Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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This game received 579 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.767 /10


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This game ranks #99 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.812

Artwork: 7.754

Sounds/Music: 7.411

Other Aspects: 7.904

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38 days ago
- fast layout with nice flow and ramp shots
- cannon toy (aiming and hitting super jackpot is very rewarding)
- nice video mode
- easy to understand rules
- always good for a fast game in between

-might get old quick in a small collection
-DMD animations are very basic (one of or the first game released using the DMD)
-sound not too good neither
40 days ago
Wanted to love this pin but just could not get the hang of the wide open playfield !
54 days ago
Owned this game a couple of years now.

The theme is great. In my opinion one of the most iconic pins. I love the fact that Arnie himself does the speech!

The rules are really easy to understand. They are not that deep, but new players understand what to do very fast.

If you're looking for a deep pin, with lots of shots and complex rules, then this is not your game. There is basically two things that you do to get good scores: Shoot the skull, which will start multiball and let you shoot for the jackpot (and super jackpot), and shoot the ramps, alternating between left ramp and right ramp. Shoot them five times each and you'll start Payback Time, where you need to shoot att some diffrent locations on the playfield and get rewarded 5 million points per hit.

That being said, I find myself coming back to it again and again for a quick game of T2.

To summarize. You should get this game of you love the theme and if you are looking for a game that is easy to get into, with fast and uncomplicated gameplay.

If you want deep rulesets and lots of diffrent shots, then T2 is not your game.
65 days ago
I'm biased because this is the game I played the most as a kid. With that being said I thinking it's great. Lots of flow, easy multiball, cannon, video mode and call outs from Arnold. Simple but fun and easy to play.
89 days ago
Such a nostalgic piece, T2 takes me back to actually playing a pinball machine in an arcade! I love the shotgun launcher, nothing felt more powerful as a kid than grabbing the gun and pulling the trigger!

As an adult, the critique of gameplay for the long term is what gets me. When you’re a kid, you have a handful of quarter and a short time to play; owning a game and keeping the fun factor alive is what draws me to love this game. I hope to add this to my collection one day!
3 months ago
Typical and nice Steve Ritchie fan layout with very good flow and speed; nice implementation of the gun as well.

Ruleset is not that deep and enables beginners to have a good time while playing.

I recommend the installation of Pinsound with OST for creating a nice atmosphere and the replacement of the cheap plastic skull with the Skull-Mod.
6 months ago
GET THE CPU! I owned this machine for several years and I sometimes regret letting it go. But as designers go I prefer Pat Lawlor, and as Richie games go I prefer High Speed 2. But this game was a real winner back in its day. Great tie in with the movie franchise. The gun toy is great fun. The alternating ramps are a bit monotonous but satisfying. And the intensity of the game when you make your shots is tremendously rewarding. I'll usually drop a quarter or two in whenever I encounter one of these.
7 months ago
"Terminator 2" looks great but is largely just 6 shots consisting of ramps and orbits. Just like Star Trek TNG, we get a cannon shot. I hate cannon shots. The only game it's tolerable in is AC/DC. It's a cheap gimmick otherwise and it never delivers the satisfaction you're supposed to get by hitting the target. The game flows easily enough and it isn't a drain monster, which is most welcome. The audio is an absolute penance to listen to. The music and audio clips sound like leftovers from the arcade lightgun game...THE GENESIS VERSION. Arnold's voice is horribly muffled to the point where you can barely understand what he's saying. Everything sounds that way. Nothing is crisp except for the awful MIDI rock score. It just feels a bit "robotic" if you'll pardon the pun.
7 months ago
Despite being so easy to find, this was kind of like a grail pin to me. Mine is a decent players condition game and I'll fix it up over time as I never plan to get rid of it. The T1000 mod is a must have.
8 months ago
This was my first pin and still have it with no plans to sell it. Its a hit when friends are over and fun pin to play that doesn't get old like some others. Everyone remembers the Terminator
8 months ago
T2 is a classic DMD game. Lots of good flow, and plenty to shoot at for the time period. I know skull multiball and super jackpots are the right way to a big score, but if you can get in a groove on the ramps and get to payback time, you can rack up there as well, and getting that flow is a great feeling! The cannon toy is fun and was definitely innovative back in the day. Great art package, and sound is good for the time the game was made - the Arnie callouts are a great feature as well. I have the swear ROMs and don't think I've ever heard it, so I guess that's pretty uncommon for those to come up. Super jackpot points are a little unbalanced, IMO. As others have said, it would be better at like 30mil or so.
9 months ago
Fun game, but gets very repetitive. Not for a small collection.
Dots and animations aren't that great, but for the 1st DMD it did well.
9 months ago
The first DMD game from Williams! I think it's a great game to be a 1991 machine. I like all the ways to score points but the 50M Super Jackpot ruins the game as it's way too high. It should have been 25M instead
9 months ago
Always gets played the most of any pin in my collection. Every friend and neighbors always want to play it first. That says it all. I played this game for hours on end and it never gets old. The first with the motorized gun. I'll never part with mine. I consider it the gold standard in pinball machines.
11 months ago
I played this game at the Barcade in Brooklyn. I enjoyed it, but it definitely didn't blow me away like the standard T2 arcade shooter does. I felt that the game played a bit slow, though the play was about what I would expect for a pin of its age. I can definitely say I will look to play it again the next time I see it, but this isn't a game that I could play repetitively if it were readily available to me to play.
1 year ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 6 - average

* The cannon at the time was the coolest toy in all of pinball and it still the main attraction of this game
* Flow of the shots the right orbit is particularly fast try hitting it twice in a row
* Considered first Fan Layout game easy to pickup and play
* Hitting Super Jackpot a good challenge
* Arnie doing the callouts, get the swear roms

* It's shallow, get multiball and super jackpot or reach payback time
* Music should have included "You Could Be Mine"
* Weak animations being an early DMD, Williams' first one I believe (Don't get a color dmd)

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* T-1000 mod for on top of middle targets
* LED eyes for skull
* Upgraded Hunter Killer Ship
* Shooter plate cover

What To Look For When Buying
* Cabinet fade
* Worn out chrome on gun handle
* Broken skull
1 year ago
Fast game with smooth ramps, great theme and artwork. Thanks Arnie for lending your voice to this title. Cannon is one of the best toys in pinball. Good for a larger collection as game can get repetitive.
1 year ago
Great themed pin. Fun to shoot. I'll be back...to play more.
1 year ago
A very fun game. Especially if you like the movie. Playing with Pinsound, with the haunting soundtrack music, really does make the game better. Brings me back to the ERA. One of the best theme integrations ever. For the time, it was very cool. The shots are smooth and this is a good game to introduce folks into before getting into super deep games that follow a few years later.

I always play one of these when I see it.
1 year ago
Great machine and one the definitely draws the eye and attention of new players. Was probably the machine that first got me interested in pinball, but one that when my skills improved I tired of. Great pin but not one for the smaller collection.
1 year ago
Thought I would love this game. I really like the terminator. Just not this game. Don't really think it offers much last ability.
Kinda dry and falls short of my expectations.
1 year ago
Terminator 2 Pinball has one of the best themes ever. While the gameplay is rather simplistic, the shots and ramps all feel right on and accessible. The lighting is fantastic, especially with the placement of the flashers. I always thought it a little odd with the translight, with Arnold in all three head shots. What about Robert Patrick and the T1000? Or Linda Hamilton? This machine is a blast to play and keeps you wanting to play just one more game.
1 year ago
For an older game that is no where near as flashy as these newer pins, T2 still holds its ground. Great theme, Arnold's callouts and Ritchie's flow make for a classic. By no means the deepest game, but still impressive for a pin from 1991.
1 year ago
The first pinball machine I bought, back in 2006. Never going to sell. Still enjoy it. Great theme. Changed all lights for LED in 2018.
1 year ago
On my list to buy.
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