Star Pool

Pinside rating

This game received 12 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.977 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #261 in the Pinside EM Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.129

Artwork: 7.01

Sounds/Music: 2.446

Other Aspects: 6.866

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5 months ago
My in laws game that kinda got me into pinball. I like building the bonus and then going for double bonus and extra ball. Several times I have maxed everything out and then there is not much point to continue playing. After your bonus is filled you can only get 100 for the bumpers and 10 for moving the spinner. I still enjoy the game because I am not finishing the game routinely
1 year ago
This game is great for someone wanting to get into EM games without the super complex mechanicals of a multiball. This is the EM that I started with and the kids love trying to fill up the pool balls. Simple rules and pretty fast play at 6.5 degrees of tilt make this game a simple but fun addition to anyone's collection. The main downside of this games is the drop targets...good luck finding them and the lower ones break often.
4 years ago
Ok, so I bought one of these in 2001 and I over paid. Why? Because I paid for it. The best thing it had going for it was the condition. It had, no joke, 83 plays on it when I bought it. It was set up for Deutschmarks and never left. Sat in someone’s basement, under a blanket for 25 years. It was spotless. Perfect glass, no playfield wear, no names scratched in it, there were still string and paper tags hanging off of the inside of the coin mechs indicating that it was set up for DMs. The machine had a 220 transformer, but I took a chance. Bought a 110 transformer for $10 and it fired right up. Like right up. No adjustments, no cleaning, nothing. Couldn’t believe it. Started a couple games and wondered to myself, who wouldn’t play this pinball? It has drop targets, good colors, roll overs and a spinner in the middle like Fireball. Except my spinner seemed to be broken. I looked to see if something was loose aaaaaaaaand yeah, the spinner just sits there. In the way. Rolling like a lazy fart in the middle of the playfield. After about 10 plays, I realized why it had 83 plays and not 84. This game is a turd. I swear I had the nicest one in existence at the time and I wanted my time and money back. It’s almost as bad as Pat Hand
5 years ago
Just grabbed a Star pool in a deal too good to pass up.
While it's not a great game, it is a fun multiplayer game.
Scoring is a bit wired. And you really just want to avoid the spinner in the center.
Overall just a fun game. Again it's not great, but good all around.
5 years ago
Star Pool is one of those games that people don't always get. And I get that.

The Pros:
A wonderfully DANGEROUS layout that features solid geometry and some of the hungriest outlanes you ever did meet. Barry Oursler must have gotten his outlane philosophy from this deck. The open/tightness of the tilt on this game can make a huge difference in the risk/reward playability factor. The Christian Marche pointy people let you know that you are playing pinball just by looking at this lovely art package. I am also in love with the turtle shell pop bumper caps that you can't replace. It's a wonderful art-deco touch to an already great looking game. Score the A-B-C-D targets to light double bonus and then hit the left orbit or chance the horizontal spinner in the center of the game. The choice is yours!

The Cons:
The table can fall flat with gameplay if not maintaned properly. There are a few games that show such a wide variety between playability and being dead boring. This table is one of them. So be nice to your Star Pool and keep it freshly waxed, clothed within bouncy rubbers around the PF and most importantly, played often. The cabinet is horrible. Carve your high scores into the side already.

The Takeaway:
Since no once gives 70's williams games much love, find one cheap, give it the care it needs and unearth a true player that will challenge even the most skilled pinheads when set up as it should be. Will go great next to your other PAPA discoveries like Frontier, World Cup Soccer '94, Corvette and TX-Sector.
5 years ago
Star Pool is a fun game it has good rules get double bonus, decent artwork, and a good theme.
10 years ago
Decent game. One I played had repainted cabinet though. Backglass is pretty, like the rollovers lane. Not a huge fan of Steve Kordek's spinner, though love Kordek himself.

Again, just decent.
11 years ago
I love the backglass, with the pointy elbows and bright colors. The most unusual element is the horizontal spinner in the center of the playfield, but does not add much to the game. Very simple rules, average game.
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