High Speed

Pinside rating

This game received 355 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.959 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #91 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.09

Artwork: 7.579

Sounds/Music: 7.208

Other Aspects: 8.296

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71 days ago
High Speed is an absolute classic.

The layout is certainly old but there is a lot of flow despite only having one loop and one ramp. The ramp and the scoop next to the upper flipper are the most satisfying shots to make.

The rules are simple but that's to be expected by a game from 1986. The multiball is the highlight of the game. Hearing that "He got Away" and then having the awesome score set in is one of the most beautiful moments of any game for me.

For me this game is quite difficult to play which increases the replayability.

The artwork looks quite good and I especially enjoy looking at the backglass.

All in all, this is a classic game which is still a lot of fun and a challenge to play. Anyone who can enjoy older games will love this machine. I think this is a good game to improve your skills on too.
4 months ago
High speed was a game I didn’t necessarily “get” until recently, but upon playing a copy that was set up perfectly and played like it was brand new, I now see where the love for this game comes from.


When this game is set up right, it plays fast and tough in a very good way. Probably the first game to truly have “flow”.

Rules are good. While the side ramp is easily the most important shot in the game, and could make this a one shot game, it is a tough shot, and the rules know this. This makes it so a lot of the game is built around set up, and to have other mini objectives like orbit values is also nice.

Backglass is nice, and really conveys the story very well.

Light show is excellent, and really the first of its kind to use the lighting to convey a story.

The amount of innovation gameplay wise, sound wise, and visually is astounding.


I do find the sound to be a bit annoying and lacking in variation, but it still is way ahead of its time, along with being leaps and bounds above everything that came before it in this department.

I find the playfield and cabinet art to be bland, though not bad by any means.

I can see the game getting boring if you owned it for a long time considering the simplicity nowadays.

Overall, a true classic. Glad to see people still appreciate it to this day.
4 months ago
It knows what it is and does it well, doesn't pretend to be a video game like modern machines, instead it plays fast and hard. 3 great spinners, killer sounds, a ramp shot that never gets old and some of the best buildup/music cues I've heard in pinball. This should be top 100. Might not be deep, but it's a great stress reliever and sometimes you don't want or need a deep ruleset, you just want to play. I used to think Cyclone was the best System 11 game but since brining one of these home Cyclone hasn't been getting as much play.
7 months ago
A classic 80's game that gets better every time you play. Simple rules, a nice challenging ramp shot. Running a red light has never been this fun. Definitely belongs in the top 100. A great machine to start with and learn about minor repairs and how machines work. Love this game.
9 months ago
High Speed is what got me interested in pinball machines when I was 14 in 1986, and most likely why I own 8 of them today. What I enjoy most about this game is, when you're completing the goals - lighting the red light, running the red light, hitting the ramp to escape from the cops is that the siren/light show and flasher combo would entice anyone else in the room to come see what you were doing. Awesome theme, awesome sounds (OK, it was the first System 11 give it a little slack). I'm partial to it due to nostalgia to some degree but I just picked up a beautifully restored example from a fellow Pinside pinhead (thank you Jason!) and it will sit beside my CQ restored Funhouse for the conceivable future.
10 months ago
Update: this is an iconic game that saved pinball. This game plays fast and is great full of nostalgia. The pros are the sounds, Callouts for the hideout, Backglass, Theme and pure fun.

The Cons are the sounds get repetitive, the points are unbalanced, after Jackpot your left twiddling your thumbs to do something, on location a lot of ramp shots are impossible because of weak flippers and it can be a nasty drain monster

This is really my first pinball I ever liked. It was at a vacation place we stayed at and we played it a lot. The simplicity of the game made me like it I didn’t realize how punishing this game was one bad shot and the ball flew all over the place. Basically you just want to go around the ramp and it the side flipper to go the hide out. I remember when it came to get the jackpot you’d hear them say they ran a red light over. Some after you’d be in a multi ball trying to hit the side flipper shot to getaway and get the jackpot. Maybe my favorite jackpot in all of pinball the lights would go dark and flash. The playfield to me is a little boring but the sounds and jackpot make this game a lot of fun. After the jackpot though the game is a little boring.
11 months ago
My favorite system 11 game. The flow is really good and the objectives clear. The call outs are great for the era. The excitement of a police chase and the red light topper. A great game to add to a collection. Its not deep but it has an enjoyment factor that never gets old.
1 year ago
Simply one of the best.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
One that everyone has to have in their collection. Play great and the call outs never get old. Lastability and fun factor is only matched by pinbot in my opinion. When ya get the multi ball there's nothing any better except more multi balls. Do yourself a favor and find one if you can.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Great game!!!!!!!
1 year 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.
1 year 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!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Awesome game
1 year ago
Good game that will make you want to play it again. Williams build quality wasn't the best.
1 year 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!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Was one of the first pins I played along side pinbot.
1 year 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.
2 years 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.
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