White Water

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This game received 825 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.384 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #29 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.602

Artwork: 8.315

Sounds/Music: 7.616

Other Aspects: 8.644

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1 day ago
Awesome game. Great upper play field and the artwork is great.
5 days ago
A fun pinball, but when the "WOW" sensation will end... A little bit repetitive.
46 days ago
When I step up to WW, I get a smile on my face. Its a FUN looking game and layout. The theme is comical. The shots are just hard enough to be challenging, over and over again. The rules are deep. The music is one of the best. The music is changing as you progress in the game. If you reach a certain level(score), the music changes. Plus the music awesome. Yes WW will take your ball if you are not making your shots, but this is what makes WW one of the best games. Very fast.
60 days ago
Another very nice bally Williams game. But what else did you expect?
64 days ago
It’s a classic. If you have to own two Williams, it’d be WW and FT!
74 days ago
Just a brilliant layout by Nordman, the more you play it the more you appreciate the layout, placement of shots and scoring. A fast and fun shooter, with a couple that are pretty tricky/dangerous to hit. Slickest ramps on any pin--a ramp lovers dream--and features the best use of an upper playfield on anything you'll ever play. Some really nice dimming effects with the game lighting. Topper is off the charts, especially considering no one has been able to replicate it (the pinball community got lucky the bean counters were not able to cost cut it). Creative music that builds throughout the game and fun callouts. Nordman and team really got it right.
3 months ago
Very gimmicky but fun. Didn't find myself really going back to it. But it is fun to play. Very novel. Upper playfield is cool. Pretty fun really for the couple of times I played it.
3 months ago
This game is truly a top tier pinball, a must in any serious collection. White water has a great flow and challenges you to play again and go a step further. Very entertaining.
3 months ago
I just spent a couple of hours playing a number of machines at an arcade and determined that this one is one that I would gladly own! The game has a tendency to drain the ball but, with some more playing time, this becomes a miniscule problem. As you get into the game, the theme draws you in and you find you can lose yourself in the playing! The rules are simple enough but, even without reading them (hitting it cold,) the game is absolutely enjoyable! It's going on my want list!
3 months ago
Absolutely love this game! Fun game play! Great call outs - which my friends and I find ourselves repeating to each other randomly. "WWWHITE WATERRRR!!!!"
3 months ago
White water is a fun game with a very well-integrated theme. Key features: diverter, whirlpool, boulder pop bumpers and ramps. And a Bigfoot toy. A topper apparently made with a lost technology that cannot be reproduced
4 months ago
Fun game and obviously very popular. Its cute theme draws in new players but I wish the game were in turn a little less opaque about what to do. It's very addicting once you figure it out though, and the funny bigfoot is great.

I'd guess it's a pretty reliable game considering its age, but I'd hate to have to remove the approximate 5000 parts to work on anything. The bigfoot grunts get annoying. Hard to fault this for anything though. Well planned and executed throughout.

*Wife approval* "Did you see the ball do that?" This is a favorite of hers at the arcade, although her entire objective is to make the ball go on the rolling left habitrail.
5 months ago
I have owned this game for 2 years and I feel it is a top 10 of all time. This machine screams "pinball at its best". A time when the technology is exciting enough to keep things interesting but before manufacturers started making games on the cheap lacking heart and soul.

In my personal opinion, to optimize the game experience, definitely add a few spotlights on lower playfield and one on upper. Tough light. Mountain light and mountain skull mod. LED the heck out of it. Otherwise the beautiful artwork gets lost in murkiness.

How 2018 and 2019 music theme games are ranked higher blows my mind!

Insanity falls!!!!!
5 months ago
Love the many ramps on this game, lost mine VUK is always fun. Love that sound of the ball hitting the glass off a strong shot to insanity falls. Would love to own one some day.
6 months ago
Love playing this pin on location! It might he get old in the home, but it’s one of the best multiplayer pins out there, and for a 90s pin I’d take this all day over Monster Bash.
6 months ago
Challenging and fun to play. Rules take a bit getting used to. The play field is loaded, and complex, lots of interesting shots to take and discover...
6 months ago
Really fun game! I really enjoy the setup for this game with all the ramps. It’s really nice details on it with god artwork. If you find it, buy it!
6 months ago

The good: Incredibly fun! Variety of shots. Plays fast and the shots flow well. Unique layout. Theme is a classic and should attract pretty much everyone.

The bad: Callouts can get a bit repetitive, but that's kinda nitpicky. Cabinet art is good, but isn't the best.

Overall: Amazing game. Truly one of the best. You really can't go wrong with white water. I'm always happy to spend hours on a white water.
7 months ago
I really wanted to like this game but was sadly disappointed by the constant ball drain cause by the layout of shots the upper play field look and plays well but not a machine I will likely play again
7 months ago
Fantastic game!
8 months ago
For me, White Water is the perfect example of a game someone can know nothing about, just aim for the flashing lights and do well in (assuming they can keep the ball alive). I think the game does a great job of directing you through the gameplay in a way that is just easy to understand and see. My favorite part of the PF has always been the rapids ramp. I'm a sucker for great ramps and that one is one of the greatest of all time. I'm not a fan of the lower right side of the PF as it's pretty chaotic with those pop bumpers. Lots of drain potential over there. All in all, it's a game I'll always step up and play when I see it because it's straightforward and a lot of fun.
8 months ago
Not a bad game. Well executed. If I had an arcade with 20 pins this would probably be there. But I think it doesn't offer anything especially distinctive that would place it at the top of any collector's list.
8 months ago
This game is just pure fun. The ability to light up RIVER with the inlane/outlanes means you have to be thinking the whole time even if the ball is up on the second level.
9 months ago
White water has one of the best set of multi level ramps. The callouts are good and the jackpot shots for the waterfall ramp feels visually rewarding. Theme, sound, gameplay and depth, there is just a good mix of everything here. Great waterfall effect topper
9 months ago
I've only had my beaters players machine for a few weeks, but it is fixing up quite nicely. Ramps Ramps Ramps! I love Ramps and they are integrated sooooo well in this machine. I also really like the ramp diverting yeti, and the topper is 1 of a kind. There is a great risk/reward when starting multiball, and soo much to shoot for. I really like the upper playfield and skill shot of getting it up there on the first plunge. I highly recommend this game and would put it in the same category of quick non-adventure games as Fish Tales, World Cup Soccer, and Taxi.
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