Swords of Fury (Williams, 1988)

Swords of Fury

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This game received 168 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.698 /10

7.698

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #97 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.58

Artwork: 7.84

Sounds/Music: 7.488

Other Aspects: 7.651



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8.183/10
3 months ago
I really like this game a lot. I've only played it a handful of time where everything works as it should. But, when the upper playfield actually is working right and proper the game is really amazing and fun. It has two horseshoe shots one lower and one upper and both are fun, and a bit dangerous to hit. Really, like all old school pinball games, this game can be unforgiving if you are not familiar with how it plays and bounces. I love the theme. This really is to me one of the best themes ever. And while I don't love the artwork, I do like it a good bit. The playfield art and plastics look nice and are just as good as any playfield art around. And to me, the playfield art gives me the vibe that I'm playing gauntlet. Just the perspectives that were used, that's just how it feels to me and that is a great feeling. The backglass art is nice, but I wouldn't say great. I don't think it pops as well as what it could, but the art isn't bad, its just to me lacking the certain Frazetta feeling I prefer in my sword and sorcery art. But, then again... There was only one Frazetta and so you can't blame a person for not being up to Frank's ability. No one is... Back to the pin. I hate the Cab art. Its fine for a pinball machine and it certainly fits... Its just boring. But, it does fit the theme... But, its a pin where you won't care if it gets hidden. Now, the gameplay... Its a nice smooth shooter. Lots to shot for. In my opinion... Which doesn't mean anything because I haven't played enough actual pins... But, I think this game has one of the best upper playfields ever designed. Modern games not withstanding, but out of the classic era, I think this might be the best upper playfield. There are a few ways to reach it. And its fun when you rip a shot and it gets sent back up there. And when the game plays right, its a fun little playfield that you hit your shots and it sends the ball back down and you can start over again. And I think the game strikes a nice balance between the two. You don't need to get to the upper playfield, but if you do you are rewarded with a good bit of points. Lastly what I think this game might have the best or some of the best is the sound. The callouts are amazing and epic. And epic music as well. The callouts might repeat a lot, but they're amazing so it doesn't matter. Go for the tunnel. Just sounds so dramatic. And who can forget "LIONMAN!" All in all this is a solid game. Is it a deep game. No... But, its a game you can turn on and play for 10-30 minutes and really isn't that what pinball should be all about.
8.396/10
4 months ago
Helped a fellow pin collector fix a minor flipper problem a while ago. First time playing this machine or even ever seeing it. I had read about its collectibility and fun game play! I must say I was not disappointed! After the repairs where completed we played several games and it gave me a different perspective on games from that era! Previously to seeing this machine I thought that I had a very clear idea on what I wanted in my collection. Mostly A list machines. That would of been a mistake! Shit, think I’m going to need a bigger space! Hope this helps! Mike
9.474/10
5 months ago
What a beautifull and challenging game! It rocks!
9.900/10
6 months ago
The music and sound on SOF are classic Williams. Love the flow and upper mini playfield. Never gets boring for me. An under appreciated classic game.
8.905/10
6 months ago
This game, for it's time, just rocks. The music is probably the best in pinball, the stock sound system is crazy good, the layout and shots flow very well, and the fun factor is at the top of the list in my lineup. It definitely has the "just one more" game appeal. I see where it gets a little hate because of the scoring, and yes, there have been a couple times where I've let a ball or two drain, just to get my initials on the high score, without turning it over. Hey guys (and gals), it's pinball. It's fun, it's fairly priced, (for the moment), and it looks and sounds great. Those are the criteria that make it a keeper in my home. I've looked for one for quite some time, and my good pinball friend "reddog" in Cincinnati finally hooked me up. I love it, and it's not going anywhere! Love the theme. Not really any "toys" to speak of, but, like F14, it doesn't need them. The ramps are a blast to hit, and the 2 or 3 ball multiball is fun and challenging. The chute to load multiball is not an easy shot at 1st, and I'm still getting it down. The jackpot isn't real easy to obtain either. Rules are simple and fun. Great for beginners, and seasoned players alike, in my opinion. If you are one of those people that get upset playing golf, this one might not be in the cards for ya. Just sayin. Worthy of its current spot at 96, and even higher. Love my system 11's, and would like to have even more. Great value, great fun, and great quality. These 80s and 90s Williams and Bally games are the best pinball machines out there, in my book. "Lionman! Take Ogre down!"
10.000/10
7 months ago
Amazing sounds and as FUN as it gets in pinball. I love System 11's and this is one of the best!
7.362/10
7 months ago
One of my all time favorite sys 11 games. Music is hands down the best on any pinball machine. Really deserves to be in Top 100.
8.754/10
8 months ago
I agree with most others, music absolutely rocks on this game and is integrated very well into the theme. Even the simple credit sound makes me excited to play. I really like the flow of you get on a roll with the two horseshoe's. Like other system 11's gameplay and rules are not deep but this is a great "time for 1-2" games real quick type addition to your collection.
8.379/10
9 months ago
great game for its time. Love the music and lionman!!
7.346/10
10 months ago
LIONMAN!
7.655/10
11 months ago
Great game of the 80's. rather simple from a gameplay point of view. But fun game to play. Love the multiball, getting up that mini playfield and getting your jackpot by hitting the lighted target. Sound is really super!

Love the dark theme!
9.221/10
1 year ago
Pros: Hard not to love. Excellent original theme (borrowed Tolkien influenced original that is). Fun shots, cool upper PF. Amazing music, probably #2 after Pinbot for SYS11 games. Good art and coherent design overall.

Cons: A bit easy. Rules could be better (slightly uneven scoring/jackpot). Does become repetitive. Sword sounds on flippers becomes annoying.

update: the code in this game is really good. ball to ball differences in code make thing more interesting for the mp and ramp without making scoring lopsided. Some of the cons i listed above don't really bother me 100's of games later. The r&l ramp shots aren't easy to hit consistently, and missing them (especially the left) usually means a rebound sdtm.
This game is well balanced. Defensive enough, but not a drain monster. Let ur guard down though, and ur done.it is fast as well, despite the cluttered PF layout. It certainly isn't 100% stop and go, but a combo.
6.483/10
1 year ago
A good old SS with an interesting layout and a great Synth sound track.
8.556/10
1 year ago
A fast action table that gets the blood pumping. The upper playfield is fun, the lock shot is challenging and the center post adds an interesting element. I really like the sound package overall - music, sounds and callouts are quite good. One of my favorite system 11 machines, although still a few more to try. There are a couple shots that often result in death when you make them, so you feel conned when the ball drains and the game does its evil laugh. But you learn and come back for more!
8.859/10
1 year ago
The music on this game is epic, one of the best pinball soundtracks. Its fast, fun, and has a very interesting playfield layout with hidden tunnels, sideways ramps, and a very full/tight look and feel.
9.642/10
1 year ago
SOF is an amazing game. Incredible layout. Very creative. Fun upper playfield (which is rare). Very little wasted space on the layout, aside from the "horseshoe" in the lower left. Right up there with Taxi vying for my favorite system 11 game.
8.140/10
1 year ago
SUMMMARY
I put this just next to Pinbot in coolness for system 11s: Two horseshoes, Three spinners, and a bank of non-sweepable drops.

LAYOUT:
Action/Per/Minute: high
Backhands: yes, both outside lanes are possible
Bonus Multiplier Goal: (unknown)
Dink Donk: good a little in the upper middle area
Drops: one bank top left
Drops Sweep: nope
Extra Balls: yes
Flippers: 4
Goal -EB/BC/MB/Jackpot: progressive jackpot, extra ball goals
Hurry-ups: yes! good on on the upper center ramp shot
Inlane Lane Change: no
Inlane Ramp Release: no spoon-feeding ramps
Inlane Swoosh: very good
Jackpot/Bonus Collect: (unknown)
Lane Change: no
MB Earning: yes, lock left lane
MB Fun: very good
Metal Ramp: none
Nudging: yes
Orbits (Repeatable): none
Outlane Fun: good
Pops: none
Rules (time/order): one good hurry up I know of
Shots (total): 10?
Skill Shot: nope
Slap-Saves: yes - it’s Williams
Spinners: 3 !
Stop'n'Go: almost none - just the ball lock (like grand lizard)
Taunting: yes
Toy/Gimmick: upper PF is very cool
Voice / V. choreography: somewhat… need more info

ART: great - love orange and light blue
SOUND: great music
FEEL: great
OVERALL: great
8.692/10
1 year ago
For its time this game was awesome. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to purchase one and I really love it. It takes me back to an era in time when I was young. Obviously the music is a 10 its the best music package hands down. The small loop shots are fun and I really enjoy the mini playfield.

My only gripe might be that you can backhand the lock if you capture the ball on the top flipper of the main playfield. Fun to steal your buddy's multiball and the jackpot is always a challenge worth getting.
4.027/10
1 year ago
Another shallow game. "Lion man" has to be the best call out in pinball.
9.074/10
1 year ago
Best soundtrack in all of pinball. Scores maxing out is a major flaw, but one of the only ones. I feel this game should really be in the top 100. also lion man.
6.891/10
1 year ago
Fun to play at an arcade, very tough. Call outs aren't the best and once you get on the upper playfield you get big points. Pretty one dimensional, but still fun
6.988/10
1 year ago
Nice looking game, with great artwork and amazing music, one of the more charming 80s games. Maybe not very lastable.
4.167/10
1 year ago
I owned this machine for over a year. I really wanted to like it, but it's the only machine (of my currently 17) that I've ever sold. If you're thinking about buying one, expect to spend a lot of time/money on that flaky strange drop target contraption on the upper playfield. Do your research.

I don't consider myself a tournament-worthy player. It's quite an easy game to play with no real challenging shots, so it just didn't hold my interest. Pretty much every time I played I would go over 10m points on Hard settings, and since it only tracks points up to 9,999,999, well.... that's not very challenging.

The way the drop targets work on the upper playfield is kind of cool, but I found it extremely easy to knock down those targets with that little flipper.

The sounds are kind of in the same vein as AFM or MM but somehow not as funny or engaging. I know, "LIONMAN!" yes it's funny but there are so few voice sounds they get old really fast. SOF's sophomoric PG13 sexual innuendo is charming, and the 80s sounds/music are solid, but it's not enough to make up for a weak game overall. I haven't missed it since I sold it a few years ago, and I don't need to play it again.
8.345/10
1 year ago
What a great table that I never had the chance to play before just recently!

For a game minus pop bumpers, and a unique and head scratching layout I was at first scared... but as I began to play I realized that this thing is a true classic that should not be missed. Game play wise, I can see how some may think this doesn't have many shots, but once you understand the nuances to the scoring, it becomes an addictive monster. I love the horseshoe lanes and the way the switches work for scoring and truly feel the mini playfield is one of the best out there.

3 games top my list in the music department (which is such an important element for any game IMO) and this one is one of them (Mystery Castle and Phantom of the Opera being the other 2).

The theme of a game is also big on my list, as I gravitate towards the scary and darker tables, and this one fits right in with the rest of my collection. The art is fantastically retro, and the colors used throughout are outstanding. The only thing I think could have used a bit more refinement would be the backglass. It's cool but just not as amazing as the playfield or side art.

Overall I'm in love and feel that this game needs a bit more recognition for truly trying something different in an era that was slowly changing to a more toy-centric pinball experience. Right now it's one of my most recent acquisitions and also one of my favorites. Hunt one down... I bet you'll like it!
9.305/10
1 year ago
I purchased a non working SOF. This was the first machine I had to replace a lot of components on. It was exciting the day I got it to 100%. It is a addicting machine to play and am so glad to have added it to my collection. I had never played this game before I owned it. The music is awesome too.
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