World Cup Soccer (Bally, 1994)

World Cup Soccer

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This game received 485 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.969 /10

7.969

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #54 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.3

Artwork: 7.305

Sounds/Music: 7.516

Other Aspects: 8.215



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9.176/10
16 days ago
Not necessarily a theme I am drawn to but nice shots, fun multi ball, cool ball lock, and a fun wizard mode make this machine one of my favorites.
8.020/10
27 days ago
I always enjoy playing World Cup Soccer. It's fun and has a great theme and sounds. The spinning soccer ball and goalie are great parts to the game. The theme is a little dated being from the mid-90s, but it's still one I'd like in my collection one day.
8.400/10
38 days ago
I wish more games could integrate a “moving goalie” mech into the playfield as great as WCS. There are some layout and rule “flaws” to this game which do drive me crazy at times, but the overall fun factor and soccer theme bump this game way up the leaderboard for me.
7.480/10
57 days ago
The gameplay is slick. The playfield is bright. I enjoy it overall, but i am justnot too interested in the theme. If you are a soccer fan, however, i could imagine this game would be incredible.
9.540/10
58 days ago
My favorite game ever!!
9.760/10
58 days ago
WC94 is a great game that I have had for a few years now. Created on the heals of the United States hosting the Men’s World Cup the game is hands down the best soccer pin available. The game gives you great joy when a ball is rocketed into the net and the announcer cries out GOAL!!! The game is also deep with building the lock, strikers hideout, challenging teams FTW, travel to cities, hurry ups and more. The artwork is fantastic and an LED kit makes the game pop. If I had any negatives to say about the game it would be 1. The final round hole to start multiball is a difficult shot. 2. The right ramp is equally difficult to hit. 3. The penalty shot, although cool, should rocket out of the hole. Instead it limps slowlie past the goalie. If you’re a sports fan, soccer fan or have kids the play soccer this is a no brained!
7.943/10
3 months ago
Easy to pick up and play. The rules are not that deep but can still be challenging. Expect long game times. This machine is perfect for casual play. The sound and DMD animations are outstanding and really draw you into the game. Super fun!
8.183/10
4 months ago
My first pinball.. easy to understand and easy to finish the final. A must for all the family... its not the most beautiful pinball but it is very fun. You cant regret to own it.
7.717/10
4 months ago
World Cup Soccer is a fantastic machine because of it's approachability for new players and rule set for more seasoned players. My 4 and 6 year old like this game and will just try to score goals the whole time. I like the machine and try to actually advance from city to city. The goalie is a great unique toy, and the spinning soccer ball is neat too. The sound on this is awesome with a big speaker underneath and 2 in the backbox. The animations are also very good for it's time. The music can get a little repetitive and the dog on the backglass is a love it or hate it thing. If you want a pin that's approachable to kids and beginners, and has some staying power for a more advanced player, look no farther.

Edit:
This machine left my house after a couple of months. This is a very fun machine, but is not really deep enough to hold my attention in a one machine collection. I'd buy this and put it on location in a heartbeat, but upon repeated plays there is only so much to do. Light the ball, hit the ramps, make a goal, travel, hit the ramps, make a goal, get to the world cup. I can see this as being a fantastic game to play competitively in a tournament as it is not very random, but if you are looking for a deep game this is not it. The theme is very family friendly and it is a lot of fun, but I'd look at it as a shallow but simple game, kind of like an easy fish tales as far as depth goes. I'm lowering my rating after ending my honeymoon phase with this machine. This was great for the time, but doesn't hold up as well as some other early 90s machines for depth like the Bally's Widebodies.
8.000/10
5 months ago
Everytime i'll see it, i'll play, that's for sure. Good times!
7.944/10
5 months ago
Really fun game. A bit repetitive when goals and ramps are about all there is to the game. I’m a big fan of the voice acting, same guy from NFL Blitz and NBA Jam so a blast from the past there. I will say the multiball scoring is totally out of whack with the rest of the game, but it does make it fun, and scoring a goal never gets old, especially with the assist and hearing the announcer go bananas when you score. the role over buttons have a tendency to carom the ball STDM, but the game plays fast and I catch myself playing multiple games in a row. The magna goalie is kind of fun, but not a lot you can do about it. Just doesn’t help when an STDM is coming from the top of the play field, hat magnet isn’t half as strong as t should be to actually help. Sound is repetitive but overall, happy to have in the collection.
9.180/10
6 months ago
Fun game that newbees always gravitate towards. I am not a soccer fan and I still love this game. I wish the spinning ball did more. I have had it for a few years and I am glad I got it.
7.628/10
6 months ago
Fun game, love the call outs. Not a soccer fan, so it drops a few points off for me.
7.395/10
6 months ago
Great playing DMD game that is still affordable in todays pinball market. Family friendly for the home environment with easy to grasp rules for everyone.
7.491/10
7 months ago
There’s a lot to like about this game; the toys, layout, and theme implementation are all a lot of fun. The biggest drawback in a home setting would be its overall ease. That being said, this pin is super approachable with a lot of character and appeal for novices on up.
8.188/10
9 months ago
I generally enjoy JPOP pins, and I like this one best. I'm no fan of that dog on the backglass - it would have to be replaced if I ever own one. I scored more goals in one game on this pin than I ever did in 9 years of playing real soccer as a kid. So it's fun!
7.971/10
9 months ago
This game really surprised me. The Playfield layout is one of Bally’s finest imo. Art could be better and I’m not a huge fan of the cartoon dog, but if you can get past that, it is an excellent game. Haven’t played many but the one I did play was extremely nice and expensive, so it really felt great. I don’t care for soccer at all, but I still manage to love the game. It’s really worth a look.
7.135/10
10 months ago
I had a WCS and it didn't last long. It has a good layout and theme, but there are a couple things off with it that just bugged me too much. The magnasave is the most pointless magnasave I've seen, it's basically a single-use flipper catch that's way more likely to drain on you than an actual flipper catch. Also the left loop which is important for progression sends the ball back directly to the left outlane, which is very frustrating. The sound package is pretty decent and gets you excited, but then the gameplay itself bursts that bubble.

edit: as an afterthought, the kicker arm that launches the ball into the goal on your free throw is unobtanium, if you're looking at one of these to buy, make sure that's not already cracking (or repaired, but poorly).
7.828/10
10 months ago
Never judge a pinball machine by its back glass. Because once you get past this, the game plays beautifully. GOAL!!!
8.188/10
1 year ago
Arguably the greatest game with a garbage theme. JPOP is a crook but the very fact this game exists and is such a great playing game is testament to his creativity and talent. With a better then this game would be as much $$ as all his other games
7.433/10
1 year ago
WCS has cool toys but I have never liked the game because of it's theme and artwork.
7.716/10
1 year ago
I've been playing WCS for a generation now and the machine always seems to be more than the sum of its parts. I'm not a soccer fan and certainly no fan of FIFA. The crowded playfield, the odd fall offs into outlanes, the miscellaneous frustrations of idiosyncratically-tuned machines -- all of these things should drive me crazy, but I keep shoveling quarters into WCS whenever I find one. Maybe it's lovable Striker, maybe it's the nice progression through cities, maybe it's the relatively simple wizard mode, I don't know. I can never quite put my finger on it the way I can other contemporary machines. But it has had staying power for nearly a quarter century. That makes it a great machine.

I do NOT like the LED retrofits on WCS I've seen, FWIW. They are too bright and distracting; this is meant to be a pale game, not a gaudy one.
9.272/10
1 year ago
I *LOVED* this game. The shots felt great, the rules felt great, and I really enjoy soccer as well so that helps. The spinning ball is a neat toy. The ramps felt quite smooth. I also really enjoyed the incorporation of Striker. I know that a lot of folks don't like the backglass, but I loved it! The cabinet art was kind of meh, but I liked the BG. The sounds were fun, the callouts were varied and exciting, and I overall thought the game would be a keeper in a collection.
9.840/10
1 year ago
This is one of the most popular games in our game room. It appeals to more then just soccer fans. Just like how foosball is soccer themed yet draws many people. Driving the ball into the goal past the goalie is a lot of fun then topped with the machine screaming "Goal" The game has also been very reliable and looks good with LED's. Highly recommended family theme and challenging to battle against Germany in the final draw with a non-stop 4 ball multi.
7.848/10
1 year ago
Fun game took me maybe 20ish games or so to get to the final round. it's always cool to get those goal shot's in. Always forget about the magnasave. I wanted one of these for a while, but the game is a little to "easy". Seems like some of the balls last forever. I prefer games that are a little higher stress, regardless it's a fun title. Think the thing that would keep me coming back is to try to beat the 7 billion high score that someone set on it. I only hit a little over 2 billion so I got a long way to go. at least I think it's billion, I always get confused on how they score some of these games
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