Transformers (Pro) (Stern, 2011)

Transformers (Pro)

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This game received 181 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.438 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Transformers". The group itself ranks #75 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.331

Artwork: 7.459

Sounds/Music: 7.269

Other Aspects: 7.318

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

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3 months ago
There wasn't that much to shoot at and seemed very repetitive. Multiball modes were uninspiring Not the game or theme for me.
3 months ago
Nice layout, and one of the faster games by Gomez. The sound package on this game is amazing, and adding in a ColorDMD is a huge bonus, especially for the movie clips. Lighting could be better, as some of the playfield feels dark, and there isn't much in terms of GI. The "modern" Transformers may turn some people off, but I really enjoy the theme, and appreciate the use of some sound and music from the original 80's series. The toys, on the playfield are just that, off the shelf toys. They look cheap, but serve their purpose in locating shots.
4 months ago
I won't repeat the complaints here about the Stern same-y-ness and lack of innovation and boring superhero/ancient white rock and roller themes, or the cheap feel.

Nope, those are all true here, and then some. I'll complain about the use of LE v "Pro" designations. From my experience with playing with "Pro" versions, they often feel like the LE version is the "full" version and there's just an excuse to gouge the customer for another grand. Why not make one half-decent version of the game? If there's that much of a difference in how they play...why not just make another game?

In any event, this machine is kind of a perfect storm of below average, combining an uninspiring over the top movie franchise with a big nothing in design.
9 months ago
This game, much like Avengers, looks and feels horrendously cheap. The ramps aren't ramps, they're just sheets of plastic the ball can roll over, the toys do nothing and have come straight from a kids isle, and theres just nothing above the playfield. The rules aren't terrible, and the flow is there, but next to pretty much any game, this one looks stupidly cheap, almost like a kids toy. My girlfriend is relatively new to Pinball, but after playing Star Trek, Family Guy, POTC and a handful of others her first comment was 'where is everything?'. Not good. And I will never forgive Gomez for what he did to my favourite theme of all time (The Avengers) and the fact that this game is disappointing for similar reasons does not bode well. Would be a good game if it cost 2 grand less than the other Sterns, but If anything it was more. Fun for a couple of games but I'd buy pretty much every other game before this one.
12 months ago
This game has great flow, great shots, good theme and really good sound. It is a very fast machine once you get a few shots flowing together.
I enjoy everything about the way this game plays except the fact that you need so many shots to complete "modes". It sometimes feels like you are just chipping away at modes.

Transformers is a good fun game that i have enjoyed for years.
1 year ago
Nice game ! Good flow superfast and game-play , great sound !
Very challenging game with tons of features, it keeps you coming back for more . . . .
People who rate this machine low can't have played it enough.
1 year ago
My vote for worst Stern machine in recent memory.
1 year ago
It seemed like a good idea, and I really wanted to like the machine, but so much of the table just wasn't there for me. The entire table felt cheap, the design lackluster at best, and the toys wern't even really toys.
1 year ago
Damn i love this game so much, i bought a new Pro edition. The flow... is typical Gomez... fast and gives a good feeling. Art is great if you love the franchise, sounds are superb, and lighting also very good.
Ruleset is maybe not that deep or inventive, but its still hard to get done. Its rewarding to play, and keep you going for a while.
2 years ago
Super fast pin much faster than the le version great modes and play with the latest code, one of my fav pins!
2 years ago
jus dnt like it ,picking transformer or decepticon is a cool feature ,the playfield seem a bit cramped to me,did not enjoy the flow much,first impression kinda sucked,
maybe if i play a le or try the pro some more i will re edit i liked the movie not the game
2 years ago
In my opinion TF is an outstanding pin LE OR PRO - a totally fun theme with great music and sound effects, creative shots, deep rules and a good light show - while it can be somewhat of a grind session the objectives are obtainable. (Making it to the final wizard mode - The Battle of Cybertron - is to far away to even be considered obtainable at my current skill level, so at least in my mind, the Senitnel Prime mode is what I consider to be the "wizard mode" - but also I never make it the wizard modes unless I am playing a 10 ball game anyway) Overall I think this pin is way underrated - maybe not a top ten but definitely will stand the test of time.
2 years ago
Always enjoyed this pin when i meet him on tournament/expo, but without the idea to go deeper in the rules & strategy of play... Now it landed home (in a swap with my MET), its a good surprise, as its better than what i was waiting for. Of course still didnt see the "end", but already have a really good feeling not only with the flow and the gameplay, but with mature (and complete ?) rules, and also the sound/efx theme with the lights (its a pro version, moded with quality LEDS). Again, a underated pinball for sure, cant really understand why, but lets deal with it, we all have different taste and its better as it ;)
2 years ago
I bought a Pro because I had fun playing it in spurts on route. To do well it is so much chopping wood for each repetitive mode that is basically the same as the last though, so the game didn't stay long in my collection. I got through the wizard mode after a few games and that was it for me. There just isn't enough to come back to time and time again. You can only backhand Starscream, then shoot the right orbit, wait for the ball to come out of the pops and then trap it again and repeat so many times. This game could have and should have been so much better than it turned out to be.
3 years ago
What can I say. I owned it 4 times. The first 2 ones were PRO's. When I wanted a TF back a 3rd time I decided to go LE. But since I was used to the fantastic flow of the PRO I sold the LE and after that I bought my 4th Transformers. But this time a PRO again.
So no need to mention how much I LOOOOVE everything about this game. The flow, the sounds, the music, the shots feel so good, I like how it looks,…..
Only thing I don't like is the fact that it's too dark with overall GI light. But I put bright LED's in and now it is perfect to me.
VERY underrated game IMO. Kids like it too.
3 years ago
Not as nice as the LE, the back of the playfield looks incredibly bare compared to other versions of the game. I'd probably avoid this one and go for an LE model instead.
3 years ago
tons of flow and i like being able to add multipliers to different shots (just like BDK) the amount of shots needed to complete each mode is a little ridiculous at times, and all the modes feel the same, but overall a great game if you like flow and transformers
3 years ago
I played this at an arcade recently, and it was in very rough shape! But it still played well and I had a great time on it.

It feels a little 'not-so-deep' on the rule side, but it's a good game for sure. I absolutely LOVE the 5 ball multiball... that was enough to make me put in credit after credit.

The action figures on the playfeild are a little cheesy. I know Transformers were originally toys, but it really takes away from the game with those there IMHO. It make it feel cheap.

Overall definitely a fun game, easily on the good side of the rating spectrum in my books!
4 years ago
Great game , this game requires a lot of skill shots .....a lot of fun .
4 years ago
Some cool aspects but the game is boring. Do not like the flow. With the theme the game could have been much better.
4 years ago
Great sound and theme . Under rated Deep rule set . Gomez did a good job
4 years ago
Has better flow than the LE but less toys.
4 years ago
Not really sure why this Gomez game gets so much hate. Sound package and call outs are great. Great flow & a real draw for novice and pinheads alike. I guess it helps I'm a fan of the films. Guess I can't get too upset people dog this late model pin. It makes it more affordable. It may find more of a following down the line like IM. Who knows. I for one am pleased to have added it to my collection.
4 years ago
Played this one a while back and finally decided to put up a rating. Better game than I expected due to all the negative comments. Pretty good flow and I like the artwork. Would be a nice addition in a mid size or larger collection.
4 years ago
Got to play Transformers Pro for 2 hours at the local mini-golf. It was set up fine, and the flippers were very responsive. Ball travel was nice. Everything seemed to work fine. I loaded it up with 4 games, and on the second round, once I calibrated myself to the speed of the machine, I was getting a replay on every other game.

I have no idea what half of the lights seemed to be flashing most of the time. The lights were not pretty, and had little or no contrast against the gaudy playfield. One of the more poor art packages I've ever seen.

Being in a mini-golf meant I couldn't hear things well, so I just didn't grade the pin for this section.

Good flow. I liked the outer orbit. It felt like I had played this layout before. Whether it was T3 or some other Stern (I don't know all the Stern games all that well.) There was certainly nothing about the layout of the pin I thought to be creative or unique.

The idea that you launch the ball into a rubber figure, so that ball can dribble away slowly and land back near the flippers is a decent randomizer. I could see how some kids might like this feature. I didn't find it interesting at all.

Ball Control/Hazards:
I found that most drains were when I chose to NOT control the ball. What this means is that this is a very VERY easy pin to play. I was able to win a free play on my 5th game, and then once I loaded up 4 players, I got replays on all 4 accounts. This is knowing zero rules, or using any lights to my advantage. This is simply with ball control skill and decent multiball skills, I was able to win replays at 6,500,000. My high score in roughly 2 hours was 16mil. Once the replay jacked up to 12,000,000 I had still covered the replay score. I'm not very impressed by pinball machines that allow me to win a replay in 5 games, let alone 20 games.

I found the game somewhat fun to play like most modern Sterns, I just found the art/lighting/zero-creativity/commercial aspect of it to be disappointingly boring.
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