Surfer (Gottlieb, 1976)


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This game received 21 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.860 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #87 in the Pinside EM Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.822

Artwork: 8.331

Sounds/Music: 3.552

Other Aspects: 7.71

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8 months ago
I played this as a kid and this is my favourite of all the electromechanical machines that I've ever played and owned. It has an awesome theme and the colours and artwork really pop. The playfield is beautiful as is the backglass and the placement of spinner, bumpers, lanes and targets is spot on for smooth and fast gameplay (especially if you increase the playfield angle). I prefer the two player Gottlieb's over the wedgies because it's nice to vs someone else and I like the mechanical chatter of these on startup. Oh, and being the last of the Gottlieb em's it has a decent door and coin entry plate that don't rust away!
1 year ago
As with many multi-player EMs, single ball games are hit or miss. A great (lucky) ball followed by 2 drains makes for frustrating play. Gap between flippers is huge. Outlanes are greedy. Great art package, just wish there were more skill involved, not just luck. As a decent player, I find games like Lucky Hand much more satisfying. Atlantis can be brutal, but good shots are more often rewarded with a break through game. Games that never reward skill won't last long in my collection.
4 years ago
A great looking backglass, that is also matched by a nice looking playfield and cabinet art. As with many EMs, the rule-set is shallow, but that doesn't make the game easy. Hitting those pesky star roller-overs is much easier said then done. A combination of frustration and sure enjoyment depending on how Surfer is treating you on the day.
5 years ago
Surf Champ/Surfer is a brilliant design/layout by Ed Krynski the rules on this table are incredibly well implemented and considering this is an EM multiplayer, made even more impressive.

The Pros:
Believe it or not... bonus is the key to this game. You have to know what to shoot and what to aim for. Getting the upper saucer lit to 5k is great, but shooting it and making it stick is a whole different matter. The spinner has to shot towards the side or the left bumper will make you pay for it SDTM! Drop targets are tough shots and deflect the ball into the pop bumpers. lighting 3x bonus on the last ball will make the difference between you winning or losing a game.

The Cons:
Tilting with 3x bonus.... Aaaaagh! Damn that space between the flippers.

The Takeaway:
Classic Gottleib in so many ways. Now I just have to find one in good shape for a good price. I like the art on the 2 player version a bit more with the guy getting tossed into the surf and the jets in the sky. A true player's game from the brilliant mind of Master K.
6 years ago
i played this game alot as a kid with my dad. when em pins were still made gottlieb was the kingpin and this was one of their best. if you get the chance to play a surfer or surf champ(4 player version), do it its old school pinball at its finest.
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