High Speed

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This game received 343 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.918 /10


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This game ranks #88 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.066

Artwork: 7.561

Sounds/Music: 7.21

Other Aspects: 8.23

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4 hours ago
It's a fun game that seems to be like Firepower and Space Shuttle- You work your ass off to get to multiball and.. there is nothing else to do.

Great flow and great theme but no long term prospects here. Take it for a spin time to time.
59 days ago
The worst thing you can say about this game is it’s not as good as The Getaway, but that is one of the best games of all time. It’s the first System 11 game and therefore belongs in every collection.
74 days ago
74 days ago
It's a okay table. The goal is to outrick the police which is not easy. The game is one of the fastest for pinball. It has a factor of hard and medium. The trick shots require timing usually around on the 3rd or 5th game. It's like a bump and jump to other places. It's not easy riding the ramps on this one. A good fast paced state.
82 days ago
I still can’t get over how simple yet fun and long lasting this game is. I could play for hours and still enjoy this machine. It’s such a great feeling when the light goes red, and the machine starts the siren. Getting away and triggering multiball feels really exciting. Far and away my favorite machine of the 80s.
5 months ago
Great game!!!!!!!
5 months ago
Picked this one up from a random message and very glad I did. Yes, the machine is dated. It’s also in pretty rough condition, but I’m fixing it up. But the gameplay on this machine… there’s something special about it. I’m not one of those that has a nostalgic connection to this machine; I had never played it before a couple weeks ago. However, of all the machines in my collection, this is the one I want to continue to play. This is the one I’ve watched a tutorial on 50 times. And this is the one, despite its simplicity, that I have dreams of mastering. From the engine-revving lights and sounds, to the terrible (awesome) lo-fi sound effects, this machine gets into your mind and stays there. It’s timeless. It’s awesome. Play this machine, and if you ever get the chance, buy it. I will keep this one forever.
5 months ago
This is my #1 favorite machine ever. This machine has everything you could ever need in a machine. It has great flow, quick shots, fun music and sounds, very nice rules, great multiball and beautiful light show, especially with leds. The ramp is tough but super fun to hit and the more I play the better I get at hitting it. Also that topper is just fantastic, it really attracts people in to play. My favorite part of this machine is when you get the light red and the cops start chasing after you, it really gets my heart pumping and once you get that ball up the ramps and escape the cops its a great feeling and then the multiball starts, everything is lighting up and going crazy and that jackpot light show is just unbelievably rewarding and a very very fun shot. Well done Steve Ritchie!
6 months ago
This is my first System 11 and first Steve Ritchie pinball machine and I will likely get another of each at some point. I love how this machine is loud, flashy, and flows. The orbit shots are great. The ramp shot from the upper flipper is a blast. It's a lot of fun when you hit that ramp shot twice in a row from the upper flipper. Overall it's a great them. It all works together perfectly and makes you want to keep playing it. Getting balls locked into the hideouts during multi-ball is such a fun accomplishment. I also never get tired of the knocker and police beacon/siren. My wife even likes it and mentioned that it is her favorite theme so far that has come into the house.
7 months ago
Awesome game
8 months ago
Good game that will make you want to play it again. Williams build quality wasn't the best.
8 months ago
High Speed is probably the funnest, pre-DMD EVER MADE. Replayability is a perfect 10. Trying to outrun the cops is a pretty thrilling xp, every time. Yeah, it lacks the toys/gimmicks of other machines ( outside of the siren topper), but this game doesn’t need them-the layout, speed, flow, etc more than make up for that. Sounds, callouts, music..ICONIC. I was told that this machine was the very pin that ‘saved pinball’ back in ‘86. If that’s true, I totally believe it. Probably one of the best Steve Richie pins I’ve layed my hands on..I just wish the playfield art was made better on these back then..mine is all flaking apart (normal for this pin)..get a playfield protector if you have a nice one! If you find one in the wild, snag it up and keep it!
8 months ago
GREAT classic 80's pin. Working towards the chase and extra ball features never gets old. Escaping and hitting that ramp with the upper flipper can be challenging. Rules set is not deep whatsoever. Even though there is not that much to it compared to current pins, it stands the test of time with great gameplay and theme. Fun every single time.
8 months ago
Was one of the first pins I played along side pinbot.
9 months ago
This was the first pin that I bought and only lasted 103 days before I sold it.

It is a fun game ONCE you get multiball, but prior to that it is a rather slow and boring game to play. Yes, the upper ramp is fun and satisfying to hit, but other than that, there isn't a whole lot to do on the playfield. In my opinion, it gets rather old rather fast. The callouts get pretty repetitive as well.. hearing "HEY, PULL OVER!" over and over starts to wear you down as you try and run the red light...

All in all, it is a fun game but gets old quick. I think there are much better system 11 games out there.
10 months ago
Perhaps the one pin that was responsible for pinball's resurgence in the mid-80s. Its popularity spawned ports to video games, such as the Nintendo Entertainment System. The premise was simple - light the stoplights red, run the light, then evade the police. The game played fast, living up to the namesake, and involved placing shots up ramps and stationary targets to change the lights. It is a good game for beginners. Experienced players might get bored with the ruleset simplicity. Might not be the best 1980s pin, but it played an important role in the history of the industry.
11 months ago
This is a fun theme. I love the lights, the flashing from the siren. It does get repetitive with the ramp and running from the police. But it is hard enough for the beginner to moderate player to learn and grasp without draining balls. It has a special place in this world being based on a true story of the pinball designer getting pulled over at high speeds.
11 months ago
Rockstar status designer Steve Ritchie. I could just leave it at that.
There’s much more to High Speed than just the creator name on the box.
The mid 1980’s, pinball was dying, videuh games were getting better and better the Nintendo Entertainment System was taking the world by storm and pinball was barely keeping up with the times.
Williams releases a Renaissance of all new games! Flashy, hip, exciting, cool, gnarly, totally tubular, radical, jammin, and so on.
Pinball is saved!!!
It’s Friday! I got five bucks!!! grab your friends, put on your Oakleys, pile into your older sister’s 71 Dodge Dart, crank up the Judas Priest and hit the arcade at the roller rink.
My 80’s memories are a bit weird.
High speed was like riding in the car with my sister, if the cops ever bothered to chase her.
Not a lie, everything is going everywhere, it’s all a blur, and you are holding on for dear life. Soon it’s over and you stagger away.
Now days she drives like a grandma.
But high speed never slowed down.
Some say the sequel (High Speed 2 the getaway) is better. It is an improvement on the original, but it doesn’t take away from the fun of the original. If anything, seen side by side, they compliment each other. If you find one out there in good condition, buy it. Say Hi to my sister, she’s out there somewhere on the fast loop shot!
1 year ago
This is definitely one of my favorite pre-dmd games. I typically am more into deep rulsets that challenge me to get to a wizard mode, but I can still have fun with these older pins when they shoot well, and that is definitely the case here. I'm a sucker for games with on upper flipper ramp shot and that's the center of focus on this game. Nail away at the ramp for lights and then the jackpot during multiball. Simple premise, but tough to play. I always enjoy this one.
1 year ago
One of the best system 11 games
1 year ago
The longer I play this game the more I grow to really appreciate it's balance of depth, skill and fun. Hitting the ramp shot is not easy but that makes each successful attempt extremely satisfying especially when trying to run that red light. Easily one of the best games of this generation.
1 year ago
I really enjoyed this game. Its such a fun game to shoot and I rather like the simplistic rules. I actually feel sometimes games can be too deep and the rules too convoluted. I personally really enjoy classic simplistic rules(I still love deep games too), but when a game shoots like this well and also is challenging to boot, I don't think it needs a deep rule set. Its enough of a challenge to just get multi ball.

The game is smooth as I said above, but if you miss a shot, it can be costly. Its not very forgiving if you lose control(I know most games are like that, but trust me, this is a unforgiving, but fair game).

I like the art. Think its great and it fits the theme. The playfield art while not amazing, certainly is easy to read and understand. The backglass is very nice and I love the mirror on it. The beacon light at the top is a nice touch. Adds a good bit of flair to the game.

All in all this is a classic for a reason. Would it work in a small collection.,.. Possibly. I think it could also be a persons only pin. Would it get old, sure... But, for most people I think you'd only want this if you have a few more modern and deeper games.

But, it plays great, unique layout, looks great, and for the time had great music and callouts. Not so much callouts as voice samples. But, it tells a story and that was ground breaking.
1 year ago
Fast, fun game with good rules, nice selection of shots, and great theme.
1 year ago
The flow in this game is great. That ball gets moving and there is nothing like the feeling of timing your shots perfectly.
1 year ago
I always enjoyed this pin. So much so I bought one and fixed it up. 15 years now, it is still fun. I like the theme: turn the lights red, run the red light, get away! Open playfield with a couple challenging skill shots. Love ripping the freeway ramp spinners. I used to own Getaway too. But I sold that one. Should say something.
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