White Water (Williams, 1993)

White Water

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This game received 774 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.334 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #24 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.541

Artwork: 8.292

Sounds/Music: 7.552

Other Aspects: 8.581

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1 year ago
A really popular pin that I just couldnt get into. Looks good but....
1 year ago
This is an excellent pin. Full disclosure: I have a soft-spot/bias for 'indie' pins that are not licensed.
This is the best of the lot. Tough multiball and a really cool shot for an extra ball when you can get it. I have played approximately 150 games and I have not yet plumbed the depths of the rules, which is a good thing. Cheers to the team that worked on this and those who still appreciate it. Would own one in a heartbeat.
1 year ago
Such a good game!!! Rules are not so complicated, but the gameplay is really deep. Game are not too long, and you have quickly a lot of pleasure. Game are varied due to the fact that it's never the same track lit between 2 games... There is no save time during multiball so you have no right to do wrong...
Lastability is really good and i can't wait for my next game!
1 year ago
1 year ago
great machine for the price. fun to play and great theme.
1 year ago
Goid game on my want list very soon.
1 year ago
I finally had the opportunity to play the highly rated White Water at an arcade museum. What a disappointment it was. First of all, I don't like playfields that are mostly covered up where you can't track the ball. Most of the time the ball is under ramps and gadgets on the field. The various channels the ball can travel look impressive but don't add to the fun factor as far as I am concerned. When the ball emerges from the upper left it aims right between the flippers which makes for lots of drains and short game times. The one flipper on the upper level has its purpose to aim for another lane but again doesn't add much to the gaming experience.
Obviously many people like this machine but it is just not my thing.
1 year ago
Pin is plain and boring. Ball is hidden too much during play. Not much happening. Bigfoot is cool.
1 year ago
A masterpiece: fun, challenging, a theme that works and is also timeless. Good for beginners and yet still challenging for the expert.
2 years ago
Absolutely Love this Pin.
2 years ago
I did not think I would like this game. I found it on location and ended up playing it for hours. Found another one on location the next day and played it for hours. now I want one! Love the back glass. Rules are good and rather easy to follow even playing for a few hours.
2 years ago
I wanted this game for a long time. When it finally arrived it did not let me down in the least bit. Really Love the theme and it's original. Someone else had said the game is like a miniature little world under glass and to me that is exactly right. Only thing missing is a little mini train set to go around the mountains! A classic that has flow and rules to boot. Update, I've been playing this game non-stop for almost a year and loving it more and more. I have to say its my favorite now and it won that spot against some heavy compitition, Perfect game for home use IMO. Love the way you have 2 locks lit and have to manipulate the boulder garden to light 5X playfield, then avoid "No way out" shoot up the "Spine Chiller" to the 2nd level to start 5X before you lock in ball 3 to start "Whitewater" Classic B/W gameplay. Your not going to get vacation jackpot often either but it is within reach enough to keep you coming back.
2 years ago
Great game. With a beautiful Youssi artwork
2 years ago
This is a great game that can be frustrating until you have the rules and sequences down pat. Then it's just a great game that keeps you coming back. A WH20 with crystal clear new ramps is a real thing of beauty. Loved this game when I had it and one that I regret moving on.
2 years ago
Very nice machine with lots of shots, easy and hard ones. Multiball is nice.
2 years ago
very fun game , i didnt care for i when it came out but do like it now after playing it at pinball expos,fast and fun
2 years ago
Lucky to own a fully reworked White Water with clear coated play field and full LED mods. This game is just Fun Fun Fun. I must admit to being a bit of a bit of a Ramp Hog so this game does it for me.


- Ramps Ramps Ramps (did I mention Ramps)

- The upper play field just works a treat, really an integrated part of the whole experience and a great change to a stock standard mode hole, i.e Addams Family or Twilight Zone.

- Theme. Okay you love it or hate it but for me it just works and is such an out there idea. I mean imagine pitching the idea of a pinball game based on White Water Rafting. The fact its not licence based really shows in the creativity of the artwork and sounds.


- Okay as far as toys go the bigfoot is a dud. However its not really trying to be anything special so thats okay.

- The theme and music is not for everyone and I can appreciate others having negative views.

- No save ball

- Some shots punish you unfairly. Doing a clean Boomerang Bend 100% precise and having it drain down the middle sucks.

All I can say is find a White Water in great condition and spend some time with the table. It is different experience to any other game I have played.

Deserves to be in any collection (If the theme appeals) would I have it as my only pin hmmm probably yes but hey I love ramps.
2 years ago
Simply put, the best value game in its price range!
2 years ago
Fast game play, not a real pretty game to look at, not too bad either. Lots of ramps and upper playfield flipper shots are fun. Game moves quick with good flow. Not my favorite game, but worth keeping. Ive had mine for 15 years, so i guess it will stay till the end.
2 years ago
Very fun pin to play. The music completely killed it for me though. Very dated. Bigfoot hotfoot is very fun to go fun. This game has lots of satisfying shots to hit
2 years ago
The machine that demonstrates the finest ramp design in pinball history. Also sports one of the longest ramps in pinball history as well. The game truly has "flow", just like its market slogan. One of Dennis Nordman's greatest design achievements. The music heats up the further you get down the river with each level of raft. I have owned three of this title is 25 years of collecting, and I am done selling it now. Learn how to backhand flipper the ball into No Way Out for maximum scoring, and max out your scoring multiplier with Insanity Falls practice BEFORE multiball, if you want to here the Wet Willy dog "howl" and "TRRRRIPPPLE JACKPOT!". ARWHOOOO!

If you think the game is too hard or you do not under the ruleset, learn to play pinball.
This game is not that complicated, if you know how to bounce pass, backhand, and the machine itself is in good repair. I have a tendency to crank my incline angle on this machine around 11 degrees.

"W-E-L-C-O-M-E to Wet Willie's"!

Old Simple 2005 Review:
RAMPS, RAMPS, and More RAMPS! Strategic "thinking" pinball at its best! Welcome to "WET WILLEY'S"!
2 years ago
I bought what I thought would be a keeper for sure, but I was wrong and it quickly went from owned to sold. The rule set confused me, the ball would disappear and reappear to quickly to try and save it, I also feel like there is way to much going on art wise on the playfield. I can't really say that it's a bad game, it just isn't for me.
2 years ago
This one is on my wish list. I can not think of any other machine at the moment I would rather have (other than the ones I own of course).

The ramps are the coolest feature and hitting the upper flipper to get to the other two ramps is very satisfying.

The rules are fairly straightforward and you can understand what is going on pretty quickly. I like that. A game does not need to be overly complex to be fun.

It's just a great game to play. The theme and sounds maybe aren't trend setting but when you hit some good shots and just nail the ramps with perfect timing it feels good.

Definitely a top 20 game and for me top 5. Can't wait to buy one.
2 years ago
Whitewater is "a player's game" by which i mean that it's hard: the home ROM version has a ball saver, but the original didn't; any shot to the orbits is dangerous as it can end up in the bumpers, which, being so far forward, are a real drain hazard; and unless all three flippers are set up properly, you're gonna have real difficulties making all the ramps - in particular the jackpot shot that is designed to hit the glass on its way down the waterfall towards you from the upper pf.

It's great fun once you know what you're doing, but nowhere near as easy as it is playing it on your phone on The Pinball Arcade - it's a real challenge to try to get to Wet Willie's AND to get to Class VI Rapids, so to try to do this as well as all the modes (Man Overboard etc) and then start a multiball is incredibly challenging - i've only managed it on TPA and not in real life so far.

The sounds of WH2O are instantly recognisable, the music is one of the best in pinball, the game has lots of shots and looks beautiful. Dennis Nordman looks good as bigfoot and is understandably proud of this, his best work. If i was a better player i'd probably give it even higher scores, sadly i'm just not good enough for my games to last very long on this machine ...... but that keeps me coming back for more.
2 years ago
Perhaps I need to spend more time with this machine but I just do not understand the high marks for this Pin. I got bored with it very quickly and found myself walking away to other machines. I'll give it some more plays and update accordingly.
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