Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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This game received 556 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.816 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #75 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.85

Artwork: 7.818

Sounds/Music: 7.517

Other Aspects: 7.943

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36 days ago
One of the first games with a DMD, 2nd to Gilligans' Island. Cool cannon shot with the typical Steve Richie flow.
47 days 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
58 days 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.
64 days ago
Great themed pin. Fun to shoot. I'll be back...to play more.
68 days 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.
78 days 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.
86 days 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months ago
On my list to buy.
4 months ago
had it a couple months now and it just keeps challenging me and bringing you back. shots are tough sound effects a great.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
7 months 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.
7 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.
7 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!
7 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.
8 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.
8 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.
11 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.
11 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!
1 year ago
This game keeps you coming back to play it (I’ll be back)
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