No Good Gofers (Williams, 1997)

No Good Gofers

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This game received 425 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.029 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #41 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.121

Artwork: 7.959

Sounds/Music: 7.536

Other Aspects: 8.12

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75 days ago
A great fun game for the family, fun for rhe kids and fun for the parents and friends.
Great light show and playfield layout, buz and bud challenges all the time with funny comments.
Skill shot isbone of the best and the whole in one shot is unique.
A bit noise for an apartment as buzz and buz are gong up and down al the time . Takes same time to adjust the game to play well, skill shot, ramp, al need to be fine tuned to work properly.
Love the game , a family favorite
3 months ago
I am a golfer so I made it a point to acquire this pin earlier this year. I enjoy it as do those friends and family members that play golf. I can't say it is my favorite pin in my 5 pin collection, though.

The golf and caddyshack theme is great and it is fun bashing Buzz and Bud, the annoying gophers. As as been stated before, the ramp which pops up and down periodically allows you to bash the golfcart or make the difficult hole in one shot which is fun and very satisfying. The lighting, playfield, and cabinet art are also all very well done.

While there is a lot of great things about this pin, I have to admit I don't love the music and sometimes Inthink they could have done a better job with the voices and taunts from the gophers. The only other thing that they could have improved would have been a deeper code that allows for 18 holes as opposed to 9 and a few other adds.

Overall, a fun and entertaining pin which you will appreciate all that much more if you are a golfer and/or Caddysshack fan.
3 months ago
Great pinball, cartoon design, fun game, fast, well-built gameplay, various gameplay modes, engaging music, moles insulting the player are an unmatched genial !!!!! no doubt one of the Top Ten Absolute
3 months ago
No Good Gophers is one of the best flow designs by Pat Lawlor. The game is fast, has great lighting and is true to the theme. Now I know the gophers are suppose to be annoying and they are. I can enjoy this game only for a short time and then the music and voice really starts to get on my nerves. The jump ramp is great and love the hole in one super jackpot. If you are into golf, this is probably a must have game. The theme does nothing for me, so will play when I see it on location, but would never own it.
4 months ago
One of my all-time favorite games. The theme is excellent and there are enough quirky gimmicks to make it unique. Smacking those little gofers in the face always feels good, and getting a hole-in-one always feels GREAT. Fantastic machine, and frankly, a reason to get good at pinball. I can see how it would get boring eventually, but you could say the same of Attack From Mars or Medieval Madness -- I hold this game in the same esteem. I just effing love this machine.
4 months ago
Pop up Gophers are a cool toy. Game gets a little boring after a while, for me anyway.
5 months ago
I wanted this game so bad when I first saw it. Found it on location after looking for a while and played it for a long time. Did not turn me on at all. I have played a few, its OK but I would personally not own one.
6 months ago
Simply the best!!
6 months ago
No Good Gofers has been in the house for years - its my dads game officially but we play it the same amount. This machines is just plain fun, and perhaps a little under-rated. The call-outs and taunts are frustrating and hilarious at the same time and really make you want to defeat the Gofers, and the layout is a very good mix of classic Lawlor 'stop-and'go' alongside very fast ramp and orbit shots. The hole-in-one shot is the most satisfying shot in all of Pinball, and this is unlikely to ever change. Art is good, music is good, all-round one of the slightly more forgotten 1990s Williams game that can hold it's own up there with the best of them!
8 months ago
I'm a Pat Lawlor mark, and generally like all of his designs, but this one is the exception. The game feels plodding and forced. And I don't know why, because all of Lawlor's signature stuff, that made his other games fantastic, is there. The Hole-In-One shot is the game's saving grace, as it is up there with the best shots in pinball. One shot does not a good game make, though. The generic, knock-off Caddyshack theme also hurts it a bit. The art isn't "classic cool" like the other games from this era.
9 months ago
The super jackpot is one of the most fun shots in pinball! The gofers are great, the flow is excellent. Getting a hole in one never gets old. The game is just fun.

The code does let it down. It could have been an all time great. For example, like on a golf course, scores should be recorded so you can be under par and go for new scoring records. Best 9 holes and best 18. And of course a proper 18 hole wizard mode.

And call outs for birdies, eagles, bogies, double bogies etc..... shame it wasn't done.

And more balanced scoring on the various modes.

It's a great game though and a ton of fun. It could have been so much better though.
10 months ago
this one grew in it and win
10 months ago
What a fun and creative game. I originally was not planning on getting one (I am not a golfer), but was persuaded to give it a try and loved it. The gofers are funny, and the overall the game is just a lot of fun to play. It also feels "good" with the right amount of flow. It also has a nice balance of not being too difficult but also not being too easy. It also seems to attract the widest group of family and friends to play.
11 months ago
One of my favorite games of all time and definitely on my want list. I play this in my pinball league all the time. Shots feel great. I love the theme and all the comments the gophers make. Hole in one is a tough shot and I never seem to get the timing down as its hit or miss for me. (maybe I'm not good enough lol). Definitely recommend this game for playing multiple times. The scoring is fun as well
11 months ago
Overall a fun game to play. Fairly basic game play, and a bit repetitive. I played this for about half an hour in store and started to lose interest a bit, so I decided to buy another machine. Might have bought if I was an avid golfer which may have overcome some other short comings.
11 months ago
Golf cart hole-in-one is a great way to start the game. The mystery award spinning ball tray is a nice randomizer. The playfield arrangement makes for fast action.
1 year ago
My rating is probably going to be a little biased. I am a professional golfer, I own a golf course, and I love the movie Caddyshack.

The rules of this game are not difficult to figure out. However, hitting the shots you need to hit to get a big score aren't that easy. When you get into multi-ball, hitting the combination of the jackpot and super jackpot is no gimmie putt. It's like standing over a 5-footer that you have to make because you don't have enough money in your wallet to cover the bet if you miss. It's pretty easy to choke.

And speaking of choking, the two gophers, Bud and Buzz, really help to pull this game together. They are relentless, and the timing of their insults always leads to lots of smiles and laughs. I'll hear someone playing the game in my pro shop, they'll say 'ah crap,' which is immediately followed by Bud saying 'wrong hole,' or giving his maniacal laugh.

The golf theme is well thought out, and the hole-in-one shot is always satisfying to hit. This game never gets old and it's one of my all-time favorites.
1 year ago
Don't own yet but on my wishlist. A fun fun game to play and one of the wife's favorites as well.
1 year ago
Now this is a fun game, with great shots. Although the theme does not appeal to me that much, I liked it. It's a fun machine with humor and some great shots like the cart shot and the hole in one shot. The spinning disk is fun, the popup heads are ok. Some great modes and multiball. Good fun with this one.
1 year ago
Very fun pin. Scoring seems to be a little unbalanced maybe? But I love the theme and toys. Pat Lawlor always had a unique design streak in him, and this is just another great example of that.
1 year ago
my favorite Lawlor design. Good fun on this table.
1 year ago
Honestly only have about a dozen games on this machine, but always find myself wanting more. My wife's favorite game of all time. Great toys, fun theme for golfers.
1 year ago
Good late B/W game from Pat Lawlor. Slam ramps and the hole in one shot are great toys. Becomes a bit repetitive and the only good points are in the multiball like a lot of Lawlor games. Good in a big collection but not so much otherwise. I would definitely stick a few $ in one on location.
1 year ago
I am not a huge golf fan and avoided this pin because of it. Played it at a friend's place and quickly seen why this game is worthy of a top spot in the rankings. Its a great pin with lots of interesting shots and fun callouts with Buzz and Bud taunting you every step of the way. bashing the gophers is quite satisfying and the hole in one shot has to be one of the most difficult yet satisfying shots in pinball. Great game for the whole family and would not disappoint.
1 year ago
A decent pin with good flowing long shots. The slam ramp is well integrated and the pop up gofer blocks are great fun to hit. It does not have a deep rule set and I can see it getting repetitive in a small collection. The pop bumpers are ill placed.
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