Star Trek: The Next Generation

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This game received 823 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.475 /10

8.475

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #16 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.556

Artwork: 8.107

Sounds/Music: 8.434

Other Aspects: 8.513



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8.475

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9.140/10
17 days ago
Challenging Gameplay with plenty of shots. Each game can be different (go for Modes, different Multiballs, Loops, Warp....). Borg Multiball with its lightning effects (and if you hit the Borg ship it is shooting back) each and every time spectacular. Outlanes are brutal; therefore I do recommend the Outlanes extensions.
Since years in my collection due to a good reason.
9.040/10
26 days ago
Star Trek: TNG is excellent, all around. Rare pin where the licensing got all the actors’ likenesses, their voices and just about everything from the series. Would have preferred a Borg Cube vs the use of the Renegade Borg ship, but understand it was either a licensing issue or the fact that a cube didn’t fit as well at a large enough size to look formidable. STTNG is a wide body Superpin that uses the entire playfield and a full integration with the series including The Borg, Romulans, Klingons and Ferengi.
Great modes, humor, toys, call outs, etc.. Plenty to do keeps this fresh. Love the Borg integration. The cannons are ok, but they should be called photon torpedo launchers (ha!).
3.841/10
37 days ago
good pinball but don't like to play with it.
9.300/10
57 days ago
Epic B/W game that hits the sweet spot with enough depth to keep in a collection and approachable for new players. Original custom cast callouts are spot on with subtle humor, and the score is really well done, as it instills urgency and isn’t overly repetitive. Excellent use of the wide-body format since it doesn’t play slow or hang at the top of the playfield forever.
7.925/10
60 days ago
This game does hit all the marks in the ratings except the fun factor. Perhaps this is a game for a home use to spend hours deciphering but has been a let down in shots and scoring for me. I've seen people have a ball that lasted 30 seconds and got a zillion points?
7.972/10
67 days ago
I love the theme, music, and callouts. Even if I wasn't such a STTNG series fan, this would still be a great pin for the playfield layout.
9.240/10
68 days ago
"ENGAGE!" Star Trek: The Next Generation is a splendid companion for Twilight Zone because together they represent the pinnacle of the golden age of pinball, from its two greatest designers. The classic Steve Ritchie elements in this game are refined to perfection. Examples include the big looping shot in both directions, the shot from left loop to top flipper to left ramp—known as the Picard maneuver, as was seen in High Speed and its splendid sequel—and the gaping left outlane and kickback. This game has an innovation missing from Twilight Zone that heralded the next age in pinball rules: modes, where different shots are lit in different sequences. Attack From Mars, two years later, solidified this new approach to pinball rules. Welcome to the Enterprise!
8.740/10
4 months ago
An all time favourite. Can be brutal, but combines understandable, yet challenging rules with great audio and superb theme integration.
6.163/10
5 months ago
To me very over rated game. I really wanted to like it.
I do play it regularly because the arcade near me has a good working example, but this game should really be a 25 to 30 ranking.
I would only own this if it was around Popeye pricing.

Glad to see many people like it I'm just not one of them.
9.180/10
5 months ago
What can I say? I don't love Star Trek but this game just sucks me in. The shots are fantastic, the music and sounds are great, the modes are a lot of fun. There's a lot to do and a lot that keeps bringing me back whenever I play it.
9.900/10
5 months ago
This game is great. It’s right up there with TZ, IJ, and TAF. Luckily the price isn’t there yet but that’s probably due to the fact that you’ve got both lovers and haters of the Star Trek franchise.
It’s extremely deep and I love the callouts.
I’m not a Trekkie but I do find the main theme to be very nostalgic and played a huge factor in buying this game. If you haven’t played one, do so.
8.382/10
6 months ago
Not sure I get the hype. It's a fun shoother but it's very repeat a Tiverton.
Sounds are some of the best in pinball.
7.358/10
6 months ago
I'm a big Trek fan so this was an easy play for me. Fun table. I love the little cannons on the left and right sides of the table and being able to fire them with the launch button. Very cool gimmick -- if just a little off in the timing between the button press and the firing. Speech is decent with actors and actresses from the show saying their usual stuff you'd hear while in the middle of battle. The speech is slightly fuzzy, however, with some weird crackling -- but, perhaps that latter complaint was due to the speakers. I don't know. The music seemed repetitive with the show's theme song on repeat until you get into a mission, which changes it but you'll get sick of that real quick if you're not hitting targets. I love the various missions you can complete and that center shot is NOT easy to hit despite how easy it looks. It's very rewarding when you do manage to hit it, especially during the asteroid mission. Excellent lighting and light show, especially during mission and multi-ball callouts. This is a solid table.
7.950/10
7 months ago
What a tricky and pleasant machine to play !

When it comes to 90's machines, this is probably one of the few times where I tried to judge the book by it's cover- and was proven completely wrong. It's even more fun afterwards, because unlike MM there was no awareness on my part about the big hype that surrounded this machine and the good reputation it had among more experienced players.

Starting with looks; on one hand this title appears a little dull and corny because of the space-action movie theme with abundance of the colours blue, black and grey. On the other hand, the many interesting details on the playfield graphics even makes a person outside the Star Trek bubble impressed. The machine does not look like a spectaular rock show, fantasy book or album cover- but it works rather well as a optical frame for the actual theme.

The gameplay in one word is a blast.

Star Trek offers a great variety of shots, interactive gadgets and a set of really fun but fast loops and ramps. Even the two ugly box-like catapults tie in great with the general theme. For a widebody pin, this thing surely keeps a great speed and flow. Meanwhile the player enjoys the possibly best overall sound package from the 90's - including both speech and music.

The game shows amazing variety and depth - which makes this a perfect alternative for a small home collection.
9.140/10
7 months ago
Great pin. Lots of shots, great toys, and sound is on point. My only real issues are that...
A) I am a bigger star wars fan than star trek. If this were SW, I would own it. As it is, I will likely never buy it.
B) I hate staring at jean luc picard on the backglass. Self explanatory.

If you like star trek, this is a must-buy.
8.264/10
8 months ago
While loving the theme of this game i found it a-bit repetitive, wouldn't add it to a collection but would play on passing.
9.383/10
9 months ago
Fun game. Lots going on but not too much to understand the rule set. Have a fun time every time I come back to it. Love everything about this game except the cabinet artwork and the right drain. Lol. This pin has something in it for the newest of users and enough for the veteran user to keep coming back.
9.700/10
10 months ago
This is one of my all time favorite games. Love the theme, love the music, love the playability. I am a Star Trek fan to be sure, but original series. I hesitated to even play this game when it first came out because of my love for the original series. But really enjoyed it. Then I had a chance to play it again recently, and wow, this is one amazing machine!
7.785/10
10 months ago
I am not really a Star Trek fan (I don't dislike, I'm just not into it) but this pinball machine was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed using the blasters - a pretty cool, unique feature overall. I could see myself eventually wanting one of these as I initially considered getting one after I played it the first time. The game flowed well and the shots were smooth. I guess my only complaint is that it felt a tad bit slow paced when I was playing it.
9.024/10
10 months ago
This is a great game from now a long time ago. A good game for the family and as a wide body I actually think it is more balanced than TZ which is way more complex from the same era. A little bit of bias would be that this version of Star Trek is my era also. This a great game to have in a collection or on public display as a coin operation pin.

A good pin even alongside the best that Stern can come up with a full 25+ later. One bonus is that it can be purchased for way less than the TAF, TZ and others with plenty of them being around in differing conditions. If you are getting one fully restored you wont get your money back, but we will see just how much a minty version will go for when it celebrates it 50 anniversary in 2043.

If you do undertake a restoration it will be for the love of it and to make sure that the next generation enjoy it just as much as the last :)
8.620/10
10 months ago
Star Trek TNG, for me, is a hard machine to rate. I have a love/hate relationship with it. When I got it a couple of months ago, I had a hard time to love it as much as I hoped. The outlanes seemed to attract every single ball and when not the balls seemed to run straight down the middle a lot. Now I installed lane extenders, set the outlane kicker on easy and also got better hitting the shots.... And it is a different story. It is still unforgiving and really fast, but also a lot of fun.

The layout of the playfield is great with so many shots and the modes and many different multiballs and ways to play (Ex going for warps, multiballs or modes) are well thought of and integrated in the theme. Still tough though, but it will make me a better player.... The cannons are fun, but also give start/stop action. Solid pin, which I suspect will grow on me.

I love the artwork - backglas not as much, since I am not a big fan of actors in that spot (I gives a bit of an outdated feel IMO - maybe I go with an alternate translite). Animations are great.

Sounds and music are the best. The actors gave so many speaks and callouts, making it a pleasure to listen to. Also the themed music gives a good Star Trek feel to it.

Lightning is also super on this pin. the use of flashers are simply one of my favourites. Only smaller issue is that the playfield is a bit dark. The lastability on this machine, I guess is really really good. Though I finally made it to Final Frontier today, I still need to improve so many elements. I will not be bored with my STTNG - but on an unfocused day, where nothing works, maybe a little frustrated from time to time ;-)

"If you hit the ball from another trajectory you……… says it all
9.180/10
11 months ago
Amazing game. Alot to shoot for and very addicting. Love this game and I'm not much of a star trek fan. After playing for hours and hours it just keeps getting better. After really fine tuning the machine it plays amazingly or is it me starting to okay amazingly. Either way this game doesn't seem to get old.
7.386/10
1 year 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.
6.703/10
1 year ago
I want to like this table. I really do. It's just never felt fun to me.
8.688/10
1 year 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.
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