Baywatch

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This game received 160 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.751 /10

7.751

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #107 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.156

Artwork: 7.44

Sounds/Music: 6.819

Other Aspects: 7.934



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7.73

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7.221/10
5 months ago
I really like the Play field & cabinet artwork 6/6.

Backglass is meh-to-bad. The composition is crappy, they just shoved as many characters as possible onto it, for facial recognition. Who thought putting that dudes face, just staring at you, was an aesthetically appealing idea? They could have still incorporated all the same TV characters with better composition. :shrug: 3/6

Theming is pretty decent, love the beach theme. Maybe I have a bias for it.

Probably the only Sega pinball I enjoy. One day I'll put it on my WTB wishlist.
9.179/10
7 months ago
I have to preface this that my wife and I are big fans of the theme, so the common comment of great game if you can stand the theme is not something I would say. I have also been waiting to review this game until I was able to get rom version 4.01 loaded. I really liked the game before, but the latest code fixes some major problems. First, the strobe effect that was annoying during multi-ball has been tamed. The skill shots, which is a cool feature of this game, are now more reliable.

This game is loaded and has a playfield layout that I really love. It has four flippers with at least a half a dozen shots. I really like the heavy use of wireforms. The lighting is mostly good (flashers galore), especially converted to LED, but the middle of the playfield could use more inserts.

I love the boat and the hand drawn art on the plafield. The only photoshop art is on the backglass that is just okay. I have to admit, CJ is nice to look at though. The backsides of the three lifeguard on the side art are very nice.

Let's not forget the jumbo DMD. The shading of the dots could have been better, but that is made up for by the big DMD.

This game also has a bunch of modes and the rules/goals are easy to understand. The shots are nicely labeled and the corresponding lights make it clear what to do.

The biggest downside is this game is it is a pain to shop. I haven't done mine, but people are saying it's an eight hour job and for me to just change the left slingshot rubber was a PITA. There are several GI bulbs that require complete removal of the top of the playfield to get to, as well as rubbers. However, there is no maintenance category in the rateing.
7.112/10
9 months ago
This game has some opposites going for it. The theme is not really one I care for. The art and sound leave a lot to be desired as well. The gameplay, on the other hand, is really good. It has a great multiball, fun layout, and lots of shots.

I don't see myself owning one due to the theme, but I wouldn't pass up a chance to play it on location either.

There are definitely a lot of things going for it at the price point.
8.760/10
11 months ago
Criminally underrated game based on cheesy theme. But might be my favorite game to play In my collection. Shots are great. Plays awesome once dialed in. Great rule set. Don’t be fooled by the theme this game like last action hero gets dogged based on theme only
9.460/10
11 months ago
One of the most underrated pins of the mid 90's. Great gameplay, tons of shots, high speed gameplay, fantastic multiball, it's all good. Most people make fun of the theme, but personally I loved Baywatch as a young lad so this machine is the first one I searched out to buy. Will be in my collection forever - great replay value!
8.300/10
1 year ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 8 High

Pro's:
* DMD animations are fantastic
* Having both horizontal and vertical modes is a nice addition
* Plenty of shot making to be had, just feels fun!
* I quite like the music and call outs
* Nice ball lock feature
* 4 player doubles lots of fun

Cons:
* The regular flashing of all the lamps can be irritating
* Highly annoying if the skill shots don’t work properly
* A 6 player game means very long waits between turns, unlikely this feature is utilised much

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* The color dmd led is an absolute must
* Chad’s code also a must have
* Custom painting the lifeguard tower

What To Look For When Buying
* That the coils to launch and kickback on the right are strong enough, essentially that the game can always perform the side ramp skill shot
* Wear in and around the shark hole
* Ramps aren’t broken as they are tough to find
* Pop bumper caps aren’t broken as they are unobtainable
7.746/10
1 year ago
despite the art package & a somewhat lame theme this games Rocks! extremely fun to play , hands down the best Sega pinball machine
8.010/10
1 year ago
Solid pinball, nice campy theme, artwork is not that great but also no bad. The shots are great. This one keeps me comming back for more as a good pinball machine should do. I like this a lot.
8.592/10
1 year ago
Fun, fun, fun! I think this is Sega's best pin. The game plays like a widebody but in regular size. Has wonderful flow and skill shots too, and the layout is a great. The dmd looks fantastic, especially with it in color. The game is easy to pick up and hard to master. I think it has the perfect amount of flow and skill, difficulty and fun. I find myself hitting the start button for just one more game.
8.051/10
1 year ago
This was a total sleeper for me.

Some thoughts...

Yes, we all know about the goofy theme, so nothing to be said there, except it now transfers into cheesy 90's nostalgia, that somehow works better now than when this game was in production. (Though if it were themed as say, the A-Team, of Dukes of Hazard, this game would probably be rated much higher...)

The playfield layout is a real masterpiece! Probably Joe Balcer's best ever. There are shots galore, all of them satisfying. Combos galore as well. The only game I know of that has flow all day, as well as stop-and-go, and rewards both play styles.

Rules are straightforward, but pretty deep for the time. Goals are certainly accomplishable, but challenging as the game progresses.

The only cons I can think of are the lack of mode stacking (but was this really a thing then?), being locked out of mode progress for the Mitch Ramp (multiball locks take precedent when lit), and the shark flipper being a little wonky when the software fires it.

Dialing this game in setup wise is absolutely key. The game MUST be leveled to the playfield perfectly for everything to work as designed and correctly (the top gate, the 3 different skill shots, the relauncher, etc.).

Chad's code REALLY makes this game shine! Modes are made even better, and the software controlled gate timing is perfect.

A somewhat tricky game to shop out, but there are guides; the results are breathtaking after a full LED swap and cleaning. One of the "prettiest" and brightest games when tastefully LED'd.

The dots are absolutely stunning for their time; the digitalization of actual scenes from the show verges on the realm of "medium definition" with the quality of shading and animation from the large DMD. The ColorDMD, while pricey, hands down turns an already great display into a solid competitor for modern lcd games. It's that good.

ALRIGHT!
7.275/10
1 year ago
Sometimes I really like playing this pin and sometimes why did I waste time on it again, thinking I might really enjoy it. It depends on what other pinball machines are available to play at the time. The theme is used well. I l liked the animation on the match feature. I like that some shots are a pain to make. I like the fins on the flippers. Sometimes, it feels that too much is going on at the same time. Maybe if I watched the tv show, maybe then I can relate it to better. It is worth playing at least once to see if the game moves you.
8.376/10
1 year ago
Baywatch is probably the best bang-for-the-buck machine you can buy. The playfield design is as close to perfect as you can ask for. Tons of shots ranging in difficulty all over the playfield. Having the wireforms above the playfield opens the game up for more shots. People have written off this game for years because of the theme, and that it's made by SEGA. Sure the theme is not the best, but the implementation of it is spot on. The rules on this game also are great and somewhat different than other games as you can start modes all across the playfield. Some of the modes have multiple parts to them which was a pleasant surprise. The upper left flipper integration into gameplay is maybe the best since TZ. By holding the flipper up, you can use the bottom of the flipper as a backboard to deflect the ball into the shark hole. Also learning the multiple ways to set up shots to the upper flipper is really fun. SEGA made this during the Data East buyout timeframe, so the build quality and cost of materials included was higher than the cheaper titles they released after. This includes the extra large DMD which looks great and includes some of the best dot matrix animation they ever did. My biggest complaint is the sound quality is not as good as one would like it to be, but it does get the job done. The challenge to get Earthquake wizard mode seems just right giving that one more game replayability. This is by far my favorite game SEGA produced. Give it a chance and I think you will be surprised how good it really is.
4.879/10
1 year ago
Rubbish game. Lots of metal ramps, flow is poor, clunky, poor sound, didn't expect it to be a good pin, but obviously a cheap licence. No need or wish to ever play again.
7.649/10
2 years ago
I surprisingly enjoyed Baywatch when I played one in the wild. The playfield layout is pretty neat and there's plenty of shots to shoot for. It also has that 90's cheesey feel to it.

Baywatch also has a larger DMD, which is nice. It really helps compensate for the fact that there's a gargantuan sized David Hasselhoff head on the translite.

Overall, if you come across a Baywatch give it a shot. It may surprise you. But in terms of staying power, I don't see myself owning one...even if it was imamaculate.
8.256/10
2 years ago
This is a fun game, but as for lastability, hard to say if people remember that tv show several years into the future. however if you can purchase a new back glass art and change the entire theme of the game really to a beach theme.

The game is fun and cool to own.
8.456/10
2 years ago
David H’s big head on back glass is annoying. The play is fun. Shots are fun.. I would be interested in owning Baywatch someday. Maybe not a keeper forever—— but we will see. I definitely would put a color DMD in. The game pops with a color DMD. 11-15-19 close to buying Baywatch with toys and color DMD. we will see. 2-1-20 Yes I bought Baywatch! Yes Baywatch had Color DMD. Yes Baywatch exceeded my expectations. yes i have a shark, truck and helicopter toys. Four flippers is so much fun. The shark flipper is unique as you use the shark flipper for the whole shot and to keep the ball from draining down the right orbit. Yes the music and lighting are lacking. Overall Joe Balcer did a great job, the game is different. I try to have different designers in my pinball collection. Baywatch is Fun!! oh also i live near the Beach.
9.196/10
2 years ago
Theme is "Pamella"... 90's and don't seem to be great, but, after the first game, I couldn't stop. Very addictiv game
7.311/10
2 years ago
A sexy game themed after a sexy show... and only about as interesting as well. I must admit that this game was surprisingly more fun to play than expected. Some really good shots and modes. It’s a good thing that it has a DMD display instead of an LCD with footage from the show or it would be impossible to stay focused on gameplay.
9.320/10
2 years ago
perhaps the best sega pinball !
8.184/10
2 years ago
One of the most underrated pins of all time because of its code BEFORE Chad fixed it. With the new code, this game has totally been upgraded and is very enjoyable. It is much deeper than I thought it would be and the Dots are amazing, especially with the color dmd. By far the best dots I've seen in a game.
9.236/10
2 years ago
I have had Baywatch for almost 2 months and have put over 200 games on it and am thrilled with the new code and gameplay. I have owned over 70 games and this one is in the top 20 for sure. Great DMD dots and call outs and music are good. Theme kept me from getting it for years which was a big mistake. This pin should be in the top 50 for sure. Total fun.

Update after 600 games . I said before this pin should be in top 50. I was wrong should be top 30. So much fun.
7.720/10
2 years ago
Underrated due to the theme. Great layout and rules. One of SEGA’s best.
8.380/10
3 years ago
Fun "B" theme game. Lots to shoot at, and overall a great flowing game. Good ruleset. I love the dolphin sounds. Artwork is ok. Music is decent for the time. Definitely underrated
7.699/10
3 years ago
I sold mine and I miss it, great game with so many shots and a cool ball lock (the tower). Yeah the backglass is not good but you can change it, Dolphin sound effects and the variety of modes make this game a blast to play. I really like the ball launch above the playfield and the thin metal sides of the playfield that make this game feel like a wider game. New fan code fixes problems from original. oh yeah 6 ball multiball!
9.064/10
3 years ago
For years I was in the majority. I didn’t want a Sega game and was turned off by the theme. I had played one at an arcade that had weak flippers and incandescent bulbs. Then, after watching some videos and hearing that Chad redid the code, I was interested. So I picked up a really nice example and it’s even better than i thought it would be. There’s so many shots and rules and good flow. If you don’t think Baywatch is an awesome game, I would recommend you play one that works well. Definitely a “one more game” pin for me.
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