Hold The Door! Game Of Thrones Pinball By Stern

Everyone seems to love HBO's Game of Thrones, based on the books by George R.R. Martin. So Stern decided to cash in on this popularity and released their GoT pin back in 2015. The playfield was designed by pinball master Steve Ritchie (AC/DC, Spider-Man), and comes in pro, LE, and premium editions. There are differences to the games, the most obvious being is the art on each machine. According to the Internet Pinball Machine Database, these are the following specs for each version:

Pro:
"Flippers (2), Pop bumpers (3), Slingshots (2), Standup targets (8), Electric gates, (2), 3-bank drop targets (1), Kickback (1), Spinning target (1), Sliding Bash Target, Sword-shaped ball multiball release, Up-post. Player control button on lockdown bar. 3-channel Bass + Stereo Hi-Fi sound system. Speech."

Premium:

"Flippers (4), Pop bumpers (3), Slingshots (2), Standup targets (11), Electric gates, (2), 3-bank drop targets (1), Solitary drop target (1), Kickback (1), Spinning target (1), Diverter (1), Sliding bash target, Sword-shaped ball multiball release, Ball elevator. Elevated playfield. Player control button on lockdown bar. 3-channel Bass + Stereo Hi-Fi sound system. Speech."

LE:

"Flippers (4), Pop bumpers (3), Slingshots (2), Standup targets (11), Electric gates, (2), 3-bank drop targets (1), Solitary drop target (1), Kickback (1), Spinning target (1), Diverter (1), Sliding bash target, Sword-shaped ball multiball release, Ball elevator. Elevated playfield. Player control button on lockdown bar. 3-channel Bass + Stereo Hi-Fi sound system. Speech."

The LE also has a serialized number plate, the playfield is signed by the creator, and you get a certificate of authenticity from Gary Stern.

The game is somewhat difficult, but fun. The easiest of the three is the pro as it does not have the upper playfield. The LE is the hardest of the three simply because there's a lot going on. The machines have different ramp systems which you can see below, and if you're not that great at pinball it can be hard to score high points on this machine.  You can pick your house before you start the game (I always pick Stark because I obviously hate my family), which does change the game play. For example, different ramp combos open different characters depending on your house. The only downside is that the machine will inform you that "winter is coming" but otherwise it's easy to down out. Overall the machines range from $5-9K depending on which version you get. If you're into GoT this is a great game to get, but I'd suggest it for even the casual pinball player.

 

About Baltimore Lauren

I like pinball machines, Archie Comics, and bad movies. Sometimes I write about old books for the heck of it. Follow me on Twitter: @BaltimoreLauren

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