Star Wars Comic Art (Premium)

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This game received 87 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.268 /10

8.268

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Star Wars". The group itself ranks #48 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.873

Artwork: 8.54

Sounds/Music: 8.482

Other Aspects: 8.269


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This game is part of a group

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Star Wars Comic Art (Premium)".
The other versions are: Star Wars (Pro) (regular version), Star Wars (Premium/LE), Star Wars Comic Art (Pro)


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8.920/10
36 days ago
Gosh. It's a dream theme and largely the theming works well. I have the Comic art and I know it's subjective but I like my pins bright and gaudy. Can't get into the "realistic" photoshop collage look of the OG. The Lightsaber duel light show is wonderful and I really like a lot of that is happening here. It's rare that an LCD screen adds to gameplay, and I like what the mini screen started here, but I wish it'd finish the job and do more of it.

It's good that it is difficult.

Choosing a character is fun and adds a lot of life to the game. Weird choice to go with R2 and not Chewie, but whatever.

From a toy perspective, I don't love how much of the target space is devoted to Tie Fighters. 3 stand ups and a bash toy? There is so much more in the universe to have utilized. The LCD Screen should easily have turned the 3 stand up targets into anything (shield generators, surface canons, etc) The hyperspace loop on the Premium is carrying a lot of weight here.

The amount of drains that happen out of the auto launch feels comical and hurts the ability for noobs to get into the game, IMO.

Edit: I've owned this one for a while and the short ball times turned out to be a huge draw to the kids and spouse. They really like it. Wish the death start shot was a bit wider, considering it's used as often as the UFO/Castle shots in an Eddy game, but Hitting it feels great when you do.
7.038/10
3 months ago
Too uncomplex, too simple gameplay, I don't like the integration with the pc/screen. Let's stick with the manuel pinball gameplay
9.420/10
3 months ago
A fun pin
9.900/10
5 months ago
At 1st glacé I was not liking SW at all. Very fast and difficult. Was frustrated and hard to figure out all the different modes/missions. Now I enjoy the game very much. Have figured out all the details so it has a lot going on. Not a starter pin for newbie but for advanced players in the hobby is a go! Comic book art is #1 vs standard.
8.620/10
8 months ago
Plays fast!
Love the theme and sound.
9.560/10
8 months ago
Blazing fast game an adrenaline rush; this game is not for the faint of heart, its a battle fighting this machine just how I like it, its very Steve Ritchie. Insanely smooth shots, in fact so smooth the ball picks up speed with each successful shot made on the fly until you cant blink! Such a rush. The impressive Hyperspace loop wireform is so over the top when its loaded, the shot is very satisfying because the hurry up really rushes you to make the shot on demand. Modes are excellent, finely crafted and they match the movie scenes like breaking into the shield generator building as the first 4 green shots, then those unlock the next 4 green shots to set the charges. I love how this game has extra side modes akin to Dwights coded masterpiece Star Trek Next Generation with Neutral Zone modes; this pin has Escape Boba Fett, and Lightsaber duels, and an old school video mode. This pin is completely packed with video from Episodes 4-6. Lastly the art is so well done its a marvel to simply look at and appreciate.
6.522/10
1 year ago
Big SW fan . Big pinball fan . But for me this machine doesn't come together.

Sorry
8.744/10
1 year ago
This table…at first I was like…meh…but after a few games and better understanding…I’m barely a starswars fan and I want to own this!!!! The flow is incredible!!! Even the pro isn’t that bad :) but the premium…wow
7.416/10
1 year ago
Better art than the original. Game play is just not there. Star Wars is a great theme still awaiting a great pinball.
9.460/10
1 year ago
What an absolute pleasure to flip. Bought this second hand thinking hope it doesn't suck like the Pro version I played in 2017(just after it was released). Man was I in for a suprise.
Wicked fast and very very fun. I added a Subwoofer and Shaker motor immediately after 2 days of ownership. Oh my goodness what a difference then updated to current 1.10 version.
Now Wife hates Starwars and after only 2 games looked at me and said this is a great game.She likes the lights and layout.

I'll do and update after 1000 plays but for now I'm loving the art/gameplay for sure.


Put on a ton of games.
Edit
This game is awesome I was playing older code and now 1.10v
Absolutely a blast to flip and Hyperspace loop is fantastically fun.
Art is beautiful
Call outs are fun.
Super stoked I own this pinball machine.
8.176/10
1 year ago
Great game. No the best. Could have done more with Star Wars. Some tough, borderline unfair shots
7.992/10
1 year ago
The comic art versions are far better as they don't hurt my eyes.
9.900/10
1 year ago
Best game ever! it is not for amateurs, feel the strength it is just this way you will be able to defeat the emperor. Sound, animation, effects, lighting and fantastic theme.
9.680/10
1 year ago
The Force is strong with this one!! Originally I was backed into this title when a deal had gone bad. Now its my go to pin. To see the iconic characters, movie clips, and music perfectly integrated for game play is from a galaxy far far away. Hyperspace multiball!!! Comic art, Premium model is required to properly feel the Force!!
9.352/10
1 year ago
When set up properly to avoid cheap drains, or with the new 1.10 code update for a proper ball save, this game is a blast. The comic art package is a big improvement over the original. Shot variety is great, and sound effects/movie dialogue during modes are very satisfying. Game code during actual modes is awesome, the big weakness is that mode stacking and the shot multiplier add a level of complexity and confusion that detracts from the theming. Best just to ignore those, and have fun!
9.800/10
1 year ago
This may be the last game I would ever sell! The comic art is significantly better than the initial photoshopped art. The rules in this game are out of this world and highly underrated. A shaker and pin woofer speaker upgrade system are well worth it on this title. I have owned a pro relay liked it but the premium is much better. The hyper loop is a real cool toy. This is game is a combination of Iron Man and GOT for me . Speed game combined with detailed rules and strategy.
10.000/10
1 year ago
After a few hundred plays on my new SW Comics Premium, it is unquestionably my favorite pin in my collection, and possibly my favorite ever.

I can see how it might not be for everyone, but for me the insane speed, challenge, endless variety of strategies, not to mention the amazing theme integration and some of the most fun toys (i still grin like an idiot every time I hit the hyperloop) and modes I’ve ever experienced, make for a package that is even greater than the already excellent sum of its parts.

Sure it can be frustrating at times, it takes a bit of commitment and patience to really learn it, but then you get some of the most exciting, sweaty and exhilarating games pinball has to offer. Oh, and it is gorgeous too...

I absolutely love this game. 10/10
9.900/10
1 year ago
Love this pin. Yes it can be a drain monster, but it is challenging and once you get the feel of this pin and have a great game , it is rewarding. No hate for this pin, love it.
9.920/10
1 year ago
Amazing game!
10.000/10
2 years ago
I played this game on location and it took my money very fast. Ball after ball went down the left lane or SDTM. I however love this theme and after doing some research on this site saw the potential. I have owned my Star wars Comic Premium for a month now and love,love,love it! I would guess that most of the bad feedback/ratings this game gets would be due to poor location setup. It took me a while to find the games sweet spot. I tried many angles around the 6.5 degree recommended angle and I’m very happy now. No more poor drains. This game deserves initial patience and it will pay you back big time. I’m so glad stern re done the artwork. Give this game a chance as it should be rated way better. Hi from New Zealand :-)
Update: I updated my machine to the new code V1.10. Wow what a difference an update can make. Stern have addresses the cheep drain issues by adding longer ball saves, this has made the game even more enjoyable. Thanks Stern!
8.375/10
2 years ago
Once you get past the lack of toys the game is real fun the music and callouts Are amazing
6.623/10
2 years ago
This is the best Star Wars Pinball game ever made.

The Pros:
A solid ruleset from the get go. I like the 4 multiball miniwiz modes. A solid layout that reminds me of No Fear. The shots are slightly wider and more playable. Crazy Ritchie flow when you can find it. I am used to seeing a fan with a 3rd flipper or 3 banks with orbits and ramps between them from SR. This game, GoT and NF have made me re-think his designs and I have to give the designer the credit he is due. The art package and sounds are solid! The modes are easy to read from the screen and can be stacked in certain cases. Choosing the right hero from the movie makes a big difference in game strategy and play. The inner horseshoe loop shows that even the King can learn from new blood. This PF is very well laid out and the double skillshot makes any pinhead smile! Learning how to work the combos will make a hyooj difference in your score and while R2-D2 can help with that... there is lots to do in the modes as well. I also like the nice little nod to the original DE game with the trooper/tiefighter shootout that makes you play the bongos on the lockbar whammy button! Multiple modes and hurryups mean that you are shooting all over the PF and making strategic choices with every shot. I am VERY interested to see how the newer versions of the S/W compare to what we have right now. This is a great start and this game really gives an immersive Star Wars pinball experience while getting the balance right between playability, depth and FUN!

The Cons:
The rules, even in this state with a video screen are not that easy to "get". Even the color coding of the bonus x shots on the pf in coordination with the whammy button will confustipate most (and just about every one of the casual) players. Don't tilt, you will lose your bonus which can easily be half your score in a game. This will probably be addressed in the future with updates. Some of the hungriest outlanes I have ever encountered in a modern pinball game. Barry Oursler would be proud! While some people love the highspeed supercharger, I am not so sure that this thing has a place in the gameplay. Especially the ramp that leads up to the shot. It really needs to be tuned to meet the standards of Ritchie Flowball.

The Takeaway:
A much better game than I thought it would be stepping up to it. Stern has got a winner on it's hands and the Star Wars faithful finally have a pinball game worthy of the lore of the movies. I will update this review as the software is updated and balanced.

May the Pin-Force be with you!

Update:
This game requires deep pinball knowledge of the ruleset and is a bit of a chore to play. Playfield multipliers are king and the opportunities to score need to be carefully built up and executed. I am not a fan of the game auto kicking the ball into the outlanes after a short ball saver. I know, I know... play better and take control of the plunge when the ball exits the pf... Software updates are solid, but I just am not interested in playing this game any more than I have to. Not a good sign. We shall see what the future holds for this table and how much more code\excitement can be squeezed out of this game.

Update v2:
Star Wars really requires deeper table knowledge than ever for a Steve Ritchie game. Just like Game of Thrones, the first decision that you make before you even plunge your first ball will be a determining factor of how you approach your game strategy. Most players now seem to be choosing Han or R2D2. A huge factor in this decision is how close you are to a mini-wizard multiball mode from the start of the game. The light Saber mode is a lot of fun and the smaller adjustments to the gameplay really make the difference between what felt like a good game and what now feels like a more complete game. The red/blue light show is way sweet! I am still not sure how to really work the video mode for big points, but the Gyruss controls and the whammy button warping the the speed through the asteroid field are fun. I guess I need to set the multiplier to this lane when I start the mode as well. PF multis make a huge difference in this game and I have seen a few billion point shots made by people who know this code better than I do. If you like Steve Ritchie designs that will constantly keep you playing and thinking at all times. This game is for you.

Update v.3:
I have tried. I have really tried. Really, really, really tried to like this game. This game defines the word "flowball". Either your shots flow or you die. That's this game. How many times have I played this game and the ball autoplunges into the left outlane? This game has one of the most dangerous plunges I have ever experienced. Houseballs all around. This game is even more of a luckbox than WoF. While the modes are well diversified, the layout is one of Ritchie's worst. The rules, while deep, require specific knowledge of the table you are playing to the point of choosing Han or R2D2 can rule or kill your game outright. This is SR's worst design PF since BK2K. If you tune this game properly, there is a player in there. But this table is just not fun for me anymore and no amount of code is going to make this layout sing. Scores reduced accordingly.

Boba Fett is on this game. Yay...
9.023/10
2 years ago
STERN Star Was is the best Star Wars Pinball based on the original trilogy ever made . It is all about the game play. The modes are represented great in synergy to the LCD film clips and voice overs from the original films . The music by John Williams score is excellent . All this brings you into the Star Wars original Trilogy universe . The game play is hard. But there are so many ways to choose to play the rule-set. The shot multiplier system is very addicting as you learn how you may manually move the shots around the playfield for maximum scoring . I have never played a pinball game with this type of control given to the player. This style of code brings so much "breadth" of strategically building up you shot multipliers and choosing different main character from the Star Wars 1977 film to aid you through your playing experience . It is a " masterpiece" in coding and fun. And "Fun" is what defines a great pinball machine .
6.823/10
2 years ago
I'm not fan of star wars and can't get into this game. Some people I know really love it and can make a ball last forever. I don't like the animations and the gameplay is boring. Sound is great though. I only play it when its required on league night.
9.620/10
2 years ago
When I first played Stern's Star Wars, it was a Pro, since the Premium and LE had not come out at the time. I definitely was underwhelmed with the Pro, albeit the code was quite immature at the time time. As a dream theme, I was gutted that I did not connect with Star Wars (Pro).
All changed when someone in my family purchased the Star Wars Premium machine. Playing it at home, I got really into the machine and started to appreciate what Steve, Dwight and team were going for. The Premium machine is an absolute beauty! The rules are deep (which means the machine will have a long lastability in any collection), the toys are cool, especially the hyperloop/hyper drive. The artwork is great and even better with the new Comic Art edition, and of course the integration with music, video and sound from the glorious original trilogy is the icing on the cake.
The game is brutal, but if you play it long enough, you will appreciate it, just like Stern's other brutal game, TWD.

Stern's Star Wars Premium is a great machine (with a great theme), which I hope others that may have dismissed it back in 2017/18 would come back to it and play it / experience it again - I guarantee they will be pleasantly surprised, just like I was.
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