Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (LE)

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This game received 178 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.435 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". The group itself ranks #31 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.251

Artwork: 8.772

Sounds/Music: 8.251

Other Aspects: 8.406

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25 days ago
Best Pinball Art of All Time and GOAT SHOTS AND LAYOUT
5 months ago
I'm most definitely a theme man. I just am. With the wonderful glut of machines out there to choose from, theme is going to draw me on over to play. TMNT is just not a theme that's ever gelled with me. Like ever. No disrespect to those of you who love the turtles. I know many of you do. It's just not my thing.
So, once I got past that and played, what was I getting? Well. A bit confused actually. What exactly am I supposed to be doing/shooting at? I find TMNT's rules to be beyond me a bit. Yes, I'm not a great player. And, yes, hearing the callouts was hard in a room with 28 other pinballs in it. Still, TMNT doesn't strike me as intuitive re it's rules.
Which brings me to the playfield layout. TMNT is not your typical John Borg layout. Which I heartily embrace. We don't want our new games to all be virtual reskins of a designers previous work. Without walking around the machine and having a good look before playing, which I couldn't do, I found the shots a bit confusing and not obvious. Then I found out that TMNT can be absolutely ruthless on those of us who can miss a few shots in a row. All pinball should do this IMO. Just maybe not as brutally as here. The rotating pizza also managed to drain me very successfully.
Which isn't to say that I had no fun with TMNT. I did. Just not consistently. A lot of the time my ball times were too short to get into a fun groove. Or I was trying to ball save and get back some control.
TMNT has never made me feel like a pinball hero. I wish it had. I'm not an accomplished enough player to have that happen. It is a game that I'll have a go at when I see it. After I've played some others first.
6 months ago
if your looking for a fast challenging pin its here prem light show is off the hook
8 months ago
I like game and the art its fast playing pinball machine, i love the flow when you get it this pinball is for me to stay
8 months ago
I freaking love to play this game. I do not know why, but I really like it. It is my go-to pin at the house. It is super fast which can be good or bad I guess, but definitely not dull. It definitely keeps your reflexes sharp. Some of the multiballls have so many balls on the table at once that I literally LOL, and the game can be silly. However, it can sometimes be punishing, difficult and not very forgiving hitting some of the shots. I can't figure out why it rates as low as it does. I suspect its rating may increase as did some of the others once they were out of production. It's a winner for me, feel like a kid when I play it:)
1 year ago
Local batting cage/arcade just got this pin. Solid game thats a lot of fun. Spinning pizza adds something different to the play mechanics.
1 year ago
On the third try i owe an LE again. i sold my first LE after a few weeks. it was such a hard game! one year later a pro machine crossed my way. such a great machine! the thing is to lower the pin in the back to make it slower. now i owe a LE again. this pin will stay in my collection.
great flow and great fun!! what you want more?!
top3 stern!
1 year ago
very nice machine but the programming is bad, in the end it bores you, that is if it is a fast machine, it would also need more multiballs
1 year ago
This game is hard! It can be really frustrating at times. I still love it though, it's making me a much better pinballer and the theme and art work are amazing. For me it's a keeper.
1 year ago
One of the best games out there. Great ruleset that is easy to understand and navigate while als providing challenge.
1 year ago
Couldn't really get into this one. The child-like theme is a non-starter for me. Fun to put a few bucks into and bang around, but would never buy one for home use.
1 year ago
I really enjoy the chaos this game brings. It sometimes feels extraordinarily difficult and the scoring seems wild in that you either blow it out of the water or it feels like you got nothing, but I always want to play it more. TMNT is just FUN, and that's all I really want out of my pins. I'm really happy to have had this as my first home pin and will likely hold onto it for a long time.
1 year ago
belle machine rapide super theme originale bravo
2 years ago
This is another machine I keep going back to. Although the theme will attract newbies, I think the rules are geared towards the more advanced player. This game plays well and has a lot going on on the playfield. The pro version is also very good.
2 years ago
Wow you can’t ask for more it’s jam packed and the perfect package!!!

Super fun game with so much variations it will keep you coming back for more!!!
2 years ago
Buy a pro. But if money is no object. Get a LE.
IT is a little better
2 years ago
So I've owned this game for a few weeks now. Was actually looking to buy the Pro, but since Premiums and LEs were the only ones available... sorry wallet!

But man, this game is just soooo fun! Very fast, very smooth, very chaotic! It just screams "fun". I think Jack Danger called it the first time he set it up, dubbing it a "flow monster". The ball just whips around this table like no other game I've played.

And I really REALLY need to talk about the music. God damn. This thing bumps. So many awesome songs that just suit the theme and action perfectly. Like, the music is a huge motivation for me to get different modes going. I'm not being hyperbolic when I say it's the best music I've ever heard in a pinball game. Sure, some other tables have 1 or 2 iconic tracks, but this table? Every song is a banger!

Art is stupid good too. Zombie Yeti in his element, drawing turtles in the classic cartoon style, but with his own twist on it. Literally perfect!

Lights are insane, and if you or a kid you have has a sensitivity to flashing lights... Oh boy, this table will be entering a world of pain. But, for those of us who love to be flash banged, and can't get enough HDR, this table is just wild. Like, I'm sure it might be annoying for some, but I kinda like how obnoxious the lights are. When you blow this table up, it's like fireworks going off. Just so damn fun!

Only bad thing I can say about it are the screen animations. They're very "meh". Serviceable, but that's it. Considering how awesome everything else is, they kinda disappoint by comparison. My wife was like "they should have done the animations in the style of the arcade games" YES!!! Who did Deadpool's animation? That's what we need here! 16 bit animations would have made this pin a 10/10.

Such a damn fun game. Sorry, I can't stop saying that. The pizza spinner multiball, the truck unleashing the turtles, the pizza eating button mashing, the glider diverter. It's just a lot of fun!
2 years ago
This a really fun game to play. John Borg did and his team did a great job designing the layout and the art package is beautiful. I think a lot of people can't get past the theme. If this layout was used for a more universal theme I believe it would be rated higher then it is. Pick this one up-it will surprise you how much fun it is.
2 years ago
This game can be brutal to play. It is difficult for the casual player and the spinning pizza frequently causes to drain down the middle which is infuriating. The art work is amazing, as I’ve come to expect from Zombie Yeti. The theme is a classic that I grew up with. The spinning pizza is keeping me from loving this game and is the reason I’ll never own it.
2 years ago
I was not expecting to enjoy TMNT as much as I did when I had a chance to play an LE on location. My first thought upon seeing the game was "This is one hell of a loaded game". The game has a lot going on it with multiple toys / features that are miniature interactive mechs based on items from the theme. The toy van with physical lock is a great physical ball lock, one of my favorites in pinball. The dual direction spinning pizza disk adds a lot of variety and unpredictability to the game which is a nice. The glider ball diverter is an actual molded toy and is very useful for setting up your next shot. Finally we can't forget Krang, what a cool physical toy.

The ruleset on the game is what surprised me the most. A lot of modern Stern, probably a majority of the, seem focused on scoring points for tournament play versus playing a deep objective based ruleset. The rules in TMNT feel entirely objective based with unique moments coded throughout. There's 8 main modes in the game but another entire layer of depth is added based on the turtle you pick as well as if you choose to level him up. The training modes (leveling up your turtle) are basically another set of 4 modes. Add the main 8 modes, the 4 training modes, two main mulitballs, and 3 wizard modes and you have one heck of a deep ruleset (there's more there as well). Music and sounds are also top notch as is artwork. Stern did a great job on the callouts for this pin. My only criticism so far about the game is the animations, Stern should have put more effort into this area.

Again, I was not expecting to enjoy TMNT as much as I did. After playing the LE on location I ended up ordering a TMNT premium a few weeks later for my own collection.
2 years ago
The LE edition is absolutely beautiful. Love playing this pin!
2 years ago
Want to love this. Art is great. Upper half of the playfield is great. The lower is, crap. The lair shot is compromised to place the upper flipper where it is. The lair and april targets are boring. Oversized give me shots that might as well not exist. Ruins an otherwise great game.
2 years ago
This game was really surprising to me. Initially I was only going to buy for route because we get a lot of kids but then covid hit, so I passed. Few months later I had the chance to spend some time on a pro. This thing rips! It’s exactly the kind of gameplay experience I like. It’s fast, punishing and really rewards a trap and shoot play style. But...excellent game. Stands up to DP, IMDN and JP. If the code and rules continue to deepen it’ll be a home run. Update: My route opened back up. Got a pro...it’s a showstopper. There is literally nothing to complain about. Insanely underrated game IMO...and I’ve played em all. It’s a top 10er, no doubt.
2 years ago
I bought NIB and first day hated it. After a few days of questioning my purchase I played it again. I can't get enough of this game. It's the only pin I want to play.


The artwork is awesome and very well done. I have a premium and in person the artwork is amazing. The playfield is even better. The light show is fantastic. Multi-ball on this is a blast and gets everyone's attention. Watching the balls come out of the Turtle-Van along with the music cool. Working through the episodes and other tasks is challenging, but fun. It is a fast game and you have to stay alert at all times.


I feel this game could have been one of the greats if they would have made the openings to the ramps a little wider. There is no forgiveness in this pin. Scoring is a little disappointing especially when you think you are killing it look up and see your score. Lastly maybe its a setting when you start an episode and drain a ball the episode is over. I kind of wish trying to beat the episode continued.

On my pin I upgraded the speakers and did a light kit. It completely changed the look for the better.
2 years ago
Keeps me coming back for more.
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