Led Zeppelin (Pro)

Stern

Led Zeppelin (Pro)

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This game received 185 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.889 /10

6.889

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 3rd in the game group "Led Zeppelin". The group itself ranks #65 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 6.326

Artwork: 6.641

Sounds/Music: 8.005

Other Aspects: 6.62


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This title is part of group: "Led Zeppelin"


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5.182/10
20 days ago
This game makes me feel nothing
7.239/10
27 days ago
The right side seemed empty to me.
7.689/10
3 months ago
Before I played Princess Bride at TPF this year I felt this was the best P3 module so far. The playfield screen is completely static which makes it feel more like a Stern machine . . . huh, what did you say? . . . this is a STERN machine?! I see . . .
4.205/10
3 months ago
Why? Great band and just a horrible pin. The animations were not bad though, good use of album art. Music obviously a plus on this pin, but overall the layout looks like this was a weekend project and it's embarassing that Stern released this.
9.580/10
3 months ago
My current favorite pin at home. If you don't like music pins, and prefer video game-y kind of play with los of stops, starts, and cut scenes, this might not be for you. But if you like shots that feel great (yes, I even like the Hermit shot), and fun, easy to understand, while still challenging rules, then you should give this a shot. Expression lighting is a great add on (and probably essential for resale), but this game is a player regardless. Around 45 minutes of awesome music by a great band (although, if you don't like the band then maybe not for you, but then why are you playing it in the first place? I still like these tunes after already hearing them thousands of times for years before I bought the pin, not sure why I would suddenly get tired of them) as opposed to two or three super repetitive riffs from a movie sound track. Oh, and call outs add flavor and necessary info, but don't insult your intelligence by constantly telling you what to do all the time. I'm not a fan of the electric magic mech, and prefer the pro for it's nonstop action clear shot paths and non-stop, high energy flow. Also a hit with guests. Highly underrated, and now highly affordable!
9.330/10
4 months ago
Typical Ritchie layout, which means its fast and tons of flow.

Toys are pretty non-existent.

That said, the music, lighting etc pull you in and it's fun and immersive.

The code is where the game really shines.

The multiplier is unique to this game.

Unlimited, so you have to decide when to cash in, or not accidentally hit it.

Leads to some heart pounding moments if you see you have say a 30x multiplier ready to use!

Haven't got to Celebration Day yet, but hear it's one of the best wizard modes in pinball.
3.646/10
6 months ago
Pro version is missing so much that it feels empty and boring. Needs the volume cranked up, there’s literally zero pull to this pin if it is in a busy and loud place that you cannot hear it. Has that stern feel, the balls glide and hit ramps with ease, but it’s just missing anything to pull you in. Really disappointing experience to be honest, I love Led Zeppelin and was eager to play. Unfortunately I found a playfield with few shots and nothing special. The art package is really nice, I think the pro has the best backglass with the Zep 3 album art, but if there are any other options available to me, I’m skipping this pin to play something else.
9.292/10
6 months ago
Led Zeppelin might just be the most underappreciated game out there.

The layout solely focuses on elements facilitating flow and that makes it as close as can be to perfect for me. Almost every shot feels satisfying and making combo shots is very satisfying and what I absolutely look for in a pinball machine.

The Pro model works quite well despite missing the Electric Magic spinner. The only real major disadvantage is the Pro-exclusive side shot, it doesn't feel satisfying and the ball wildly returns to an area of potential danger, so I often disregard the use of the upper flipper.

The best shots for me are the right ramp and the left ramp.

In terms of rules this game is awesome and it doesn't get old as achieving the different goals is pretty difficult just like the overall gameplay. My favorite features are the Tour Multiballs, especially World Tour, which is very hard to finish, the Icarus multiplier and Celebration Day. And despite Celebration Day's not being able to beat Spider-man's or AC/DC's wizard mode for me, I still think of it as one of the best ones I've seen.

The artwork perfectly fits in with the Led Zeppelin theme on the Pro, Premium and LE version. It couldn't have been done much better in my opinion. The animations and the video clips for this game are very well compiled as well.

All in all, I think of this as Steve Ritchie's masterpiece as it has the most flow of any game I know of, has very good and challenging rules and perfectly represents the Led Zeppelin theme. It is the ideal game for players who like flow and listening to Led Zeppelin.
7.276/10
8 months ago
You can always tell when a license costs too much. Here is one instance where the pro really is stripped down.
7.741/10
9 months ago
The game doesn't have any cool toys or whirly/twirly ramps. I suspect those are the two main reasons people don't take time to learn and appreciate the game. If you don't understand the rules or the scoring, the game isn't very compelling beyond the music.

BUT...if you like a challenge and you're all about competing for score and strategizing the use of multiballs and multipliers, then you'll be able to appreciate this game MUCH more. I'm not a particularly good player, and the default settings on this one are too difficult for me to get through more than one or two tours. After making the game a little 'easier' (closing up the outlanes), my ball times are longer and I can plan my progress through the tours and experiment with utilizing multipliers and multiballs to best advantage. Once you get to this point, the game becomes VERY compelling and definitely leaves me wanting "one more game".

I bought a pro at a decent price a couple o f years ago and had been keeping it 'stock' to minimize my spend on it. Just this past week I decided to splurge on the expression lights, as I've really grown to like the game and feel like it deserves a long term spot in the lineup. I suspect that in the long run, LZ will be appreciated for great flow and a great competitve scoring tourney game.
7.451/10
11 months ago
So I used to be a hater of this title, calling it an empty box devoid of fun. This is a very stripped down Pro offering without any significant toy elements. No stairway in the game is a pretty big swing and a miss. I’m also not a fan of the art package chosen for the pro model and tends to look a bit out of place in most line ups.

The main toy on the premium is just a spinner that rises into the middle of the playfield, and it is not missed on the pro. It adds very little interest to game play and it’s prone to breakdown. Save your money unless your are mystified by spinners.

The saving grace is that lay out is pretty good even though there is a lot of open space in the middle of the playfield. Shots are tight and far from the player, but make able with some practice, and the ramps flow well. The game plays fast like all Ritchie games which keeps the excitement level up and the added space helps with multi ball action. Combine the fast pace with the expression lights synchronized to iconic classic rock tunes and it elevates the whole experience. All in all, the game is more fun than it gets credit for and is worth a spot in your line up if the price is right.
6.066/10
1 year ago
Stern chose my single least favorite piece of Zeppelin art (naked icarus) to showcase on the playfield. I do like the right ramp, and actually all the ramps flow very well. Wide open playfield, could have been used for more shots.
4.477/10
1 year ago
Just played this and was really underwhelmed. The gameplay is simply not there at all. There is too much reliance on the music, and not really enough of that. This one was a big miss for me. Actually left credit on it as the group was just tired of even trying. I do want to say, if you are a Led Zeppelin fan it might be one for you.
8.519/10
1 year ago
I purchased this game recently and don't understand the hate. It's not the easiest game and maybe that is the issue. Once you take a little time and get a feel for it, the flow is excellent. The middle ramp shot is easy but you can't just hit the same shot over and over again which is good for the overall game play. The spinner shot is fairly easy using a backhand from the left flipper. The right ramp is tough and the lock on the left is a little tricky (but doable from both flippers) but don't we like a balanced game with some easy and some tough shots?

The music is great and if you don't like Zeppelin this clearly isn't the game for you. Thank goodness they didn't include Stairway - it's a great song don't get me wrong but we already hear it enough on the radio, etc. Tons of great songs to enjoy.

It's not a fighting game and you aren't beating some bad guy but the strategy of the tour is fun as a goal/mission. Great combo shots and collecting records for the songs is also fun. Other tidbits I don't even fully process will keep me interested for some time I am sure.

Finally I like the artwork for the Pro but I understand some don't. Always had an affinity for III. There aren't a ton of toys in the Pro but plenty of after market options to make it your own.

Overall this is a fun game with a good mix of shots, good flow, and great music.
5.366/10
1 year ago
Led Zeppelin—I played this game for first time on boardwalk in Delaware. I don’t get it.. To shoot the ball —it doesn’t go up to top. It only goes halfway—then falls into playfield. What doofus thought of that?
It has ramps but they are so repetitive. If you hit ball up the center it gets into a thicket it seems. The flippers are like you flippers. The action of machine is sub par. Another dud…
7.039/10
1 year ago
Love the music. The upper shot that goes nowhere is not great. Overall I would pick any other new stern game
6.726/10
1 year ago
I wanted to love Zeppelin. I really did. Love the band and the music, but the machine feels clunky to me, and not enough going on for a modern pin. This might be one that I'd learn to love with more time on it, but I left the sessions I had with it wishing for more.
8.015/10
1 year ago
There's something to be said for an open centered playfield. It gives the less skilled player time to react to missed shots or making muliballs last a little longer. I think this game gets a bad wrap. Music is amazing.
6.176/10
1 year ago
I expected more from this game. Playfield is way too open and was pretty uninspired. I like Zeppelin, so I’d play it again for the music aspect but it feels like they relied on the music to carry the game.
8.700/10
1 year ago
I like the Pro. Nice Steve Richie Pin, for me much better as the premium, with the obstacle in the playfield.
5.883/10
1 year ago
Led Zeppelin's Music really works for Pinball, the shots flow nicely and the game is fast. But it feels like it is missing so many of the toys that make pinball magical. The Playfield looks like a home pin it is just so empty, it doesn't even compare to earlier Richie games like ACDC. Lastly the art looks lazy and photoshopped.
6.374/10
1 year ago
This machine was disappointing. I am a little biased as I didn’t like the Zep III album. Music on this is pretty good. Definitely would need a sub woofer. Recommending paying the extra and get the Premium.
6.963/10
1 year 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, a disaster and and the layout? Boring. It shoots nice, but who really cares if you’ve dropped the ball everywhere else?
4.950/10
1 year ago
Led Zeppelin pro is by far the greatest disaster in modern pinball history………..Oh wait forgot about WWE! First off, although flawed, the premium is a pretty good machine. My take is Steve never could get a handle on the whole pro vs premium design, as many of his pro games suffer the same fate. He simply likes to design one game and I frankly don’t blame him. This game excels in so many areas regarding sound, music, callouts and narration……….It’s an audio orgasm and Led Zeppelin is perfect music for pinball. The layout on this game is one of the worst, most unbalanced games ever, it’s not fun to shoot at all. If you need to own this game, go buy the premium, the spinner adds a huge amount and although it doesn’t always work well, it’s a blast to rip.
6.030/10
1 year ago
I love the band, but I was disappointed with this pin. The music is great, but the playfield feels empty. I must say that I've only played a few games on the pro version, but for me, the balance was simply not there.
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