Space Station

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This game received 132 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.792 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #92 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Game design: 7.726

Artwork: 7.63

Sounds/Music: 7.577

Other Aspects: 7.984

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3 months ago
Underrated game. Great music and well designed play field. Great effect when the play field turns green during multi ball.
3 months ago
the first time I saw this game (at a show) I thought it looked cheap & uninspired because the space station toy reminded me of an upside down pie plate , but then I played it holy mother what a change in opinion after just a few games , condition green & mission accomplished simple easy to follow rules with great light show & sound reward , it instantly became one of my Favorite system 11's & I searched for one found one & fixed her up , one of my go to games for a quick fun game
5 months ago
The newest of my six games..venturing out of old school fun. It is quite different than my previous games as was bought because of the topic. We bought for our place in Florida on the Space Coast. It was this or Space Shuttle...decided on Space Station and glad we did. Had all kind of issues with it when I bought it..Very misrepresented...took a ton of work to make it function.
Hours of fun and entertainment.....Has not gotten boring or repetitive yet.........don't think it will....
6 months ago
I had this game on my wishlist for a few years now and finally picked one up… glad I did. The bang for your buck on this game is fantastic! I'm a bit biased with this review though... I admire most of the System 11 charm, simplicity, and the retro 80s feel.

Space Station has a super cool/chill vibe with the slow groove synth bass that builds as balls get locked, the killer light show (this game makes you feel like a full blown hero when you get a high score), and the spacey Tim Elliot art package. All elements of this game are very cohesive to the theme… even the display segment animations are incredibly well thought out. As far as gameplay goes, it’s not a white-knuckle flow monster but there’s definitely a lot of thought required when choosing your shots. The lack of inlanes really forces a player to concentrate on controlling the ball and planning your next shots well in advance so this really isn’t an easy game simply because it’s a bit more stop and go with an easy to understand rule set. If your ball gets caught in a sling volley, chances are the outlanes will be happy to take it away. And misplaced shots for stop and score or getting caught off guard with a ball popping out of the docks often leads to a SDTM.

Like most System 11 Barry games, there’s so many different ways to score points. The most fun way is to go for multiball to earn rescue jackpot. I’ve never heard so many oooohs and aaaaahs when the GI dramatically switches over to “condition green”. Barry did an amazing job on making sure the scoring was balanced too. The diverter is a very cool addition to the game and is very satisfying to watch it send the ball through the different habitrails. I see Space Station almost as more of a sequel or companion to Pinbot rather than the sequel to Space Shuttle (both Barry games). There’s a lot of similarities between the two. I think this would hold up very well in a smaller collection, especially next to something that is very fast paced (does great next to Mousin Around). This one’s a keeper…
8 months ago
One of the standouts from the solid state pre-DMD era. A great example of an older style of play. It's slower than later games from the 90's and since, leaving the player with time to plan shots and methodically progress through the rules. Firmly in my list of top 10 or 15 games.
1 year ago
A fun game indeed, but I managed to get the ball stuck several times, which can be quite annoying. I do like the playfield and the shots when the ball isn't getting stuck, at least. I may be a fan of well-recognized theme pins a lot, but original-themed games like this have more charm in certain ways.
1 year ago
Another system 11, that’s easy to play and understand. Ramp shot it’s fun, multiball is a blast. This is a bargain pinball for what you get. Easy rule set to understand.if you’ve played space shuttle and enjoyed it you’ll love space station.
1 year ago
Not a great sequel to the original but not a bad game for a larger collection. The absence of inlanes is a bit odd, but as has been said a million times here: green mode is awesome (esp given the era it was made). Fun but not a keeper for me.
1 year ago
This pin is currently in the top 100 and deserves to stay there. The music is excellent and the playfield artwork is really cool. The space station toy is also very cool! The lighting is also very, specially the strobing lights around the space station on the translite.
Gameplay is also very fun. Getting the "condition green" never gets old.
These are still relatively cheap, so it's up there for best bang for your buck!!
1 year ago
A seriously overlooked game. Great music, shots and a nice light show. It keeps you coming back. A bargain at today's prices.
1 year ago
This is one of my favorite System 11 games. I love the light show and sound effects and this brings me back to the 1980s. The theme is fun, rules are understandable. I wish there were in lanes. Ball stealing is fun and frustrating (depending on if you do it or if it happens to you). I wish I owned one of these. Condition matters on these. If you find a good one, it makes a huge difference.
1 year ago
Game is fun, was my first pinball machine so i am a little bias but it is not played as often as other machines, but when it makes it back in the rotation and green mode starts, it makes me wish i played it more
1 year ago
I've owned Space Station for almost a year now. I find that the shots and gameplay, like many classic System 11s, are simple yet extremely engaging. You want to play again and again. The pumping music really gives it a great space-like feeling.

I enjoy the shots, although if you miss your shot and ricochet into the top right VUK it just keeps going back into the top pf, and that gets a little old time and time again. Kind of sad that you pretty much just keep trying for multi-ball and that's it... but the simple joy of CONDITION GREEN keeps you coming back for more.

The light show for Extra Ball, Condition Green, and others is great on this pin. Definitely one of the best System 11s or indeed any older Solid State around.

I'll keep it until something better comes along, but I'm going to enjoy the ride while it lasts. I wouldn't recommend it in a small collection, but if you only wanted or had space for a single System 11 I'd recommend it.
2 years ago
Nice game with a beautifull light show. Recommend tot install LED for the GI. The green modus is amazing!
2 years ago
Space station is really fun, and there's something awesome about the 80's 8-bit background in the game. The station itself is a pretty cool toy for that day and age. One complaint I have is that it's hard to tell which lanes are lit and which aren't, and even with a transparent upper/mini playfield, there's a patch where it's hard to see the ball and I prefer visibility at all times. Great game though.
2 years ago
fun funky layout but really only one objective for entire game. lock stealing is a plus
2 years ago
Decent gameplay, like the sound and theme
2 years ago
Finally own one and spent alot of time on it.It was quite surprising at how fun it is.Quite a few shots,good jackpot shots,great light show and some pretty good sound.
All this and it has not been shopped,adjusted, and led'ed.
Once that is all complete it will only play better and faster and look better.Leds in my opinion will probably look great on this pin.
2 years ago
A very immersive game. The music, callouts, art and design work to convey the feeling of deep space. The alternate green GI lighting was a great feature, and something that should have been used again in other System 11 games. The shots on the playfield are a bit limited, while the top of the playfield is extremely cluttered which makes it hard to get a handle on what there is to shoot for up there. The game has just enough reference to it's predecessor Space Shuttle, without completely re-hashing the game. Even with all the System 11 frills, I think I'm still partial to Space Shuttle for gameplay...
2 years ago
Cannot believe I missed this game for so many years. I never thought it was that special until being exposed to it as the Southern Fried Gameroom Show.

This is a criminally overlooked System 11. I have owned just about all of the better System 11s and it is the only one I am choosing to keep at this point.

Very challenging game, unique layout, nice art and amazing music. Some of the best music of that era. Lighting can be made to be mind-blowing with the right use of LEDs in this pin. I am not a huge fan of LEDs in everything...but for whatever reason they work great in this game.

Doubt I will ever sell mine. The game is just too cool and never gets old due to the challenge of it and over the top nature of lighting and music.
3 years ago
I'm a sucker for space-related pinball games. Space Station is a real challenge. Condition Green multi-ball is amazing when you can lock the balls but it's really hard. There's a lot of open space in the main playfield. I love the backglass, artwork and everything about the aesthetic. I don't play it a lot due to the fact that it can get repetitive. Overall, I love it but it doesn't get used as much as some of the other pins.
3 years ago
I am new to pinball and just got this a few weeks ago. I also have No Good Gofers and Fishtales. While not as technologically advanced and sophisticated as those games, it really does have a nostalgic charm about it that makes it fun and a great addition to my small but steadily growing collection.

The music and sound effects really are pretty cool and nostalgic for the era in which the game was made . The cabinet and blackglass graphics are also really cool. The best thing about it though is the lightshow. Mine is all LED and it really is top notch and every bit as good if not better than my 90's Williams games in that department Even guests we had last weekend commented on how cool Space Station's light show, music, and cabinet are.

The gameplay and ruleset while basic in comparison to my other two games, is also a lot of fun so far. It is challenging while at the same time playable and enjoyable. While I'm still getting to know more about pinball, I can see why this is considered to be one of the top (maybe a bit of an underrated) system 11 games.
3 years ago
Ive owned this machine for a few years now. The only complaint i have with it is the lane diverter is notoriously buggy and can be a frustrating road block when you are 'in the zone' on your way to a high score.
3 years ago
I picked up a Space Station a while back, not for any good reason other than it was available. I thought I'd regret it.

Turns out, it's my favourite game I own. Someone commented on here that SS is slow! Really? Were they reviewing the right pin? It's so fast, you have to constantly nudge, (try to) drop catch, (try to) keep 3 balls in play - (yeah right). There aren't that many shots to go for - outside of the targets, but you've got to nail them, especially in multi-ball - which is fairly easy to get in and out of. Saw a PAPA vid where the commentators sort of slagged SS off for being a drain monster, but I don't think it is especially, you can nudge the outlanes pretty regularly though there's no post. Having no inlanes looks like a bad idea, but it isn't.

And....the light show is awesome, turn your lights off or down and the machine makes pretty patterns all over the walls - it's pretty intense, I wouldn't suggest someone with epilepsy to play this.
3 years ago
I find Space Station to be one of the best System 11 games out there. It is also better than some newer more modern games. The light and sound shows are awesome. The game is pretty simple but fun. This machine makes for a great family pin and is much more affordable compared to some of the outrageously priced newer games. Classic pinball in my opinion. "Green Mode" multiball is really cool. My game has LEDs so the light show is even more phenomenal. The only thing that I found unusual at first was the lack of "inlanes" next to the lower left and right sling shots. It makes game play a little more awkward at first but you eventually get used to it. I dont even think about that anymore.

I have bought and sold a bunch of non dmd era solid state pins, namely system 9, system 11, early WPC and data east because I get bored with them quickly but see this one staying in my collection for now. I recommend this game for anyone wishing for a cool machine that is not to expensive, not too gaudy and cheesy, cool space theme, good family game that would make a great addition to any game room...
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