Iron Man (Stern, 2010)

Iron Man

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This game received 544 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.157 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd 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: 8.194

Artwork: 7.741

Sounds/Music: 7.939

Other Aspects: 8.369

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

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25 days ago
Great title, but wish you didn't have to restart every mode after a ball drains. Wish there was a way to make it more progressive, similar to LOTR
37 days ago
Decent enough machine. Found it fast and brutal with a lot of drains, relatively simple rules. If only JJP had acquired the licence for this...
53 days ago
Fast! Brutal with rules reminiscent of the old System 11 games. Definitely has that one more game feel about it. One more code update to come?
3 months ago
Played Iron Man for the first time at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas...racked up a huge score... And walked away with credits in the machine...... needless to say I wasn't impressed....just another low quality pin from Stern.....
5 months ago
Challenging game with fast loop, steep ramps and bouncy standup targets to the sides. Requires a lot of control or it will send the ball lightning fast back at you.

Art package and sound design is meh. Ok players game but not very fun in the long run unless you're a die hard Iron Man fan.
6 months ago
Another licensed Marvel game, another ho-hum effort. Music is decent but the rest of the audio is a mixture of sound clips from the flick haphazardly tossed into the game and played at random much like TRON Legacy. Call-outs like "I'm the one who approved the injunction against you" aren't exactly thrilling. They don't gel with some random guy with a southern accent telling you what to do every so often. Also, the rules aren't particularly clear except for when you're taking on the Iron Monger which just kinda pops up in the middle of the table and waits for you to hit him, which is easy to do every single time. Other than that, the ramps are your only satisfying shots. Stern and Marvel are capable of better. The "Spider-Man" games were a lot of fun -- especially the Vault version.
6 months ago
Fun toy to bash, satisfying flow and ramps, spinners are a nice touch.
7 months ago
Ok! Nothing special!
8 months ago
Iron Man is a lot of fun. Every game doesn't have to have the deepest code as long as your enjoy flipping it and it makes you happy. Iron Man kicks my ass in 4 minuets and keeps me coming back for more. Love the bass in the music, the shots are super smooth, and the rules are easy to understand but hard to master. Great pin that I would highly recommend.
9 months ago
I bought a nice HOU only original IM a few months back from a local pinhead. At first I thought this game is just too brutal and kind of regretted buying IM. As I’ve played it more, however, it has grown on me and I now find myself playing it more than the others in my 7 pin collection.

It is the toughest pin in my collection (which includes challenging games like Fish Tales & Space Station) but the one more game factor given the short ball times and challenging nature of the game keep me pressing the button for one more game over and over (even having it set for 5 balls).

I love the call outs and think they did a great job of integrating the theme and the movies. My only criticism is I felt they could have included a few more (and higher quality) toys and figures and a better dmd (a color dmd is a good upgrade for this game). The fast, adrenaline oriented gameplay mostly makes up for these shortcomings, however.
12 months ago
This is the perfect adrenaline game. Games are usually short, but always satisfying. The sounds are awesome, playing loud is a must and adding a shaker motor just adds to the excitement. The call outs are great and I always seem to keep hearing a different quote from the movie every time I play. Multiball is great in all modes, if it is lacking anything, it's a upper right flipper since I'm so used to one being there playing my STTNG or Spiderman VE. The game really needs a color DMD, something I'll be getting soon, but ramp shots are satisfying and that kickback from war machine is super fast, much like my old F-14 tomcat Yargof kickback. If you get one, put some nice LEDs in, upgraded speakers, maybe a shaker and play it loud!
1 year ago
Decent fun for a while. Bash toy coming out of the playfield resulted in very satisfying shots. Still after a few plays, it stopped engaging me.
1 year ago
Can't believe this pin is not in top 10...
Keeps you on your toes. It's simple to learn and hard to master.. very fun especially with sub, shaker and great lighting kit..
Never leaving my collection
1 year ago
Iron man is a pretty fun game that is challenging and fast. It was pretty basic rules that consist of shooting the same shot over and over again to start a certain feature which I am not the biggest fan of. The theme is good and the shots flow well. Overall a fun game, but not one I would want in my collection.
1 year ago
I've owned Iron Man for many months now, and I must say that it is one of the best pins to have in one's collection. I usually despise newer sterns, but I had the opportunity to pick up a really nice copy of Iron Man and couldn't resist.


-- The game has a very simple playfield design. So simple, in fact, that I dismissed it at first.
-- The game integrates the main toys well: the drone kicker, the whiplash magnet and the monger bash toy/magnet.
-- The ramps are integrated well, with the left shallow and the right steep.
-- Collecting drones via standups is an interesting requirement, as is collecting the shields for add-a-balls.


-- I'm not into super hero films, so I had to watch the movies after getting the game. Meh... Still not into it.
-- Lighting is generally good, although this machine is pre-RGB-LED.
-- I replaced Stern's cheap-ass fluorescent tube with a custom backbox LED kit. It really kicked up the lightshow!
-- The music really gets your adrenaline pumping in this game. A sub is must-add!


-- Disabling the back post is an absolute must. Trust me. This game doubles in fun if you disable it. It also ads a real skill shot.
-- I usually look to Ritchie for speed, but Borg has designed one hell of a fast game. Super speed! This game is ALWAYS a rush.
-- The playfield is set up for speed combo city. I can keep nailing loops and ramps until I laugh out loud. The game is just so fast!!!
-- I find the set up for do-or-die to be difficult but achievable. Lyman did a great job on the software: it is perfectly balanced.
-- There is a good balance between danger and strategy with this one. It's not that bad of a drain monster if you know how it plays.


-- There is no skillful way to achieve extra ball. I prefer games that offer extra balls that are difficult to achieve.
-- It would be nice if the iron man standups on either side were drops. It would make this game soooo deadly!
-- Cheap-ass LED DMD from stern with 1/3 dedicated to your score.
-- General stern cheapness of the era. This was the beginning of the crap, so it's not that bad.

In the end, when I look at my lineup, Iron Man is my go-to game when I'm in need of a quick fix. You can have long ball times on this game, but, realistically, games are usually shorter. That being said, the shorter games are packed full of adrenaline!
1 year ago
Iron Man is a fun, fast, decent game. But personally I'm at a loss for why it ranks as highly as it does. The challenge and difficulty of the game is (in my opinion) in its speed and layout - lots of drain risk, tough to maintain long ball times and game times. Those aspects are good and they make the game fun and engaging for serious players. Great. But my feeling is that the sounds, callouts, display graphics, cabinet, backglass, and playfield creativity are generally below average and even poor in some respects (esp. callouts, video, and sound). So to me the game is far short of a complete package. I like the game well enough to play it but frankly think it gets a lot more hype than it earns.
1 year ago
Iron Man to me feels like the only Pinball that fights back. And Because of that I Love it! Really fun and challenging game!
1 year ago
fun, difficult game, can recommend it but i don't think it will last you in a home enviorment with only a few games
1 year ago
I've considering adding IM to my collection which obviously means I like it. I'm not sure if some of the gameplay would get too repetitive or not in a home environment. The rules are on the simpler side and the Monger toy feels like he's popping up constantly -- you actually start trying to avoid having him pop up which means you are trying to avoid some of the easiest shots. There is no denying that the game is a fun, fun, fun adrenaline rush. Others have said its a game that is better in a larger collection and that does ring true with me. That said, you could do a lot worse than to cycle this game through your smaller collection for a while and you'll probably miss it when its gone. For sure, play it on location if you have one near you.
1 year ago
Not really my cup of tea but I still play every once in a while.
1 year ago
I was way too hard on this pin in my last rating so I decided to update it. It does have some very fun and fast shots, I'm looking at you war machine.
1 year ago
IM is a very quick and brutal game. The amount of cheap drains straight down the outlanes can be very frustrating.
IM is a very simple machine with not a whole going on for me. It can be a fun game and very easy to get the Iron Monger multiball though.
1 year ago
This game plays very fast, which makes it exciting. Game times are typically short. Great theme, fun and intense.
2 years ago
Overall a fun game, but fairly simple. Perfect for casual play. Limited rule set. Interesting toys. Great lighting and theme.
2 years ago
Super fun pin, fast in all the right ways. I think IM has tremendous value, and desire to play one more time. Enjoy the ramps in particular, the speed of the machine rocks. Would love to add to my collection someday. Not overdone, doesn't need to be.
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