The Beatles (Gold Edition)

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This game received 202 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.920 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #87 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.525

Artwork: 8.053

Sounds/Music: 8.171

Other Aspects: 7.824

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "The Beatles (Gold Edition)".
The other versions are: The Beatles (Platinum Edition), The Beatles (Diamond Edition)

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17 days ago
I have always loved Seawitch and when this came out it was a favorite right off the bat. Great game.
62 days ago
One of the most difficult pinball machines I can ever remember playing, and the reason I had to have it in my collection. The outlanes are brutal, and the upper set of flippers often get in the way of what you're trying to do. Great theme.
3 months ago
Rebranded Seawitch?
3 months ago
Very fun in small doses. Great for parties due to the short ball times, but the small amount of songs get very old, very quick. For the money, an old Meteor or something similar has basically all the same gadgets other than the turntable. This pin is very theme reliant, which is good that they got all the licensing, but it needs far more songs, less “yeah”s and less crowds cheering to be less annoying & to have stayed in my collection longer. Shoots great, but lacking in some important areas.
6 months ago
The music, the visuals, the light shows, the smoothness of the shots, ripping those spinners, this game just feels amazing to play. It's the Beatles! Anything less than awesome would be a real shame, but this pin delivers. Beatles is at the top of my wishlist.
7 months ago
Very hard game but just a flat out fun to play.
Owned about 3 years now and it still gets a ton of play at my house.
Very addictive game.
7 months ago
Unlike the band, not the number one pin of all time. But that expectation would be too high anyway.

As everybody mentions, this is a re-theme of Stern's 1980 Seawitch game. I have never played an original Seawitch, but I did want an old school game but without the old game problems. This one definitely fits the bill and the music is fabulous.

The rules are very simple and a challenge to accomplish. Rules are not deep but the playfield includes everything but ramps, scoops, cool mechs, return ramps, action button, vuks, captive balls, but there's a spinning magnetic record!

Repeating upper loop shop is fun and there are stand-ups everywhere! Four flippers, one for each Beatle!

Given the early 1964 Beatles theme, this table really hits it well. The animations and movie clips are decent and the songs are of course very catchy. Some very clever pinball folks have also worked on some code for other albums.

I agree with just about everything else that other people have said particularly about not having this as your only pin. It definitely fits well in a larger collection. It is also fairly pricey for what you get. Mine is not bolted to the floor, but not going anywhere soon
8 months ago
Highly underrated game. I know the price was on the higher side when it released but now a nib Gold version is cheaper than other Stern Premium's. I love that it's gold powder coated and includes inner art blades as well.

Probably not the best game for a small (2-3 pins) collection, but it's a great game regardless. When family members come over it's the most popular pin especially with the younger kids and older grandparents etc.
8 months ago
The Beatles is a dream theme for me
Upon reveal, I wasn’t too sure what to make of the retro ‘Seawitch’ inspired playfield
Though once I played The Beatles, it was clear that this game is a winner
The fast and sexy layout with its straight forward rule set works really well
Yet to reach ‘Taxman’ wizard mode, maybe one of these days
8 months ago
Great game! Fun, fast, and challenging. Nice change of pace from a long, deep rules game like AIQ or Jurassic Park, or Godzilla. The newer Sterns are fantastic, but kind of similar overall. this game is entirely different. Music and call outs are as good as it gets!
8 months ago
This game is just pure fun and is some of the best artwork stern has ever put on a pinball game. The game looks easy but it’s actually hard and very addicting. I’m not a huge Beatles fan but this game is a home run
9 months ago
Boring machine
9 months ago
not easy to master... but will stay for long in our collection! still one of my best pinballs...
10 months ago
Waited years for a pin with my fave music group only to be disappointed when playing it. Geez, if I want a 1960s pin, I'll buy a 1960s pin. But maybe that was the point...just doesn't click for me. The music of course fantastic.
11 months ago
The Beatles is a fun remake of an early SS machine (Seawitch) with better music, graphics and some extra modes.

I’ve enjoyed playing it at London’s New Brunswick Centre Arcade, but it feels weak compared to Total Nuclear Annihilation (which does the ‘remake of a SS game’ much better). Otherwise, I prefer other early SS machines, such as Black Hole, Spirit and Haunted House.

UPDATE: Played again knowing the rules of Seawitch. This pin is a work of genius, which combines old school pinball with Stern’s mode-based gameplay. It’s a wonderful, charming and mellow shooter that provides great music while challenging your accuracy. I am officially charmed by this one.

UPDATE: Played again after getting a Flash Gordon, and it’s not really as good as FG. Feels a bit generic in comparison TBH, although - obviously - the LCD screen and Beatles music adds a lot..

UPDATE: Lowered the rating again. I tend not to play it on-site anymore now I've got a beautifully-restored Flash Gordon with LEDs and a film music sound board. It's just not as good layout as Flash Gordon, and I'd rather play something else.
1 year ago
The Beatles is an interesting game because it's got a layout like an older solid state game, but with the modern stern flippers, sounds, and animations. The rules stay relatively simple, which works for the layout, but leaves a bit to be desired. The theme and sounds are obviously fantastic and carry this pin, along with the upper loop shot. That loop shot alone carries this pin in my mind, and it probably the best repeatable loop shot in pinball since it's not too difficult to get 10+ in a row. The game is fast and though and can drain quite easy but it's a great quick playing game.
1 year ago
The Beatles is one of my top favorite pins that I've had in my collection. Gameplay is very fast, and very fun. Can be brutal at times, but when you have that awesome ball and dial into the loop, nothing beats it. Surprised that Beatles is not more popular, as I really love it, and it's a great competitive game that needs to be played to be appreciated. Same goes for the beautiful powder-coat that Stern put on these-you need to see and feel it to get how nice it is.

This game is particularly great if you like early SS pins, but want better rules and sound. Speaking of sound, the alternate soundtracks that are available really add to the game, and it's easy to switch between them. If I was stuck with only the stock early-Beatles soundtrack, then my rating would probably go down a little.

I love the layout, all the drops, and the magnet up top. I also love the Beatles music, and I like the straightforward but addictive rules. So game is awesome for me. If you don't like the Beatles music, or you don't like early SS layouts, then it's probably not going to rate as high for you.
1 year ago
This is a sleeper to me. Top notch tournament game as ball times can be short. It was disregarded initially because of the simple layout. Layout similar to Seawitch but that is where the similarities end. Left spinner is the one of the most satisfying spinner shots you will find. Although the rules are fairly straight forward and not nearly as deep as other titles from this era, there is more to it than meets the eye. Seems to be a crowd pleaser in my lineup when guest are over. It is very approachable and keeps me and others coming back for more. It is just fun.
1 year ago
Wanted to love this game, music was excellent (of course) but the playfield was one of the worst I’ve played in years. I absolutely hated it.
Was not hooked with ANY part of the game other than the music, most disappointed I’ve been on probably any pin, ever.
1 year ago
This is a very nice under rated pin. I don’t get all the negativity, it’s actually really fun. When I have friends over they play it more than any other machine. It’s a simple rule set, which is fine by me, the music great, it has a great old school feel. It’s just a really fun game, if you have a chance to play, you won’t regret it!
1 year ago
This machine is probably not for everybody, but I find myself wanting to play it over and over. It's more difficult than it appears and is fast and fun. It succeeds in being a throwback game and captures the vibe and spirit of an EM game.
1 year ago
Things are getting better all the time.... They couldn't get much worse. John was right. Disappointing.
Perhaps they can put out one from the psychedelic years to get it right!!!
1 year ago
way more fun than i thought it was going to be. But.... didn't last long. I will definitely return and play it again when I see it. But, it doesn't have that "one more game" feeling or "i have to play it again before I leave" type of deal.

it's butter smooth. right upper flipper is great and has nice shots. left upper flipper... what the FLIP is going on? Just bang into stuff? weird. Cool idea behind the drop targets for the little secret target on the left. magnet at top of orbit is cool. Great LOOKING game as well.

But, there's no toy. No gimmick. No "OH DAMN LOOK AT THAT!" modern seawitch with a twist? Accurate...
1 year ago
Might be controversial, but I’m now convinced re-theming older sterns with licenses and tweaking the playfield is a good move for Stern music pins. Might not work as well with movie licenses because music pins are more forgiving and de facto original themes. I probably imagine a lot more for this theme, but the sea witch layout was perfected with this game, so it provides a lot of merit. The street level approach reminds me of TNA in that the environment around the playfield fills in a lot of gaps in the theme and allows you to just enjoy the pseudo em layout with lcd finesse.

If we got a retheme once every other year, it would aggregate a lot of depth to Sterns portfolio.

Back to Beatles, Gomez did a lot of cute under flipper and magnet improvements, that if this game only had Yellow Submarine/Revolver artwork and a few more songs it would move up into the highest tier of games.
1 year ago
WOW, i love this game and a keeper for me, very fun and fast, a real pleasure to play.
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