Dirty Harry

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This game received 260 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.779 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #99 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.895

Artwork: 7.483

Sounds/Music: 7.528

Other Aspects: 7.938

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3 months ago
Never really caught my interest. When properly tuned, plays quite a bit better, but still never really kept me playing.
5 months ago
I own this machine and don't really play too many others so I'm trying to avoid bias in my rating. First, the scoring is over the top. Do we really need to be able to score into the Billions?! I think this game would not have suffered, and been just fine if they'd have capped it in the 100s Million range. My 2 1980's era Bally machines dutifully conserved digits (6) only to be squandered by this machine. I suppose it adds to the 1970s hyper-inflation theme so...
It is a really fun game with lots of shot choices and a tough second ramp shot. The epilepsy-inducing flashing lights does not help when trying to time this shot off the upper flipper. There are of course several levels to be conquered with various targets for each and a few 'mini games' so to speak that can really crank up your scoring if you can achieve them. I've been playing it for a few months without really reading the rules. I like to learn the machines by playing. I still notice a few lights that come on without knowledge of why. This tells me there is a lot of good replayability and it will be a while before I have done it all. Long live Calahan!
7 months ago
Games played: ~10

Very good layout. The cannon shot into the side ramp is awesome.
It's incredible that they dedicated one diverter and one VUK just to feed the ball into the cannon from the plunger lane.
The only not so good part is the right ramp.

Average ruleset with some timed modes, a few scoring features here and there and a multiball with a side ramp jackpot.
The ransom feature is a cool addition.

Nothing special, but enjoyable.

The combo of left loop (or right loop) - side ramp - HQ feels really good and smooth.
The rest is kind of clunky and especially the right ramp, which rejects way too often.

Playfield and translite are very basic.
The playfield is a bit better because it has the building scultps, and the translite is a bit worse because there is a giant face staring at me the whole time.
Cabinet art is also simple but looks very very cool.

Pretty catchy and varied music along with sound that doesn't get annoying quickly.
Callouts are ok, and some fit very well (e.g. feel lucky?).

Apparently this is a movie ... and I don't care about movies.
Therefore the theme integration is bad because there is nothing that makes any sense theme wise without at least knowing about the movie.

Really fun because of the shots and especially the side ramp combos.
Good for a few games back to back, but long-term it might get a bit boring because the modes and features are pretty forgettable.
8 months ago
Decent game, great looking however a bit to clunky for my taste.
8 months ago
Dirty Harry is designed by Barry Oursler and I'd say it ranks right up there with Dr. Who as a Hidden Gem among all the great pinball machines he's designed. It's a game for the Experienced Pinball player as the Outlanes are brutal and a beginner pinball player might get discouraged....similar to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Plenty of modes to play through and many ramps to shoot for....it will keep any pinball player's interest for a while. Is it a keeper you ask? Well if you are a Clint Eastwood or Dirty Harry fan absolutely and you feel a sense of accomplishment when you get all the way to the Crime Wave mode after completing all other modes. Nice DMD animations for a 90's era pinball machine and many of Clint Eastwood's soundbytes from Dirty Harry are in the game for you to enjoy. It's a great often overlooked 90's era pinball machine that many players will enjoy sinking their teeth into. I certainly encourage you to give Dirty Harry a try.
9 months ago
Bug fan of the early 90s Data East machines and this is no exception. Plays fast, moderate difficulty, cool rule set.. Well done theme with some very cool shots, including a skill shot that you have to fire the ball from a pistol which is fun and never gets old. The music and callous are classic Clint Eastwood, the cabinet art is very nice when you find a good enough example of the game. Overall a fun game
1 year ago
It's a decent game but there are better choices out there
1 year ago
Not fun. Lots of wow factor but it wasn't fun. I played it twice. It sucked both times. I moved on. I wanted it to be good. It looks cool! I knew it was rated high so I was looking forward to it.

But.... Big bummer.
1 year ago
Overall, Dirty Harry is a pin that is fun to play. Clint’s call outs are good and of course you have to have a 44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world that would blow your head clean off. It plays well if maintained. The art is a letdown, with a strange color palette and not much to look at in the translite other that Clint and the 44. DMD animations are just ok. Game rules are good. A good Ousler pin (but I like Dr. Who better)
1 year ago
Owned this game for over 3 yrs and still keep coming back to it. Not leaving my collection and the theme plays well to the movies.
1 year ago
A fantastic machine. I was always a fan of the movies and the machine does justice to the character. The gun is a cool toy, the call outs are authentic and the game play is extremely fun. It never fails to ‘make my day’.
1 year ago
Good one! Everything on the machine is well-balanced. The shot with the gun for the ramp and super jackpot is awesome.
1 year ago
This is just a great pin. Lots of shots, cool toys, great call outs, and perfectly tied to the theme. You don't really see them much, however, for some reason.

It is about as underrated as a top 100 pin can be.
1 year ago
Picked up a really nice DH for a good price. The cabinet art is decent, playfield art is just ok. The rules are easy to understand and deep enough, with 7 or 8 modes to get to the Wizard mode. Plus the game features several multiball modes, hurry-ups and other tasks. The shots appear wide open at first look, but this pin requires careful shooting to do well. The 2 ramps must be hit squarely to make it, and the gun requires careful timing. I do find myself wanting to play this one again and again. It has some really fun features and plenty to shoot for, including 3 scoops and a magnet that sets up your shots from the upper (3rd) flipper. The game has 2 ramp diverters too. I found this pin to be a bit underrated, and more fun and with more to do than I expected. Custom callouts by Clint too. Happy to have added this 90s sleeper.
1 year ago
Weak sauce. Nice theme, wish it were a harder game to play, not too challenging. Great callouts, mode builds are good, but fall flat once accomplished. Had an early version with the drop target, helped a little, but didn't save it.
1 year ago
WTF??? This game belongs in the top 100.
I can't believe this isnt better rated here. Come on people!!! Its Clint!!! This game reeks of awesomeness. In my opinion, this is one of my favorite pins of all time. Love the lay out, rules,ramps, the shots are well played out, great four multiball play, the thumpers great, the moving gun on playfield is badass, the music is good, Clints vice is pure awsome, and the Game looks great. I feel like I'm in the movie whenever I get a chance to play it... When I find one to own , it will be a keeper. Clint Eastwood is badass....Period.
Great Game.
In my top 10 favorites.
Those who dont like this game can get off my lawn...
2 years ago
Not for the faint of heart! The window of key shots are narrow. But whenever I want my butt kicked THIS is the game that will do it. Mastering it is a true achievement.
2 years ago
Fun and challenging pinball.

The play is fast and there are a lot of exciting shots and missions waiting for the player.

There is however something about this fine pin from Williams that just feels a little underwhelming. It might be totally unfair - but I don´t feel the same attraction towards this game as with Congo or No Fear from that same manufacturer and year. Nevertheless it feels like a really fast game and that bad ass cop theme is always a plus.

Only cosmetical flaw: that gun shaped plunger/catapult on the playfield sure looks like some happy meal plastic mold.....
2 years ago
Fun game for sure. Decent rules and great audio. Some neat features too like the magnet and the cannon. Great value for the price.
2 years ago
Fun pin. The gun laucher is a neat toy. Music is good. If you are able, play this game as the clock hits midnight to see what happens.
2 years ago
I'll preface by saying I could be bias because I love Clint. But having his immortal character on a game is great. Game is fun gun launcher and gun on playfield is super cool. art work is very nicely done.
2 years ago
Under the radar game.Im on my third one because it has that fun factor.Nice layout and balanced rules will make this a keeper now.
2 years ago
This is my favorite shooter game, and I’m not talking about the gun. The shots are challenging, and you gotta put all of the shots together to capitalize. The sample is my preferred version iteration. The drop target in front of the warehouse shot adds a layer of difficulty to the game that I really appreciate.

My DH is set up with super band rings, except for Marco white rubber and Pinball Life red rubbers on the kickers and flippers, respectively. Wide outlanes, ball save is set to zero, which still means ball save for maybe 3 seconds, and 1 EB allowed per games. Rules set to hard and I’ve turned on tournament mode. Some may not like it, but tournament mode forces the modes to go in order, bottom to top. Me, I prefer that it go in order, even if I do always start off with Barroom Brawl.

The first DH I picked up was the second least expensive DMD game that I had ever purchased, which was a rather average re-import. Then I bought DH001 and spent very nearly the most that I’ve spent on a DMD game. Both games played like fire because of flipper pre-maintenance and full rebuilds.

Listen to Clint’s custom call outs to hear about a good place for some hot dogs.
2 years ago
This is not an easy flowing table. It challenges your accuracy with every flip and getting a high score is only achievable after much practice. The ramps reject the ball often and can be made with only perfect timing. It does have one of the best shooting guns in any pinball machine. Being able to hit specific targets as well as a ramp makes the gun fun and rewarding. The artwork on the backglass and cabinet are extremely well done but the original lighting is too dark. The DMD animations are also very well done and gives you actual callouts from Clint himself. An above average pinball machine that will challenge your abilities but also rewarding when shots are on.
2 years ago
Love it, it’s the perfect game for me. Brutal, tight shots, almost everything is a hurry up, extremely difficult game. Rule set is not “deep,” you don’t have read a book to follow how to play but there’s plenty to do. Will take me a long, long time to master it- so glad I picked this one to own. Clint’s callouts never get old. Wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t like getting your ass kicked or your kids or neighbors don’t either. But if you want a hard game that you won’t get bored of for years, this is the one.
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