White Water

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This game received 907 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.383 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #39 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.59

Artwork: 8.297

Sounds/Music: 7.669

Other Aspects: 8.64

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22 days ago
30 days ago
For an old game its a lot of fun. I normally prefer licensed titles but this one was surprisngly how fun it was despite not being a major fan of the art design and theme.
32 days ago
A machine that I am very sad that I let go. Unfortunately, far too linear for the one game collection I had at the time. This machine kicks so many goals but you need to have it in a deep collection in my opinion.
49 days ago
When I had played this machine on location I never really fell for it, but having it in a home location and sort of learning some of the tricks makes it a super addicting game. The sound comes off as a little more blown out than I would like, but putting pinsound in it really makes a difference. Quickly became my most played machine at home
60 days ago
Close to perfect game. The only change I would want would be minor adjustments to the code that might make other obscure shots a necessary part of reaching wizard mode and accomplishing tasks. The rather dangerous orbit shot to the boulder garden is sort of included, but easily avoidable. Big Foot Hot Foot mode and the lost mine could be more useful towards big scoring or helping fill in the vacation planner.
64 days ago
Another brilliant WPC game!!
70 days ago
Nicely designed playfield with ramps and “rapids” - great fun, but costly to learn on a public machine, as there seem to be a lot of quick drains with no ball save.
72 days ago
This a great game , excellent playfield assets , lots of ramps ,, a fun pin , only going up in value .
74 days ago
machine for tournaments, to have at home it becomes very repetitive. much shot to the middle without stopping
3 months ago
You can pkay again and again
Amazing jackpot vacancy
5 months ago
Wish I had more time to really get to know this game. On the surface just spending a few dozen games on it, it’s easy to understand why it’s so popular.
5 months ago
If you want a game with ramps this is it. This is a really interesting game. It comes across as a system 11 game with a dmd added. Its easy to follow and alot of fun for what it is. I dont see too many of these pop up for sale and I got a trade on one so I took it. Give it a try it is just fun and silly.
6 months ago
I’ve had this game in my lineup for 10 years and it’s going no where
6 months ago
Very fun and visually pleasing machine!!
7 months ago
A classic 90's era pinball. Still one of my favourite. Great flow, good rules, very fun machine. After one play, you want to play it again. The original topper is a gem. Must have!
9 months ago
White water is a classic, and somewhat unique theme. Wonderful ramp shots, and very rewarding “shoot the blinking light” gameplay. Getting to wet willies definitely feels like an accomplishment, and once you are good at hitting the difficult shots, you can progress they are fairly regularly. The game has good flow and variety of shots. The only critique would be for home use, the rules are not so deep.This is a title I would see owning for a few years, then moving on. Would definitely only one at some point.
10 months ago
Games played: ~25, >100 on Pinball Arcade

Good layout focused on making the ramps as fun as possible.
This is the perfect example of how a designer can use the height of the playfield all the way from the top to the bottom.
The "upper playfield" is incredibly simple but works well.

This is the low point of the game.
There are really only 2-3 objectives: getting through the rafts, multiball, and plaing whirlpool modes while doing so.
The balancing is also really off with the 3x Jackpot and x5 from playfield multiplier overpovering everything else.

Lighting is very basic and uninteresting because of the basic rules.
Animation is ok-good overall with the muliball locks and start as the most memorable moments.

Incredibly smooth and flow-y ramp shots and loops which make the game very fun, especially with those two shots from the upper flipper.
The bad part about the gameplay is the plunge, which need to be soft enough to roll back down. Trying this over and over is just annoying.

Incredible sculpted playfield art package with the mountain range and the bigfoot.
Backglass/topper and cabinet art look good as well.

Very clever to start with pretty relaxed music that gets more intense the further you progress through the game.
Sound is lacking. It mostly announces the shots made, some grunts by the yeti and some whistle noises.

The comination of the ramp shots with rafting works well.

It is fun, but only for a few games at a time.
The plunge is just plain annoying, and then the gameplay mostly revolves around hitting the middle shots to lock balls, followed by either shooting the whilpool for a mode or the insanity falls to light it.
With the imbalanced scoring and/or lacking secondary objectives there is just not that much else to go for in terms of things that are fun and also give a good reward.
10 months ago
Hands down favorite pinball machine ever
10 months ago
Love this machine! Merge a great theme with a great layout and rule set. It will be the last to leave.
10 months ago
Love this game. Recently added to my collection. It's hard to not to smile when playing this game.
10 months ago
My favorite! This machine will be the last one to leave my collection.
11 months ago
This machine is average to me. The ramps are very cool and it has a unique color scheme. I just have a hard time getting decent scores on it I think it just isn't my machine lol. In the arcade I go to that has 40 pins it's not one I come back to very often.
1 year ago
Love this Game! easily the best ramp in pinball. Every time I play this game i seem to forget about the game rules and focus on the insanity falls ramp... I love it when the ball hits the glass....
1 year ago
This is my grail game. I spent 6 years tracking one down and when one in near CQ condition popped up for sale, I pounced.

White Water is simply coolest. Fun theme, approachable by all, with a layout and rules that are perfectly married. It’s like Tetris. Sure you can score well plodding along, but you need to put the puzzle together in order to get the elusive Vacation Jackpot. I’ve only done it once so far but it’s fun trying to get there.

Best topper ever BY FAR. No contest.
1 year ago
One of the best original themed machines of all time. Playing this makes me feel like a kid in Disney world. The gameplay is solid if not a little simplistic, but the immersive feel of this machine makes up for it all. Wish this was the next CGC remake
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