Ghostbusters (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2016)

Ghostbusters (Premium/LE)

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This game received 333 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.291 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Ghostbusters". The group itself ranks #26 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.873

Artwork: 8.784

Sounds/Music: 8.194

Other Aspects: 8.266

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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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15 days ago
This game is super fun! Not much not to like on this game other than the occasional air balls. Great game!
17 days 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.
23 days ago
Once all the issues like airballs are addressed, it’s really a very fun game.
39 days 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.
43 days 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!!!!
58 days 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.
3 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.
3 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.
3 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.
3 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.
4 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. Halloween decorations (last year I got a six foot animatronic zombie from Lowe’s just after Halloween and at a 75% discount!) and horror themed games are easy to come by. 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.
4 months ago
the fastest I ever sold a stern game. Had an LE. Loved the looks and multiballs right from the go. Two things killed it for me , the air balls and the linearity of the rules. Absolutely the worst air balls I have seen in a game. I understand I could have fixed the air balls with mods but nothing to be done on the rules. Lastly the emotional concerns about insert ghosting on this model did have merit.
5 months ago
Played both the premium and pro a number of times. It looks really cool but I can't seem to get into it. May be I am missing something but it seems repetitive, doesn't seem to have enough shots or there are just too many gimmicky shots. Almost seems like it should have had another ramp or orbit. Seems wide open, yet cluttered and available space is all taken up for the cityscape looks, if that makes sense. Perhaps I need to give it more time, but something is lacking.
On the other hand I would think this machine would do very well in arcades or for someone playing machines in your lineup, it will draw people to it on the looks and theme and games can be short.
5 months ago
In my opinion this machine isn't up to par with most of the newer pins available. It felt a little too busy and kind of thrown together for my taste. I was never able to get the flow of the play field down.
5 months ago
Fantastic Game, have owned since new and still have so much to aim for in my personal game play, i don't think i will ever get bored with this game. It is a real fun game !!!
5 months ago
I am surprised how much I liked this game. This is really a fantastic effort with a few flaws out of the box... First, the theme integration into the gameplay and sounds are truly excellent, but wish a few more of the callouts were custom vs. movie clips. Also, didn’t care for the digitzed version of some of the movie tracks (why not just secure the actual rights?) the GB theme song is great though. Make no mistake about it, the wide flippers make this a challenging table, though I love it. I always find it funny when people complain about a game being too hard... you really want to drop 4-8k on a game you can master in a few plays?

There are a few key flaws out of the box, namely airball city, but mods in the left ramp and outlanes significantly improve this (why didnt it come that way?). All in all, after switching up a few platics and putting several hundred plays on this, it has become one of my all time favorites. It is a nice change up from Sterns usual fare, and feels like a pin that should have/could have been made in the 90s.
6 months ago
This is probably the most beautiful pin I've seen. The artwork from Zombie Yeti is absolutely stellar. This pin is HARD. I'm relatively new to pinball but damn are these shots difficult. I've put about 30 games into this machine and I still haven't hit a multi-ball. But it keeps pulling me back for more games! The call-outs are perfect pulls from the movie and they got an actor from the movie to voice call-outs like "Player 2 your turn". Gorgeous, Fun, Hard pin.

Update 2/15/2018 - I've put well over 200 games on this pin and still love it. It's fast, fun, and challenging. It is mean when you miss shots, especially the left ramp. Often a missed shot on the left ramp ends up going straight down the middle. The flipper gap is ridiculous. Having played many more pins since my last update, I feel comfortable saying this pin's theme integration is amazing. Coupled with the artwork I'm happy to have made this my first pin purchase.
6 months ago
this is a very fun game but hate the ball drains and wide flippers. but still wouldn't sell it. It is so different that the other stern games made.
6 months ago
Its Ghostbusters! Game is fun to play. I love the artwork and the callouts. The rules are more linear on this one. Lots to do on this one. The game is full of cheap drains, but that just ups the intensity.
7 months ago
In my opinion, this is by far Stern's best effort in a decade. I want to own one very badly, but don't think I have the room.
7 months ago
Had for a bit now. Still need to play more so might change but so far so good. Nothing new here- with air ball protectors and properly tweaked, the game is a lot more fun than most people probably see on location. Have an LE and must say the most aesthetically pleasing game in my collection. Wish there were more authentic callouts but music is spot on. Hopefully the new rules will make a bit deeper but think this one may be a keeper.
8 months ago
Owned this pin for about 4 months. In a large collection, 10+ this would be a real winner. Friends and casual players LOVE it. Slimer is quite innovative, lighting is really nice and you can get a high score easily enough, if you can keep the ball alive long enough. Theres the rub, for me anyways. On my highest scoring games, I walk away not really understanding what I did to get the high score. But, when I play STLE, LOTR, ACDC, SM etc, I know exactly what I did to get a high score and that didnt appeal to me. BUT, it really appealed to friends who came over to play. So, if I had a big collection, its a keeper, but I have room for 4, so I replaced it for a MET. Luckily, I sold it to a friend, so I will get the chance to play it again, hopefully after an update!
8 months ago
Artistically, playfield layout, and overall aesthetics, this game is a 10/10. They hit a homerun using the original movie theme, although I wish Ernie Hudson wasn't the only vocal besides the movie clip callouts from other characters.

This game suffers from being brutally hard and frustrating, even more so than the pro. Trudeau really screwed the -- wait, maybe I shouldn't go there -- with this one. Yeh, I get it, wide flipper gaps, but the outlanes are no safer with the stupid Avatar/MET bounce, bounce, death and vertically challenged inlane guides that lead to hop drains. No shot (other than a ramp) is safe, with many successful shots leading to drains or airballs. The right ramp on the premium/LE is BRUTALLY hard. It was shipped from the factory with the wrong post, making the pitch/hairpin turn reject most shots. Even with a shorter post, this shot is brutally tough to make for a skilled player, and MUCH harder than the pro version.

Everyone WANTS to like this game. The hologram, subway ramp, moving slimer, etc. are amazing features. But this game is probably the worst coin taker in 20 years!
8 months ago
Wow. What a disappointment. We don’t get a lot of new pins where I am, so I am always eager to play this when I see it. It’s official. It will never get another dollar for me. In fact, I won’t even play it for free. It’s that little fun. Cheap drains everywhere. Yuck
8 months ago
A beauty i like to play
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