Star Trek: The Next Generation

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This game received 903 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.483 /10

8.483

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #23 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.587

Artwork: 8.094

Sounds/Music: 8.418

Other Aspects: 8.527


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8.461

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9.040/10
1 year ago
As a huge STTNG fan, this is the one machine that is never leaving - despite the fact that I find the game play difficult. Fast, frustrating and fun. I've never been a huge fan of tie-in games, this one is different as I feel the theme is a well integrated as any I have ever seen. The fact that all of the actors lent their voice to the game is just stellar. I have a nice copy that I have (IMHO) tastefully modded up - painted Borg ship, upgraded the playfield ships with better and more attractively lit versions, etc. Stunning with LED's. Pride of place in my small collection.
8.564/10
1 year ago
Another great Williams DMD. Good fun with the dual cannons and game modes.
9.700/10
1 year ago
My favorite machine. Enjoyable missions with good variety (favorite and most thematic is "Rescue" where each contact made loads someone onto a shuttle and ramp shots launch them to safety!).
Plentiful and varied multi-balls (Cardassian 2-ball, Ferengi add-a-ball, Borg 3-ball and the "Final Frontier" 6-ball wizard mode).
Playfield is a bit dark, but I've swapped a few bulbs for LEDs and brightened mine up.
If I could change something, I'd add a more interesting game to the "holodeck" than flying a shuttle through a tunnel in 3rd person view. I still remember the feeling of disappointment the first time I started a holodeck mission and saw what it was. I wasn't expecting Stephen Hawking to materialize next to the machine or anything, but something more than a 8-bit driving game from the 1970s. That said, you can play Poker or Breakout (another 1970s 8-bit game) instead.
9.600/10
1 year ago
First pin I bought. It's an amazing use of the theme, and perhaps the best wife body ever made. Think it's a better game than TZ. Sound is incredible, ball launch perhaps the best in a pin, varied gameplay, shots, and modes, just an amazing amount of depth overall. It's hard and unforgiving, but it will make you a better player, AND provide hours of gameplay without getting repetitive.
8.680/10
1 year ago
The best game i have ever played. Brilliant design and I’m really not into Star Trek as a tv-show or movie.
9.140/10
1 year 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
1 year 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!).
8.324/10
1 year ago
The Star Trek license has been used a few times in pinball, this one is a top contender. The ramps shots are tough for me, but that shouldn't mean anything to anybody else.
8.860/10
1 year ago
Bought this game solely to keep for a short time and then flip. Never spent much time on a decent example of the title. I got it cleaned up and playing 100%, and started playing some games. So much for the flip, I'm probably never selling this pin. Since it was a Williams widebody, I thought it would be fairly easy like my DM. No such luck, this game is a drain monster, fast, and brutal. This game feels like the Cadillac of pinballs in terms of build quality. Glad I got my hands on one.
9.300/10
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
2 years ago
An all time favourite. Can be brutal, but combines understandable, yet challenging rules with great audio and superb theme integration.
6.163/10
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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.
7.946/10
2 years ago
Not sure I get the hype. It's a fun shooter but it's very repetitive game.
Sounds are some of the best in pinball.
7.358/10
2 years 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.
9.740/10
2 years ago
One my favorite games! Can play this game all day long for months at a time.
7.950/10
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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.
9.680/10
2 years 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!
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