Guardians of the Galaxy (Premium/LE)

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This game received 117 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.196 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Guardians of the Galaxy". The group itself ranks #46 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.154

Artwork: 8.431

Sounds/Music: 7.674

Other Aspects: 8.295

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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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60 days ago
Had this for two months on rent. Was bored after 2 weeks. Can see the appeal for some but I just felt there wasn’t too much going on.
3 months ago
I recently got this so still on the honeymoon stage. Love it! Same basic game as Metallica with different rules (that I haven't completely learned, I'll be honest).

Right now just enjoying the music, theming, toys (Groot is great!). This game penalty deserves to be higher on the list.... I will probably update this review in 6 months or so ...
4 months ago
GoTG is a fun game that combines Iron Man and Metallica. If you own either one of these games you may want to consider getting another title because it plays similar to both of them. This makes since because it was designed by John Borg and has a fan layout. That said, I like Metallica's game play much better. GoTG just doesn't have the ruleset that Metallica has. I graded this game pretty high because I like the theme, cleland music score, and art. However, gameplay is just ok and the rule set is weak. I enjoyed owning and playing GoTG but it isn't a keeper for me.
5 months ago
My rating is influenced by the Cleland sound mod. The games big miss is the lack of music, but with this add-on, it becomes a whole new animal.

Just a blast to play
5 months ago
Great fun game that people just gravitate too when they come over. Easy and hard at the same time.
Nice shots, hate Rocket just so fast that kickback. Great use of magnets on orb multiball. Upgraded with Cleland sound and it’s a beauty. Yes one more game.
5 months ago
My pin is has the cleland mod a must if you own this pin. Adds a lot more songs and replaced the voice actors call outs with original movie clips. This game a Has no call outs it would be a welcome upgrade if rocket would tell me to shoot the left ramp.
8 months ago
I found the game way to fast for me. It seemed a constantly flipping battle to stay in the game. Not my favorite game. Good theme though. Game play was not for me
8 months ago
Having owned MET pro the game layout looked quite familiar. However, it plays quite different I can say.

The right ramp is more difficult to hit as the left ramp but if you are in the zone and hit left right left right this is a great feeling.

The rules are satisfying and nothing wrong with them. They are relative easy to understand and the multicolored inserts guide you through it.

I have the LE and the hands look great must must admit that seeing the insert in te left loop is not easy. I see this as a design error. But it is not a showstopper.

Groot is a great toy and is properly used. You can lock more balls in them and shooting Groot on Cherry bomb multiball while the mouth opens and closes is a challenge I can say.

For those looking for real movie music and audio there is the Cleland mod who did excellent work with it.
1 year ago
The shot angles...are not great. Can’t hit the ramps very easily.
1 year ago
Love it. I find it has excellent balance between kick-ass and being able to get deep fairly frequently. I often find myself close to Immolation or Save Xandar. Close, but not quite. This is the way you want it. I like having to think about which mode to start at which point in the game. I have the Cleland sound upgrade which makes the game WAY better than stock. I knocked the sounds and music section based on the stock lameness.
1 year ago
Overlooked this game when it first came out. Just picked up a routed LE and it is fantastic. Really shoots well. Code is fun. And Clelands sound mod puts a bow on this game. Has that "hit start one more time" feel. Very happy to have it in my collection for now.
1 year ago
This definitely makes my wish list! I AM GROOT!
1 year ago
Underrated game. The music alone is a huge thing on this machine (even if it means a custom code) shots are all great and flow is up there also. Daughters favourite game.
1 year 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.
1 year 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. Lots of nice shots,cool multi balls, But one thing you do not want to hear in this game is Times up ...all in all real nice game.
2 years 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 ...
2 years ago
There is a lot to like in this game. I would certainly recommend the Cleland sound upgrade. The movie had such killer music.
2 years 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 !
2 years 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.
2 years ago
updated rules make this a much better game
2 years 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!!!
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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!
2 years 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!
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