Stranger Things (LE)

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This game received 153 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.588 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Stranger Things". The group itself ranks #20 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.424

Artwork: 8.456

Sounds/Music: 8.648

Other Aspects: 8.726

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This title is part of group: "Stranger Things"

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59 days ago
When I first saw a ST cabinet in the wild, it really didn't impress me. It was a Pro and it was well lit where the game was placed. The playfield had me a bit "huh". Still, the wife was busy playing Mario Cart and it was the only pin in the place. So. Here we go. And, now I'm happy that circumstance made me try it. Then, I found a bar that has an LE, and I was eager to have me a game or 5.
I'm not a great pinball player. I do have a game at home, and 1 due at the end of the month I'm writing this. So, not a mug, but I watch and ask questions of better players when I see them. That kind of "level". So I totally get when people whinge about how brutal this game can be. I either get a bit of a flow and feel going, or I'm continuously saving the ball every time it comes near the flippers. There's nothing in between. This game really punishes you for missing 2 shots plus in a row, and a good smattering of the time for 1.
The under glass projection screen, being the panels predominantly in front of the demogorgon bash toy, is something I'm really happy Stern tried. True, it didn't quite come off as intended. But, I still enjoy what's seen there whilst playing. Even if it isn't as powerful a projection as we'd all like.
Speaking of the bash toy. Unless your invested in the theme totally, I can understand some of it's detractors. Yes. I do sometimes think it's too far forward, when I'm sucking. And yes. It's really big, really central and quite repetitive feeling.
I'd like one day to play at a level that would allow me to get right into ST. Right now, I like the idea of playing, so I do. Then if I can't hit my shots and it gets frustrating, I move onto another game.
73 days ago
Projector makes the playing more fun for additional info. The modes and multiballs are very easy to understand (like in MM). I love this game as I love the serie.
5 months ago
Fantastic theme integration. The sounds draw you into the game. Great feeling shots.
6 months ago
This is the game that will be the benchmark for how to nail lighting design. It’s a super fun game, especially with the demigorgon ramp shot. It’s a traditional Brian Eddy game where you get huge points for hitting up the middle. I like it more than his other heavy hitters to be honest.
7 months ago
Owned LE for about a year and really enjoyed it. I love the theme and the game shoots really well. TK lock is AWESOME…..when it works. I spent many hours trying to dial it in but never got it perfect. I got this and GnR the same weekend. GnR lasted a month. I couldnt stop playing ST. UV kit/topper/shooter rod all add to the game significantly. Loved the projector. The actual are on playfield is ok but not great. Overall a great game.
9 months ago
I love the show and I love this pinball machine, super fun and super fast. The projector really adds to the game.
10 months ago
Stranger Things is one of the greatest themed pins I have ever seen and this game would be a 10+ if it was theme alone. But unfortunately for that, mechanics and gameplay are more important elements of a good pin, and Stranger Things is lacking these qualities comparatively to other pins surrounding its current rank. Shots draining when they shouldn't, mediocre animations, and subpar replay value makes this game get tiresome quickly. If it wasn't for the theme this would have trouble making the top 100. I will try it again like I always do with games viewed so highly, but at this moment the only thing it has going for it is a great theme and a sweet projector gimmick. 7/10.
10 months ago
I like it. Colors are beautiful shooting demorgedon is fun and music is relax !
Easy to understand the rules.
10 months ago
After playing this game i sadly felt there is only 1 main shot to go for in the stage and i love the idea of it just think it takes up to much and you end up hitting the same thing over and over again and sadly at some point it just becomes a bit repetitive and boring. Theming is amazing
1 year ago
I haven't gotten to play this table as much as I'd like. It was at a local establishment, but it was moved... So that's disappointing! Do yourself a favour, and go out and play this game!

I found this game to be very fun! The theme was everywhere through the game. Very good integration with the demigorgan and the projectors. The middle of the playfield felt oddly empty, but I suppose it makes sense, to make room for the massive ramp into the demigorgan mouth! I would certainly like to own this game, if it becomes available.. but that's unlikely.. as everyone seems to hold on to them! No wonder.. it's a pleasure to play this table!
1 year ago
Finally found a Stranger Things LE to play and must is awesome! Such a simple fan layout with arguably the "best" bash toy in all of pinball. The projector is one of the greatest gimics of the modern pinball world, suits the 80's theme with the drivings/cinema feel from the old days. Game play is simple to understand and keeps you glued to what you need to achieve to advance into the game. The telekinesis lock is far superior to any other game with magnets ( that I have played so far.) Last but not least.... the UV kit, what a spectacle!!! I honestly don't have anything bad to say about this machine other than the 2 orbits need to be aligned right to guide balls towards the flipper. Other than that, I don't understand the bad feedback this machine gets. It's a title I'll be considering to buy one day but seems hard to find at the moment. I would still settle for a premium tho.
1 year ago
***Update.... if you have this game, and haven't already, buy the Medisynl Mod set. It is just amazing. ***

The first dozen or so time I played Stranger Things I didn't care for it. The early code didn't do it any favors - and it just seemed like a cheap knockout off of AFM.

Fast forward a few years, and I got to play it in a dimly lit arcade. The code was updated and the UV kit was installed. I really couldn't hear the game too well, but It was a totally different experience. It was definitely fun, but I didn't really ever expect to want one.

Fast forward again... I picked up an LE in a trade. The game has the UV kit and the Cleland code... and wow... in a home environment this game really shines. It really is a deeper modern take on AFM. It has the same fast flow and risky shots. While AFM has far superior art (the LE cabinet is pretty terrible) and callouts, Stranger Things has the best "mood" of any game I have played. When you add the Cleland code the them integration is fantastic. Lots of intensity. Then you add a projector/ramp and bash toy.... and it really does make for a great game.

Things we like

- The UV kit is a must. I know it is a gimmick, but it is a great one.

- The projector adds a lot to the game. Also, try updating the screens to more of a high contrast backing.

- Fun, fast, and deep. Just like AFM the center shots can be deadly. Unlike AFM, the scoring seems to be more balanced - the side modes are important for scores.

It is not perfect.

- The TK ball lock isn't very reliable and is a flow kill when it is rejected. Ultimately, I just disabled the diverter. The lock is super cool, but not worth the hassle.

- Lots of ball traps and airballs galore. This is a game that really must be dialed in.

- The cabinet art is.. bad. The backglass is ok - but the playfield is excellent.
1 year ago
So much fun. Theme integration is so well done. The spinner orbit shot and the TK lock are 2 of my favorite shots in all of pinball. Definitely has the “one more game factor” going for it and the projector images are so incredible and innovative. The premium and LE are amazing with projector but the pro is still pretty fun to shoot. This game grew on everyone for a reason!
1 year ago
I might be biased here as I really dig the series, but the game ticks every box for me.
1 year ago
Not too bad, but I never saw this show that the theme is based on, unfamiliar with the plots, terminology, and logic in progression. That hurts understanding theme integration into the code and rules as the game itself isn't intuitive with that. I would have to study the rules to "get to know" what is going on in the game. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but not knowing the show that the theme is based on makes me lose interest.

The ball gets stuck in some of the same places from machine to machine at locations which is another thing to contribute to losing interest. The UV lighting kit should have been included in the premium as it does add to the gimmick effect and is pretty cool. The projection on the spinners and center screens is interesting but wonder about the long-term durability of that feature.
1 year ago
The LE has many mechanical flaws that prevent the game from feeling "good". The ball lock mechanism is flaky, getting consistent shots in the center demo hole on my game was next to impossible. Projector was a cool feature but needed to use better quality materials to make it pop. Overall a good game that has too many shortcomings to be considered great
1 year ago
This game is a hit and miss. The game lacks an amazing layout or toys however it sports many industry firsts such as video mapping I think this is the perfect game for the common player very easy shooting game
1 year ago
rated with OS 1.02 + Cleland code
includes UV kit
1 year ago
The projector on the Prem/LE is one of the coolest features I've seen on a pin. Add in a classic Bryan Eddie layout, crazy ball lock, the incredible UV kit and over the top Cleland sound package...and it's a formula for super success. Thanks Stern!
1 year ago
Is the Demigorgon the greatest gimmick in pinball history? Very arguably. If you haven't played this, there's a projector screen which lowers. There, behind it is a shaking giant monster. You have to shoot the ball up the ramp to land in the Demigorgon's mouth. It's a thrilling moment.

But, beyond that amazing moment, the rest of the game feels lacking. There aren't great missions. So much of the playfield is monopolized by the screen, that you're just chipping around the edges.

If you see it on location, be sure to play it. But, it's not one I would add to my home.
1 year ago
I enjoy Stranger Things (Netflix Show), but it is not a top theme for me. With that being said, I want to purchase this pin after spending a couple of hours on it. The gameplay is fun and the music perfect! The blacklight MOD is a must!
1 year ago
The more I play pinball, the more I realize how special this game is! Whenever I go to different locations, people are still actively playing this machine, even with new machines out like Godzilla. The game flows well, and I think shoots better than Attack From Mars, which it is often compared to. They have the LE version at my favorite location, and wow is this a beautiful game! The UV mod makes it look even better.

If the machine is set correctly, making the demogorgon shot is fair. The projector is such a cool element, that it draws in even non pinball people. I've played the pro as well, and it's still an amazing machine. This machine is a must have, and I can't wait to have the funds to add this to my one machine (Deadpool) collection!
1 year ago
I love this game…played one at a place in Colorado… ended up purchasing a Pro model because of the $$..

It is a gorgeous game but I am a sucker for purples and blues. The UV lighting is flat out awesome. As long as the game is dialed in, which can take some doing, it is supremely fun.

The biggest thing for my friends and family is it is so easy to explain and understand. There have been many comparisons to AFM and that totally makes sense. Very similar…game plays fast and brutal at times.

We really liked the TK lock and projector… but decided that 2 grand or so increase in price could go towards another pin. The actual gameplay is near identical barring the ability to “swipe” a ball from the Telekinesis lock. Again, super cool.
1 year ago
Very unique UV playfield. Easy to understand rules. I don't know about the theme if you have never watched the show. But it works well with the game play.
1 year ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 8 - high

* Projector and UV kit really unique and add to the gameplay experience
* Hitting the ball into the Demogorgon’s mouth extremely satisfying
* Lots of modes with good rule set
* Burn it back shot fun and fast shot
* Bullsh!t mode pretty funny
* Think AFM on steroids

* Very similar layout to both AFM and MM
* Left scoop shot and right shot to pops rather unsatisfying
* TK Ball lock is very hit & miss.
* Feeds from left and right ball guides need to be adjusted
* Gameplay overall can grate quickly if not dialed in properly

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Cleland sound mod an absolute must
* Dice shooter rod as the factory one lights up
* Titan glow rubber kit looks really cool as does perfect play purple, both react with UV kit
* Speaker Light kit
* Medisynal Mods platform set

What To Look For When Buying
* Check for the amount of playfield dimples
* Make sure the Telekinesis lock is working properly and ball feeds are satisfactory
* Check playfield hours put in from a projector point of view
* UV kit has been installed
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