White Water (Williams, 1993)

White Water

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This game got 949 approved ratings and currently scores 8.300 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #18 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.527

Artwork: 8.244

Sounds/Music: 7.524

Other Aspects: 8.567

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Rating #76 of 77 11 months ago

I wouldn't mind owning one, but not too fussed it is a good game with good ramp shots and fast........ it hold sentimental value as its one of the first pins I played as a kid.

Rating #76 of 9 1 year ago

White Water is a slightly odd theme that works pretty well as a pinball machine. The rules and the ramps are really what sets it apart. The lure of the vacation jackpot keeps you coming back.

I find the sounds a bit grating and there is a lot of waiting for ball locks, VUK shots, and of course the long ramp. It is furious action and pauses.

Multiball is really fun, though. It's tough to keep the balls in play and shoot for the jackpot at the same time, since the upper flipper is so far away from the lower ones.

A good old friend that is always fun to play with.

Rating #76 of 63 1 year ago

Doesn't hold up against the newer Stern's, music is really bad but the game is fun to play not a keeper for me.

Rating #76 of 22 1 year ago

This game is awesome! My father picked one up recently with all leds and the things looks amazing. The ramps are fast and love the way the ball smacks the glass on left ramp coming down. Love the original theme. Great machine. Classic feel and difficult. Makes you work for the upper playfield shots. If it leaves his collection it will go directly to mine.

Rating #76 of 47 1 year ago

Love White Water. This is one I will own one day. Awesome ramps and caves. This should be higher rated than what it is. Possibly a top 10 machine. Love BigFoot too. LOL Is there a better topper in ALL of pinball?

Rating #76 of 13 1 year ago

I am not big on the theme - but it has been integrated well. This one really shines with shots and all those awesome ramps. Quite a buzz if you get into a rhythm. Really has that one more game feel to me. Don't think it will leave my collection - unless I can get a better example. Fairly good rule set when you consider the era. Keeps me entertained that's for sure !

Rating #76 of 29 6 months ago

For me is one of the top ten.

Rating #76 of 15 1 year ago

Very deep and fun game. Still have not hit that elusive Vacation Jackpot.

Rating #76 of 55 1 year ago

Unique playfield layout and theme.

Rating #76 of 10 1 year ago

This machine grows on you,the theme doesn't initially grab you and draw you in, but great how its been intergrated into the gameplay artwork,animations sound and light.

its worth serious consideration in a small collection will keep you interested..

Rating #76 of 7 1 year ago

Great game, feels very smooth while playing and im not sure why people complain about it being difficult to follow the ruleset. Seems very straight forward to me. Love all the ramps, really like how its SOOO easy to mod, if you wanted, you could change the entire look of the game with the white mountains and Yettie. Overall, I really enjoy this game and I cant see it leaving my collection anytime soon.

Rating #76 of 54 1 month ago

Fun game, rising in value. Thought of as one of the best set of ramps on a pin ever, for good reason. Very satisfying to hit the whirlpool shot, etc. I feel there's not much to shoot at on the left and everything goes around to the cool looking "boulder" bumpers, but overall a very solid, top 30 all time pin.

edited: have played the game a lot more and really love it now. Love the skill shot uphill...the ramps are among the best ever and I totally get it now.

Rating #76 of 57 1 year ago

Didn't like the music. didn't like the sounds.didn't like the callouts.

Didn't like it. Looks popular, I don't get it I guess.

Rating #76 of 57 1 year ago

It is well done for an older model (1993). Good flow with a wide variety of shots from the two main flippers. In addition, the upper playfield is challenging with the upper level ramps. Overall solid pin but it doesn't keep me interested for long.

Rating #76 of 7 1 year ago

Really gaining appreciation for whitewater. it's a great tournament game but definitely requires game knowledge.

Rating #76 of 75 1 year ago

this seems to be the next pin sky rocketing in value, I would like one of these, but at yesterdays price, I would lay out the money on another title if I was purchasing a pin at this time, It is fun and humorous!

Rating #76 of 22 1 year ago

Fun game, original design, great artwork!

Rating #76 of 16 1 year ago

Great game. My wife's favorite.

Rating #76 of 39 1 year ago

The overly intelligent ruleset for its time. You could compare it to Professor Frink from "The Simpsons".

There's a wide assortment of shots on this game, and all of them are required for the huge Vacation Jackpot payoff, a 200m+ award and an insane light show that makes the game looks like its going to explode. The flow caused by making these shots, particularly the ramps, makes this game one of the best early 90s machines (it's up there with TAF and TZ IMHO). Always go for those 5x Jackpots, or, if nothing else, 5x Multimillions or 5x Wet Willie's Stage 1. It was the first double-playfield done right (BK2K was kinda meh). Best 3-way shot combo (eg. FH, TAF) in a machine. Even though multiball is unbalanced in scoring, it gets tougher to activate. Awesome music, I love how there's a different tune for each raft. EB target is unforgiving!

Cons are relatively low. The mountains at the top of the playfield often look like they were crushed by the foot from Monty Python on some examples. The lock stand ups take a major beating. The 5x Playfield timer is a bit too short, and I hate how it still runs during the Whitewater Multiball intro. The Lost Mine provides suicidal kickouts and is impossible to hit. Awarding Class VI River in Mystery Canyon sucks eggs. The end of ball bonus is a joke.

Great game by Dennis Nordman and one of my personal favorites! Indy 500 is more of the same, and also one I really like.

Rating #76 of 252 1 year ago

Great game, always worth a few quarters. Although the theme is a bit off the wall, it holds up well on the playfield and the art. Love the whirlpool. Very cool addition and fits the pin well.

Rating #76 of 21 10 months ago

UP - This is a very fun simple game that can really pump a rush! Every game of Whitewater can be a different adventure down the river depending on how many times you hit the pops. The average player can walk up, follow the light and stand a good chance at gettin to ol Willies. The music builds as you advance rafts, and as piss poor and cheesy as it may be, I LOVE IT! This ame is also quite easy to work on and to get parts for. It was my first game, and a great choice at that.

DOWN - After you get your strategy down (which very well may be to lock 2 balls, score 5x, then lock your 3rd), that's all you'll find yourself shooting for. Which of course you won't get, more times than not, and find yourself wanting to smash the glass!

OUT - A perfect beginners game to learn how to work on a machine, develop your skills and figure out how to make strategy. Approachable for all players with game play that never gets old.

Rating #76 of 36 1 year ago

Cool game not a lot going on but still cool. little over priced wish I had one for 2gs tops hard to see most of the Playfield neat waterfall ramps and topper Bigfoot looks stupid

Rating #76 of 7 1 year ago

This is a good example, in my opinion, of a game designer venturing out from the standard pin layout. It works from the standpoint of lots of ramps and good flow, but it loses more than it gains from the removal of other targets. The audio seems like it was done by amateurs in a really bad recording studio. I don't think I could bear listening to this pin if it was in my home.

Rating #76 of 15 6 months ago

I rated this game around

Rating #76 of 24 1 year ago

I think this is a very good pinball, but overpriced in my opinion. While it's fun to play, it's not the kind of game I can play for hours on end. It gets boring after 4 games or so. Nice to have in a collection, but not as a sole unit

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