Ghostbusters (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2016)

Ghostbusters (Premium/LE)

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This game received 359 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.283 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Ghostbusters". The group itself ranks #27 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.855

Artwork: 8.815

Sounds/Music: 8.221

Other Aspects: 8.249

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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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12 days ago
Has a few more toys/ gimmicks than the pro but over all a big disappointment considering it's a great theme,tryed so hard to like this but it's just not fun to play
21 days ago
I cannot believe how different the LE is compare to the PRO...It's an other pin completely and fun it is .
27 days ago
Love the gimmicks and toys. The theme is an easy win. I hate the flipper gap, but makes it a good challenge.i would own one of these if I had a bigger collection. Fun game, but definitely a rough playing game that will frustrate casual players.
32 days ago
I have owned this pin for quite some time and have logged hundreds of games. To be honest, I bought it more for my kids (who loved it on location) than for myself, but over time, it has grown on me and I have played it more and more.

The theme is amazing and funny. Couldn't be better. It is a fun, but sometimes frustrating, game to play. The biggest issues I have are the frequent straight down the middle drains, especially when the magnets fling them that way - it takes skill out of the game and makes it feel more random. The biggest issue is airballs. Tons and tons and not just on the steep ramp. I managed to cut them down by buying an inexpensive airball protector, but it is simply inexplicable to me that Stern didn't address this issue on their own. I own 4 pins and I can safely say that 95+% of airballs I experience among the pins are on this one.

My only other complaint (but with play time less so) is that each of the scenes is hard to remember, so what to do is not intuitive from looking at the layout. The game makes up for this by its lighting up of arrows, so without understanding the rules, one can simply play by the "hit the flashing shot" rule of thumb and do reasonably well.
36 days ago
The right ramp is impossible to hit. Magna slings are terrible. Don't get me started on the you know who brothers. Mis-designed lower playfield ruined this pin from the start. It's a waste of an amazing theme. The Pro plays better but still has many issues and takes a lot of mods and tweaking to cut down on air balls.
37 days ago
Once this game gets a code update and the long awaited color dmd with some pin stadium lights it will be a must have for all of us 80s babies
69 days ago
So torn. Not a dad game but lightning is so hard to see and the shots are just too finicky for me.
78 days ago
An awesome theme, rules are pretty good (could use a code update)
Visually amazing, check this one out
84 days ago
I have a serious love/hate relationship with this machine. A good friend has one and I play it often. While I go in good spurts I feel like I have yet to unlock it's potential. The reason? There is so much to do and hit. The callouts, animations and theme are top notch. The artwork is hysterical and fun, but the real gripe about this game for's a challenge. And it keeps me frustrated and coming back for more.
85 days ago
I have tried to like this one, play it every time I see one as it is such a beautiful looking pin. Wish the play matched the beauty, but it doesn't. The more you play it the more the good looks becomes clutter, and the majority of the shots are just not all that much fun. Reminds me of a J-Pop pin, style over substance. If you were a super fan of all things Ghostbusters I can see how you'd be enamored, but this one is just not for me.
3 months ago
After reading so many negative reviews I didn't expect much when I had a chance to buy a GB premium. I must say I was pleased with the game in general and it had enough difficulty and challenge to keep it interesting. The over all entertainment value (for me) was very good for a pin that I initially bought at a good price to flip but it turned into a keeper. GB deserves more credit than it gets.
3 months ago
A modern clasic!
3 months ago
Admittedly, Ghostbusters was a dream theme for me being one of my favorite comedy movies of all time. I've read the mixed reviews but after a month of owning a Premium, I love it and think it is a long term keeper.

The artwork and everything about the aesthetics of the pin is top notch. Ditto for the music and how the theme is integrated. The Premium has more toys and things packed into then just about any Stern pin I've ever seen. A lcd color screen would have been icing on the cake but it is still a great game without it.

It is necessary to tweak the game a bit with outlane protectors and possibly a center post given the oversized flipper gap (really the biggest flaw in an otherwise great game). If Stern had vetoed Trudeau's oversized flipper gap before this game is produced (and they hadn't had all the pf qc issues) , this is easily a top 10-15 all time pin.
4 months ago
Needs a code update but Family love the pin and theme. I liked the game so much I upgraded my pro for a Premium..
4 months ago
This game is super fun! Not much not to like on this game other than the occasional air balls. Great game!
4 months ago
Beautiful machine, with lots to shoot at. Airballs are the killer in this one. Even hitting the subway shot dead on, I'm blasting buildings behind the ramp. I love the way it looks, and I'm determined to come up with a ramp cover mod, so this stays in the collection. This is one of the machines that could benefit from a colorDMD, too, but it doesn't look promising. Fun callouts, and the music and sound effects are well executed.
4 months ago
Once all the issues like airballs are addressed, it’s really a very fun game.
5 months ago
Great game to play, extremely difficult IMO and not for the player who just wants to bang away on the flippers. I played a premium with tons of mods that seemed to block a bit of the playfield, but still very hard to get a flow going with the speed of the game. That being said I want one. The artwork is gorgeous and the toys and sounds are great ! For sure one of the better Sterns made.
5 months ago
Waaay better layout on this version, than ön The PRO!!! This and Batman 66 are up Therese with Twilight Zone, and MM, and CV, and AFM!!!!
6 months ago
I cant remove a point for this game. A ton of fun, a ton of shots, very deep. A keeper for me and what a beautiful machine.
7 months ago
If its tweaked (slimer, outlanes, pke ramp, scolari drop targets) and all parts works flawlessly then this game is a blast.
Very fast and and butt kickin - but absolut addictiv.

Hope the code update in summer will bring it to the next level.
7 months ago
Art package is top drawer, I love the subway shot. I just wish the game was more fun than frustrating. Lots of very cool features and multiballs are great.
7 months ago
When I first saw this game, I nearly passed out. My first thoughts were, “What a beautiful game, Zombie Yeti killed it........Wow, what a packed playfield, Stern didn’t cut corners on this one.” In the end, all of this was true, but there was a few big problem that destroy this game from being fun.......The code, playfield layout and music forced me to sell it within a few weeks. I just couldn’t take how frustrating it was to play this game, pinball in suppose to be fun, not annoying. Constant drains and annoying music made me want to shut this game down as fast as I turned it on.
7 months ago
fun game. when I first played this at TPF last year it was a drainer but w some software updates it has become a really good game.
8 months ago
Ok. I’ve had my GB Premium since the time the Premiums initially shipped in 2016 and up until now I’ve hesitated to post a review, because what I have to say has mostly been said before in other very thorough reviews. But…here goes.

I got one of the first premiums to come off the line after what was the longest time I ever waited to get a new pin. This followed the summer of Hell for new GB owners who were getting all those play field issues. I had originally gone in on a MMr but since they would not opt any production information whatsoever back then, I put my marker on GB instead.

This pin is drop dead gorgeous. The art package is stellar and when you take into account all the bells and whistles to include the toys, the modes, and everything that went into it you’d think you had purchased the holy grail of pins. This was one time where I was glad I paid extra to upgrade to a Premium. But is it fun?

In a collection of 10 games this sees little play. The SDTM drains are frustrating as is the annoying action of trying to trap a ball with your flipper and have it shoot up the in lane and around and into the out lane. That ramp on the far right is a nightmare to hit with any consistency, and the left scoop needed several adjustments before it stopped weakly shooting the ball SDTM. Points? Yeah, I can get points in game play but the bulk of my score comes from my ability (or inability when I’m having a s**t game) to activate the “Don’t Cross the Streams” video mode. I almost always clear it and if I can get that three or four times in a game I end up with a killer score. I never set my posts to a more liberal setting because I play (badly) in a local league and the harder the game is set, the better the practice for me. I have all my games on conservative settings. The fastest drains are still with GB. The “just one more game” wears thin after two or three in a row. On the other hand, I can sit there and play AC/DC, MET, TWD, AFM, and my TFTC all night long. The rules are not overly complicated and the modes are fun, as long as you can keep the ball in play. The multi ball is cool.

I have a “Horror” themed game room because, well, it’s in a dingy basement. GB fits with the theme. But if I had the opportunity to have one or the other, knowing what I know now, I find myself wishing that I had given GB a miss and got MMr instead.
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