The Walking Dead (Premium/LE)

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This game received 406 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.435 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "The Walking Dead". The group itself ranks #33 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.577

Artwork: 8.242

Sounds/Music: 8.01

Other Aspects: 8.623

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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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4 years ago
I must like this game, because the morbid theme is not my favorite. If you don't mind the sight of corpses and severed heads, this is one of the best pins Ever made. The rule set is amazingly varied with many different strategies, the shots flow quickly with several bash toys, and a ‘crossbow’ that launches the ball. It’s a fast game with no physical ball lock, multi balls and modes are triggered by bashing toys or dropping banks of stand up targets. This is what I call ‘Modern Pinball’. On the reliability side, Stern is a bit wonky, but hey, this game is a winner. You’ll need to learn to fix a few things along the way.

The rules are not intuitive, for me at least. I had to read the rule sheet, but once I did, the game really opened up to me. Highly recommend to read the rule sheet.

UPDATE : TWD received another update in late 2017, and it further improves the already super deep game code. Lyman is to be commended for continuing to support and improve the title.
4 years ago
My rating is low based on the way Stern released the game. The original stock audio quotes and music from Stern is terrible. The custom audio makes it much better, but that's not what I'm looking at. Also the lack of a full license, getting the characters for the game is a disaster. From a pinball playing aspect it's good, but it feels less like a Walking Dead pinball machine and more like a generic zombie pinball machine and it shouldn't be that way!
4 years ago
Note: Playing an LE with the latest code (v1.56) and edited audio (RandomKG mix). I traded this for the HobbitLE and enjoying it far more. Game sounds solid and edgy with the Nine Inch Nails audio, plenty going on, lots of shots to make and a lot of fun. Lots of fun mods too, which is an aspect I enjoy.
4 years ago
super impressed with TWD! Challenging and deep enough to keep my attention. Only lacking that super gimmicky bash toy like MM/AFM (the prison is cool but not quite the same)
4 years ago
I love this game. Hope to get someday.
4 years ago
Another Borg/Lyman masterpiece. The DMD dots are incredible, even better than Metallica. And most importantly, the game is an absolute blast to play. All you have to say is HORDE.
4 years ago
This could be Stern's finest modern title. Code is the BEST. There is nothing like Horde. Theme is a bit challenging for younger family members.
4 years ago
Sound and music take into account custom audio via Pinball Browser. Stock Stern audio clips are lacking and don't really relate to the show. The software/rules on this game are the best of any game I've ever played. Theming is excellent. The game really immerses you with it's modes and wizard modes. A Stern masterpiece!
4 years ago
Outstanding game, the ultimate pinball machine, where there is lots to do, and the have one more go pull is off the scale.
4 years ago
Great game, awesome code.
I couldn't expect a code that makes this game so great.
Love the show so it helps to love the pin and the replace sound mod is also a great add-on.
Easily in my top 5.
4 years ago
Possibly the best code in any game ever. My personal favorite Stern machine at this point.
4 years ago
Not a fan of the show, I like the pinball. I like the shots, the toys and the crossbow!
Beautiful machine, only not my style. Whenever I see one, I play it, always fun.
5 years ago
This is a great game to play, fun and fast / yet get a break here and there/ lots of risk and reward shots/ Getting custom sounds is awesome . a keeper/ now in my Top ten of the most fun to play / a great change up to keep next to my MET Premium
5 years ago
Solid game, start to finish.
5 years ago
Love it. Beautiful pin with clear pathway and fun objects in playfield. Tough shots and fast moving game. I would buy it. The voice subs are a little, um, hard to understand but the zombie feel comes through. Revised: it gets old. Really old. This is a fun pin but after a couple of months of bashing the guy in the middle and opening the house, you really notice how repetitive and spartan the shots are. The LE helps but not much and the toys are actually kind of cheap. Still, I play it in the wild. But own it? Never
5 years ago
The modes are awesome, super deep ruleset by Lyman, hilarious walker kill animations, possibly the best wizard mode in pinball, great art package, this is my most played game in my collection.
5 years ago
For the most part I love the Show but just like the second season this game fell short...What Would Darrell Do??---He would shoot this one in the head with his crossbow and never look back.
5 years ago
Same score as TWD Pro for me. Ramps lifting up are cool mechs, but it looks flimsy and the ones I play on location sometimes don't fully meet the playfield. The improved light show is cool, but the colored LEDs take away from the striking all-white/red look of the Pro which is one of my favorite parts of the game. The crossbow is kind of whatever, I don't personally like cannon toys.

This was far from my favorite Stern to begin with and my opinion of the Premium isn't much different. It sure is a unique game but to me it's a terrible layout with good code.
5 years ago
Great stern game. Not into theme. Great looking topper.
5 years ago
Played this game a lot and want to like it, because I am a huge WD fan... But it is just not a great pinball by any stretch. Flow is limited, the bash target takes up way too much space, and is a eye-sore (i know, its a zombie) - it's so out of scale for the game. Also, the one I played dropped the ball from the magnet down the drain 1/2 the time which, whether the game is set up proper or not, just should not happen. I like the idea of the barn but it's placement makes for random drains as well. This is a GREAT game for location - looks cool and eats money. But for a players game it should never be rated ahead of Shadow, Getaway II, and BSD.
5 years ago
Had to update my rating big time since owning this game and playing code v1. 80. It is not a fame for the below average player as it can be brutal, but if you can make the shots it's great fun. Now add learning the rules and it becomes a classic. From really disliking to absolutely loving this game. How a bit of code tweaking and game time can change one's opinion. A keeper for sure.
5 years ago
I wanted a new pin that played fast and hard with complex rules. This is it.
It is hard to stop playing, just one more game. Simply an amazing machine. Also thanks to the previous owner who fully decked this one out with proper call outs (from TV show) and tons of mods. I don't regret buying this one.
5 years ago
This game is great! The best balance of challenge and fun that I've found in pinball (similar to The Shadow). Plenty to shoot for and awesome layout/interesting shots.

- Borg and Lyman combo
- Theme is wonderful
- Difficult to master, but fun as hell to play
- Right ramp is no gimme and very satisfying
- Try finding a better codeset
- Maybe best dots in pinball
- Side art is vibrant and very nice looking
- So many shots and unique layout
- Cleland sound mod is fantastic
- Magnets!!!!!
- Ready for mods

- Skill shot requires no skill
- Bicycle girl ramp layout is great, but ramp that lifts is somewhat clunky (yet to fail me though and I do like bashing toy underneath)
- Some people have problems with SDTM off magnet or out of pops (mine is fine)
5 years ago
Massive fan of the show, but I just can't get into the game for some reason. I just feel like more could have been done with it.
5 years ago
Having just rated some woodrails it's a strange jump to this game!

Not a fan of zombies, Walking Dead show but the game is an adrenalin fest, very addictive with great rules. There is really no other modern game quite like it.

I am not sure yet but for me this might be the greatest Stern game yet. Time will tell.
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