Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Williams, 1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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This game received 544 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.811 /10


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This game ranks #76 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.826

Artwork: 7.829

Sounds/Music: 7.533

Other Aspects: 7.924

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13 days ago
had it a couple months now and it just keeps challenging me and bringing you back. shots are tough sound effects a great.
61 days ago
T2 is a classic, it was my 2nd pin and sometimes i miss it.
Great layout, fast and fun. Locking balls for jackpots is a great idea.
If i have the choice i prefer to play a T2 than a boring TOTAN or TOM.
62 days ago
I really really wanted to like this game. I really did... I almost bought one before even playing it. Thank god I did play it, I played it a lot just to figure out why I didn't like it as much. The shots and play-field just felt and looked hollow. I don't know. This was a miss for me guys. I just had to share my 2 cents.
74 days ago
Recently picked up this pin but I've played it back during the 90s and still love it. Excellent theme, Arnold's callouts are awesome, the canon shooter and the Terminator head are super cool. Having to try and make the super jackpot shot and keep the other balls controlled is satisfying when you can do it. Watch the papa tutorial on youtube to get an in depth explanation of all the shots. My only not so great would be that its one of the first DMD machines and it shows. The animations are meh but you gotta remember it is a 1991.
85 days ago
Terminator 2 is a decent pin and a good DMD game for the price. The design and flow of the game is great. Launching the ball from a cannon at the lit target for multiball is a cool feature. The main object in T2 is to start multiball, lock all 3 balls and aim for a 3X Jackpot, then go for a super jackpot. It's a pretty simple ruleset and does get repetitive kinda quick in my opinion.
87 days ago
Fun pin, Plays good. Not to complex but had overall good shots. Background music is not so good, why not the T2 soundtrack? IDK. I played this game a lot when it was new at the local arcade in 1991 so it has a lot of memories for me. Wanted to always own one. Mine needs some elbow grease and a good cleaning but it is a keeper.
3 months ago
Its the first game most visitors are drawn to. The theme is epic (who doesn't love T2), the call outs are great and the flow is good once you get a few games under your belt. The scoring is a difficult one to rate. Super shallow, really only 2 way to build a big score and can get repetitive but can also be very satisfying hitting Super Jackpot or slaying Payback Time. Video mode is so so. I could see it lasting in a big collection (probably be a good investment if it outlasts Arny) but in a smaller one it's got a relatively short lifespan.
3 months ago
My fav pin of all time!
Yes it lacks a bit of modes, but canon & multiball never get old!
Playfield, sound, theme are just incredible for such an early DMD. I'm not in love with the backglass, but it fits the game, and it has 2 Schwartzie faces!
3 months ago
I love the theme. And for 1991 it really looks good. Good call outs. The Playfield gun is a great bonus, but target area is a bit limited. A good game for the price. One of the better early 90's pins.
4 months ago
Huge Terminator fan so the theme is an A+. I understand it really can’t be, but I wish the rules were a lot deeper. The game is VERY shallow and it makes the lastability bad. Art is good and so is the layout. Music is also very good. If it were deeper, I think it would be a top 10 game.
4 months ago
Great looking game,heaps of fun,can get bored of it quick as its easy to play but still one of my favorites and will never sell.
6 months ago
T2 was one of the first pinball machines I ever played. And I played the crap out of it. The rules are a bit shallow by today's standards but there's still a good variety of ways to make points. The call outs are second to none and the satisfaction of hitting a Super Jackpot is the best in pinball.
7 months ago
T2 gets a bad wrap because of the shallow rule set. It’s still a blast to play, and there’s a lot you can do with it! Watch PAPA’s tutorial video, if you don’t believe me. For the price, it doesn’t get much better. It’s one of my favorite SS pins for under $2500! Arnie’s callouts, the sounds, and the cannon make the game!
8 months ago
This game keeps you coming back to play it (I’ll be back)
8 months ago
By far not the most advanced or complicated table to master. Rules are simple and easy to accomplish. Cannon is unique and adds a different but fun element to the game. It's a fun game to play and it keeps you coming back for more. They made 15,000 of these for a reason.
9 months ago
Cool game even though I'm not super into licensed titles. The launch cannon and the skull were neat little gimmicks, but overall I don't go gaga when I see one. It looks cooler than it is fun to play for me anyway.
9 months ago
When I went to get back into pinball (had TFTC and TSPP but had not played them in a long time) I went to my local store wanting to buy this as I love all the Terminator movies (hence my avitar) but I bought POTC instead. It's a fun game - love the cannon and the call outs but the game is too simple for home use. Just not enough variety for my liking. I will still put a few bucks in it if I see it on location and love Arnie's call outs. But as I have played and bought more games I am leaning more to game play/lights/complexity/layout over theme.
9 months ago
Not a very difficult game to play. The repetitive left/right ramp shots to advance cpu gets old fast. Music is ok. play field is kind of sparse compared to games released around the same time. If only there had been more t1000 integration allowed at the time. The cannon shot is cool.
10 months ago
Used to play this a lot when I was a kid, solid 90's game.
11 months ago
Terminator 2 is a game that a lot of people love that I don’t really see. The layout is fine and the shots feel good but there just isn’t enough to do and the scoring feels a bit off. Multiball is the only thing worth playing for cause it’s worth so much and it’s basically the only mode in the game. Video mode is just about the only other thing and that is only mediocre. Overall a good theme and layout but just simply not enough to do to keep me interested.
11 months ago
"The game that killed pinball..."

Action/Per/Minute: super-low
Backhands: unknown
Bonus Multiplier Goal: yes
Dink Donk: yes - ball dribbles out of pop area at times
Drops: none
Extra Balls: yes
Flippers: 2
Goal -EB/BC/MB/Jackpot: cool jackpots during multiball
Hurry-ups: yes
Inlane Lane Change: unknown
Inlane Ramp Release: fair - not fast like taxi/diner
Inlane Swoosh: yes
Bonus Collect: nope
Lane Change: yes
MB Earning: ok - kinda easy
MB Fun: very good ramps are great detain shots
Metal Ramp: yes you can hear it
Nudging: normal
Orbits (Repeatable): yes, in one direction, and you are encouraged to do it. sometimes this is blocked to pops
Outlane Fun: fair - left outlane is a steve ritchie stinker
Pops: boring, but they feed rollovers nicely
Rules (time/order): no order targets
Shots (total): 9
Skill Shot: great
Slap-Saves: normal good williams
Spinners: none
Stop'n'Go: horrible, it's a DMD -- lots of waiting
Taunting: unknown
Toy/Gimmick: great -- the video mode was revolutionary, as was the dmd, the gun shooter, the gun for skill shots. tops.
Voice / V. choreography: great - this is the clincher. Arnie is your buddy and it's cool.

ART: 10+
SOUND: 10+
FEEL: 10+
OVERALL: It's good even if it's a DMD game. Gun is cool at first, and then you learn it's too much a part of the game, which really slows the action down.
1 year ago
Overhyped a bit. Playfield is not so good. Only thing that is perfect is the sound quality and launch cannon.
1 year ago
Probably the most accessible theme out there. Everyone loves the terminator and people gravitate to this machine. Inserts and GI look fantastic in this machine if you LED it out. Also looks great with mirror blades, since the chrome/metal colors create a really futuristic look with them installed. Tons of (mostly non-interactive) mods are widely available for it as well, so it's a really fun game to dress up.

Has my favorite video mode in pinball, the cannon is an awesome gimmick for starting multiball, and the feel of hitting the chase loop multiple times in a row is very good, although the scoring for it doesn't really reward doing it.

Not a deep machine but that's part and parcel to its accessibility for beginners. There are a couple good ways to score, but payback time is really the only way to go to really push the scoring through the roof. Left ramp, right ramp, repeat over and over. As such, can get a little repetitive for experienced players. But Ah-nold holds his own regardless. Overall, always fun for a few games, when sprinkled in to a mix.
1 year ago
T2 is a cool game the rules are not deep but it's fun to see how many super jackpots you can get. I also like the artwork on the game and the skull is cool looking.
1 year ago
I have had this game for about a month and really enjoy it. In my opinion, the video mode is one of the best of the 90's era games.
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