Star Wars (Pro)

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This game received 370 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.650 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 3rd in the game group "Star Wars". The group itself ranks #52 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.144

Artwork: 7.764

Sounds/Music: 8.162

Other Aspects: 7.584

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4 days ago
Star Wars is one of my favorite SPIKE 2 games.

The layout is very nice and the ramps flow similarly to Star Trek's ramps. I think those are the most satisfying shots as well. In terms of toys this version is inferior to the Premium. Although the LCD screen, the static Death Star and the Tie Fighter are still very good looking toys. But the missing Hyperspace loop which is essentially a toy makes the Pro inferior to the Premium version. It is still a decent looking game and the plastic ramps really don't make a difference to me.

The ruleset is nice and there's a variety of different modes to play which makes this machine very replayable. I often tend to return to this game when I see it on location. It's just so much fun to play.

In terms of artwork this is one of Steve Ritchie's best looking machines of the last 20 years. I really like the look of the playfield. It looks ideally themed for a Star Wars machine.

All in all this game is very underrated, with a nice flow, nice toys and a gameplay that is pure fun for everybody who enjoys Star Wars. Even if the Premium is the better version this game is still very good. I think this is a good challenge for players of any skill level.
46 days ago
Like the theme and the sounds and scenes from the movies. I can’t get past the feeling that the playfield feels empty. Shots feel pretty good just wish it had more.
67 days ago
Played it blind, mechanical issues where ball gets stuck in that upper mid pocket scoop thing. Unclear rule set. Stuttering feel to progression of game. Not playing again any time soon.
67 days ago
My first love. This game can be hot and cold (a lot of drains) but when you're hitting the shots, I've never had a better time playing pinball. Hitting death star at the end of a mission is so satisfying because it can be so finnicky. When everything lines up, the ramps and orbits are so buttery smooth and just feel great. It can be incredibly frustrating when the machine isn't tuned, but it's still a gem of a machine.

Scoring is one major downside. The multiplier system means that scores can vary wildly depending on how skillfully you move the arrows around the playfield. It definitely rewards skill, but can make lower scoring games feel a bit disappointing when you play well. Still, if you're just looking for a fun game, I'll never pass on a chance to play Star Wars!
4 months ago
Rented for 2 months, kids loved it, I never really got exited playing it.
8 months ago
An odd machine, lot of it just feels ugly and bland. Gameplay wise it's a fast game that has a lot of punishing rebound areas that make it a machine where you can easily regret your shots with how fast stuff blasts back at you. The rules I found to be just needlessly complex with the character abilities and skill bonuses. The score multipliers are just a bit over the top in how fast scores can almost randomly explode. Even folks not knowing what they are doing will see the game blow up with massive points and they will not know why cause of how liberal the game is handing out multipliers left and right. Scoring just feels so so random at times cause of it.
8 months ago
Huge fan of the IP. It's a tough one for us new players, but the more you play you learn it. It's really fast. Wish it were slower. Some shots are punishing and rewarding. Can't really enjoy it without needing to level up your pin skills. The minigames are cool. The light speed ball movement is a cool payoff.
8 months ago
Difficult pin for new players due to the speed and u-turns. (Average ball time of 42seconds and average game time of less than 3 minutes on location) The sound effects and use of the action button make for an emersive experience. I wasn't a fan until I started getting better at anticipating the ball movement and understanding the rules. The multiball light shows are fantastic. It definitely requires time and skill to unlock the potential of this game, but it's very rewarding when you are able to land massive points on the 40x multiplier.
9 months ago
Very fast challenging pin that makes me mad while not being to stop myself from playing it over and over and one more game for hours. Beautiful and fast, just lacking in the toy department even for a pro it feels simple on the playfield.
11 months ago
This machine is uninspired and boring. Rather than being a pinball table borne out of the Star Wars universe, it's a bland table slapped with generic dressings from the original trilogy, giving off an impression that it was designed by people who had seen the movies but weren't truly passionate about them. Modes, which each consist of 3 short scenes capped off with a multi-ball, are accompanied by short clips from the films that do little to set the tone or bring you along the adventure with the characters. Instead, your gameplay is narrated by a generic in-game announcer who sounds entirely out of place. Nothing in this game exists to hype up the player's excitement, which is a disappointment for any pinball table and doubly so with one that carries a theme such as Star Wars.

The game features 7 main shots of varying difficulty, and while hitting them can feel satisfying and lead to a nice flow, some of the feeds back towards the flippers can be overly frustrating to deal with. Specifically, hitting the inner loop or receiving the ball back from the scoop can send it screaming towards the middle, demanding aggressive moves to keep the ball in play each time one of these shots is made. An additional shot is the Tie Fighter standup toy, the purpose of which is to begin a mode where the player is asked to take a hand off of a flipper and rapidly hit the button on the lock bar to destroy Tie Fighters, receiving bonuses such as a Tie Fighter multi-ball at certain counts and ultimately serving as an unwelcome gimmick.

The primary objective in this game are the modes, which are tied to different worlds (and the Death Star) and each have 3 phases that must be completed before playing the final phase which is a multi-ball. The scoring on this game is heavily tied to the multiplier, which is increased and refreshed by hitting the target bank under the small in-field screen. While this seems like it had the potential to be interesting, in practice it invites the strategy of attempting to get into a multi-ball as quickly as possible in order to attempt to max the multiplier before taking it into a particular mode which isn't pinball at all, but rather a generic and not very fun video mode.

Overall, the game feels clunky and unrefined and lacks sound and animation to draw the player into the Star Wars universe and create an immersive experience.
1 year ago
Super fun but also super fast and hard. This is probably Steve Ritchie's last truly great pin (though I hope he makes another classic) and is very true to his Flow style. I love the IP and though there are so many great Star Wars machines, this is probably my favorite. Not sure it would be right for a small collection though because it's just too hard and would probably turn off newcomers.
1 year ago
As a Star Wars fan, when this game was released, I was underwhelmed and had no desire to play it. The playfield looked empty, art looked bland and the toys/mechs weren't very interesting.

Fast forward 5 years, I found a decent price on a pro model and pulled the trigger. I was very surprised how fun this game is. It's a pure shooter, and you can hit most shots from either flipper. It's fast and can be very unforgiving at times. It's got flow and hitting shots on the fly is very satisfying. I think this game is great for the home, if its not dialed in, it can be a chore to play. The multiplier is actually pretty fun when you figure it out and the rules are great. I like how modes do not time out, making you complete them before advancing. There is also several multi balls, and choosing your character and perk is nice.

The sounds and videos make up for the lack of toys/mechs in my mind. The lighting is also great and matches the tone of the game perfectly.

If you play this on location somewhere and are disappointed, try it again in the home environment before you write it off.
1 year ago
I feel like I'm in Star Wars when I play this game. Love it!
1 year ago
I’ve played this game on location over the years and walked away feeling meh. Got a really good deal on a pro recently and I will say holy crap this game is really good. Some games are meant to own and this is it. Super fast fun and great assets. If your a Star Wars fan or even on the fence on buying don’t you will not regret it. Sorry for the positive review I’m telling you this game is that good.
1 year ago
Pretty uninspired game in terms of layout, ruleset and artwork especially considering how much there is to work with in the star wars license. Maybe they were limited on the assets that could be used. But, the layout is also boring. The playfield art is basically just blue.
1 year ago
I own a SWpro and it will never leave my collection.

I grew up with Star Wars and am a huge fan of the original trilogy. Theme integration on this machine is amongst Stern’s best

I believe the shots are all very good. The multiballs are all excellent. The modes (and mode variety with selectable characters): 1) fit the theme perfectly, 2) are easy to understand for beginners and still a challenge for more experienced players, and 3) are fun.

The shot multipliers add nice strategic element. They impact scores a lot, and I can understand how this can be frustrating if you don’t know how to use them…but…just learn to use them.

Star Wars music and the made-for-the-pin music and sound effects are all very good.

I have the original art (not comic book). I appreciate the perspective that there could be more artistic expression in the art…but it’s still mostly images from the movies and posters that I fell in love with 40+ years ago, so I wouldn’t want it changed.
1 year ago
Like the game, but not a fan of the LCD blocking the upper play field Not seeing what is happening in the pop bumpers.
1 year ago
Something is off here. Is it the over-reliance on video? The playfield feels dead and lifeless. Maybe trying to cover an entire trilogy of stuff forced design to move all the interesting gimmicks and toys into the video screen, but if that is what I wanted, I'd be downloading Zen Pinball.

Shooting the Death Star feels the same as any of the other orbits.
1 year ago
Played a few times on Brighton Pier in the UK.

If you’re looking for a Star Wars pin, the Mandalorian is definitely superior in terms of theme and playfield toys.

However, as a mechanical play experience, Star Wars is underrated. This is a very fast, flowing machine with a variety of clearly-labelled shots. It is highly enjoyable to shoot and play, and I’d definitely recommend it for that.
1 year ago
It’s a good game if you can get a rhythm going, but is the flow awkward or what? Maybe it’s just the unit I’m playing on at the local brewery, but the ball falls like a rock and floats around the outlines as though a magnet is drawing it to drain. No other Stern pro machine I’ve played is as clunky as this one. Once you adjust to the clunky feel and get a billion+ score game, it seems like a better game.
1 year ago
I love getting the tie fighter and Asteroid mode on this machine, very fun to play :) One of my favorites
1 year ago
The pro edition is the only version I have played and I think it lacks some real fun aspects needed to be a great game. Star Wars always gets my attention but this title always disapoints when I play it. Great sound and Artwork carries the marginal gameplay. I hope to play a Premium / LE soon to see if this is just a mediocre title at the Pro level.
2 years ago
Very underrated game. I'm not a rabid Star Wars fan but not a hater either. The movie theme integration is well done, the option to stack modes or not stack as well as character selection gives a lot of playability variations, the moving multiplier can be used or ignored to the player's preferences for fun. The code is fairly deep so offers a lot to keep it in my collection yet there is plenty for casual players as the LCD and inserts make very clear what to shoot for. It has that "One more game" feel and great wizard modes and victory multiballs. The layout has well balanced shots and good flow, soundtrack, video and voice clips make good use of movie assets.
2 years ago
We owned this game for 3 years...was a dream theme for the family. Its a beautiful pin and captures the spirit of Star Wars. It plays fast and can kinda be a drain monster if you let it.

The only complaint I have is the ruleset and multipliers can be a challenge to learn and even more of a challenge to explain to others. Ultimately we let it go for a Jurassic Park Premium.
2 years ago
Quite disappointing really. Can’t STAND mini screens, what a waste of part money, that’s what the display is for! Some good flow but nothing inherently Star Wars about any of the shot aside from the static Death Star. Rules are unconventional and not hugely thrilling, but of a drain monster and just not as special as a Star Wars machine should be. Fun to be had but not a home run.
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