Star Trek: The Next Generation (Williams, 1993)

Star Trek: The Next Generation

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This game received 793 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.493 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #15 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.571

Artwork: 8.148

Sounds/Music: 8.453

Other Aspects: 8.524

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11 days ago
Fun Game. ALot to shoot for and very addicting
29 days ago
If you are a fan of the show this pin is for you. Real voice actors from the show make all the difference in this title. Game is fun, lots of great shots and modes.
42 days ago
One of the most over rated games in pinball. I have come to the conclusion that pinball nerds have an annual contest to decide which awful game they are going to decide to love next in some pathetic show of nerdom glory, ignoring the fact that it's without a doubt the ugliest pinball machine ever made, has the clunkiest most abstract toys ever, bad artwork and poorly laid out shots. Steve really pooped the bed with this one. I own 4 SR games, and wouldn't hit start on STTNG if it was set on free play much less put money into one. Right up there with TZ in the "dorks loves bad games" top 5. (Now is when the dorks flag my review and then rush back to the forums to trolls each other about which color rubber looks best on the right sling of insert game title here). Wouldn't put it in my collection if someone gave it to me.
50 days ago
I want to like this table. I really do. It's just never felt fun to me.
51 days ago
Incredible game. Great art and call outs. Being a huge fan of subways and VUKs, I love the crazy subway system under the game. Williams lacked SO much into this game. Wish I could afford it.
69 days ago
This game is a beast to move, which is reflective of how much is going on under and above the playfield. I'm actually counting coils in my head and I came up with 17, but I might be missing a few. The game is packed. The main pathway though the game would probably considered playing though the seven modes to reach The Final Frontier (6-ball multiball). I think there is a good risk-reward with the mods as collecting artifacts in the modes can result in huge scores in The Final Frontier: 0 artifacts = 10 million (per switch), 1 artifact = 25 million, 2 artifacts = 50 million, 3 artifacts = 75 million, etc. The orbits are also super important on this game. The left orbit is the spinner which, when lit, advances your Warp Factor. Each time you advance the Warp Factor there is a new reward. If you reach Warp Factor 9, you start a timed mode where you try to advance 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, etc. The right orbit is the ball lock, which starts Borg Multiball. During this multiball you are collecting jackpots by firing on the Borg ship. You have to however keep your shields up for this shot to be lit, by hitting the spinner. It's a fun battle. You can also start encounters with the Cardassian, Ferengi, and Romulan by hitting shots in the Neutral Zone target bank. Finally, you can also advance in rank from Ensign to Captain, which basically just adds to your bonus, but is still rewarding. Plus, you'll often hit that Command Decision shot when shooting too early on The Picard Maneuver combo (left orbit to left ramp). Oh, I did forget about the Video Modes, but to be honest they are pretty poorly done. Really the only other negative with the game for me, would be that I wish there was a better way of displaying: Rank, Warp Factors, and Artifacts. Inserts would be ideal, but perhaps there was no room left under the playfield.
84 days ago
I think the best pinball I've ever played. Is perfect, the theme, the sound, the rules, the fun, and it just does not get boring with Captain Picard's voice. Just a top
85 days ago
I've owned my STTNG for I think just over 10 years now, and honestly, it remains a marvel in my eyes. Granted, I am a super fan of the show. Mine is functionally perfect and I have only two modifications, both of which I think are critical. First is the Borg ship has blue LEDs, including the blue flashers. The second is I have Pinball Pro backbox speakers and an externally powered sub with volume and crossover controls. I've done other little things, like rebuilt the power output connectors for the GI, replaced caps and rectifiers, and replaced the trough boards.

Everything else is clean and lit with incandescents and its aging like a retro piece of art in my office. I've debated converting to Herg controlled LEDs but every STTNG I've played on location is LED'd out and ends up being a disappointment.

As far as the gameplay goes, a well tuned STTNG is an immersive adventure. There are two modes in particular that never fail to get my heart pumping or place me inside the drama. First is Borg Multiball. The powered subwoofer coupled with the amazing simulated power/electrical damage during that light show creates, IMO, and unparalleled level of immersion as you inflict damage to the Borg, and as they inflict damage on you. The callouts are perfect as well. Incredible and always satisfying. Warp Factor 9 mode is another. The rumble of the engines and the time down as you attempt to hit what is arguably the most satisfying combinations in all of pinball en route to Warp Factor 9.9 is tremendous. The other thing I find is the machine rewards aggression and ball movement. Way more times than not, when you try to get cute (save a ball catch), or fail to take a quality well timed crack at the ball, you pay a huge price.

About the only thing I would change rule wise or code wise is to potentially add additional artifacts and higher point acceleration the deeper you get into a mode. Too much motivation to sit on a ball once you've accumulated an artifact.
3 months ago
Compared to newer games, I wasn't wanting to play anymore after a few games. Didn't pull me in right away. I'm not a fan of the theme though, so that's a huge factor for me.
3 months ago
Another game a truly love, i am more of an Original Series fan..and have only seen a few episodes and films from the next gen crew but this game is a blast to play and is a lasting memory from my hometown bowling alley..great shots, great features, awesome layout and callouts..highly recommend!
3 months ago
Top of my current wish list!! I still remember the day the first episode aired!!!! The theme fits perfectly with the game. Find a well tuned game and it will kick your a**! STTNG is an overall great game that new players will enjoy and seasoned vets will play "just one more time".
3 months ago
Fantastic machine. Total Package.. LED's and alternate translate put it over the top.
5 months ago
Game is decent to play, definitely a good Pin but not stellar
6 months ago
One of the first pins I ever bought and still one of my all time favorites. It’s a deep game and perfect for a home collection if you have to patience to maintain it. The theme and mood of the game is awesome. As far as upkeep goes, the cannons can be problematic. This is a very exciting and satisfying machine overall.
6 months ago
For the most part this game is great! I enjoy getting the Frontier Mode. The sound track is off the chain!
6 months ago
One of my all-time favorite pins. If not for the difficulty in maintaining this machine I'd probably have one. I love the dual phasers and large amount of things to do. The theming is perfect and for the show, but I wish it was a little more violent. The backglass art is perfect but the stuff on the field could be a little bit better. The sound is amazing and I don't think I'll ever get tired of the TNG theme playing over and over.
7 months ago
Great pinball. I am not a fan of the show or the movie, but I like the pin. Great sound and callouts, great ships and a good gameplay
7 months ago
Great game especially if you're a fan of the show. Theming is perfect, the voice callouts are epic and include the entire crew. Like most widebodies, the game can feel floaty if your not connecting on shots. Get in some rhythm and this game is a blast. The modes are varied and collecting artifacts is always a challenge. A must own for any pinball fan, Treky or not. This is my second time owning STTNG.
8 months ago
There is little not to like about this game.
8 months ago
The pros:
Audio package is amazing with all the voice actors! Game music is great. Art is very good and all unique from what i can tell. Playfield has some great shots and toys. Ruleset is decent as there's plenty of spectacle on this game to make it stand out.

The cons:
The cannons/inlanes/outlanes arrangement puts me off this game alot. So many unavoidable drains and those cannons, whilst awesome when in use, are blocking massive playfield real estate. The game is more enjoyable once the shots are dialed in, sometimes If I havent played in a while the ball finds the edges of targets and posts almost constantly, and whilst that's mainly my fault for not playing better, it does give the impression of less flow when compared to some of Ritchie's other games. Also this machine breaks down alot...there's no rating for that so i haven't taken any points off for it, but this game goes down 2 or 3 times per pinball show I attend.
10 months ago
in my top 10 for sure.
10 months ago
My all time favorite game, and I've played a lot! Shots, flow, rules. sounds and music all top notch. A true Steve Ritchie classic!
10 months ago
This game is one of my favorites. Steve Ritchie games are always fun and this one has the added benefit of being a theme that I love.
11 months ago
I love the show, so I may be biased, but I really enjoy this machine. Lots of fun modes to play, and its a great player really. Good use of characters and artwork to really take advantage of the licensing.
1 year ago
Resistance is futile. Sadly I've yet to play a TNG that's fully functional and properly lit. Still on the wishlist!
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