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Metallica (Premium/LE)

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This game received 601 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.694 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Metallica". The group itself ranks #10 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.667

Artwork: 8.679

Sounds/Music: 8.608

Other Aspects: 8.715

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This game is part of a group

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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30 days ago
Great Game. Lots of fun. Love it.
34 days ago
I just got into pinball this year and actually had a chance to buy a pro for under 4K n sold it for a friend instead .I really hope someone revisits this theme .What is with all the purple ,lime green flouresent colors? Shouldn’t Metallica be mostly black n chrome ? Just saying
45 days 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.
66 days 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!
78 days 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!
85 days ago
Great game! Sparkey is one of the best toys ever.
5 months ago
Pinball browser changed my songs to Ozzy.
6 months 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.
6 months ago
This is a unique and fun game to play! We love this game!
7 months ago
It's cool.

But it's not iron maiden.
7 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 - 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
8 months 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 !
8 months 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!
10 months 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.
10 months 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
11 months 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.
11 months ago
Great game, love the flow and smooth ramps. Would like to own some day.
11 months ago
This game is insane. Being in Canada and a smaller city in really kinda limited to the pins available.... I had played Metallica a few times (pro) and was like this is fun but I don't understand the top rating....I bought it after someone local put a minty huo limited up..... Well, after owning it I can honestly say this is close to the perfect pin. I see what the fuss is about.

First off, the light show is mind blowing. I can't think of another Stern (or pin for that matter, but I've only played JJP very limited) that is even close. 10/10 easily. It's just so great...

The multiballs for each item you need to collect is great. Stacking, fuel, all the modes... Wow just wow. If you want a challenging stern this is one of the best.

Sadly I'm not a huge fan of Metallica and may mod out the songs? I'd that a sin? I do have to admit it goes really well with the gameplay for the most part. Although blackened over unforgiven or sanitarium???? Sanitarium would have got so will with this pin. But that's a small complaint..... I totally forgot Ride the lightning and it's great that it blasts whenever I shock Sparky.

This one's great. I can't see myself getting tired of it for a long long time.
1 year ago
If you are into music pins, this is the best of the bunch. The hammer toy is one of the best in pinball. Great pin!
1 year ago
Hummm.. sorry for my 10/10 but this game has all... Toys, music, rules, lights... Its just an amazing pinball. A must in a collection.
1 year ago
This is a home run - in my top 3 favorite machines. Has it all. I like it so much I invested in the Refinery edition as I do not see this game ever leaving my collection.
1 year ago
MET is an EXCELLENT game (Pro or Prem/LE)! I already wrote a review for the Pro and feel like the Premium is just a touch better with the extra toys. Maybe not enough better to justify the extra cost (the Pro version is still quite blinged out, and personally I'd rather have a color DMD with the extra money than the toys Stern put in), but it's a great game.
1 year ago
I just can't think of anything bad on this machine. One of the pins that are just perfect to me in every way.
1 year ago
My Holy Grail
1 year ago
After owning a pro for 3 years and recently selling, I quickly went through a rather nasty case of withdrawal. The only cure was to pick up a Premium. This is absolutely the benchmark for quality modern Stern games, truly an all time classic... which I apparently will never tire of playing.
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