Led Zeppelin (LE)

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This game received 129 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.050 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Led Zeppelin". The group itself ranks #72 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.808

Artwork: 7.596

Sounds/Music: 8.675

Other Aspects: 8.127

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This title is part of group: "Led Zeppelin"

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7 months ago
I was also initially disappointed in what appears to be a sparse play field and an uninspired package for an iconic band, but when I played the machine on location it was an adrenaline rush and ton of fun. Everyone has different priorities, but for me great flow, the right mix of shot challenge, understandable but well integrated, deep rules and immersion are top - and LZ is one of the best.

Others have said it but there is actually as much or more of what matters on this then most Sterns. With the EM spinner/magnet, Expression Lighting, 3 flippers, 4 great metal ramp there is more than a top rated game like DP. Reminds me of Ironman that was widely panned for being sparse.

I added a Pinwoofer system and the Ninjacamp Expression Speaker Lights. Combined with the Stern Expression Lighting it’s one of the most immersive games I’ve played. A lot of people feel GnR makes you feel like you’re at a concert, but after owning both I think LZ does it better. GnR is just sensory overload while LZ is a more orchestrated presentation.

Along with Elwin, I think Sexton and Davidson are emerging as the industry’s best rule designers. While they’re top players, the rules are still approachable, but strategic and deep enough.

The art is certainly not a strong point, but the LE cabinet, play field and powdercoat go well together. The topper and video assets are also well integrated with the LE art.

The pathetic, plastic zeppelin is my only real knock. Not only the quality and lack of detail, but the missed opportunity for internal lighting and some type of mechanical interaction.

After owning for a month, I think LZ is very underrated. It’s never going to win the popularity contest without custom art, a more universal theme and more “stuff” on the playfield, but if you prioritize great game design / playability and fun then I’d spend some time with LZ.
8 months ago
One of my favorite rock band pins. Good music, fun shots, great code. This one is definitely bolted to my floor.
8 months ago
I went in with low expectations, as this games is ranked fairly low on pinside.
And I was completely blown away!
The game flows very well, the shots are so much fun und the code is really good for a music themed pin, much better than GnR. Yes it has only one mech with the Electric Magic, but that does not mean it is less fun. I quite enjoy the playfield design with not much in the lower/middle part, it makes for a more traditional pinball experience. It also strikes a nice balance between approachable and hard to master. You immediately last long, but it takes a while to score high. I highly recommend this one, especially if you are into fast and flowy games like BK or SW.
9 months ago
Would Love To Own One Someday!!
10 months ago
Just a great, fun flowey game! Love the ramps! A must for Zeppelin fans. Had a GnR LE, and this plays much better.
11 months ago
Big expensive license means stripped game unfortunately. But beyond that Stern just did not capture what is cool about Led Zeppelin. They were not just a run of the mill “rock band” as presented in this pin. The coolest thing about them wasn’t the JET or touring. Where is the Zoso? Where are the Tokien and Aliester Crowley references? Where is the Mystifying English occultist heavy rock magick? It is not present in this game. I do not trust Stern to understand what is cool or captivating about our beloved rock titans. And I very much hope that they PLEASE stay away from Black Sabbath. Let someone who gets it do it, like Spooky. Thematically this game is a disaster. Artistically this have is a disaster and and the layout? Boring. It shoots nice, but who really cares if you’ve dropped the back everywhere else?
1 year ago
The main feature of the machine of course is the music. It is not as packed with gimmicks and thing to shoot at as other "musical machines" (like iron Maiden, Guns n Roses and Rush), but it still has good flow and is fun to play. The theming is good, cabinet and play field artwork ties in well. I do feel feel they could have done a little more with the rule set and objectives. Still a fun machine to play.
1 year ago
This game is a fun game. The music and code are really good but I think a lot of people play the pro model which is missing two key items and then write the game off as being "bare" or dull. The Electric Magic in the center and the upper flipper shot ramp make the premium/LE game so much better but most people never see those on location.

Light show is spectacular. Stern has Expression Lighting added on the premum/LE and the integration is very good. Probably not G&R good but it makes the game shine.

The usual cliché is to say that this game is underrated. Maybe it is or maybe it's just that the pro models and the poor effort on cabinet art gave the title a less than stellar rating. It's not Godzilla but it does have great flow and if you like modern Sterns, Led Zeppelin and like shooting ramps and targets, its an easy game to recommend.
1 year ago
As a fan of LZ, my feelings are very mixed with this game. I always have fun playing a few games on it, but the overall experience just feels like I'm playing generic music pin with some LZ bling added to it.

The included songs are great (although it would certainly benefit from having at least 4 or 5 more), the lightshow is awesome, and the game flows well. However, the calls outs are a bit lackluster, the artwork is too repetitive/generic, and theme integration is lacking. The game is fun to play, but I just don't feel the machine lives up to the greatness of the band that it's themed after.
1 year ago
Very colorful artwork pretty well done…the icarus is a good graphic but overused. There are a few shots that are very difficult to hit and you would think you would get but points for hitting them, but not the case. The songs just kind of play in the background. There is really not enough association of the songs to the game. You could play and pin and just play the LZ songs in the background with same results. I was bit disappointed in the overall play of the game. The Electric Magic spinner took a lot of adjustment to get it working right. I do give credit for coming up with a creative new feature that has never been done before.
1 year ago
I am amazed this game doesn't get more love. I think the integration of call outs, music based objectives and overall theme is amazing. The lighting is beautiful and so is the theme. I think this game looks much better than most of the other games in my collection including Godzilla. The shots take time to learn and there are some tight shots and you certainly get penalized for missing certain shots. I do get quite a few SDTM drains and that is my biggest gripe. In fact I get them off of the launch way too often. That being said the game is fun and I just don't want to stop playing. I love the spinner and the sound it makes when you rip it is super cool. I can see this game staying in my collection for quite a while.

Update: After playing this quite a bit more it has grown on me (even more). I like the light show, theme, music, sounds and speech better than Iron Maiden. I like the layout on Iron maiden better.
1 year ago
the best game lighting in our collection, i thing the best lighting associated with the sound in pinball history! fun game... very fast!
1 year ago
What a great game !!!
1 year ago
So after telling my friend I would never buy a LZ due to what I thought was lack luster looking PF. After playing this thing, it has one of if not the best ramp shot in all of pinball. This went from a zero to hero in my book. Never judge a pin by its cover song. The sound when the ball hits things is just so satisfying for me. The spinner RIPS like a spinner should but the added sound is what makes it.
1 year ago
i was not sure what will await me with this game. i played only a few games before. i played mando and LZ at the same time at our pinball location. LZ seemed very easy and boring at the first sight. but! i must say that LZ is absolutely not boring; for me it was better than mando. main rules are quite easy to understand, shots are satisfying. maybe this pin is not realy compareable with must other modern sterns. LZ is a kind of "oldfashioned" style; like old meets new! a little bit like the BEATLES; but not so boring!! i mean, everything was kept quite simple. it is not my favourite machine, but i like it. longplayer!
2 years ago
Let's say you're a huge Zep fan, have some disposable income and a game room. Here you go. Now let's say you play a lot of pinball, find Zep's music dull, and are tired of Stern cranking out pins sold more for IP than play and adding one-two theme toy(s). As someone in the latter category, this is a miss. Shots are dull, didn't find any mode very interesting, feel like this relies too much on fandom for the source material. Was very surprised this was a Steve Ritchie pin, especially with how sloppily the upper flipper plays. Got into some fast flow grooves, but didn't find it rewarding. It has some modern bells and whistles, but the gameplay is meh for me.

Pros: Does a lot of fan service to the intended base, open playfield makes shots feel clean, reduces cheap drains, allows for longer balls and higher velocity flow/shots.

Cons: Boring gameplay. The lifting spinner was an eye-roll inducing feature, and seems clumsy in design. Circus Voltaire and Theatre of Magic came out ~25 years ago and have better magnetic features. The whole thing feels phoned in ("where do we put the useless blimp?).
2 years ago
This is a fairly middle of the road Stern machine.

The rules are fairly basic, but by no means bad. I somewhat like that it isn't as deep as every game that comes to marker. Feels more like a classic title. I honestly think this is one of the best parts about the game.

The art package is bad. Too little going on with the playfield. The blue legs and armor do not match the cabinet art. The backglass art is fine. The zeppelin looks 3D printed and cheap.

The playfield design isn't anything special. It's by no means bad, but the ramps are kind of boring and could use more bends in the wireforms. Part of me kind of likes how simple and uncluttered it feels, but another part of me finds the shots boring and unrewarding.

The more I play this game, the less I like the magic spinner toy. I honestly think this game would be better off without it (such as the pro model).

I have no issues with the sounds in this game.

I do appreciate this game trying to look back and trying to mimic the feel of games from decades ago, the thing is, those games still were often reliant on at least one cool thing to make them standout. This game doesn't have that though.

Edit: This game is growing on me. I still don't love it, but I do now like it and will definitely play at least one game whenever I see it on location.
2 years ago
Led Zeppellin LE/Premium is wonderful, way above its sister (pro). comes with fantastic light effects plus a toy in the middle of the playfield which is a lot of fun! Simple and nice game with the sound of one of the biggest rock bands! Sometimes simplicity becomes much more fun than machines with lots of features and very complex rules to play.
2 years ago
I had played the Premium a ton and finally got to play the LE. The LE plays as great as the Premium only with better backglass and cabinet art. There are no real cons to this game as the shots, layout, lighting and sound are all amazing. This game is up there with the best of all time. It would have a higher overall score if the Premium hadn't shot up to #1 only to be given a ton of fake reviews by the old guard that keeps the top few games the same.
2 years ago
enfin un flip pas trop chargé inutilement et genial a jouer avec son superbe éclairage !
2 years ago
Unboxed this game with a customer and played it a couple of games. Seems good!
2 years ago
Really wanted to love this game. The overall experience feels like they phoned it in during the epidemic. The toys are not good and the art packaged are uninspiring. GREAT MUSIC, but wish there were more songs. It's a very good $5k game. It's hard to justify at $9k.
2 years ago
what i like: buttery smooth shots. super fast. combos. Led Zeppelin music. Sounds are exceptional, old school. i love the artwork. Less is more. i dont need every inch of space covered.

What could improve: Call-outs are weak and uninspired.

my magic spinner has posed no problems. its a cool toy. i dont rank it up there as one of the "greatest". its a fun game in my 8 game collection.
2 years ago
Just love the machine! Not only is it fast and fun but it looks amazing! There is nothing negative to say about Led Zeppelin! I own 11 pins in the top 50 and Led Zeppelin is by far the most fun to play!
2 years ago
amazing game.looks and music are simply the best
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