The Walking Dead (Premium/LE)

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This game received 401 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.440 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "The Walking Dead". The group itself ranks #31 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.579

Artwork: 8.206

Sounds/Music: 7.973

Other Aspects: 8.654

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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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60 days ago
First off, I am a fan of the comic and tv show. I do feel this could have been themed better, artwork and sound. Nevertheless, I do feel like I'm playing in the TWD "world" when I play it, to a degree.

Also, I have the custom Cleveland audio/sound rom, which in my mind is a requirement.

This game is players game! Man I love the Borg and Lyman combo! I like playing purely on strategy and blowing it up! Or draining right away lol, cause this game is brutal and if itdidn't have top notch code, it would suffer greatly, in the enjoyment catergory.

I enjoy the gimmicks "toys" on the premium, lifting ramp, coloring changing light, well walker magnet, and the crossbow. Even if it makes it a more dangerous game to play, it's fun!

Overall, I enjoy the shots in this game, I enjoy the bash toys and I enjoy the rules. It's fast and intense and rewarding!

Definitely has that one more game feel.
5 months ago
Played at Pinball Republic, Croydon, London.

Good pin to play, but I can’t get past the theme and artwork. It is extraordinarily ugly and, due to being about zombies, very unpleasant to look at. I’m viscerally repulsed by it.
8 months ago
I like the theme, the lightshow on the playfield is paranoia
9 months ago
Just picked up an LE. Very brutal but very fun...has more ball feel to it...The game let's you know when you're blowing it up and are rewarded for it. A great game to have in a multiple pin collection. Probably too hard for the casual player, or to have as a single pin. Much better as part of a larger collection where it rounds out the game type. Definitely makes you a better player...You have to time and control your shots, flailing will drain you fast. Love this game. Never leaving lineup
9 months ago
Owner of a LE, hard to play, not easy to understand all of the rules, but i the toys, the red color, and THE BIG MAN is si funny, best wishes from FRANCE !
10 months ago
This is a great pin! I think one of the most difficult stern pinball. There are almost no safe shots and when the ball rolls in the main playfield area you can't miss your shot otherwise you just pray
10 months ago
I really like the theme, being a TWD fan. Game is a little dark out of the box, which makes sense being a zombie based theme. Not a super fan of the translite art. Game plays well, shoot well. Not a fan of the cross bow I feel it slows the game down. Some really fun unique shots here. Will update rating as I dig more into the rules.
1 year ago
Absolutely one of the greatest pins of all time. Borg / Lyman is a match made in heaven. Great rules, code and shot layout. Some complain about it being “ugly” but like...this ain’t a Care Bears pin. It’s a pin about flesh eaters so of coarse it’s GRIM. The game just isn’t for the weak of heart looks or skill wise. Gameplay can be brutal can zombies. This game will make you a better player. If one is available, buy it. We’re not getting anymore Lyman pins since he left Stern.
1 year ago
Great pin !!!! Lots of fun but not easy,that's how i like it... And the pin looks very very good... There aren't a lot of pins looking like this one. I can't find something bad about it. It only was difficult (for me) to onderstand the rules. I own the premium version.
1 year ago
Wow what a pin!!!!

I'll be honest at first I hated this pin and questioned my purchase.

Then it happened I was bit!!! Probably one of my favorite pins. The layout and shots are phenomenal!!! This game will punish you but you will quickly hit the start button.

Many will say the theme is to dark and the artwork blows but I think it goes well with the theme.

The Cleland sound mod is definitely a must! Lots of great most available. The rules and depth of this game is just mind blowing good.
1 year ago
The Walking Dead pinball while bashed on release, over time has become one of the best Stern pins, as well as one of the best pins ever made. Fans of the AMC TV show will certainly like the cabinet art on the Premium/Standard edition (Season 3), and will appreciate the cabinet art (Season 1) on the LE. Translites for all of them are serviceable at best, but reminiscent of the translite art from the mid 2000's Stern machines. Playfield art layout of the map is unique, but a bunch of photoshopped no-name zombies won't get anything but a 'meh'. What will blow people's minds is the fast and furious gameplay! Beautiful arcing orbits, along with awesome ramps, makes this pin a blast to shoot. You will be blasting away zombies in what is essentially you playing the role of a no-name survivor in the world of the AMC TV show, trying to survive and be the "Last Man Standing". To do this you will be required to take down Walkers constantly, hitting lit shots to kill zombies and do combo takedowns, to quickly amass the kills needed to start the wizard mode(s). Horde mode is easily one of the best wizard modes in pinball, further showing off the excellent lighting in the game with lots of blood red colors as the walkers slowly approach you. DMD animation is incredibly brutal, as you shoot/stab/smash zombie heads in very cartoonish but explicit animations not for the squeamish. TWD may be the best coded game in pinball. Over the course of several years, Lyman Sheats coded this masterpiece (v 1.60). There is so much to do, so many scoring potential with the multipliers, and every single area of the playfield is used (like the supply box to activate Bloodbath). Speaking of shots, this game has a ton of things to shoot for including a disgusting Well Walker bash toy that exposes his guts on hit, if you have the Premium or LE. In addition to the Well Walker, you can also shoot the doors to a prison and reveal an additional zombie bash toy head. The Premium/LE models also include a zombie head revealed under the bicycle girl ramp, as well as the use of a crossbow ball launcher mech near the apron; which also functions as an in-game Walker Bomb, to help with mode completion. Along with the mediocre artwork, the voice overs are what really drops scores for this game. The AMC theme song is present, and the mode music is really good, but the in-game narrator is really bad and over the top (in a bad way). Overall, TWD is a game that doesn't look good or have good voice over calls, but is a brutally hard and fast game with legendary game code, to place this as one of the best games of all time and a game that will have you coming back for more with its fun factor & challenge.
1 year ago
This game should be rated higher ...very surprised its not!
1 year ago
I love the show and wanted to like this machine but it just didn't grab me. The artwork and overall color scheme of the game leave a lot to be desired. The middle play field is also a little too cluttered for my taste and the flow of the game seemed to suffer because of it.
1 year ago
This is a great pin! So much going on in the playfield, but doesn’t feel overcrowded to me. I’ve never seen the show, but that didn’t take away from the game for me, plus it “seemed” like it was a great theme integration. One of my favorite pins, and I love the use of magnets in the game, but a lot of the bash shots lead to a deadened ball followed shortly by a SDTM. Still love it though!!
1 year ago
My favorite pin of all I've ever played. Underrated and amazing.
1 year ago
I’m little late with my review but I have to say great theme, love the light show for being a older pin fits the theme well dark scary, one flaw I can say it’s a little dark so I added 2 spot lights and it’s perfect dark theme.
Added cleland sound mod and wow makes the game so much more feel like your in the show,
rules- what can I say Lyman is the man great code plenty to do, but Definitely keeps you on your toes.
Layout- unique and brutal keeps on your toes in a good way.
Art premium package- is the best of all three specially the trans light with the fish tank heads, playfield art isn’t the greatest but it’s still pretty good.
I highly recommend to give this pin a shot you will enjoy it and make you a better player.
1 year ago
I think what I like most about the Walking Dead is the way the pacing changes while you play it. When the ball is bouncing around the pop bumpers, there is a lull and a sense of relaxation but when the ball drops to the flippers and the main playfield area, it's survival mode time. When the ball is back up to the pop bumpers, you can take a breath again. When you finally get into a groove and you are stacking multi-balls and points are racking up, it is so rewarding and feels great - you really feel like you have accomplished something. There are so many dangerous shots and the game can be really frustrating at times, but it keeps me hitting the start button because I know I can do better the next time (not always!) Not sure that the crossbow adds much, but it does give another opportunity to slow down for a few seconds. The code is deep enough to give depth, but easy enough to understand. The custom audio software really adds to the theme integration of the game, with some comments that make me laugh at times. Some people don't like the dark and dirty looking art package, but I think it fits the game really well. Because of quick ball times, this is one better played on free play - if you are making coin drops, you better have a big bag of quarters.
1 year ago
This is both one of my favorite games to play and one I hate to play, because it is so ugly. I hate the theme, but I actually like the show. I just don’t want to stare at gross zombies while I play pinball. The ruleset is awesome and the shots are buttery. I like the call outs and the creepy music. It does make you feel uneasy. I do like the heads in the fish tank!
2 years ago
an excellent theme, the machine is scary on its own, spectacular the crossbow and the final mode
2 years ago
Simply incredible pin with great shots and lastability..its also very challenging and keeps you coming back again and again..the artwork is superb and it is definitely a keeper
2 years ago
One of my favorite modern games. Never watched the show but love this game. Challenging, dark and love the light show.
2 years ago
Very great game... wonderful theme, beautiful playfield.. the lightshow is incredible and the rules so perfects.... i have sold my JP premium for this game. No regret ! JP rules were boring but WD rules are perfects !
2 years ago
Absolutely love this game. I think that the premium is better than pro. I love the crossbow toy and I love the way the ball creeps up that left ramp and you never know if it will go all the way through or not.
2 years ago
So much depth. So much gore. How could anyone not love this game? I can’t stop playing. Very challenging. Love each mode. Keeps me coming back again and again. This pin will never leave my house. Also has some of the best mods on the market. If I had to really throw out some negatives, it would be the prison doesn’t look like a prison and it should’ve came stock with a color dmd. Just way too cool graphics to be on a red dmd. My favorite pin ever.
2 years ago
Perefect Game .
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