The Walking Dead (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2014)

The Walking Dead (Premium/LE)

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This game received 370 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.390 /10

8.39

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "The Walking Dead". The group itself ranks #21 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.468

Artwork: 8.307

Sounds/Music: 7.94

Other Aspects: 8.571



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8.517

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


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7.828/10
13 days ago
Theme and artwork are very good. Overall fun level is good, but probably not one i could see playing long term in a home setting. It can get repetitive.
7.568/10
41 days ago
I have played this on route and in a home with the hacked code. Night and day difference. First I will start with the artwork and layout. It won't be for everyone, it's a theme pin. If you don't like the theme you probably won't like the art on the cabinet or backglass. The playfield has a lot going on. Callouts are consistent and with newer code over the years, the ruleset and modes have become much better. This game shines with some lighting and a color DMD. The Stern callouts and voices are horrible, no real sound clips and they are repetitive, do yourself a favor if you own the game, get the hacked code. It really makes the game more enjoyable. Crossbow mode for killing zombies, a ton of toys in this game and a couple magnets to throw you off make this game's lastability a top for me. A ton to shoot for, some tough and satisfying shots. One of my faves from Stern in the last several years.
7.414/10
42 days ago
fun game to play better quality than 2018 sterns....
8.368/10
68 days ago
Fun game that makes you want to keep playing. What makes this game a star, is the code. Brilliant effort! I am disappointed in the lack of actors voice work, but I'm sure that would have cost more money.One way I do enjoy playing this game is just going for walker kills. Overall, deep game with easy rules. A definite add for anyone's collection.
8.112/10
73 days ago
After having this for a couple of months here is my opinion. Very good game and fairly deep . however hard game especially on just three balls. I had to put mine up to 5 to be able to get to a few modes that I wanted to get to. Overall I would definitely buy this game again but it's not a keeper for me.
8.832/10
3 months ago
I have installed the Cleland R rated sound mod. It’s a requirement to play this game. Dark, bloody brutal game that keeps you coming back for more punishment. It’s fun and is challenging. When you do well you feel like you accomplished something and the rules are deep , I’m still discovering new things 10 months later. I am a fan of John Borg and have multiple of his games, they have that one more game sensation.
6.581/10
4 months ago
Way to blow a theme fellas. The not actually the actors call out are just unbelievably awful. Like, ruin the game awful. Just stop. The theming is on point, but the game play is just ok. The flow is off, it's a one note game. I kept going back hoping I would warm up to it, but never did. Very, very meh.
9.500/10
4 months ago
First of all, i came from Munich and my english is not so goot! Sorry about that!
I am not a confessed fan of the Show. I've tried this, but like, Breaking Bad, Westworld or Dead Girls Don't Lie much more!
For a long time I have spurned this game, because of his serial condemnation of me, until a good friend once invited me to a game on this one. He really wanted to play the box. I thought I would like to see him, but no thanks, I do not want to. Well, that's it! By the time I'd played all the balls, the prejudiced devotion was gone in no time, giving way to a sudden burst of over-motivation. Furthermore, I was not a fan of all the colorful pinball machines! My absolute favorite, Centaur 2! These first impressions were decisive that I had to deal with this machine again and again! Almost 3 years after this first confrontation, I wanted to have the last pinball machine due to my space fortune of only 4 possible machines. It was time to finally decide and it did not take me any effort! So I remembered the day with my buddy and searched in Youtube all the videos there was. In short, it had to be a Walking Dead LE. I am absolutely no fan of actors in the Cabinet! When I was able to call my own the machine a few weeks later, it was already happening with the fascination of slaughtering one zombie after another more and more in my spell.

Animations:
The Color LCD DMD animations I find absolute top class! They remind me in their rudeness completely of my Tales from the Crypt! There is a fair amount of violent gimmicks to see that do not cause boredom in their varied variation.

8bit / 16bit videomode-Game:
The DMD screen is so integrated into the game at the same time, that I totally remember the good old 8bit/16bit era! With the same dedication and motivation that I once experienced with Mega Man! This pinball machine looks like a skilful mix of a huge Game Boy, a super awesome Super Nintendo or a sticky Hard NES console to name just a few! There is no Videomode inside? The fucking whole Game is a Videomod!

Sound:
The music, I confess, I have bought the pinball machine with all sorts of mods and know only the Cleland Sound Code, just blows me! The Walking Dead Intro-Theme as a dubstep cover, maybe not for everyone, but for me it's really cool! You go from the part! I can not say much about the call outs unless they are a perfect fit. Have no comparison! I can only say it just gets in! As soon as my ball, as already countless times over the Outlane out, my gaze jumps almost melodramatically on the DMD and I see only squirting blood, then suddenly the sentence sounds: "Look at the Flowers, Lizzie", fabulously implemented! What a sentence could better underpin the loss of a really good ball! None!

High score variations:
When I play with my friends, it's a real pleasure to see which highscore is broken this time around. A new Barn, Riot, Thunnel, Walker Kill or even Horde Highscore just to name a few. It is a real pleasure to see how far this can lead to new adrenaline rushes! Each mod makes it possible to save your own highscore with a non-motivating addictive factor!

Horde:
Victories, Last Man standing and Terminus, unfortunately, I have not yet reached, but Horde I can, as often as I still possible, again and again expect me such a tension, because he does not give a bit of boredom. They come closer and closer. Slow but unbroken and they are rigorous! The incentive? Always grow beyond yourself and slaughter one after the other! Be an experienced player and aim wisely. The atmosphere of the rhythmically lit red light and the threatening soundscape allow a serious and experienced player to really immerse themselves in this end-time scenario! You just want to survive it! Hold on, this time you'll be able to hold them longer!

Toys / Magnets:
I really like Crossbow! The shot looks one, depending on the setting not too often available and thus keeps the tension upright. Will I meet this time or not? Simply class! Or the prominently placed Wellwalker, I do not want to miss him. It fulfills its purpose and with a little imagination I can also learn about the less complex mechanics that give you a sense of, "... have you just seen this effect?" Look away! He is rigid, but he has been lovingly crafted in detail! A Zombibüste of the finest in terms of design! The playing surface holds a lot of goals ready. The upwardly folding ramp in BG mode makes me huge Sapss! The two magnets on the field bring even more life into the game. Zombies that rise up against you and want to gut you! Unpredictable and dangerous, an always haunting, congenially interpreted component is maintained!

Light game:
Prison does not catch the eye for its mechanical functionality, it's more the pulsating light effects that spread the real atmosphere here. The light play of this pinball machine was translated to the rough theme in a consistently consistent and authentic way! If at home I feel like playing a game again at night, all the lights are turned off, the sound is set to 80, and then it starts! I sincerely thank you for this impressive journey into the gloomy world of this apocalyptic zombie invasion!

Outlanes:
The ball exits are initially really difficult to handle. With a little practice and or the "Save post for TWD" by Yoyokopter, you can even as a still inexperienced players, without the fun of playing seriously endangering frustration factor completely immersed in the fun.

Conclusion:
All in all a really successful pinball machine, which from the speed, its flow, its diversified goals and its atmosphere are absolutely unique and sustainable for a pinball collector who is not averse to this topic!
That's just my personal opinion! Greetings to also and much Sapss with the horny part! LG Alexander
7.816/10
4 months ago
This is one of the few modern Sterns of which I have never encountered or played a pro - only the LE. So i can't speak for the differences between the two. I don't watch the show, but the themeing works well as a generic monster theme and the game doesn't refer to specific characters or scenes to such an extent that you feel lost without catching up on all the episodes. Ramps are those long thin John Borg ramps, super satisfying to hit. Some decent toys even if one is just a good old bash toy. Good use of magnets, and some tight orbit shots too. Definitely a layout I can get behind. Callouts don't bother me hugely as I don't have much attachment to the show. Rules are where this game shines though, as been improved over and over with each new code. Definitely need to spend more time on it, and if I'm saying that it's usually a good sign.
9.252/10
6 months ago
Great looking game, really deep with alot of rules to learn. Not for the novice type like me and my family who like to walk up press start and bang away. It's a beautiful game
10.000/10
6 months ago
Love it!!!
9.500/10
6 months ago
I am biased cause I am a fan of the show. Modded out my premium and looks great with added mods. (Bicycle Girl LED is a must) The sound is lame unless you get Cleland or similar sound upgrade to change the redneck call outs. Very fun pin to play though and tough as nails (Sometimes it literally feels like you are battling zombies)! Can just be flat out brutal drain fest at times then others you get everything going and it's a blast! Light show is awesome and the left ramp is far tougher than pro will make you a better player. The premium/LE is easily a FAR better choice than the pro with all the extras on it on this title. Both magnets make the game more random which I enjoy. Great game, one of my top 5 that may never leave the spot it's in my house.
9.720/10
6 months ago
Change out the original callouts to the many available upgraded remixes and you have a amazing game!
8.932/10
6 months ago
Perhaps my all time fav pin. At this point, if I only had one pin, TWD Pre/LE would be the one. Horde might be the best Wizard Mode in all of Pinball
6.560/10
6 months ago
"The Walking Dead" is another Stern cash-in (what happened to original tables?) where you shoot at a barn...and a huge, fat zombie thing in the middle of the table. You also "take out walkers" though I'm not quite sure if that's done by hitting the barn or the bash toy. I keep being told I'm "killing walkers" each time the ball drains...which is often thanks to cheap drains from pop releases. It also has a big crossbow you can "fire" which is as random as the giant zombie in the middle of the playfield. You don't need giant toys for a pinball machine, folks. The game play is smooth...when you can hit your targets. Otherwise, it's aggravating to take cheap drains off the HUGE FREAKIN' ZOMBIE TOY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLAYFIELD. The audio is comprised of Rick (I'm guessing here because it sounds nothing like him) saying homespun southernly things like "What a mess!" while you put up with zombies gurgling and the sound of guts being removed which just makes me want to continue playing, lemme tell ya'. The music is the show's score and theme playing and that's about it. There isn't much to it and Stern has made better.
5.330/10
7 months ago
I have mixed feelings. Crowded and monotonous yet reasonably intriguing and a potentially good theme.
9.360/10
7 months ago
My rating is with Cleland callouts
9.080/10
9 months ago
Deep code, good stacking. Fun bash toys. Great shots. All around solid game. Stern knocked it out of the park with this machine. Crossbow is a little silly but doesn't take away from the experience.
9.380/10
9 months ago
I've owned this game for about 3 weeks now and I can say I appreciate it more the more I play it. A deep code with a lot to do. Definitely a tough pin to play. My rating might be a little bit higher than it would have been as I do have the cleland sound mod. I do not like the original sounds and music at all but the mod definitely changes that score.
9.520/10
9 months ago
Killing zombies never gets old. Now this is a theme. Some nice mods available to a already loaded prem pin. Modders paradise. Deep rules, quite difficult for beginners but good for a home pin. One of Sterns best and really well made. Still a newbie with the rules but learning all the time.
9.760/10
9 months ago
the best game ever
8.992/10
10 months ago
The best game ever... it keeps kicking my ass and I keep coming back... deep ru leset which is challenging and keeps u thinking. I changed the voice over from hillbilly and made a huge difference.. This is one game that's never leaving...
9.800/10
1 year ago
This game is so much fun!
5.048/10
1 year ago
I played this machine for about a half hour in Gatlinburg this summer. A half hour only because it was the only pinball in the arcade, else Id've only played it once. The constant 2-ball multiball is probably ok for the truly walking dead, though maybe you become the walking dead if you play this long enough.
9.160/10
1 year ago
As a fan of the show I played the pro model in the showroom. I wasn't too into it since I was really there to look at and buy Star Trek pro. A month went by and I sold a car I had and had some extra money for one more pin. I didn't feel like driving hours to the showroom. I watched countless videos on YouTube on TWD pinball. I basically just said screw it and bought a premium, I absolutely love this game. This is a new occurrence for me, usually the showroom is where I decide. This game grows on you quick, yes it's tough, but I can't stop coming back for more.
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