Firepower (Williams, 1980)


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This game received 187 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.673 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #101 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.818

Artwork: 7.479

Sounds/Music: 6.996

Other Aspects: 7.861

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48 days ago
Best 80s Pin!!
80 days ago
This early SS classic from Steve Ritchie sends the silver ball screaming at your flippers from all angles!

The PF layout is clear and challenging. Hitting the right bank of targets is tough, lighting the middle targets is easy but deadly! The ball lock to the right certainly ain't an easy shot. Getting MB is a challenge.

(Especially for 1980), the sound is exquisite and integrates perfectly with the theme.
4 months ago
The only machine I've owned twice! Firepower is fun and challenging, and great for it's era. Once you've played modern pinballs, it might start to collect dust, but it will still retain some charm and playability.
5 months ago
Considering it’s a landmark game with the introduction to lane change, I give it a lot of credit. This game has grown on me over time. It takes patience to learn the ball control to survive in this game. Lots of failed shots or loose flying balls off the targets can become quick drains down the middle. It’s one of the oldest machines that can hold my attention. A ramp shot would be nice, but it is what it is.
5 months ago
Great classic Williams game with the first sold-state multiball. There were a boatload of these made, so finding one is easy and the price is still relatively affordable. Gameplay is simple: Hit the center targets to light locks, get multiball, shoot for ?, repeat. I installed the bootleg roms using the original 6 digit displays ( This adds a skill shot and some objectives to shoot for within multiball. If you choose to do this, Don’t forget the jumper mods, or it won’t work ( Also, if you’re feeling even more ambitious, there are instructions to convert to 7-digit and add even more objectives!
6 months ago
Picked up a FP for a good price but more importantly I then had it restored. I was lucky as the p/f (most originals are trashed) is nearly perfect. I added a new PP backglass and now it looks great.

Playing this pin is a total “hair on fire” experience. We added the new FP Roms (a must!) and it makes a good game, a great one. Yes it will frustrate you at times. But isn’t that why we play pinball? The challenge to win an extra ball (specials are useless for HUO play) and achieve multi ball is very satisfying if accomplished. Great sounds and lights add to the madness. If you can keep a ball in play long enough I guarantee your BP goes up as well. A classic that stands the test of time.
7 months ago
I have to rate this game for it's time which it was clearly ahead of with multi-ball and a lane change feature. It was one of my first pinball purchases and it 'hooked' me. I had to have more.
7 months ago
A classic in my books. Super fast, bordering on harassing, but not to the point that it seems abusive. Great sound, matched with a cool theme.
9 months ago
Awesome game- first to have multiball. good machine to own.
9 months ago
Great game, love the speech in this game. Really fun to earn multiball. Love it when you destroy a ship... "ship destroyed". Keep coming back and playing this one over and over again.
1 year ago
Yes, good fun, because all pinball is fun. :) Strikes me as a poor man's Centaur.
1 year ago
the game is older now but the home version grew as well..i like it
1 year ago
Classic Williams title!
1 year ago
This is a classic and a must have ! What a great machine i love it. another i would take back in my collection anytime. If you get a chance to get this machine grab it. Rules of play are fun and fast. Multi ball makes it even more fun. I miss this machine.
1 year ago
All time great. A must for every collection.
1 year ago
A good friend owns this game and I enjoy playing it while visiting. Really like the sound effects as it brings back memories of playing plenty of vintage Williams arcade games. You hear Joust, Robotron etc... Good game!
2 years ago
Fun Multiball game. I like the rules and sequence. It can be frustrating drain-wise (for me, anyway) so you really have to earn multiball. A players table.
2 years ago
One of my favorite games, the play field is fast and the multi-ball can get very crazy at times, not hard to understand, shots require some skill, one of the best from the 80's.
2 years ago
I always come back to this machine. The rule set is perfect for the time. Easy to learn, and tough to master. I love the lights and countdown for getting multiball, and the voice is the greatest. I love hearing that last ball drain and then "Firepower defeated.........YOU!". I am so glad I managed to find this machine. Definitely a keeper.
2 years ago
Pinball bad, horrible design
2 years ago
I don't like absolutly
2 years ago
One of those oldies but goodies. Keeps you coming back for more.
2 years ago
I just can't get into this game, the play field is so wide open and empty, I have no idea what does what or what purpose anything int he game has or does. Half the time the ball just drops down in the side lanes into the drain or right down the middle with no chance to recover.

The voice feature may have been innovative at the time but now it just is an annoyance and adds nothign to the game itself. It's not a bad game it's just to open and dull. there's nothign to get you excited about how your doing. There's a bunch of numbers but nothing to tell you what they do other than count up.

Overall it's just to open and to likely to go down the side lanes to the drain right away with no chance to play the ball.
2 years ago
one of my first favorite multi ball games b.k is the other ,but i didnt know then (1980)what i know now is that steve richey is one bad ass desighner ,he did a great job on this one,classic machine,very simple fun play!!...i jus remember playin to achieve multi ball and play with three balls as long as i could ,i dnt recall a jackpot but i didnt know then that it was about getting a jackpot it was about getting the most points and a replay ofcourse,many games played on this in my youth i would love to play one again....three,two,one,fire!!!
2 years ago
This is my current favorite game. My game plays fast. The shots are not boring. I love the multiball and the clear objectives. I put some mild LEDs in my machine. Not too bright, but enough to bring out some more color. Excellent design from a master.
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