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This game received 568 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.133 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #53 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.322

Artwork: 7.92

Sounds/Music: 7.399

Other Aspects: 8.42

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9 years ago
I really enjoy Whirlwind. It's brutally difficult, but with enough practice, it's one of the most fun Lawlor designs I've ever played. Not very "deep", but the difficulty makes the very short amount of objectives hard to accomplish. Definite "must-play".
9 years ago
The best System 11 game IMHO. Great game with tons of good shots. Favorite among guests.
9 years ago
An incredibly hard game in real life, but perhaps my favorite of all of FarSight's emulated tables from their Williams Collection. I consider this an FunHouse to be siblings, if you will, and I've always preferred this one. I laugh every time I hear the old man say, "BY CRACKY!"
9 years ago
when I see this pinball for the 1st time I love the poetic topper woth the clouds and the wind and when I play I was in love with this flip a very goof williams !
9 years ago
Game flow was good but not great. Maybe I needed 10 more games to get a good feeling from the game.
9 years ago
I like WW alot. Fun pin for everyone. Has staying power. Left ramp can be a tough shot and therefore very satisfying
9 years ago
I bought this game on the Chicago theme. It was in a bare when i was a kid. It still has fun plays every time i play it. I still have not gotten board of it, its one of my oldest machines, good fun. Pats stuff is great #1 fan
9 years ago
After about 6 months of owning this game I am ready to review it.
This game is one of the best ever! LOVE IT!!!
"Toys and Gimmicks"? The spinning discs and fan blower are excellent!
"Layout and gameplay"? Excellent and quite a challenge! Epic replayability!
The only places I rated this pin a little lower were in the sounds department just because of the lady saying "Oh Millions" over and over when million is lit... could of had SOME variation there!
Thats it, I really like the music and the music that you get when you hit millions in multiball is sooooo satisfying!
9 years ago
Better alphanumeric for me.....
9 years ago
Would love to own this machine one day. Absolute classic design and very fun
9 years ago
Whirlwind was one of the first games I started getting better than other people at, and I will always have a soft spot for it. Classic Lawlor design with a great theme and sounds. All time great!
9 years ago
I am normally a big DMD pinball fan. This game however wont be leaving my collection anytime soon. theme done great, simple and challenging. three spinning discs change the balls direction adding a whole new dimension to the game. the art work is great inside and out. plus the topper adds a great feel to the game and theme.
9 years ago
This is the first pinball machine I ever played. I didn't like pinball at the time (back in '89-'90), but I remember that I enjoyed this game anyway and thought the fan on top was a cool touch. Still fun in 2012...
9 years ago
This is one of my favorite pins, classic styling and gameplay all around. While it's not super deep or flashy, it's just damn fun to play.
9 years ago
One of my all time favorite games. I played it the week it was released, then regularly for a few years. Then as an adult I acquired my own very nice example and not surprisingly the fun factor is still the same. WW is a timeless pin that I will never be bored with. If I had to describe pinball to an alien civilization with three examples, WW would be one of them certainly.
9 years ago
I had this game for about 3 years. I sold it shortly after NGG, but I think Whirlwind is the better of those 2 games.

EDIT: I bought another WW, and will be doing a playfield swap once CPR finishes. It will probably stay in the collection this time.
9 years ago
Classic Lawlor design, engaging ruleset, very fun to play and challenging. Tough jackpots when you're feeling the power of wind. One of my favorite 3 shot combos.
9 years ago
This is one of the pins I remember the most from when I was playing as a young boy. The fan on top was really awesome because I played in the local tavern and during the summer time it was really hot in there with no A/C so I would play just trying to get the fan to kick on to cool me off. Very COOL machine!
9 years ago
The spinning discs in the playfield and the fan blowing wind at you from the topper add to an already awesome game! Great fun. I'm really enjoying the game a lot more now that I own one!
9 years ago
Whirlwind is my favorite of the System 11 games, thanks to the genius of that there Pat Lawlor fella'. The game's rules, sound, and artwork really take you deep into the eye of the storm. You're there. You feel it (literally). Lawlor put the icing on the cake by adding a topper in the form of a fan that blows air into your face when you're attempting to start multiball and/or score jackpots. Just fucking genius.
9 years ago
One of Lawlor's finest, need to stick one next to my Earthshaker
9 years ago
hard to find one to buy,play it and you will see why
9 years ago
Great game, spinning disks add another dimension to the game. Plays fast and has really good flow. The fan on top is a nice touch.
9 years ago
One of the memorable games of my childhood, and the only one that I still hold in high regard.
9 years ago
In my opinion, Pat Lawlor (the designer of Whirlwind) is all about fun, and this title definitely reflects that. From the spinning playfield discs to the backbox fan to the elegant ruleset, this pin is good, clean, accessible fun, and great on long lasting entertainment.
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