White Water (Williams, 1993)

White Water

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This game got 951 approved ratings and currently scores 8.279 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #18 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.507

Artwork: 8.227

Sounds/Music: 7.5

Other Aspects: 8.55

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1 year ago
Once I learned to play the game, it became a favorite! Lesson learned? Don't judge machines based on the fact that you, as a player, may be ignorant of how the game is played...
1 year ago
I just love this machine. I wish it had better backglass art, because what it has is kind of hokey. The playfield is better, although I find the rocks/cliffs to be sort of chunky and plasticky and I wish they had come up with something a little sleeker that allowed better visibility at the top of the playfield. That being said, the layout is GREAT, and the upper playfield skill shot is a fantastic touch. I love hearing the ball crack against the glass when you hit it down the left side and it goes over those steep hills. This machine has fantastic layout. I like it when the play is about more than just shooting the ball up the middle over and over. I think this machine would be a bigger hit if the artwork was just a little COOLER looking. I volunteer my skills as an illustrator to make this happen haha!
1 year ago
Another great game to play; accuracy is a huge factor in playing this one well. Dial in the shots, and a Vacation Jackpot of 200M (+ an Interface Screw - note from Tv Tropes) is very possible. Many things to do as well, including a few multiball modes and standard Boulder modes.

If you do attempt for the Vacation Jackpot, "Say yer prayers!"
1 year ago
I really want to love this game. But I've put too much time fixing it.
1 year ago
This was a family favorite for quite some time back in the early 2000s. There is a lot of variety in this game and overall a lot of fun to play. While I sold this machine, it is definitely one that I would buy again.
1 year ago
Great theme , always fun to play. And with some leds ,really makes it pop.
1 year ago
A nicely thought out game with even flow throughout play.
1 year ago
Great fun game when in good shape. Truly original. Not sure about the lastability, but only time will tell.
1 year ago
Great theme,layout and design,but I find it brutal.The plunge,the kickout,the river letters the lock targets and of course the ball coming out of the pops.This makes it a frustrating and challenging game,but makes me come back for more punishment.

One out of every 5 games or so on wh20 can have me on a roll and nailing the ramp shots and working the multiballs well.Glad to have it in the home collection.
1 year ago
This is a fun game. Kickin' Bigfoot's ass is a blast. Some very good game flow with some great shots. This game may be the current hot title by enthusiasts but, by that measure, it is a little over rated.
1 year ago
Great topper on WW. Like the ramp shots. Bigfoot is really a cool character in this game. Very cool pin next to a Fish Tales.
1 year ago
This is certainly a top tier machine! It has a great theme that never gets old and lots of interesting shots to make. The backglass art is not my favorite, but it does fit the theme perfectly. The ruleset is great but scoring is a bit unbalanced for a few of the modes. My best scores only happen when I get the 5X Playfield bonus going at the right time, but that's probably something that can be attributed to my novice skills. Overall, this is one of the best machines out there and I never pass up an opportunity to play it!
1 year ago
Gotta love a game with Bigfoot !
1 year ago
Hard table, but fun.
1 year ago
This game is so much fun! A great game for all ages and player experience. WHITE WATERRRRRRRR!!!
1 year ago
Nice game with great flow. Very good Dennis Nordman game. Lots of great flowing ramps. It captures the theme really well.
1 year ago
Played this and really got into it. sought after and price going up. Will add to my collection one day. Now in my collection.
1 year 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 !
1 year ago
For me is one of the top ten.
1 year ago
Very deep and fun game. Still have not hit that elusive Vacation Jackpot.
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