Ghostbusters (Pro)

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This game received 399 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.036 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd 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: 7.394

Artwork: 8.789

Sounds/Music: 8.066

Other Aspects: 7.952

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

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39 days ago
I know Ghostbusters is one of those games that has its hardcore fans and hardcore haters. I think this game is great! They are some really fun rewarding shots. There are hard tight shots but once you get enough plays on it you figure out where to hit it on the flippers. The right ramp on the pro to me is pretty cool. I like the 3 roll over switches that the higher you can hit it the more rewarding it is. Modes are great, Multiballs are extremely fun. Was really thrown for a loop the first time i got to Mass Hysteria multi ball and the switched flippers. Super fun game that keeps me pushing start.
40 days ago
Seems quite steep/fast, something about the angle of the flippers seems a bit different to other machines. Brilliant artwork, looks a treat. sounds are great, the scream is loud! Slimer isn't the most awesome toy, personally prefer normal slingshots to the magnets. Lots on the pro model. Feels and looks like a premium machine. Seem's fairly priced compared to some newer models.
45 days ago
I owned a pro model and I have yet to seem someone go up and completely around the far right ramp, total design flaw. If you're thinking about buying Ghostbusters, spend the extra $$ for the premium model. I sold mine after 5 months as I couldn't stand the design flaw.
48 days ago
This pin got me into pinball. Simply put, I think Stern got this machine perfect. The call-outs from Winston are fantastic, the other quotes from the other characters from the film give me goosebumps. The digital monitor display is awesome and truly amazing when upgraded to a color DMD. I feel that the game is quite challenging, but the shots are smooth, the game flows well, and I find myself wanting to play for very long periods of time without getting bored. I would never sell or trade this machine (I probably wouldn't with any of my pins, but this one is my favorite).
85 days ago
Ghostbusters is such a beautiful game, but the lack of code updates and missing modes really ding this one for me. Adding the centerpost mod is nearly a must, and putting time in on this game will force you to hone your shooting skills. The layout is great, if you are not easily frustrated. The unbalanced scoring makes it hard to really gauge how well you did. You can have a 3 million point game, then follow it up with a 2 billion point game the next time. I really want to live my Pro more, but Stern/Dwight's lack of code care in regards to scoring and missing modes after the fact leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
3 months ago
This game is worse than the movie remake
3 months ago
I always find this game difficult. My local operator has fixed the left scoop to drop nice and easy; I've played others where it shoots straight down the drain... So... for the one I play regularly, it's a nice game. The callouts are good and there's a lot of different modes, but I just have never gotten too into it; the center drain feels wider than other machines for some reason and I just don't find it all that interesting.

For machines where the left scoop fires like Rocket in Guardians, 0/10. ;)
3 months ago
Not a fan. No ball flow. I like the theme and the music and gimmicks are fun. After 3 or 4 plays I’m ready to move on to another game.
3 months ago
Love the theme, love the artwork but this game is brutal for me to play well consistently. The shots are hard the out lanes are wide and the flipper gap is killer. I still find myself playing it in location all the time. I would love to own one but I can’t see myself ever playing it really well with the layout.
4 months ago
I want to love this game but cant
5 months ago
I have only had this pin for a few weeks and have to say that the size of the flipper drain is huge and killing the flow for me, will get back and review once I have given it a fair go.
5 months ago
Best game I have play. I want it for my collection
5 months ago
This game makes me a better pinball player
5 months ago
I’ve tried to like this machine as I’m a big fan of the theme. I wanted to own, but couldn’t get into it.
5 months ago
Ahhh Ghostbusters. My absolute dream theme. When I saw the game announced I knew I'd have to own one at some point. Had a five hour drive to collect my first super modern pinball machine and sadly the results were a mixed bag with this one. Let's start with the positives. Beautiful looking game, bit too pink maybe? But yeah stunner with amazing Zombi Yeti art work. Cool slimer toy and some sweet looking city based pop bumpers. The sounds and callouts are pretty great. Great dots too. So what's wrong with the game? I just hated the gameplay. I find it a cruel drain monster. You often drain through no fault of your own, just relentlessly cruel. There's a wide flipper gap and you will be fighting the machine often to try to manipulate the ball away from it. The flow isn't the best and it feels kinda clunky at times. The right ramp shot is ridiculously tight. The linear mode progression bores me. You'll start with 'Okay who brought the dog' mode most games in order to progress towards Mr Stay Puft and it just gets old, fast. It's such a shame that this game didn't grab me, other than a Back to the Future remake I can think of no better theme for me. All that said it has it's fans so perhaps I'm missing something. Not a game I miss at all though
6 months ago
I actually love this game. It keeps me coming back for more punishment. I've had this now for a couple of weeks and was waiting to review it. The flipper gap is a little much(have longer flippers on the way to even it up), and the right ramp is tough. To me, things like the right ramp and having to nudge as it comes out of Gozer is what makes it fun and challenging. If I want long ball times, I'll play my Spider-Man which I love as well for different reasons. Had a choice between this and DP Pro and chose this. DP was a blast to play, but got through half the game on my the fifth time ever playing it. This one will take me awhile to complete which makes it's lastability that much more. The theme is great and the art and callouts match perfect for me. Some complain about the ruleset being linear, but I'm ok with it. Choose your shots carefully for what mode you want to do next. If you want a different mode, play better and get to it.
7 months ago
A truly phenomenal game. You really need to give this game a chance. The first time I played it, I really didn’t like it. It is a very brutal game. Art is excellent and so is the layout. I dig the callouts and rules too. Feels great to play. One of my all time favorite games.
7 months ago
Not a bad game, but mildly disappointing after the hype that preceded it.

Layout has its pluses and minuses. Love the left ramp, don't love the right one. The entrance is just too thin.

The software is good, but feels almost as lineair as Roadshow. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but does hurt the replayability.

The huge flipper gap and greedy side lanes make the game feel unfair at times.
8 months ago
Looks really good
8 months ago
owned it at one point got rid of it drain city.... ball jumping all over the place otherwise pretty fun game
8 months ago
Just purchased NIB Pro version and albeit some tweaking and Slimer issues I really love this Stern pin. I'm not the biggest Stern follower and the new SPIKE system has it's +/- going for it but when your put an artwork package that's top to bottom insanely awesome couple with and iconic movie such as GB with actor call outs and music ...way to go with this one Stern! I'll add I LOVE the huge space between flippers, the challenge is superb and folks who (own) and have less than stellar pin skills players in the family... well, they'll be learning how to control shots instead of simply ball smashing, what it was meant to be (call out to LOTR with 45mins on ball 1, then 2 on although it's still my 2nd fav Stern)
9 months ago
This game kicks my butt. Aside from the tough drains, the game is a pretty good all around package.
9 months ago
One of the most beautiful games and art packages you will ever see on a pin and the theme is just huge with such a great following, unfortunately, whilst the shots are satisfying, the linear ruleset drains a lot of the fun out of the game and the SDTM shots from poorly setup location games and what feels like a gulf of a flipper gap, make this sometimes a little less than fun. Maybe more code will get it there.

Great for operators, a real coin muncher.
9 months ago
Certainly my favourite Stern, and one that doesn't have that "cheap" feeling.
One of the best playfield ever, going for drawing was a great idea and Zombi Yeti nailed it. Backglass are kind of ugly, as usual with Stern, and cabinet has nothing special, but at least, the car looks better than the Slimer used for LE (sorry Mr yeti).
Sound is excellent, certainly the best I've heard for a themed pin, and a true delight for the GB movie fans. Animations are good too.
Now, this game is frustrating but rewarding too. Once you get the flow, drains are less an issue. I love it and I never miss an opportunity to slide a coin when I see one.
One of the rare Stern pinball I'd certainly own one day.
10 months ago
Such an awesome looking game!

If I was a better player, maybe I'd even be able to enjoy playing it too! :)

I've only played this machine a handful of times, but my ball times were fast. There are a ton of cool shots to hit, and I've only been able to scratch the surface of a few of the modes. I'm slowly learning where the high risk shots are here.

The sounds, music and animations should do any ghostbusters fan (or pinball fan in general) proud. The humor is great as expected. Hearing Ernie Hudson (Winston!) make the call outs is great, but he sure doesn't sound like he did almost 35 years ago!

I hear that there are some mods that bring the difficulty of the game down a bit. This is great, because though I'm a bit of a masochist, that's the only way I'd consider having this as a machine the whole family might enjoy. It'd be pretty frustrating for a newbie who didn't like a challenge.
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