The Walking Dead (Pro)

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This game received 374 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.019 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "The Walking Dead". The group itself ranks #24 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.083

Artwork: 7.793

Sounds/Music: 7.393

Other Aspects: 8.255

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "The Walking Dead (Pro)".
The other version is: The Walking Dead (Premium/LE)

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60 days ago
This game is so frustrating. When it’s going well, it’s an amazing and fun game game. When it’s not going well, sometimes you just want to smash something. Very addicting though.
3 months ago
I consider myself a pretty skilled pinball player but this game is brutal. The magnet throwing the ball around isn't fun, just frustrating. I like the fact that it's a dark and grotesque theme but the music and voice callouts aren't good. Used to own and traded.
4 months ago
Wasn't sure I'd like this as never watched the show, so I bought a pro. Very awesome pin, sounds fantastic hooked to a polk woofer. That's the first mod to do. Never played a prem so cant compare, but really like this game
7 months ago
I enjoy playing this machine, warts and all. The warts being some unfair SDTM out of the pops.

Overall look of the machine is nice, but not anything to write home about.

Gameplay is fun, with some rewarding shots. Where this machine shines is with the color DMD and shaker motor combined. It really adds to the ominous feel of the title. Easily some of the best dot animations, ever.

Seems to be a good fit for in the home and its certainly worth a couple bucks of quarters at the local arcade.
8 months ago
Only played it once due to time but would have liked to play it more. Artwork is fantastic.
8 months ago
I hated this game when I first played it (before all the code updates)

At times, I still hate the game, but it's out of frustration and love. Stacking the 'X' with a 2x playfield and a mode + crossbow + a multiball + bloodbath + a multikill + .. well you get the point. What an awesome risk/reward game. It can be so brutal, but that's what makes firing off monster shots so satisfying. Great game -- keeps you playing.
9 months ago
No WKD pinball is good.
10 months ago
First I didn´t like this game at all. Maybe because the artwork looks like something that was eaten and then strangled again or because the shots are so tight and difficult. But the more I played it, the more fun it became. A lot of strategy with that inlane X and great possibilities for stacking make this a fun game for me. Even if any miss usually means instant termination of my poor, poor silverball. I also think that the pro is way better than the LE. The Crossbow toy on LE and Premium make it impossible to use the inlane X for crossbow shots. And shooting for Bycicle Girl on Premium and LE is also kinda... dangerous.
10 months ago
Waited 3 months to rate and it's a great machine. Huge Borg fan and this is definitely Lyman's masterpiece. The code and rules are some of the best ever created. Deep, Deep and deeper. I have never even seen an episode of TWD but that doesnt matter. Game play and code make the game. Have most every MOD also and it is a good looking machine. Alt translite is nice. Yes--it can be brutal and punish you for mistakes but that's my type of game. It will make you better and in a home setting that's what you want for lastability. Can't recommend it enough--get it--forget about the theme. Zombies are timeless. Don't get bit!
10 months ago
I played this game for some time during the past year at a local brewery. This brewery has a huge variety of over 24 different pins to play. For some reason my buddy and I kept coming back to TWD. It was such a fun game, with the lighting, toys, shaker, video, etc. I thought impulsively and didn't want to wait for each weekend to come so I could play it again. I sold a number of collector edition arcades and here I am, a proud owner of TWD. I love the game play and I consider it to be a nice match with my Stern SW for their game play differences. The upgrade to Cleland code definitely makes a difference. The ramps can be challenging but rewarding to shoot. I will definitely hold onto this one for awhile.
10 months ago
Great game. Great shots. I own it and play it everyday. Bought it new
10 months ago
I can't decide if I like the pro or premium better. They are both great in their own rights, but really play like different machines for me. I highly recommend playing both before buying.
10 months ago
Definitely a fun pin, not sure if I like the basic rules enough to get the premium version though.
11 months ago
I gave the sound/speech in this game 6/6 because of the after market upgrade. I would have given it a 2.

Something a little too dark about this game that hasn’t drawn me in deep...yet. I think I need to own this game someday because I watched the show and love Lyman rulesets. I’d like to see what this game has to offer on my own terms.

But so far, eh, it’s ok. Music is dark and repetitive. I don’t really like the layout very much, although it’s different, and that’s cool. I hate the ramp shots. The ball takes forever to get around and just doesn’t give that satisfaction that most ramp shots deliver.

Big ugly bash toy is kinda meh too, and the barn is a bash toy inside a bash toy? Fun to hit, and makes sense in terms of the show, but when you count bicycle girl, that’s a lot of bashing! At least bashing is fun, and that’s what you do to zombies after all.

But it’s a good game, and the rules and theme integration are done well and I will play it more someday.
11 months ago
How this game is in the top 25 let alone 100 is beyond me. Not much to shoot at - check. Magnet that stops a ball then drops it straight down without hope of save - check. Repetitive voices - check. Hard game for sure, I'll admit I don't know the rules nor want to learn them. I've played this game so many times as there's one near my work and I almost always end up rage quitting. I honestly can't think of one positive thing that would make me want to own this.
12 months ago
Beast of a game, keeps you coming back for more
1 year ago
Not a game I enjoy. Shots are not that fun, and it punishes average players.
1 year ago
Besides art and as long as you have the cleland code installed to up the sound game, it's a top 5 all time. Best code in a game I've ever played. This pushed coding to a new level really and paved the way for games like maiden, bm66, and deadpool to be as deep and enjoyable as they are.

It's hard as hell and has pushed my nudging to a whole new level that I needed.
1 year ago
One of my favorite stern pro's,huge fan of the show and they nailed it,deep rules and fun gameplay,id highly recommend if your a fan of the show
1 year ago
I've owned this game for a little over a year, and it has ben a complete love/hate relationship. I've put the game up for sale twice, and I've also told people how awesome the game is on many occasions. I've called the game every single foul word in the book, andI've also talked up how exciting the game is to fellow pinheads. I've reached 113 walker kills, and I'm now refusing to ever think about selling it until I reach LMS, and at that point, it might just get bolted to the floor. This game is NOT for everyone, and not only because of the graphic nature of it. This to me is a true pinball player's game. This game will expose all your weaknesses, and make you become a better player. The game will push you, and you will be forced to nudge it back. It is a brutal drainer, and even cleanly made shots don't mean you're not in trouble. You'll scream at it, you might smash your hands down on the glass, but there is one thing for sure... This game will make your heart race like no other!
1 year ago
I have never watched TWD, but I really enjoyed this game. It's got a pretty cool playfield layout and fun shots to hit. The toys in the playfield are nice as well. I definitely will look out to play it when it's on location as it's worth a few games without question. I can't say that I'd want one personally, but if I obsessed over TWD as much as some people do, I'm sure I'd be singing a different tune.
1 year ago
Ok so the sound is not great, should have forked over some cash for real actors and gets repetitive. If I owned it I would have the vol at a 1. The game play is fun with the newer code and more balanced scoring. This is another game that got a ton better with better code. Colors are great and Playfield art fits the show. I think it could have been better executed but still a strong game.
1 year ago
For me, this game falls into the category of “just one more time”. I will agree that the rule set isn’t very transparent. However, as with many things, you get out what you put into it. Once you understand the rules, this game is a blast. There’s just so many different modes and ways to approach the game that keeps it from being stale. It’s also not easy but that makes a high score even more satisfying.

I think the theming is spot on and at the end of the day it’s about killing zombies. Maybe I’m simple but I like to see them drop off the DMD as I do so. I also run the Cleland code. If you can handle the language, it’s a must have.

Lastly, I’ve played all the “Top 20” games on the Tol 100 list and this game certainly belongs right there with them.
1 year ago
Love the show and the game does a good job of meshing the game and theme. The only negative for me was the color scheme of the PF was too similar good artwor but a bit bla. The game was fun found it on location with good sound and in good shape great way to pass the time.
1 year ago
I’ve put about 30 games on this now and I’m going to call this a very fun game. The layout and rules are wonderful. But I’d also call it the most visually disgusting game I’ve played. I’m not big into horror and I’ve got a young kid, so I can’t have this game in the house. I wouldn’t want this game in house. It’s horrible in an aesthetic sense which I think they were going for. If Stern decides to put out a VE with comic art, I’d buy it. But this is one I can only play on location when my daughter isn’t with me.
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