High Speed (Williams, 1986)

High Speed

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This game received 284 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.720 /10


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This game ranks #96 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.872

Artwork: 7.387

Sounds/Music: 7.015

Other Aspects: 7.983

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28 days ago
I've been playing this game for 30 years and have owned one for 7 years now. It's great, never gets old.
30 days ago
Great pin, lots of fun and lots to do the play field is well layed out and the game plays fast
58 days ago
Some of the theming is really excellent - traffic lights I’m looking at you, but these days (and against its”remake HS2” it’s showing it’s age. This was my first pin though, and it got me hooked, so it can’t be that bad!
4 months ago
We have had high speed running at my place for just about a year now. My family still loves to play it, so it definitely does not get old or boring for us. Very solid and reliable machine has a flow and speed to it which works perfectly. Music and sound is sure to get your heart racing, and the art package is top notch.

This game is a key pinball of the 80s, and is really neat to see it featured in so many places... like, what's that playfield in the Naked Gun 33 1/3 intro? :)

Simple enough rules to be a good introduction to pinball, but skillful enough to challenge advanced players (My son has rolled the score several times now)

My biggest con with the game would have been in incremental global jackpot value, which would detract from tournament play... HOWEVER, there is now a ROM to solve that, which allows multiple fixed options for jackpot values, and some other options you may like.

Great game!
4 months ago
As a car buff this was top on my list of pins I wanted to own. It did not disappoint in the least.
The shots and goals to accomplish are very easy to understand but challenging enough to keep you coming back.
The play field light show, spinning topper light and displays going into police mode really get you pumped to outrun the cops.
Great sounds, art and gameplay!

Only sold mine because I got the “Getaway” and only have room for so many pins, but I miss it and will probably own another in the future.
4 months ago
A Ritchie classic- great theme, especially for that era. It exudes '80's & is based off a real CA police chase. It is a fairly reliable machine with a playfield that wears easily. The game rules set is shallow but a lot of fun. It is a great guest player. The topper was the first of it's kind. Bars would cover the light to keep patrons from being constantly reminded there may be someone waiting for them on the way home.
6 months ago
This one is okay at best, I feel all of the shortcomings with this game were addressed and improved on by the sequel.

The good:
Fast layout, super satisfying ramp shot, multi-ball build-up is good, and the themeing is fun and different.

The bad:
No lastability. Callouts get old. Music is awesome for the first 30 seconds then it grinds on me it's so repetitive. Very little to do other than keep on getting that multiball. This works for some games but not for this one as it loses excitement when you have to keep doing it. I don't think this game stood the test of time like it's sequel did.
6 months ago
Steve Richie at the top of his game. This is the one that really started it for me. My first true love. Great flow, super fast, just a total blast to play. Sure, there are deeper games, faster games, funner games, but few hold in place in my heart like High Speed. A classic.
8 months ago
My first pinball and restoration project....For several months it is fun then it is boring..
9 months ago
I'm a bigger fan of the Getaway, but High Speed is a great, very similar game.
9 months ago
Great theme and art package make this one a winner. It is very fast and fun with a super light show (beacon on the top of the machine looks amazing in a dark room) Music can get repetitive, this is a great value pin.
9 months ago
Good flow expected from Ritchie but not a game I got into. I loved Ritchies later pins like Elvis and AC/DC.
10 months ago
A classic! Fun and engaging, lots of fun. A real rush when you run that red light and the chase begins. The bottom and top bank of targets seem to be the hardest to get. You’re a little at the mercy of the pop bumpers knocking it where it needs to go. The ball can easily drain down the center at a moments notice so it keeps you on your toes. It’s a great one. It’s not quite as fun as it’s sequel, but for its time it’s still very fun and a landmark game for pinball.
11 months ago
One of Ritchies finest. need the papa rom to even out Jackpot settings but simple and tough game.
1 year ago
Fast machine with overall good layout. Couple stoplight shots lead to ball drains. Jackpot shot only available in multiball. Don’t like that it clears after hit, should be consistent due to difficulty. Not a stand alone machine but really fun with others in collection.
1 year ago
While I love Williams from this period, and I have some friends who swear this is their favourite game, I rank it as good, bordering on excellent. Enjoy playing it, but wouldn't actively look forward to it.... Fun, but not fantastic.
1 year ago
High speed is a great game. It has great artwork and good audio. The only issue is after you play the game for a while, it starts to get very repetitive and not that fun. There is really only one major shot to get. Don't get me wrong the machine is beautiful and plays great.
1 year ago
The game that got me into pinball. So much fun.
1 year ago
Classic 80's game. Always enjoy playing it. Challenging multi-ball. Great companion to HS2 Getaway.
1 year ago
Fast and fun game. Love the art and the story behind Steve's design. Good learning curve heavily dependent on timing. Play it over and over again. You'll want to make sure the game is adjusted properly and regularly waxed to keep it fast and the shots clean
1 year ago
Just a fun game. Simple rules. But the return value is huge. And its hard to walk away from. Not to deep. But thats why they made a part 2.
1 year ago
Classic Steve Ritchie Sys11 title!
1 year ago
One of my all time favorite classic games...great sound effects, speech, beacon light, ramp shots and hideout multiball features.
1 year ago
This is the game that broke my bank account when it first came out, as I vied to stay on the high score board. It's simpler by modern standards, with the "Getaway" ramp shot being the real money play, along with lit highways. (I owned it but misguidedly sold it when we had to downsize, although I'd frankly played it out by that point.) But in retrospect, this is a really nicely-balanced game, requiring hitting targets, an outhole, ramps, and for high scoring, the inlanes. And when the police radio sound bite comes on, you just get a jones to hit the ramp, and then when the flashing red light comes on on top, it remains a thrill each time to beat the machine and listen to that siren go off. A classic of its era. It's also one of the few non-licensed themed pinball machines with its own sequel, "Getaway", which is also an excellent machine that uses the basic layout and shctick but adds the innovations of dot matrix display and modes. I may yet try to get both of these into my collection again.
1 year ago
This is a basic fun game to play. The game play is fast and can be a real challenge. Its a typical simple rule set game from the 80's.
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