Iron Man (Pro Vault Edition) (Stern, 2014)

Iron Man (Pro Vault Edition)

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This game received 152 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.260 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Iron Man". The group itself ranks #30 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.312

Artwork: 7.699

Sounds/Music: 8.238

Other Aspects: 8.564

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This game is part of a group

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Iron Man (Pro Vault Edition)".
The other versions are: Iron Man (regular version), Iron Man Classic

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7 days ago
Really fun game.. can be brutal at times but I guess that what I like about.. wish more toys and better artwork... would be great if Zombie Yeti re-did but guess that won't happen as Stern has already vaulted.
27 days ago
Bram Stoker's Dracula's kid brother Iron Man is an adrenaline junkie with a mean streak. I was thrilled when the Vault was announced as I thought there were criminally few Iron Man machines made the first time around. The improvements are welcome here and make a great game even better. Simple, fast, but such a rush. Cracking 100m on a really tough route game remains one of my proudest pinball achievements.
34 days ago
Great code, fast gameplay, can be brutal but seems to always pull you back for 1 more game. Want one in my collection one day.
3 months ago
Way more flashy and bright compared to the classic IM. Fast and furious gameplay which is a good compliment in a collection of a few slower games. Not too much to fault the game, you could rag on the animations and callouts a bit but overall its a solid game from stern.
4 months ago
Really enjoy this game even if it can be very brutal. Very fast and can drain so fast you won't see if it you aren't paying very close attention. Keeps me coming back and trying to defeat it again and again. They could have done a much better job with the DMD dots for motion scenes on this one imo. Doubt it will ever leave my collection though.
6 months ago
IM is a game that keep you pressing the start button over and over again. The depth of rules is a perfect match for how brutal this machine can be. Jericho is do-able, Do or Die Hurry Up is an order of magnitude harder, Do or Die Multiball is several orders of magnitude harder than the hurry up. It's right up there with Valinor it terms of difficulty to reach. The dots are the weak spot. If this game was made today on Spike 2 with the LCD and video like GotG it would challenge for a top 10 spot. Shaker motor integration is some of the best around and the soundtrack with a sub is insane. I don't see this one leaving my collection anytime soon if ever. IM is another great example for Stern to really step up their VE game. Imagine this game with an LCD and true clips like GotG. Same goes for Tron, LotRs, etc... All these games would be epic VEs with LCD integration.
7 months ago
Good and challenging game.
Rules are simple but not very deep, that is my complain.
Hard to reach the wizard mode, very hard.
10 months ago
Too many short games and only one ball to finish the game. Why? I don't mind a challenging game but I think this game is not a keeper for me.

Magnetic use of the ball is fun and loved the movies but they could have done a better job giving the game more playability.
10 months ago
Got to put a lot of plays on one of these in one setting not too long ago and felt had enough info for a review. I really like this game. It's fast and plays like a single level game, yet has ramps. Really feels like an old school game with upgrades (magnets, ramps, bash toy, diverters, etc). The music is good and the theme is fun for a comic book and movie guy like me. The callouts are spot on as Jarvis. I'd like to own one today.
11 months ago
Like a lot of newer pins, not as many mechanical things as I would like however a blast to play with great theme art the whole package. A lot of replayability in this one.
1 year ago
Game is OK but doesn't belong in the top 50... Stern has done cheap job on using movie clips within the animations that make that look very bad. Rules, suck ... you have to finish game on a single ball (I hate that). Flow of the game is fun, but not recommended for home collection unless you have a large collection.
1 year ago
Brutal game, just keeps you coming back for more! One of the most difficult games out there. Fast, fun and simple. Something for everyone!
1 year ago
this game is a blast but brutal.. so many short games. got have a short game in a collection and it has that one more game feel since they are short
1 year ago
I really like Iron Man although I don't think I could own it. It's a fast, exciting thrill ride but I only want to ride so many times before moving on as it gets a little repetitive and affects the variation and lastability negatively. Some of the animations were on par with other SAM games but realistically don't hold up well compared to more recent games with LCDs. For sheer short-term fun, this game does rank highly for me but I wouldn't buy it for my smaller collection.
1 year ago
I wanted to really love this game. Played it a bunch at a friend's house thinking I was going to buy it from him. Needless to say, I can easily see why he was trying to get rid of it.

The game is fast, but has very little if any depth. The artwork and toys are fairly chintzy. The rules are shallow. And the overall quality of the machine (right down to the plastic ramps) are less than what I am used to in other higher end machines on the market. This is a newer pin, but the animations and DMD screens feel very outdated. The whole machine plays like Stern had some great concepts going for it, but in the pursuit to save money really decided to cut corners in the quality of the entire machine.

And, when I say the entire machine, I mean the ENTIRE machine. Everything feels very "mass production quality." Which is really sad because I think the overall theme and layout is good, just very low quality when mass produced.

Conclusion: I think the game has a good theme and certain fun factor going for it, but it is just too low quality to be considered a top 100 pin in my opinion. The whole machine screams "cost reduction" and "chintz." I would have loved to have played and original pre-production prototype because I think the overall layout of the game is good, but it fails as a final product.

The code is also horrible by the way, even for a game with little depth.
1 year ago
No doubt one of the worst pinballs ever produced, bad design, bad music and game I think is unsatisfactory
1 year ago
It's hard to say that you have a favorite, but if I had to pick one this would probably be it. It's fast, extremely challenging (depending on your goal) and if you get a good game going there isn't anything like it. Other games make keep your on your toes, but it's constant with this one. Feels like the ball is almost never safe, almost every shot somehow leads to a drain. Setting the outlane posts all the way up makes the game that much more difficult. The goals are clear, the rules are fairly simple, shots are fluid & stacking the modes are all things that make this game fun. The games don't usually last very long, which can be a good thing. The toys are great and the magnets add another layer of unpredictability. I rotated this game on route and miss it already.

a year later still love it. gonna get to DOD multiball someday damnit
1 year ago
Back at home , my 3rd IronMan (Vault this Time)
I comeback to this pin again and again
This pin is simple , brutal , speed and fun
Perfect pin for short game before go to work
I am not fan of Borg game's but this pin is fantastic
1 year ago
Same old Stern! I put this in the forgettable Stern movie tie in camp, along with Transformers, Tron, Avatar, and Avengers.
1 year ago
Iron man is a simple fan layout, but it is a surprisingly fun game. It's easy to see what you need to do, very little learning is involved. The mini wizard mode is very reachable, a fun challenge. Fast, difficult, challenging, fun.
2 years ago
A real blast that keeps me coming back for that one more game.
2 years ago
This game is fast and addictive. The art is great (aluminum foil) and looks good. Sound and music are good... but not great. Flow is very fast, the magnets work great and the monger toy is good. This machine is a mod dream... so much you can do. The whole machine screams fun and has a long lastability.
Added Full score today, after playing this game a while now... its just unbelievable fast and addictive...
2 years ago
Iron Man was designed with simplicity is mind...simple art work + simple rules + simple layout + great lighting & sound package = one kick ass game!!! Once you start playing Iron Man, it's very hard to walk away from Iron Man. The simplicity of the game draws you in and the challenge of the game doesn't let you leave.

Do I recommend this game is a very small collection? Probably not. In a collection of 5 or more games? Absolutely.

My friends who are good at pinball love the game and my friends who barely play pinball love the game. This is definitely one that I can never see leaving my collection.
2 years ago
Fast, furious, brutal and really damn fun. Two things I think are lacking in Iron Man - better artwork and deeper rules. The toy (Iron Monger) is epic in how cool it is even though it's just a stupid toy coming out of the playfield. It's fun. Maybe part of why I love this game is because it's simple. Who knows. It's just fun.
2 years ago
Sweet just tried it
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