Star Trek: The Next Generation

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This game received 903 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.472 /10

8.472

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #24 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.579

Artwork: 8.081

Sounds/Music: 8.418

Other Aspects: 8.518


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9.640/10
20 days ago
Ritchie's masterpiece. The 2nd game made to have modes, Dwight coded incredible modes and a Wizard as well. 5 unique multiballs that I know of, 2 cannons, 3 ramps and 4 scoop holes to the subway. This game is loaded to the gills. Might be the most adversarial pin ever made, you try to defeat the Cardassians, Romulans, Ferengi, Borg and the entity Q; plus Riker when playing poker against him in the secret video mode. The Final Frontier Wizard mode is a 6 ball multiball, its very intense. Simply one of the best designed pins ever made, its fast, has smooth geometry, excellent combo shots rewards which peaks with trying to reach Warp 9.9 The after game light show is very satisfying.
8.572/10
38 days ago
I’ve really enjoyed playing Star Trek: The Next Generation at FlipOut in London. It’s a nicely-flowing game with multiple different modes and some interesting gimmicks, such as the cannons on the side of the playfield.

The ST:TNG at FlipOut has amazing PinSound that evokes the original TV series and puts you at the heart of the action.

I’m not a huge fan of the psychedelic purple playfield and associated artwork - it feels oddly ‘non-space exploration’. It’s probably one of the only downers, apart from the infamous repair workload, on this otherwise exceptional pin.
8.649/10
41 days ago
One of the best toys in pinball: the cannons
call outs are great
a lot of hidden stuff (poker game)
the warp combo shot is great (but hard to max out)
very easy to "beat" and get to the final frontier
7.688/10
71 days ago
I just…I’ve never liked the weird ship on the play field. I always thought the Enterprise needed to be on the play field. But whatever. I love this table, because I loved the show.
9.720/10
78 days ago
Super fun game even by modern day standards. Lots to do and not overly complicated which I appreciate as a more novice player. I always loved the show in the late 80s and 90's so the theme is perfect. The back glass is not great IMO but it's not terrible either, love the cabinet otherwise. Love the dual cannons - Highly recommended!
9.580/10
82 days ago
This machine is a nightmare to keep running. But, in my opinion it’s the greatest pinball game of all time. I think it’s mostly the sound design, which really keeps you engaged in the Star Trek universe. Every line in quotable.

The rules are straightforward, almost to the detriment. There’s one correct decision to make whenever you have an option. This is good and bad.

The opto circuits are quirky, and if you own the table be prepared to become an expert at maintaining them. Parts are not terrible to locate, but not plentiful either.
9.136/10
3 months ago
Usually a theme pulls me into the table - I never had any interest in Star Trek until I played this table.

Great playfield, varied missions, incredibly fun cannons, some hard some easy shots and of course great, recognisable call outs and sounds from the series.

One of my all time favorites - thank you Mr. Data!
9.220/10
5 months ago
Love the widebody. So many shots, so many challenges. Great callous and theming take me right back to the 90s. Great pin.
9.760/10
5 months ago
STTNG delivers one of the most amazing pinball experiences.

This widebody superpin is just packed with theme enriching shots and goodness.

From tihe moment you select your shooter award, the ball hudles in a enterprise like spiral onto the playfield.

Call outs from the full cast complement every mode and moment.

Picard maneuver shot, quite possibly the best shot in pinball, the classic "Steve Ritchie" shot is dialed in to the bnest potential that only this wide body could deliver on. Achiving > warp 9 is an exeprience in itself.

Dual phasers are the ultimate toy, again fitting the theme perfectly. Multiple multiball encounters in the neutral zone.. super spinners, borg multiball, stacking multiball with Q.. easter eggs such as breakout and riker poker.. I could go on and on, but really you just need to own this pin to fully appreciate this complete package.

The only thing holding me back from a perfect score would be perhaps some slight adjustments to the rules to better balance some scoring aspects for more competative play, particularly when Extra balls might not be available. Also some cases where the music could shift more seamlessly to the next mode, in rare occasions, it feels like a software adjustment could mitigate this.
6.510/10
5 months ago
For me this game hasn't aged well and the more recent Stern release is just a better example of a Star Trek game for me... In my country (the UK) people want upwards of £6000 for this machine and I honestly don't get the facination with it. Save your money and buy something better with your cash!
9.360/10
6 months ago
very fun gale and also one of my favourites
9.620/10
6 months ago
This is one of the best machine of the early 90. Together with TZ will complement excelent and you will have the best of this era ( and better than new 2000 machines) the price is quiet accessible for the quality and fun you are getting. I will recommend to everyone. I prefer it over IJ
8.960/10
6 months ago
As a fan of TNG, the callouts are as good as it gets in pinball. Theme integration is also about as good as it gets.

I always thought this would be my first pin, but after playing more pinball over the years, I find it plays a bit clunky. “Fluid” is not a word I would use to describe this pin... other than that glorious initial helix loop of course.

Still, a marvelous piece for any collection. The dual cannon shot is one of my favorite gimmicks in pinball. So satisfying to land, but so frustrating when you miss.... and then Data rubs it in! But them when he tries again and Picard cuts him off? “Thank you Mr. Data” That, my friends, is a god-tier pinball callout.
9.080/10
7 months ago
Widebody games are fun.
Games for collections. The right outlane sucks.
The final frontier is a funny end. Very easy
9.100/10
7 months ago
So huge
6.118/10
9 months ago
Very cool ball plunge and ramp. Good theming. I like the long shots in this game. I liked it very much but, in the end it didn't hold my attention like the modern games do.
9.260/10
10 months ago
Excellent game. I live for Borg multiball. Makes all the difference to have the actual cast doing the voices. The music is just as good as the show, but it tends to grind on me after a while, due to the repetition. A giant pain to maintain, but an absolute pleasure to play.
9.660/10
10 months ago
This is one of the best Williams Dmd pin, absolute iconic. It's fun to play, great missions, perfect game level, just awesome. Toys are two shooters, ramps have flow.

One of ritchies best
7.904/10
10 months ago
Fun pin that is a bit dated now (but isn't dated enough to be a classic). Loaded playfield has lots to do, but mods are a bit clunky, but the shots are fun.
9.700/10
11 months ago
This game has been on my wish list ever since I first got exposed to pinball back in 2004 (about 9 years before I ever bought my first pinball machine). I have been lucky enough to recently aquire a really nice machine that needed a little work but is in great physical shape! I am a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan (yes, you can like both) and I believe that this pinball machine nailed the essence of the STTNG show and experience better than any other Star Trek themed machine ever made! This game is so much fun to play, fast paced, great music (STTNG theme song and REAL STTNG character voices, even Jean Luke Pikard!). The game has DATA, Q, etc. I love this game and in my mind it is a top 10 machine (Honestly number 2 on my list only because Deadpool is so amazing)! I highly recomend if you have the chance to play it, go for it and even better yet, if you can buy one, snatch it up, you will never get tired of playing this game. Everyone that sells it, misses it and wants it back. In fact, the guy I bought it from keeps contacting me and asking if I ever want to get rid of it to please sell it back to him (not happening but I humor him, LOL)! STTNG gets an A++ in my opinion!
8.916/10
1 year ago
Great wide body game, fast and fun. Music and call outs are great. The borg mode is awesome. Will own again.
8.803/10
1 year ago
Such a good game which like LOTR benefits from having the cast from the TV show doing the callouts.

I guess being a fan of the show helps because I love it when the music cranks up. The there incorporation is first class and everything seems to make sense.

The shots flow as you'd expect and the Alpha and Beta ramp shots are particularly satisfying. Borg multiball is fantastic with the sinister voice of the collective and darkening of the playfield.

I'm not a massive fan of the cannons and the machine is quite temperamental to maintain. However getting through to the final frontier is great fun and building up warp levels can be quite exhilarating.

There are better games out there but for a 90's machine it's an impressive bit of kit.

I'd advice anyone purchasing to get the lane extenders because it's brutal for side drains.
7.633/10
1 year ago
Star wars is one of those pinball machines you never really get tired of playing but you can't understand why.
9.660/10
1 year ago
Great game i think one of the best from a golden age of pinball!! 1993 who great games
5.765/10
1 year ago
I know at one point everyone loved this game because it the toys were new and exciting but unfortunately the game hasn't aged well at all. Clunky and repetitive. Some fun shots but not as fun as I remember it being. Maybe newer games are just more fun than some of these old timers.
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