Police Force

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This game received 89 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.090 /10

7.09

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This game ranks #246 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.003

Artwork: 7.413

Sounds/Music: 6.606

Other Aspects: 6.973



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7.022/10
1 year ago
Police Force is to me a very middle of the road pinball machine. It doesn't do anything very well and most everything is just competent. The theme is a bit strange and its like Tango and Cash meets Disney. The art isn't bad, but the theme is really strange and doesn't do anything for me.
I do like the concept behind the skill shot, its not the best, but its fun to plunge as the sound effects really amp up the shot. If anything I think sound is where this pin excels. Nice sound effects, and music cues for some of the shots. The callouts are just okay however.
Not much to shoot for in this pin. Shoot the center ramp over and over and unlock the million point shot and just keep trying to hit it until you miss. That is one of the best and easiest ways to get a decent score.
To get a massive score you'll need to hit the jackpot. Not too familiar with how to get it, as I played most of the time on a machine where the jackpot shot was either disabled or broken. But, I did play it on a few perfectly working machines and I activated it a few times. You got to arrest all the animals and then its activated. Then once activated you just have to hit the shot before it times out. Again... I think that is how the rules work.
Simple rules for this game. But, it is fun to shoot around. I enjoy playing a few games on it. I do like hitting the center ramp over and over.
And while the right ramp isn't hard to hit, it just isn't as fun to hit. I know that's your double score shot, and also MB shot. But, its just not fun its a boring ramp. The toy car is interesting. But, ultimately doesn't do much. But, hey at least it did have a toy that does something.
So would I own a Police Force. I don't think so. To me its not because its not a good pin. Its average to fun to shoot and play. But, coupled with the theme that does nothing for me. No. This is a pin I would never want to own, but I will always try to play one or two games on it if I find it on location. There are not many good games with a center ramp and I do enjoy games with a center ramp.
6.551/10
1 year ago
Love to get unlimited millions light flashing and hearing the sound effects correspond. Cop car is funny too. Good voices for characters. Take high score feature can be a real game changer. The back glass has some funny stuff going on all over it.
8.656/10
1 year ago
Extremely fun and underrated system 11. Well loved by people who come over. When you change the centre ramp to make unlimited millions difficult and crank up the number of ramp shots to take highest score to 8, you have a great playing machine with balanced rules and fun objectives. The music is classic and the game is usually turned up quite loud. Overall, Police Force is a fun game that always leaves you smiling at the end of a game!
6.729/10
1 year ago
I enjoyed this pinball machine, but its lastability is not very high in my opinion. The main reason is the fact that this pin can be described as a one-trick pony, because you try to hit the center ramp most of the time. I would enjoy to replay a few games, but I think it's not worth having it at home.
8.619/10
1 year ago
Really nice game for its age. Take high score a little unfair, but that right ramp can be tough.
6.343/10
1 year ago
It’s a kiddy looking game, with a kinda goofy theme, but I don’t mind that at all.
Easy to understand the rules and gameplay, but a bit to simple, and the center ramp was very redundant.
I got board of this one after a few months and it moved along.
Not a bad pin if you have kids who want to catch the bad guys.
6.873/10
1 year ago
Police Force is a classic Williams System 11 game that is very fun to play. It is notorious for having a broken center ramp and unfortunately I don't think they are being reproduced. Python DeAngelo did a great job on the art. He was truly creative and somewhat provocative. He turned what was supposed to be Batman Pinball machine into a animal crime scene game on short notice. Like most system 11 games, it has a basic rule set compared to todays modern games but I personally love playing this game. Its a rush hitting the center ramp over and over. A lot of people don't like how the final jackpot score can be taken by the last person but I like it. The designers were just trying to bring a different aspect into the game. There is only so much real estate on a playfield and most designers struggle trying to differentiate there game from other games. The trial and error aspect that designers create is what makes pinball machines so fun. They are all different!
7.032/10
2 years ago
A bit of a one shot game with the progressive center ramp. Fun toys with the police car and spinner skill shot. Bizarro theme with some interesting artwork choices.
6.521/10
2 years ago
I played Police Force at a pinball festival, and I must say, I was disappointed. The "take high score" feature is absolutely horrible and should NEVER be on a pinball machine. It gives the player an unfair advantage. The multi-millions center ramp is also a bad design. You can bash that thing 20 times in a row and get 20 million out of it. I think one million would have sufficed.

That said, the sounds and music are absolutely incredible. One of the best I've heard from any pinball machine, bar none. When you have it turned up all the way, it sounds un-freaking-believable. As a music nerd, I LOVE this.

TLDR; no, I do not recommend this game except for its music.
7.044/10
2 years ago
Good looking game with a very unique theme. Police car is very cool and I love the main music. Only problem is code. The “double your score” or “take the highest score” is SO unfair. Definitely not a game for a tournament.
6.751/10
2 years ago
This is a pretty decent pin. Kind of fun to play but the theme and rules get old fast.
7.625/10
2 years ago
I was surprised how fun this game is to play, it keeps me coming back
Time and time again. As stated by others the one weakness is the ability to exploit the center ramp. A great system 11 game!
4.409/10
2 years ago
The game is too 1 dimensional with the centre ramp do or die scoring. The game lacks depth, creativity and scoring options.
8.303/10
2 years ago
This is a reasonably priced system 11 machine that offers great multiplayer play. It has cool gimmicks , I love the high score steal in the final ball in multiplayer makes for a great party game. It plays smooth, nice shots , I haven't found anything limiting with the scoring, you can adjust the unlimited millions shot if you are finding it unbalanced. I've LEDed mine it looks great.
8.543/10
2 years ago
Not as bad as the rating would indicate. Not a fan of the Artwork. Game play is kinda shallow but it's fun to play a quick game occasionally. Everyone who comes over wants to play it and it's sitting right next to other highly rated SS games. My daughter will never let me sell it.
9.746/10
2 years ago
I've only played the prototype version which has many difference and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Wish the ramps weren't so expensive to replace.
9.789/10
3 years ago
Python Anghelo wanted to make a Batman pin but Data East got the license. The Batmobile became the police car and since his favorite subject matter was animals, the people became them. It's a fun game for parties because you can steal someone else's high score. I don't know of any other game that does that.
7.581/10
3 years ago
Rated low on lastsbility home home collection but it is a favorite for everyone that comes over to play. I like the layout and it's fast for a system 11. I like how easy it is to get multiball because you almost need it every game to get fun. Music is awesome. Callout and sound effects are great.
5.854/10
3 years ago
Yes, the Unlimited Million shot makes the game pretty one-dimensional. Yes, the theme of Zoo Cops is strange. But I've always had a fun time shooting this game when I've found it to play. The geometry of the layout is appealing, but why shoot for anything other than that center ramp for millions? A rare miss for a System 11 sound package--not on the same level as Taxi and Elvira and the Party Monsters and other games of the era.

Would I ever own it? No way. But I'll certainly not turn my nose up at it if available for play...it's appeal comes from how weird it is.
5.969/10
3 years ago
The first thing that stood out to me was that the main characters are lions and cheetahs, etc. rather than human police officers. I'm not sure why, but this made me chuckle in a good way. The shots on this middling table were actually decent and the rules were clear yet somewhat shallow. I had fun spamming the ramps, but I ended up being able to walk away from this machine without much remorse.

If you see this, at least examine the backglass carefully - it's worth a minute or two just because it is so odd. I don't think I'd even want to own this machine, but I don't dislike it for any particular reasons - just sort of a chuckle and shrug type of game.
7.184/10
3 years ago
I thought this was a fun game. Rule set was easy to learn. I like the million dollar shot.
7.480/10
4 years ago
If you just play the game without concentrating soley on unlimited millions with every ball its a fun machine. I enjoy the machine in that way. If you just focus on ramp millions it can get boring very fast. I like the machine alot, but that is its only flaw. If you play it for fun and not chasing that ramp its great.
8.648/10
4 years ago
Really one of the underrated and underappreciated system 11s. Gets a bad wrap because of the center millions ramps, but I find it fun to activate millions and then keep those shots going and adding up.
I love the capturing of the criminals theme. Skill shot is unique but difficult to master. I LOVE the call outs on this pin and the sound effects coming from the upper topper speaker. The art on the backglass is killer and so is the cab artwork... a lot of detail here (diamond weasel stealing ramps from other pins).
All in all I am really amazed at some of these older pins and just how damn fun they are. Why spend 5k+ on a new stern when you can buy 3 system 11s for that price.
5.143/10
4 years ago
I just blocked off the center ramp to force myself to play the rest of the game.
7.107/10
4 years ago
Had Police Force for a couple of months now. Rule set is weak with lop-sided scoring. Inner ramp unlimited millions out weighs all other shots. I have changed the difficulty setting to very hard and it's made the game far better as the inner ramp takes 8 loops before accruing the unlimited millions and makes for much fairer gameplay. Back glass is very well done and the police light topper is neat. Multiball is difficult to obtain compared to other pins of this Era. Cop and bad guy comments over and over get tiring fast Overall though a decent pin when set to very hard.
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