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Top 100 Pinball – Ranked by Players

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Pinside has a weekly user ranking for pinball games. 

Pinside Pinball Top 100 User Rankings

Pinside Pinball Top 100 User Rankings

Here’s how they do it –

The list is compiled weekly from all approved user ratings on solid state games (currently 147,919 ratings). A game needs to have at least 50 valid ratings from approved raters to qualify for the Pinside Top 100.

Do you want to know more about how the Pinside Top 100 works? Check out the “Top 100 FAQ“. Do you want to participate in the ratings? Sign up for a Pinside account and read “How to rate a machine” .

Stern Pinball Launches Full Line of Godzilla Pinball Accessories

Stern Pinball Launches Full Line of Godzilla Pinball Accessories 150 150 GAD Vending

CHICAGO, IL – May 30, 2023 –Stern Pinball, Inc., announces a full line of Godzilla pinball machine accessories compatible with the Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition (LE) models.  Already one of the most sought-after pinball games in history, Stern Pinball’s award-winning Godzilla pinball machines just got better with these newly available upgrades.

The Godzilla Heat Ray Destruction Topper accessory will immerse players into a world of chaos, incorporating a custom molded Godzilla sculpture breathing a heat ray against a city landscape.  With 3 fire panels, a custom sculpted heat ray plume implementing 21 RGB lights, and a special flash lamp projecting Godzilla’s shadow, this exclusive decorative topper integrates distinct light shows and includes an exclusive “King of the Monsters Time Attack” mode elevating the entire gaming experience of Godzilla.

Everyone can use an ally including Godzilla.  Straight from the plunge, the custom Godzilla Mothra Egg Shooter Knob adds a fun element to an already exciting gaming experience, teleporting pinballs straight into the fight to become King of the Monsters!

The custom-designed, Godzilla Inside Art Blades feature stunning and distinctive hand-drawn artwork by Zombie Yeti, adding an entirely new dimension inside this world under glass pinball experience.

Always prepare for battle against other Kaiju with the Godzilla King Ghidorah Side Armor.  This thrilling side armor further highlights the incredible cabinet artwork while further immersing players into the world of Godzilla.

“The Godzilla pinball accessories are a true game changer in elevating your pinball playing experience,” said Seth Davis, President and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.  “These officially licensed items will make your Godzilla pinball machine pop with excitement. Go, go Godzilla!”

Pricing and Availability:

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: 

 

Godzilla Heat Ray Destruction Topper                        $US  999.99

Mothra Egg Shooter Knob                                              $US  179.99

King Ghidorah Side Armor                                              $US  289.99

Godzilla Inside Art Blades                                               $US    99.99

 

MSRP for sales to USA end-users, before any VAT, GST, Sales Tax, Duties, or other taxes.                             

Godzilla pinball machines and accessories are available now through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.

About Godzilla Pinball    

In this monster-packed pinball adventure, players become Godzilla! The evil aliens, the Xiliens, use mind control rays to take control of the monsters King Ghidorah, Gigan, Megalon, Ebirah, and Titanosaurus. The Xiliens are demanding all of Earth’s resources. Godzilla and its allies, Mothra, Rodan, and Anguirus, battle the Xilien invasion with the goal of conquering Mechagodzilla to become King of the Monsters!  To learn more about Godzilla Premium, please visit https://sternpinball.com/game/godzilla/

About Insider Connected

Insider Connected is a comprehensive technology initiative to connect the universe of Stern pinball machines. The platform is designed to enhance and extend player engagement with the games across both home and commercial environments. It also presents professional operators of the pinball machines a robust set of tools to drive location play, build player loyalty, analyze performance, make adjustments remotely, and maintain the machines.

Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com. Players can also register at a connected game by scanning a registration QR code on the machine. Once a player registers, they are issued a unique QR Code that can be used to identify that player at any connected Stern pinball machine anywhere in the world. When a player scans into the machine, they can track progress, earn new game specific achievements, engage with the player community, and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.

“Insider Connected is transforming how players interact with pinball machines. Operators are benefiting from new tools that drive repeat play and help maintain games remotely while players can earn special entertainment location badges,” said Seth Davis, President and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.

About Stern Pinball, Inc.

Stern Pinball, Inc. creates compelling entertainment that inspires a lifetime love of games, sparks passion, forges friendships, and connects people everywhere through fun, innovative, technologically advanced pinball games, and experiences.  Headquartered minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the heart of North America, the company creates, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and distributes a full line of technologically advanced terrestrial and digital pinball games, parts, accessories, and merchandise. Stern Pinball serves digital, consumer, commercial, and corporate markets around the globe.

Recent Stern Pinball titles include Foo Fighters, James Bond 007, Rush, Godzilla, The Mandalorian, Led Zeppelin, Avengers: Infinity Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stranger Things, Elvira’s House of Horrors, Jurassic Park, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, The Munsters, The Beatles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Aerosmith, Ghostbusters, KISS, Metallica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, AC/DC, Batman, and Spider-Man. A broad range of players enjoy Stern Pinball’s games from professional pinball players who compete in high-stakes competitions around the globe to novice players who are discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time. To join the fun and learn more, please visit www.sternpinball.com.

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Bored with Game Night? Classic Cade can Solve That!

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Before home TV gaming consoles and PCs kept gamers playing in the comfort of their own homes, there used to be long nights by the arcade cabinet located at your local arcade, amusement park, bar or restaurant. Pouring quarter after quarter in, see if you could beat your friend’s high score; it was all exhilarating. Not only was the experience one of a kind, but the games you could play were unlike anything players had seen up to that point. Remember hours playing Pac-Man? Galaga? Millipede? Space Invaders?

Gone are those days of  one game, on one console. In the early development of arcade games, the hardware to run one game was the full console. Today, the size of the console or table is about the people comfort – not the need to house lots of hardware.

Want to relive those great games? At home? At your favorite establishment? Classic-cade is the answer to your need for fun, retro arcade games. With over 60 games available in stand up console or sit down table, no gamer should be without.

GAD sells Classic-cade for home free play or we can add payment acceptors for commercial game use. The table version replaces a table – so it pays for its space. The stand up console is a convenient size to not take too much space. Perfect to light up a dark corner!

Classic-cade Game List:

  • Pacman
  • Ms Pacman
  • Jr Pacman
  • Super Pacman
  • Pacman Plus
  • Galaga
  • Glaga 3
  • Frogger
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr
  • Donkey Kong 3
  • Galaxian
  • Dig Dug
  • Crush Roller
  • Mr. Do
  • Space Invaders
  • Gyruss
  • Tank Battalion
  • 1942
  • Ladybug
  • Burger Time
  • Mappy
  • Centipede *
  • Millipede *
  • Super Breakout *
  • Arkanoid*
  • Pengo
  • Phoenix
  • Time Pilot
  • Super Cobra
  • Hustler
  • Space Panic
  • New Rally X
  • Qix
  • Juno Frist
  • Xevious
  • Mr. Do’s Castle
  • Moon Cresta
  • Pinball Action
  • Scamble
  • Bomb Jack
  • Shao-Lin’s Road
  • King and Balloon
  • 1943
  • 1943 Kai
  • Van-Van Car
  • Dig Dug 2
  • Amidar
  • Zaxxon
  • Pooyan
  • Pleiads
  • Gun Smoke
  • Jumping Jack
  • Congo Bongo
  • The End
  • and more….

(*) Trackball Game

GAD stocks the Classic-cade for both commercial and residential gamers. In two styles, table or console. With three warehouses in the Midwest, call us to arrange pick up or delivery today!

Stern’s The Mandalorian Pinball Machine Gets Pinballs Craziest Mod Ever: A Holographic Topper

Stern’s The Mandalorian Pinball Machine Gets Pinballs Craziest Mod Ever: A Holographic Topper 940 788 GAD Vending

(IGN on YouTube) This holographic topper add-on is fully interactive, adding and augmenting several game modes.  It tracks your progress, and reacts to many shots and as you play. Toppers normally just sit up on a back box and look cool for the most part, so the interactive ones including Mando and Black Knight Sword of Rage are really the latest craze in pinball.

This Mando topper is a hefty piece of hardware on an already complex machine, and it has an MSRP just under $1999. To put that in perspective, the price of this Premium game has an MSRP of $8999, so it’s a chunk of pinball you are adding.

And what’s even cooler is that we’ve outfitted this machine with another mod: We’ve upgraded it with Stern Insider Connected, a system that uses a phone app and QR codes to track progress, achievements, and connect machines to players in innovative ways — and the topper also benefits from this connection, with exclusive achievements and some other goodies. #IGN #Mandalorian

GAD has The Mandalorian Premium in stock at our warehouses. We have locations in Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.

For The Mandalorian Pinball Holographic Topper, we’ll order from Stern for you.

GAD stocks pinball, parts and has an awesome service department.

Jersey Jack’s The Godfather Rules

Jersey Jack’s The Godfather Rules 150 150 GAD Vending

Before seriously playing any pinball game, the rules are a good thing to review. And in the case of Jersey Jack’s The Godfather Pinball, the rules are a lot of fun! Going through all the movie lingo is a blast while learning what makes this game so much fun to play.

Check out the rules. To find a game near you to play, call us (we know the games are in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas City). If  you are looking to buy a game for your home, GAD does that too. Plus we have a full service department to answer questions and supply replacement parts.

GAD Closed Friday for New Years

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Happy 2022!

Enjoy your celebrations and play lots of pinball.

Make it a Stern Home PIN Holiday

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In the past, most pinball machines from Stern were made in three levels. With various changes that affected both price and functionality, this brought the price closer to what a home user felt comfortable paying. But, pinball for the home user still remained a bit out of reach.

Stern announced their PIN line to bridge that gap. They’ve since brought along three titles that play well to the family. Star Wars Comic Art Pin, Star Wars Pin and Jurassic Park Pin.

All three of these titles are available, in stock (at the time of this writing) at GAD. And, for an additional fun thing, say

“GAD Know Pinball” and get $100 off your new PIN.

(Stern Pinball) A Pinball Adventure 65 Million Years in the Making… Stern Pinball Announces New Jurassic Park Pin, a new stylish, affordable, and fun pinball machine designed and engineered for the home!

Jurassic Park Pin immerses players in a pinball journey 65 million years in the making. Based on the blockbuster film Jurassic Park from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, the Jurassic Park Pin experience will transport players to Isla Nublar, an amusement park where escaped dinosaurs are running amok! With the volcano on the island erupting and threatening to destroy everything in its path, it is the player’s mission to rescue park staff, evacuate and recapture dinosaurs, and escape before it’s too late! Players will experience heart-pounding excitement right from the start in this action-packed pinball adventure filled with suspense, twists, and turns around every flip.

Jurassic Park Pin brings to life the most fearsome predator ever to walk the earth with an interactive, custom sculpted T. rex. Players will battle against the Spinosaurus by bashing a captive ball and corral Raptors in their enclosed pen with precision shooting. Fast flowing metal ramps, lightning quick spinners, and kinetically satisfying physical drop targets will provide players with an adrenalized game experience packed with unmatched action and fun. The all-LED playfield lighting provides dazzling light shows in sync with the iconic Jurassic Park theme music to create an immersive pinball experience.

The easy-to-setup Jurassic Park Pin is affordable, reliable, built to last, and engineered with genuine Stern commercial-quality parts. The playfield is housed in a stylish cabinet with dynamic, high definition, hand-drawn artwork. Complementing the iconic theme and exciting gameplay, Stern Pinball’s powerful SPIKE™ electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations on the LCD display. SPIKE™ also reduces system complexity and energy usage, resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing.

“Jurassic Park is an iconic film featuring something we all love…dinosaurs! The Jurassic Park Pin is designed to provide quality family entertainment and bring pinball fun to homes everywhere,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “This game will be an incredible addition to any home!”

Happy Veteran’s Day

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Thank you to all the Veteran’s that have served our country.

Our offices will be open today.

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Retro Raccoons Review

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Arcade Heroes Review Excerpt:

Today we can get you up to speed on those improvements thanks to the information passed along to me by Adam Wray of Glitchbit. This enhanced build will better fit into arcade (non-bar) locations, with a broader appeal, while still working for those venues that serve adult beverages. These improvements came along thanks to feedback that was heard at that show (as a note to any indie devs out there – that’s a great reason to attend an industry trade show with your product, as you’ll talk with potential buyers and might find out why they will – or will not – purchase your game) along with feedback obtained through location testing.

Let’s start with the animated gif that was sent my way, then I’ll break it down in case you don’t catch it all:

Here are all of those features in a handy bullet point list of this new cabinet design:

  • Drinks mode (for bars)
  • Cash mode (for non-bar arcades)
  • Higher splash guard
  • New cash door & cash acceptor vault
  • Improved control panel design with new art & controls layout
  • Custom liquid tray
  • New Handles
  • Wheels
  • Leg levelers

With all of that, the cabinet is still going to be “under $5k” on the price point and begins mass manufacturing for arcades to pick up soon. A precise date hasn’t been given, but I would venture to guess that Retro Raccoons will be available before the summer is over.

If you have played the game already, what did you think about it? If not, what do you find appealing?

Shack News Reviews Stern Pinball Insider Connected

Shack News Reviews Stern Pinball Insider Connected 494 315 GAD Vending

(Shack News, August 26, 2021) Pinball has always been kind of a community game when you think about it. Sure, you can really only run the silver ball by yourself, but when you look up at the backboard and see the scores of the best players around, it gives you something to strive for. You and others push and figure out the technique to try to put your score up in that hollowed spot. You might even share tips and strategies on any given game with fellow players. Stern and its fans have cultivated that community passion and interaction over the years, and the company is about to try to give its fans more ways to do so with a new Insider Connected program.

Stern announced the Insider Connected program via an press release on its website on August 26, 2021. This is a program that will be standard on new machines and can be applied to previously released ones via a retrofit kit. There will also be a mobile app. Essentially, any Stern Pinball machine with Insider Connected set up will feature a QR code where users can log the machine via the app and engage in community interaction, Challenge Quests, and other promotions.

With Challenge Quests, Stern Pinball machine owners and operators can set up events and challenges that will allow players to earn loyalty points. Players can also track their progress and chase after game-specific achievements, as well as engaging with other players from the community.

Any Stern game utilizing the Spike 2 LCD system produced after the September launch will ship with the Insider Connected system installed. That means machines like the recent Led Zeppelin and Mandalorian releases can be set up with this program.

With pinball always having had some level of community interaction behind it, Insider Connected seems like a wonderful way to expand pinball past the player standing at the machine at any given time. Stay tuned for more news and updates regarding Stern Pinball as it becomes available, right here at Shacknews.