White Water (Williams, 1993)

White Water

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This game got 919 approved ratings and currently scores 8.298 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #17 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.522

Artwork: 8.244

Sounds/Music: 7.537

Other Aspects: 8.573

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“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.”

“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.”

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

“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!”

  • pindan3 currently owns this game.

  • “Fun game, original design, great artwork!”

    “Great game. My wife's favorite.”

  • dphelps currently owns this game.

  • “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.”

  • 2 Pinsiders starred this rating review

  • “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.”

    “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.”

  • Mahoyvan has this game on the wishlist.

  • Snowyetti

    Pinball addict

    “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”


    Senior pinhead

    “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.”

    “I rated this game around”

    “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”

    “Just an all around great game!Fun Fun Fun.”

    “I like to play this pin.
    It's fast, got great shot's and is fun to play.
    The rule set is just deep enough not to get bored to quickly.
    A pin I would get for my collection if I got space for it.”

    “The first machine i owned and I still love it. I played many other machines since then and keep coming back to this one. Love the ramps, the gimmicks and the rules, which offer much strategy. Although the backglass isn't my cup of tea, the topper's simply great. Many people don't like the soundtrack that much. But as the music changes throughout the game and pushes you more and more, the closer you get to Wet Willys Ranch, it's even one of the highlights of the machine in my opinion. First vacation jackpot - when everything gets dark and the frenzy starts just a few seconds later - is simply a blast. Never gonna sell this one!”

  • Lo-Beam currently owns this game.

  • “Played a fair amount of White water this weekend. I was really surprised how much I liked this game. Really fun overall game, I love ramp shots so this was great for me. I'd love to add one to my collection some day.”

  • Mantra has this game on the wishlist.

  • “This is the fastest game that pinball has come up with fun and a great game to play very hard and challenging too. a keeper”

  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “Great pin with tons of replay value :) my 3 year old son just loves it!”

  • JKswe has owned this game in the past.
  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “This game is one of my "lesser" favorites - it's still good, but I prefer other machines over it. The sound is a real standout, but the rest is... just alright, I guess.”

    “Nordman's best design. Granner's best music. Youssi's...well...great art, but probably not his best. Excellent game overall, fun factor is off the charts. Top ten game, without question.”

  • spiroagnew currently owns this game.

  • “Played WW a number times and never really got into it. I give it props for unique layout.”

    “This game has the flow that everyone wants in a keeper pinball machine. I can imagine they are a pain to maintain though because of all the ramps. Really fun game though with great feeling shots. I love games that allow a lot to happen with a single flick of a flipper, you get that cool rube goldberg effect like when you busted out the board game mouse-trap just to set the trap off and never to play the actual game.”

  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “White Water is one of my all time favorite games. I have been playing since I was kid and still enjoy it. This game has some of the best ramps ever. I love the theme and music. The topper is the best topper for a pinball , bar none!”

  • vster23 has this game on the wishlist.
  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

  • “One of the greatest games ever!!!!”

  • Tilt_Save currently owns this game.
  • 1 Pinsider starred this rating review

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