The Beatles (Gold Edition)

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This game received 175 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.840 /10


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This game ranks #91 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.413

Artwork: 7.978

Sounds/Music: 8.11

Other Aspects: 7.739

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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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12 days 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.
18 days 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.
46 days ago
This is a sleeper to me. It was disregarded initially because of the simple layout. 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 because the emotional commitment required and related stress is less than titles with deeper rulesets. It is just fun.
55 days 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.
3 months 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!
4 months 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.
4 months 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!!!
4 months 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...
5 months 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.
5 months ago
WOW, i love this game and a keeper for me, very fun and fast, a real pleasure to play.
7 months ago
This game feels like they got the Beatles license and slapped it on an older game with little thought. It's not my cup of tea. The game feels like there isn't much to do and the main gimmick (the spinning record) isn't anything special. The music is certainly great for anyone who appreciates the Beatles, but Stern definitely missed the mark and an opportunity for a truly great pin.
7 months ago
If you take the NiB cost out of it and understand why the designed it the way they did you will hopefully not go in with a negative mind set on this pin. A lot of people disliked it before they even played it. I own this pin now. Purchased it in the mid 6s and it’s an amazing pin. Plays super fast and fun. The flow it awesome, the rules are easy to understand but fun. Cousin Brucey isn’t repetitive and adds a lot to the call outs. Now you can also get different albums from a pinsider with different content which is a bonus for variety. Even with out that this pin is awesome. Family and neighbors really enjoy it
8 months ago
I liked this machine. I only played it once. I wasn't able to quite figure out what I had to do to progress into other modes. I enjoyed the music, but had trouble hearing the songs well because the Black Knight was still playing behind me. haha. The layout of the machine was very different and it took me a while to get the hang of the top 2 flippers. The magnet thing at the top of the play field was neat, but I couldn't figure out what made it come on and stop my ball and drop it. I liked how the game was bright and of course the Beatles music was nice.

Edit: After playing this machine on location more, I am a fan. It was fun, especially the loop shot on the top of the playfield. Everything on this machine felt well done. I like challenging games and drop targets. Great artwork, lights, and music. I hope to own this machine one day.
8 months ago
Yikes! Love the theme and the artwork, but I spend most of the game hitting the backside of the upper flippers and the game desperately needs ramps. I love orbits as much as anyone, but this one really only has one orbit, no ramps and an upper flipper that launches straight off drop targets SDTM. I like the spinning record, but this could have been so much more.

On top of that, it doesn’t even have my favorite Beatles songs!
10 months ago
The biggest plus to this game is fun! Easy to understand but still can be a challenge and at times brutal in a good way. You have a variety of shots from easy to satisfying to tight left orbit from bottom flipper. Many critics of the game just say it’s only Seawitch well not really all of the geometry of that game is fixed and given modern reliability. If you are looking for a game with classic feel, everything that makes pinball fun, don’t need a 100 page rule book and keeps you coming back Beatles is a great choice. I know critics say expense of the game but to license songs and likeness of one of the biggest bands of all times costs a small fortune. It’s not Jurassic Park where you license the name and that’s about it. If you are just looking for fun with pinball without the fluff Beatles is it!
10 months ago
Had to play this during league a number of times. It is a drag. I like the beatles, but all early beatles aimed at boomers was a mistake. The game is overpriced for what you get. It felt like a poor cash grab recycling a a classic ss layout. Would much much rather play Sea Witch.
11 months ago
I am a relatively new pinball owner, but I have gone "all in" this year and currently own 8 tables--6 of those were purchased NIB. After owning and playing some great titles (including high-rated Elvira HOH and JP Premium), I wanted something that would really feel different. In particular, I wanted some straight classic pinball action, without all the toys and stuff. I looked pretty hard at TNA, but wasn't really sure--then I had a chance to pick up a NIB Beatles Gold for a really great price and decided to pull the trigger. And I'm glad I did.

The Beatles music is repetitive but good--although I'm not a huge fan of the band, I do find myself humming the classic tunes long after I am done playing the game. I like the fact that they included art blades as a factory feature--the art itself is not earth-shaking, but it's still nice. The game is very well-lit, and it's easy to track the ball at all times.

I find the game play to be pretty addictive. It's hard to walk away from this machine. There are multiple satisfying shots, and I enjoy working the drop targets, which is key to scoring success. The optical spinners are sweet, and I like the way balls feed into the inlanes. The bonus target behind the "FAB" drops is a challenge, but rewarding. I have never played the old Seawitch game, but it seems like a cool classic style to use as the base for this new game. The spinning magnetic record in the middle of the playfield adds an interesting random touch to the ball action, and I think it really adds to the enjoyment of playing the game.

Game play is pretty fast overall, and I notice that I get quite a few air balls, and have noticed a fair number of balls jumping over and banging into the left side of the cabinet. It doesn't seem to be causing any damage, though. I tried turning the flipper power settings down to "normal" and I still had the balls banging around and it felt a little sluggish, so I went back to the default "hard" flipper power settings.

This might not be a great choice for a first and only home game--but for those times when you don't need dinosaur heads and hyperspace loops and all the fancy stuff, and you just feel like playing some straight PINBALL, this game may be just the ticket! I find that I usually start and end my pinball sessions with a game (or several games) of Beatles Gold.

For a good quick tutorial on playing the game, check out this video:
11 months ago
Game is so fun and fast, almost maddening. You want to play it over and over. Music can get a little old as the game modes are based on each song. Beatles are cool, but you can only handle hearing 40 seconds of taxman so many times. If this was another theme and 2K cheaper, they would sell so many as it really is a fun pin!!
1 year ago
Great game but repetitive Beatles songs
1 year ago
I really dont' think I'm the target market for this. I like ramps and toys, and this doesn't have that. I would rather buy an EM for ten times less and have the same experience. I have to say this is much better than TNA though. I played each right next to each other and this one had more going for it than TNA. Neither are my cup of tea.
1 year ago
extremely fun and addictive game. Simple rules and yet challenging.
1 year ago
The pin is fun and the music is good (of course!) I guess my only issue with it, really, is 'bang for the buck.' For the price of a NIB game, you are basically getting an updated EM. Having said that, I feel TNA has already filled that slot. You could also go the other way and just get an EM for a fraction of the price.
There are a TON of Beatles fans, and I'm sure that is the majority of people buying these. For me, however, I would rather put the dollars this pin commands towards something else.
1 year ago
Wow what a dumb game!! Very few redeeming qualities perhaps a software update and an entirely new play field lay out would help this pin. If it were not for the Beatles theme and music no one would give it a second glance. Obviously stern paid too much for the licensing. We can only hope that they don’t overpay for Led Zeppelin.
1 year ago
The game itself is fairly open with not a lot of gimmick, but after some good play you can really get into it.

Looping is a lot of fun and the game gives you a sense of fulfilment on a pretty easy layout. Good for players with little experience right up to pro level competition.

Artwork is best in the platinum edition, but the cost is not worth the jump.
1 year ago
This game is a lot more fun to play than I was expecting. In fact it is way more fun than I was expecting. Not my fav era of the Beatles, but the song list is OK--would have preferred Revolver or the White Album. If this was more reasonably priced, I would think very hard about buying one.
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