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Nitro Ground Shaker

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This game received 30 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.672 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #316 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.18

Artwork: 8.077

Sounds/Music: 4.868

Other Aspects: 6.602

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7 months ago
First pin I ever owned and I have a sentimental feel for it but it’s far from my favorite. As pretty as it is, the gameplay is just average and the playfield layout is not great. The drop targets are at a goofy angle and won’t drop half the time you hit them from the left flipper. Not much to do from the right flipper other than send it up the chute to a hit or miss kickout hole. Best shot on the game is the plunger shot to the top kickout and ripping the spinner on the right. It can be fun at times but there are better early SSs out there to play.
1 year ago
shoot the holes !!!
1 year ago
A great looking pin and it plays well for an old machine. Will be keeping it in the collection
2 years ago
One of the best looking early bally games
2 years ago
Quite possibly the most boring classic Bally layout ever produced. But paired with one of the most beautiful art packages of the era. The theme and art work for me, it's Dave Christensen at his very best, but why or why does this game have to rely on the same two shots over and over again? The "saucer all day" strategy is at work here, much like the "spinner all day" strategy rears its ugly head on Kiss. Neat to play if you can find it at a show or in a private collection, because one or two games will be enough for you.
3 years ago
Great 70's game ,drop targets ,spiner, good flow,great art, dragsters, love the back glass, not a great game by todays standerds ,classic 70s pinball play, i still have love for certain games. this is one off them!!...I just dnt have room for all my faves and would just want only the back glass, glad I have a friend who has one, which I play once in awhile
4 years ago
A very simple layout that's super addictive and hard to stop playing.
4 years ago
Nitro has a really good layout actually. It's got some drops, nice open pop bumpers, a spinner lane back to the top, one of those bounce around into a saucer top of the playfields, two bonus tracks and... the left saucer lane. A layout like this has a lot of potential. Instead they decided that the left saucer should advance and score both bonuses. And it usually returns pretty nicely to the right flipper. All this great stuff and there's basically nothing else worth shooting (OK, I guess Double Bonus is worth collecting). Not the worst game ever, but really, really one note.
6 years ago
Great looking game, fun scoring system and some good shots.
7 years ago
One of these came up recently on eBay UK and was in superb condition.
For hours I pondered on whether I should buy it or not.
As the seconds ticked down on the eBay bidding counter I was really tempted.
This game has possibly the best back glass ever. The game looks astounding. "Should I bid"?
For a nano second my right index finger twitched over the left mouse button. "God this game was pretty" I thought. then I remembered that the game actually sucks.
Yes, that's right sucks. If the artwork is brilliant the game play is the complete antithesis.
When I was 16, back when this game was new, Bally had total control of the pinball World.
Their titles were so attractive and clever and different that Gottlieb simply played second fiddle to them from around 1976. This game looked lovely next to a Mata Hari, but boy I know what I would rather play after a few games on each.
NGS is a stunning game to admire for it's artwork, but you can't buy a game just to turn it on in a dark room and watch it glisten. Or can you?
7 years ago
So this is the best early SS Bally I have ever played! It's lightning fast and does justice to the theme. I thought I would like it, but I actually love it!
The shots are great from the right side spinner to the left side kickout. Drag racing at its best!
7 years ago
Another Christensen masterpiece. Another Christian mediocre design.

The Pros:
Just look at this thing. It's brilliant. Simply utterly brilliant. It's so good, this game makes me want to go to a drag strip and watch the races!

The Cons:
Just play this thing. It's boring. Simply boring. Top and left saucer all day long. Rinse and repeat... One of the most monotonous playing Bally games of this era. Light double bonus, max both bonus ladders. 40-80k a left saucer, feed and trap to the right flipper.

The Takeaway:
I'll play the game, but it's too easy to roll. This game is such a dissapointment to play that instead of playing pin, I'd much rather just stand back and look at the art package.
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