Guardians of the Galaxy (Premium/LE)

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This game received 95 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.162 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Guardians of the Galaxy". The group itself ranks #41 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.104

Artwork: 8.475

Sounds/Music: 7.647

Other Aspects: 8.221

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

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28 days ago
One of my favorites. Never tire of playing. A bit glitchy at times. But when it’s firing on all cylinders I love it.
4 months ago
Lots of fun to play might take a little while to figure out exactly what to do in this game but once you do makes it so much more fun not easy all in all real nice game
5 months ago
Just picked up an LE with very few plays on it .... Amazing machine ! Just need to work through the mods for replacing the Call outs with the red actors voices and this will be 100/100 ...
6 months ago
My first pinball machine ever and I don't even know if I should even be rating it yet, but I have to start somewhere.

I have about 400 plays into it, but I have nothing else really to compare it to in terms of plays.

I've played Deadpool, Willy Wonka, Jurassic Park(2019) all around 10-20 times and I rate them all pretty similar with Guardians. They all have something that keeps you coming back and that extra something that makes you think about them after you're done playing.

The theme is A+ for me so take that with a grain of salt because themes that hit home for me get an extra pass.

Layout and Game Play is fun, tight, fast, difficult and unforgiving at times; but it always keeps you coming back for more.

Rules are top notch fun, easy to understand and that feeling of accomplishment when you complete a mode.

Playfield Art is the best I have ever seen and pair that with Game Lighting and Theme and any aesthetics aficionado will be blown away.

Backglass and Cabient are average honestly the Pro has better artwork imo so that is a huge bummer.

If you download the Sound Mod by Cleland it takes this game up another level, but I don't know if that should be apart of the rating or not. With or without it you get Guardians related movie scenes/lines/music for every mode even multiballs so you can't go wrong.

Being my first pinball machine ever and new to the hobby in general I had a pretty rough learning curve of tweaking my machine and learning how to play, etc. I would be lying if I said I didn't have buyer's remorse at least for the first few weeks of ownership, but that isn't entirely this machines fault.

Doubts of maybe buying something a little easier or cheaper are still there, but those are dissipating with each play of this machine.
6 months ago
Played the LE with the last code... Wow, great game, great sound , very good music.... If you like the movies, you will like the game...

Ramps are very smooth, groot multiball is very fun, missions are fun.

The hand of groot hide the left loop but its noy really dramatic for the gameplay.

Like this game, need to be in the top 20, really !
6 months ago
Great game that is overshadowed by the similarities it shares with Metallica. I will say that the light show on the premium compared to the pro are worlds apart. People often gripe about the groot arms blocking the view of play but this never was an issue for me. All in all with everything stern has implemented with recent code updates I’d highly recommend the premium!

P.S Cleland code is a must have.
9 months ago
updated rules make this a much better game
9 months ago
Let me preface this rating by stating that I own a GOTG LE with the Cleland Code and am so happy that I made the decision to doubt the haters and purchase. I played this on location before buying and couldn’t stand it. While I love the theme, the rules were clunky, the sound was terrible and orb multiball was broken, now that is definitely not the case. I love the different modes and getting the sounds, speech and music from the actual movie makes a huge difference in the gameplay and fun factor. The flow of the game is great now and the modes give variation to what you shoot for and when. And being able to hit the ball around to all the music from the movie, again, really makes a difference. I love being able to stack multipliers and in contrast to most games, a bonus multiplier can really make a huge difference in your score. The only minor mechanical issue for me is the drop target on the orb multiball seems pretty poorly designed as the weight of the ball sometimes prevents the target from functioning properly and so you get some unnecessary ball searches during the game more often than you should. The rules are now very deep and I still have a lot left to explore. I love when a game is hard enough to master that you can get really solid scores and have yet to uncover deeper modes, gives it lastability and replay-ability. Orb multiball is HARD with magnets actually chucking the ball is random directions instead of just slightly diverting it like other games. But with the ball save you get while it’s on, you don’t feel cheated. Also, as it’s relatively easy to get, though with a dangerous shot above the middle, you can get it multiple times in a game. I don’t see this ever leaving the collection. In my game room, this bad boy is always being played by one of the kids or a guest. Absolutely love it, happy it sucked so bad when it came out because I got it at an absolute bargain!!!
9 months ago
I really liked playing this pin. It just really worked for me. I know there are complaint of cost cutting, but I didn't feel it. I was able to keep the ball moving in a good way and the music was great.
11 months ago
I saw this game when Stern announced it and had to have one. The premium was a necessity, as Groot's hands coming out into the playfield add an awesome effect. All of the toys in this game are awesome, with Groot's head being the best, as everyone else has pretty much said. Seeing Groot spit out the balls at the beginning of a multiball really gets me pumped. The game plays pretty fast but flows nicely. I'd say it's almost as fun as Metallica for me, and I absolutely love Metallica Premium. The playfield artwork is beautiful. I think my only wish is that they had gotten the entire soundtrack rights to put into the game. Still, there's enough of the songs to keep the game feeling really authentic. I love this machine.
12 months ago
This game is a hidden gem. The updated code has done wonders for this underrated pin. Groot multi-ball might be one of the coolest starts to any multi-ball. Playfield layout is almost identical to Metallica which ranks Top 10.
1 year ago
Recently added a HUO low played GOTG LE to the pin collection. Loving the theme, music and overall game play. Its a big hit with the kids and the adults in the room due to its fast play, Groot shooting out the multi ball of his mouth and again music. Definitely upgrade to the Clealand the code!
1 year ago
I'm amazed this game is rated as low as it is. It's no secret Stern released it before the code was fully developed. I've got to assume many of the ratings are based on the early versions of the software.

I've spent lots of hours on a Premium and now own a LE. This is a fantastic game!

My only real gripe is that sometimes a movie clip plays too long after a ball has drained, leaving you waiting to get the next ball into play, but that's it.

The lighting in this game is amazing!!! That said, the pro version did not get the RGB lighting. I've read way too many forum posts claiming the pro is great, anything else is a waste of money. I strongly disagree. The light show you get is second to none. Stand back and watch the attract mode sometime. You won't be disappointed.

Not only do you end up with a far superior lighting package, but the Prem and LE also have 3 magnets vs 1 in the pro. The programmers took full advantage of the extra 2 magnets and toss the ball around is really unpredictable ways. Makes Orb multiball a real treat!

The pro also did not get the motorized orb that opens up or the Groot arms. Those are less exciting, but they do add another dimension to the aesthetics of the playfield.

All versions got the Groot head in the playfield, and they did a great job with it. After swallowing and locking your balls in, Groot talks before firing all the balls from his mouth at once for Groot multiball.

The rules are easy to figure out just by following the color coordinated lit shots... Again made better by the RGB lighting. Each mode is based on a character, and gets its own call outs and movie clips. Required shots for each mode are different, but easy to figure out with clearly lit shots.

Stern captured the fun lightweight feel of the super hero movie and took full advantage of the killer music in the film. Overall they did a really great job with the movie! Way to go Stern!
1 year ago
Originally thought this game was good, but a bit same, same as previous games like TF and XMen, but after the latest code update can really appreciate how much fun it is .
1 year ago
I had been waiting to play GOTG with current code and really wanted to like it/possibly buy it if I did. I found when playing the LE, which is a pretty good looking machine, it just didn't hold my interest they I thought it would. I got to 45m on my first game and really didn't feel I got drawn that far into the game. A couple of more games and I'd had enough.
1 year ago
Admittedly recycled layout hybrid but nonetheless a pure shooter and i’m Reviewing this with the Cleland code because it’s available for free and there is no reason anyone should not be using it. It puts the game over the top the same as it does for TWD. Beautiful art package and play field. A dream theme and the LE package delivers, the Groot arms do block a few inserts but my head can move left and right and the arms look cool. Also be the modes you will know when the insets light up after a few games.
1 year ago
GOTG is great fun
The layout is Metallica and the rules are Aerosmith, a nice combination of both games
The lighting is stunning on the Premium/LE model
1 year ago
Recently played that at my local barcade and it was a blast! We all had fun and kept coming back to this one. Fun to play!
1 year ago
Love the tight shots and the challenging layout! The artwork is beautiful, the theme is epic! The code needs work.
1 year ago
Love this game!!!

Honestly it wasn't much fun on the original code base, but once they updated to 1.00 and changed all the modes and scoring the game is easily one of my favorites.
1 year ago
Guardians of the Galaxy continues the Stern marketing plan of Marvel Superhero pinball themed games.

The Pros:
A good layout that feels like Metallica/Trannyformers. This game is definitely a Borg design. Well placed shots (17 total, what is this... Laser Cue?) that hit the flipper sweet spots. This may seem like a crowded pf, but the aiming was spot on. A deceptively solid fan design. The dmd is great. The extra ball sequence in particular is HILARIOUS! Even on the standard out of the box pro, this game sounds really good. The ramps are well placed and the guides bring the ball back to the inlanes without getting in the way of pf visibility. Multiball is fun and the under the PF magnets make sure that you aren't going to take your opportunity for big scores for granted.

The Cons:
The game I got my hands on was shipped directly to the location and set to play. There were some issues with switches and ball searches will kill your ball, sometimes this seems to happen randomly. Software needs work. Lots of work. The groot jaw interactive toy works well, but with the quality of engineering that Stern has been putting out.... let's see how long it lasts. I like the TNA captive ball lock, but the game lost the ball behind the drop target and ended up ending the ball instead of releasing the ball back into play. It could have been a bad switch on the standup that meant that the game didn't "realize" that the game was in the captive chamber, but then how did the next ball get put into play...? This thing has ghosts! Personally, I do not see enough of a difference between the pro and the preem/LE to make the jump to the higher priced model. But hey, it's your money and your pinball collection.

The Takeaway:
Stern QC out of the box is slack. Software isn't quite as bad as WWE out of the gate... but this is not competition, and hardly even street worthy at the moment. Seriously, wtf is it with Stern games and their software being very incomplete (other than ritchie games...). Don't make me ask where the code is... This game could be REALLY good, the pf is solid. Let's see how the S/W production cycle turns out. I will be updating this review in the future after more mileage and code updates are acquired.

Update V1:
The new update (already.... YAS!!) is much more solid. The rules feel like songs on Aerosmith, but tweaked a little better. Building the shots from the mode and victory lapping and THEN collecting at the scoop on the right... big points! We shall see how the bugs are squashed now... I like the super skill shot. Going for it is fun (semi-random from the 3 shots on the right hand side of the pf with an OG DMD score display on the screen...) and the multiballs from groot and the sphere are both solid. Groot seems to dole out more points, but the trap behind the standup is way sweet. I frikkin' love it. The songs on this table (and the movies...) blech... The quotes from the movie are fine. I actually caught myself WATCHING THE MOVIE between balls. Hilarious I tells ya! The rules are going to make or break this game. The layout is Metallica, the rules are Aerosmith. Not a bad combo. Let's see how this all comes along, so far, it is getting much better.

Update V2:
.90 is making this game worthy of playing. The new mini-wizard mode is well placed halfway between the 8 modes and the modes have been completely re-written. The difference is staggering. I look forward to playing this game now. Before it was heavy on the "meh" factor. No more. Kudos to the coders and their willngness to scrap what isn't working for something that is. It's like playing x-men on release code as compared to what it is today. The difference is that huge. If I could find one at a good price... I may have to get a copy of this game. You can easily put one right next to Metallica and enjoy both games on their own merits now. For real. Well played Stern. This game is playing as it should now!

Scores boosted accordingly!

Update V3:
Code keeps on getting better. The Orb multiball is now worth playing for and while it is interesting to see a nearly identical playfield to Metallica, the rules are what makes the difference here. Now that these rules are really being sussed out... this game is a player. Better than Metallica? we shall see.
1 year ago
This is unbelievable to me. Currently ranked #145 overeall?!?! The list of games currently ranked higher than GOTG are unreal. This game is frequently compared to MET as being a very similar layout. Yet, the 2 rankings are so different?? HUH?? GOTG is LOADED with the best film clips from the movie and has a TON of custom speech in it with hilarious callouts. The toys are every bit as good as MET if not better. Now that Groot mouths the words "I AM GROOT" at Groot multiball as he spits out the balls, it's awesome!! Love the Rocket kickback and the Orb lock mech as well. Rules have gotten fantastic after they were completely redone from earlier code. I can only imagine 90% of these ratings were done before the later code updates because this overall ranking is ridiculous.
1 year ago
I've had a chance to put quite a few games in on the LE at a crowded bar. It was hard to hear the music and sounds but I have played it in the past and know that the voice acting not matching the movies bothers me. Beautiful artwork all around, and a very fun shooting pin. Guardians of the Galaxy is one of my dream themes but the machine still seems like it could have been better. The new code has really helped this pin and I really enjoyed the light show. All in all a fun pin but not the best I've ever played by any stretch.
1 year ago
Having this game in my collection for about a year now I have started to play it more and am finally getting in sync with how it plays. I keep coming back for more as I know this game will make me a better player because how fast it can play and some shots are very difficult and that is also a good thing. Like most modern day games ball control is key, as are making shots, so this game will stay put in my collection for some time as it really challenges me. Playing this game has improved my overall game play on this machine and others, so for me that is a positive outcome to what has been at times a frustrating game playing experience.
1 year ago
Long playing, ho-hum Stern movie game. I thought this game looked a lot like Metallica or Iron Man but I can't say I prefer it to either. Doesn't bring much new to the table. Really nice and colorful though.

The Orb magnet is hilarious. Groot should give you the finger when it flings the ball into the left outlane.
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