High Speed

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This game received 333 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.833 /10


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This game ranks #93 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.978

Artwork: 7.482

Sounds/Music: 7.132

Other Aspects: 8.132

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8 years ago
Not my favorite pin. I find it a bit boring and too open. I was never quite good at it either, just seemed to play too fast without any sizzle.
8 years ago
A classic. This is the first game that takes Williams to the next level. A real good theme that's simple to understand. Run the red and escape the police chase. This is the first game to use a police lights on top of the machine which just adds to the visually stunning appearance. Again using Williams strong card, an interactive topper, gets the game noticed from across the room. The soundtrack as well as the cops talking just puts this game in an elite category not only visually but audibly as well. The traffic light, a simple toy, is very effective. A top table for it's time period.
8 years ago
The increasing speeds and shifting of gears is fun and deep. I especially like how it builds and builds... that is until you drain a ball :)
8 years ago
This is probably the one pinball game that gets better each time I play it. It truly is a favorite of mine. It may not be as deep as something like Twilight Zone or Judge Dredd, but this might actually be the machine that I play the most. Very satisfying to get that jackpot and it's satisfying in general to hit the ramp on the side flipper. I haven't played all of Steve Ritchie's machines including The Getaway, but this one is so far my favorite of his machines. Not too difficult, but challenging enough to want more.
8 years ago
High Speed was a landmark game for it's time. It's still a great game to play and introduced the "story" to the theme of the game. Nicely done Mr. Ritchie.

The Pros:
The game lives up to it's name. It's fast. Being chased by zombie cops is a frightening prospect. Audio cues and the flashing red light add a real sense of tension to hitting the ramp and starting multiball. Lights, audio and voice calls all come together in this package. The music works brilliantly even as the entertainment ends and the game over song fades away. Play is fast and furious decades before those silly movies came out. First seen in Flash, the upper flipper shot is also seen in games like: HSII, Rollergames, ST:TNG, Elvis, Spidey... it works great and is in many ways signature to his flow Missed shots are punished with outlane drains in the blink of an eye. Getting away to start multiball is righteous!

The Cons:
Once you get the swing of things shooting the orbits, the rest of the game becomes much less important. If the left outlane is unlit, the game is reduced to a "light the kickback" strategy. Balls dribbling SDTM from the pops always makes me happy.

The Takeaway:
When this game came out, it changed the way pinball was perceived and the expectations of story and theater within a pinball deck. Pat Lawlor spoke quite about this and his admiration of Steve Ritchie with this brilliant package and design. A game-changer, so to speak. After all this time it holds up very well. A great game for the ages and a very good game to play.
9 years ago
It's a classic
well designed playfield and artwork, very fast game, however, I didn't have a somewhat 'magic' moment while playing...
good game anyways!
9 years ago
I know this is a beloved game by collectors but I just cant give it a stellar rating. My opinion it's average at best. I enjoy the simplistic game play but it got old quickly.
9 years ago
High Speed is a classic that is a "must-play" for all pinball enthusiasts. I don't enjoy it as much as "The Getaway" but I still feel this game has a lot to offer, and is one of the best of it's time.
9 years ago
Took me awhile to get my HS playable, but once it was, DAMN this is a great game. Such flow with shots!
The ruleset is deep considering it's time. There are a couple different modes you can get to as the game progresses. This game surely builds addrenalin.

I love that you're rewarded with good game play when you "run the red light" and getaway! The start of multiball is kick a$$ to say the least.

Truly a masterpiece.

9 years ago
This is my one and only pin that I own (at the time of writing this). It's what got me into the hobby. I love this game! Always leaves me wondering what would have happened if I just made that shot! Keeps me coming back for more! My friends come over and want to play this machine all night long. Nothing like hanging out with a bunch of the guys and playing a game everyone can easily pick up and have fun playing.
9 years ago
My alltime favourite Pinball Machine
A milestone in Pinball History, i think
My heart beat like the High Speed Drums :-)
9 years ago
Great fun. changing gears is a cool way to go.
9 years ago
Perfect example of a game that doesn't have to have action figures glued to it, magnets, a DMD, or really any depth to it to be fun.
Somewhat basic by today's standards, it really doesn't matter as such a simple rule set and great shots make this game addictive and fun over and over. Also it's a great game for all different levels of players, if you like to entertain at your house.
9 years ago
I don't think this game amassed ANY quarters aside from its initial release during its time at our bowling alley. I played it once and was turned off immediately.
9 years ago
Flipper sympa.
Mais pas grand chose a faire.
Un classique.
Mais le temps a fait son effet...le son et la caisse on pris "un coup de vieux".
9 years ago
Great theme, pretty fast action, good game play. Lighting excellent. Artwork is fine w/ me for this theme. Represents the 80's quite well in my opinion.
9 years ago
High Speed is the great grand daddy of Getaway. It's doesn't have the same bells and whistles of its faster sequel, but it still plays pretty damn fast. It's fun and plays quickly.
9 years ago
had the game, had to make some choices for space (out of 10 pins) for an other pin, no hesitation... bye.
i really don't understand why people go crazy over this pin, not much to do, shoot for the ramp, shoot for the ramps, shoot for the ramp... this is got to be the worst background drumbeat ever on any machine, the game is so easy, first time you play the machine you knew right away what to do, turn the light red and yes... shoot the ramp.
i've tryed every set up hard very hard, replay almost (99%) everytime, no challenge for me, i like hard game, something special, this game was not for me!
9 years ago
Classic Ritchie. Well done theme. I really love revving the engine before launching the ball...nice touch there. The dome light on top of the backbox adds a ton of atmosphere in a dark room. The adrenaline sure gets pumping when you run the red light and even more when you get away. Hard game...almost impossible to keep multiball going for any length of time, at least for me!
9 years ago
9 years ago
Another fast paced, and fun Steve Ritchie game. The first of the Williams System 11's and it was groundbreaking in its time. I love the theme, another non licensed, original one. A hard but fun ramp shot, a frantic multiball, and some great audio! The police light and siren are a great attention getter. A game I want to keep playing "1 more time" This is another top notch, bargain pick with great features. What I love about Williams system 11 games is new technology with some great old school gameplay mixed in.
10 years ago
High Speed is a simple but great game. The ramp shot is hell to make . hard to lock the balls for multiball but when you do that keeps you coming back.would like to own one one day.
10 years ago
I was really surprised that... well, I didn't like it. Normally I'm a fan of all the classic Williams games, but this one just didn't do it for me. It probably didn't help that plunger wasn't solid on the game I played. I can still respect the game and the story it tells, but it's no longer on my list of games to pick up.
10 years ago
All I can say is "flow". Long sweeping shots and excellent ramp shot make this one of the best pinballs of the 80's. Sound, lighting, and speech are great. Love the alpha-numeric displays. Only letdown is the backglass and cabinet art.
10 years ago
Lot of fun!
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