Seawitch (Stern Electronics, 1980)

Seawitch

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This game received 71 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.717 /10

7.717

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This game ranks #81 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.86

Artwork: 7.991

Sounds/Music: 6.551

Other Aspects: 7.956



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9.614/10
15 days ago
Close your eyes and relax into the ebb and flow of waves - this calming rhythm marks the beginning of a new game on Seawitch, and she is a glorious experience. This game portrays seawitches as scantily clad warrior women riding fish and living amongst the skulls of men. It is a curious theme, to be sure, but apt, as this game flows like water and magic, and one can feel like the huntress Atalanta trying to hit each shot on the mark.

The game features four flippers: the standard two at the bottom, as well as two positioned about halfway up the playfield, making an asymmetrical second pair. The upper left flipper grants close, direct hits to the middle target bank and, if you are lucky enough to survive the pop bumpers, the upper targets. The upper right is angled to propel the ball around the Rip Tide loop, a contiguous orbit that evokes the swirling of a waveform (or a rip tide current, as the name implies), although it, too, can reach the middle bank of drops.

This is not a terribly complicated playfield, and it is beautiful in its simplicity. The three banks of drop targets are the main focus of scoring in the game - they advance the bonus multiplier if a bank is completed while its corresponding X insert is lit as well as advance loop value. The upper playfield, enclosed by the loop and the middle bank of drop targets, houses a ring of targets and pop bumpers. Hitting the standups in the upper playfield boost the spinner value, making any rip on the Rip Tide loop even more sweet. Under the upper-right flipper is a small lane with a lucrative rollover that feeds back into the plunger lane.

This game is wondrous. Simple though it may seem, it is great for those who enjoy drop target-centric games, and the looped layout is interesting and memorable. A good game on Seawitch is a steady flow of well-designed shots that challenge a player's skill and amply reward success. It's a lovely table with a nice art package and, as previously mentioned, even the sound of the swelling sea.
8.614/10
83 days ago
Seawitch is a game I knew I would love just looking at the layout. I never even got the chance to play one until I fully restored one. I traded a fully working nice condition game for a project Seawitch. It needed everything gone through anyway; so I just did everything all at once.
This game plays amazingly fast with a clearcoated/waxed playfield!! The shots are well laid out. It's all about drop targets: hit down the 3 banks advance. The orbit shot isn't a gimmy; you need to be dead on to hit the spinner and loop all the way around. Very satisfying shot when it happens! Going around the left side (for me) is more luck than anything. The right flippers just don't seem to line up right for a clean shot to the left orbit.
Definitely one of the best early Stern's made.
5.379/10
5 months ago
Love this game - Wish I could give it a higher rating, but Centar's creepy paranormal experience stole this position's slot. #12 on my list. LOTS of fun this game has great gameplay.
8.636/10
9 months ago
Great game for four players. Very fun!
9.727/10
1 year ago
After two months of on-again off-again working on the Seawitch I bought I finally got it all set up and running. Hot Damn !! It is a fast game; It does what I bought to do. The only time the ball is not in motion is if you trap the ball with a flipper. The rest of the time is 4-flipper non-stop action.

The ruleset is not deep. You have 11 drop targets that you need to keep pounding. You have an outer orbit and you have an inner orbit.

I love the sound set.

Seawitch is not a Drain-o-matic. The outlines are friendly and you get lots of fast flipper action. But there are 3 or 4 ways it will get you SDTM.

If you grew up in the 60s and remember those old pins where you might get lucky and 15 seconds of flipper action before it was Game Over, you should give Seawitch a try if you ever have the opportunity.

EDIT: After a year of owning and playing this game for hundreds of games I am still jazzed by Seawitch action. I think of this as a pin that I would keep feeding coins to in an arcade because it gives me some fair action for my money. You have to target your shots but you don't have to be Dead Eye Dick to have a good time.

It is casual game for a casual, average, so-so player. Even with my mediocre playing skills a high percentage of the balls lost are due to my mistakes as opposed to Seawitch making cheap drains.

At TPF this year, my nephew and I played quite a few different pins. Seawitch was there. After we left, nephew said he liked playing Seawitch better than any other pin that was there. It is just a fast fun playing pin.
6.039/10
1 year ago
not so good as the lightning !not sa bad but i don't really like it poor gameplay...
1.495/10
1 year ago
Pinball game with a few variables
8.226/10
1 year ago
Seawithch is a good game with good artwork and good rules and it has good shots
8.099/10
1 year ago
An old Stern that looks kind of OK, how much fun can that be? Actually enough fun to be put on my wishlist. Plenty of action, 4 flippers, 3 pop bumpers and a bunch drop targets. The narrow outlanes provide for lengthy play times and the arrangement of the flipper actually allow some passing. Very unique layout that makes for a nice flow and a great pinball experience. One of the very best layouts and fun games of its time. I hope to add it to my collection one day.
8.780/10
1 year ago
Great old Stern, my second choice next to Fathom!
9.620/10
1 year ago
I love this game, so fun!
7.500/10
1 year ago
The artwork may be my favorite on any game to date. It blends the theme perfectly and the violent sirens on the playfield and backglass are beautiful. I love the colors of the cab. Over the past 35 years, the light blues have yellowed to a seafoam green, which is one of the coolest colors ever. Bob Timm, how did you only do 2 games??

I'll have more to post once my restore is complete, but from what I've played so far, I like!

UPDATE: ultimately a major letdown for me. I just did not like the way this game played. Sold it within months of a MAJOR restore. The upper shots are ridiculously hard to hit. The geometry of this game is just poor sadly. Could/should have been a great game. :(
9.474/10
2 years ago
VERY fast playing game. Tough shots, but achievable. Makes me want to play, play, play. A top design by Mike Kubin.
8.926/10
2 years ago
Had a meteor and developed a taste for classic sterns. That's gone now. I just bought seawitch and 2 other games that are way newer. This game kicks both of their asses as far as I'm concerned. As stated by others it starts off kinda slow but the programming changes the sound effects on the targets the more you hit them and this baby really starts to crank. gameplay speed varies from normal to lightning fast which I feel makes it very unique. loop shot is tough to hit on either side but is hugeky rewarding when you hit it, especially on the right side with the spinner. I bought it at a reasonable price but I am going to sink some time and money into this one. I think it's worth it and there aren't that many out there.
8.506/10
2 years ago
Fast game but if you can get it humming.... Wow. For the era, there is a lot going on.
7.582/10
2 years ago
I just got this and it needs a shop job but it still plays super fast and a 100%.I played the heck out of it,probably 30 games,what a good time.Almost 35 years old and it's fun!
Drop target shots everywhere,around the PF shots are tough.
No speech but the sounds are pretty good.
8.017/10
2 years ago
Pretty simple ruleset but still fun. A good shooters game where 3 sets of drop targets are the main focus. Sounds are very good with the ocean background noise. Play is very fast for a pin of this era. Pretty rare pin and would recommend owning.
7.707/10
3 years ago
Fun game I find myself going back to frequently.
7.206/10
3 years ago
Beautiful pinball fun play
8.289/10
3 years ago
Sea Witch is a beautiful machine when taken care of. A waxed playfield and properly maintained flippers add to speed and flow. Can be a very fast game but it's enjoyable.
3 banks of drop targets is a nice effect. The riptide is a satisfying shot to make that play all the way around.

Great artwork on the playfield and the backglass.
Looking forward to more games on this early SS Stern.
8.308/10
3 years ago
A lightning fast game with some tough shots. I like the drop target set son the classic Sterns
9.409/10
3 years ago
My favorite game !!!
3.870/10
3 years ago
Good: Small outlines usually mean longer ball times in this game
Bad: Longer ball times dont mecessarily mean more fun. Just isnt alot there
2.780/10
3 years ago
Game is boring.
7.310/10
3 years ago
One of few Solid State games that I would own.
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