No Good Gofers

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This game received 427 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.015 /10

8.015

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #53 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.114

Artwork: 7.951

Sounds/Music: 7.607

Other Aspects: 8.087



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7.64

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5.813/10
20 days 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
22 days ago
A very very fun and unique game, fun audio, mechanics, and originality will keep you coming back!
7.683/10
22 days 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
8.656/10
32 days 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
8.248/10
53 days ago
Not bad.
7.389/10
4 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
10 months 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.
8.740/10
11 months ago
This is just a fun game. The hole in one shot is one of the most satisfying in pinball. Easier for the non pinheads, but challenging for the pinheads. Love the art work, game play, and especially the irritating gofers. Truly a great pin.
7.840/10
11 months ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 9 - high

Pro's:
* Gofers taunting you while you play may be a negative for some but you buy this because they do.
* Fun to hit gofers in the face
* Hole in One shot one of most challenging in all of pinball and very satisfying to hit
* Spinning wheel ads an element of luck
* Great multiball start sequence
* An upper playfield only accessed by a slam ramp is a neat idea

Cons:
* Bit of a rinse/repeat feel as hitting gofers to get multiball the main objective
* Orbits ad no real value
* Only a wizard mode offered at 9 holes not 18
* Pops seem like they are added just to fill space

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Golf Ball shooter
* Target & ramp decal set

What To Look For When Buying
* Wear on the slam ramp area
* Both plastic ramps in tact as these aren't obtainable
8.040/10
1 year ago
I have owned this for a little bit but it is probably the funnest pin we have played. It has great rules, rewarding shots, awesome multiball and funny call outs. Its been a while since we had a pin that we got home and played it for 3 hours. My wife played it for 4 which is really rare. These are the type of pins i look for my family. We have had a decent amount of pins and some you know they will not like after a couple weeks/months. This will go with LOTR and The shadow as a keeper pin.
8.436/10
1 year ago
Oh man... what this game could have been... The code is buggy and incomplete, but man, this machine had the bones to be spectacular IMO. The down ramp to hole in one for super jackpot, with that rock star music if you accomplish it is so very satisfying... Love it.

Needed a bit more time and love in the code department So between the software bugs and bud and buzz getting a little bit annoying, I downgrade the ranking.
7.676/10
1 year ago
Fun game that's been in my collection for a couple years now. I added a colorDMD, various LED's, PinStadium Lights, rebuilt both, Gofers, Laseriffic topper, and replaced the MPU (battery damage).

I got the game because I enjoy casual golfing and this is the golf-theme-related pinball machine to own if you're into golf. The gofers are fun to hit and I enjoy a lot of the callouts from them. They were initially a real PITA to maintain until I just broke down and rebuilt them with newer, more-durable parts.

This machine has the 'best shot in pinball', which is the hole-in-one shot on the upper playfield. Its really satisfying when you hit it. It's a shot that takes some practice to hit and I like the fact that its not something you get all the time. The code doesn't seem quite finished. You basically play thru 9 holes and then do the 9 holes over again. A full-round of 18 holes is represented on the DMD, but the playfield does not reference 18 holes. I guess the way around this is to imagine playing the front-9 followed by the back-9. NGG has some fun multi-balls and an attractive light show for the main multi-ball. The best high scores are achieved by concentrating on jackpots and super-jackpots during multi-ball. Hitting the super (hole-in-one shot) during multi-ball is very satisfying. That experienced is enhanced if you invest in some good lighting mods (PinStadium). The spinning disc messes with the ball the same way other games with playfield discs do. You earn random awards based on what the disc landed on as you complete a hole's required number of strokes. The code could've been better at rewarding players that concentrate on completing holes with lower stroke counts. As it is, there's no real scoring advantage for a player that hits the putting green as soon as the hole is qualified to be complete or to the player that shoots for a lower stroke count before hitting the putting green. Instead, it quickly becomes how quickly can you get to a multi-ball and/or complete all nine holes and get to the 'hole-in-one challenge' (the game's only wizard mode). That wizard mode ends when you drain out or you're down to one ball. Then you just start over, albeit scores are growing the longer you play.
It's a good game to have in a collection, but if its your only game it might get a little old quick. Still a fun game to own if you love golf.
4.443/10
1 year ago
Not as good as I expect from them
10.000/10
1 year ago
pinball lasts at games level my excellent a musts possessed requires several party to be appreciated at his jute value to do at least 9 holes before the criticized the design aesthetics is very good not to be missed because rare to the sale maïeur certain highest rated title owned
8.975/10
1 year ago
A year in my small collection and still no plans to sell. With a deeper code this game would be in my top 10. Hole in one and super jackpot are the best shot in any pin.
9.680/10
1 year ago
Have been for many years.
One of the most underrated devices is really a lot of fun.
7.836/10
1 year ago
Want a fun shooter with a simplistic rule set? Look no further than "No Good Gofers", a game that pretty much sits in the same boat (no pun intended) as "Fish Tales" in terms of goofball humor and gameplay. Your entire goal is to play a round of golf which ends up being a war against pesky gophers who try anything to get in your way. The shot targets are incredibly fun and satisfying (such as whacking the gophers in the face and the famed "Hole in One") but seasoned gamers might scoff at the cutesy kiddie art and theme.
8.374/10
1 year ago
This is just a fun game. Love the golf cart ramp that goes up and down, and like how the gopher pops up from under a ramp. Just lots of things to shoot for, and also really like the spinning disc in the middle of the playfield too. The only thing this game doesn't have is sex appeal, but it makes up for it with its quirky sense of humor. It's a fast game and you can really send your ball flying all of the place.
8.148/10
1 year ago
If you’re looking for fun, look no further. This game always puts a smile on my face. The gophers are reallly funny. The crazy shots in this game make the ball go flying (literally). One of the final Williams games, lots of toys and extras on the playfield. A must play no matter what else is in a collection.
6.884/10
1 year ago
Great playfield layout with several satisfying shots (above all of course the "hole in one" shot). The spinning disc sometimes makes it feel a little too random. The biggest drawback is however the very weak rule set. The game has such a potential (cool ramps, gophers etc.) but the sole advancing of holes gets boring very quickly. I personally also find the music really annoying. We owned one but it only got very few plays after a very short time. This game could hugely benefit from a custom software / new ruleset.
8.136/10
2 years ago
This is a fun and silly game. A good variety of shots and great toys with the gophers. Arguably one of the best theme integrations in pinball. You can definitely see Pat L in this game. Hole in one shot is a great challenge and really rewarding. I can't say too many negative things. I think its earned its spot on the top 100.
7.244/10
2 years ago
Probably not the best Pat Lawlor's work
7.706/10
2 years ago
A great fun game for the family, fun for rhe kids and fun for the parents and friends.
Great light show and playfield layout, buz and bud challenges all the time with funny comments.
Skill shot isbone of the best and the whole in one shot is unique.
A bit noise for an apartment as buzz and buz are gong up and down al the time . Takes same time to adjust the game to play well, skill shot, ramp, al need to be fine tuned to work properly.
Love the game , a family favorite

Updated - After 1 year of owning it.
-it is a fun pin and would keep it if i had a bigger collection
-it is very noise for an apartment
-after some time you get bored with the code. It is a great layout with one of the best shots in pinball, it owuld be great to have an updated code. Glow is also really good.
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