Star Wars (Pro)

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This game received 325 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.559 /10

7.559

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 3rd in the game group "Star Wars". The group itself ranks #39 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.094

Artwork: 7.687

Sounds/Music: 8.09

Other Aspects: 7.454



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This game is part of a group

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


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7.416/10
16 days ago
A good game, it can be fast and furious but give it time to lean the rules and shots and can be rewarding! Great light show great sound nice flow
4.656/10
20 days ago
Wow, almost bought one of these before I had the chance to play. Like many, was drawn in by the theme as a huge Star Wars fan. Finally got a few plays in this weekend and was even more disappointed then I thought possible, even after seeing some reviews. The start is cool with the character and mission selection, I also enjoyed some of the clips and missions. Clearly a lot of effort has gone into the animations/rules. Unfortunately this has come at the cost of proper playfield toys or anything remotely exciting. The flow is ok but after a few plays it all feels really repetitive and you keep hoping to see something cool, unfortunately it never comes. Expected so much more from a theme like this....
7.716/10
35 days ago
Despite the barren playfield, this is a fun machine. It plays very fast - perhaps more so than even other Richie-designed games. Surprisingly, even though it plays very fast and I’m not a great player, it is not a drain-fest. Average players like me can hang around for awhile and explore the rules and modes of this game. I wish it had more toys/gimmicks - even the Premium seems a little sparse, but you get a little more for your extra $2k. I don’t think I’ll ever own one, but I enjoy playing a few games on it when I see it on location.
8.040/10
64 days ago
While this isn't a bad game, it seems like it could have been designed and implemented much better. Enjoyable, but not one I'd miss playing if i couldn't find one.
5.653/10
77 days ago
This game is as unintuitive as any game out there. I didn't care to take the time to figure out this game because it was not enjoyable. I enjoyed Star Wars movies and was hoping this would be a fun game. This game is very difficult to get into and it looks like the money went into the licensing and not the game. I think it is a huge disappointment.
9.640/10
80 days ago
First game, first love. This is star wars pinball packed in full license. Toys like pf lcd, death star, fighter, great ramp shots, multiplier on targets makes this pin one of the best all time. Highly recommended.
5.624/10
82 days ago
Disappointing game. Great theme bad design.
9.660/10
3 months ago
I decided to wait almost a year & a half to rate this machine, in order to ensure I did so fairly & well past any "honeymoon phase". It's also allowed me time to become a more informed & better pinball player overall prior to rating.

In short : 18 months in ... I love this game. My family loves this game. Friends (adults & kids) who come over all enjoy playing this game. This pin is great for home-use. Now, onto some details...


The Good: Theme integration is simply fantastic. There is an absolute TON of video and audio clips well-integrated to game play, missions, and shots. The rule set is DEEP, allowing you to spend significant time growing & exploring the game with 4 characters (Luke, Leia, R2D2, Han Solo) each having their own unique play impacts/rewards. 4 sets of mission 'bundles' (Tatooine, Hoth, Endor, Death Star) each have multi missions, and each one's final mission is a MB (which upon winning that unlocks another Victory MB). You've got Video mode which is an asteroid mini-video game, tie fighter mash gimmick (which once you realize the importance of how this contributes to extra ball milestones makes it key), and side missions like Escape from Boba Fett & Lightsaber duel. I have only made it to the final wizard Emperor battle twice, and I didn't even realize it existed for the first few months of having the machine!.

The lighting is great, especially with mirror blades on the side which help the "star/galaxy" theming of the playfield. The LEDs pop and change color in modes to really suck/bring you in... I love playing this thing with the room darkened. Some folks may not like the strobing effects that occur in some modes (I'm looking at you Boba Fett and All Escape), but I personally like it. (I do realize some people may not, so this is personal preference.)

I can have as much fun watching someone playing the game & progressing through wins as doing so myself (due to the significant amount of video/audio clips). My wife & kids all love this game, and guests always end up spending more time on this machine than others in our house (vs our other pinball & multi-cade machines ) ... which tells you how much people dig this.



The Recently Improved: The Q4 2020 code update was a great improvement. Now you have configurable ball save timers, helping reduce the number of "cheap drains" after plunge as well as the Tatooine scoop shot eject (1-2 seconds on the latter is all you need). Plus, the new DJ Mixer option allows for the kids to have a blast listening to iconic Star Wars themed music.



The Cons: This game is fast & certainly can be hard. Some reviews have called this a drain monster, but there are now settings to partially help with that. Play certainly benefits if you are good at "nudging/bumping".
It shines in home-use allowing skill-growth/deeper-exploration-of-the-codes and where you can ease control over some settings (ball save timers, mission difficulties, tilt sensitivity, etc.) to really enjoy an incredibly immersive experience. I don't think it's as much fun for onsite/pp-play where you're just fighting constantly to save the ball & unable to appreciate the video & audio callouts.
Many people will note the basic Pro playfield is bare... That is absolutely true. However, that also means you've got plenty of options & spots to put in additional toys - I added mini AT-ATs, an extra Tie Fighter, an X-Wing, and the Millennium Falcon to my Pro. Easy & cheap additions that helped make it "pop".
Lastly, I will state that a MAJOR part of enjoyment with this game is the overall them of Star Wars & the video/audio clips. If you are not a Star Wars fan, then this is probably not a great pin for you (because otherwise you're not 'enjoying' listening to Harrison Ford as Han Solo, or zooming into the AT-AT from a snow speeder's POV, or seeing lightsaber fight clips, or watching Lando celebrate after blowing up the Death Start atop Endor, etc. etc.) FYI, even a die-hard fan will sometimes want to strangle Yoda when he chastises you at the end of each ball ... yes, I was "reckless" when I tilted, lol. :)
9.464/10
3 months ago
Both family friendly and very deep rules for a serious player.
6.789/10
3 months ago
When I decided to join the hobby and buy my first pin, Star Wars was the first pin I researched, since I LOVE the theme. However, after reading reviews about it, I went another way and bought Stern JP instead (followed by AIQ). I then got a chance to play the pin on location several times to see why the reviews had been the way they were and if they were unfair. Overall, the most impressive thing for me for this pin are the callouts and music (5 out of 5 there). The cabinet and general artwork is also really pretty. As far as gameplay, I can agree that perhaps there was more potential for this pin with this theme. I wish there was more variety of shots on this game; for me, the ruleset and multipliers were a little confusing (though I think perhaps if I had this pin at home, rather playing on location, I'd change my mind about that). The combos on this game are rather fun, though I will have to agree with some other reviewers that the outlanes do cause lots of cheap drains, just when you are about to get a rhythm. I think overall, the game can be fun, yet a little underwhelming for the expectation one has of the theme.
7.380/10
3 months ago
With the biggest licence of all time, you have a tremendous responsibility. And of course Stern underdlivered, as they painfully did with Indiana Jones. Seriously, why even bother. A standard pinball experince, extremely predictable in every way. It's not terrible, just disappointing, because it had enormous potential.

This is not the Star Wars pinball game you're looking for....move along.
9.900/10
4 months ago
Really a fun and fast game with enjoyable theme integration. The shots are so smooth. The rules are deep, but the lit shots are obvious. Obtaining maximum high score may involve exploiting more complex, but unique rules like being able to move shot multipliers, however for me thats what gives it lastability and something to look ahead to if/when I want to dig in and not just follow the basic rules. The Star Wars animations, music and sounds are nostalgic for me and just plain awesome. IMDN and JP have taken a back seat right now...although they're both awesome too.
5.526/10
4 months ago
Perfect pinball for people who like fast and difficult pinball. It becomes exasperating the times the ball slips through the sides. The bad thing about this pinball is the arts, it seems that it was made with photoshop, it doesn't surprise you like the pinball arts of the 80's and 90's. This could have been the definitive Star Wars pinball, but I think they have not succeeded, I hope that in a reissue they will. The good thing is that you have images of the original trilogy, for Star Wars fans this pinball never disappoints.
4.428/10
4 months ago
So happy that we could sell this game.
4.623/10
4 months ago
The game is too confusing to find the shots required for modes. Overlapping colors and flashes make it difficult to find the mode shots needed. This is a game for the rules wonks and anyone else has practically no chance to understand what to do.
The ball launch feed is the worst, least enjoyable in all of pinball giving unpredictable bounces and multiple hopeless drains. I hate this game.
5.623/10
4 months ago
Another in a long line of Star Wars products with no substance. I wish the-powers-that-be would realize forcing all resources into the licensing fee results in a terrible product.
9.500/10
5 months ago
What a great game. Multiplers are confusing at first but they grew on you and rims reward makes it fun. Everyone’s thinks the action button is for pounding which is a shame since is the multiplier complexity that really makes the game fun.
8.243/10
6 months ago
Very good game. Shoots wonderfully, and combo-ing a ramp into a hyperspace loop always feels good. Love the movie clips and callouts, although I wish they were bigger on the display. The rules, while initially daunting, are actually very easy to understand once you get a few games under your belt and lookup a few details online. I think the game is very immersive and I actually really like the player-controlled roving multiplier--it gives me something extra to think about and do while playing. I also love that you can choose your character and mission path; it really helps to keep the game from getting stale, as there are so many modes to choose from and you never have to play the same ones on back-to-back games if you don't want to.

I thought that I would hate the tie-fighter bash button, but I actually really enjoy mashing it to blow up tie fighters, and getting that risk reward. I do wish that it had a few more interactive toys or mechs, but overall I think it's a great game and very underrated. After a couple months of ownership, I still wasn't bored with it.
5.944/10
8 months ago
I'll admit, I'm not a huge Stern fan, but I am grateful that they are still making machines and all that the do for this hobby. Having said that... Did we really need another Star Wars Pin? I am a big Star Wars fan... but Meh, I just wasn't that entertained playing this game. I found the play to be very repetitive and boring. After playing a few games, I have no desire to play it ever again.
8.208/10
8 months ago
Fast,Fun,challenging and satisfying when you accomplish feats in the game. That said if you feel you need long ball times and easy shots this game is not for you. There is not a safe shot on the playfield. People need to go back and fing some Williams 90s games to remind themselves just how short pre 2000 pinball ball time actualy were
3.842/10
8 months ago
Such high hopes to get a game worthy of the theme. Such a let down.
It's STAR WARS! deserves so much better. :sighs:
1983 Star wars video still the gold standard for the franchise.
10.000/10
8 months ago
An absolutely amazing game. Pinnacle of Star Wars pins. So hard and so fun!
9.720/10
9 months ago
Robust game machine! It is not simple, but because it has a game with many options and missions it is more difficult to get sick. great effects and sound! Well connected with the Stars Wars trilogy, the other machines close to this one look like child's toys, you really will rise to another level in Pinball !!!
6.558/10
10 months ago
This one is a big letdown. I don't understand why its rated so high. The best part of the game is shooting the death star and maybe the tie fighter. When the game feels like its flowing your just playing catch with yourself through the loops. The side drains are oppressive which really kills the game. Many, many balls l never touched because they side drained (including the ball save) without ever making it to the flipper. Just when the ball gets in play it gets taken away.
8.136/10
10 months ago
Plays very fast. The inner loop and orbits can rocket the ball back to you. Theme is good, especially choosing a character and mission. Makes it fun for multiple people to play and the variety in missions incorporate so much thematic content and callouts. Just great. While fun and easy to play it is a deep rule set to learn as desired. I think the game appeals to casual and serious players.

Biggest downside is the ruthless outlanes and SDTM action from the orbit shots. Even when frustrating, it’s easy to keep pushing start...
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