Metallica (Premium/LE)

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This game received 631 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.708 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Metallica". The group itself ranks #13 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.686

Artwork: 8.674

Sounds/Music: 8.577

Other Aspects: 8.739

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Metallica (Premium/LE)".
The other version is: Metallica (Pro) (regular version)

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88 days ago
I owned a premium for a short time but got rid of it as the coffin was a continuous problem jamming balls starting with the very first ball in play. Fun machine, but the mechanical problems I had with it a novice nearly soured me on owning pins.
3 months ago
Metallica is a blast to play. I was never a huge fan but some of the songs are great. I owned this game for a bit and never stopped enjoying it just traded it is all. A very fast paced in your face kinda game with some great art and toys. The music makes it even better to just turn rock out some pinball. A really all around excellent pin.
3 months ago
very goog flip premium
3 months ago
Played the Prem version a few times now - not a deep rule set and whilst there are plenty of good varying shots, the fact I love the band hasn't increased my love for the pin unfortunately .....
4 months ago
My favorite game!!
4 months ago
Arguably the best stern ever made. I had a pro for years and just upgraded to a premium.
4 months ago
second best musicpin; after iron maiden and alice cooper. soundsystem of prem is very poor. installed an upgrade from fidelity sound; much much better now.
6 months ago
One of the top Stern games ever made, possibly the overall best. It re-introduced hand drawn artwork to the next generation of pins. A fan layout, but a great fan layout. Combined with Lyman's excellent code makes this a very approachable game for any player.
6 months ago
Sparkey is a great toy. The game is fun and will be a keeper for a long time to come.
9 months ago
I enjoyed the game the few times i got to play it! But with any music theme you really gotta like the band to get behind and enjoy the pin otherwise i can see the music and sounds getting old.
9 months ago
I loved this game so much playing it out I decided to buy a HUO premium for myself. You cannot beat the songs of Metallica blasting while you blast little silver balls all over the playfield. Layout is spot on with lots of great shot making to be had. That war hammer smashing balls into the coffin is soooo freaking cool. I can’t wait to pick up my premium this weekend and and take it for a test drive. This may never leave my collection....ever!
10 months ago
This game to me is one of the few titles that is a perfect 10/10. The theme, layout, rules it’s all perfection. Nothing better then hearing your favorite Metallica songs while playing some pinball!
10 months ago
Great game! Sparkey is one of the best toys ever.
1 year ago
Pinball browser changed my songs to Ozzy.
1 year ago
Huge Metallica fan so the theme and music get high scores from me. I have the Monsters Premium version and prefer that backglass to the other options. This game shoots very well and the rules/scoring are extremely well balanced. There is some wood-chopping to progress through the various crank it up modes but the various multiballs that can be reached repeatedly make the wood chopping fun. Color DMD and external sub help the overall package substantially. My biggest gripe is the left outlane, it is brutal. I should probably move the post but I want mine to play tough.
1 year ago
This is a unique and fun game to play! We love this game!
1 year ago
It's cool.

But it's not iron maiden.
1 year 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 - 10 - Very High

* Love how music is different for each multi ball
* Hammer banging the ball into the coffin is fantastic
* Crank it up modes achievable
* Theme tie in is brilliant
* In line drop targets a nice addition in a modern game
* Master of Puppets cabinet art is awesome

* Can just hit Sparky all day to score points
* End of The Line hard to reach
* Hammer can malfunction

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Subwoofer
* Snake fangs and tongue
* Graveyard sign mod
* Sparky airball plastic
* Shooter plate cover (For MOPLE)
* Coffin newton ball
* Sparky wire

What To Look For When Buying
* Wear around all the magnets
* Damage to Sparky’s feet
* Dimples particularly near Sparky
* Snake and hammer mechanisms work as they should
1 year ago
This is a work of art on many different levels
1 year ago
I love the way you can choose difference songs from a Metallica play list, always a great feature,
The extra lighting around the flippers is Awesome,
I love watch the Hammer in the middle of the play field smashing the ball into a coffin below, never get sick of that!
Metallic has a couple of magnetic ball locks that are fun & so many more great toys,
I noticed that Stern has gone back to the Allen's head bolt to lower the back Board when transporting, great move Stern
Final word, Fantastic game !
1 year ago
For me MET is always a game I'll step up and throw some quarters into. I have yet to get as far in the game as I want, so I think it has some great lastability. I really can't imagine I'll ever make it to end of the line. The art is probably my least favorite part of the game, but the music makes up for it. I do sometimes feel like this is a "go for the MB" type of game, and everything else in the rules just tends to fall in line. That can be fun (who doesn't love a good MB), but it also makes it feel a little shallow. Still always a fun flip!
1 year ago
Metallica is my all-time favorite game as of now. We all know that changes over time. Addams was my favorite game for years but the newer Sterns are slowly replacing my old time favorites due to their depth in code. Metallica has great flow, depth in code, and Dirty Donnie did an amazing job on the artwork. I have played this game over a thousand times on 3 different Metallica's I've owned and I don't get tired of the game play. The Crank It Up mode is awesome and I don't understand why Stern doesn't use the in more games like Aerosmith. Time and money I'm guessing. Anyways, most of you out their have played this game and know what its about. One of the best if not the best game over created. Shout out to John Borg. Thanks brother for creating an amazing pin.
1 year ago
A high quality game with high quality sound with good shot play and nice art work worthy of a top 10 machine.
A must have pinball
1 year ago
Time for an unpopular opinion here. I've had a Metallica Premium in my basement on a temporary trade for a month now (for my STTNG) and... I really don't like this game. I like Metallica, but the rules on this game are not straight forward, even after watching a tutorial.

Music/Sound: Fantastic! Metallica! And a built in headphone jack! I'm not a huge fan of the callouts form the band, but they are passable.

Art: Not a fan of the art style

Layout: Not a fan. I think the hammer is under utilized and blocks too much of the playfield. The game is flowy, but once again I'm really not sure what is going on most of the time. I've played some deep games, but this one isn't really doing anything for me.

Fun Factor: It's not there. I just don't care for the game. I would much rather have my STTNG (which I'll get back in a few months) that this game. I understand that this is a popular game with deep rules, but they are just lost one me.

Long story short. If you want a super deep game and are a Metallic fan, watch a tutorial and play some games before you buy it.
1 year ago
Great game, love the flow and smooth ramps. Would like to own some day.
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