Guns N' Roses

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This game received 310 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.986 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #54 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.879

Artwork: 7.847

Sounds/Music: 7.968

Other Aspects: 7.988

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22 days ago
Easily the best music pin! Game still holds up today! Great dots, great sounds/music. Crank this baby up and she jams! Great, satisfying shots. Plays fast and mean, the way it should be. The best DE pin by far.
52 days ago
Having owned this machine for 12 years I feel this is a good place to start with my 1st Pinside review
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 9 - very high

* The Music - It's GNR
* Guitar Modes are fun and varied
* Satisfying saucer shots
* G and R shaped ramps nice and smooth
* Plays fast for a widebody pin
* Great magnets under playfield

* The repetitiveness of "Welcome To The Jungle" you better like that song (or get pinsound)
* Not a strong wizard mode

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Speaker Upgrade here is an absolute must
* Cliffy Protector for Axl Hole

What To Look For When Buying
* Wear around the Axl Hole & on The Guns & Roses logo below it
* Yellow G Ramp regularly broken
* Snake on left side in good shape as it's unobtainable
* Launch Ball ramp aligned property
* If it has the original topper as these can go for hundreds of dollars
3 months ago
Why is this game rated so high? As for a music pin you can't hear their music, the pinball game itself is massive wide body, overall just not fun. Make a new Guns and Roses then we'll talk.
4 months ago
One of the best pins ever made. Unique gameplay, 6 multiball, Motor Cycle Video Mode was invented on this puppy, and it’s GNR. Best rock music on any Pin evermade. Data Easts best
5 months ago
Great looking Data East widebody with the genius G and R ramps. Not as much fun as some other DE games of the era like JP, WWFRR and Tommy but still a blast to play. Needs a pinsound to get the most out of it. You will pay a premium these days for one!
6 months ago
Bought it as a trial, wow what a nice game. If you like fast game play like Theatre of Magic or Medieval Madness Im sure you will like Guns & Roses. Very fast and good nice shots, 2 shooterlanes and good music. Magnetic field (like addams family), lot of varities in this game. Not the most easy one but after a while very addicted.
With upgraded sound speakers and a pinsound board this is a wonderfull pin.
9 months ago
Wow, what a game. Excellent layout with shots that are fun to hit. Great art and music too. Rules are really good although not terribly deep. Probably my favorite Data East games. I just wish it wasn’t priced so high, although I can see why it is.
1 year ago
Pretty fun mode based data east game. Don’t like it as much compared to Jurassic Park or tommy but it’s fun. Guns N’ Roses is a good theme but I don’t care much for he layout. The G ramp is super steep and hard to hit and there aren’t many shots to make it feels like but that could just be my experience with the game. Overall it’s good stuff.
1 year ago
I bought this pin and it sounded so crappy. Threw in a pinsound board and Flipper Fidelity. Holy mother%##%÷=. Amazing. Must do mods. Period. Now it not only stands up to metallicas and acdc but rocks even harder. The modes,shots, features are through the roof. They just don't make pins with this much on them anymore. Good use of the widebody. Honestly this pin is highly underrated not sitting in the top 20 minimum.

Edit: i have sold my game after playing it a fair bit the lack of depth in code hurts the lastability. This is a personal preference where as my wife loved the wide variety off the start of the game i prefer games that have more to achieve further on than just score and riot mode. Fun pin but it had to go to make room for the next game
1 year ago
Great Pin. Best Music Pin for me with Metallica
1 year ago
Always a hit at my place. The last remaining DE game I own, I've had it for 15 years now ...
1 year ago
One of the best music themed pins - Guns N' Roses pinball belts out some hard hitting songs that still hold up over time. The pinball cabinet is a wide-body giving about an extra 4 inches of playfield. The huge layout of nice feeling shots to make. The playfield has an upper flipper to make the inner orbit which stretches a third of the top of playfield around the pop bumpers. Instead of a plunger the player will find a colt 45 silver pistol and sturdy feeling trigger to launch the ball. The opposite side touts a rose plunger specifically for launching the ball into the. The artwork for Gun N' Roses is done faithfully in heavy use of blacks, reds and greens. The ramps are done in with bright yellow, red and green that sets off the rest of the playfield. The artwork is hand drawn and really well done. It will take you several times of playing to see everything on the playfield. Some of the artwork feature past albums with the mixings of band members jamming out. The playfields also sports scantily clad women especially in the sling shot and multi-ball areas.

The whole playfield is appealing and fairly wide open considering all the game features in it. There are 2 giant ramps laid out over the playfield, one for Guns the other Roses. There is a captive ball on the top left hand corner that has its on little space of playfield to score points off of targets. One of the pop bumpers is also shares some of the action by being included in this area. Additionally the pin features 2 ramps, 3 flippers, 3 game controlled magnets, auto launcher, video mode with 3 and 6 ball multi-ball. Finally the game belts out the famous Welcome to the Jungle, Knightrain, Mr. Brownstone, Coma, Paradise City, My Michelle, Sweet Child O' Mine, Aint Going Down which is the only official release of the song all with Guns and Roses hits playing in the background. The game has nine guitar modes to complete.
1 year ago
Pretty fun game will update. Played a nice example of the game and liked it.
1 year ago
For me a game is either awesome or it sucks.
This one Is AWESOME
1 year ago
I am biased. I have been hauling this around since I bought it in 1998. I played a prototype at Gala North in Carol Stream, IL back in the day. It had the 9MM gun handle and a more realistic snake.

On rating this, you have to rate it for 1994, not for today. Mine sits next to a Metallica, and the 23 years show off some evolution. For 1994, this had peak animations, layout, art, and the Rose plunger. The G and R ramps are cool.

This game is pretty simple, but doesn't get old. The sound is great. It stands the test of time. I've had some board issues, but some excellent local techs have been great. Most of all, I met some super cool people who know the ins and outs. I met Rick, Tom, Phil and Rich through this machine. That's what it's about.
2 years ago
I have a heavlly modded GnR and LOVE it.
2 years ago
Fun at first, but not a keeper.
2 years ago
Guns N' Roses is one of those games that just feels "off" to me - the layout seems skewed and confusing at times (why is one of the best shots buried in the upper left under the hokey yellow plastic ramp?). Overall, the table was challenging at times, rarely fun, and just seemed like another run-of-the-mill rock band game, but not as entertaining. And the lighting was just terrible, so all that was left to keep me at the coin door was the music and the easy multiball.
2 years ago
I've waited over a month to rate this game. I've put hundreds of games on it. I've waited so long to rate this game because I'm waiting to see if the new car smell wears off. But, it hasn't. I have to believe that this game doesn't rank higher because of the poor factory sound quality. I immediately put in pin sound, color dmd, and even alternative translite. I must say, with these additions, this game is incredible. Upgraded sound is a must. But, the game offers a lot. It's just a rush. If you like GNR music, buy this pin along with pin sound and color dmd and enjoy!!
EDIT: still have GNR and absolutely love it, but had it ranked slightly too high. However, I still believe this table with color dmd and pinsound is incredible!!
2 years ago
As a Guns-n-Roses hater I can say with certainty that Guns-n-Roses really encapsulates the band's spirit. This is one of the trashier tables I've had the pleasure of playing, which I mean as a compliment.
Overall, it's not an extraordinary table, but it's definitely not mediocre. The huge multiball feature keeps the quarters (or tokens in my case) flowing. It will continue to get a good deal of play from me, especially since it's a three minutes drive from my place of work.
2 years ago
The sound quality on this game is terrible, which completely defeats the purpose of a band-themed pin. The layout is quite bland with little real theme integration. The gun ball shooter and rose plunger are cool, but that's about it for themed toys. The coloured plastic ramps just look cheap. Modes are fun to play, but getting to wizard mode is ridiculously easy. Backglass looks great, playfield art has some good elements and some not-so-good ones. Definitely not worth the prices they go for.
2 years ago
My best machine by far. Basically because of the theme and music.

This one takes me back to my teenage years and after a few beers I rock out with it!

The Data East build quality lets it down a little.
2 years ago
First and foremost, I own this game and have a biased opinion. That being said I feel like it gets bad review because some people are just not fans of GNR. This game gets played more than anything else in our house, especially when guest come over. The game play is very good and fast paced, multi ball is awesome, ramp shots etc. Really underrated in my opinion. A lot of thought went into the design and playability of this game and I love it.
The rules are pretty basic and easy to understand. Often when "non pinball" people come over they can get a feel for the ruleset fairly quickly and put up a descent score after only a game or so. That said, it still doesn't get old for me.
Using the gun trigger to lock the features on the guitar neck keeps that game changing because your always shooting for a different mode.
Fun game.
2 years ago
Most pinball machines are average, some stick out because because they are far below average and a selected few are far above the herd. This gem clearly belongs to the latter category. Nice layout provides for good flow. Plenty of toys, ramps and a target rich environment. The machine is relatively easy but just a blast to play. It seems there are not many around as yesterday was the first time I ran into one these. I like it so much that I would buy one but first I have to throw out some furniture to make room.
On the down side, I am not much a fan of the art work but everything else is top shelf.
3 years ago
One of GnR's best kept legacies. This is so much fun, be sure to turn the music up to the Max (after the speaker upgrade), only classics from "Apetite", the music fits perfectly to a pinball machine. Love the simple and plain cabinet design. Very cool that each of GnR's band member is represented in its own guitar feature. If you are lucky enough to own it, keep it since the machine is Data East at its best!
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