Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (LE)

Pinside rating

This game received 128 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.583 /10

8.583

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". The group itself ranks #15 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.502

Artwork: 8.773

Sounds/Music: 8.457

Other Aspects: 8.562



Pinside staff rating

This is how we, the very knowledgeable (wink wink) Pinside.com staff & moderators rate this game. 1 of us has rated this game.

8.7

Your Rating?

You need to be logged in before you can rate pinball machines. No account yet? Registering only takes a sec!


This game is part of a group

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


Ranking history

An overview of this machine's ranking over the last years. Lower is better.


Rating history

An overview of this machine's rating over the last years. Higher is better.



Found 51 ratings (with comment) on this game

There are 51 ratings (that include a comment) on this game.
Currently showing results page 1 of 3.

List options






9.280/10
1 day 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.
5.936/10
9 days ago
Amazing theme, garbage shot layout. Way too over engineered, no shots feel good or flow well. Lair shot will sometimes reward you with a outlane drain. Mode start shot way too hard to hit. Nothing but a pretty box of lights and art.
9.860/10
15 days ago
The LE edition is absolutely beautiful. Love playing this pin!
7.449/10
35 days 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.
9.900/10
46 days 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.
9.460/10
53 days 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.

Good

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.

Bad

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.
9.900/10
64 days ago
Keeps me coming back for more.
9.580/10
4 months ago
A really good game!! The LE has excellent art, sound, and gameplay!! I do not care about theme, or the fact that the game does not use the original voices from the show!!!
7.341/10
4 months ago
fun game, the pizza multiball pizza disc is a cool gimmick. great for a family
9.895/10
4 months ago
Amazing game.. should be in top 10... won't disappoint.. hard shots.. easy shots.. deep code.
8.976/10
4 months ago
TMNT LE is a very challenging and brutal game. With that being said it keeps me coming back for more and more.
9.100/10
5 months ago
I remember buying the original comic book in black and white.

The Pros:
The best layout Borg had ever produced. The shots are spot on and this game flows like few others. Shooting this game is pure pleasure. Multiple playing and co-operative play modes means that Stern has been paying attention to what Scott Danesi has been bringing to pinball and this will probably come standard with most Stern pinball games in the future. More people playing pinball is a good thing. The layout is FAST! Shooting to the upper flipper accurately means that your twitch skills are on point.

The Cons:
Some people will not like the theme. Those people have lost the child within their souls. The biggest "if" with this game will be the ruleset. Will Dwight get this one right? I think he has been listening to Keith and taking notes. Tourney players will find the exploits and rip them to shreds...

That song will not get out of my head...

I am big on player choice in relation to diverters on a pinball game. Considering you can make nearly every single shot on this game from the right flipper, you might as well keep the diverter always sending the ball to the right in line. A little disappointing, really.

The Takeaway:
Whether you like the theme or not, this game shoots like a dream. The Skittles colored art package means that kids of all ages will like looking at and playing this game. This game shoots and plays well. Let's see what the regiment and refinement of this design brings. First impressions... I like it and I believe it will earn once we get past the plague-times.

Update:
You can make every shot on the playfield except for the right orbit and the right stand up with the right flipper. Once you get the timing down you get back and the right ramp even on the premium and limited edition. While it doesn’t detract from the quality of the design, it does mean that some of the techniques that you would use to access the playfield and it’s entirety artist difficult as it may seem initially. The rules are good. Not great. I know that this will change and refinements will be made just as every other string pinball game has been for the past 15 to 20 years. However that’s a big difference between pinball games today. Do you have a programmer who knows rules, we have a designer who knows the rules and the design. This is the next generation of pinball designers coming up now. And even a great playfield can’t compensate for anything other than a brilliant rules and design integration anymore.
9.140/10
5 months ago
After owning this bad boy for 2 months I can finally give a solid review. Great theme, layout has many shots which feel great with risk factor but when your in a flow this thing shoots fast and very satisfying. The GI is color and Playfield art looks super cool total 80s feel. The glider totally gives you many options to feed what ever flipper you want to combo any shot in the game I personally think this feature is underrated.
It’s turtle time........
8.980/10
5 months ago
What a game! Game is not a wood chopping snooze fest. Game makes you think about the best way to play it. I love the animations and the art. We had a few teething issues but the more I play it the more I like it.
8.860/10
6 months ago
Game is so much more fun when it’s not setup to make money. When pitched over 7 degrees the game loses all the side to side action which limits the lair and April shots. The game is super fast already and pitching it over 7 will lead to balls jumping off wire forms and lots of air balls. Rules are unique as well. It’s somewhat linear, but still offers lots of variety on how you work your way through the pin. Really enjoying this game, but I’m slightly bias due to the theming. Makes me smile every time I play it. Def put the rubber on the left outlane post. Makes the game a lil more enjoyable if your looking to have longer ball times.
9.220/10
6 months ago
I bought the LE and this game keeps me coming back. It is very challenging to keep the ball from the left out lane drain! Call outs are so well done and hilarious. Rules make sense and if you concentrate on control and not hitting loops (addicting) you can score well.
The coop mode is great and really increases the playability. Being able to challenge the final battle and general rule set is very well thought out.
Classic Borg!
9.860/10
7 months ago
One of my all time favorites!
8.716/10
7 months ago
Well... it was nice to go out and finally play a new machine. With this new edition from Stern, it was WELL worth it. TMNT was a hit cartoon when I was in my 20's. It was my understanding that the original creators created it as a joke. Then they went and made a billion dollars off of their "joke". The charm of the thing aside and with all of my jealousy considered, I hated them AND their creation. So needless to say, I am not a big fan of the theme. However this machine is TOTALLY awesome. The whole point of pinball is FUN... and this game has it in spades. There are numerous multi-balls, which are crazy and FUN; numerous things to do; great shots to make and the charms of the TMNT franchise are intact as well. Stern is on an incredible roll with most of the machines that they have produced in the last half-decade ranging from very good to spectacular. This one definitely leans more towards the spectacular. But most importantly, it is so much FUN to play.
8.630/10
8 months ago
Seeing as I never thought I'd buy anything but scary pinball machines, this was a bizarre one to pick up. Just as bizarre as the time period we're currently living in, the game has made it's way into my hauntcade, and is quite a fun one to say the least! Never being a big fan of the basic pro models, this one was no exception to that rule. The LE is by far the best representation of TMNT, just by color choice/artwork alone. The pizza spinner is a blast, the van multi-ball is not to be missed, and the flow is quite outstanding. Overall one of my favorite Borg titles. A keeper, and probably a winner in the arcades too, if that ever fully comes back again...
7.868/10
8 months ago
All you fan boys need to calm down on your 9.860 scores.

This game is really good. But it's not THAT good. It just isn't.

Lots of choices. Lots of options. Lots of shots. Lots of lights. But that doesn't make it the best game ever. Slow your roll.

First, the playfield is very cool with the layout, but the shots are not consistent. The upper flipper shots are really hard. And again, not consistent. The ramps are extremely difficult to hit on a consistent basis.

Do you get the theme here? It's not a consistent game. It's got a million gadgets and sure it's fun. But seriously you can play for a very long time and not score at all. Then, you can drain a ball in 30 seconds and score huge.

Flows, plays fast (really really fast), it's even controllable to a point. But NOTHING in the gameplay is consistent.

The theme is great! The modes are great. The videos and all that. Great.

Fun game to bang around on but it's not really a serious like, spend time on and do this type pin. It doesn't stack up.
9.580/10
8 months ago
Love this game! The team up mode is crazy fun! I am able to get a bunch of friends together and the people who don't play actually pinball can really get into it because they are rooting for their "team". I get why they did not do this when memory was limited... but why every machine going forward would not have Co-op would be beyond understanding. Co-op is a brilliant concept. Good job Stern!
9.760/10
8 months ago
I’m a die hard tmnt fan so I might be biased
9.263/10
8 months ago
Crazy fun , very challenging game. There are so many hard shots to make in this game. It is very challenging. I feel I need to put some time in to really learn the rules and the shots to be successful at this game. It is not for everyone as my partner does not like it, she wants to step up a to a game and have some instant gratification and success. I did not find that this is the case with TMNT , you have to make some hard shots and learn the rules to be successful at this game.
9.480/10
8 months ago
I have been playing TMNT for a couple weeks now and want to give it an honest review. The pin Is without a doubt super fun and playing the different turtles is pretty cool because you kind of decide if you want to play more to place the ball on skill shots or have quick multi balls. Having the four turtles to choose from is amazing. Sometimes I will jump on Leonardo and just try to hit the lair for 30 min, and then go for the training shots. My kids will go for the Donatello Ramp for multi ball. If I am playing buddies for points, I will go for Leo or Mike. I love the Game. You get four different sets fo rules from the start. Brillian game.

Where TMNT is truly amazing is the team up a vs players modes. I am positive that this will become standard on games in the future, because now I can play my wife, 5 and 10 year old and everyone is having a great time rooting for their team. TMNT will always be able to say they did something new and everyone will race to copy their great idea.

The playfield is a little more crowded than other games, but somehow it works and the flow is still really good and fun. I love my TMNT. This will be one of those games that actually did something new and there is no reason that every pin in the future will not figure out a way to copy the great ideas on teaming and cooperative play.

Honestly an amazing game. Love my Elwin flow games, MMR, Wonka (for my kids) but this game is one that will stay bolted to my floor. The Code is great, but if they continue to update the code further... this will be a top 10 game for the next 10 years.
9.148/10
8 months ago
One of Borg's best with a decent ruleset from Dwight and team. Code is easy enough to understand but deep enough to keep you coming back for more.
There are 51 ratings (that include a comment) on this game. Currently showing results page 1 of 3.

You too can add your own comment by rating this game! Click here to rate the machine.


Hey there! Got a moment?

Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside