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This game received 85 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.781 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #87 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Game design: 7.925

Artwork: 8.034

Sounds/Music: 6.59

Other Aspects: 8.104

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1 year 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.
1 year 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!!!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Beautiful Blue!
1 year ago
More than the sum of its parts. Along with blackout, this is my favorite backglass of all time. The playfield plastics are awesome as well, but the actual playfield and cabinet art are nothing special.

The "waves crashing" in-game sound fits well with the theme although there isn't much more to it than that.

Nothing to write home about in terms of shots or things to do and an almost worthless upper left flipper since you are shooting at targets like
3 inches away with it. But something about the flow just feels "good". Very smooth shots and a good game to just get into a groove playing. Always makes me want to play one more game.

Wish I could put my finger on why I like this machine. It's odd to really like a machine that has nothing truly memorable about its play..... but definitely try it (if you can find one). Unique.
1 year ago
Close your eyes and relax into the ebb and flow of waves - this calming rhythm marks the beginning of a new game on Seawitch, and she is a glorious experience. This game portrays seawitches as scantily clad warrior women riding fish and living amongst the skulls of men. It is a curious theme, to be sure, but apt, as this game flows like water and magic, and one can feel like the huntress Atalanta trying to hit each shot on the mark.

The game features four flippers: the standard two at the bottom, as well as two positioned about halfway up the playfield, making an asymmetrical second pair. The upper left flipper grants close, direct hits to the middle target bank and, if you are lucky enough to survive the pop bumpers, the upper targets. The upper right is angled to propel the ball around the Rip Tide loop, a contiguous orbit that evokes the swirling of a waveform (or a rip tide current, as the name implies), although it, too, can reach the middle bank of drops.

This is not a terribly complicated playfield, and it is beautiful in its simplicity. The three banks of drop targets are the main focus of scoring in the game - they advance the bonus multiplier if a bank is completed while its corresponding X insert is lit as well as advance loop value. The upper playfield, enclosed by the loop and the middle bank of drop targets, houses a ring of targets and pop bumpers. Hitting the standups in the upper playfield boost the spinner value, making any rip on the Rip Tide loop even more sweet. Under the upper-right flipper is a small lane with a lucrative rollover that feeds back into the plunger lane.

This game is wondrous. Simple though it may seem, it is great for those who enjoy drop target-centric games, and the looped layout is interesting and memorable. A good game on Seawitch is a steady flow of well-designed shots that challenge a player's skill and amply reward success. It's a lovely table with a nice art package and, as previously mentioned, even the sound of the swelling sea.
1 year ago
Seawitch is a game I knew I would love just looking at the layout. I never even got the chance to play one until I fully restored one. I traded a fully working nice condition game for a project Seawitch. It needed everything gone through anyway; so I just did everything all at once.
This game plays amazingly fast with a clearcoated/waxed playfield!! The shots are well laid out. It's all about drop targets: hit down the 3 banks advance. The orbit shot isn't a gimmy; you need to be dead on to hit the spinner and loop all the way around. Very satisfying shot when it happens! Going around the left side (for me) is more luck than anything. The right flippers just don't seem to line up right for a clean shot to the left orbit.
Definitely one of the best early Stern's made.
2 years ago
Terrible. This is one of the worst pins I have ever played. I could not wait to get rid of the one I had that was completely redone and in almost new condition. How is this a top 100 pin? I would only guess that there must be a lot of garbage and only a few good ones. That is the only thing that I can think of or people who own it want it rated higher so they give this terrible game high marks. Stern has been making terrible pins since 1980 and still make them today, at least most are, what a cheap feel to their pins and mostly sub par play.
2 years ago
Love this game - Wish I could give it a higher rating, but Centar's creepy paranormal experience stole this position's slot. #12 on my list. LOTS of fun this game has great gameplay.
2 years ago
Great game for four players. Very fun!
2 years ago
After two months of on-again off-again working on the Seawitch I bought I finally got it all set up and running. Hot Damn !! It is a fast game; It does what I bought to do. The only time the ball is not in motion is if you trap the ball with a flipper. The rest of the time is 4-flipper non-stop action.

The ruleset is not deep. You have 11 drop targets that you need to keep pounding. You have an outer orbit and you have an inner orbit.

I love the sound set.

Seawitch is not a Drain-o-matic. The outlines are friendly and you get lots of fast flipper action. But there are 3 or 4 ways it will get you SDTM.

If you grew up in the 60s and remember those old pins where you might get lucky and 15 seconds of flipper action before it was Game Over, you should give Seawitch a try if you ever have the opportunity.

EDIT: After a year of owning and playing this game for hundreds of games I am still jazzed by Seawitch action. I think of this as a pin that I would keep feeding coins to in an arcade because it gives me some fair action for my money. You have to target your shots but you don't have to be Dead Eye Dick to have a good time.

It is casual game for a casual, average, so-so player. Even with my mediocre playing skills a high percentage of the balls lost are due to my mistakes as opposed to Seawitch making cheap drains.

At TPF this year, my nephew and I played quite a few different pins. Seawitch was there. After we left, nephew said he liked playing Seawitch better than any other pin that was there. It is just a fast fun playing pin.
3 years ago
not so good as the lightning !not sa bad but i don't really like it poor gameplay...
3 years ago
Pinball game with a few variables
3 years ago
An old Stern that looks kind of OK, how much fun can that be? Actually enough fun to be put on my wishlist. Plenty of action, 4 flippers, 3 pop bumpers and a bunch drop targets. The narrow outlanes provide for lengthy play times and the arrangement of the flipper actually allow some passing. Very unique layout that makes for a nice flow and a great pinball experience. One of the very best layouts and fun games of its time. I hope to add it to my collection one day.
3 years ago
Great old Stern, my second choice next to Fathom!
3 years ago
The artwork may be my favorite on any game to date. It blends the theme perfectly and the violent sirens on the playfield and backglass are beautiful. I love the colors of the cab. Over the past 35 years, the light blues have yellowed to a seafoam green, which is one of the coolest colors ever. Bob Timm, how did you only do 2 games??

I'll have more to post once my restore is complete, but from what I've played so far, I like!

UPDATE: ultimately a major letdown for me. I just did not like the way this game played. Sold it within months of a MAJOR restore. The upper shots are ridiculously hard to hit. The geometry of this game is just poor sadly. Could/should have been a great game. :(

UPDATE #2: I still stand by my update, which really sucks for me. I WANT to love this game. The art and sound is fantastic, but the shots are just not there. The geometry to the loop on BOTH left and right sides is just plain off. It's incredibly hard to get up there, and not in a "rewarding" way, but more of luck. Everyone seems to be jonesing for this game all of a sudden, and I get it: she is gorgeous. But like many outwardly gorgeous ladies out there, there's just something missing when you really get to the heart of it.
3 years ago
SeaWitch is simply remarkable. Even after years of ownership, it is still a thrill to play every time I hit the start button. The playfield seems narrow, tight, and the ball seems to always be travelling at Mach1.

The rule set is straightforward and with 3 drop banks, the orbit, shooter return, there is always something to shoot. The pops actually serve a function as with nudging they will take down your upper drops.

The spinner is incredibly gratifying as is hitting the orbit from the upper flippers. Inlanes are wicked fast and the ball will move through them in either direction to drain down the middle or the outlane. The sound package is perfect.

This is a game that truly shines and shows that ramps and toys aren't required for a pinball adrenaline rush.
4 years ago
VERY fast playing game. Tough shots, but achievable. Makes me want to play, play, play. A top design by Mike Kubin.
4 years ago
Had a meteor and developed a taste for classic sterns. That's gone now. I just bought seawitch and 2 other games that are way newer. This game kicks both of their asses as far as I'm concerned. As stated by others it starts off kinda slow but the programming changes the sound effects on the targets the more you hit them and this baby really starts to crank. gameplay speed varies from normal to lightning fast which I feel makes it very unique. loop shot is tough to hit on either side but is hugeky rewarding when you hit it, especially on the right side with the spinner. I bought it at a reasonable price but I am going to sink some time and money into this one. I think it's worth it and there aren't that many out there.
4 years ago
Fast game but if you can get it humming.... Wow. For the era, there is a lot going on.
4 years ago
I just got this and it needs a shop job but it still plays super fast and a 100%.I played the heck out of it,probably 30 games,what a good time.Almost 35 years old and it's fun!
Drop target shots everywhere,around the PF shots are tough.
No speech but the sounds are pretty good.
4 years ago
Pretty simple ruleset but still fun. A good shooters game where 3 sets of drop targets are the main focus. Sounds are very good with the ocean background noise. Play is very fast for a pin of this era. Pretty rare pin and would recommend owning.
4 years ago
Fun game I find myself going back to frequently.
5 years ago
Beautiful pinball fun play
5 years ago
Sea Witch is a beautiful machine when taken care of. A waxed playfield and properly maintained flippers add to speed and flow. Can be a very fast game but it's enjoyable.
3 banks of drop targets is a nice effect. The riptide is a satisfying shot to make that play all the way around.

Great artwork on the playfield and the backglass.
Looking forward to more games on this early SS Stern.
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