Spider-Man VE (Stern, 2016)

Spider-Man VE

Pinside rating

This game received 132 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.208 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Spider-Man". The group itself ranks #17 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.555

Artwork: 8.01

Sounds/Music: 7.598

Other Aspects: 8.429

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This game is part of a group

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Spider-Man VE".
The other versions are: Spider-Man (regular version), Black Spider-Man

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34 days ago
Great all around pin from Stern. Finally got one. ColorDMD a must on this title.
67 days ago
I have waited to rate the game. We have owned it for about a year - and of the 7 games we own - Spiderman might be the one that gets played the most. It is fun and can be readily picked up by newer players. The game itself is a bit basic with the Sandman being the biggest gimmick in the game, but we don't mind. I understand that it can be a bit too easy for the hardcore players, but for us, it is about right.

A couple of notes

- A color DMD really does add a lot to the game. If you are buying the game make sure you have enough $ left over to pick up the color DMD.

- The game really does look cool. The art on the VE is spot on (IMO), and the LED light show is great. It makes for a fun-looking and inviting game.

- We have had it in our collection for about a year and we have no plans on getting rid of it.
71 days ago
Great vault edition of one of the best Stern games. The VE artwork, lighting and other tweaks are welcomed improvements over the original version. As most would agree, the new callouts are the biggest weakness, especially when compared to the original. Not nearly as cheesy of callouts/voice acting as X-Men, TWD or GotG, thankfully.
3 months ago
Good depth of rules. Theme is great and variation of shots make the game fun to play. Great pin to own.
3 months ago
Comic artwork on a pinball machine... YES! AND great gameplay!
4 months ago
Spider-Man is so cool...for awhile
Once conquered (not terribly difficult), the coolness fades
Great fun to play on location though
5 months ago
I always loved the layout and gameplay of Spider-Man but usually got tired of it quickly. Smashing the all down and destroying sandman over and over for big points just got old quickly. And then I woke up, watched a couple tutorials and really discovered the nuance of the rule set and the scoring. The game flipped 180 on me and instead of chopping wood over and over on a couple of key shots for what I thought was decent points, has gone to a game where I strategically make a bunch of different shots, trying to pull in more of the modes, and more importantly, the shot multipliers on the right shots, at the right time. The rush of completing a mode and getting the right shot multiplied, and then bringing in something big is really fun and completely changes the feel and fun factor of the game. It's one of my favorite games in my collection. Anyone that previously has dismissed Spidey should take a new look at it with fresh eyes and a new way of exploring the game and ways to score on it.
6 months ago
great artwork . lots of fun simple rules spider man ve you cant go wrong
6 months ago
I really enjoy this game and can see owning it again someday. It is a great machine for entry levels players as it isn’t to difficult. The Vault edition updates the LEDs and has a timeless quality. The 3rd flipper for the Venom shot is fun and that is overall what this game is” fun”, simple straightforward rules and has great flow. I understand how great players get bored with it and I’d hope to have that problem some day! Ball times can get long and walking away with a so-so game after. 15 minutes does make you jump to another game.
9 months ago
i had this for about 6 months before i got very tired of it. needless to say, its gone. i think star trek was a much better game [got rid of that too].
10 months ago
Like Stern's movie version of "Spider-Man"? Guess what? Here it is again with a new coat of paint. This is the same exact game with a face-lift. Gone is the metallic look of the first game. In its place is a comic book version of the titular hero. Rules are pretty much the same: capture villains and become New York's hero. Everything is more colorful, though J.K. Simmons is sorely missed as J. Jonah Jameson. In his place is an actor playing Spider-Man who makes his trademark quips every five seconds ("Hey, Sandman - didn't you know stripes were OUT this year?"; "Ah...the black spider-suit...cool...and homicidal!") and that wears on you in the first few minutes of playing. Still, it's a fun game but one can't really help but feel like Stern didn't really try much here. Still, this is their best Marvel game.
11 months ago
Great comic book art style, and lighting. I really like the additions (magnet) and lighting upgrades on this edition. It really looks and plays great. Music is not great and needs to be changed, callouts are more "comic book" style and fun. Game plays very fast and action packed multiballs are great. DMD animations are some of the best out there. If you are a spider-man fan you will love this game.
1 year ago
Fun challenging games that doesn’t get old. There is enough modes and bad guys to fight to keep the game fresh and it is super multiball happy. Love the music that pays homeage to the 70s cartoon I used to watch back in the day. Great light show and the cabinet art is perfect for this game. Looks great In a collection of pins or by its own. Same layout as Star Trek and that is a good thing. It is just fun either in casual play or for serious players. Glad I picked this up and it isn’t leaving my collection.
1 year ago
love this game. Its a long player game. love the VE over the regular games because of the art work. Great game
1 year ago
Best Super Hero Pin By Far! Vault edition art and cabinet design makes this one a must have. Smoother shots over the original.
1 year ago
I have never cared anything about any super hero characters, but this machine plays awesome! The first place I played was loud and I could not hear the machine, and all was awesome. Then I played a place that was quiet, and the callouts are geeky and repetitive. I would love to have one, I would just keep the sound way down.
1 year ago
The artwork is much better than the original spider Man but I don't like the callouts on the vault.
1 year ago
To me, Spider-Man VE is Stern's best Marvel game. Moreover, I think the game compares pretty favorably to the rest of what Stern has put out for the past 8-9 years, meaning it is in Stern's Top 10 for that time period; probably even Top 5.
1 year ago
Disclaimer: I’ve been playing my SMVE with lightning flippers and the center drain post removed since day 1. Factory outlanes. Tougher, and more brutal gameplay really compliments this game’s layout and rules.

That said. It feels like the vault was built for me. I owned the original SM twice. Both times, I had a hard time liking the movie theme appeal and had to get it out. It just felt, looked, and sounded like actors being actors. The vault edition feels like Spider-Man. Campy, goofy, and comic based. It’s what a Spider-Man pin should be, the total package.

Everything about this pin is top notch. Shots feel satisfying, easy to play - difficult to master. Multipliers are fun and the overall appeal is a winner. Fun fun pin with a lot of character.
1 year ago
The vault edition is my favorite of the bunch. The dmd animations are great and the comic art style is far more appealing than the movies. Sound effects are great and the gameplay is fast. Ruleset is decent, but may get repetitive over time. Best version of a great game.
1 year ago
What can I say, SM is a great game. Great shot geometry, rules and flow. I love the Doc Ock magnet and upper right flipper.

I’ve owned a HUO original and a SMVE and think both are top notch games. I prefer the dots, PF art and call outs of the Vault. I rated the original slightly lower due to movie clips vs. original animations. I grew up watching the cartoon and the VE really fits that theme perfectly. The SM movie was great.

Ball times can be longer, but not obnoxious. Good game to compliment a faster, more difficult game like IM or Tron.
1 year ago
My first solid state purchase & could not be happier. I cannot pull myself away from this game! This one is a keeper!
1 year ago
a fun game
2 years ago
Just good.
2 years ago
A really wonderful Stern table. The upgraded toys look great! The modes, variety of shots, multiballs, callouts, and art package are done very well and are true to the SM universe. The variety of shots and modes, make this one a great playing table!
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