Stranger Things (LE)

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This game received 101 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.466 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Stranger Things". The group itself ranks #24 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.329

Artwork: 8.291

Sounds/Music: 8.622

Other Aspects: 8.585

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Stranger Things (LE)".
The other versions are: Stranger Things (Pro) (regular version), Stranger Things (Premium)

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21 days ago
stranger things premium, follow the fantastic innovation of the projector and the uv kit! for me the best stern ever made to date! very good game with wonderful sound and effects. for those who watched the series there is no way not to like this machine!
80 days ago
sensational machine!

Great connection between the theme and the machine.
Revolutionary lighting and projector.
3 months ago
This is a surprise.
I owned the PRO and couldn't get rid of it quick enough. The LE is a different game, the ball magnet lock once dialed in is a great feature. The projector works surprisingly well and the animations blend nicely with the theme. The shots are AFM, however the LE left orbit is easier on the LE and consequently more satisfying. Once dialed in the "VG" shot is easily achievable and satisfying...
This is a great game and compared to AIQLE is, really....superior, and I love KEs work.
The flow is fast and fun and a wizard mode that looks to be difficult to reach.
One of the best from Stern, and I've owned them all...
3 months ago
So this game is one of the most underrated games in pin history. I was in and out of pinside the past year contemplating buying one. Well, as I saw the code updates arrive and watched the chatter in the thread and I finally jumped. I received my LE about 2 weeks ago and I am pretty darn happy. I have owned most of the A titles in the past and this game is an amazing blend of old and new. The layout is great though it looks kinda boring in photos. It shoots well with ramp flow and loops that really keep it fast. The lock is awesome and Sterns fix kit for the early builds takes care of that. Mine is fine with the kit installed today. My demogorgon is tough but, I am going to wait until I play for a month or so to see if I want to tweak it. I kinda like that it's tough to hit. I have made a few as of today. Yes, I edited and made it a 10. Sorry if you disagree but, I have never owned a more addicting game. STH and EHOH need to be side by side! :)
Now, the UV kit. Absolutely killer! Completely lame that Stern made us buy and install it ourselves. ( I look forward to the day our games arrive with all features and protectors INSTALLED for us). As you install the UV kit you can completely see it was supposed to be there anyway. It is a fantastic feature and just makes the game. The use of projector is fantastic and does way more than I imagined.
The gameplay is thrilling and if you like spooky themes like I do this game creates a spooky vibe like no other.
a fantastic and enthralling experience in pinball. Well done STERN.
3 months ago
I was surprised by this game. Fun to play. I only had about 10 plays on it though. Unfortunately it is gone from the location now.
4 months ago
No variety in this game. It just feels like you do the same thing over and over again. I like the main toy and whole idea of shooting it, but it often feels more like luck then skill when I land it in the mouth. Can see why this game is having trouble selling...
4 months ago
Don’t like this one all around. Lighting is bright spot.
4 months ago
I used to own the pro, which was really cool, but then sold it to try out some new pins.

Played the LE about a year later and fell in love with this game all over again. LE was even better than I imagined. The ball capture magnet, the constant video, of course the UV kit, the call outs, awesome code updates, and now the incredible music from CLELAND. The artwork and PF are incredible too. This is one of my favorite games now, once again, I will not be selling the LE for quite a while. Everything about this game and theme is super cool and it is really fun to play every time. It has great shots and killing that shaking Demogorgan is so rewarding and exciting.

If ever you find yourself missing a pin after you sell it, it's a sign of a really good game if you ask me.

Again I watched a youtube pinball channel where this guy was just tearing this game a new one, huh?? Did he play it blindfolded? I had to stop watching that channel because our interpretations of super fun immersive pinball games are definitely not aligning. This game should be ranked higher. I like it as much as DP.

Don't listen to the nay sayers, go play the premium or LE and see for yourself. This game kick ass..

Loving my ST LE!!!!
5 months ago
I have had this game since day one. We are now at 1.01 code. I feel the game is complete enough to review it. I have around 2,000 plays on my game. BEFORE READING FURTHER: this review assumes you have the game 100% dialed in. this can take hours and hours to get right. So please consider that before buying:


The innovation in this game is great. the Projector, TK magnet lock, and Demogorgon toy, and UV kit/art are all pinball firsts. They really tried something different with this game. Execution was not good, but you get this baby dialed in, and those features are all great. when I come across a pro after playing the LE so much, it just feels like the whole game is missing when you play. The added features are so fun.

The shots are smooth, but the right orbit dead end to the pops and the vuk shot to the left are not very satisfying to hit. Overall though, all shots feel good especially the burn it back loop and the left orbit that feeds the right ramp/flipper.

The sounds are fantastic on this game. GET AN EXTERNAL SUB!! that combined with the upgraded sound package of the LE are so so great.

The animations are fine. they do a good job overall syncing the show clips with the callouts (not perfect, but good), but the custom animations are not going to blow you away. The EB animation being like AFM was a nice touch.

The artwork is solid. Not photoshop crappy, and not the crazy details of Yeti, but it is solid and fits the theme well.

Code. This was a slow burn for sure. But the base code had good bones and was updated monthly for its first year of existence. It has come a long way. It is a straightforward ruleset that has lots of modes and tasks to complete, but not too difficult to reach the end. All the modes are varied, some of the rules of the Demogorgon modes are very very good and keep you coming back. The collect drawings side quest is great for all players and makes you want to complete and play all modes well. If you hate multipliers, this is the game for you. only the typical 2x playfield exists in this game and certain modes will double your shot value if you combo the shots. that is it. It is not an Elwin or a Keefer game code wise, but if you like Deadpool, Guardians, KISS, etc. this code is just as fun and easy to pick up. The FINAL SHOWDOWN wizard mode is very well done too. It also has it as a challenge to play from attract mode like other new sterns so that is fun too. The game is set up so that a big scoring opportunity is always around the corner (DEMO modes, Total Isolations, big bonus collects and the mini wizard modes for completing the season modes).


THIS GAME IS A BITCH TO SET UP AND GET PLAYING RIGHT!!!!! haha. you have been warned. this game will forever be plagued by how hard it is to dial it in. I might have the only LE on earth that works right. haha.

The chapter modes from seasons 1 and 2 are pretty basic and could have been coded better. yeah there are 12 of them, but only like 3-4 of them have really enjoyable rules. The rest are just clear the shots and be done with it.

The total isolation modes work like TA modes in AFM. Clear the shots, get a super and restart. they are both different than each other, but I wish they had multiple varied stages to add to their appeal. The scoring in those modes does make up for this somewhat. Very satisfying to score big in those.

The mini wizard modes are a tad too easy to complete and basically have capped scoring to them. I would have liked to see more to these modes as well to add to the risk and reward and allow for more parity in the scoring.

Final Verdict: if you are okay with dialing this game in, or find one that is already dialed, hell yeah. dive in. it should be cheaper than most other recent LEs, and is a sleeper due to the bad reviews it has received. To see a dialed game in action, see the video below. Enjoy!
5 months ago
This game could have een so much more.....The call outs, the toys, the theme deserved more. But it is what it is. I love the show, do no care to own this one.....Play it when you see it in the wild, ok to get some stuff going but truly something
6 months ago
Just bought it and boy am I happy. Game is fantastic! I am really scratching my head on this one. I have or currently own most of the Williams classics from the 90s and games in the top 40. To say Addams Family is a better game than this is ludacris! I feel like we should have separate ratings for games from each era. It is like comparing an old Chev Iroc to a Tesla. Yes they are both cars but that is the only thing they have in common. To try and say one is better than the other is rediculous. They are completely different animals and can not be compared to each other. This game is waaaaay better than anything from the 90s but yet, quite a few oldies are above it in the rankings. This has a color L.C.D screen , bigtime high quality speakers, projector, ect ect ect. It even has basically a second playfield when the black light mode kicks in. This game is essentially A.F.M with modern day tech and toss in some steriods. So according to the pinside rankings it should be ranked around number 2. Monster Bash is a better game than this......Really .......Put an LE that is dialed in next to a Monster Bash. Let people play them both, give them the option to take one or the other home. 100perc will take S T LE home. Game is criminally underated. Pick one up and thank me later. Premium or LE is a must! Projector and T.C lock are FANTASTIC!!!! Just my humble 2 cents fellow pinheads!

NEW CODE MAKES THIS GAME THE G.O.A.T! 1.02 Game is the best ever!
7 months ago
This game creeps me out. The demagorgon is just weird. Don't like the theme at all. But this game is fun and playable. Love the projectors and the center ramp is just awesome. Love the 4 drop targets in the center. The ramps are smooth for me. Save for the theme, I could play this game for hours. Not sure why it gets all the hate, except for that theme just doesn't work. But if you like Stranger Things the TV show, this machine is for you.
7 months ago
Love the show. This pin is average at best. And the cheaper models i like even less
7 months ago
Fun, smooth shooting layout. Lots of code and things to do in the game. Great theme too. Make sure you try it with the latest code.

The main thing I would rag on is the telekinesis lock is a pretty badly designed mech
8 months ago
Great flow. Keeps you coming back for more.
8 months ago
In my opinion one of the most undervalued Pins ever, this is really a master piece: Incredible implementation of the theme (activation of upside down with UV Kit is just spectacular), great sound effects, balanced rules and complexity. I just love it!

Playfield, Cabinet and Translite just look gorgeous!
8 months ago
The upside down and projector are what sells this game. It is very cool and brings the player into the theme. The game play is dissapointing and gets old for me. All shots and ramps seem to disappear somewhere behind the giant screen and bring me very little satisfaction. I am more concerned about firing at the entrances to light the insert. I'm sorry but for anyone walking up to this game and sees the Demegorgan come out with a hole in it and find out its impossible to make it in it is deflating and embarrasing. The telekaneses multiball magnet when it works is very cool!
8 months ago
Very under rated pin. This is a Brian Eddy masterpiece.
Once 1.0 hits, I think players. Will change their opinion.
9 months ago
Fast game, wants you play more and more.
the uv light kit and shaker motor makes another level to the game
9 months ago
This is the game I wish I could own right now. I was blown away with the projector and the UV playfield. Just amazing and fun game to play. Shots are really good and shooting for the demon in the middle is so much fun trying to get the ball in it's mouth. It sort of suffers from AFM and MM where in home use the middle toy may get old, but probably not. Would love to own one to knwo for sure.
9 months ago
That one mode... God I want to rip my ears off. Love the show, dont really like the game
10 months ago
The theme is awesome, and I love the shots in this game. Extreemly satisfying to hit the demegorgan in the mouth.
11 months ago
I will definitely update my rating as the code progresses but so far at v .96 I have been impressed. The shots are smooth and the game is super fast. It can be a drain monster though if you are not very accurate with your shots, reminiscent of Game of Thrones and TWD for me. I'm excited to see where this game goes in the future as I have a feeling it can only get better as the code matures. Some players have complained about the Demogorgan shot being too difficult but so far mine has been quite easy to hit (knock on wood).
11 months ago
It is fun in spurts, but I don't see it as a long term keeper.

They do well on location, so if you are thinking if putting it out there, I would recommend it.
1 year ago
i had my reservations purchasing the LE after reading all the negative comments but i am so glad i went ahead and made it part of my collection
its very different to other machines and TBH it is a fantastic pin. The new innovations are refreshing and i have had no issues at all regarding fact it is one of the best feeling and solid sterns along with my beatles diamond.
the projector images along with the lighting and sound are immense and really drag you in..i keep coming back and its even made me curious about the series as I had previously no interest in watching...the upside mode and UV lighting are unique and everything just works. its a pin i want to play and one of the more involving machines i have played. with .92 code only, the future of this title is endless. I just want to keep hitting that demogorgon. Well done Stern.
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