Firepower (Williams, 1980)


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This game received 181 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.712 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #88 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.867

Artwork: 7.505

Sounds/Music: 7.054

Other Aspects: 7.88

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12 days ago
Great classic Williams game with the first sold-state multiball. There were a boatload of these made, so finding one is easy and the price is still relatively affordable. Gameplay is simple: Hit the center targets to light locks, get multiball, shoot for ?, repeat. I installed the bootleg roms using the original 6 digit displays ( This adds a skill shot and some objectives to shoot for within multiball. If you choose to do this, Don’t forget the jumper mods, or it won’t work ( Also, if you’re feeling even more ambitious, there are instructions to convert to 7-digit and add even more objectives!
46 days ago
Picked up a FP for a good price but more importantly I then had it restored. I was lucky as the p/f (most originals are trashed) is nearly perfect. I added a new PP backglass and now it looks great.

Playing this pin is a total “hair on fire” experience. We added the new FP Roms (a must!) and it makes a good game, a great one. Yes it will frustrate you at times. But isn’t that why we play pinball? The challenge to win an extra ball (specials are useless for HUO play) and achieve multi ball is very satisfying if accomplished. Great sounds and lights add to the madness. If you can keep a ball in play long enough I guarantee your BP goes up as well. A classic that stands the test of time.
73 days ago
I have to rate this game for it's time which it was clearly ahead of with multi-ball and a lane change feature. It was one of my first pinball purchases and it 'hooked' me. I had to have more.
86 days ago
A classic in my books. Super fast, bordering on harassing, but not to the point that it seems abusive. Great sound, matched with a cool theme.
4 months ago
Awesome game- first to have multiball. good machine to own.
4 months ago
Great game, love the speech in this game. Really fun to earn multiball. Love it when you destroy a ship... "ship destroyed". Keep coming back and playing this one over and over again.
10 months ago
Yes, good fun, because all pinball is fun. :) Strikes me as a poor man's Centaur.
12 months ago
the game is older now but the home version grew as well..i like it
1 year ago
Classic Williams title!
1 year ago
This is a classic and a must have ! What a great machine i love it. another i would take back in my collection anytime. If you get a chance to get this machine grab it. Rules of play are fun and fast. Multi ball makes it even more fun. I miss this machine.
1 year ago
All time great. A must for every collection.
1 year ago
A good friend owns this game and I enjoy playing it while visiting. Really like the sound effects as it brings back memories of playing plenty of vintage Williams arcade games. You hear Joust, Robotron etc... Good game!
1 year ago
Fun Multiball game. I like the rules and sequence. It can be frustrating drain-wise (for me, anyway) so you really have to earn multiball. A players table.
1 year ago
One of my favorite games, the play field is fast and the multi-ball can get very crazy at times, not hard to understand, shots require some skill, one of the best from the 80's.
1 year ago
I always come back to this machine. The rule set is perfect for the time. Easy to learn, and tough to master. I love the lights and countdown for getting multiball, and the voice is the greatest. I love hearing that last ball drain and then "Firepower defeated.........YOU!". I am so glad I managed to find this machine. Definitely a keeper.
1 year ago
Pinball bad, horrible design
2 years ago
I don't like absolutly
2 years ago
One of those oldies but goodies. Keeps you coming back for more.
2 years ago
I just can't get into this game, the play field is so wide open and empty, I have no idea what does what or what purpose anything int he game has or does. Half the time the ball just drops down in the side lanes into the drain or right down the middle with no chance to recover.

The voice feature may have been innovative at the time but now it just is an annoyance and adds nothign to the game itself. It's not a bad game it's just to open and dull. there's nothign to get you excited about how your doing. There's a bunch of numbers but nothing to tell you what they do other than count up.

Overall it's just to open and to likely to go down the side lanes to the drain right away with no chance to play the ball.
2 years ago
one of my first favorite multi ball games b.k is the other ,but i didnt know then (1980)what i know now is that steve richey is one bad ass desighner ,he did a great job on this one,classic machine,very simple fun play!!...i jus remember playin to achieve multi ball and play with three balls as long as i could ,i dnt recall a jackpot but i didnt know then that it was about getting a jackpot it was about getting the most points and a replay ofcourse,many games played on this in my youth i would love to play one again....three,two,one,fire!!!
2 years ago
This is my current favorite game. My game plays fast. The shots are not boring. I love the multiball and the clear objectives. I put some mild LEDs in my machine. Not too bright, but enough to bring out some more color. Excellent design from a master.
2 years ago
I like this game but to bad there is nothing to do during multiball
2 years ago
Easily in my top 5
2 years ago
Design and Rules: This game flows well, and has a great variety of shots to make. While the rules for this game are relatively shallow, it's simplicity makes it easily tangible for new players. The playfield and scoring is balanced, never unfair, and brutally fast for a game of this era. the spinner shot to the upper playfield kickout hole is infinitely satisfying. One flaw, is that once multiball is attained, there's nothing to do other than bat around the balls. It would've been nice of the designers to light a difficult to hit target only during multiball for a satisfying reward.

Art: Interesting. The artist was definitely attempting to capitalize from the success of Star Wars on this one, and it works. I like it. Early '80s at its finest. The cabinet artwork is confusing though, and doesn't relate all to well with the rest of the game.

Sounds: Hard to beat. Typical sounds from William's at the time, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Overall: This is a great pinball machine, and a surefire crowd pleaser, just as long as the game is set up properly.
2 years ago
Probably the best early 80s game... I love the sound.
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