Guardians of the Galaxy (Pro) (Stern, 2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy (Pro)

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This game received 106 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.633 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Guardians of the Galaxy". The group itself ranks #67 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.581

Artwork: 8.156

Sounds/Music: 7.046

Other Aspects: 7.581

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

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14 hours ago
I'm amazed this game is rated as low as it is. It's no secret Stern released it before the code was fully developed. I've got to assume many of the ratings are based on the early versions of the software.

I've spent lots of hours on a Premium and now own a LE. This is a fantastic game!

My only real gripe is that sometimes a movie clip plays too long after a ball has drained, leaving you waiting to get the next ball into play, but that's it.

The lighting in this game is amazing!!! That said, the pro version did not get the RGB lighting. I've read way too many forum posts claiming the pro is great, anything else is a waste of money. I strongly disagree. The light show you get is second to none. Stand back and watch the attract mode sometime. You won't be disappointed.

Not only do you end up with a far superior lighting package, but the Prem and LE also have 3 magnets vs 1 in the pro. The programmers took full advantage of the extra 2 magnets and toss the ball around is really unpredictable ways. Makes Orb multiball a real treat!

The pro also did not get the motorized orb that opens up or the Groot arms. Those are less exciting, but they do add another dimension to the aesthetics of the playfield.

All versions got the Groot head in the playfield, and they did a great job with it. After swallowing and locking your balls in, Groot talks before firing all the balls from his mouth at once for Groot multiball.

The rules are easy to figure out just by following the color coordinated lit shots... Again made better by the RGB lighting. Each mode is based on a character, and gets its own call outs and movie clips. Required shots for each mode are different, but easy to figure out with clearly lit shots.

Stern captured the fun lightweight feel of the super hero movie and took full advantage of the killer music in the film. Overall they did a really great job with the movie! Way to go Stern!
70 days ago
Code 1.04

The Mettalica layout with the aerosmith rules and video/music integration better than any other machine that a played to date.

The groot and Orb mutiballs are great as you can lock balls and unlock as you play
great artwork on the playfield and cabinet, colorful.
The pro has about the same game as the premium, making it one of the best pros out there.
Groot toy is really nice and fun, kind of the castle from MM.
Layout, sames as metallica and everybody seens to love that one.
Rules, reminds aerosmith with the different shoots to choose as you start.
Music, not a rock band theme but the music from the 70s are really nice.
Overall, great layout, great rules and great music.

Guardians are not famous as other super hero moves, not for everyone.
I do like to have control over the top part of the playfield with a third flipper or so. Could be a premium feature.
I will have to look for more as a play, not a lot to be honest.
Not sure how many musics are there from the Quill famous tapes, but could have some more.

As Batman, the new code completely changed this one and made it one of my favorites.
Because of the music and action during playtime (shoots/video/audio) I enjoy playing it more than Batman.
70 days ago
Great pin lotta fun
78 days ago
Great game with good ruleset finally, elevated to the next level by Cleland sound/music revisions.
3 months ago
The new code totally changed this game! What a fun game to play. One if the few games where the pro is just about as good as the premium in my opinion.
5 months ago
I wanted to buy this game when it first came out but as referenced in just about every review, the game wasn’t much more than an expensive light show. Today, I am ordering my first ever NIB machine. I generally like long ball time, mode based games. This seems to have something for everyone. A now deep rule set but fun shots/multiball for my guests to get excited about.

I already loved the theme and think the art is only second to GB.

I need more time to get a better feel but I did feel the ramps almost seem too steep to get that feel good flow like on MET but maybe just the machine/pitch I was on.

Overall it’s fast and can be frustrating but keeps me going back for one more - especially with new, deep, incentives.

This should shoot up the top 100 rankings as players revisit it with new code.
5 months ago
Really enjoyed the flow on this game. With new code, game got better. Like the theme and it was integrated well in my opinion. Shots are challenging, but not impossible. With my skill, this suits me just fine. Loved the movie which makes this fun to play.
5 months ago
It's Metallica layout with scifi.

Would've been Ok to play if the music wouldn't cut out all the time. The game never shuts up it just plays clips and quotes from the movie. ALL. THE. TIME.
Extremely annoying, too bad.
5 months ago
Really fun and cool game! I enjoyed the TV screen and shooting balls into groot's mouth! The ramps are also very satisfying to hit. It's a good theme and stern did a good job on it!
5 months ago
Liked Guardians a lot, want to play it more and start scoring a little bit and going further in the modes. Seems a deeper game than first thought.
5 months ago
This machine is a blast to play. The whole family agrees. Never had a machine that my wife would play by herself and she does so regularly now. With the latest code the modes are fun and challenging. Lot of depth to the game but doesn't seem impossible to get there one day. The sounds can be at times repetitive on long play sessions but you can mix up which modes you are playing easily for each game. I do wish is had a few more songs from the movies, but it's got the great ones. Overall this is probably going to be a forever machine for our family.
6 months ago
Guardians is an amazing game! This was my first NIB purchase and I'm so happy I picked GotG Pro! The layout plays great, and the groot ball lock is just fantastic. There are enough clear easy objectives for my non-pinhead family to understand, like orb multiball or groot multiball. The game also has a more complex and difficult ruleset to achieve the true wizard modes in the game. It offers up Cherry Bomb Multiball as a nice intermediate goal. All in all, this game is fantastic. Check out some available sound mods too if you want to add some more variety to the audio!
6 months ago
A really fun pin for all pinheads & beginners alike. Reminds me of a mix of: Metallica/Iron Man/Star Trek, which is a great thing! Go play one with the new code installed!
6 months ago
I think this is a great game. I never had any intention of buying a NIB game. Then we played this one. Ordered one the next week. We all love the game, it has some easier shots for the novice, and some harder modes for the more advanced. I think the music is great. The voice actors are ok, but there are some sound mods (Cleland) that make it that much better. I don't see this leaving the collection for a long time.
6 months ago
crazy underrated. The intro code must have stunk real bad for this game to be off the top 100.
6 months ago
Played this at Marvin's Mechanical Museum and was not overly impressed. Thought the gameplay was rather tedious and slow and while the game looks and sounds pretty good, it just felt gimmicky and lacking flow. Not one to play again.
7 months ago
This game feels a lot like Star Wars, with the addition of more characters and missions to choose from at the beginning. I like the groot multi-ball feature, it's an easier accomplishment for less established pinball players. The soundtrack is great and the later codes continue to add to the game. If you're a fan of the movie the game will pull you in.
7 months ago
Massively improved since release. The latest code updates have turned a good game into one of Sterns greatest, there’s no doubt about that. A keeper
7 months ago
A pretty good layout -similAr to met- with few upgrades. Fun to play
9 months ago
I traded my IM for a Guardians at my friend’s arcade, and I’m pretty happy about it. I specifically wanted Guardians because it’s a tough game, and I wanted a worthy successor to IM for my collection. I had to tweak a few things to make it fair, and I suspect that’s why it’s rated low by location players. Once I got the game and myself dialed in, I started to love the game. The rules are great in 0.90, much better than AS at this point. Layout is much more like GOT or IM than MET, mean and fast. My only complaints are a few reused sounds from AS (easy to fix), and art that’s a little more colorful than I like (but my favorite color is brown). I’m expecting to keep the game for at least a few years. It’s a great league/tournament pin, and a great “one more play” pin, like IM was. It helps that I like the theme and the music, but the bottom line is great rules and layout.

STERN, one urgent change request: please don’t turn interrupt the Awesome Mix songs for shot fanfare audio, like the Groot lock. Let us just enjoy the music when we’re not in a mode! When the music turns down it’s like an 8-track player is changing tracks. And we all know the Awesome Mix is on cassette. Thanks!
10 months ago
Great looking game with better build quality than BM66. Both games are very good looking, but each suffer from gameplay problems. GOTG lacks originality and variety in the design and shots. Plus, it's extremely difficult. Almost every shot quickly sends the ball back at you. You play defense all game. The ramps are smooth and fast, but they are simple and send the ball back at you fast. The orbits, the Orb shot, Groot, and especially Rocket, all send the ball back at you, or SDTM. There is no center post either, and this game needs one. Maybe I'm just an average player and this game is designed for great players. But I enjoy most pins, and this one is just too difficult, and unoriginal. I want to like it. I like the theme. I love the art. I think the LCD tv screen is perfect. And if they add a few more songs, and complete the code, the game could be fantastic. But the playfield design is what it is. This game will be limited by a snoozer of a layout, where you spend far too much time bashing Groot over and over until he spits the balls SDTM.
10 months ago
The game has gotten so much better with every code update. The music is awesome but I wish they would've incorporated the soundtrack more within modes. Would be a lot more enjoyable if they had gotten the licensing on the voices from the movie. Groot multiball is a blast. Keeps me coming back for more.
11 months ago
I think the game is good. I'm not a big stern fan but this one is a lot better than the Ghostbusters. IMO. The game has a couple hard shots and I think once they get it dialed in it will be a great game.
11 months ago
The non stop talking and that constant bibalee bobalee boo or whatever he is saying is so anger inducing!!! The shots are near impossible to make. I ended up walking away on ball 3, I just couldn't take it anymore. The problem has to be the code, so once it's had a vast update. I will give it another go.
11 months ago
First let me say, I haven't seen the movies. I had a chance to play this at a show and wasn't to impressed. I got a chance to play it again on location and played several games and it really grew on me. I really liked the flow of the game, Multiball is crazy, but a lot of fun. The soundtrack on this game is awesome!
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