No Good Gofers

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This game received 463 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.005 /10

8.005

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This game ranks #68 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.105

Artwork: 7.928

Sounds/Music: 7.602

Other Aspects: 8.074


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7.256/10
33 days ago
My wife and kids love this machine…
We have real gophers in our field, real gophers are neither cute or funny, but they are quite annoying and destructive.
I don’t play golf.
All I think of is Caddyshack, without actually licensing the property to use the name or characters.
Those are some of my negative points.
Like all pinballs this plays completely different in real life. I am sure that there are people who have played virtual pinball versions for consoles and PC by Pinball arcade or one of those virtual pinball tables. If you have only played virtual pinball, then
don’t give ratings or reviews for real pinball games.
Or at least post a disclaimer saying that you have never played the real thing.
I may be forced by my family to buy no good gofers, I am not thrilled.
The theme is good.
The artwork is lively and charming.
The sounds are satisfactory and the music/noise are entertaining.
But…
The playfield is cluttered and confusing, even after staring it down for several minutes every time I play, I still find it reminds me of a playland for little kids while mom and dad shop at the mall for Christmas.
Or Teletubbies…
Maybe it was because I first played it at a Chuck E Cheese when my daughter was little. She’s 25 now.
It always seemed like it was made for small children. I was I n my 20’s at the time and I was obviously not the target audience.
This may seem like a LOT of negativity but the game, for all its issues, is a lot of fun.
It’s loud, annoying, I still have no idea how to shoot the ball to get it to do what I want it to do, and just celebrate like I meant to do it when something good happens randomly.
Everyone is drawn to it, like moths to a flame.
It’s frustrating enough to make you play again and again.
It makes people smile, even me.
But:
I don’t know if it’s a keeper.
With the price people are asking today, is it worth the money for No Good Gofers when that same amount of money, or less, will get you a much better game?
Compared to most machines in the $4,000 average price range, it pales by comparison, and some people are asking $6500 or more!!!
Investment wise, this game is a pretty good bet, but I am not a flipper or investor.
Still, values will rise so long as the demand remains steady, and that at least it keeps restorable machines from being broken up for parts.
I like this game but I don’t love it. Our game room only contains games we all love.
These are really the two things you have to weigh for yourself if you are thinking of buying any game.
Do you love it enough to pay the current market asking price, then continue to maintain it and use it after you get it?
Is there another machine you would rather have and are willing to wait with an empty spot in your game room until that one perfect game shows up?
It’s up to you.
7.540/10
67 days ago
The hole in one shot is one of the most unique in pinball. Definitely a very satisfying one. The flow is quite good too with all the ramps. The rules leave a bit to be desired with minimal modes, but it's still fun to progress through the holes and get multiballs.
6.612/10
83 days ago
Decent game
8.736/10
3 months ago
Definitely my favorite of the consensus non-top 50 pins. Crazy shots, unique playfield, fun theme, I'm always excited to find one of these as they're not very common.

Pros: Like many Pat Lawlor designs, this has both function and whimsy in its placements and shots. The hole-in-one shot is a master stroke (no pun intended), and the putter flipper gives the playfield a division that makes tremendous sense with the golf theme. Reaching hole 9, while not impossible, isn't easy either, and it's cool how you have to put together a bunch of shots each hole rather than hit the same thing over and over. The length of play per ball is often very long, as the right side drain will "kick-back" shots and there's generous ball saves.

Cons: It can play a little clumsily, and slop can be rewarded too much as balls meandering into the back playfield are often more valuable than precise shots.
9.296/10
4 months ago
Cool moving ramp.
Cool gofers,
Cool game.
9.240/10
5 months ago
Fantastic game, nothing much to add because it's already been said many times over.
9.240/10
5 months ago
Amazing hole in one
8.732/10
5 months ago
Super fun game with great shots. Has a really nice flow and has a very challenging shot in the Hole in One. The only knock I give it is that there are bugs in the software, but nothing that would keep you from playing it. Gofers have a great personality and there is enough variation in their speech that doesn't make them annoying. Great game and will be in my collection for awhile.
8.956/10
8 months ago
This is just a fun, fast machine. I like the golfing theme and the are cool toys. The hole-in-one shot has to be one of the best shots in all of pinball. It's a blast when you can hit it. The game can get fast though you can "slow it down" with a shot into the putting green can give you a break. l always like an upper flipper that is the only way to hit certain shots. For me, this is just a fun game and on my list of games to get.
8.124/10
9 months ago
I love No Good Gofers, but I'm also pretty bad at it. I find it to be one of the harder tables at my local pinball arcade. I keep coming back to it to try again, but I can't say I've really been able to get very far into the game. I can say though, that I did manage to hit the hole in one shot, and that felt fantastic when I did it.

Shots all feel good, although I have trouble hitting the right ramp when I need to. I like the theme a lot, and the Gophers have lots of speech which is great for the time. Dot Matrix animations look great, and the music is pretty good. I keep coming back to it, and I enjoy playing it. I definitely play other tables a lot more, but it's one of the 5 machines I play regularly while i'm at the arcade and I'll go out of my way to play it if i see it in the wild.
7.812/10
10 months ago
It's a fun silly game. Buzz and Bud love to taunt you all the time. I truly enjoy this game more than I thought I would
8.348/10
1 year ago
You will see all the code has to offer pretty quickly and has a few quirks. A great fun game that shoots well and good for a mindless game when you don't want to have to play an hour to see a wizard mode. Hole in 1 in awesome.
7.412/10
1 year ago
Definitely a fun game. Budd and Buzz's voices seem like they could get annoying over time, and rules aren't all that deep, but the layout and rules are pretty good. Not sure how it would fare in a small collection like mine, but a good game nonetheless.
6.692/10
1 year ago
Before owning, I never had a great game on this machine and always had trouble figuring out the shots. I mainly bought it because it was my wife's favorite pin and it was a good deal. Mine is pretty rough tho and has required a lot repair. I still haven't had a really great game on this as the layout is so different that I still can't get a grip on it. I don't like golf as a theme, but I do like the silliness and the Gofers. The slam ramp is a nice touch, it definitely feels good when you hit the hole in 1. I still play it but I don't plan to keep it much longer, the wife really doesn't play it that much anymore so I dont think it will be missed.
6.883/10
1 year ago
Every time Pat Lawlor makes a game, you can count on something new and innovative. Like the drop ramp that slams down so you can sling an air ball at the hole in one shot and the golf cart is just so Pat Lawlor. Outside the box thinking and I love it.
The gofer heads popping up from under the ramps is a very clever way to add bash toys and shot variety.
Also great to see the spinning wheel on the playfield.
Most definitely the most “fan layout” pin I’ve ever seen from Pat Lawlor.
Where this game hurts the most is the unfinished code.
Second downfall is the golf theme. I’m not saying it’s bad for being golf themed but sports themed pins divide the crowd a bit.
Owned this game, sold it... would own it again for sure.
5.813/10
1 year ago
Will be the first machine in my lineup to go. Theme, call outs, and artwork seem childish. Driving Range ramp is it's only saving grace.
8.828/10
1 year ago
A very very fun and unique game, fun audio, mechanics, and originality will keep you coming back!
7.683/10
1 year ago
Great all around game loved it while I had it & cant put my finger on why but it just wasn't a long term keeper for me , there are certain parts of the game play that remind a lot of Earth Shaker which is a good thing
8.236/10
1 year ago
This game is super-well themed and a great example of a classic 90s Bally/WMS Pin. Innovative and fun toys such as the gopher pop up, wheel, and center ramp are incredible. The game is fun to play all around and the rules are well called out and indicated to the player.
The artwork is themed extremely well from the backglass to the playfield and cabinet. I'm a huge fan of the art and color palette; very cheerful and playful.
The sound effects and voice over are killer. I feel like there could be more variation or spins off on the main composition music or more music all together. I don't really care if it's original music or themed; frankly I think the LOTR sound track package is the best-hands down.
The gameplay is fun and really has a great feel with great shots. Completing holes, and progressing through the multi-balls and features is a blast. This is one of the games, I seem to gravitate towards and play sometimes, despite having other games that rate a lot higher. The prior owner had it for about 15 years, personally, so it appears to have staying power.
8.656/10
1 year ago
I like to do a little research before writing a review on a pinball machine & today I discovered that this was Pat Lawlor's final design for Williams, Pat Lawlor's designed the 2 best selling pinball machines of all time, Adams Family & Twilight Zone, pretty amazing stuff,
The day I played this machine there were 40 machines on free play & I found myself drawn back to this game, the hole in one is a great future & was I pleasant surprise, sending the ball fling into a secondary play field, really fun shot,
This game reminds me of Caddyshack movie with the gofers popping up everywhere, to put you off your round of Golf,
fun family game
7.389/10
1 year ago
I’m a bit ashamed that as a devoted Lawlor fan I played this game for the first time just today. Some games just bring a smile to your face in the first few seconds. So goofy and chaotic! This is a well designed and approachable game. And yet it took me a few minutes of playing to understand the genius “hole in one” shot. The captive ball is in a satisfying spot. It’s fun to smack the gophers. The callouts are funny. Not quite in my top five but I would love to own this one!
8.456/10
2 years ago
This game is surprisingly fun. There are so many neat playfield features and the game does a great job at taunting you when you're playing. The shots are a lot of fun. Multi-ball is a lot of fun. Yes, I'd love it if this were a Caddyshack game, but it still feels somewhat like it is even though it's not. I honestly see myself wanting this game at some point once I've assembled a collection of my 'must have' games. This is a 'really would like to have' game.
8.436/10
2 years ago
I joked 2 years ago when I helped my friend Greg Thorpe get his first pinball machine, No Good Gofers, that I was delivering it to the wrong house. I never actually planned on owning it myself. But Greg needed to sell it to make space for a new pin and said I would be the best person to have it.
8.424/10
2 years ago
Fun and family friendly. It is based on caddyshack without the license.
Lots of shots and fun. It definitely adds something different to a lineup.
7.466/10
2 years ago
This is a fun, fairly straightforward game to shoot. A must-have for any fan of golf--I'm not a golfer, but I appreciate this "basically it's Caddyshack" take on the game of golf in pinball form. For me, it got a bit old once I was able to hit the Hole-in-One shot a few times.

I gave the game a second look in my collection and my thoughts are the same. If you want a better Lawlor game for less money but with similarly smooth orbit shots AND better rules, look at Stern's Nascar/Grand Prix/Dale Jr.
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