Ghostbusters (Premium/LE)

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This game received 461 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.355 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Ghostbusters". The group itself ranks #40 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.955

Artwork: 8.85

Sounds/Music: 8.286

Other Aspects: 8.333

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

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3 days ago
Great theme, fun play. Lots of great call outs. If you love the theme you will love this pin. Difficult at times but still fun and approachable for newbies. It's a blast. Nice shootin Ray!
26 days ago
Ive been playing this game a lot on location and it has really grown on me. Love the theme, artwork, sounds, callouts and just the overall feel of the gameplay. The subway ramp is really cool, and all the shots just feel great. It has just the right amount of stop and flow for me. The wide set flippers do not bother me a bit. I hope to find a premium that I can add to complete my collection.
45 days ago
The left ramp that leads around and below the playfield might be my favorite ramp in pinball. But, did they really need to put in two scoops? So much stop and go on this pin, really detracts from the great right to left orbit and the left ramp shot. Slimmer is an okay toy, but nothing amazing.
70 days ago
very nice looking pin. sounds and music are very annoying.
3 months ago
I've owned this game since new. I loved the game initially, but began to get bored with the gameplay. I went months without playing a single game. I was even looking to trade or sell the machine in order to make room for a new one. That was until I installed the software update. I never realized how much of a difference a single update can make. WOW! I truly feel like it's an entirely new game. New callouts, music, rules, and combos make this SO MUCH MORE fun to play! Needless to say, I am now keeping this one in my inventory. Now, to make room, I'm considering moving my KISS LE. UPDATE...I love this more and more as time goes on and I discover new depths of gameplay. I encourage anyone who has rated this machine to find one with new code and play the hell out of it...I assure you, you will change your rating. This machine should be a top 15...maybe even a top 10.
3 months ago
Decent machine, interesting layout. Enjoyed it, just not a keeper for me. Absolutely hated Mass Hysteria multiball. Wish they had more original callouts. All in all still one of the best efforts from Stern in recent years.
4 months ago
This game is a rush. I did not play GBP without the new code, but with how fast this game is the ball saves included with the new code seam very fair. The only reason this game does not get a perfect ten in my book is the engineering flaw with how much the ball jumps around the playfield when missing the left ramp shot. There are mods to correct this issue, but if basing this review off the original design the random flying balls can definitely disrupt game play. Otherwise a perfect game and in my opinion well worth the extra cost in comparison to the pro model. I can't see it ever leaving my collection.
5 months ago
Everyone should rerate this as the newest code fixed all the things people didnt like. How can you not love the colors, call outs, music and general gameplay.
5 months ago
Most beautiful Stern to date, with a fantastic theme and, with the new code, very fun and less unforgiving. Color DMD is a must have upgrade.
5 months ago
One if the best pins of all time.
5 months ago
A VERY addictive game!

The Pros:

-Fun shots
-sweet modes/rules
-love the toys (the goggles, the swinging ghost toy, etc.
-Awesome upper left ramp
-Awesome callouts, music I alright I guess

The Flaws:

Poorly designed flipper space (even nudging barely helps) which causes very short ball times, and if that doesn't drain your balls the magnetic slingshots hidden under the playfield probably would (which randomly shoots the ball wherever and not only interferes with players control of the ball but also sometimes shoots the ball straight down in the middle of the wide flipper space and drains automatically, jinxing the whole gameplay).


Extremely fun and addictive game that I would definitely put in my collection, but only if I can take away or disable the under-the-playfield magnets.
5 months ago
I’m an 80s baby gotta love the ghost busters
5 months ago
One of the best newer Stern machines made. The newer software really opens things up for rule depth in my opinion.
6 months ago
what can I say
it was to try it and say spectacular
how fun and difficult
fast and beautiful
has it all
In this model I would say that you have to buy premium or limited
my favorite next to jurasik park
6 months ago
Tough pin but the challenge is fun. Hard to keep dumping money into it though.
6 months ago
Let's see, LE is fast, but dangerous in most times. Ist's nearly impossible to control the ball to guide it where you wish, I usually save balls, not play them, and that's quite annoying. The subway ramp is outstanding, but the way in the right side and that ramp are too unfair. Modes are well integrated, music and theme are terrific, but you are going to play three minutes games each time, no way to enjoy a long ball
7 months ago
This game is not yet in my collection but I’ve played it many times and can’t wait till it is. Fast and furious shot making are the norm in this pin. The call outs are absolutely phenomenal. Owning a premium or LE is a must as the ectogoggles and interactive slimer are worth the few extra thousand. Pretty tuff one to advance but I’m always up for the challenge. The artwork is really great. Love the mixed up flipper mode. I’m in the process of trying to pry this pin out of my buddies hands and hopefully soon he’ll give in to my pleas and sell me one of the best themed pin out there. “I ain’t afraid a no ghost”
My buddy finally broke down. It’s mine with Ecto1 topper. After about 50 plays I realize now this pin is damn near perfect. What a blast ! Storage Facility multi all is by far one of the best out there. The art package and callouts are top notch. It took me along time to get this one and it’s never leaving.
7 months ago
I generally like this game, but do find it somewhat difficult and not always fun to play. There are plenty of toys / features on this pin to make it engaging. The ruleset is a bit confusing at first, but I was able to get the hang of things after about a dozen rounds. The magnetic effects near the flippers is cool but can be unnecessarily brutal, causing the ball to go flying in unrecoverable directions. Slimer is definitely fun to hit, and I like the motion that is added on the Premium / LE. I wish this game were a bit less difficult and more fun and approachable. Still on my list to hit up when I see it on location.
7 months ago
I might be in the minority here, but I do enjoy this game. I bought NIB late and did not suffer too much during the "Where's the code" battles. Theme is great, cabinet artwork is outstanding, music is good, and is really pulled together.

Complaints are the flipper gap (I did the removable overhead post), flashers too bright (I know, can be adjusted) and airballs. I don't think that this takes away from the enjoyment of the game for me.

Topper really adds to this one! Another smile on my face when playing (I did not know that the siren is a Leopard snarl edited!)
8 months ago
Seems to me like this is the last Stern with any kind of substantial world under glass, and one of the more original layouts from them ever. Everything in support of the theme here is excellent (the art, the music, the toys and callouts), and really seems like the most successful theme integration in Stern's history. I would wager Gary is a fan of the Ghostbusters IP above all others they have licensed.

The game play and shots are fresh and original, while the toys and gimmicks are undeniably entertaining. Yes, when the magnaflip dumps the ball STDM you want to scream bloody murder. And yes, that precludes it from being a precision shooter worthy of sniper competitions. But pinball is not just about control and perfect shots. It has to include the occasional kick in the nuts, why else position the height of the pinball body right there? (I guess that's why some players have learned to play by leaning in :-)

Complaints about airballs, the steep right ramp, center shot drains, kick outs, lanes, etc. are all addressed in this forum with all sorts of adjustment suggestions. For me, that's part of the fun of owning a game -- tweaking its action to perfection. And the new rules do a good job bringing everything together more understandably, but I recommend adjusting them as well -- keep the ladder steps something you have to earn, otherwise it becomes a bit too easy. Not sure why anyone can complain about the ladders: you have 3 to choose from and can work your way between them in any order, adding to the game's lastability.

Regarding the designer's infamy, bear in mind that pinball is hard, and a huge team effort. No sense in punishing the whole team just because of one member, and no reason to abandon the game. Consider how many other mouths were fed in such a perilous industry simply by your choice to own it.
8 months ago
Very Important Tip Here!: I bought my Premium with the floating center post mod that adds a whole new dimension to the gameplay. It plays amazing and is more thrilling with the center post saving the day or being purposefully used for some interesting ball action. Once you play Ghostbusters this way, you will not want to play it any other way. My review is based upon gameplay with this mod.

The GB playfield layout is one of those very special ones that just makes you want to play it again! This game has challenging shots that reward you very nicely which is why this game is so addicting. If you have this game easily accessible, you will find yourself stopping to play it every time you pass. You will be tempted to push that start button again after every game too.

The ecto goggles on the premium are so fun! You will find yourself checking them to see who is there all of the time.

The magnetic slingshots are the coolest ghost effect going next to the ecto goggles. It is the sounds the game makes while the slings are in action that complete the effect. This reminded me of the under playfield magnets on Addams Family that blew me away back in the 90s.

The art of Zombi Yetti is amazing. You find yourself just staring at this game in awe.

If you have the funds, adding a colordmd to this game makes a big difference as the animation dots on this game are so excellent! You will find yourself looking up more with color adding a depth to the image that is so much better than plain red. I went with the led version and very happy with the bright high contrast color image vs. the lcd version.

This game is getting bolted to my floor!
8 months ago
It's hard to be completely objective since I grew up in the 80's and fell in love with the movie. When I saw the machine I knew I wanted it in my small collection. That said, here's my succinct review:

Rules are easy to understand
1 really difficult shot: right ramp...there are other difficult shots too but the right ramp is the hardest
Difficult to build up to the Gozer stage, makes you want to try to get better
The movie had so many great quotes, they didn't include..missed opportunity

--UPDATE--After having it for a year I have grown to like it so much that I traded up to the LE version, artwork is great, new updated code makes the game play better.
Considering the good and the bad, overall, I like it very much..I will certainly have this in my collection for a very very long time
10 months ago
I'm rating this on the New code, I never played it with the old code. The game does take some "tweaking" to play better.. IE air ball deflectors, moving the slingshot robbers on Prem/LE games, and lowering the RH ramp with a shorter hex.

So some on location games may or may not give you the best experience.

I never really thought much of it on location, but my wife loved it. So we got one.

After I was able to tweak it for "fun" play... this game really is a blast. Great theme, great sounds, good ball time

And the LH ramp shot is the best I can think of.

Call me a homer, but this game fits in well, even with Sterns quality misgivings.
11 months ago
Love this game. Can get enough actors to voice a pinball insert Ernie “hold my big ass Twinkie”. The music doesn’t feel repetitive. The light shows are amazing. It is another one of those games where the animations are to good for the game not to come with a color dmd. On the negative. Too many ball pops, I’ve seen too many with a bad flipper, and I wish it had more toys.
11 months ago
but are you really judging this game for the space between pinballs? I hope not because this is an absolutely fantastic game, yes it was true the lower part could have been designed better but we are complaining about nothing. are magnetic slingshot a problem? I think they are absolutely brilliant, many think that they have not been added to other games because they are not liked, in reality I think this is the only pinball that must have them, where else is that effect of the ball possessed by a ghost needed? do we want to talk about art? perhaps the most aesthetically beautiful pinball ever made, all three versions are beautiful, the ecto-1 on the side is beautiful but the must is the LE version with slicer and the green painted metal parts. great game, don't misjudge others' comments, try it.
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