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Space Shuttle

Pinside rating

This game received 211 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.669 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #124 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.854

Artwork: 7.702

Sounds/Music: 6.501

Other Aspects: 7.946

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4 days ago
Only had the game for a few weeks and finally tuning it to my satisfaction. I love the sounds, very 80's and work well with the theme. The bell cracks me up. Finding one of these without a trashed playfield is difficult and no points are deducted for that. Lighting seems fine, cabinet and art work well together. When multi-ball starts hang on! Locking balls takes a deft touch. The light show with Comet LEDs is excellent.

My only real complaint is the 3 bank drop target is at a very odd location and you get the targets down more often then not by chance.
40 days ago
In my humble opinion, ive always loved everything about Space Shuttle.
72 days ago
I have had over 80 pins since 2003 and I bought this do to being local. I had no Idea my 14 year old would fall in love. He plays this machine more than anything I own and i have some awesome titles. I seriously enjoy it as well. Really glad to have stumbled on to this blast from the past!
82 days ago
Great game, awesome spinner shot, fun rules that aren't too complicated for beginners to understand. Fits in a larger collection really well.
4 months ago
A simple but fun game. Williams innovation as always!
6 months ago
Space Shuttle is the game many people credit with reviving the public's interest in pinball.

I always enjoyed playing this machine, and I still do. I don't think every thing about the design in inspired, but somehow I still think the game is really fun. I definitely would love to have one in my collection.
8 months ago
My first ever pinball machine and I kept it for years but as i got better machines I stopped playing it. The shuttle is a fun toy on the game and it is a classic. Love it but for a small collection it gets old pretty fast.
8 months ago
I've always dug this game, in my opinion best game of its era hands down
10 months ago
Was deciding between space station and space shuttle..went with space station......this is a good machine a loads of fun..but prefer station.
1 year ago
This is a fun game and one of my favorites from the era. The voices are cool and it’s one that I will always play when I see it. I really like the Multiball as it’s challenging.
1 year ago
"The machine that saved pinball."

'Nuff said!
1 year ago
Wait a second. Space Shuttle is rated lower than Space Station? Your kidding me! I've owned this pin for 8 years, it was hard to find and won't let it go. It definitly keeps you coming back. You have to keep in mind when rating this pin it was 1986! Who doesn't like space and Nasa? For me the sounds are the best part and take me back to the arcades. I dont understand some people say the voice is annoying? Looking down on the space shuttle toy the first toy put in a game makes me want to pull the plunger. This game was used very often back in the day so playing one in good shape makes a big difference. The quality of materials used in this game really shows. Mine feels very solid.
1 year ago
Great game! The very good artwork and very nicely designed playfield. I do not grow tired of playing this game! It is a favorite.
The playfield, specifically, at the top does get beat up a lot. Hopefully one day I will replace it as I do like playing it.
1 year ago
This game is in my small collection between this and my b lack knight these 2 won't ever leave. Rules are super easy to under stand and multi ball is difficult yet easy and satifising to achieve. Air lock is an awesome gimic. Game is great for a small collection with non pinball player and pinball regulars.

I wish they would have made the ramps from metal for durability.
1 year ago
I love space themes. Space Shuttle is a awesome mid 80s classic and is a great example of a space theme. Not an easy pin for me, and yet it doesn't feel frustrating and isn't a total drain monster. Shots can be a challenge to make, especially the far left ball lock, but that's how I like it. Great multiball mode. Lots of different sound. Can get chaotic, but fun. Art design could have been a little cooler, but great pin regardless.
1 year ago
I'm not sure what people see in this game.
1 year ago
Just recently got my hands on a space shuttle, i can see now why its credited with saving pinball. I have played a fair amount of firepower and laser cue, (both awesome games btw) i feel like they took what has worked great and added good fresh ideas to them. The ball drain on the left is a little rough but other then that i really enjoy the game play. The speech and sound still holds up well today, the music while fits well hasn't aged well. I actually like the music from laser cue better.
2 years ago
When I first played this game, I fell in love with it. I loved hitting the ramp and watching the shuttle do it's thing via lights. As I played it over time, I grew to hate it for so many reasons.

The Good:
-- I think the multiball mode is cool. When you start multiball, it's a great feeling. I love the "3...2...1... liftoff!"
-- The safety fence on the right outlane, and the fact that you can re-activate it via the drop targets.
-- I love the drop targets / spinner. It's my favorite thing to aim for in the game... BUT...

The Bad:
-- The fact that the drops/spinner are my favorite things to aim for, despite the fact that there's this COOL spaceship on a ramp that I'm avoiding, tells you something. I like hitting the ramp and all but it's so boring. SO BORING! Sure, points are there, but that's all you gotta do.
-- Too often my ball jumps over the safety pop-up saucer thing. I hate that. Once is too much.
-- The whole point of this machine is multiball. Lock a ball on the left, lock a ball on the right, ramp. That's almost the entire playfield. Yes, spinner/drops, and yes I can spell "shuttle" to win a prize... a prize that is randomized and also has it's own place on the playfield. Not very creative with the space imo.
-- The lighting stinks.

There's too much to mention. I played it for several months. I'm glad it's gone.
2 years ago
Space Shuttle has a simple layout and a simple rule set. And yet it is a pin that I am drawn to and play often. It is satisfying to build the multiplier by returning the ball to the top of the pf over and over, and activating the space lock on the right out lane is a also simple but crucial to do if you want to keep the ball in play. Multi Ball with two or three balls, the astronaut scream on an out lane drain, the bell instead of a knocker - all are part of the unique experience of the pin that saved pinball. On the project list - LEDs for the Toy Space Shuttle engine (oh yeah, forgot the first toy on a solid state production pin ...)
2 years ago
This is not a great looking pinball machine. It's not bad looking one, its just bland for me. I know for the time a Space Shuttle was new and exciting, but for me now, a space shuttle is just a clunky looking relic of the past, a marvel to be fair, but not something that is sexy to look at. So I find the cab and backglass and playfield art to be really drab and boring. I do like the space shuttle toy in the middle of the playfield, and I like the ramp that it sits upon and I like how it utilizes the drop target.
While I don't care for the theming or the art. I really like the gameplay and the rule set. It's a simple basic rule set, but very effective. It reminds me a lot of Sorcerer.Except there are two ball locks and that means you can get 3 ball multiball. It does have a few things sorcerer doesn't have. Like a circle disc that pops up between your flippers during multiball start that serves as a way to help protect your balls. Cool little feature.
So anyway. I think the best strategy is to lock a ball. Then shot the drop target and then shot the ramp and multiball starts. Once in multiball hit the targets that spell shuttle and this will get you the reward that is listed on the playfield. Keep hitting this and that can lead to a lot of good stuff. And again I think the strategy for this game is a lot like the strategy for sorcerer and that is, get to multiball and when in multiball that is when you aim for the risky shots. Once you go back to single ball play shot the lock and then go back into multiball.
Simple game play. But its fun.
The sound effects are typical of that era and it does have some callouts. But, I wasn't a fan of the callouts. They're just there. They don't really detract from the game, and I guess they can immerse you in the theme. But, again not a big fan of the theme. So they were just there for me.
All in all a very fun game. Don't know if I would want this in my collection, as I rather have a sorcerer, but again if I had a huge silo filled with pins, this would be nice to have in it. Just for me, not a looker and that is something I like in a home pin.
2 years ago
For the mid 80's it was outstanding. I probably dumped more of my lawn mowing and paper route money into this one than any other. Hard to find one in good condition, but if I found one for the right price, I would own it.
2 years ago
I like the individual ball locks for multi-ball and the "heat shield" feature. The shuttle ramp is a rewarding shot and the old fashioned telephone bell is a nice variation of sound. If I was more into space themes I'd probably have a greater appreciation for it, but still a fun game worth some play time.
2 years ago
I just spent a weekend with Space Shuttle at a friends house, and couldn't get enough of it. I always remember it being a solid game, but once I started playing it, it was hard to stop. It has the kind of rule set that I love in Pinball. Is it repetitive? Yes. Is it addicting? oh yea!

It has a few objectives that are each easy to complete, but doing them all at once to really get the high scores isn't easy.
Max out the spinner on the way to maxing out the bonus multiplier and then start the multibull and hit the ramp over and over again while spotting all the targets.

Super awesome game. I'm looking for my own right now. This is the game that saved pinball, and for good reason!
2 years ago
This one is an absolute gem, and I'm glad it's held in quite high regard against other machines of it's era. Lots of nostalgic sound effects and great theme integration. Multiball is really fun to achieve, and great use of drop targets. Love the layout of the game, aside from the ball flying to the right outlane out of the pops...but the air lock feature makes up for that so it's not too bad. In a large collection, i think this game is a must-have to represent it's era, but in a small collection perhaps the lastability is limited. Big fan of this game nonetheless though.
2 years ago
I try and drop a few quarters every time I see this classic in the wild.

For me it has one of the most satisfying set of lane change/rollovers in pinball (irrespective of the fact they also spell U,S,A). The pops underneath have great action and with a quick hand/steady bump you can crank your multiplier up in no time.

The sounds even now are great. Early 80's synth, but great.

I'm not a seasoned pinhead, but how many other games have a drop-target "guarding" a ramp to activate the multiball? Very cool timed feature.

My kids love this table too, and there's enough going on that it probably wouldn't get boring over the long term. It's no 8 mode monster like we have today, but a great playing example of one of these with some lighting upgrades (it's dark stock in my opinion) would probably be a solid first pin or addition to any collection.
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