Ghostbusters (Pro)

Pinside rating

This game received 523 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.230 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Ghostbusters". The group itself ranks #34 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.667

Artwork: 8.891

Sounds/Music: 8.248

Other Aspects: 8.183

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This title is part of group: "Ghostbusters"

Found 269 ratings (with comment) on this game

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80 days ago
The flipper gap is my only complaint. A beautifull game with great call outs. I have owned it 3 times. I keep selling or trading them….
3 months ago
Hard game but love it
4 months ago
As a guy who graduated in 1988, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ghostbusters and was so excited to acquire this theme.

Pros: This list is short.... It's probably one of the BEST LOOKING games ever. The lighting and artwork is outstanding. The other good news is that it's highly sought after so if you buy it and don't like it, it's easy to sell.

Cons: NOT FUN!!!! I tried really really hard to like this game and just couldn't get into it. There was little in the way of feeling like you were building towards achievements and little in the way of excitement. Not only that but the game is BRUTAL. The flippers are spaced further apart than other games which makes Center drains very common and very frustrating. I read that this might have been a production mistake that went unfixed. I did everything I could to make the game more approachable by adjusting the side drains tighter but the game was still very harsh. Some people add a center pin or longer flippers to try to renovate this turd into a playable game but at the end of the day I am sad to say but this game was a HUGE disappointment.
5 months ago
This has to be one of Sterns top 5
I cant believe how good this game is compared to my other Sterns in my collection
Now i know why prices are climbing and only 2085 Pro produced
5 months ago
amazing flipper the best of the best i love it
7 months ago
Absolutely beautiful and a great pin yes it can be tough but keeps me coming back to play. Add a few mods here and there really adds to the overall feel to the game.
7 months ago
I am a huge fan of the movies. When I first go into pinball this was a game that I could not stand and did not get. I didn't have a problem with the flipper gap (and still don't) but I could not stand the balls jumping over the rails for the outlanes. I passed up playing this game on location for a long time until I went to a Taco Mac one night and it was the only machine they had. Decided to play a couple of games while I waited on my food and ended up playing about ten more the next day on the way home from work. This is now one of the first games I go to in a lineup on location versus any other games. This is now one of my top 10 games and I think the theme integration is excellent. The only problems that I still have with this machine is the balls that jump over the rails and the right ramp could be a bit smoother. I do like the difficulty of the shot but it has a very clunky feeling to me. Outside of that I think this game is nearly perfect.
8 months ago
This game is such a blast and definitely in my list of top 5 games!!! This game is so under rated.
8 months ago
I feel like the pro is overrated. It feels empty compared to the premium. Also, the game feels slow and I wouldn’t consider it a fast pace game. For how new it is the background animation seems too old school. It should have had a digital board for the price. I think they do retain their value though only because a lot of people might consider it a classic.
8 months ago
Huge Ghostbusters fan, so my rating is a bit biased. If you slapped a different IP on this machine I'd give it a much lower score. It's a hard pin for a new player like myself. I wish I could really dive into the story more to see how fun this pin could be. I'd love to own one, and I'd put as many mods as I could to make it easier, lol... until I got better. Wish this pin had a screen for juicy graphics. The art alone makes me give it all my quarters.
9 months ago
I'm a fan of the original movies, so that introduces some bias, but I enjoy this pin and find the game shoots well. I do have some reservations around some of the play-filed dynamics making sense to the point it subtracts from the fun at times.

Not a pin to own for me, but could see that being the case for others who are huge fans.The cabinet art and design is top notch and will be an attractive unit for those collections.
10 months ago
Would be so much better if the flipper gap wasn’t so large. Code updates made this game a-lot more enjoyable.
11 months ago
I really love this game. It has a reputation for being on the harder end of the spectrum, but I find that I’m able to have a decently long game going pretty regularly. The shots are fun and there really isn’t one that I find myself having an issue hitting. Rarely do I get outlane drains. And I love the theme and call outs. Wish I owned it!
11 months ago
Fun game and theme. I played at an arcade and I’ll admit the most upper part of the playfield was hard to see with the lighting in the arcade (glare). If I get a chance to play again somewhere else, I’ll update. Lots of places to aim your shots. The saved ball was very nice for fast drains as it gave a 2nd life. Look forward to finding a better place to play this game, though I must admit this pin played fast with good strong flipper action.
1 year ago
Lotsa flow, good skill shots, many good modes, not the most intuitive, games seem to be huge or terrible.

From a player standpoint the pro plays better than the premium. That said the premium definitely has cooler stuff.
1 year ago
Who you gonna to call? Ghostbusters!

Everyone told me to buy the PRO which is probably the easiest to find - none are easy to find, people seem to hold on to this game. One of my favorite themes of all time, it just reminds me of everything that was awesome in the 80's. Fun game play with lots of great shots, music and callouts all in a modern Stern package. I never get tired of hitting Slimer. Zombie Yeti art is fantastic.

If you get a chance - definitely play! Don't see as often on location anymore either.
1 year ago
To be clear, Ghostbusters is my favorite movie of all-time.

My 4 1/2 year old son became enamored with Stay Puft a few years ago, eventually it dawned on me that I should show him the actual film he's in.

He's HOOKED. Our home is filled with GB toys, merchandise, you name it. When our GB Pro arrived I felt like the hero of the day!

This game just draws you in, the lighting, the art, the theme. I wish the back glass was a tad better but it's far from awful. Cabinet graphics are nice. Scoleri Brothers pop-up targets give me MM vibes, which is a good thing. Slimer bash toy is neat! My ONLY gripe is that I wish Stay Puft had a more prominent role or more interactive toy than just a bobble head on the play field. Oddly enough, you see very little of Ecto-1, my guess is that they assume the cabinet art and topper were enough.

The new code update helps this game in leaps and bounds, music is great. If this game released with a color DMD I think it'd rank even higher than it is now. I've played premiums and pros at several locations, both are fantastic. I'm sadly a late adopter to this game and as we all know, the premiums and LEs are just priced so much higher than a pro (some cases being 4k plus). There just comes a time where I have to admit defeat and ask myself "is that subway ramp, magna sling, and slimer movement worth that?"

The answer is no. Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to have a premium/LE and I kick myself for not being in a position financially to grab one during release. That 4k plus valuation though, man...I can get another pin for that! (2 if you're not picky). The art blades on this really pop and as always Zombie Yeti knocks it out of the park with the artwork. The modes are just so awesome! Spooked Librarian, getting Ecto-1 to the Sedgewick, Okay Who Brought the Dog?, Spook Central, you name it. I would have liked to see a little more done with the DMD mini game however.

I think the only real major thing I'd change (and I know I'm likely in the minority here) is if they offered a vault or alternate revision but themed after The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, just to tug at my childhood heart strings.
1 year ago
Overall a very fun game with a cool layout. Captive ball, drop targets magnetic diverter and some great skill shots. New code really improved the rules and puts this game where it needs to be. This game is tough but fun.
1 year ago
Freaking fun! Love the theme. Honestly havnt noticed the wide middle gap as most of my drains are side drains.
Color dmd really adds to the game as does mudflaps music code mod.
1 year ago
This is such a solid game. I have spent so many of my hard earned quarters on this machine alone at my local arcade.

the shots are very tight but extremely satisfying when you make them, the game modes are awesome and to me feel well thought out. everything about this game is fantastic.... Except... man this is just one of those games that has a couple SDTM rebounds or shots. those are absolutely brutal, but when you are having a great game you are on top of the world.

The artwork is fantastic and the light show is just beautiful. I also really love how the game will turn off all lights too to flash only the red arrows or the jump scare. I will not lie. I completely thought the game was broken or just shut off on me until that happened and I did jump.

This is a beautiful game, Amazing theme, and Great sound effects. It's not just a game, its an experience every time. I hope to own one in the near future.
1 year ago
It's a lot of fun. Challenging at times but great fun.
1 year ago
Mejane le clap’s champion
1 year ago
Great fun game, I play this at a local arcade and love it. The call outs are hilarious and are a great asset. The color and artwork are great and the light show works well. You can get cheap drains but there are plenty of ball saves. I find it an easy game to play and very enjoyable. I also don't find the larger gap between the flippers a problem at all. Plenty of fun here.
1 year ago
it's hard to not to like this game. Ghostbusters is a great theme and the design is really a nice combination of older games and newer games. Play it for the "scream."
1 year ago
A really attractive, colorful, bright machine with a lot going on and plenty of rules to back it all up - and of course, a great theme that is very well integrated. As a game it feels very complete and solid.

GB is a difficult game, but not really any more difficult than most modern Sterns - though it's tough to argue that a standard flipper gap wouldn't have been an improvement. For a good game, you'll need to do some quick, aggressive nudging... and have a little bit of luck. This title really seems to hinge on that latter element more than most, which can be frustrating or rewarding depending on what side of it you're on. I lose balls down the outlanes as much or more than SDTM - the low inlane/outlane guides really are a design flaw.

The Pro doesn't really have any mechs except Slimer and Scholeri Bros (now kept to a minimum thankfully), but there's always plenty to do. There are some tight shots for sure, like the right ramp, which seems really wonky at first, but eventually grew on me a lot. The ball spends a lot of time in the pops, but otherwise no complaints on flow - very fast and fun, sometimes too fast.

Music and callouts are top notch and varied. They really brought together the first two GB movies in a nice way.

A pin that was passed over by many when it initially came out, but as time goes by, and with the completed code, I think this one is here to stay.
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