World Cup Soccer

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This game received 501 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.961 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #67 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.317

Artwork: 7.29

Sounds/Music: 7.467

Other Aspects: 8.201

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37 days ago
I am a big soccer fan, I really liked playing this game because of the theme. For a soccer themed game it was very fun to play with a family that is like minded around soccer, we watch soccer, we all play competitive soccer. The swirling soccer ball add a very fun random element to the the game.
37 days ago
appeals to new players and competitive players. challenging, and doesn't play too long. always get to flip with ball from plunger on flipper.
74 days ago
This game is fun for about 50 games or so. Seems really repetitive after you get used to the shots. Wizard mode and high scores come easy which kills its Lastability. Great for family play!
77 days ago
83 days ago
I never gave this game a chance. My wife bought one and I all I can say is wow. Very unique and very fun to play. The colors are great on playfield and its not complicated to figure out what to shoot at. I killed a striker machine for a project as that is a horrible soccer themed machine. This one gets it right! Great game.
4 months ago
Dam addictive game
Fun for the entire family
Mine has the lightning flippers on it, gave er some extra slope.
Play with the settings for some extra challenge
Tastefully led this playfield up
Love this game!
Btw best jpop game! Yes you heard it here guys!
Ultra fun pin!
Just one more game.....
5 months ago
Owned this for a few months - not a soccer fan, but this machine is very approachable and decent. Very beginner friendly, everybody gets shooting the goal, and the goalie is an amazing feature that incredibly saves soooo many balls!
5 months ago
WCS94 was the first game i ever "beat". Add that with me playing soccer or being a fan for most of my life, its was a given that it was one of my "grail" games. I was able to trade to get the one I currently have, which is in outstanding condition. I dont see it leaving the collection anytime in the near future.
5 months ago
I wish I loved soccer because I love this game. It is so much fun and definitely undervalued. If you get a chance to buy one you will not be disappointed in the moderate to low price you will likely have to pay.
6 months ago
One of the funniest pinball every made. Underrated because the theme is too restricted, but a lot of funny. I loved it over all.
7 months ago
a decent Jpop game , the soccer theme with a dog on the back glass is confusing , an ok game to play at a show or on location but not one I would care to own
7 months ago
A very cool gimmick, but the massive ball is a little unnecessary. A fun game that is well worth a couple of quartes, I love shooting the goal even though some aspects make it quite easy.
7 months ago
The rules are simple and all you need to do is get the ball past the goalkeeper 4 times to get multiball
8 months ago
WCS94 is one of the best dollar-for-dollar values in pinball. It's a soccer theme, which had been done before, but this game offers more than the other versions. It features the expected soccer goal and goalie, which is a fun and satisfying shot. But this game offers a lot more than just that. The spinning soccer ball is really a fantastic idea, and it works both visually and physically, causing chaos and unpredictability with your ball. If you ball touches that spinning soccer ball, by the time it reaches your flippers it can have some crazy spin on it. Control is pretty important in this game. The shots are actually pretty varied, but the shots up the middle must be precise, as the middle part of the playfield is narrow. The game includes ALOT of features. It has a kickback, several scoops (including one directly in front of the goal which can be used to shoot goals up close - great idea!) 2 excellent ramps and a magna-save above the left flipper. It also features an upper playfield with a magnet for ball saves. The goalie moves left and right to block your shots, and there are 2 more scoops, one near the goal, a "striker" shot and another for TV modes and mystery awards. For a soccer theme, this game offers a lot of variety and some very fun shots and good flow. The music and callouts are ok, perhaps a bit repetitive, but not bad. The artwork is ok, but the cabinet and translite could have been more interesting. The game looks great with mirror blades. This game features some similar shots as other hits of that era, like Scared Stiff, with 2 flowing ramps and a center toy to shoot. With the magna-save and kickback and upper magnet ball lock, this game arguably offers a lot more than SS, but costs half has much. Great game for any skill level too, as beginners can shoot goals, while seasoned players will be challenged to beat countries and get to the final wizard mode. A really solid entry from a legendary era, this one is a winner.
11 months ago
Played this a ton in college. Recently just played and didn't remember why I liked it so much.
1 year ago
I really love soccer and I love this pin. But the reason my rating is not higher is because the World Cup theme is not implemented to its full potential. The WC mascot is just standing there on backglass, when there’s an exciting soccer game behind him. I do not know what licensing rights that Bally had for this game. But they should have used the official World Cup song somewhere in the game. Also should have used the official WC ball for the spinning soccer ball. But there is a lot of great stuff: 1. Announcer screaming “Goal” 2. The moving goalie shot. 3. Trying to beat Germany in the final. 4. Advancing to the final by beating other teams 5.The animations on dot matrix are fun( Striker’s victory lap, Striker flipping a coin when you plunge the ball, fireworks, and other Bally characters pop up during one of the game modes. There are other fun animated sequences except the Boston Tea Party which has an annoying gulping sound.
1 year ago
Great game for those new to pinball and very family friendly. I think some call outs get repetitive but this pin has a lot going on that keeps you coming back back for more. You can still find these reasonably priced that makes them a great value for what your getting.
1 year ago
One of my favorite game, a lot of fun. Very fast ,the sound and callouts are really nice. Great light show, this pinball have all to be in the top ten. And for me a beautiful game.
1 year ago
Very fun and addictive game. Easy to understand and fun for all the family. Always a winner for the guest. Fast and good flow, for me,the best Popadiuk game after Cirqus Voltaire. The light show is awsome and beautiful with leds.
1 year ago
My first pin. Fantastic flow. Goalie never gets old. Right ramp is a nice challenge. Not a huge amount of rules, but still lots of fun for a quick game now and again. Underrated. Recommend.
1 year ago
I never thought I'd like a game that has a translite featuring a dog playing soccer. I was was wrong. I actually quite enjoy this game. The shots feel good, and I enjoy the playfield features a lot more than I expect. The game plays smooth. I put several games in on this and I can see myself putting several more in on it the next chance I get.
1 year ago
This is one of those weird occurrences where a game has the toys, the code, the shots, and seems to just hit all the requirements to make a top 10 game but somehow for some unknown reason just doesn’t do it. Not for me anyways.

I mean, the layout and shots are IDENTICAL to Medieval Madness. That is a good thing right?

Anyways, I just don’t know. The dog mascot doesn’t bother me. I think the goalie shot is genius with the 4 rollover targets acting as a reload so you can’t really spam the goalie shot until you hit the rollovers each time.

It is a great game. And to many people it’s one of the best.
1 year ago
A super nice pin for parties and occasional plays among friends. Certainly kid- and familyfriendly.

As a longlasting pinball table for a small collection with enough variety for a player ? Unfortunately not.

This pinball is fast and has a real cool "randomizer" in the shape of a spinning half orbit of a football, which makes missed shots interesting. The main feature is a soccer goal target in the upper playfield which is guarded by a moving goalkeeper.
The rules are not bad or shallow at all. Favourite part is where you go to different cities and build up rewards.

The pin definitively LOOKS like a lot of fun and has some real interesting ramps and layout ideas. Unfortunately the whole
impression of the gameplay is rather.....underwhelming and plain.

One reason why the game felt boring was the fact that I, as a rather average player, could hit most shots with ease. A small part of a good pinball game should be that the game has the potential to beat your ass right from the start- more than one time.

The autoplunger /"Coin Toss"-arrangement, where you shoot the ball into a short loop which like a bagatelle game drops the ball in one of three close "locations" just seemed more weird than fun or innovative.

I cant describe it any better than this. If WCS is standing next to a midcard EM-game, a onedimensional oldie like Silverball Mania or any of the B-list DMD:s like Cue Ball Wizard; sure I will play it.
If its sitting next to Highspeed 2 Getaway or Whitewater, I would not waste my time on it.

It's a shame because the game looks and sounds good. It has some real fast game action to it, but there is no pinball magic with this table.
1 year ago
classic from bally!!
1 year ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 6 - average

* Shooting for goals is great fun particularly for beginners
* Great World Cup final mode
* Spinning soccer ball a nice addition
* Fun multiball with achievable goals
* 1 of only 2 machines Bowen Kerins owns, that has to be a positive

* Not a huge variety in shots
* The 2 bottom scoops aren't worth aiming for
* Magna save though a great idea isn't very useful

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Striker PVC figures at ramp entrances
* Soccer ball shooter
* Soccer ball speaker insert for custom painted balls in speaker

What To Look For When Buying
* Cabinet fading is common
* There is an original topper for the machine though very few seem to have it installed
* Worn out spinning soccer ball
* Planking is common on this machine
* Wear around the scoops
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