Ghostbusters (Pro)

Pinside rating

This game received 477 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.131 /10

8.131

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: 7.535

Artwork: 8.822

Sounds/Music: 8.17

Other Aspects: 8.071


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This game is part of a group

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


Found 244 ratings (with comment) on this game

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8.196/10
6 days ago
Love/hate relationship with this game. It's the first pin we bought so admittedly some sentimentality keeps it around, but there are plenty of times I want to throw it out the window. Theme immersion and callouts are fantastic, and game objectives are straightforward enough. But it gets a bit more chaotic than I like at times and I can only really point to the right orbit as being a "satisfying" shot. Scoring is a hot mess imo as well.
7.747/10
43 days ago
Played a few games on this machine at a brewery. It was fun, but didn't get chance to figure out rules and the toy is cool but not sure how it fit into the scoring system. Definitely need to know rules to score well as you can seem to do a lot without scoring a lot of points.
8.232/10
55 days ago
The premium and the pro really are two very different games with different qualities, I think the pro is faster then the premium but the premium has more toys but they are both equally fun to play and I have owned both at the same time for that reason!
7.208/10
58 days ago
I was a little disappointed in this game. Feels like a cheap toy and doesn't play very well.
7.994/10
67 days ago
Wanted to like it but this game can’t handle the speed of the silver ball.Even with the all the air all mods it still lacks that nice flow.
9.340/10
83 days ago
Picked up my GB Pro 4/21. The game is fun, challenging, and has great code with the 1.17 update. You can adjust the settings and difficulty as necessary. I can have 10 bad games and then hit the billions out of nowhere, and what a great feeling! Being able to start in GOD MODE is awesome, as it is like playing a mini tournament game with friends and family.

I passed on STh, JP, DP as much as I loved the theme the integration of theme sucked. Ghostbusters should be how Stern integrates all their licensed themes: with multiple call outs from the movie, music, art, etc. It feels like you are the 5th Ghosbuster. This game is a keeper for certain.
8.300/10
3 months ago
Hard game with deep rules set that I haven’t fully learned - but fun game to walk up and play anyway
7.453/10
3 months ago
Played this at the Pinball Expo and at Pacman Entertainment, and the ball unusually falls. I can't seem to keep it going. Great coin taker though.
7.009/10
3 months ago
I play this fairly often on location at a place with not too many options - I keep hoping to like it more because it was such an iconic movie of my youth, but for whatever reason doesn’t draw me in to keep spending credits on it. Some of the theme items on the playfield seem very amateurish - perhaps intentionally designed that way, but the buildings, etc. lack detail. It is “art” so to each his own, but I’d like to see more realism in the plastic pieces.

The play is just alright for me - I love the modern Stern games, so this is in relative terms, but not one of my favorites.
9.380/10
5 months ago
Super fun game, easy to get into. I prefer the Pro version because the shots are easier and I'm not a fan of the magnet bumpers. Fairly deep rules and has a lot of challenges. Glad to see Ernie Hudson be so involved, he really adds to the game. This is one of my favorite Stern games.
6.902/10
5 months ago
This title you really need the premium or le. Well worth the upgrade.
9.389/10
5 months ago
I’ve owned Ghostbusters about 8 months now and I’m glad I’ve waited to write this review. It just keeps growing on me.

I don’t know that I’ll ever completely understand the rules and scoring, but that is ok. There is so much here.

This game is not easy, and I can see that being a negative. I have the newest software and apparently that makes a difference, but sometimes you can do everything right and lose two balls quickly, no matter what.

Overall an awesome game, tons of features, lots of targets, never an easy game.
9.432/10
5 months ago
Just added to the collection and enjoying the game immensely. Theme integration is very good, and the game is simply beautiful. Makes my Stern Jurassic Park look empty by comparison. While the flipper gap increases center drains, it makes this game challenging. Game rules are complex, but understandable. Love it - this game will stick around for a while.
8.040/10
6 months ago
One of my favorite games. Deep rule set that takes a while to fully understand.
8.484/10
6 months ago
Not the Ghostbusters pinball experience I was hoping for, but a decent effort. The rules can be confusing with quick flashes of cluttered information appearing on the DMD which you're supposed to read and understand in seconds. Absolutely HATE the wide gap fliipers, thank Christ Trudeau is gone forever.

One of the best light and sound shows in recent years. Creates a wonderful atmosphere that makes you feel good when you hit stuff....even if you have no idea what's going on.

Certainly a game you'll enjoy playing, but I feel a little disappointed.
9.023/10
6 months ago
Love the theme, yes the flippers are too far apart, so what. Paid more than retail for a used pin and it was worth it.
5.912/10
6 months ago
Dream theme for me. I just do not find it really fun to play. I don't know why, I prefer looking at it to playing it. Not bad but not great in my humble opinion.
8.660/10
7 months ago
GB Pro is a pin that the theme just really does it for me. I’ve been a GB fan since I was a kid. This is a pretty fun pin to play. Can be tough with the ball drains and the wider flipper gap. I have the plastic ball diverter peg on mine which makes it way better in my opinion.
6.792/10
10 months ago
Games played: ~20, >200 on Pinball Arcade

Layout/Toys:
Interesting in concept but the execution is abysmal.
It's a widebody, and here a lot of the shots are off to the side instead of in or close to the center.
I have no idea why they allowed the designer to put Borg outlanes on both sides of this game IN ADDITION to a giant flipper gap.
The angles in this layout are so bad that it needs a ball saver to compensate for both of the scoop kickouts!
Toys/Gimmicks are a big miss as well. Slimer is allright i guess.
Scoleri targets are stupid when there is such a wide flipper gap.
I'm not sure why exactly we need 3 captive balls stacked on top of each other that are held in this mech when hit.

Rules:
Very good ruleset with very distinct modes, good goals and wizard modes.
The mode ladders are linear but it fits well with momorizing the shots and not worrying about what exactly is lit.
There are a lot of values for hurry ups, jackpots and other things to build up over time and collect.

Display/Lighting/Integration:
Exceptional lightshow and display work.
Nothing more to say here. It just makes sense that this is the last game before they switched to LCDs as they were creating more and more interesting animation.

Gameplay:
Enormous outlanes and giant flipper gap just don't go well together and so the game is more frustrating than fun.

Art:
Really good artwork. Just very enjoyable to look at.
Cabinet art is just ok tho, since there is not much going on compared to the playfield.
The city skyline sculpt along with the left building and the plasic in the back is awesome.

Sound:
One of the best music and callout packages.
Just the catchy music with the diffrerent callouts at the start of the game is impressive.
Sounds are pretty good as well, except for the timer beeping noises. Those get annoying quickly.

Theme:
Movie theme, so whatever. Catching ghosts is something that I can understand without having to care for the movies.
Otherwise the game is still enjoyable with the music and scenes that make sense somehow.

Lastability/Fun:
If it weren't for all those layout problems, the game might actually have a decent layout with some interesting shots.
It's a shame because art, rules, display, sound and lighting are all incredibly well done.
9.440/10
10 months ago
It's hard to drive by my local watering hole where this machine currently lives and not stop to get in a few games. Although it can be tough with drains, there is not much more satisfying then hitting multiple loops on the left ramp. Love the call outs and the accuracy with incorporating the scenes from the movies. I have yet to play the premium model, but for a Pro this game does not disappoint. Hope to make a part of my collection soon.
8.900/10
10 months ago
It’s the first pin I owned, and it’s still a favorite in my collection.

Pros: theme, art, sound, music, rules (Modes), multiballs.
Cons: Cheap drains. Overall difficulty. Hate the Scoleri Brothers targets!!
6.300/10
10 months ago
I’ve owned this title 2 years..before and after the final code update. The code update obviously doesn’t change the geometry of the game itself which is what makes this title less fun to play than most.

Cheap drains coming out of the pop bumpers from both the middle and the right side through the gate. Scoleri targets cause the ball to fly back over the flippers or hit the glass. Slimer Bash toy is kinda fun, well timed shots can get a slimer hit and make the left ramp. Right orbit cheats you out of shots since the ball often rides high on the ball guide missing the rollover switch positioned in the worst place.

Loopin Supers is repetitive and makes you play it to progress.

If you like brutally cheap drains and marginally entertaining modes this game is for you. I on the other hand will be selling mine for a Hot Wheels.
8.028/10
11 months ago
This game plays smooth with great art and sound effects. I like that it gives fair ball saves to make up for how wide the space between the flippers is. But I find the rules and shots really confusing and that lowers the fun factor. Once I got a really high score and I didn't even know how I did it. I also am kind of meh on the movie itself so I think that lowers the excitement for me.
9.720/10
11 months ago
I love this game. The flipper gap people complain about is not that bad, it just makes you better. I am biased because of my love of all things ghostbusters, but the music, call outs, toys, light show, they are all perfect. Flipping over to god mode is like a bonus game. This game is perfect
9.256/10
11 months ago
New code really takes this game to the next level. The shots and Modes are super fun and gives you that “one more game” feeling. The pro is more fun to me personally than the premium. Definitely get a ColorDMD and the many mods available to tweak it a bit.
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