Lord of the Rings Limited Edition (Stern, 2009)

Lord of the Rings Limited Edition

Pinside rating

This game received 90 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.518 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Lord of the Rings ". The group itself ranks #7 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.718

Artwork: 8.103

Sounds/Music: 8.371

Other Aspects: 8.646

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Lord of the Rings Limited Edition".
The other version is: Lord of the Rings (regular version)

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8 days ago
Your all read the reviews on the standard edition and this LE is just polish on an otherwise amazingly deep game with amazing shots... CLASSIC deep game... now would it be in my 1-2 game collection? No... I'd want something less deep but in a decent sized collection its AMAZING!
87 days ago
1 year ago
Ridiculous amount of shots. Balrog, and tower toys, ring magnet. Very deep code. Plays smooth and fast. Deserves its spot in the top 10. I took away marks for the animations and sound but they are still above average.
1 year ago
This machine is for true pinball players. You simply can not win this machine. It’s very challenging and fun: launching ball into eye is cool, should be a top 15 machine. Very dark color: so Led upgrades will improve sights of game. Sounds amazing. Theme is great.
1 year ago
I upgraded my LE with high end speakers, external sub, color DMB, invisiglass, LED flashers, Color changing LED back box, and a bunch of other goodies. With these upgrades it makes the game simply incredible. Very deep rules, challenging shots....bottom line this game is very fun, love the artwork, music, animations, and when your lucky enough to destroy the ring....look out...its awesome...
1 year ago
See my LOTR comments.
There are only a few small cosmetic differences between the 2 models.
1 year ago
In my opinion this is one of Stearns best remakes/LE. This is an epic game. At first it is fun to play but takes perseverance to complete the basic goals. Once you become good it still takes extreme strategy and skillful playing to actually complete the game. Lots of modes and multi-balls to complete. Probably the best game to incorporate an up scaled color DMD. Shaker is a big plus, although it can be added to the earlier version. The highly polished brass trim is beautiful.
2 years ago
This is on of my favorite pins, mostly because once you start it will be a 45 minute epic pinball journey.

The layout looks simple and open, but it is done pretty awesome with the ring, the ballrog and the diverter for the tower. Plenty of narrow unique shots.
I wouldn't say the rules are very difficult but indeed there is a lot to do and to accomplish. The end game multiball is very, very hard to achieve.

The playfield artwork sucks, just photoshop clipart like all Sterns with very few exeptions (Metallica, Ghostbusters). The backglass is hideous too.
The shaker motor is the only difference with the standard one. A must have pin in any collection!
2 years ago
A great game with a lot of different things to shoot for.
It has a Deep rule set, which im still learning.
Great playfield layout.
I have a feeling the better you understand this pin, the better it gets rated.
Cant see this leaving anytime shortly.
The LE lacks the figures of the original , which is a pitty.
However, they can all still be purchased and fitted , no problem.
I think ,it finishes off the LE perfectly.
2 years ago
Simply, pinball perfection. I sold this game once and I will NEVER make that mistake again. Far, far, far better than The Hobbit if you are looking for a Middle Earth fix.
2 years ago
Played it at a meet. Rules look interesting but didn't have time to gel with it. Playfield was very dark I thought.
2 years ago
Great game!
3 years ago
This is the top rated Stern for good reason. Excellent integration of theme, movies, and pinball combined with great rules and depth. The only complaint I have is that I need to take long breaks from the machine. The one I own gets traded with friends for 6 months at a time, and each time it returns, I remember why I love it so much. Unfortunately, after playing it for several months, it is time for it to leave again. The main reason is that I find myself playing the game with one goal in mind -- getting to Valinor. Once I get obsessed with that goal, I tend to not have as much fun with the game. Once it returns from being out of the house for a while, I can enjoy exploring the rules, appreciating the sounds and lights, and enjoy getting to the mini wizard modes again. LE vs regular? No reason to have one over the other unless you like spending cash and want the bragging rights.
3 years ago
Golden Hair Dick!
3 years ago
Fun game to get into but it's quickly lost it's difficulty as the ball times seem to be so long.
3 years ago
Absolutely beautiful game with some if not the best rules in a pin.
3 years ago
Best game ever...
3 years ago
The theme works well and reflects on the machine. Biggest problem for me, I don't want to be able to play an hour on one ball. It's just far too easy, yes, yes valanor etc but who want to play on one game for the period of time to reach this. I like pins that can be ruthless allowing for either a 1min ball time, but if lucky and all the stars align, maybe 10-15min. That's what keeps you coming back, swearing at the machine, not turning it on for one game and then turning it off.
3 years ago
Top 10 pinball........ enough said!!!

Marked it down slightly for the photo shopped playfield.
3 years ago
Fun to play but the theme does nothing for me and I really have no idea what any of the references are about. Not a big fan of the artwork but it may fit the style of the movie?
3 years ago
Awesome game. I think the brass trim looks great on this game. I just wish it held up better. I don't mind the gold on the backglass at all. Shaker is well integrated. Everything else is exactly as the normal pin.
3 years ago
An outstanding pin with a great integration of theme, excellent shots, deep rules with difficult yet attainable objectives, a tough final wizard mode to get to but imagine the sense of accomplishment when achieved. Excellent animations, call outs, artistry and beautiful cabinet and back-glass.
5 years ago
It's all about the rules! As good as it gets.
5 years ago
A very deep & challenging game thanks to Keith Johnson's impeccable ruleset. The ring magnet is also awesome to witness for the first time (when it works, that is). Killer modes, sound & voiceovers make for quite an immersive experience. A Stern classic.
6 years ago
Stern's best, hands down.
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