Star Trek: The Next Generation

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This game received 934 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.518 /10


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This game ranks #26 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.614

Artwork: 8.139

Sounds/Music: 8.487

Other Aspects: 8.556

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2 days ago
This is one of the best games from Steve Ritchie's time at Williams.

The layout is very wide and the three ramps provide this game with a lot of flow. The way this game plays is unlike any other. The two cannons make this game very interactive. The Battle Simulation is very hard but it is a lot of fun if you succeed.

I love the multiball. Collecting the Super Jackpot is a lot of fun and the modes are very nice to play as well. The video mode is very challenging and a change from the usual swiping from left to right (like Attack from Mars or Terminator 2).

The artwork and animations look very good and perfectly fit in with the Star Trek theme.

Overall this is a flowly and fun game which will appeal to anybody who is a Star Trek fan. It is one of the best WPC games.
23 days ago
One of the best classic Bally/Williams out there. A code that’s on par with modern Stern machines, TWO ball guns, excellent sound, and amazing last-ability, you’ll never get bored of this one, especially if it’s in prime condition. One of the finest Superpins.
28 days ago
I'm probably going to start reviewing one of my favorite games per day. Hold me to this. ;) That said, TNG is in my top 10 for sure. Something about it makes me happy whenever I play it. The game is beautifully choreographed, with excellent and unique music cues and light shows. My favorite little touch is easy to miss: If you score a jackpot in multiball, Picard adds a "supplemental" note when the game ends.

This is a Steve Ritchie game, so the shots are wonderfully smooth. The side ramp is very satisfying whenever it is nailed, especially when it goes all the way up to the Borg lock. The guns are AWESOME and contribute to the start of Borg multiball. A drawback I can think of are those god, they're atrocious. 90% of my drains were through the outlanes.

Overall a truly excellent game that stands the test of time. It would be in my collection.
28 days ago
This is one of the first pinball tables I played! I love this game! The probe canon is as fun as it ever was, shots are fun and interesting and the code is impressively deep for a game of the era. I generally consider this to be the first "modern" pinball game.

Is the art a little dumb? Yeah...
Are the out lanes excessively thirsty? For sure
But those things only slightly detract for an otherwise outstandinf game.
52 days ago
Never watched Star Trek but this game has great shots, super jackpot is very satisfying.
87 days ago
Brought this in for the theme. I have always liked the next generation series. At first I did not really enjoy this machine. But the more I started to rebuild it and play it more, the more I have enjoyed it. Not sure how long I will hang on to it? But for now I am enjoying it!

Update! This game keeps me coming back for more and more! So much more fun now that I have had it longer!
89 days ago
A great classic with deep code (for its time). Upgrading the DMD to colour and leds brings this game to life.
4 months ago
Added this title to my line up a few weeks ago and after some dialing in I'm really enjoying it. Can be brutal, especially the outlanes, but when you get going and hit the ramps, orbits and Picard maneuver it feels really smooth. Modes are easy to understand with nice animations and sounds. Overall, a solid game.
4 months ago
I really really liked this game, the layout is awesome and I'm a huge TNG fan! Lots of satisfying shots in this game, and a really cool unique multiball start with the left cannon firing at the middle scoop for Jackpots. The theme is one of the best in pinball (And features voice acting from the entire cast!) but regardless if you like it, the rest of the game makes it a worthy candidate for anyone's Top 10! If you see one in the wild, play it!
5 months ago
Almost perfect!
With the LX-8 ROM this game is incredible!
Only the backglass and the cabinet could be a bit better, but that doesn‘t matter. For me the gameplay is the most important thing for a pinball machine.
6 months ago
Great game, just bought it ... probably a keeper
7 months ago
I'm not a big Star Trek guy compared to other things but I do enjoy it as does my family. TNG is a game anyone can enjoy but is especially incredible in tying its theme in for fans. From the artwork to the storyline to the sounds, it's one of the best utilizations ever.

My particular favorite, and what I would say is the greatest multiball startup in pinball is the cast of the show preparing to defend a Borg attack. Slowly as you lock multi balls in, Starfleet Command warns you about Borg presence in the area, before they show up on your visual scans. Finally the Borg announce their assault as they begin to fire upon the Enterprise. As the explosions sound, Marina Sirtis' Commander Troi announces casualties mounting on multiple decks. The ever amazing Patrick Stewart, bold as ever as Captain Picard, acknowledges, shouting out "ALL HANDS, PREPARE FOR MULTIBALL!" as that blue ring lights up on the playfield, revealing it to have been the Enterprise's shields all along.

I gush thinking about it. When people talk about narrative and theme integration in pinball, The Next Generation is a gold standard. I'm lucky to have a copy to play on pinball arcade whenever I'm not near a machine, as I truly believe this is one of the all time classics from the flow master Steve Ritchie. If you're not a Star Trek fan, this will certainly get you excited to try it sometime, and that's why theme is so important in this hobby.
7 months ago
Nothing stands the test of time other than Star Trek:The Next Generation. Having two newer games (Star Trek, Star Wars), these pinball games are also an excellent play and display BUT nothing comes close to nerd pinball gaming as ST:TNG. The Star Trek them, characters, missions, shots, display, sounds, and wide-body complexity make the game fun to come back to. Add a color DMD display, LEDs, Pinduino Borg ship and ramps and you have a world class game that keeps Star Trek fans coming back for more. Live long and prosper, Star Trek!
8 months ago
First really well integrated animation. Also points for multiple actor voices. A top 5
9 months ago
Have this game in my collection, very addictive. Will add more comments later.
11 months ago
My first real love - this is the machine I might have played the most and I hope to own it one day. There’s something about those ramps! Everything just seems to fit perfectly into place with this theme and machine.
11 months ago
You will get used to those hungry outlanes, and at this stage, you will like this game !
12 months ago
We’ve owned this game twice. It’s the heaviest cabinet ever! For the fact it’s from the 90’s it has so much electronics and special features. This one was it’s time far far ahead. The Borg ship is such a great one. One of the locks, when you practice the captain Picards maneuver, is in the borg ship. When you start multiball it will shoot out from the ship. Amazing!!!!
There are so many cool things about this pin. People should own this one ones (or twice :D) in their lives.
Definitely one of my favorites!
1 year ago
Would have never guessed this game would be so fun and entertaining. Went to pick up a game and the owner of it had just bought next gen and offered it to me. I couldn’t play it because it was in the bed of his truck. My cousin recommended it so I bought it. Worth it, good game, it’s called a super pin for a good reason.
1 year ago
it’s a good shooter, very hard not to drain out the sides. i have many pins.. got to put my pf protector down first before i crank games out.. want to keep it looking nice. flow is good. getting that warp ramp is good but tough as hell. this game will force one to be more controlled. good modes here, nice for the trekkies who grew up with the show. get your commander data bonus… it’s a cool pin.
1 year ago
I enjoy watching the tv show and playing this pin!

I find the playfield artwork very pleasing to look at, in a 90s Williams style.

The call outs are some of the best in pinball, especially if your a fan of the show.

All of the shots are fun to shoot and the game has flow, especially when your comboing out or pulling off repeated Picard maneuvers.

Also, this game is pretty loaded for it's time.

The modes are all fun to shoot but don't expect any modern coding depth but still a decent amount of varied modes.

If I had to nit pick, some times the outlanes are especially hunger and can be be frustrating.

Overall, I enjoy this game very much and do not see it leaving my collection anyyime soon!
1 year ago
So I want to love this game. I love the theme, I’m partial to wide bodies, I enjoy the ramps and the phasers and the combo Picard maneuver. Fun Easter eggs, achievable modes and a wizard mode that isn’t unobtainable, but I absolutely despise the layout of the outlane and the slings where they are obscured by the phasers. The game is nearly unplayable as anything that comes anywhere near the top of the sling will instantly end up on the outlane. If I could see what’s going on, or if it wasn’t a parallel shaft with rubbers design to keep your ball in the outlane, maybe the game would be playable. But that plus being able to time out modes and without having to shoot any shots is pretty broken. I love the theme and this game has elements I absolutely love, but I despise this game with a passion and hate when I have to waste my time on money on it in competitions.
1 year ago
Love the theme, but this ball just floats all over the place on this table.
1 year ago
I wrote this review ages ago but wasn’t sure if I wanted to post it. I wanted to play the real thing one more time before passing judgement.

Duhhh da da duhhh da da duhhhh! The music says. The amazing theme from Star Trek the slow motion picture and reused as the theme of Star Trek: TNG. I watched that show for seven years, videotaping and rewatching every episode. By 1993 I had a bit of burn out syndrome from the series.
It was seven years of Picard and his crew sitting in front of a big screen television in their onesie pajamas, standing up occasionally to adjust their jammies and yell at someone on the big tv.
The show was amazing, but in the end, my memories of it filter down to this frequently common scene.
I also enjoy sitting in front of a big tv shouting at the people on the screen, but nobody wanted to give me an hour long tv show.
Maybe it’s my lack of a British accent or a cool catch phrase like “Make it so!”
I’m just glad that I am not Westley.
Then again, aren’t we all?
I should describe my first experience playing the pinball when it first came out.
Addams Family was making me poor by forcing me to play over and over. No matter where I went, it was there… grinning and waiting. It’s a relentless monster.
The arcade I frequently went to also had the Doctor Who pinball (I am a huge classic Doctor Who fan since early childhood) and I knew I had to have it one day. (It only took half a lifetime!)
There were the classics too, the Pinbot games, both the High Speeds and several other recent releases alongside great older games.
And then there was the new Star Trek: The Next Generation that had pretty much just came out.
This could be the love of a lifetime!
It’s widebody, that’s great. It sounds like the tv show, that’s great. There’s a lot of playfield toys, that’s great. It has presence and demands your attention, that’s great.
I played it a few times and went back to Doctor Who and the Addams Family. They were calling my name.
I never enjoyed ST:TNG the pinball very much. Sorry.
It’s a really pretty game, but there’s not really a lot of game in between all that flash and DMD video.

Oh, are those Klingons and Romulans coming up my driveway carrying a rope, pitchforks and torches?

I wanted to blame my dislike for it on Star Trek The Next Generation burn out, but nobody is ever burned out on something for 30 years.I’ve even watched the good episodes with my kids.
Yes! All six good episodes!!
That was a joke, I know there are more than six good episodes.
(Maybe ten, hee hee!)

Great, now they’re heating up a barrel of tar in my yard and cutting open feather pillows. I have to finish this fast.

It’s Steve Ritchie! That means it should be an instant Holy Grail machine. Good old Steve made great games but this one wasn’t his best work.
I blame the Superpin Widebody. He was utter magic with normal machines.
Maybe it was too many gimmicks and toys? He always tried to pack everything he could into a game and then shove in a little more.
Do you know how bad I feel saying all this? I’m making excuses and blaming myself!
I love pinball, and there is no such thing as a bad game. ST: TNG (dang that is an annoyingly long name! Even when it’s abbreviated!) didn’t really thrill me like it should have.
I expected it to renew my love for the series it was based on, like many other licensed games did and still do, but it didn’t and hasn’t to this day.

Upon recent plays, I do see the appeal of it. There are some fun shots, multiball is exciting and there is a lot to look at. Star Trek fans far superior to me and pinball fans far more skilled than me enjoy it immensely.
Yes, my opinion is wrong. That’s what an opinion is though. I would never say, “avoid this pinball like the plague!” About any machine. Everyone likes different things and that is perfectly fine.
Hi Chicago Coin, I love you!
CDI was sitting over there looking hopeful and sad, so I had to say something.

What I can say about ST: TNG is, if you have never played it, go in with little expectation. Forget the hype of it being one of the bestest games ever in the whole universe, and you will have a good time. My expectations in 1993 were to be blown away because it’s Star Trek, and I love Star Trek in general, and my expectations were set way too high.
Even though it’s not for me I still highly recommend this one for so many reasons. It’s good pinball.
1 year ago
It may not be the most complex rules ever when you compare it to modern games; the modes are pretty straight forward. It's just plain fun though. The music, theme, and of course the full cast call outs really make the game. Not as much fun to keep running though. Some of the art is a little wonky, and I wish they hadn't picked the renegade Borg ship from one single episode rather than the iconic cube or something.
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