High Speed (Williams, 1986)

High Speed

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This game received 251 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.695 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #89 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.843

Artwork: 7.329

Sounds/Music: 7.018

Other Aspects: 7.958

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30 days ago
A true classic in every sense of the word. This game when it came out revolutionized pinball in the aspect of storytelling and enabling the player to "feel" as if he/she was in a story. Truly ahead of its time in 1986. One of my top 5 all time pins.
31 days 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.
69 days 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.
84 days 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.
3 months ago
l like racing games..this one had a line back in the days
5 months 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
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
8 months 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".
9 months ago
Classic game from Steve Ritchie. Fun to play and a keeper for me.
9 months 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.
1 year ago
Cool game. I love these games with the loop and third flipper shot. Great sounds like car horns and police sirens and cop radio chatter. Better sound variety than most newer pins. Awesome light show. Love the tense sounding 'music.' All of these elements really put me into the theme which is very well done. Feels like it was ahead of its time. Im not spoiled by the glitz and glamour of todays mod-filled games. This is a classic game that does so much with so little.
1 year ago
Decent game for the price, it really pops with leds installed. Fast gameplay, but sounds can get old fast
1 year ago
Theme granted, drawing unsuccessful, the game does not emotional
1 year ago
High Speed is supposedly the first major pin to tell a story that develops as the game goes on. The problem is, the story is lame, with a vague Smoky and the Bandit type feeling that never really kept me interested. There are so few good shots in the game (besides the upper pf right flipper that hits the raised loop). I don't like games that just bash into stand-ups and never really seem to do much. The upper pf is messy with a saucer and a bunch of pop bumpers hiding behind the mass of stand-ups. I just don't see why most people like this game - even if it does tell a story. I surely wouldn't pay to own this machine, and I can barely make myself play it.
1 year ago
Great Ritchie game. I find it hard to hit the ramp regularly even after 200 plays. High scores are still very satisfying. I love the theme and the design.
1 year ago
High Speed is challenging and fast! Keeping this machines replayable score very high!
1 year ago
Got to play this one recently-ish.

Very straightforward, making it up the ramp and getting to multiball after lighting the stoplights is really all there is to this game.

The lightshow is terrific, the obvious forebear of the lightning wheel in black knight 2000 and considering how well that's held up it must have been the most spectacular sight ever back in it's day.

Main theme is lacklustre, i know this is on purpose to add more umphf to the main attraction of the multiball and post jackpot tracks, both of which are very good imo, but really besides being tense it's about as lively as the snoozefest in taxi.

I had a good time with it, fast and rather tricky but surprisingly the outlanes were not wholly unforgiving and the kickback is very neat on this.

Would not want to own this for the price it goes for, despite being instant fun there's just not enough to do on it for my taste.
1 year ago
Very Addictive Pin! The red light is almost hypnotic! You Want to keep playing this game and run the cops everytime! Very good game!
1 year ago
When tuned correctly, the ramp shot feels satisfying, even as a combo from the left orbit. The topper is also neat, simulating a police chase within the game. Music is awesome.
1 year ago
The theme and flow of this game are the highlights. which says a lot and explains why this 29 year old game holds such a high rating. The cons are the cabinet art, topper, and music. If you like to mod pins, this machine is the perfect foundation for that -- I know as I modified the heck out of this pin and it is all super cool! The theme from COPS would be much better background music for this pin -- maybe a sound mod that offers that option will somday become available someday.
2 years ago
Just love it, the speed and looping is awesome can repeat all day and night it just has that magic flow!
2 years ago
This game is fast & fun! Great for experienced players or newcomers. I love the call outs
2 years ago
High speed is an ok game I was never a fan of the artwork and if you get the orbits/spinner lit you can shoot them over and over
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