Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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This game received 202 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.506 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #164 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.69

Artwork: 7.144

Sounds/Music: 7.177

Other Aspects: 7.641

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23 hours ago
Such an underdog! I can't believe this pin isn't in the top 50 pins of all time! The ramps have amazing flow and ruleset isn't overly complicated but still keeps you coming back for more! Staying in my collection for a long time!
16 days ago
It's no T2, but its ok. Arnold head looks like a 4 year old painted it. Backbox animation is cool.
35 days ago
Love this games, as a beginner this is such a fun game to learn shots on. Lots of activities to do to keep you interested in the same. I am a big fan of the voice calls outs from Arnie. For the dollar this packs a lot of fun.
36 days ago
If you love ramps, this game is for you. Not sure why T2 is ranked higher than T3? This game seems underrated to me. Has the voice of Arnold telling you to play better. Great game play. Ramps are so satisfying.
37 days ago
I like eye candy, beautiful playfield artwork is one of my favorite things about pinball. This was one of the worst to look at, expected much more from this franchise and from the gorgeous T2 machine . The gameplay itself was fun, but the gimmick on the head of the machine felt county fair cheesy. Sadly, I found myself quickly leaving this machine after only a few games.
3 months ago
This game is definitely underrated; it's a very fun and addicting pin, where I myself going "just one more game" at the end of each game. It's especially fun if you set the settings to hard and adjust the pitch angle to make the pin faster. I love the 3 metal ramps (especially the narrow one in the middle) and there is something satisfying about locking your ball at high speed towards multi-ball down the middle path. Red mode is awesome as are various other modes (e.g. RPG, video mode, hurry up); I have heard some people complain about the RPG mode because it causes a delay in the game, but I find it quite fun and very innovative for a pin that age (it also is a good source of points, and it can be disabled in the settings for those who don't like to play that mode). Overall, I was surprised how much I liked the pin (my wife even noticed the amount of time I spend on it, when there are some high-quality more modern pins sitting next to it). The cherry on top for this pin are the Arnold call-outs of course. The one negative I would say is that they could have done a better job with the art-work on this pin (e.g. we added side art blades to add some more color to the pin). Overall though, again underrated pin and fun to play.
3 months ago
Lots of fun.basic layout but once the game is over ,you want to play another one.And like some games if you ever get to the end can be very disappointing,terminator 3 is not. Final battle is awesome .should definitely be in the top 100.
3 months ago

Playfield artwork is the worst Stern has ever done. Looks like Cut & Paste from an intern. The game itself is enjoyable and fun but overall just a lukewarm game.
5 months ago
Personally I really like this pin,because of all the ramp shots. I like both the RPG and video mode. I like how you have to make your shots. I enjoy the choices before each ball is shot. Very fast and fun multi ball. I like that it's not too complicated.
10 months ago
Lots of ramps in this one. I enjoy the flow. The RPG is very cool and the call outs are fun as well. I'm not sure if I like it better or T2, but if you are an Arnold fan...why not get both?
1 year ago
Fun pin, deeper rules than expected and great flow. Wizard mode is fantastic and I enjoy the lighting and Arnold call outs.

I enjoy this much more than T2 meaning I think this is highly underrated.
2 years ago
[UPDATE] Just have to update the rating a bit, the more I play this, the more I love it. I have my angle set pretty high, and the game is just a blast to play. Extremely fast, great shots.

Acquired this one recently and really enjoying it.

Very modern layout, great work by the Master: Steve Ritchie.

Great pin for all levels of players. As others have said, it punishes sloppy play, but at the same time, all the shots are pretty do-able, and if you know what to shoot for, you will be able to maximize your points progression much better than someone who is randomly shooting, or manages to get a multiball etc.

I'm typically not one for detracting play, but the gun is not too bad to reach for and shoot while keeping your eye on the ball.
The RPG is fantastic, and actually has many different modes to it, chasing the target and so forth.

This game has aged really well IMO, and is full of classic shots, with some interesting diverter work. Very solid construction overall, and the bass sounds really resonate to the flippers (mine seems to be modified slightly here, so I am not sure how the sound is on the factory set up).
2 years ago
This is a fun pin. It isn’t as good as Terminator 2, But it is certainly a worthy successor. Cool toys and gimmicks, some good shots and a pretty good rule set make it worthwhile.
2 years ago
I really enjoy this game. I definitely like it better then T2. I feel like it's T2 on steroids. There's a lot more shots and much more to keep you coming back to play more and more.


- Love the RPG game in the back glass, very unique and very cool
- Love the way the ball shoots out for multi ball. Once again very cool and very unique
- They added a lot more shots and game rules from T2
- Red is another upgrade over T2.
- 3 ramps of fun, once again another upgrade over T2
- Hurry up on both sides
- DMD picture design is very cool especially when multi ball starts. Love the crushing skulls
- Love the shooting game on DMD. Kept it close like T2
- Adding another game element with collecting guns throughout the game
- I only had the game for a month but keep finding new things with game play
- More complex rules then T2


- Too much Red on the play field.
- Too dark. I'm going to add two spot lights to make the game more appealing
- I dislike that you only get 1 million a shot for payback. I liked 5 million.
- I also dislike the Jackpot is 1 million. I know a lot of people like low scoring, I'm the opposite.

Very fun game. I'm glad I bought it. I definitely like T3 better then T2, however the nostalgia is the reason why T2 is ranked better then T3.
2 years ago
I actually really like this game. There is alot to shoot for, and you can stack modes which can make the game pretty exciting. The RPG is pretty good too, though rather easy (especially because the graphics on the backglass allow you to line up your shots).

This game is probably best enjoyed by beginners and intermediate players, as I could see advanced players just motoring through this pin. This will also quickly become a favorite of guests due to the theme, easy ruleset, backbox toy, fun callouts, and it's fairly forgiving.
3 years ago
I don't know. It's just something about this game that I really like. All the shots are very smooth, especially the ramp shots. I didn't expect anything else from a Steve Ritchie game. The rules aren't TOO complicated but good for a beginner or intermediate pinball player. Obviously, the sound quality is far inferior for 2003 (even WMS games from 1993 have better sound quality than some Sterns from 2005), but I kinda like it. It sounds a bit like a retro SNES console. Listen to the music and you'll understand.
3 years ago
It's ok, but nothing to hook you. If there are other machines around, I'm probably not choosing T3.
3 years ago
Fun pin with plenty of rewarding ramp shots. Biggest problem is that the games last too long. Spend 20 minutes on 3 ball game and still fall well short of high scores.
3 years ago
Pretty fun game the first couple times you play it. Love the call outs and layout. Good light show and the backbox toy is neat if it works. Art and music are pretty boring. Game could get stale, but the shots feel great.
3 years ago
blew this game when playing it on a friend house 1 year ago (slope was mid range & tilt was friendly)... just bought this same T3, which is in nice condition and playing very well/smooth... as my son & i are quite good players, tilt is now set to sensitive, and slope is at max... even that, it remains a quite "easy" pin, as since 2 weeks we have gone to WM 10 or 15 times already... does this means T3 isnt good ? not at all, i knew before it was not so deep, but i wanted to swap home pins to get something more brutal/direct, with shorter playing time (than TSPP or LORD if we're talking about the year 2003 lol), and i've just get what i was looking for ;) all has been said about good/bad points, and to me the only weak point remain the overall artwork... to resume : T3 is a nice machine, for sure not a keeper (as i simply have to swap my pins !), but an enjoying pinball without a doubt, especially if you like rush/adreline pins

edit march 2018 : my T3 has been set available for a swap, but i must admit i still have it, not only because i dont found something else i really want to replace it, but more because as i know it could leave home, i'm enjoying playing more & more with it, and the fun factor is still here, and growning ! despite its becoming way too easy, as we're going to wizard mode quite each day we play it !!! than i set up higher the lastability ;)
3 years ago
There's something to it, maybe it's the RPG that adds to the pin. Counterpart, it can get really dark at times, so dark that I lose sight of the ball sometimes, since most of the lights are red, it can be tricky. I like the fact that you hear "Arnold".
3 years ago
Not sure if it's due to the LED's in the machine, but holy hell is it ever seizure inducing during multiball start-up and RED mode. Awesome theme, great backbox feature in the RPG, some nice callouts that get very, very repetitive. Love the theme and the playfield layout, also enjoy the RED mode on this. May have to test out lighting to see if I can dampen the light show. People seem to gravitate towards this game, mainly on theme alone. Simple rules that even non-pinheads can follow and feel like they are making progress.

Re-lamped the entire game and added the latest game ROMs, and the game does improve quite a bit.
4 years ago
T3 is a decent game. The theme is meh. The art is pretty bad. It's a fan layout. However, the multiple metal ramps are fun. The RPG game in the backglass is simple, but works well and is pretty fun and challenging.
4 years ago
Not a bad machine but does start to get boring after a few goes, not much to this game but plenty of good ramps and lights very good.
4 years ago
Great sound and theme. Very fun machine
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