Metallica (Pro)

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This game received 714 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.589 /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: 8.594

Artwork: 8.465

Sounds/Music: 8.45

Other Aspects: 8.582

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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
Waaay too wood choppy. Especially if you’re trying for End of the Line.

Fun to do hurry ups and seek and destroy, but gets old.

Fun to go for Blankened, but dangerous.

Multiballs are fun but takes too long to get to some of them.

CIU modes are amazing but way to much shooting to get to them.

I’ve had the game for 5-6 months and I’m good with never playing again. Haha
2 years ago
Amazing Stern machine. Shoots well and is a blast to play. If you like Metallica its a no brainer. This is the best music pin for me so far. The only thing I do not like is the backglass art.
3 years ago
I love Metallica and the music so this game speaks to me. I like the rules. I find it challenging and fun. I like trying to collect the snakes, coffins, etc. and getting crank it up. The call outs and sounds are awesome along with the music. Sparky is a great. Just a badass game!
3 years ago
I'm not a Metallica fan by any means, but I find this game to be pretty fun! There are enough shots to aim for, and even as a new player to this game, it's fairly easy to figure out what I should be aiming for. Multiball is a lot of fun in this game.
3 years ago
Great flow, great music and the light show with sparky is awesome. I own one now and its probably never leaving.
3 years ago
brother owns this pin.. i think its a very cool pin not a mettalica fan.
3 years ago
Great music, best call outs of any music pin, brutal fast action, challenging and pure fun. If I had to recommend a machine for a newcomer to pickup first it would be this or Star Trek Pro.
3 years ago
In my mind by far the coolest of the "rockband-games"! The only real downer with this game is the backbox- and cabinet illustrations which seems out of a lousy comic book!
3 years ago
When I was buying my first pin, I wanted something that would stand the test of time and have a deep ruleset, but also something very approachable and fun for anyone who came over to my house without previous interest or experience in playing pinball. Metallica has shown itself to be a perfect choice. Bashing Sparky, feeding the snake, hitting the grave markers, and flying around the ramps - more than one person has come away from playing it saying they want a pinball machine now. As someone who is still very much a beginner, the game can be extremely challenging, but not unfair, and it always leaves me wanting more. Almost every night I will find myself turning it off, leaving the room, and then coming back just for one more game...or three.
3 years ago
My review for the LE covered most of my thoughts on this game. To keep it simple, it's a great pinball machine with phenomenal art and a great ruleset...the lack of more moving toys hurts the pro but not it's flow. Not the theme for me as I don't know Metallica's music, but a players machine for sure and I love those ramps and sparky!
3 years ago
I'm a lifelong fan of the band. So I'm going to try and keep this review unbiased. But man, if there was a "desert island" pinball, for me, this would be it.

I put half a dozen games or so on a machine at Pintastic. The snake, the drops, the electric chair all integrated super well with the insanely good playfield art. The DMD animations made it tough for me to keep my eye on the field. The volume was set reasonably low (understandably so given the environment), but what I could hear of the call-outs and music only made me wish I could crank a copy of it at home.

Ball times seemed to me (slightly above novice player) to be perfect. If you were paying attention, and not taking too many risky shots, you could turn it into a marathon. If not, you were suitably punished.

Now, to find a place locally that will take my credit card for a used/well-loved example of this game...
3 years ago
I bought the game with lots of custom mods and pinstadium lighting, shaker, 12 inch sub woofer and upgraded speaker system. Fantastic fun playing every day by wife and myself and friends.
3 years ago
Challenging and punishing at times, but keeps you coming back for more. A modern day classic with a solid playfield layout. Addictive
3 years ago
This game never gets old. Such a great looking pin with amazing artwork all over. I like Metallica enough but changed out some of the songs cause some of the ballads were just too slow for me. I don't have an AC/DC so I put some of that into here and it's awesome, Thunderstruck when you light up Sparky is a rush lol. Stacking multiballs is a blast. Nice speed and flow and super fun to play. The music and artwork along with gameplay make this one a keeper for me.
3 years ago
Just a great all around game.
3 years ago
Ive had this game for LED model over a year and have over 3000 plays on it. I could really write a lengthy review on this.

First I really enjoy the game. I love the layout, theme and ruleset. It has a lot of different things going on and is great for home use because it takes awhile to master all the different ways you can approach play.

My only con is the quality of the stern machine itself. I bought it brand new and had a few things go wrong with it and I felt the playfield pitted fast and the magnet mushroomed fast which caused playability problems. I have talked to a few people about the pitting and everyone seems to think this is a normal thing. Well I dont think so. I have played games in the 90s like my Judge Dredd or Popeye both of which I have in my collection with a ton of plays on them with no pitting. Stern is not trying to make their games better they are trying to make them cheaper. This was also my first machine so I was expecting a little more out of it I guess as far as quality goes. Im not sure I will buy another brand new stern machine.

The game itself is awesome and everything other than quality of the machine I cant complain about at all. It can be a drain machine at times (I have it set pretty steep and its a fast game already) and hard to get consistently get high scores. Even though I have the game I always dread being put on it in tournaments because of the consistency problems and because in my opinion only plays well when its maintained correctly. Having weak flippers or a mushroomed magnet that the ball jumps over all the time can be very frustrating. I think it is a great game to have in a personal collection though because once you finally get a run of good balls in one game and get everything stacked up it can be a very adrenaline filled intense game
3 years ago
Excellent pin, was our favorite at the arcade of 30 pins. Very cool theme, music and play. Has it all
3 years ago
Love the theme, but there could be more song choices. I like the gimmicks and toys, but was disappointed in the coffin on the pro. It seems a bit thin. Picked up the Lermods coffin mod, and it improved drastically. We've definitely played this one a ton, and it is going to stick around a while. If you like the band, this is a good machine. I'd have a hard time believing non-fans would enjoy it.
3 years ago
I am a fan of the band, which is probably why I find this marginally more tolerable than its nearly identical Stern brethren. That said, on location it's hella hard to hear the songs so, meh, what's the point?

Stern formula:

(1) license a band prominent in the 70's, or the 80's if you're really modern, or a super hero move
(2) clone the fan-out playfield
(3) put a cheap toy in the middle
(4) add seemingly layered rules that come down to basically bash the hell out of the toy until you get to multiball, which lasts forever with add-a-ball

Family Guy (and its clone, Shrek), Ripley's, Simpsons, and to some extent Star Trek '13 are the main exceptions; even Ripley's (Lawlor) and ST (Ritchie) are throwback designs similar to their designers' milestone pins from the 80's and 90's.
3 years ago
I'm not a huge Metallica music fan, but I do like some of their songs. I ignored this pin for years, before finally trying it out in a bar. I was hooked immediately by the wide open, fan layout with so many shots and a butter-smooth orbit. I had to own one. We really enjoyed this pin and I only agreed to part with it because a Tron became available and I wanted the challenge of Tron. I miss it already and it's still in my basement waiting for the Tron swap! I may own this pin again someday. I would recommend this pin to anyone and it certainly deserves it's top 10 ranking. So much to do, yet, so easy to understand and follow. Just a fun, fun game. Great use of space. There are like 10 shots across the entire fan layout, yet, it's not crowded. The gold standard for rock pins, IMHO.
3 years ago
I love this pin. I am a fan of the band, so full disclosure, I was probably going to like it no matter what but this is the perfect example of a music pin done right. They only used Metallica's best songs and the songs make sense. For example, the crank it up mini wizard modes are played during a song and when the song is over (time limit) the mode is over. The one reason I didn't buy this pin years ago was that I wasn't a fan of the artwork but I must say that it has grown on me and is not a positive feature not a negative. Shots are perfect, light show is amazing, and definitely my favorite overall pin right now.
3 years ago
I tried playing this game on more than one occasion (5). Sorry but I just didn't like it at all. One place I play it was set on free play, after game three I had enough. Don't know why it's in the top 10. I'll look for it to get pushed down in ranking. 30ish before years end. (2018) updated 4-17-2019. I'll admit I was wrong about this game. It maybe because of the code update. But I doubt it. I played multiple game and understand the rules now. Yes I purchased the game used and I'm now thinking of getting a NIB because I'm liking this game. Shots are smooth, I like the shaker I installed , I feel it's a must. Can't wait to get back to it. Gotta go play now. Game just keep calling me back for one more game, Work can wait!
3 years ago
I don't understand the appeal of this machine other than the music and novelty of band-themed tables. Gameplay is meh at best.
3 years ago
I am not a metallica fan but I am a fan of this pin. Shots, artwork, sounds, music. Great package.
3 years ago
This is a really fun game. I played it in a crowded arcade and so couldn't enjoy the music as much as I would have liked. The layout and rules are similar to the top machines of all time. No doubt it is a winning combination.
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