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This game received 298 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.725 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #113 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.854

Artwork: 7.723

Sounds/Music: 7.037

Other Aspects: 7.913

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17 days ago
Very fun pin. Love the ramp shot. Love the art work and sounds. Multi ball keeps you on your toes. I do recommend this game.
67 days ago
My favorite game in college... I used to love hearing the "Earthshaker!!!!!!" call-out, but I could see that getting old in a home setting.

Decent amount of variation for the games of this age, but admittedly, it's a little low on unique gameplay out side of the fault that splits for the ball.
5 months ago
Super fun game to play, the shaker really enhances the effect. I find it funny though, that you need to seek “shelter” during a quake. Perhaps a whirlwind holdover?
6 months ago
Earthshaker is a great game. It has some Pat Lawlor signature shots, out lanes, innovative toys/mech.
What I like about it is how much thought went into its design. The mirrored backglass is gorgeous. Shaker motor is great (pretty sure this is the first pin to incorporate a shaker motor)
What I don’t like is... well I honestly can’t think of anything to dislike about it per say. I guess maybe the cabinet art is a bit boring? Hardly a reason to thumbs down a pin though.
Bottom line is, for a system11, this is a great game. Great lastability in any collection.
One downside is that most of these are worn right out but that’s because this game gets played a lot.
6 months ago
Earthshaker is definitely one of the best system 11 games. Amazing light show with LEDs installed. The jackpot is very rewarding and fun to achieve. It definitely has that one more game feel to it.
6 months ago
Really fun game. Multi ball is a bit repetitive. Love the theme!
7 months ago
Probably my favorite System 11 game of all time. Great shots and good rules. It always draws me in for just one more game, and then another and another. That's the sign of a well designed game.
11 months ago
* I have sinking institute and the ROM for fixing center ramp scoring.
Love this game. What a classic!
11 months ago
I had a really nice copy of this game for awhile & I kind of miss it now , one of the best system 11's "AFTERSHOCK!!!"
12 months ago
Earthshaker, a Williams disaster pin, is not as good Whirlwind but is still fun to play. Of course, the shaker motor is a prerequisite. The center ramp shot is too easy to rack up the points. Music is better than Whirlwind but not that great.
1 year ago
Fun game from end of the 80s. Good variation in the game and its lastabel over time. Good homegame!
1 year ago
This is a fantastic game!
1 year ago
This is a game that seems right on the precipice of greatness. It's an overall pretty damn good game, but something about it doesn't really get the juices flowing. maybe a differing theme or slightly better artwork would have added to it. Extremely playable but not high up there on favorites or wishlist material.
1 year ago
Fun game for any sized collection. One of the best system 11s.
1 year ago
This is one of my favorite system 11 games. Lots to shoot for here! Great music and sound for the era. Can get a bit too easy if you are Dialed in on your shots but has that “one more game” feeling for me.
1 year ago
Along with Whirlwind which I like just as much, this is the best Williams form the late 80's. Funhouse is just as good I guess, but he shaker aspect to this game is what I love. Pretty easy too, so a great game for a beginner pin fan.
1 year ago
Great system 11 with a serious shaker motor. Nice variety of shots. Ca nv lane diverter is cool as well as having a good mix of pops spinners drops etc...
1 year ago
I enjoy this pin and believe it is underrated. Then again I’m a sucker for 90s Williams. I do enjoy the theme and the shaker motor on this one. Can really get the lost out of your quarter on this one.
1 year ago
I was surprised that my first game on this machine went so well. I haven't played it that much but I understand the premise at this point and can say that it's fun, just not a must-play for me when other games are open to play. The multiball was pretty fun and the shaker motor definitely does the trick when it is unlocked. Definitely worth a try if you see one to play.
1 year ago
A great game for the time period, but with the main gimmick being a shaker motor, it's tough for this one to stand up against all the games with a shaker that followed. I genuinely like this game, but feel like Lawlor's later games (Whirlwind, Addams, Funhouse, etc...) were better.
1 year ago
This was my first game with a shaker and is definitely a favorite of friends and family for that reason.
Plenty of variety when it comes to what to shoot for -- ramps, drop targets, spinner. . . it was hard to walk away for the first couple days. The left ramp is easy enough to master -- I'm an average player and was able to keep hitting the loop repeatedly. A great mostly family friendly theme (depends on how you handle "Bi**hing!") that is a go-to/favorite in our house.
2 years ago
This game gets the most attention when people are over. The shaker motor is a lot of fun. This game is challenging enough that it keeps me coming back for more. Would love to find a CQ example of this one for sure.
2 years ago
overall fun pat lawlor game. Not a keeper for us but its fun to play. Love some of the shots and the fault line break. The back lighting is horrible though even with LEDS. I love the mirrored backglass and the art is fun and cool. Very Cali and looks great. I really enjoy the shaker and what Pat did on this one for being 1989.
2 years ago
Earthshakeeeeeer! This is it, Sys11 at its best! Big fun is guaranteed while playing.
2 years ago
I have owned this game for many years, its still a game most of my guests like to play. Who doesn't love Pat Lawlor machines, for the time the game was innovative with the "Bitch'n" call out. I think it says a lot when after almost 29+ years pass since it came out that people are still playing your machine. Love this machine, its a good addition to any collection.
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