Star Wars (Premium/LE)

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This game received 343 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.156 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Star Wars". The group itself ranks #35 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.779

Artwork: 8.025

Sounds/Music: 8.625

Other Aspects: 8.164

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This game is part of a group

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

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1 day ago
Got to spend a few hours on an LE this past week and was surprised how much I liked it as I had heard mixed reviews. Didn’t understand much of what I was doing but just kept blowing up the tie fighters. Would love to rent one for a month or two.
21 days ago
The hyperloop is flipping awesome... the rules and multipliers can get a bit overwhelming. We purchased the pro but after playing the premium on location really wish we would have spent the extra $$ for the premium.
22 days ago
See my rating for the pro. This one gets a smidge more for the cool Death Star feature but otherwise a weirdly lacklustre use of the Star Wars theme.
22 days ago
Wonderfull game!
26 days ago
I have been kicking around buying this title for years. I have passed on it numerous times for other titles. I finally grabbed a premium to hold me over until the Mandalorian shows up and I am absolutely loving it. The code is awesome!!. The hyperloop might be the coolest feature in a pinball machine. Yes it is a tough shooting game. Yes the left outlane is brutal. Yes it is a little left side heavy. But those traits keep me coming back for more. I only have about 50 or so games in so far but so far this one feels like it will stay in the lineup for a long time.
40 days ago
This game is wicked fast. Like can't see the ball fast. Especially when you hit a shot and the lights go out. Damn it can be brutally fast.

Premium gets the hyper loop which is fun. And the ramp under the deathstar is cool as well. Very smooth. Not very much flow. And very left side dominant means there isn't a ton to do with the left flipper.

Fun game. Premium adds good toys. Still need to make the deathstar blow up.

Great for a star wars fan tho!
45 days ago
Super fast game with unforgiving outlanes. Make poor shots and you will lose your ball quick. I personally love this because it makes for a challenging experience and makes your good games feel great! There are lots of modes and some of them tie into the theme really well (ex. Escape from Hoth has you shoot around the horseshoe shot multiple times to tie the cable around the ATAT legs/lightsaber duel is awesome). Jedi multi ball requires you to complete so many modes that I’m not sure I’ll reach it anytime soon, but it keeps me coming back to try harder! The sounds and call outs are great for any Star Wars fan. If you love Star Wars and enjoy a challenging game, you’ll love this title.
65 days ago
I was like everybody else when this first came out ! in fact you can see my comments in the thread about how disappointed I was. I now have owned the game for many many years and this is still one of my top games of all time. It’s like Richie put all his best shots that he ever did into this game yes not the most original but it doesn’t change it from being super super fun. The assets on it are phenomenal the hyper loop is amazing difficulty yes which is perfect for a home pin!
75 days ago
I am a huge Star Wars fan, and I bought the premium, hoping that my meh feelings about the pro would be proved wrong by going up a notch. Sadly, this game did not do it for me. The lighting, sounds, and toys were great. The flow, artwork, and overall enjoyment were left wanting. Side drains, awkward shots, and bouncing balls did nothing for the flow. I think this one would do well on location, or in a large collection, but I found that I constantly passed by it for my other machines. Ended up selling this one to another pinsider who really liked the game.
76 days ago
There is nothing bad to say about Star Wars. The machine is fast and fun!
3 months ago
Challenging but not frustrating. FAST. Always a smile when playing. Amazing theme integration with the movies, music, and sounds.
3 months ago
I just purchased a new premium going with Steve Ritchie's reputation for designing over 30 machines according to his "the making of star wars video."

It’s like he decided to make the most amazing pinball machine of all time,....but then he decided to make it so difficult that you will never be able to see any of it or accomplish it.

You need to set the game to 5 balls because it is such a ball suck. Seriously, you don’t stand a chance. It’s just total frustration. And like everyone else, I had to change the ball save setting to 25 seconds (max.) The machine averages 3-4 times that it saves a ball in 25 seconds. I had a group of friends over to hang out and play pinball. Each person that played averaged 16 ball saves. And, this includes we moved the post in for both gutter lanes. Everyone was excited for Star Wars, and then no one wanted to keep playing it.

If you don't have total control of the ball it is over quick. If you miss any shot, the chances of you losing your ball is HIGH. You better be prepared to spend hours working on the death star hit and overcoming frustration because of how extremely difficult it is, and you need numerous hits and challenges to eventually blow it up. Good luck with that. We take the glass out to let people play when we want them to actually have fun seeing it.

To summarize: Just look at all these posts. Everyone for the most part has the same issues. The game is too hard, the art is too plain and most people had to add balls and increase the time for ball save. Even youtube videos of good players have their comments about how much of a ball suck this game is. Again, what an amazing pinball, I’ve never seen anything so awesome before in what this pinball does. It’s just too bad you will never accomplish it to see it happen.
6 months ago
Played the pro model quite a bit at the local bowling alley. As a decent pinball player, getting replays was relatively easy. I did note the auto launch from the plunger was seemingly perfectly calibrated to cause an immediate drain, so I learned to be quick to plunge before the auto plunge got it first. Not fun losing a tilt warning / draining due to this “feature”.
I enjoy the theme well enough and frantically slapping the center button to blow up tie fighters. The hyperspace loop is fun, and who doesn’t want to blow up the Death Star? It’s worth a few bucks on location, but I’m not sure it would survive long in my private collection. Here’s to hoping JJP gets a Mandalorian license... I’d like to see a Star Wars pin where nothing is held back, but for what it’s worth, this pin is pretty good overall.
6 months ago
I had the premium and really enjoyed it. Fun game, plays pretty fast, great theming if you are a Star Wars fan especially.
6 months ago
Unknowable rules set, what were the coders thinking?
6 months ago
For me this Star Wars pin does not live up to the theme. Gameplay is just ok and the art is about as bad as art can be. It does have a great set of rules, though I don't think they are very accessible for most players. The rejects on the death star shot are very problematic.
6 months ago
If you love Star Wars, this machine has some great integrations with the movies, looks great and keeps you coming back for more. Love my LE

If you don’t own or owned this machine, and have had it at home then it would be hard to really appreciate it.
6 months ago
I am a big star wars guy! This missed the market enormously. Bad integration of movie. Really not even a LE with the features. Played all version but same game. Did get better with the code. I don't even think a top 100 machine.
6 months ago
Wow what a game.....
Rules, layout, and theme
Plays very fast and the Hyperspace is one of the coolest features followed closely by lightsaber duel. Gameplay keeps me coming back for more.
Just installed the R2D2 topper and that is one of the best topper currently on the market.
7 months ago
I had the opportunity to play this game for some time on free play -- and I can't imagine ever dropping quarters into this pin at another location. No matter how much time I spent trying to like this game, it just wasn't enjoyable. Sadly, the hyperspace / asteroid field mini [video] games were the highlights of this pin for me. A good theme wasted on an uninspired playfield layout.
8 months ago
Had this game for a few months and it just got so annoying. Terrible gameplay.
9 months ago
Star Wars Premium was the second game I purchased for my home collection. Overall, I am glad I own it, but I must admit that I have not completely warmed up to the game play. This game plays extremely fast and the outlane drains are pretty brutal--so much of the time you don't even have a chance to nudge the ball back into play, it just rifles out the side (particularly the left) and is gone. I am slowly getting better at making the tougher shots--in particular the hyperspace/death star shot--but it still plays pretty tough for me. The ramps are fun to hit, and the hyperspace loop is a really cool feature of the premium edition. I'm luke-warm on the asteroid video mode--it was fun at first, but lately I have found myself avoiding it, just to keep playing pinball, y'know? I got really excited the one time I blew up the death star--but I haven't been able to make that happen since, even as my play has improved. I don't think I have explored the code very far yet, since I'm still in survival mode most of the time. I'll be honest--I moved the outlane posts to the inner positions and set the game at 5 balls just to allow myself to play a little longer.

Sounds and light show are really cool--I do think the game does a good job of immersing the player in the Star Wars universe. But this is not the table for the casual player who only has one machine (or three). I could see how a more skilled player would enjoy the challenge the game presents, and as my own skills develop I am slowly enjoying it more and more. I may update my rating in the future as I get more time on the machine.

I never modify my games, but I did make an exception and installed PinStadium lighting in my game, just to give it a little more G.I. It's better now, and I don't think it interferes with the designers' intention of creating the dark space ambiance.
10 months ago
I've owned this game for over a year, and I have played it quite a bit. This is the game that pulled me back into pinball in general, and it holds a special place in my heart.

I think it is solid game overall.

My biggest complaint about this machine is that is a bit too unforgiving with poor shot placement and some of the auto-plunges etc...

Lastly, there is a lot of space in this pin - I think it was successful in creating really long flowing shots.
11 months ago
for me this game is terrific ! fun fun and fun, ambiance, game play, deeping of the missions, the balls crazy around the dead star (like gateway H S II), the flow .... I love this machine ! ! !
11 months ago
I played the pro version and i thought it sucked the big one, so i have ignored a LE that was at the arcade near me for a long time. This last weekend my wife had a baby shower and i had some time to kill. Wanted to play the pins i normally ignored, the last pin i played before i left was the SW LE. The Prem and LE would be a pin i would pony up the extra for, the shootable deathstar and hyper drive is amazing. The video modes and missions are amazing and where this pin really shines. I think the biggest downfall was the play field art it sucks, but they fixed it with the newer comic art.
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