Iron Man (Pro Vault Edition)

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This game received 167 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 #36 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.336

Artwork: 7.692

Sounds/Music: 8.145

Other Aspects: 8.566

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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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26 days ago
Definitely one of my top 5 of all time. Can't seem to get enough of this game. Love everything about it. Great mix of flow and skill shots.
41 days ago
Fast, fun, brutal, great! A palette cleanser in a largish collection, a maniacal torturer if the only game. It teases you with "just one more time" endlessly, abusing you raw with that one last shot to make that it won't let you have. But like the jackpot winner at the $5 slots who goes home rich, you'll get your Do-or-Die or Jericho moment to eventually get another high score on the board, once in a while.

With a subwoofer the audio is sublime. Art matters to me a lot, and the playfield is kinda just there in that regard, but I really like the BG -- it's simple, clean, elegant rather than gaudy. I'm a comics fan, IM in particular, and prefer this art rather than a comics treatment. It's just very well done, as was the movie.
3 months ago
I’m a new player but this was just plain fun. Theming is excellent and the sound track really added to play. I spent a few hours at Pinball Odyssey in south Miami playing their pins and returned to this one at the end to finish a great afternoon.
4 months ago
The toys seem cheap
6 months ago
Super fast game. Tons of fun though. Great toys as well.
7 months ago
To easy to lose the ball in the outside lanes.
8 months ago
Great game but play field is a bit plain, theme is fantastic
9 months ago
It's a great, fast shooting game with challenging objectives.
10 months ago
its not a bad game. but as with all stern post 2010

you just dont feel any quality

i would love to like this machine. but it just doesnt feel right compared to my Bally/Williams machines and even JJP machines

Stern please do a better job . i think TDK was your last good pinball and even that one isnt great quality
11 months ago
This game is such a rush - hook up a sub and speaker upgrade and wow, it really gets the blood flowing. It's one of the simpler games for sure, but it's focussed, it's fast, it's sometimes brutal and it's a total blast to play.

Not much more I can say - I don't like the animations much but the games so damn fast you don't have time to look at them anyway. The rules can be a bit limited too, you have to effectively finish the game on one ball, which is a little bizarre. I guess I would prefer the artwork to be more comic book style like X-Men, but that's a really minor point.

If you want a simple, fast adrenaline rush this one won't disappoint.
11 months 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Good and challenging game.
Rules are simple but not very deep, that is my complain.
Hard to reach the wizard mode, very hard.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
2 years 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!
2 years 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
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
No doubt one of the worst pinballs ever produced, bad design, bad music and game I think is unsatisfactory
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