Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast (Pro) (Stern, 2018)

Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast (Pro)

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This game received 173 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.601 /10


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This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast". The group itself ranks #3 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.574

Artwork: 8.849

Sounds/Music: 8.301

Other Aspects: 8.497

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast (Pro)".
The other version is: Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast (Premium/LE)

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4 hours ago
Just put over 15 games or so on this between me and my wife. We both agreed we didn't care for it all that much. We played it at Geeks Mania in Madison. It wasn't a terrible game, but didn't get my adrenaline going like MET does. If I get more time on it maybe I'll revisit my review. Don't like the band or music so it was hard to warm up to the pin. This is one pin where I can understand why others like it but it just isn't for me.
3 days ago
Lots of fun, not a fan of the band but that doesn’t detract from gameplay. Rules are a bit hard to pick up on. Fast paced but not a drain can actually have some nice ball times.
6 days ago
I hate Iron Maiden. Too bad the theme ruins this for me. The layout and shots on the game I played were really fun. The four flippers really makes it interesting and gives a lot of shot variety.
12 days ago
Fun game but really hard. great game
13 days ago
I have owned a pro since the minute they hit the market and wanted to wait to rate this pin.
First off, I enjoy Iron Maiden and their music. But, this pin has such an amazing layout with 4 flippers and flow for days.
I added a shaker and mirror blades and that is it. Plays amazing right out of the box. I highly recommend this pin.
23 days ago
Wish the theme was one I was excited about, this is a great game!
25 days ago
I wanted to like this game heard so many good things about it. I Played it at a few shows and liked it. (Volume very low)
I have been playing for the last week. As we were able to get one for our league. And sorry to say... I hate this game. It doesn't play bad. But even though I like iron Maidens music. In a pinball machine it is repetitive and annoying as hell. Callout voices are terrible.
The music, modes and lightshows all blend together. To basically not give you a clear idea of what's going on.
Every mode basically feels exactly the same.
No real toys to speak of.
The layout is fun, and new. The art is great. But it honestly is not a machine I would ever want to own.
25 days ago
Best Game from Stern.
26 days ago
A really nice game! Great flow due to a well designed playfield. That 4th flipper at the top really ads to the overall gameplay/impression!
26 days ago
I couldn't name a single Iron MAiden song, but this game has quickly become my all time favorite game. The flow is incredible, even with tight shows. There are a boatload of nuances to the scoring I discover daily. The super skillshot to the left outlane or making the loop with upper right flipper is worth 2x if you don't hold left flipper(which makes it harder). The artwork and overall polish to the game is second to none imo. You don't have to be a maiden fan to love this game. The callouts are fun without being able to relate them to maiden or their songs. Same for the artwork.
28 days ago
30 days ago
Fun game, I have found it gets old quick. Possibly due to not being terribly attracted to the theme. The left ramp is almost impossible to shoot, but there are definitely some satisfying shots to he had in other areas of the playfield.
40 days ago
Grew up looking at my brother's Iron Maiden posters plastered all over his bedroom, so I'm def a huge fan of the band. But themes do not get automatic love & praise from me anymore (see Star Wars). It's more important how it plays, the rules, and if the game is fun to shoot.

The layout is unique for a modern Stern. That's very refreshing to see. It's a great shooter. KE did a great job on his first pin, looking forward to see what he comes up with next. While the layout is fun, the scoring rules take the game to another level. Very well executed, with huge jackpots & multiple multiballs. Again this is very well designed. And the artwork is just outstanding, and might be the best of any modern pin. It's a home run.

With that said, after plenty of time on this pin, I just can't see myself owning one. What you see is what you get. No toys or cool mechs on the playfield. Even the upgrades on the premium/LE are just locking mechs, diverters, and opening ramp flaps. That's basic stuff in my opinion, especially for a modern pin. And where is the complete RGB GI/Insert lighting? IM is severely lacking in the lightshow department.

The coolness lies in the scoring rules, game flow, unique shots, the artwork & music. Nothing wrong with that. This game does all that stuff very well. In fact, this is Stern's best game since Metallica or TWD.

What kills the game for me is that it's just too easy. Shots are easy to make, modes & multiballs repeat themselves on a single play, that can last over 30 mins. It's not me either. I've seen unskilled players but up long ball times as well. I prefer a challenge, and at home it might get a little stale.

But anytime I see it on location, I'm dropping money in it for sure.
44 days ago
After owing this machine for 100+ days, I can now say it is my new all time favorite machine. The layout has great flow, four flippers makes you part of the whole playfield and the way the callouts and lights are integrated in the rules, fairly simple to know where to shoot and when. even if you are not a big fan of Maiden, you will still truly enjoy the machine. The lack of toys does bum me a bit, but overall IMHO, by far Stern pin ever,
49 days ago
I am not a fan of the band Iron Maiden. I couldn't name any of their songs, and I'm not a big stern fan. This game showed up at my local co-op, and because of all the buzz about it, I was excited to give it a try:

The Good:
-- Awesome layout. It's one of the best layouts I've ever seen.
-- Lighting & Sound is amazing. All band-themed pins better have this.
-- Best use of a LCD/LED screen I've ever seen. So easy to see your targets and the animations are incredibly fun.
-- Great rules! It keeps the game fun and interesting. I love all the multiballs.
-- 4 flippers!
-- I love the 2 ramps and orbits.
-- It makes me want to play another game again and again.

The Bad:
-- The lighting is good, but I think it could be better. This isn't really a knock so much as I feel this way about nearly every game.
-- Where's the toys!? The only thing I can think of is the middle ramp into the target. MORE TOYS!
-- Maybe it's too easy? I'm not so great, but I found myself in front of it for about 30 minutes at a time (with no Extra Balls).

Conclusion: I love the game and I love the rules. After only 1 hour of playing it, however, I was 2 ramps away from Power Pyramid and 1 more from Number of the Beast Wizard mode. Maybe the settings can be made tougher somehow. The game is so great, I don't want to get tired of playing it!
50 days ago
good almost have to be a fan of the theme to really get into it I think.
54 days ago
Great game, nice change from the cookie cut games of the past few years.
55 days ago
Finally a great game from Stern. Subtle code inclusions, smooth shots, amazing visuals, good sound, unique layout....
60 days ago
It's the best game stern has made yet.
It absolutely craps on medieval madness.
60 days ago
As with all music pins, how much you enjoy the band is gonna play into how much you enjoy the game. Oddly, I grew up enjoying this band, but was really disappointed by the game. It just felt...lacking.

-great artwork from ZY
-lots of original music that pumps out nicely
-I like the way Keith setup the layout at the top wth the mini-flipper and upper right flipper having its own microcosm of sorts. It works and flows very nicely.
-Decent animations. This is the biggest area I can see Stern developing in the future: the animations still feel crude and basic. Each game gets a bit better.

-The playfield feels very sparse and overall kind of odd. The pops feel a little out of place compared the rest of the flow IMO. It's kind of a dead area besides the ramp. Normally I like wide open playfield but this one just feels uninspired to me.
-weak skill shot
-Stern quality feels better than it used to, but still not up to snuff for keeper games
-I can't quite put my finger on it, but the game just doesn't come together for me. I wanted more.

If you love the band, you'll like the pin; if you don't like the band, my guess is you'll find the pin dispensable. Nowhere near as good as MET or Ghostbusters IMO
61 days ago
Instant Classic. Too early to tell on its lasting power, but this is a fantastic pin in every way. The total package and very fun.
61 days ago
Unlike most people, I actually played the pro after getting a good amount of time on a premium model. I feel like the pro barely feels like a concession, though the sarcophagus lock is a noticeable omission. Beyond that, however, the pro is solid, and is a great value in comparison.

Either model plays well. The layout is fantastic on this game, and it takes a while to find all the shots, though they are all fair. The game demands accuracy and skill in good measure, but it's impressively approachable for newcomers or lesser-skilled players. Newbies will manage to find a multiball mode or two and be able to get some loop shots going. It will give them enough to feel satisfied and to bring them back. Higher skilled players will get sucked in to the depth of the game, which has so much to experience. Modes, multiballs, combos, hurry ups, and multipliers are abundant, and knowing how to use them is key to blowing the game's score up.

There are lots of little touches thrown in by Elwin that reward higher level play as well. Loop shots are worth more if you don't hold your flipper up to make the shot easier. Nice idea! The more accurately you hit the middle ramp, the better it scores for you. Rewarding accuracy rather than just making a ton of tight shots is a great way to appease both high and low level players. Smart stuff here.

The theme is a problem for me, but that's just me. Even though the music irritates me, I can't help but circle back and continue playing the game. It's simply that fun. Long ball times are a little bit of an issue, but if you're going to see all this game offers, you're really going to have to play long. This game is a bit of a journey.

I appreciate the simple nature of the game's design by removing toys that disrupt the action for too long. While I hear that's an issue for some, I would hope that we could get more games that focus on actual gameplay over hollow style effects. Toys are fine, but Elwin seems to understand that their wow factor fades over time, but a solid gameplay experience holds up.

Great first effort by Keith Elwin and his team over at Stern Pinball.
61 days ago
ok game definitely not my favorite but I also cannot stand iron maiden and their whiny singer. other than that decent game but would not be a keeper in my collection ever.even if it was gifted to me i would just trade for a twilight zone emmedialty
64 days ago
Love this game. Very fresh and surprisingly really like the Egyptian theme. Music really isn’t bad and the layout is excellent. Wish there were some more toys on the pro though. One of my favorite Sterns.
70 days ago
First time rating & new to pinball ownership. Recently I’ve had two nights out where I had an extended amount of time to play (5 hours each night). I visited two separate arcades on separate days. The first night there were a mix of 7 pinball machines. After reading so much about it I went straight for the Iron Maiden when I saw it. I was hooked immediately.

Prior to my first play I had watched PAPA’s video along with a few others, I had an idea of what to expect from the game. IM surpassed my initial expectations. There are shots from each flipper that are satisfying, upper right flipper has the loop which after a few (5?) consecutive hits puts pressure on you to go after jackpot shots from both upper flippers. The upper left allows you to backhand into the mummy ball along with trying to hit the jackpot and fear of the dark shot (really tuff lane to hit for me). The lower right has a very difficult ramp and spinner to hit and then a couple gimmies up the middle (left orbit, mummy ball & ramp into the eye). The lower left has the gimmies into the mummy ball and ramp into the eye and then some tough shots, ramp, right orbit, back hand into left spinner and target. Any ways each flipper has multiple shots available ranging from expect to make it to celebrate it when you make it.

The second night out I went to an Arcade that had 20 pins. Other titles Attack Mars, Metallica, Star Trek, GotG and bunch of other good ones that I don’t remember because I never stopped playing IM. Which bothers me some because I just purchased a NIB Metallica that is going to be delivered next week. I really should have played it, but I was stuck on IM.

For the bad, I was catching a lot of air from the upper targets and lower bumpers. The ball got stuck a few times in the upper targets. If I didn’t make the upper loop from the upper right flipper the ball drained out the left lane. I had to time my nudge (or push) before the ball hit just under the right upper flipper or the ball was bye bye. The biggest issue for me was that I am not in pinball shape and it’s not the 90’s so I ended up extremely sore. My wrist, arms, shoulders feet and hands were crushed.

IM is an exciting game that I am looking forward to owning. I will plan to update my rating as my experience grows and as IM ages.
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