Iron Man

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This game received 536 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.165 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Iron Man". The group itself ranks #43 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.215

Artwork: 7.737

Sounds/Music: 7.9

Other Aspects: 8.385

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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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3 years 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.
3 years 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!
3 years 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.
3 years 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
3 years 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.
3 years 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!
4 years 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.
4 years 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!
4 years 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
4 years 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.
4 years ago
Not really my cup of tea but I still play every once in a while.
4 years 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.
4 years 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.
4 years ago
This game plays very fast, which makes it exciting. Game times are typically short. Great theme, fun and intense.
4 years ago
Overall a fun game, but fairly simple. Perfect for casual play. Limited rule set. Interesting toys. Great lighting and theme.
4 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.
4 years ago
When I played the operator had turned down the sound, so I didn't get a much out of it as I could have.
4 years ago
One of the best games Stern has put out, I am now on my 2nd NIB original release and this one wont be going anywhere!
4 years ago
One of the greatest machines when considering how well it achieves what it sets out to do. It is pretty much the same gameplay every time, but it does that type of game better than anything else. Brilliant in a medium to large collection! Sound is amazing.
4 years ago
Just a perfect pin for me. My favorite Stern for now.
Great sounds and music, fast and brutal, extremely fun, simple but very effective. Great ruleset, great flow...
I think i'll never get tired of IM, just that one more game feel that others pins don't have.
4 years ago
Very fast, challenging and fun game that will keep you coming back. Games can be very short as missed shots will come back at you and drain very quickly. Great magnetized Iron Monger that rises from below the play field. Very cool loops and combos. Overall a little bit in the shallow side and a bit too much of the Iron Monger, which I guess can be adjusted in the settings.
4 years ago
Cool theme, love the magnet and the toys. There was too many drains for me to get into it.
4 years ago
Not a fan of the theme, and not a fan of the machine. The modes are ok, the shots are ok, but nothing epic going on. The Monger toy is ok but the only toy in the machine.
5 years ago
My first pin I bought new-in-box. I still have it, I like the not too complicated artwork, especially the simple backglass. First I was angry about doing all the stuff with every ball again and again, but with the time I realised that just this is very catching...
5 years ago
I decided to add this game to my collection after playing about 2 dozen games on location. Like many have mentioned, this game can be very brutal. From the second the start button is pushed until the moment the final ball is drained, this game offers a very intense and heart pounding experience. It's one of the fastest games I've played and the ball times can be ridiculously short. The "just one more game" factor is higher on Iron Man than any other machine I've played.

The rules are easy to understand and relatively simple. While not extremely deep, the rules fit the fast nature of the game very well and there are enough strategies and ways to play this game to keep things interesting. The artwork on the cab and translite are great and hard to find any fault with, especially if you're a comic or Iron Man fan. The playfield artwork is decent, but it's the weakest part of the art package since it has that "photoshop" feel. The playfield layout is great and there are tons of satisfying and challenging shots to hit. The music is some of the best in pinball and it couldn't fit the action better. A handful of actors from the various movies do the call out's and all of them are pretty good. However, the ones done by Robert Downey Jr, are fantastic and it seems like I hear a new one almost every time I play.

All in all, this is one of the most intense and satisfying pinball machines out there. Due to the fast speeds, short ball times, and overall brutal nature of the game, it's not going to be for everybody. However, I've found that this machine is hard to beat for sheer intensity, challenge, and fun factor. I find myself playing 10 games in a row every time I turn on this machine, which usually doesn't take as much time as 2-3 games on most other machines. Iron Man a perfect compliment to my collection and it holds its own against some of the more complex and longer playing pins.
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