Iron Man

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This game received 526 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.109 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Iron Man". The group itself ranks #46 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.156

Artwork: 7.709

Sounds/Music: 7.88

Other Aspects: 8.315

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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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19 days ago
Played at Pinball Republic and the newly-opened Medway Pinball Club.

I've been recommended this pin by several different people as it scratches a similar itch to Fish Tales. It is a fast and furious pin, which is reassuringly difficult. Shooting Whiplash is exciting and War Monger is also satisfying fun.

The problem, for me, with this pin is the terrible graphic design. The artwork looks like it was designed in MS Paint and the toys on the playfield have that cheap plastic look like they came in a kid's cracker. The whole thing is aesthetically terrible and not something I'd want in my front room (where I keep my pins). Superficial, I know, but the artwork on some early 2000 Stern pins is worse than on the much-derided 1980s Premier Gottliebs (I quite like the Premier Gottlieb art).
44 days ago
It’s fast it’s hard it’s a great tournament game but other than that, no thanks. I’d never consider owning this in a collection of under 15 games but I’m also not a big marvel guy. I also wish that these Marvel pins had artwork from the bronze era. Would have been so much cooler across the board. Instead we get this crummy photoshop Hollywood bore fest art package. I’ve seen candy wrappers with better graphic design.
59 days ago
I had an iron man with some cool mods and a shaker motor and I enjoyed it a lot, but it's too hard and too fast. It did keep you coming back for more, but was a little annoying. I was tempted to make it easier by altering settings, but I thought that would just be cheating and weaken my game so I traded it instead.
6 months ago
I'm not a Marvel fan.
Really easy to obtain the Multiball and to earn a free play.
10 months ago
My wife’s favorite. Not allowed to sell.
11 months ago
Just a game that is quick and beats you up. It is a fun game, the only thing I do not like are the drains to sides from monger magnet. Its a blast to play. I just bought it for the second time.
1 year ago
A solid shooter, and what I first cut my teeth into when first playing pinball on location. The rules are easy to understand. This game isn't deep, the difficulty comes in the speed and brutality of the layout - my favorite kind of pinball. It keeps me coming back again, and again.

Easy to understand rules
Buttery smooth ramps
Leaves you wanting to play one more game

Artwork is workman-like, but works well enough
1 year ago
I just don't connect with this pin and think it's overrated. I'm a fan of the movies and the MCU but the layout just doesn't fit me. The Iron Monger is a boring bash toy and the layout just doesn't have any flow to me with clunky shots. The audio and lightshow is fairly unremarkable to me. I can see why this theme would do well on location but it's not a pin I would own at home.
1 year ago
This game is so freaking brutal which is why I hate it on location (it beats my arse) but LOVE it at shows when I have no money to lose. As a huge fan of the MCU the theme is spot on for me and the sheer difficulty of the game is what keeps me coming back.
1 year ago
Pretty standard Stern superhero game. Nothing makes it stand out. Clear ramps wear to less than transparent. Back glass might be it’s only highlight.
2 years ago
I bought an Iron Man based on theme (big fan) and Pinside ratings. I didn’t have any chance to play it before the day I picked it up in a trade.

I am underwhelmed. I don’t really have any major complaints, but nothing really seems to stand out for me. Nothing.

Pros: iron monger is a cool bash toy...but that’s all it is, game flow and speed make gameplay intense, some cool aftermarket sound packages are readily available, the “one ball game” rule set makes this unique (At least to my collection).

Cons: Nothing specific other than no real “wow factor”, playfield seems a bit too “open”, not too much to shoot at.

I guess pinball is often a matter of personal taste. This is a good machine, but I just don’t understand the rabid following it seems to have. Maybe part of my disappointment is due to all the hype.

Review Update: After I decided to list my iron Man for sale, I decided to get in a few more plays before it left the rotation. I will say this for the has one heckuva 'just one more game' draw to it. I can't put my finger on why exactly...but I often find myself playing game after game after game on this one. I updated my rating slightly in accordance.
2 years ago
Wow this game is hard. And that makes it not fun. Again, I was pumped to play it. But, it's so damn hard it just isn't fun to play. Wow it sucked. Maybe if you sit on it and really get into it. But in a public lineup, arcade style ... I'll NEVER go to this machine. Nope.
2 years ago
Fun game but tough (which I love).

Fine tune your nudging skills or you will have short ball times.
2 years ago
amazing pinball
3 years ago
Enjoy playing this pin. Magnet effects make play unpredictable, but also interesting. I wouldn't own it because there are other pins that I enjoy more, but definitely a good game.
3 years ago
This is another one I file under the "I don't get the popularity", albeit I haven't spent hours and hours on it. Probably played 20 games on the freebie night at my arcade. My thoughts: Like someone else mentioned the toys on this I find look cheap and uninspiring. Art and music are average. I would have thought this game was much older had I not looked it up and seen it was 2010. I don't find it all that fun. Also the machine I play on the magnet throws it straight down the middle probably 1/3 times - to me that's a non starter for something I want to pay for or own.

Although there are some pros for sure, I like the Iron man toy that rises (cheapness look aside it's cool when he comes up) in the middle, for instance, I just don't find it "excellent" by any means. There's some fun to be had but there's so many better stern titles from the same era imo.

I find it very average overall and don't get the hype at all
3 years ago
Intense game with a rather strong one-more-time quality to each play. Even so this high speed and actionpacked game doesnt quite grab me by neck and demand my interest like some other Stern titles in the similiar vein; like X-men or the masterpiece Spiderman who hit the market three years prior to Iron Man.

I'm not sure if I approached this one with the wrong mindset, but somehow the whole package around scoring, goals and animations felt a little underwhelming with Iron Man. On a positive note; lighting and the way the playfield is being used and populated ranks high in my book - with the Iron Monger bash toy as a prime example. Regarding backglass and cabinet art this is rather average as opposed to the spectacular style with X-men for instance. The one big gripe I have with Iron Man however is the sound. For some reason that tension-building, action-sequence-esque riffing could have been much more effective if better mixed with some other musical elements during play.

A decent game, but nowhere near Spidey or X-men.
3 years ago
Can't count how many times the Iron Monger magnet threw the ball directly down the middle drain. Things like that make this game a complete gamble and nearly impossible to get better at, if it just ends suddenly through no fault of your own.
3 years ago
I love this game. Play super fast and has a lot of satisfying ramp shots. My only major complaint is some of the wear you can get around the magnets, but that might just be because the one I own was on routed before I got it. Always challenging and good bash item in the middle of the playfield
3 years ago
I feel that this game could be a bit better. The figures on the playfield look like the lame action figures I could buy in the Walmart toy aisle. I loved the movie, so I had high hopes, but it fell short of my expectations. This game is pretty darn difficult in ways, which keeps me intrigued, so that counts for something. I will always continue to play it on location in hope that I can break through and rattle off an excellent score, so maybe it will grow on me.
3 years 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
3 years 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...
3 years 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 years 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.....
3 years ago
I can see myself owning this game eventually. Lots of fun. Great rule set. The Iron Monger coming out of the playfield is really cool and mimicks the Monger scene in the movie
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