Judge Dredd

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This game received 497 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.937 /10


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This game ranks #74 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.001

Artwork: 8.183

Sounds/Music: 7.534

Other Aspects: 7.828

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1 year ago
I had seen this pinball machine around & always thought it was based on the Sylvester Stallone movie but it is based on the British comic strip & finally got a change to play, Well what a pleasure surprise!
First up there are 2 start buttons standard game play or Super start with different rules, personally I preferred the Super start up mode,
Another stunning feature is Dead World, it's like a spin top that can spin in two different directions, holds the ball until "I'll call it" a magnetic crane comes & removes the ball from the spinning top, I don't think I'll ever get tiring to watch this piece of engineering, when I got multi ball I thought I was playing Apollo 13, there were balls everywhere 6 in total, with 4 flippers double the fun, what a blast,so much fun, I have just scratched the surface with the depth this game others,
I'm looking forward to purchasing a Judge Dredd & spending hours of fun exporting each mode.
1 year ago
If you play a restored version of this game is better than some new releases. Too many poorly kept examples in the wild. Im not a fan of the power start button for quick play. Getting balls locked on the saucer and upper right flipper is very satisfing.
1 year ago
Lots of challenging modes to complete. Humor, call-outs, and DMD animations are the best! Very challenging shots to make. Many combo shots. Different ball launch, mode selection, and choice of regular or super game. The super game has a different rule set than the regular game. Game must have a color DMD to enjoy all the animations.
2 years ago
What a great under rated pin! Such a deep rule set for a game of its time! Some extremely fun shots and one of the coolest multi ball starts. Definitely glad i picked one up.
2 years ago
I didn’t appreciate how great JD was until playing an excellent example in a home environment. The playfield layout, rules, theme integration and art are all unique and exceptional. Trudeau’s reputation is badly stained, but he was one of the most inventive, gutsy designers ever, and this is arguably his best work. Deserves to be part of the “Super Pin” line-up. It would likely be much higher ranked if the theme was more popular and it was more forgiving to lackluster maintenance/set-up.
2 years ago
This game is quite a bit of fun, along the lines of Lethal Weapon 3, Batman Forever, and Last Action Hero...cheesy 90's movies with good pins. Plenty of shots, some cool multi-ball action, and corny enough call-outs. Out of the other three games I mentioned and this one, I'd say only Batman Forever is superior.
2 years ago
I just got one of these and have been playing it alot as a big Judge Dredd Fan, this was a bit of dream pin to get, and is my second after a Gottlieb Surf n' Safari.

It plays similarly to DH/STTTG I've played before, it's a bit of a beast being the wider pin and I'm told a wider gap between the flippers, which is does feel like. It's fast, the ball is returned quickly to the flippers after making shots and the variety of loops is always a challenge to make off the top flippers with the speed it can come round at. I need to play it some more, but I find the sniper shot very satisfying along with both the main ramp shots. I've found it a bit trickier to nudge due to the size, but still doable to save from outlanes or slide when it's coming SDTM from a slightly off sniper tower shot, again, satisfying to make. My multiball method is to basically hold up the left flipper and catch whatever I can, whilst trying to make the ramp and subway shots off the right. It can get very hectic in multiball otherwise. It's nice to be able to pick the modes, and there is a suitable skill shot given there is no plunger. This makes sense with the futuristic theme. It's not as smooth as a later bally (cactus canyon/Pin2000/Even a JunkYard) or any of the more modern sterns, but the solid tank like nature suits the theme and doesn't stop me enjoying it.

Whats great:
It looks fantastic, the artwork is brilliant, the sounds and callouts sound like Judge Dredd and the humour is spot on with the comics. The ramps are fun to hit, the subway makes a great sound when you smack it in there, also the metal lanes at the bottom near the flippers make a great noise when post-passing. The deadworld looks cool when it's spinning and when you get a ball dropped off the crane, it makes that upper left flipper shot a little easier. Animations are good, and video doesn't interfere with gameplay. Also like the sneaky little extra target on the left lower playfield to help with modes. Loads of wireforms for the ball to roll down satisfying. Great lights in pursuit mode. Extra ball button if you didn't get a multiball and it was unfair! Being Bally Williams, its well supported for repair bits and mods. LED's/underlighting/colour DMD I think all would look great on this to keep it looking that sci-fi and modern.

Whats not so great:
I guess deadworld is a bit big and underused in the code. Been a bit of a pain with issues with opto's going wrong and having to fix (Trough/Deadworld). For gameplay: I don't get what the in-lanes do? Maybe I'm missing something, but they just make a noise. No lights in anycase, seems a bit of a waste considering there is three of them. The kickback on the left lane (Air-raid) isn't as good as a T2/ACDC gun, and just usually hits, around the middle, so this is more luck than skill/timing it seems. Again, seems a bit underused as people have complained about the captive balls. Personally don't mind the captive balls as they are. Bigger one maybe: There isn't any pop-bumpers... Not even one. Thats usually a bit of a given with a pinball machine. Though it's certainly still random enough and doesn't really suffer for it.

I'm chuffed to bits with it. I don't think I would want it as my only machine, but I certainly don't want to get rid of it. It's a beastie!
2 years ago
Beautiful artwork. Easily one of the best art packages ever...but certainly for its era. Ramp and multiball heaven. The deadworld mod is a must. It REALLY pops with bright colored LEDs

This is a very underpriced game. If you can get one, do it.
2 years ago
This machine has several things going for it, the first being the art package, which is awesome. It also has great callouts and pretty good animation. Dead World was a great idea but requires the mod package to make it functional. Ramp shots are generally good. Overall, a fun pin, with one of the best if not the best topper. Not at the top of my list, but overall solid. Not a fan of supergame, seems like you are buying your way to multiball, so seldom play it. I have been known to "buy" the extended play multiball on the regular game, though.
2 years ago
So fun. Colour DMD adds a great deal to the playing experience.
Some of the best flow in pinball. A top-5 game for me, all day.
2 years ago
I just love playing this game. Ramps, ramps, ramps. No pops, no slowdowns. As others have said, it's a wide body, but it plays fast. I don't mind the repetitive riff, because it kind of serves a purpose. Modes play really fast on this pin, and hearing that riff lets you know the mode is over if you run out of time since there's not a lot of time to stare at the DMD. Deadworld mod is very cool. You get to BE THE LAW, what more do you want??!!!
2 years ago
I love the Dredd comics and character, and this machine is appropriately grandiose and gigantic, like Mega City itself. It's just packed, and the "more is more" aesthetic completely works with this theme.

The artwork and visual design is great, and it unifies the characters and gameplay rules / progression well. The animations and voices are hilarious and nail the humor of the Dredd comics.

The rules are pretty interesting. There are incentives to "flow" and collect crime scenes to earn extra balls and rolling bonuses, there is "risk/reward' in many of the modes and the bonus shot, and the way that mode scores are applied as bonus makes tilting much more perilous. The mulitball and wizard modes are great. The music is pretty annoying and gets old quick ... I get that it is kind of "tongue-in-cheek" butt-rock, if I'm being generous, but it is very repetitive.

At it's core, Dredd is a very flowy widebody, loaded with ramps, habittrails and gimmicks, but it has a geometry that punishes poor shooting. This is what makes it addicting but also, at times, frustrating, and I think it takes a minute to get adjusted to it if you've just played a standard body.
2 years ago
I just flat out love this game!
2 years ago
I am a big Judge Dredd fan, used to have lots 2000AD comics when I was younger. I was very disappointed with this game, I was lost what to do, nothing was exciting, gave up after 3 or 4 shots. Boring callouts. With Bally this should have been brilliant, not one of their better efforts.
2 years ago
Great shots, flow, modes. Unique layout. Calls outs are funny. Plays like what a wide body should be. The only downsides are the repetitive music and the amount of maintenance and lack of specific parts, as well the modes all feel very similar and the left ramp is too easy and not satisfying to hit.
2 years ago
Plenty of great shots
It's a lot of fun
Great sound/music package
Neat toys/gimmick
Playfield layout is great
2 years ago
I own the game and have played it for many years without getting bored. I have many friends who come over to play it and they all get addicted to it. It’s got tons of special shots and sequences. It’s a real fun game and in my top 5. I don’t understand why it doesn’t rank higher. Very under-rated game IMHO.
2 years ago
The only bad aspect of the game is what the designer has been arrested for. That horrific stuff aside it is a really great game. Very unique and fun. The artwork is very good and it has become one of my favorite wide body games. Very affordable fun machine.
2 years ago
I never could get into this game, lame and boring.Sorry but it will never enter my collection
2 years ago
Great game with easy flow to get in a groove. Alot too shoot for and modes. The addition of super ball is great. Fairly easy to aquite multiballs which keep the game exciting.
3 years ago
Fun game but I only purchase themes I really like so its easy for me to rate this high. Modes are cool. Deadworld mod is super cool. Translite looks awesome. Animations are neat especially for 1993. Its a behemoth of a machine so you gotta rough it up a bit but for the love of God dont tilt. Which reminds me, it has an interesting scoring system where your mode points are given after you ball drain. Overall a great machine in any collection. Maybe a tad hard to teach someone the rules and the 4 flippers can be intimidating for a new player. Also I set all my pins to play fast and this one is no exception. Lots of shots all over the field. Excellent pin for sure!
3 years ago
This is one of my sleeper favorite games. I have owned it the longest and keep coming back for more. Art, theme, gameplay are all great. Not the hardest game but it is so fun to play. Sometimes forget it is a widebody with how fast it is. Sounds are great along with all the different modes and animations. Bery unique layout with 4 flippers and lots to shoot at.
3 years ago
So many shots with some of the best table art of all time. The scoring is balanced and the modes are all very different and the multiball progressing into wizard mode is great. Fair bit too look after so maintenance is important but it’s hard fault this beast, as soon as I parted with it I missed it. If I find another mint one it’ll be coming home.
3 years ago
Fun game. The fastest widebody I've ever played for sure. Tons of stuff to shoot for, and a very unique layout. Love the comic book artwork. Not a huge fan of the music, and lighting is a bit dim in places. Otherwise, my favorite wide-body pin.
3 years ago
I find this game to be really overrated. I find the modes to get really repetitive, and there is really nothing in this game that keeps me coming back for more. The theme, artwork, and music just don't do it for me. The playfield is also exceptionally dark on this game.
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