Ghostbusters (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2016)

Ghostbusters (Premium/LE)

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This game received 364 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.296 /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: 7.867

Artwork: 8.821

Sounds/Music: 8.24

Other Aspects: 8.262

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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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11 days ago
Big ghostbusters fan. Have tried multiple machines- not for me. Siren sound gets obnoxious. Lay out is too dark in some places and blindingly hazardous in others. What is up with a peg between the flippers? Possible someone put a gasket in to intentionally divert ball to sides, or could have been bad luck. Still, huge amount of cheap drains- middle and sides. Layout was good, lot of things to making it interesting. Flipper distance seems destined to fail which does limit enjoyment.
19 days ago
This pinball machine is pretty cool. Theme is very well integrated. The playfield design is top notch, the overall ambiant is fun. Good ball flow with a high speed. This game can be frustrating sometimes, big space between flippers a lot of ball bounces, ... Still waiting the next code update to see some improvements that could increase more the fun factor. Captive balls rules on the left side need to be better. Maybe one or 2 new video modes? . Actually there's 2 : "Don't cross the streams" and "Negative Reinforcement on ESP Ability". The first 1 is fun but too easy to win. The 2nd one is just luck and you'll probably never play it because it's so hard to get more points that DCTS mode.
Multiball starts is really cool, and even better with a shaker.
The learning curve for the skillshot is pretty long. A lot of possibilities, and it depends on which strategy you wan't to apply.
Definitely one of the best Stern Pinball machine, but the Premium is a must!! A lot better than the pro!
26 days ago
The theme is VERY important to me. I look forward to the game play over and over. The art is fantastic. There is alway a new way to play the game and score points
51 days ago
My absolute favorite game of all time. Hard to play but so much fun. I could play for hours and never get bored. Love the theme, the music, the shots, the play field, everything.
57 days ago
If you're a fan on the original movie, the game is fun. Won't go down as one of my favorites, but it had some challenging shots and easy to understand rule set. Great music and sounds.
70 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
79 days ago
I cannot believe how different the LE is compare to the PRO...It's an other pin completely and fun it is .
85 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.
3 months 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. That being said, for the reasons below, I do tire of it and it will probably be the first in my collection of 8 to be traded out.

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. Also, there are too many side drains, the worst of which occur when the ball literally walks across the two lanes. Clearly a design flaw in my opinion. 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 8 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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
4 months ago
So torn. Not a dad game but lightning is so hard to see and the shots are just too finicky for me.
4 months ago
An awesome theme, rules are pretty good (could use a code update)
Visually amazing, check this one out
4 months 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.
4 months 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.
5 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.
5 months ago
A modern clasic!
5 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.
6 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..
6 months ago
This game is super fun! Not much not to like on this game other than the occasional air balls. Great game!
6 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.
6 months ago
Once all the issues like airballs are addressed, it’s really a very fun game.
7 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.
7 months ago
Waaay better layout on this version, than ön The PRO!!! ( If it wasn't for some of the video modes, that are really unbalanced, it would have been an excellent game!!! :(
8 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.
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