AC/DC is a 2012 pinball game designed by Steve Ritchie, programmed by Lyman F. Sheats, artwork by John Youssi, and released by Stern Pinball. It is based on the legendary Australian metal band, AC/DC.As a celebration of the band's musical legacy, the game tasks players to play through twelve of their most memorable songs, including "Highway to Hell," "Thunderstruck," and "For Those About to Rock". Cycle through the jukebox, fire the rotating Cannon, ring the Hell's Bell, then ride the Rock 'n Roll Train. Run through the Jam, Album, and Tour multiballs either individually or simultaneously, make a Request and Change the song, then use your VIP Passes to advance further. Complete all twelve songs, then start the Encore and play them all over again.Among enthusiasts, AC/DC is regarded as one of the best games from both Steve Ritchie and Stern Pinball — the game is fast and unforgiving, with enough speed and complexity to challenge top players, all wrapped up in a spectacular audio-visual package. The appeal is not limited to pinball fans, as the game was cited for sparking a major pinball renaissance in Australia.As with many other Stern titles, it was initially released in both a standard ("Pro") version and several deluxe versions, though the "Pro" edition feels like an incomplete version of the game. In December 2013, a "Luci" Premium Edition◊ was announced, featuring new cabinet and backglass art centered on the Horny Devil girl Luci.
The AC/DC pinball demonstrates the following tropes: