White Water (Williams, 1993)

White Water

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This game received 789 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.385 /10

8.385

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This game ranks #22 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.596

Artwork: 8.346

Sounds/Music: 7.581

Other Aspects: 8.638



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7.816/10
11 days ago
Fun playing rafting themed game with great music and nice shots that have a good feel to them. This game has really good gameplay but is a bit lacking in artwork and lighting design. It's a bit dark like most 90's games and the colors are all brown and blue. Good game to have in a small to medium collection.
8.680/10
14 days ago
First couple of plays, I could not stand this game. After watching the local pinball whiz rack up a score in the 800 millions, figured I needed to give it some more love because it was clearly user error. Now I’m a fan and have it on my wish list. So Likes —- insanity fall shot is super unique and adds to the satisfaction when you hit it, feels roller coaster-ish, and I like the upper playing field having two separate shots. I also like having more than one shot to go to the upper Playfield and neither are difficult so it’s easy to complete modes. The voice acting is funny to me but I could see it getting old after awhile and who doesn’t love Bigfoot. Ok, so the bads, hate the bumpers on the right blocking any kind of shot that way, though technically I know there’s a shot there. Also I think that hidden shot on the left is tricky. I die when I intend to get it and only ever hit it on a ricochet or lucky bounce. Plenty of orbit shots go straight down the middle and it’s like your reward for hitting the shot is to send it right where it hurts. Also the ball lock needs some kind of diverter, can’t tell you how many times I hit it up there with less than full velocity, and it just falls STDM and kills me. Also, some weird sounds go on with this game, not sure if it’s a Bigfoot rumble or what, but there’s a loud whirring bass that is just distracting, admittedly maybe machine specific, but it’s pretty offputting for me. Still, I like the game, simple and straight forward with opportunities to get rewarded for combos, 5x Playfield and the whirlpool multiball thing is fun. Local pro had multiple balls going and it was pretty mesmering to watch when that baby got humming. I want one!!!
8.364/10
35 days ago
This game is the champion of flow. I adore all the ramps and loops and they tie the theme together nicely. Boomerang Bend and the Secret Passage, as well as Insanity Falls and Bigfoot Bluff are all super satisfying - and very difficult to hit when you're in a tournament setting! Rules are pretty solid, not a huge level of depth but there's a definite sense of progression and the vacation planner has quite a few aspects to it. Vacation Jackpot is a thrill to score. Aside from the audio being a little grainy and repetitive, I only have good things to say about this game.
8.412/10
50 days ago
Love the theme and the layout of White Water. Wish the sound was a little better, but I guess you can't have it all. The rules are a little on the lighter side, but this is an older 90's game so not expecting more than that. Wish they still did generic family friendly fun non-licensed themes like this today. Head for Bigfoot Bluff!
8.844/10
62 days ago
Whitewater is an intriguing game. It’s full of loops and ramps so that the majority of shots come screeching back at you. I think this means it has great flow. The upper playfield area has so many different ramps you really have to study the area a bit before you understand where they are all leading. And what a great upper playfield ! – excellently executed and you generally don’t get more than one chance to make your shot before the ball rolls back down to the main playfield. The Insanity Falls ramp and the Whirlpool – well somebody had to eventually create such ramps and they happen to be both in this game.
The rules are pretty deep. On the one hand you are trying to reach Wet Willies and once there you have a rather challenging wizard mode. On the other hand you have the vacation bonus which requires you to complete four tasks – 3 of which you would be going for anyway and a fourth one (reaching River Class 6) which requires chopping a lot of wood on the left bank of stand-ups.
All the while there are a number of modes (most, but not all from whirlpool awards). I’m always amused by the “man overboard” hurry-up – if you can’t save him Willi says “Lost another one”.
I find the excessive points you can score during Whitewater Multiball (it’s absolutely bananas if you happen to have 5x playfield value scoring – this happened to me once when I was able to nail the jackpots and it will probably remain one of my high scoring games for years to come) makes the scoring perhaps a tad unbalanced, but hey, I am sure this was Mr. Nordman’s intention so who am I to complain.
Cool and unusual music and the call outs are quite good. Light show is pretty good, but the inserts are fairly small. Funny animations, but I find myself so busy playing the game I rarely see them.
8.958/10
74 days ago
Smooth game with a lot of balance. That right orbit is a killer shot when you need it. Love the how the music subtlety changes as you advance the raft. Unique layout.
9.600/10
86 days ago
This is one game I can play over and over.
7.907/10
3 months ago
To me, the main attraction to White Water is the theme and its looks. It just draws you in with all the mountains and ramps and it really gives you that 'vacation' feeling.

When I first played it, however, it was a bit of a disappointment. I remember expecting it to be a lot easier, as it can be quite a tough game. I guess I just wanted to glide over all the ramps and enjoy the scenery, but instead was faced with nasty straight down the middle balls and unexpectedly dangerous shots from the left kicker hole.

The flow in this game is not the greatest to me, because a lot of shots take a long time to get back to the flippers. Also the fact that a lot of the playfield is obscured doesnt help much.

It's still a good game of course, but I just expected more because of all the praise it receives.
7.621/10
3 months ago
WH20 is a great pin with some neat toys, cool ramps and fun theme. I have nostalgic memories of playing this machine as a youngster, and I was happy to play it again many years later on location. While the game was a lot of fun to play, it didn’t completely live up to my fond memories.
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DESIGN & TOYS
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— The game’s primary mountain ramp/yeti toy is awesome.
— Comboing the lower to upper side ramp is FUN!
— The crazy rise on the side ramp is fun, especially when the glass gets a ball smack!
— The moving Yeti is a fun toy

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THEME/LIGHTING/SOUND
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— I’m not a hug fan of the rafting theme, but I’m glad it’s not a license.
— The playflied is meh... again, it’s rafting...
— The lighting is par for the time.

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GAMEPLAY
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— This game can have some nice flow with the upper shots.
— The shots are pretty straightforward and pretty easy after a while.
— Central posts can be punishing if you miss a shot, which is good.

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CRITICISMS
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— The game has a pretty shallow rule set.
— After you get used to the upper shots, there’s not much left to the game.
— The game takes up far too much space at the back end for the upper play field.
— The game feels like half a playfield, as if you’re shooting into darkness. I like to see more.


In the end, White Water is a wonderful game in the classic w/b style from the best era of pinball. I play this game when I can find it on location, but I would pass on owning it due to the shallow rule set and shallow playfield. There are games with many more shots that maintain a better view of the playfield. This game has a claustrophobic feel to me.
10.000/10
3 months ago
I own it and will never sell it nough said
9.067/10
3 months ago
Super attractive and fun game to play. Fantastic layout, unique gimmicks. What is there not to like about this game? If I could change one thing, I would just remove the boulder garden to open up the right side of the playfield.
8.179/10
3 months ago
LOVE this game. Theme is super unique and coding is excellent. Vacation Jackpot is one of a kind. Do wish it was a little cheaper though. WHITE WATER!!!!!
7.575/10
4 months ago
very fun game, lots of ramps and shots, Bigfoot is cool. game is crowded and playfield feels small because of all the ramps and boulders. DMD dots are dated by today's standards. Artwork and theme are stellar and the game looks great in any lineup.
9.360/10
4 months ago
Wow, what a great game.

Pros

-Totally unique and cool upper play field with several thenings to do, unlike make mini or upper play field
-Totally unique jackpot for multi ball
- many shots to make
- pretty descent rule set. Not an easy game by any means
-cool cabinet and back glass
-great theme intrigration
-awesome ramps on lower and upper play field

Cons

I really can find much, but I will try.

-when you start the game repetitive voice
-I cant find a way to give any 5-15 second ball save. at least I can't find it. You will be having agreat game and lose 2 balls in 2 seconds and you're done.
- cramped play field, but it was done close to perfection
7.861/10
4 months ago
Not my cup of tea, the main visible playfield area is too small and cramped, and the ball is out of sight too much on the right side. Fun theme though.
8.600/10
5 months ago
One of the best looking machines out there. Love the artwork, the cabinet, the topper is awesome. The play field is loaded with all kinds of cool ramps. This game is hard! Lots of things to distract you when you’re playing and that ball can go crazy in this machine. Almost every time I play this game a ball goes whizzing off a ramp and flings right down the middle... kind of like whitewater rafting. It’s very unpredictable. I’m sure this one made operators lots of money because the average person won’t master this quickly.
8.368/10
5 months ago
Fun game a bit repetitive after a while but the music keeps you want to play
7.189/10
5 months ago
I can't get on board with how popular this game is. I played it but it didn't feel challenging enough and it didn't leave me wanting to play it again after walking away from it. To each his own.
9.304/10
5 months ago
One of the best games I had the chance to spend alot of time with. Theme integration is fantastic. Game plays like a story out in thewilderness; advancing down the river, watch out for big foot, light his toes to sneak by him, go down a whirlpool as many times as you can, try to make it all the way to wet willies.
Art may be a bit silly but I like the fact its a non-liscenced theme and the overall fun factor is undeniable.
9.162/10
5 months ago
One of the best machines ever. Amazing flow, probably the best toy ever in Bigfoot, immediately draws you with the upper playfield design, clear progression system, and the iconic Wet Willy voice. Only gripes are the frustration of the jet bumpers right near right outlane and the sdtm tendency of boomerang bend (hitting the hardest shot in the game should not lead to a drain so often, mitigated by the alternative ways of clearing this shot via disaster drops and bounce back lighting). Amazing.
8.264/10
7 months ago
This is a very good machine. It's not an all-time classic, but it's right up there.
8.996/10
8 months ago
Very cool and unique game a Williams classic for sure
9.360/10
10 months ago
Not having it, but one of my favorite pinball machine. Fun to play, very good theme.
10.000/10
10 months ago
This is the pinnacle of pinball. I love every little detail of this game.
The game is deep. The theme is original and fun. The artwork is fantastic. The sound is second to none.
The closest thing we have to a perfect 10 in pinball.
8.626/10
10 months ago
Great game. Excellent flow, which is surprising given the design and heavy use of upper playfield. REALLY fun. Only complaint is with music and sounds, and the dots are limited. Hardly matters. Fun design and pretty good art package. This one is a keeper and belongs among the classics. And, it features Bigfoot! diverting shots on the very important upper playfield! Bigfoot!
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