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High Speed

Pinside rating

This game received 297 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.786 /10

7.786

Top 100 ranking

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


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.916

Artwork: 7.437

Sounds/Music: 7.059

Other Aspects: 8.095



Pinside staff rating

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7.514

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7.353/10
3 months ago
Total classic. It is one of the best pins of its' era and denotes the times perfectly. It has one if the highest "price vs. Fun" margins out there.
9.899/10
4 months ago
This is the game that got away on me.

I absolutely loved High Speed. It was fast and BRIGHT! music was amazing and the callouts are the best in the biz.

I would immediately buy another High Speed. Well worth the money!
7.594/10
4 months ago
High Speed is one of the pinball greats. The game introduced storytelling into gameplay. Put the traffic light on red, run the red light, run from the police. Simple, but very addicting. Like pinball should be.
7.984/10
5 months ago
It's High Speed and its awesome!!
8.223/10
5 months ago
This machine is fast and fun. Flow is great and the call outs just make you want to outrun the police each time. 3 spinners! The upper right flipper shot just feels good when you hit it. Backglass is very nice and the call outs do not get old for me. The game should be ranked higher.
7.529/10
8 months ago
Good game. Like an earlier version of get away. Wait... Hahaha

Very cool to play. Revving it up. Backglass is amazing.

Lots of fun.
7.772/10
9 months ago
I had a High Speed for about a month as a package deal trade, and really enjoyed it in that time period. I would totally recommend this game as a budget game in a one pin lineup. This game is not terribly deep, but does require skill. The goal is simple, hit all the green targets, then the yellow, then the red, then hit the Ramp to start multiball and the ramp again to hit the jackpot. Sounds simple, but that 3rd flipper ramp shot is a challenge... especially in multiball! Replacement parts are readily available on this machine with the notable exception of the Williams Pop Bumper Caps with the stripe and W. The loop shots provide variety and getting the upper traffic light colors requires skill. The only cheap drain in the game is hitting the rubber in the back behind the bumpers and having it hit back straight back the middle. Theme integration is excellent in this, and I like the overhead shots of the cars. Playfield wear is common on these, especially in the upper playfied past the upper mylar. A hardtop has been released for this title, and is driving the price of this machine upward. If you are looking for a game of deep exploration that tells a story, this is not for you. If you want a fast and fun game to work on your skills with, this game fits the bill.
8.147/10
9 months ago
This game was my go-to game in the middle to late 80s! Having grown up with classic EM machines, playing this one was like when Dorothy opened up the door in the Wizard of Oz and black and white became color! It has a cool theme, an interesting layout and that certain "I just have to try it again" quality that makes this an 80s William's SS classic! Millennials used to games like LoTR, Twilight Zone or Jurassic Park, may find High Speed somewhat simplistic (many prefer The Getaway) but the original will always hold a special place in my heart!
9.895/10
10 months ago
One of Steve Richie's best.
The design still holds up as one of the best.
the use of sound effects make this have more of a story then other pinball's before it did.
the best skill shot use of the upper right flipper.
maybe the only thing that i don't like is the multi-ball jackpot carries over from game to game which takes a few games to build it to the max jackpot of 2 million.If you hit the jackpot again in the same game , it wont be worth very much.
8.163/10
1 year ago
For such a simple design this game is extremely fun. I really like the call outs you get once you have "Run the red light" and are trying to escape (get multiball). The innovative use of the upper switching ramp is cool. The overall design is so well done with all of the details considered that game flow and game play are simply top notch. So while this game may not have all of the bells and whistles that other newer games have the flow and speed of the game makes this a keeper.
7.063/10
1 year ago
I could play this game forever in my teenage years. Compared to games from the last 20 years, it hasn't age well.
8.992/10
1 year ago
3 spinners, what else do you need? Just a cool game with cool sounds. Fantastic light show and since putting more time on it I like it better than getaway. This pin should be ranked way higher than it is.
8.109/10
1 year ago
This is an interesting game. I like the kickback, and ball times are okay. This game really boils down to a couple shots though. It does have a good theme, and you got away is cool. There is one right flipper to ramp shot that if a person were to totally nail every single time, would probably make the game a little limited. Games based around one ramp shot make me kind of anxious when I play instead of relaxed.

However, the theme is good and saves it. I kind of wish the playfields red-yellow-green button area was less static.
7.726/10
1 year ago
Fun pin to play. Theme from designer is intriguing. Challenging shots and ramps.
8.505/10
1 year ago
This one ate a ton of my quarters in HS!
7.576/10
1 year ago
Fun game. Credited for the revival of pinball. I once owned one and enjoyed my time with it. I like the theme as well. I would purchase another one if the right deal came along.
10.000/10
1 year ago
Personally, I think HighSpeed should be rated alot higher in the Pinside rating...Currently it just breaks the top 100 at 99.....I think it should be in the top 20 at least.
HighSpeed defined excellence.
Super fun, and never gets old.
7.731/10
1 year ago
This machine and Pinbot serve as a mark of excellence in their field and deserve their spots in the top 100..how many other pins from the 80's have their own NES port? Nuff said
6.908/10
1 year ago
This was my first pinball restoration project. Peraphs I've never been able to fall in love with this machine. I think the game is poor and too much repetitive: you have not SO MANY THINGHS to do on the playfield. I know that we are talking about a pinball that made history, but I think this game is become very very old.
Good design and good illumination with led.
9.141/10
1 year ago
I've been playing this game for 30 years and have owned one for 7 years now. It's great, never gets old.
8.564/10
1 year ago
Great pin, lots of fun and lots to do the play field is well layed out and the game plays fast
7.364/10
2 years 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!
8.274/10
2 years ago
HS is my very first pin that I bought from a good friend. I hadn't played pinball in so long that I almost forgot what it was like. As soon as I saw HS at my bud's house and that siren flashing, it brought back memories of my youth walking through a pinball hall with my dad. I took over ownership of this old gem about 10 months ago and I'll still put in a game or 2 almost every day. My boy loves it too. I'll have a hard time ever getting rid of this one!!!
9.260/10
2 years 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!
8.425/10
2 years 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.
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