Lethal Weapon 3

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This game received 168 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.220 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #208 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.343

Artwork: 6.907

Sounds/Music: 6.967

Other Aspects: 7.295

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45 days ago
This is an example of a pin that is fun to play but ugly AF to look at.

Get yours cheap and re-theme it!
69 days ago
I've read about the play field similarities to T2 and while they are very close, the games play very differently. My biggest complaint about this machine is how frequently you hear the "ok ok ok ok" call out. If they could patch that out of the ROM it'd boost the speech rating on this game for sure.

I dont know if it matters much, but this is the pin I have that my mom plays the most.
4 months ago
Just purchased. I've owned 20 or 30 other pinball machines. Really surprised by how fun it is. I believe that it's an underrated game. Not crazy about the back glass. The game plays fast and is full of good shots. Music options are nice and the sound quality is awesome. Might hold onto this one for a while.
5 months ago
This game is comparable to Last Action Hero, but I like that game a little more. There are some fun shots on this machine. The specific one I played had some hiccups that didn't actually affect game play. The sound effects and music are underwhelming but about what I'd expect for this theme and this time period of game. I did enjoy it enough to play several games on it and I will play it more whenever I get around to returning to the location that has it.
5 months ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 6 - average

* Shots are fun to make, cool ramp in particular
* Choosing song at the beginning a great feature
* Fun saucer shots which is rare
* Beacon on top a cool feature
* Interaction with the gun whilst game is still in play is awesome fun

* The repetiveness of the callouts can be highly annoying and irreverent to shots made
* The skill shot isn’t consistent and therefore more luck than skill is involved
* Only 1 ramp is a bit of a letdown

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Mirror blades really add to this game because backboard is also a mirror
* Bombs on top of drop targets

What To Look For When Buying
* Beacon on top usually broken
* The Plastic on the Lethal Weapon 1 scoop and plastic above center drop targets always broken
* Skill Shot targets usually broken
* Wear in the orbit
6 months ago
I really like how they implemented the gun ball launch toy into this game. Its a really cool gimmick. I also like how they handle the video modes and I think the animations are really fun in this game. The video modes are super quick and once you learn to pull the trigger at the right spots you win big points. There is the shooting range which is okay, and the fistfight mode which is tough and worth so little points. But, really its cool that this game has so many video modes, and they are so quick they don't take away from the game. Rather they enhance the theme. There is also a cool feature where you shoot a gunman down while playing and you need to decide if its worth the risk to shoot him or to keep on playing. The more you shoot him the bigger bonus.
I think the layout is good, nothing special, but its a fun to shoot pin, and the rules make sense, and are friendly to people who just like to shoot mindlessly.
I like the music, you have 3 choices, and I love zztop. Yes, its midi music... But, who cares. Its pinball I just want to play pinball, and I still enjoy the midi version. The callouts are okay. Not the best not the worst. What is the worst is the art package. The backglass is just horrible. I think this and demolition man are two of my least favorite backglasses. I don't like giant head backglasses, they're boring. The cab art is okay. And the playfield art is decent. I like the uzi being on there, and they have some explosions and other scene depictions from the movie.
There are no real toys on the playfield, but I feel the gun is a cool toy, and again out of all the gun based launchers. I feel they did a great job incorporating the gun into the gameplay. Because, you tend to use it more than the other games. Is this the best pin ever. No. But, its a fun one. I wouldn't pay top dollar for one of these, but for a reasonable price in reasonable condition... Yeah, I wouldn't mind owning one. I know people like to give ratings as this is an A or B pin... I think this is a solid B pin. It shoots good, its fun to play. And if you like the theme, I think it captures the movies really well. As good as you can hope.
8 months ago
I have fun playing LW3, but it does get repetitive. Good music choices.
9 months ago
Owned the game for a while. Did not keep me coming back. Play felt a little 'wooden' to me. Sounds got a little repetitive.
Wife liked it and was not happy I moved it on!
Little video modes were interesting to play.
10 months ago
underrated in my opinion. fun game. alittle simple and repetitive but the ramp is very long and cool, nice feature to be able to choose your music between c and c music factory, zz top or game music. great for guests and kids. or in multi pin collection
1 year ago
Lethal Weapon 3 is worth playing on location, but I wouldn't recommend owning it unless you have other games. This game can get repetitive with a fairly shallow ruleset. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun game - but not one I can play more than a few games of at a time. One of the coolest things about this game is you get to choose the music - From Lethal Weapon 3 theme, C&C Music Factory (Everybody dance now) or ZZ Top (Sharp Dressed Man). The callouts in this game are awful in my opinion. The nonstop "They're getting away!!!" .... "They got away..." drives me crazy.
1 year ago
Fun game, nice flow, feels smooth, sweet ramp returns...,not to deep, I just dnt care for the back glass , all in all good pinball , Sleeper Good fun...definately worth a play but not a keeper for me!! It is better than other games ranked higher
1 year ago
Underrated pin. The fun factor is there and friends love to play on it over and over again. It is not TZ or AFM good of course, but it is a good solid first pin for sure in a home collection.
1 year ago
Most underrated pin of all time.
1 year ago
I gotta say, that stupid little loop really drew me to the game the first time I played it. It's a good layout and the gun is fun. Sound is awful. Rules are repetitive. Not a video mode fan.
1 year ago
This is the best DMD out there for under 2K! To me is much more fun than a lot of the tables that are in the top hundred. Action-packed game and the gun is very cool! I don't know why it's rated so low? Very, very fun game and if you can pick one up I recommend you do so especially for the price!
1 year ago
LW3 is a great bargain game for someone looking for their first DMD. I grew up in the age of the LW movies, so this game has been pretty fun so far. The animations and movie references come from not just Lethal Weapon 3, but also movies 1 and 2. The game is easy to pick up for people who may be more casual pinball players. LW3 definitely could use some additional GI lighting if you have it in a dark room, but it isn't terrible. The gameplay isn't super deep, but it definitely isn't shallow either.
1 year ago
I played quite a while ago and only remember very disappointed by this one. My only impression was how dull it turned out to be to play.
1 year ago
Lethal Weapon 3 is a keeper! It plays fast and is one of Data East's best games. Trying to fire the gun and keep the ball in play is challenging. The classic rotating blue police light is pure movie nostalgia and draws you in. Shots are varied and locking 1,2,3, is attainable. The flow is pure adrenaline just like all the movies. These pins are getting harder to collect, if you can find one buy it! I love mine and the theme!
1 year ago
I finally had a chance to put several back-to-back games on one this past weekend. I couldn't provide a deep review on the rules, but it's a very fun shooting machine. It would be on my short list of value DMD.
1 year ago
This game caught me by suprise. I had a few chances to trade for one but passed as I had never played one and heard bad things. My brother recently picked one up and what a blast! I think it's a pretty underrated game. Not a deep game but very fun and innovative for its time. And it can be brutal too! That left outlane is hungry. For the right price I would pick this up in a heartbeat. I can only see this lasting so long but in a decent size collection it would be good variety. Great pin for the price.
1 year ago
Wow, what can I say. A pin that has interaction games with lights and sound . You have shoot outs, car chases and thee different back ground music selections. Multi balls seem easy to get and this game draws you in with its call outs. The three main characters are engaging you in this action packed game.A keeper for all ages.
1 year ago
LW3 is another classic Data East Machine. It’s no Jurrasic Park, Star Wars or Time Machine but it is a fun game beginning to end. It’s pretty interactive between the DMD and gun and lots of shooting. The rules aren’t very challenging but the gameplay is. I lose constantly and fast. Being able to choose your own song (i.e. C&C Music Factory) is really cool.

My only complaint is that the lighting is laid out such that the middle of the playfield with the best artwork is very dark without doing your own modifications.
1 year ago
Highly underreated. Lots of fun, great music, very nice theming.
3 ball multiball and cool animations, nice video mode. Shootout is frickin awesome.
As some said - quite repetetive but... damn you like to repeat every good thing right?
Fast and really really addictive :)
1 year ago
This is one lethal pinball!! The speed, targets, and video modes are extremely fun. One video mode plays like a Track and Field button action game where you have to beat up the bad guy. Another is like Hogans Alley where you shoot the bad guys. The “toys” are the video modes you play. Music is enjoyable and takes game play to another level. The fact that back in 1992 you select the music shows how innovative this machine was. Great humor and has all the characters from the movie.
2 years ago
Just recently got this game and I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised. Just like other ratings, I agree, it’s a simple players game but is definitely fun. Some of the call outs can get repetitive but many games have the same issue and overall, it doesn’t really bother me. Multiball is fast and can result in big points. Upgrading to LED’s makes a world of difference and makes the machine look great. Very family friendly and easy to learn. How long it’ll last in collection is TBD however for now, it’s great!
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