Metallica (Pro)

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This game received 717 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.584 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Metallica". The group itself ranks #11 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.59

Artwork: 8.461

Sounds/Music: 8.439

Other Aspects: 8.576

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

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2 years ago
Facelift version of the game (With factory led and new SAM backbox) looks very good. Old whitestar version looks really cheap.
Big respect for the band members for the effort of doing the custom callouts and comments.

Art and music is a matter of taste, but I think they did very well. One of the best playfield layouts there is.

"Only" one toy (sparky), but man is it well made.
2 years ago
Another Lyman game with great, deep rules. Fun for people walking up to it for the first time and the season pro. Such a good machine.
2 years ago
Probably one of the greatest games ever. I’m a little biased because I like the band but the shots are fun and the lastability is great. Definitely a good machine to have in someone’s collection.
2 years ago
I've played this pinball at a lot of different locations and I truly have tried to get into it. I've focused on the rules, the gimmicks, the artwork, and just simply can't find the fun factor. All the top 10 games on pinside that I've had the opportunity to play have all lived up to their expectations for me except for this one.

I love Metallica and I love the theme, but the actual gameplay just doesn't get me hooked. I really don't understand why this is ranked so high. I'm not saying it's a terrible pin, but there's so many others that deserve the spot in the top 10 that this one takes.
2 years ago
My all time favorite game ever.
2 years ago
I finally was able to play a Metallica pro. It's a very good machine, but I did miss the hammer ball-lock feature that the premium has. Metallica premium remains one of my favorite pins, and while the pro is very similar, it doesn't hold up enough for me to feel compelled to continue to play it like the premium does. That said, it's still very fun, it just doesn't have the 'lastability' of the premium (I still have yet to play a LE).
2 years ago
This is one of the best pinball machines Stern ever made, so good that makes any 90s games seem toys. There are 4 multiballs, electric chair, snake, grave marker and coffin. When you hit 15 times each of these, you will get Crank it Up, a mini Wizard mode (to get to the real wizard mode you must get it 5 times). Metallica has EVERYTHING that makes it fun, flow, deep rules, lastability and is also very simple to repair.
2 years ago
Very fun game to play. The artwork is really poor. Porr enough I don't want to play the machine, even though the playability is excellent. Love the music!
2 years ago
Obviously great music, but for me the gameplay could be much better. Iron Maiden is a better design and more fun.
Update: I purchased a Pro Metallica and got some more hours on the machine and feel compelled to increase my initial rating. For music pins my fav. is still Iron Maiden, but Metallica is a good compliment to it.
Good playfield visibility on the Pro. Update this with 1.8 firmware, LED‘s and a color LCD and this game rocks. Great layout by Borg. My main complaint is the unpredictable ball trajectory once Sparky sends it flying. I‘ve seen prices increase recently on this game, so grab one if you find a good deal.
2 years ago
One of my keepers!!
2 years ago
To give this short review a little extra depth: I’m not a fan of Metallicas style of heavy metal and I also find that the extreme cartoonlike pop-art that covers the cabinet art and backglass rather ugly.

With these things in mind I’m still very much impressed with this game. This playfield design is challenging, fast and offers lots of different rewarding shots. From the bash toy to those awesome inline-drops and some really neat ramps to name the best spots on this playfield. Real entertaining video modes here as well.

Talking strictly gameplay, leaving annoying music and cosmetics aside, this table in my opinion is more interesting and engaging than many other Stern titles close to that production period; Tron, Iron Man, Star Trek, Kiss and Avatar.

I would not consider it a homepin contender for me because of the music and style of this game (also leaving the high price tag outside the equation). But for someone who doesnt mind heavy metal in general as a pinball theme- this would be a great choice for a small home collection.

To be honest- already if youre able to overlook the music/art to some degree, this would be a top title .

A real fun and demanding game !
2 years ago
Butter Ramps, fun bash toy and a killer sound track. I really enjoy playing Metallica.

Lots of people like Dirty Donny's art, but this version of the band isn't for me. Maybe I'm not rock and roll enough, I'm not sure. I like the play field and cabinet, its just the characters on the field and back glass that creepy me out.
2 years ago
I’ve had a MET Pro for a little over 3 months now and I’d seriously consider a Premium. Very fun/balanced pin with some the best art in pinball. Sparky is wonderful. Snake is mean. Crosses are dangerous. Very well designed game.
2 years ago
I have owned a Metallica for 3 years and it has always been fun, but not the most fun game in my collection. Some additional variation to the CIU->EotL strats would be nice but it resolves that well by creating plenty of multiball opportunities along the way.
2 years ago
I believe the PRO is the way to go vs. the LE; there simply is not a who lot different. Added pin stadium and I don't think I'll ever get rid of this game.
2 years ago
Metallica is definitely one of sterns top 2 pins it's really a toss up between this one and Lord of the Rings. Sparky is the best bash toy that has been made even though it's just a bobble head it makes me smile every time I play it.
2 years ago
Now I get it. Plays fast and loud. It's Metal. It's ugly but beautiful and obnoxiously loud. The flow is awesome. The game makes me feEl like a pinball wizard. The only downfall is it took me this long to buy one.
2 years ago
Metallica is the perfect location pin. It would be my #1 purchase if I were an operator. Popular theme, great flow layout, fun and reactive bash toy, easy rules, solid mech, the list goes on. To me this pin defines the primary modern Stern business objective - create a large number of reasonably costed machines that are easy to pick up and play quickly with limited mech issues - perfect for operator routes and diverse barcades.

The main problem with Metallica is what some others have said... This game eventually feels like "chopping wood" for pinheads. For home use this game would get old very fast unless you have a lot of home parties or want a straightforward skill-practicing pin to put in the reps. For that reason I am somewhat surprised that Metallica is solidly in the top 10, however, good job to Stern overall.
2 years ago
This is the pinball machine I play the most in my small collection, I really like it. High lastability, thanks to the various multiball modes (4) + Crank it up modes (4) + End of the Line wizard mode. Great music too (I'm a huge fan of Metallica). Never going to sell it.
2 years ago
In my personal Top 5. Play it with my son at the local pub all the time.
2 years ago
I’m in my “honeymoon” period with this game... I *might* score it down at a later date I guess... but right now I just can’t fault it.
Just scored 120,000,000 in about 10 minutes with three multi balls and the pace of the game is just frenetic - just like the music. MET is a perfect foil for my LOTR - short and frenetic and it has me head banging away when I should be concentrating on what to hit next.
Sparky is SUCH a well thought out toy... makes me smile every time you fry him :-D
Will be a permenant feature of my line up.
2 years ago
Love playing this game. I Do like the simplicity of it. Anyone can play and understand the game. Even my young grand kids can start multi ball.
2 years ago
Has to be in my top 3 of all time fun games. Artwork on this game is so awesome. Of course Dirty Donny is my favorite artist. It plays really fast and intense. You are out of breath after you are done. I like the hammer feature of the Prem, but like the flow better of the pro. Ive played them all and Im a little bias to the Pro because I own a Pro. I feel for the money the Pro is the way to go. However, there are good deal to be had on the Premium as well. I hardly ever see the LE pop up for sale.
2 years ago
Very good trips !
2 years ago
Finally got one of these for my home... I'm a proud owner now. This game has it all... easy to pick up and play just to have fun for friends who come over, but also incredible depth and complexity for someone like me who's going to play over and over again. Metallica rules! Rock on!
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