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This game received 109 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.821 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #116 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.886

Artwork: 8.109

Sounds/Music: 6.442

Other Aspects: 8.053

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10 days ago
I've owned this game for over 5 years now and even though there are parts of it that drive me nuts (Looking at you inability to hit the upper loop to the left from the lower flippers) and overall the gameplay is pretty basic - there's just something that continue to bring me back to this one. I have mine set extremely evil (posts out, max incline) and I find myself playing ten games at a clip trying to increase my score. My kid loves it too, the sea wooshing sound is awesome... I could go on and on. Go play Seawitch.
88 days ago
Seawitch is one of the most iconic of the Stern Electronics games. It has a great layout, but can shoot a little bit rough, especially the upper loop. I like the art package, but to be fair, it's not flawlessly executed. I wish that loop was repeatable like it should have been. But Beatles fixes this shortcoming. You gotta appreciate the original here. Good rules for its era.
8 months ago
Nice game. Not a top 100 game.
9 months ago
Very fun title. Fun shooter, but with the serious flaw that the left orbit is almost impossible to hit from the lower right flipper. Furthermore, the shooter lane spring steel makes it so that it's almost impossible to loop the orbit from the upper right flipper. With mods to address those two fatal flaws the game becomes an EXCELLENT shooter. Very fast, target shooters game.

Love the sound fx and background sound. Artwork is excellent.
9 months ago
It's good
11 months ago
It's a simple pin but it works and has plenty of appeal. From the crashing wave background sound to the silly cool back glass image, it is fun. Limited shots and a repetitive "best way" to earn points, but the target shooting aspect of the one repetitive way gives it legs. In fact, it's surprisingly good for essentially a one trick pony. It's also a fast mover. There is a loop shoot to go for, but the geometry (or my limited skill) makes that an impractical goal if hunting points. The sum is greater than the parts when it comes to game play. I wouldn't want it to be my one and only, but I've enjoyed it regularly in a five pin lineup. I'll add that it is one of my favorite early Stern machines, and I've played many of them.
1 year ago
It took me owning The Beatles to come back and loves this game. The flippers work great for the playfield and once I figured out the scoring with getting all the drop targets I have really come to love this game.
1 year ago
There's a reason they based the Beatles off this - it's a great, classic game. Yes, the focus on drops is simple and the loop is tight/hard to repeat. But every shot feels good, and it feels fair. Playfield artwork is phenomenal too, and really benefits from some smart use of light blue and teal in the GI (someone did a great job on mine before it found it's way to me). If you like games of this era, absolutely don't pass it by
1 year ago
Wow. I did not expect to be rating Seawitch!
Arr! Matey I be hungry!
Yo Ho Cap’n what bet yer pleasure?

I be lookin fer somfin that I can eat with me hook fer a hand and somfin I be able to carry about with me on the deck while me peg leg be making pleasurable knocks on the wooden poop deck.
Aye Cap’n! That be too much information to go on! Have ye tried hanging grapes from yer hook?”
Too fruity Arr! It makes me tooty out me booty!
Yer pirate jokes be wearin thin Cap’n!
“I’d like me two slices of bread with some meat between them!
Yo Ho Cap’n! Ye be wantin a sandwich!
Arr make it with tuna and mayonnaise and call it a Seawitch!
Aye Cap’n! You want Fritos with that?

I love Seawitch. Then again, I’m a connoisseur of all things Stern Electronics and Chicago Coin.
Chicago Coin had a good 42 year run. When Stern took over, they tried everything to climb out of obscurity and become something great. In essence, Stern Electronics had to try harder than the rest, which is evidenced in their string of great games in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Seawitch is one of them.
Stern used a more fantasy horror art theme on this game. If you line up the stern games in order of release, you’ll see that the theme and art styles change radically from one game to the next. If you covered up the Stern logos, most people wouldn’t believe they came from a single manufacturer over a short period of time.
I don’t think I need to go too deep into gameplay, the four flippers, the sound, the impressively fun layout really speak for themselves. Just watch a video of one being played. You’ll simply want to play it yourself.
With more and more people discovering the Stern Electronics games, the prices are creeping upwards. A few years ago, Stern electronics games were barely a foootnote in books like the pinball compendium. The second volume of that book series reads basically like this: “I asked Barry Oursler and Steve Ritchie what their favorite bathtime songs are, I filled three pages with their answers! Oh by way, Stern made a game it’s called Sea.. something… now let me tell you about my two page dedication to Ralph Pooboy, the guy who worked on the Gottlieb assembly line when David Gottlieb farted and said “there ya be” at him.”
That’s how Stern was treated, and it’s nice to see that people are beginning to recognize that Stern wasn’t just an also-ran footnote behind the Ralph Pooboy’s of the pinball industry.
Yes. I know I should talk more about the game, but sometimes great games speak for themselves.
Seawitch is one of those. Find one. Play it yourself, and Seawitch pinball machine from that era you like best.
Very sorry about the pun.
1 year ago
One of the best classic Sterns.

Shoot the drops to build a massive bonus multiplier that carries forward. Some amazing shots between the drops up tight, the middle strafable drop row, and the top which can be sniped from the lower right flipper, or bump them off the pops.

4 flippers, but fast drains keep you coming back for more...
1 year ago
Seawitch is a game I played a few times at shows and built one from scratch. Its a FAST game with an unusual setup, you constantly need to be on your toes or she will bite. The sounds are pure early 80's and it sounds great when it tries to keep up with the rapid fire action. Making a loop from either direction is difficult but satisfying when it happens. One of the best early Sterns in my opinion.
2 years ago
Granted I just (finally) got this game, but it is rare that I just can’t stop playing a pin. Awesome awesome game.
2 years ago
Most classic pins are slow in comparison with modern machines. That is not the case with Seawitch. It plays fast and requires some skill. The playfield is unique and definitely not a fan layout. More of a figure 8 (if such a thing exists). It is a drop target game with flow that just happens to have a spinner too. The sound of crashing waves is super cool and a very special feature in my opinion. One if the top 3 classic Sterns for sure.
2 years ago
Great art package and sounds for the era. Very unique layout, the rules are fun, and the gameplay is fast. Left and right orbits are extremely tight requiring accurate shots. However, that makes those shots more better!
3 years ago
I think Seawitch is underrated amongst the classic Stern Electronics pins. It’s an absolutely beautiful pin with a lot of shots that, for me, has that one more time draw. Knocking down the three sets of drop targets (being precise with the middle set) to increase the loop value and then hitting the loop for that value is, to me, such a incredibly satisfying shot. I will say hitting the loop isn’t the easiest shot, but that’s okay. Just a reason to make it all that more satisfying. Seawitch also has a great spinner to rip. I know others have said differently, but I find it just as satisfying to rip as any other spinner, such as the spinner in Meteor.

The last thing I’ll mention is the sounds. Of course, the pin does not have the sound package that a modern pin has to offer, but they really made the absolute best with what was available at the time. When you really get a good ball going with all the different sounds firing off it creates such a cool and hectic pin environment. I guess it’s hard to explain, but I think the sound package for what it is is excellent.

I don’t see Seawitch leaving my collection any time soon. In fact, I am on the hunt for more Classic Stern.
3 years ago
Overall a fun game. No major thrills, but a good time none the less. Good for long play.
3 years ago
Finally own a Seawitch. I’ve been wanting this game since my first few weeks in the hobby.
Seawitch is a punishing monster with a deceptive design. It looks so easy and simple and it just is a brutal game.
The only downside is definitely the difficult geometry of the loop, which can be adjusted with some slight mods. I think it’s the proper thing to do, I doubt they truly meant for the game to be so impossible to shoot.
3 years ago
One of our favourite ss sterns. Challenging game, with good rules.
4 years ago
I've played quite a bit of Seawitch in a home setting. After I understood the rules, I was able to really make this game sing. I love the spinner, the orbit shot is so satisfying to repeat. It's a fairly simple game overall, but for the era it represents, it's one of the games that can really hole my attention compared to many, many more of those comparable. If I grow my collection, I'd strongly consider this pin as a great example of fun in an early SS era.
4 years ago
Seawitch definitely has the "feel" of a Classic Stern -- that is a good thing. :)

Drop targets have a nice mix of easy vs. the need to take your time and plan your shot vs. just a bit of luck. Miscalculate your shot on the center bank and expect to drain, a little luck on the upper bank is always helpful.
The loop shot is rewarding; so far I've been able to hit it with both right flippers. Not so much with the lower left flipper -- I may need to learn to play a bit better. As far as the spinner goes. . . . Just like Christopher Walken needed more cowbell I need more spinner from this game. The spinner shot is rather tight and it is a challenge to rip it good. Again, if could just be me.

The sound of waves crashing is very fitting for the game, combined with the other standard Stern sounds it fits the era. There does seem to be a bit more silence/lack of background noise vs. my other Sterns.

I really like the cabinet artwork -- splashing waves of water are easy on the eyes. Backglass is a bit busy but still fun to look at; playfield is good but almost has a touch of a cartoonish vibe.

I like Seawitch and enjoy having it in my collection. I prefer the play/imagery of Cheetah and Nine Ball but couldn't/wouldn't/didn't pass the chance to add Seawitch to the lineup. I prefer the Turkey and Stuffing at Thanksgiving but still add Mashed Potatoes/Gravy to the same plate. . . its sort of the same thing, right? :)
4 years ago
Seawith is more fun to play for me than Beatles. That may be because of theme but both were at a pin show and I kept coming back to this. I had never played it before and loved the underwater feel. With some cool modern lighting it could really be superb!
5 years ago
For this era of Stern pinball, I'm much more taken with Stargazer, Big Game and Quicksilver than I am with Seawitch. I realize I may be in the minority here, as Seawitch is the darling of competition players and collectors alike. The bonus collect during gameplay via the drops is a great touch, but the shots/layout isn't all that great compared to the other Sterns of the era. Things seem tight and claustrophobic; a widebody game squeezed into a standard body cabinet. The art is also a drag, it just doesn't appeal to me. I'll take a singular focus character (Stargazer), over the split focus of characters used here. Decent game I suppose, but overshadowed by the games that came just before and just after it.
5 years ago
Nice game, fun, fast, nice back glass , i like the orbit (loop), 4 flippers , drop targets...but jus not enough to do by todays standerds ...not a keeper for me , nice addition to a big collection!!!
5 years ago
One of my favorite playfield layouts. So different and original for it’s time, it looks clunky and crowded when you look at it but plays oh so well. The Riptide shot is really satisfying, especially when made/looped from the upper right flipper. This game plays fast and furious. The backglass art could have been better, but like many early Sterns, you’re getting this one for the gameplay.
6 years ago
Beautiful Blue!
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