Spider-Man

Pinside rating

This game received 700 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.462 /10

8.462

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Spider-Man". The group itself ranks #25 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.76

Artwork: 7.984

Sounds/Music: 8.015

Other Aspects: 8.675


Pinside staff rating

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8.953

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This game is part of a group

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


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9.069/10
2 years ago
This is a great game and deserves its spot... Unlike a few of the top ranked games here cause of new ness, Spidey stands the test of time! Definitely some things could have been better but it's now a 13 year old game, compared to its peers its solid. This game must have owned when it was released. Just ordered a color dmd, can't wait!
6.415/10
2 years ago
Not sure what everyone sees in this game. News flash spider Man sucks! Not the worst game but to me there was only four modes. No variation in the modes.
9.140/10
2 years ago
Spiderman is a keeper. Its rules are difficult but easy to remember. Game play is excellent and challenging! This game is challenging and fun! Lots of great shots and great integration of the spiderman movies!
7.628/10
2 years ago
This is a fun pin. After playing it and the black edition, I'm not really sure what the differences are. I wasn't blown away playing either as I'd hope to be from playing a Spider Man pin (he is one of the coolest superheroes ever), but I had enough fun to look forward to playing some more. Battling Venom is such a let down thanks to how horrible they portrayed the character in the third movie, but I can't hold that against the pin, which had nothing to do with third movie being awful.
8.237/10
2 years ago
I have played this game so much on location and I eventually bought the game from the operator. What a game, truly one of the best.
6.968/10
2 years ago
Nice playing machine, nice theme, good layout, harder than expected. A better than average Stern.
9.164/10
2 years ago
A real entertaining game. Unlike many other people I do have a problem with the general design and looks of many modern Stern games. Ugly cheap-looking plastic figures on the playfield and a general comic-book apperance to many of the playfields that just don't spell beauty the same way that many Bally´s did in the nineties. Yep, I know this is comic hero Spider Man - but I would for instance prefer some real "art" to the sling shot plastics instead of a printed picture of the movie actors. Same thing with the apron art. This is where the shine of the game with easy improvements could have been so much better. On the other hand, this leaves great alternatives for those modding their machines.

So I started playing with some slight disliking already based on its looks. Well - this table is so damn good that those cosmetic flaws are ignored immediately because of the speed and variety that this game offers. This is one good example where I fully understand why this pinball is ranked so high and popular in tournaments. This table really commands your attention during play and keeps the excitement on top !

Highly recommended and definitively a splendid choice for a premium action-style pinball in a small home collection.
9.800/10
2 years ago
Great game for families as it's pretty forgiving with the center pin. Take that out and open up the outlanes and it could be very challenging. Super deep on strategy. Good luck getting superhero mode. Doc Ock shot is awesome. Busting out combos between the ramps and is equally awesome. Excellent flow, but can be start/stop if you're looking to go deep in the game. If you're a spider-man fan, you really can't go wrong here.

Update after a year and a half of ownership: My favorite pin. It really has everything. I've bought, sold and traded a bunch more pins since I've got my Spider-man but never even thought about selling it. It's forgiving to beginners, but deep for the experienced and has tons of flow. Rules are approachable. New players like it, kids like it. The callouts and music never get old. It's a shame it's not in the top 10 anymore on pinside. I really just think it's because people are following the new shiny object (of which I have a few). It's perfect. Whenever I want a true "pinball experience" I set aside an hour and play Spider-man.
7.964/10
2 years ago
Great semi-three ramp layout with a motorized target bank and fast gameplay. Good ruleset with a hard to achieve wizard mode.
8.520/10
2 years ago
One of stern best. All around good pin for the pros or beginners. Only complaint is the dmd animation they tried to make look like video is weaker but benefits from a color display.
5.129/10
2 years ago
I'm shocked at how poorly I rated this game. I try to like something about everyone I play. Maybe it was worn down machine, but the game play was terrible. The toys were not interesting to me (though the theme is ok...not really my thing, but Spider-Man is always cool) I think I walked away with more to go, and would skip this machine edit: I went to the same place and tried it again because I wanted to give it another chance. There were 5 credits on it already. I played two balls and walked away.
8.420/10
2 years ago
I prefer the original to the VE. The VE did make some upgrades...that I wish the original had. However, the callouts are waaaaay better on the original. This game has great flow, not many brick shots, and a deep rule set. The colors are great, and prefer this to the Black LE version. It doesn't feel repetitive....ball times can be a little long. Great game!
8.460/10
3 years ago
Fun game. Feels like an updated version of AFM, which is obv an all time classic. Shoots really well, very satisfying. Good layout, like the modes, fun theme. Really good game.
9.560/10
3 years ago
Awesome game! Great rules. After all these years finally own one. Really enjoying it. Lots of great shots.
7.983/10
3 years ago
One of my favorite games!
8.458/10
3 years ago
Summary and First Impressions

Whenever I see movie stills as the artwork on a pinball game I try to temper my expectations. You see, in video games, movie tie-ins are almost ALWAYS bad, with few notable exceptions; and I brought that "rule" to pinball. However, if Stern Spider-Man is any indication then my movie adaptation rule might not need to apply to Pinball. I played Spider-Man at a local dive bar and immediately fell in love with it. I've since played it many more times at "My Parent's Basement," giving me the plays necessary to feel confident in a review.

Highlights

* Accessibility - Once a player walks up to Spider-Man the immediate goals are obvious: bash the Spidey villains! Sandman and Doc Ock sit in the middle of the playfield and just scream out "hit me," giving new players something to shoot at right out the gate. The game has modes but they aren't required to trigger cool things; in practice, this means when I'm explaining Spider-Man to my wife, who doesn't really play pinball, it's a very short explanation: "Shoot sandman and doc ock. Once you beat them shoot the red arrows!" Such an explanation is more useful than "Just shoot stuff" and yet doesn't have to get into detailed shot orders that more mode based games require: "Shoot X three times which activates Y, shoot that to start Z..."

* Shots - Spider-Man has some really satisfying shots, most notably the venom ramp shot from the side flipper and the Doc Ock shot. All the shots feel great but those two really stick out to me as rewarding on a basic level.

* Audio-visual package Spider-Man provides is top notch as well. The video scenes are all well done and the call outs are spectacular.

* Rules - The game's got 4 villains to wack away at with 3 levels of difficulty each, 5 timed modes, a pseudo-victory lap of sorts after defeating a villain, a mini-wizard mode, a wizard mode and black suit multi-ball. And many of these elements can be stacked together! There's some complex interaction in there if you're willing to dig in.

Misses

* Maybe too straightforward for the highly experienced player?

Conclusion

If you want to introduce somebody to pinball Spider-Man is a great game to start with, but it's also got some interesting rules for the advanced players too. It's a very fun shooting game that implements it's comic book movie theme very well.
9.280/10
3 years ago
Spider-man was my first pinball that I brought home. I owned it for nearly 3 years and when it left my home our family played it over 5000 games. I still compare most games to it. The integration of the call outs, shots, and modes are extremely fun. I don't have anything negative to say about this game. Mine was very dependable when I had it. I personally like it a little more then the Vault edition. Its tough to beat the gameplay of this one. One of the best by stern!!
9.760/10
3 years ago
Fun game to play. J.K. Simmons call outs are some of the best. I like Spider-Man and the movies and Stern implemented movie clips well. This one will not leave the collection anytime soon, if ever.
9.456/10
3 years ago
An instant classic, this title deserves it's place in the Pinside top 20. I can't think of a better overall sound package, from the Steve Richie inspired butt-rock composed by David Thiel (that gets me pumped on every game) to the hilarious and plentiful J.K. Simmons call-outs, the sounds keep this game fresh and action-packed each time you press the start button. Rules are fun, challenging, stackable, and keep you coming back for "one more game". Playfield layout is a high-water mark for Steve Richie flow. A+ game!
8.823/10
3 years ago
This is a solid, smooth game, with a ton of flow. It's challenging, has depth, and good visual interest on the playfield. Only the DMD animations are lacking, as they're just pieces of movie footage spliced in, and lack enough contract to really look good on the screen. This version really benefits from LEDs, and looks amazing after they're installed. I feel like it could use another gimmick or two, but that might just interrupt the excellent flow that this has.
9.300/10
3 years ago
Love this game....
8.268/10
3 years ago
"Spider-Man" is a good shooter -- but not much else. That's not to say it isn't fun to play. Getting "Superhero" on this game is a bit of a chore thanks to a rule set that isn't very deep. The goal is basically to hit ramps all day and all night in order to "capture" villains like Green Goblin, Venom and Sandman. I list those because they're the easiest to beat being that Sandman's "tank" is right in front of you and you can light that sucker up like Christmas. You can practically capture him about ten times per game because the game just doesn't want to lock him down. I wish it would. It's aggravating just how many times you'll nail Sandman and beat him. That said, it's so awesome to hear J.K. Simmons yack all game long about Spider-Man's accomplishments. They're pretty chuckle-worthy. Even when you hit start when you haven't inserted a coin, he shouts, "What is this?! 'Superhero on a Budget'?!" Good stuff. The light show is also cool and the multi-ball callouts (especially Doc Ock's) are awesome. A winner all around.
8.619/10
3 years ago
I LOVE this game. Play field layout is excellent and so is the call outs and music. Backglass and cabinet art could have been a little better and the game isn’t the deepest, but it is an excellent shooter and is very fun to play.
7.188/10
3 years ago
Spiderman is a decent game. While Iron Man is a modern Stern that offers challenging punishing gameplay, Spiderman backs it off a bit, and offers a more enjoyable gameplay experience, as it's a tad more forgiving with shots that seem easier to make. Art package is acceptable, callouts are great, and the amimations are some of the best Stern was able to capture during the era. The game has all the hallmarks of being a Steve Ritchie game, but he did manage to go off the grid with a few features. An easy-to-learn crowd pleaser.
8.276/10
3 years ago
A very solid stern game. Feels like AFM and has satifying flow and shots. I love stacking multiball modes. A great game to marathon.
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