Whirlwind (Williams, 1990)

Whirlwind

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This game received 516 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.085 /10

8.085

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #38 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.268

Artwork: 7.881

Sounds/Music: 7.315

Other Aspects: 8.368



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8.620/10
27 days ago
Whirlwind is my favorite System 11 game is probably my favorite non DMD game. It is Pat Lawlor's precursor to Adam's Family as it has a familiar layout, design, and kickouts. The Million point shot is difficult and very rewarding. The music and art are amazing although the lighting is a little dark. LEDs really bring this game to life. The music and art work package in these system 11 games are unique because they didn't come from a movie or TV show. They were created from the mind of a specialist. This era of pinball has some of the best creative games in pinball IMO. The fan was a pinball first and the spinning disc always ensures each and every game is unique and different. I highly recommend this game to everyone.
8.101/10
77 days ago
Always a fun game to play!
9.423/10
4 months ago
Early Pat Lawlor game. enough said. This is widely considered one of the classic , most beloved games of all time. And for a reason. Anyone who says different is just ridiculous. The game was made in 1989 for God's SAke! It came out in 1990 which is nearly 30 years ago. Amazing game, great layout.. and this along with Dr. Dude IMO is one of the best looking games with LED bulbs. If matched correctly the game pops.
8.691/10
4 months ago
amazing game by pat lawor! the gameplay are unbeliveble!
9.020/10
4 months ago
Classic! Whirlwind is one of the defining games of that era, it was fun, innovative and had one of the best layouts available at its time. I really loved it back then, and I still do. The idea was cool, the theme charming and they made great use of the toys (spinning discs) and the fan on top - well, not exactly a toy, but a nice feature which makes it a good game for hot summer days :).

The shots are well thought of, the flow is nice and everything just feels very balanced. Pat Lawlor already knew how to design very good games back then. The music is catchy and there are some nice details in the sound effects, just launch the ball slightly so that it drops back to the plunger and listen what happens...

Very good game I would definitely recommend to anyone!
6.594/10
4 months ago
this is a decent game in my opinion.i can't say it's one of my favorites but it is fun.also kinda unforgiving. the music also gets a bit annoying.
9.460/10
5 months ago
I love my WW and it will never leave my collection. The fan is awesome when the storm is coming. The speech and music are great, I never get bored with it. Really fun game to play, everyone seems to like to play this when they come over. Really bright playfield, especially with LED's. Pat really did a great job with this game!
6.469/10
5 months ago
I was surprised at how little I liked this game when I owned it in my small collection. Once the fan gimmick got old after a few games, there was nothing else that really stood out to me. I'm finding that Lawlor games maybe just don't do it for me like they do for others. I know this was a great game for its time but in my opinion it doesn't hold up well to today's games.
A couple other sys11 titles I've liked better are BK2K, & Mousin Around is probably my fav. I don't think WW is really a bad game but I'm sure it shines more in a larger collection.
7.599/10
5 months ago
Very unique theme and art. Great layout. Probably one of the best sys 11s. I believe it is rated just a little high though.
9.747/10
6 months ago
A true classic. Love the sound and music. Flow is great, feel the power of the wind.
8.465/10
6 months ago
Whirlwind has always been one of my favorite machines. The spinning disc in the center and fan topper has always intrigued me and the Million Plus shot, in my opinion, has a really satisfying jackpot sound and animation. The music and sounds are awesome, like most WMS games of this era, and the scoring is pretty balanced. I don't know, it's just something about this game that I absolutely love. Maybe I'm a bit partial to it since it was one of the first machines I played.
7.790/10
6 months ago
Good pin from the era. Fan topper is one of the most creative aspects of this game.Fun pin able to be enjoyed over and over. Not overly flashy just solid fun.
8.589/10
7 months ago
One of the best System 11 games and ushers in a new era of pinball as the one of the final alphanumeric display games but starts to feel more like the machines that would come after it. Beautiful artwork, really cool (literally) fan topper, and great sound package. A really fun game to play with lots of neat shots and of course the three spinning discs that really change up the game. They are the ultimate wildcard to make or break your game.
9.000/10
7 months ago
Great rules for a system 11. Has a wizard mode. Excellent shots. Making the 3 shot combo is an achievement. Played a lot in the wild so hard to find a decent “survivor”. One of the best bang for the buck pins in my opinion. Similar rules to Earthshaker but having both is a treat.
7.079/10
7 months ago
Cool game, but not a keeper for me.
9.119/10
8 months ago
All around great game! Can't seem to get tired of it.
7.419/10
9 months ago
Classic game by pat lawlor. Good rules for the time and a very satisfying side ramp shot. The spinning discs on the playfield are pretty cool and the huge fan topper is super unique. Overall a pretty fun time.
8.756/10
9 months ago
great game. classic system 11
9.016/10
9 months ago
Fun pin with fairly easy shots to achieve multiball and quite possibly the most difficult jackpot (multi millions) shot. Great for a small or large home collection
9.140/10
9 months ago
This game is my favourite. Great music, solid sound, superb gameplay wrapped in a package that simply appeals to me. I simply love it, and if a friend didn't have one, I'd be scouring the market for my own.
8.632/10
10 months ago
Just picked up a second WW. The first go around was early in my pinball collecting a few years back. It kicked my tail and I just didn’t get into it at that time. I couldn’t pass up a very nice HUO recently, so WW is back in the stable. I appreciate the game more now that I am a few years farther along in my pinball collecting and playing.

The game requires a soft touch and precision shooting. With no ball save or kickback, one has to be on point from the first plunge through the last drain. Got to hit the shots when they are there. Any miss will require great skills to get the ball back under control. I now see more ways to score than my previous one-dimensional approach of starting 3-ball multi-ball.

I lived in Overland Park KS for 13 years and married a great gal from Kansas. The theme resonates well. Love the “Welcome to Kansas” sign on the translite! The spinners and cloud fan add great elements that really plays into a storm effect.
9.347/10
10 months ago
Absolutely love it. It's a tight playfield, fast and there is no daydreaming while playing, or it's a quick drain!!
8.156/10
11 months ago
Whirlwind is has good rules, cool features, and good playfield artwork. But, I have never liked the theme, backglass art, and cabinet art.
8.480/10
1 year ago
very fun pin! i love the drop targets and shot channel through the bumpers. very tough shots but very rewarding. the additional flipper really makes this a a top 20 game. this game is not for beginners, and really demands attention to the mode you are in. overall, very stimulating and fun to play everytime.
8.824/10
1 year ago
A really fun pinball machine to play. The gimmicks of the spinning disks and fan are very immersive and raise the excitement level of the game. This game can play very fast and be difficult at times, but it's very rewarding to master the different shots. The rules are great for this era of pins and the super cellar bonus is a nice goal to aim for beyond the typical multi-ball jackpot. The two sets of pop bumpers on the game are also neat and help differentiate this game from others.
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