“Classic Sterns” are pinball machines made by Stern Electronics between 1977 and 1984. Classic pinball machines that were released between the years 1980-1982 provide a great pleasurable accessory to your game room.

What is so unique about these Stern Games?

Stern Electronics was more open with game artistry design. Stern would allow both artistic themes and styles to their games. For example, artwork that is found  on Quicksilver or Viper has a unique visual appeal than most of the other pinball companies at that period. Moreover,   Stern had the best game designers working for them. For instance, Harry Williams and Steve Kirk are most significant.

Another important aspect to Stern pinball games is they are faster and smoother playing games. In the early 1980’s for pinball games to feature a ball speed so immense, that as a result, the balls would be bouncing over flippers or smacking into the play-field glass. You acquire this great feature with classic Stern pinball machines.

Another important feature of Classic Stern Pinball machines is they are low cost in comparison to other pinball game machines. In fact, most of these games sell for around $400 – $700. This is an extremely low price for the quality of these games and looks so striking. Interestingly, they have classic 80’s arcade 80’s sounds.

Therefore, without a further introduction here are the top ten classic Stern Pinball machines for your fun filled game room:

10. Quicksilver

The unique Doug Watson artwork is a highlight and the game play is nice and fast. Many drop targets.

9. Nine Ball

Lots of drop targets and multiball, which many of the Sterns do not have. Also has a very cool unique floating spinner shot and good opportunities for bank shots.

8.  Galaxy

People say it is an easy game, but if you jack the legs up in the back and polish up the playfield, it is plenty challenging.

7.  Seawitch

Nice swipe-able drop targets and the upper area shots from the upper flipper are fun as well.

6. Split Second

Cool upper playfield and interesting layout. In addition, the backglass and overall art is pretty cool!

5.  Big Game

Trying to fill out the “bingo cards” is a challenge. In addition, it is a widebody, which I like for variety — and yet it still plays nice and fast (unlike most widebodies).

4. Star Gazer

Great backglass. Unique design without any return lanes really keeps you on your toes with this one.

3. Meteor

You just hit those drop targets up high with the top right flipper. It is a classic “just one more game” pinball game.

2. Lightning

Very cool upper playfield, hard to achieve multiball, very fast game play, and cool backglass.

1. Flight 2000

For the encore, coming in at #1 is Flight 2000. This game just has it all. A widebody design, crazy original ball-loading feature that shoots loaded balls over from one area to another. Drop targets all over, multiball, and even voices (although many games currently in existence no longer have this feature working).

So where you can you play some of these games? They are getting harder and harder to find. Nevertheless, as luck would have it, The Texas Pinball Festival is famous for having an entire row of Classic Sterns at its show.

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