Stargate (Gottlieb, 1995)


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This game received 221 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.798 /10


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This game ranks #77 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.044

Artwork: 8.104

Sounds/Music: 6.853

Other Aspects: 7.925

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55 days ago
With a couple of tweaks here and there like removing the callouts and some better lighting, this game is great. Deep, different, easy enough for the beginner, but can be dialed in for a more advanced player. Highly recommended bang for the buck. I have owned plenty of A-list games, and if this had williams flippers and backglass, it would easily be another thousand bucks.
4 months ago
Stargate is a love it or hate it game and supremely innovative for its time. I think its great! I enjoy games with cool ramps and multi-balls so this one is easy to love for me. The ramps are incredible - the ball stays ABOVE the play-field a lot and require clean hits to complete. Also, the multi-ball modes are all well done.

Other innovations:
Skill shot variation (3 different options) is such a great touch and copied over and over
Horus targets are super cool as they essentially create 2 shots
Glider toy and pyramid is so weird but connects the cheesy theme perfectly
Code - really like the fact that you can make IN GAME choices.

You can see a lot of Stargate in current games, particularly Jersey Jack's. The problem with Stargate is in production - play-field wears easy, especially outlanes, and MANY have this issue with clear having a "shattered glass" look, etc. It is VERY hard to find a nice one - i looked for 3 years. I see the price of these on the steady climb for a nice one - beat ones are cheap. It is the crown jewel of System 3's
4 months ago
My first machine was a Stargate, my kids refuse to let me trade/sell it to this day. The pyramid call out is annoying, but overall the game is pretty decent. Cabinet isn't the best looking, but few non Williams games were back then. It's still a fun game to play and unlock all the modes. The ramps are not that easy and are always a rush to hit on big combos. I think the only major weakness on this game is the pyramid call out and lack of hearing all real character's voices call outs from the movie.
5 months ago
I enjoy playing this game. I never stay on it as long as other machines it seems, but its still fun. I don't mind the callout "shoot the pyramid", or its repetitiveness, but maybe that's because I usually play a few games and then move on. Overall, a fun game for sure though.
6 months ago
I rated this game so high, because it is one of my top 2-3 games I have ever played. Fun fun and more fun. So much stuff to shoot, great layout, fast, multiball and add a ball, etc. the only is a Gottlieb. Hahaha. All kidding aside it is a truly great game.
6 months ago
As Yoda would say... "You must unlearn what you have learned". This is one of the most innovative pins I've ever played. The stunning 3D backglass mesmerizes you. The backglass lightshow is brilliant. Once you get over your awe of the backglass and move on to the playfield, the awe continues. Toys on top of pop bumpers? I thought that was a Jersey Jack invention, but no! Guard targets that pop up to reveal tunnels? Now that's innovative! Ramps that look too steep for the ball to climb, but yet they are smooth and rewarding! How about practical design? All of the fuses mounted on the underside front of the playfield? Wow! Software that allows you to configure the game from a standard 3 ball quick-play stomp to a full 30+ minute journey adventure like Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit? Software that tells you the game rules during attract mode by using the flippers? Now that's flexibility! Modes galore! Difficult combinations! Lots of incredible speed and flow! The game guides you through the shots by the numerous flashers with callouts and the sound is quite clearly understood. The first time you play the sandstorm mode your jaw will drop. And how about that glidercraft that pops up from under the pyramid! It's a real treat that even first time players can experience. How many times have you wished for a switched service port? This game has two service ports, one switched and one unswitched! Wow, I just can't say enough positive about this game. The flippers do feel different and the EOS is at a steeper angle than you're used to. This allows you to catch the ball very easily, but makes it more difficult to transfer the ball from one flipper to the other, so you must relearn your flipper skills. If the game takes a knock for anything, it is the lack of a free play setting, but just install a button switch in the coin door and you're good to go. Gottlieb did a stellar job on this one and considering all of the innovations, it's very difficult to believe that this is a 1995 game. Some of the features aren't even available on machines built today. Maybe someone sent it through a Stargate from another world? Magnificent game, it's such a shame that Gottlieb couldn't continue, but at least they went out with a masterpiece. Theme implementation is second to none on this one, a real treat for Stargate fans. Clearly this game is frequently overlooked because it is a Gottlieb solid state, but that is what makes it so surprising, it's not just a great Gottlieb, it's a fantastically well designed pinball machine that ranks right up there with the world's best. So "unlearn what you have learned" about Gottlieb and seek this game out. Dial up those chevrons and transport yourself to another world through Gottlieb's magnificent Stargate.
Note: Since this is a '90s game, it benefits greatly from modern enhancements, especially LED lighting. Adding a tactile transducer (bass shaker) to the cabinet also greatly enhances sound depth and allows older games to compete with modern shaker motor machines. This game has been reviewed with these modifications in place.
8 months ago
I kinda liked the movie and I am drawn to the game for the theme/gameplay. Plenty of ramps and different shots to aim the ball at -- lots to keep your attention. "Shoot the Pyramid" gets a little repetitive but I enjoy most everything else about this machine.
1 year ago
Stargate is by far Gottlieb's best game. The backglass is very original and with the rope light looks great. The playfield design, skill shot, and rules all are excellent. Fun game for all skill levels with heavy use of multi ball. The flip up targets are very cool and I am surprised this idea has not been copied in other games. Ramps are steep and satisfying to hit. A few things keep this one from greatness. The sound, call outs "shoot the pyramid" and music is very poor. This is typical Gottlieb sound, but is noticeable here as the rest of the game is so good. Also the DMD animations are not very good. If Gottlieb could have consistently made games like this in the 90's they could have been competitive.
1 year ago
A recent Gottlieb for me with regular body packed with ramps traps/fun play field.
The voice get annoying if you keep missing your target but over all a machine that I would enjoy owning.
1 year ago
Stargate: The very few negative things that people complain about are overwhelmingly made up for with incredible flow and rules of the game. Yes, the call-out to shoot the pyramid can get annoying. So...just hit the damn thing and you won't hear it so much! I also dinged my rating for the crappy GI Gottlieb used, but this seems common with other system 3 games. Not sure why they were so stingy with light bulbs…Good thing we have LEDs to make things better ; )
The rules and shots on this game are amazing. I especially like the 5 part combo shot. The modes are very fun and you can really score big if you can keep the multiball alive and actually hit what it wants. If you’re looking to become a better player, this complicated mode-based game will really challenge you. I remember studying a lengthy rule sheet to figure out what’s all going on. When I try to explain the rules to friends, it usually takes about 20 minutes and they usually get confused 5 minutes in.
At this point, I could say I’ve mastered the game; because I’ve been through all the modes 3 or 4 times in one game. keeps me coming back for more.
1 year ago
A surprising little Gottlieb machine, good layout and certainly feels like they got their moneys worth with the license.
1 year ago
We've had a lot of fun with this pin, my whole family enjoys it. Tons of shots, lots of variety. Probably Gottlieb's best pin.
1 year ago
A game I've recently dived into a bunch after I've been searching for it for a few years now. I have never been a fan of Gottlieb games, but this one is the golden child. The lifting targets, perfectly placed ramps, and overall fun factor gives me a reason to come back over and over again. It's really one of those games with features that exceed the current value. Bells and whistles galore and a back glass that is quite glorious. I'd highly recommend giving it a few tries. You'll dig it!
1 year ago
Great pinball, the TransLite is perhaps the most beautiful of all, the game is extremely fast and fun, the theme is a must!
1 year ago
Best Gottlieb machine of all. The PF is busy with a nice look, a lot of gold and yellow colours. Lots of shots and toys but the game isn't too deep. SHOOT THE PYRAMID callout gets really tiresome. Would get it if I find a decent deal. But maybe not recommended in a smaller collection, you need to try it to see if it fits your taste. Cabinet design is weird but backglass is cool and draws you in.
1 year ago
Flipper amazing, fast fun, undoubtedly the best product made by Gottlieb in terms of gameplay, the design is wonderful and the surprise inside the pyramid is brilliant; display Dot Matrix and multiball 4, in short, there is everything, nothing to envy to the best Bally-Williams
2 years ago
Easy but fun machine to play. Shoot the pyramid! OK, might get old after a while but I enjoy playing this machine. Especially considering the price it beats out many higher priced pinballs.
Good handling with the 3rd flipper and satisfying to take it volley into the pyramid.
2 years ago
Love the show and TV series. Great game, multi ball galore. Decent ruleset that keeps you trying. Some people get annoyed by the Shoot the Pyramid, but it doesn't bother me. Definitely a keeper in the collection.
2 years ago
Probably the best system 3. Only downside is the shoot the pyramid callout constantly, which i think can be turned off
2 years ago
Star gate is one of the better Premiere games made. For the price, it's quite a pin! Lots of cool toys, some great geometry, and a lot of fun.

The game itself is gorgeous as it's loaded with wire forms and super cool toys. The pyramid hides a super cool animated alien feature that must be seen.

I love the shots on this game! It's a unique layout that strays far from what was popular and overdone at the time. You can tell that someone invested a lot of time getting those shots just right.

The bad: the callouts are pretty repetitive ("shoot the pyramid"). It's a Gottlieb so the hardware needs to be debugged (grounding issues). It's a Premiere so the flippers feel a little cheap to me compared to B/W. Red DMD looks lame to me.

I like this game and wouldn't mind spending more time on this deck!
2 years ago
Probably the very best of the gottlieb/premiere pins of this era. a surprisingly fun game that is more than worth a few plays if you can find a nice one.
3 years ago
I love playing this pin. So many things to shoot for and the shots feel great. Incredible game.
3 years ago
The more I play it the more I love it.
The biggest complaint people seem to have about Stargate it the call outs. Never seemed to bother me while focusing on a game. The only thing I don't like is how the ball launches down the drain after a quartz trade.
3 years ago
Stargate is a Multiball lovers dream and plays quite fast. The most well designed Gottlieb ever made!
3 years ago
One of the Only GTB I would ever own

well that and Freddy :-)

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