's just the right amount of hard. The rules are deep and enjoyable. I like the mini playfield and enjoy the shots. The dragon shot is deadly and satisfying.
9.660/10
2 years ago
great game
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