Star Wars (Premium/LE)

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This game received 320 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.140 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Star Wars". The group itself ranks #40 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.763

Artwork: 8.026

Sounds/Music: 8.6

Other Aspects: 8.143

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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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12 days ago
Greatest theme ever presented in a near perfect pinball experience
Layout is safe, but smooth and fun to shoot
The code is next level awesome, so much work has gone into it & it’s a machine that really needs to be in a home environment to be fully appreciated
The hyper loop toy/ramp has to be one of the best gimmicks ever!
31 days 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.
36 days ago
I had the premium and really enjoyed it. Fun game, plays pretty fast, great theming if you are a Star Wars fan especially.
44 days ago
Unknowable rules set, what were the coders thinking?
46 days 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.
47 days 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.
47 days 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.
54 days 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.
69 days 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.
3 months ago
Had this game for a few months and it just got so annoying. Terrible gameplay.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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 ! ! !
6 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.
6 months ago
This pin seems like such a waste considering it having the theme of all themes to work with. The rules are deep, but the out lanes are so incredibly hungry it kills the fun. There is just no way to get in a good flow on it even though it has lots of modes and there is variety with being able to play as the four different characters. It’s really hard to get to the fun stuff, but not in a good way. More in a “maybe I’ll get extremely lucky where I don’t get a ton of cheap drains” way it seems like you can play it forever and it feels like more luck than skill. While the comic book version is gorgeous, the art on this one is really kind if blah to me. Video mode gets old real fast. Overall this is a big L given what it could have been with some tweaks.
7 months ago
This title should def be higher then its current rank. You can’t get anymore classic then Star Wars. Plays very fast. Hyperspace is one of the coolest features followed closely by lightsaber duel. You definitely have to hone in your shot making as that DeathStar shot is extremely difficult but doable. Gameplay keeps me coming back for more. Just installed the R2D2 topper and that alone should boost this pins ranking. May the force be with you.....always.
7 months ago
I think my expectations were too high for this pin. The theme was spot on, but the execution left a bit to be desired. I've found this pin difficult to have fun playing. The ruleset was initially a bit confusing, and I've never really figured out a strategy. The playfield feels bare and open. The Premium / LE do a nice job of adding the lower ramp and the exploding Death Star, but those still leave a pretty barren center of the game. The Tie Fighter on a spring also doesn't really do it for me. I'll definitely play this on location, but usually give up after a round or two.
7 months ago
I want to love this game, but it is just not that much fun. I am not a fan of plastic ramps, but they can still be used in a way that works. Elvira uses plastic ramps well, Star warns... not so much. I wish this game was better. I wanted to buy it and bring it home, could not do it.
8 months ago
I’m a Star Wars nut and this pin doesn’t do it for me. It feels like cheap star wars without any nostalgia. It provides zero sense of adventure or continuity between balls. Has it been themed more specific to one film, I think I’d be more interested. But the smattering of Luke Leia and Han all over the artwork is ugly. Back glass art is also bad.

All of that being’s a drain monster that offers little flow at all. Richie may be getting too old for this.
8 months ago
Didn’t like this game when it came out.

Has grown on me over time and now I love it.
11 months ago
I really can't understand how such a jewel is so low in the ranking, fantastic theme (star wars is always star wars) fast, extremely fun and rewarding game, the multipliers are difficult to understand at the beginning but dedicate them time because the score it's all there. if you tried it once, give it a second chance because it's worth it, the duel with swords is incredible and conveys adrenaline, I just want to be stronger to play longer
11 months ago
Not great, but good pin.
1 year ago
As a Star Wars fan I like the music,artwork,video and speech.But it's very fast and drains down the outlanes too much.Im not the greatest player but I find this game to be difficult rather then fun.Hyperspace is a nice feature
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Star Wars has good features and good music and sounds. The toys are cool. The movie scenes are great The game is hard, it is very fast and the ball comes down really fast and you lose it.Easy to lose the ball down either side
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