High Speed (Williams, 1986)

High Speed

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This game received 263 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.700 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #93 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.826

Artwork: 7.356

Sounds/Music: 6.966

Other Aspects: 7.96

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21 days ago
One of Ritchies finest. need the papa rom to even out Jackpot settings but simple and tough game.
81 days ago
Fast machine with overall good layout. Couple stoplight shots lead to ball drains. Jackpot shot only available in multiball. Don’t like that it clears after hit, should be consistent due to difficulty. Not a stand alone machine but really fun with others in collection.
84 days ago
While I love Williams from this period, and I have some friends who swear this is their favourite game, I rank it as good, bordering on excellent. Enjoy playing it, but wouldn't actively look forward to it.... Fun, but not fantastic.
4 months ago
High speed is a great game. It has great artwork and good audio. The only issue is after you play the game for a while, it starts to get very repetitive and not that fun. There is really only one major shot to get. Don't get me wrong the machine is beautiful and plays great.
5 months ago
The game that got me into pinball. So much fun.
5 months ago
Classic 80's game. Always enjoy playing it. Challenging multi-ball. Great companion to HS2 Getaway.
5 months ago
Fast and fun game. Love the art and the story behind Steve's design. Good learning curve heavily dependent on timing. Play it over and over again. You'll want to make sure the game is adjusted properly and regularly waxed to keep it fast and the shots clean
5 months ago
Just a fun game. Simple rules. But the return value is huge. And its hard to walk away from. Not to deep. But thats why they made a part 2.
6 months ago
My first pin I bought and we love it! It is still one of, if not, the most fun game in our collection. The kids like it but us parents love it. Gets your heart racing, fun rules and is a blast to play. This is what got me and the family into loving pins
6 months ago
Classic Steve Ritchie Sys11 title!
7 months ago
One of my all time favorite classic games...great sound effects, speech, beacon light, ramp shots and hideout multiball features.
8 months ago
This is the game that broke my bank account when it first came out, as I vied to stay on the high score board. It's simpler by modern standards, with the "Getaway" ramp shot being the real money play, along with lit highways. (I owned it but misguidedly sold it when we had to downsize, although I'd frankly played it out by that point.) But in retrospect, this is a really nicely-balanced game, requiring hitting targets, an outhole, ramps, and for high scoring, the inlanes. And when the police radio sound bite comes on, you just get a jones to hit the ramp, and then when the flashing red light comes on on top, it remains a thrill each time to beat the machine and listen to that siren go off. A classic of its era. It's also one of the few non-licensed themed pinball machines with its own sequel, "Getaway", which is also an excellent machine that uses the basic layout and shctick but adds the innovations of dot matrix display and modes. I may yet try to get both of these into my collection again.
8 months ago
This is a basic fun game to play. The game play is fast and can be a real challenge. Its a typical simple rule set game from the 80's.
9 months ago
HS is one of the best pins of all time. Reviews on PInside have a tendency to forget perspective- so I'll give you some... this game came out in 1986, and in '86 when HS dropped, there was nothing, I mean NOTHING like it. IT truly revolutionized pinball. IT was the very first pin that immersed the player into a "story line" to such an extent. THe music, choreographed light show and sounds were also much ahead of its time. Pinball made an upswing in the Late 80's starting with HS and continuing with games like Taxi.. into the Golden Age as we know it .. the Early 90's. Its a very underrated game. Seek out a good example and put some time into it... pretend its 1986 and , yeah... enough said. Great game and in my top 10 of all time.
9 months ago
Although an older game, the theme and gameplay are really fun. I go back and forth on my opinion of liking this or getaway better. I've owned this in the past and would like to have it again someday.
11 months ago
Like this game but not real fond of the sounds. Overall it's a cool game but could get tired of this one after a while.
11 months ago
Very basic rule set. Fun game overall, and definitely a Steve Richie classic. Too easy and simple compared to the best pins of today.
12 months ago
l like racing games..this one had a line back in the days
1 year ago
Good but dated since they made a much superior high speed 2. I wouldn't really give this an edge over anyour DVD game as it doesn't really got much to offer in the way of features. Fun to play time to time
1 year ago
It's hard not to compare it to Getaway, a much better game. But even ignoring Getaway, this game's highlights are its sounds and music. It tries very hard to get you pumped up about the action, but I personally find the gameplay boring compared to other games of that era.
1 year ago
Cool game, but suddenly becomes crap once you've tried High Speed 2. Would only get it if I find it really cheap. Design is so-so but as all 80s game this really pops when LEDs are used properly. Theme is nice otherwise, really appeals to me. One of the better 80s machines in my opinion.
1 year ago
High Speed is a classic. The pace is fast and furious, the goal is clear. It feels great to get multiball after "getting away from the cops". The playfield is only one level, but it feels like more. Since it's a mid-80's design, maintenance is easy. I highly recommend this game for any collection. A Steve Ritchie classic that just begs you for "just one more game".
1 year ago
Classic game from Steve Ritchie. Fun to play and a keeper for me.
1 year ago
Love the theme of this game. The play field looks awesome with LED's and has great flow. The call out sound bites rock. The rules don't have much depth, but the shots are not easy (at least for me), can't beat outrunning the cops! My son loves the game, I enjoy the shot difficulty and game play. Wish it had a few more toys, but the tachometer revving with the flipper, the car exhaust lighting behind the back glass and the rotating light on top are cool. The game is fast and fun. Excellent Steve Ritchie design!
1 year ago
The music during gameplay is just unbearable. I would love to own one, but I can't if I have to play with the volume all the way down.
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