Star Wars (Pro) (Stern, 2017)

Star Wars (Pro)

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This game received 202 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.492 /10

7.492

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Star Wars". The group itself ranks #28 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.973

Artwork: 7.578

Sounds/Music: 8.054

Other Aspects: 7.432



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


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6.288/10
8 days ago
I own it. Don't care for it. Rules don't mesh well with the layout. Shots do feel good and satisfying to hit, but the pin just isn't much fun. I don't like the implementation of the rules. Gets repetitive.
7.481/10
53 days ago
Fun to play the different modes, but gets a bit repetitive without the greatest flow, and the playfield seems a bit stark and spacious (in not a good way). Game rules are actually somewhat confusing too. Gets kind of old pretty quick.
9.840/10
58 days ago
Star Wars Pinball Machine Review

Summary and First Impressions

The first time I saw a picture of the Star Wars Pro machine on the Stern website I was underwhelmed. "Where are the toys? The playfield seems so empty..." were the questions and comments that popped into my head. A few months later I was able to play the machine at the "Southern Fried Gaming Expo" in Atlanta. My first few plays of the Pro were quick drains, I didn't understand the rules and the number of gameplay options and modes the game provided was overwhelming; I didn't like it. But I kept coming back to it time and time again over the course of that weekend, intrigued by its fast loops and satisfying shots. My wife and I watched a much better player than myself blow the premium up for something like 2 billion points; it was watching him that I learned the center button was used to shoot tie fighters. It became apparent that the game was much deeper than I understood and would take many games to truly appreciate.

That same player who rocked the premium machine also introduced me to a local restaurant/bar/comic-shop/pinball arcade called "My Parent's Basement." It was at that place that I would play the majority of my games of Star Wars. I still couldn't learn the rules fully at the machine, the internet was needed for that. However, once I understood the rules the game opened up and I started to enjoy it tremendously more. It's quickly become one of my favorite games.

What I've come to understand about Star Wars is that it is a pinball enthusiast's game. It's scant on toys and gimmicks (though the premium has the hyperloop) but BIG on layout, rules, and gameplay.

Highlights
* The game shoots very fast and very smooth. The inner horseshoe shots come back to the flipper at a blazing speed!
* The Tie-fighter hurry up - by hitting the tie-fighter bash target the player will eventually start a hurry up. Hitting the bash target within the time allotted will allow the player to "shoot tie fighters" by rapidly pressing the center action button. This, of course, requires you to take 1 hand off a flipper WHILE THE BALL IS LIVE! Destroying tie-fighters one of the main ways to start a major multi-ball mode so there is a large incentive to hit that button! Sometimes you can trap with the other flipper... sometimes you can't, what'cha gonna do?! Great risk/reward mechanic.
* Characters - At the start of the game you choose one of four Star Wars characters to play as, with each giving you a unique bonus that can change the way you approach the strategy of how you play. For instance, Luke is "good with the force," meaning he spots you a FORCE target making it easier to finish the Jedi rank objectives.
* Multipliers - One of the central mechanics of the game is the shot multiplier. This feature can be toggled on and off by the action button. Multipliers can be gained by hitting the risky screen standup targets, enabling the player to increase it to 20, which can be doubled to 40 by another mechanic. As the multiplier goes up the number of shots the multiplier applies to goes from 3 down to 1 and it will last less and less time before it resets back to 2x. While the multiplier is toggled off the player can move the shot it's applied to using the flippers, however finding the time and place to do so in the middle of a live ball is one of the skills of the game. Hitting a shot for BIG points with the multiplier is one of the cooler moments of the game.

Misses
* There's just no way you are learning this game's ruleset through trial and error on the machine. Go look up the rule sheet, a tutorial video or get a friend to teach you.
* The game plunges directly to the middle of the playfield creating a kind of wild situation where occasionally you'll get some cheap drains. The better you are at control the less of an issue this will be for you, but for beginner players, it can be frustrating.
* I don't like the asteroid video mode. Too long and slow. Not enough happening.

Layout
+ Fast, very satisfying to shoot the inner loop
+ All the shots were very hittable on the machines I played
- Plunge arrangement sometimes leads to some cheap early drains

Rules
+ Plenty of risk-reward mechanics that lead to tense and fun gameplay situations
+ Great usage of the action button
+ DEEP ruleset with plenty of strategic choices
- DEEP ruleset that you are simply never going to learn without help
- Wack asteroid field mini-game

Toys
+ Moving Tie-fighter is cool
- Deathstar kinda just sits there on the pro. Not much else happening

Gameplay
+ This is a fun table to shoot. Even without knowing the rules I kept coming back to it. Once you know the rules you're hooked!

Art
+ Great art package, does the theme well. I can find no fault

Sound and Music
+ I mean it's got star wars music! Seriously though, great SFX, callouts, and music. Voices worked well even without the original cast.

Conclusion

I know this game kinda gets a bad rap but I honestly think more enthusiasts should give it a second look. It shoots great, has deep rules and integrates the theme very well, even without many toys and gimmicks. Just do yourself a favor and give the rule sheet a once over!
7.576/10
77 days ago
Wanted to love this game since I am a big Star Wars fan. Didn't care for the flow, but it just may be my average skill. I like playing it, but could not see myself adding to collection. Maybe more time playing it will change my mind.
8.892/10
3 months ago
welly welly, what an underrated little gem we have here.
I did not like this game very much on location. But, the same team that developed GOT worked on this and I am a big fan of GOT (PRO), so I finally had to give this a shot in a home setting. Don't buy into the hate this game gets on pinside; it's bad ass! but I get it, it's not for everyone. It's a players wet dream pin for sure - if you like dolls and simple one-two rulesets, you will not like this game.

This game shines in the gameplay and rules department. The rules are next level fantastic. So much to do, so much to explore. There are so many paths you can go with the rules. The synergy with the rules, layout, and gameplay is fantastic. The ramps aren't all that great but the rest of the shots on the game are very fun and satisfying to shoot. And when you can string in some fast and rare combos, the game can really put a 'holy shit, that was awesome' smile on your face.

Sound package is top notch. I really wasn't a fan of the custom voices at first, but they have really grown on me and fit well with the mixture of a movie call outs.

This game keeps pulling me in time and time again. I can tackle the game different ways each time; not just with different characters but with different play factors. I cant speak highly enough about the rules and strategies that the game offers. Probably the best rules package in pinball.

Toys and Gimmicks: Well, if you like dolls that are a major mechanic of a game, then you won't like this. The game feels like it was built for players that want to play pinball all the time; not just once in awhile with something pretty to look at. The action button is used great with the add-a-ball stacking features, Tie fighters, and multipliers. Very risk/rewardy are the toys and gimmicks in this game.

Artwork is fantastic on the cabinet and translite, not so much on the play field but it does get the job done. Lighting is superb; so much going on. It is a little distracting, but very much like TWD in that it brings out the theme and modes much better and really makes for an outstanding experience.

Fun & Lastability: What I can I say; I cant stop playing or thinking about this game. It delivers on all levels of wanting to play over and over again with a great mixture of brutality and fun.


Cons:
- Scoring Display. Don't get me wrong; scoring is fantastic and very well balanced with how they utilized a multiplier that can build up to 40X. But aside from Hyperspace Multiball; displaying big value shots is lacking bad on this game which is a bummer because that's something I really enjoy in pinball. When you defeat one of the main planet multi balls, there is no score displayed ANYWHERE for the shot you just made. Show me the money!! There's a lot of inconsistencies on when the display shows big value shots vs not showing them. Another example is Light Saber Duel, while it shows your shot values, it does not show your total LSD score for the mode. Only way you know if you did good on it is if you just happened to break the high score table for it.
- very much like TWD and IM this game can give out a cheap drain from time to time. Not as bad as IM and TWD cheap drains, but it still can happen. I think the rules more than make up for this though because of how quick the progression can be.
- There's a couple minor bugs like the sound cutting out if you happen to change the multiplier during a mode start sequence; but you have to do this at just the right precise time so it's really minor.
6.001/10
3 months ago
Very disappointing considering the license. Comes off as a paint-by-numbers shooter that was rushed out.
6.747/10
3 months ago
Didn’t last long, too barren, artwork and animations are pretty weak.
8.840/10
4 months ago
Addictive, fast and challenging. Good effort from Stern, could be improved with future code tweeks. Similar flow to GOT and ST. A good earner on location along with GOTG
9.520/10
4 months ago
First new in box purchase and have not been disappointed.
The PRO version gives a similar vibe to the Data East version, while also giving an update to the game. It's also the only backglass to feature Yoda, which was a selling point for me.
The game itself continues to improve with each code update. The lightsaber dual mode is highly addicting and never gets old. Escape from Boba Fett applies pressure and tests your ability.
If you are a fan of pinball and also a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, you cannot go wrong with this machine. The ability to choose your character's path gives a different dynamic each time you play.
9.020/10
5 months ago
Well, I bought this pin without even playing it first. That's how I roll though, I see something I like, I research it on the forums, watch YouTube videos and go for it. I currently own a Stern Star Trek too. The play through is a bit smoother on the ST, I have to admit. However, the live video and the nostalgia of Star Wars make up for it. The game play on Star Wars makes you think making your play more strategic and less about just tapping the flippers. It is very competitive and I like the open playfield. I give it a thumbs up!
8.272/10
5 months ago
The 1st time I played this game, I absolutely hated it! I was really bummed out that this game was so terrible when I loved the theme so much. I wanted so much for it to be good and it just was not. THEN they started updating the code. It's amazing what a code update can do for a game! The newest code has made the game flow much more smoothly and now the shots make much more sense plus the video mode is pretty awesome! I actually enjoy playing it now.

The biggest complaint that I have of this game is that it's not intuitive- at all. Most shots are hurry-ups and you don't have enough time to figure out what you're supposed to be shooting for before the time runs out. The more familiar I get with the game, the more sense it makes but initially it's a lot to take in.

Also, beware the rapid-fire tie fighter center button shot. It's a major ball drainer. I'm pretty sure it's designed just to make me take my hands off the flippers so I lose my ball.
6.590/10
5 months ago
Could change with time, but first impression is not good. Feels like a tiny step up from Gottlieb street level pins, rules might be great at home, but not straight forward enough for casual location pin.
7.256/10
6 months ago
Not a bad game, but it just doesn't grab me like some of the other Stern games. I like the theme way more then say, ACDC or Metallica, but when it comes down to it I like those other games quite a bit more then Star Wars.
7.812/10
6 months ago
Relatively basic design... I feel like they could have done more with this modern IP, but overall still fun. It's my sons new favorite machine, but that probably has more to do with it being Star Wars than the actual game play :)
7.133/10
6 months ago
The game is nice but clearly built for attention of the franchise. They could have done so much more with this title. Generic art, basic movie clips and not much else going for it.

The scoring is also a heavy tilt towards the better players who know the very specific rules and how to exploit multipliers. If an amateur walks up to this game, they don't stand a chance at producing what is considered a good score without a lot of luck behind it.

Wish I could like this more, theme is fantastic, but game is lacking.
7.101/10
7 months ago
Really great shooter. I was pleasantly surprised. Art looks WAY better in person. Didn’t get much time with the code, but it was hella confusing. I understood a little bit about what to do but for the most part, I had no idea what the hell was going on. I didn’t like the multipliers or the ability to stack modes. The pro is really stripped down with not enough toys on it unfortunately. Stern could have added so many more toys to really attract the player. I enjoyed the sound as it fit well with the theme. The game lighting is unbelievably good. Really makes the not so great playfield art so much better. Despite all of that, it is still undoubtedly one of the best shooting games I have ever played.
6.943/10
7 months ago
Not that great... I had high hopes. Played this a lot since it is at my local bar. However I just hate the shots, and the empty play-field. Not worth the price tag, they must have put all of the money into the licensing.
9.276/10
7 months ago
First time I have bought a pro versus LE and could not be happier. This game has great rules, light show, integration with the movie, large screen monitor,beautiful cabinet decals. No it does not have the LE toys but it is a lot cheaper and you get a lot for the money. This is a speed game with wide and deep rules. The action button is the major "toy" and is used extensively in game play. I like the fact you can adjust the multipliers , have many real choices in how to set up your game ( Dr Who on steroids) and the Video game type approach to shooting down TIE fighters is all real cool. I added FF back box speakers and an external sub and that makes a dramatic difference in the game sound experience. Once you get the game cooking it is a real treat. I have had no quality issues with the physical aspects of the game after 100 or so plays. There is a software bug that has been identified that turns off power to the flippers once in a blue moon during game play. I am sure it will be fixed. I am running the latest software and it is pretty deep at this point and Stern is claiming to be adding more. We will see on that. So if you are looking for a 5K or so game this may be a real option for you.
9.360/10
7 months ago
Took a while to warm up. But such a fun game. Fast, sounds great. Just fun to play
5.576/10
7 months ago
Worst Stern game of last 5 years. Pro version playfield looks like they forgot to install a bunch of stuff
7.100/10
8 months ago
Nice looking game, reminds of lethal weapon release back in the day, that had a nice looking, well lit playfield but not the back glass tho....star wars just seemed to open of a fan lay out with long shots, but plays good ,smooth and fast ...not much to it feel for me, fire power could be better? I was let down on game play and the playfield for this new machine,not the worse game ever, just bland in my opinion. I will try premiumn when I find one, hope it's better....not a keeper for me
6.738/10
9 months ago
I LOVE Star Wars. I have over $20K of Star Wars collectibles in my home office, yet I do not own any Star Wars pinball machines. That is always the number one question people ask me when they are at my house. “You love Star Wars and you love pinball, so why don’t you have a Star Wars pinball machine?” The answer is simple, I don’t like any of them. I have put in 40+ games on this new Stern title. I am just not feeling it. Enjoyment is such a subjective thing. I am not slamming the machine. There are a lot of nice things that I can appreciate, but it just doesn’t move and excite me. I need to be moved. Most of all, I need to have fun. I did not find this machine to be fun. I can’t pinpoint exactly why this game falls short me, so I will leave it to the other reviews to point out its deficiencies or its strong points. I guess my main criticism would boil down to theme integration, artwork and too much video integration to carry the lacking gameplay. I am glad to hear that some of you are really enjoying this title. It’s just not for me. I will continue to play to see if I can revise my rating in the future. May the force be with you!
7.995/10
9 months ago
I’m not a big fan of the Star Wars movies but I think that Star Wars is a fantastic game. I don’t understand why people are hating on this game. It doesn’t feel cheap and plays very smoothly with a deep rule set. It plays super fast and is a truly tough game. Ball control is a must and being able to make shots on the fly. The rules are quite dee and there are several choices for the player to make like what character to play as and what modes to stack. The modes are all quite unique and you really feel you are a part of the story. The screen is very well integrated with movie clips that really immerse you. The sound effects are superb as well, many quotes from the movies, lots of great sound effects, and of course the wonderful score from the Star Wars films. Too many multiballs to count and more than enough modes. I love the integration of the button on the lockdown bar to destroy tie fighters because you have to try to get control of the ball as fast as possible to allow yourself to spam the button safely, otherwise you risk draining with one hand off the flipper button. Overall one of my favorite games.
8.465/10
9 months ago
SW pro is a great game. The flow is super fast and the game rewards this kind of play. The drains are also just as fast so it has a good risk/reward profile. Unfortunately I have to compare this to the Premium I would argue that the shots are too easy on the pro. There are no interactive toys. I wouldn't call the tie fighter anything more than a stand up target with a spring. At least Got has a dragon that moves and spits the ball ball back at you. No excuses there stern. I do not like the translite art. Also forgot to mention the code and strategy is very deep and Steve and the design team have outdone themselves.
6.872/10
10 months ago
It may be the best Star Wars game ever released but unfortunately that isn't saying much. The game is fun but for a legendary theme like Star Wars it should have been so much more than it is. It would have been fun to see a more feature filled game similar to Ghostbusters on a theme like this.
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