World Cup Soccer

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This game received 557 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.009 /10


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This game ranks #69 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.338

Artwork: 7.359

Sounds/Music: 7.575

Other Aspects: 8.258

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3 years ago
Fun game with a nice and cheerful ambiance.
In Europe, soccer is football… and football is a great theme for a pin.
Quite easy and not the deepest game, except for the “TV Awards” scoop shoot that’s initiates multiball, that thing is one of the hardest shoots in pinball even though it´s RIGHT THERE… ;)
This is my girlfriends favorite game, so that’s a big plus for me and the staying value.. :)
3 years 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.
3 years 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.

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.
3 years ago
Now that I've had this in the rotation for a little while, I would comment as follows:

Women, children, and casuals LOVE this machine. It is very approachable, straightforward, loud, and bright! Very "pretty" game when cleaned and tastefully LED'd. Theme is so-so for me, but gets hot every 4 years, haha!

Being a competitive player, it still has its merits; set it up steep, open the out lanes, wax it, and make sure the soccer ball is grippy (or even reversed if you are glutton for punishment!), and you'll have that "one more game" feel down. The ratio to right out lane drain to right in-lane is probably 10-1 when the lanes are opened. Fresh rubber makes it significantly harder to save balls, as the out lane opening is nearly twice that of the in-lane.

Shopping the game out was a pain, but straightforward. Removing the two, ginormous ramps takes some time, and is necessary to clean/wax the orbits and change out a significant portion of the rubber and to access the pops and rollover lanes. This baby has a LOT of bulbs, if swapping to LEDs is your thing, close to 130 #555 and about 40 #44 if memory serves. Setting the correct flipper bat alignment was a little tricky, even using toothpicks in the holes; my example was missing one of the roll pin inserts and I probably had to readjust the flippers 15 times before they were perfect. Make sure the ball-lock release post is adjusted perfect, or it will not want to release a ball when there are multiple balls in the lock (really only multiplayer games).

Watch out for cracked ramps and plastics, and check the mechanical ball kick outs in the 3 saucers for damage, as they are apparently unobtanium (even though a simple mechanical lever could probably be fabbed up easily). I'd recommend adding protectors and ptfe washers during a shopout, as a lot of the areas will otherwise be inaccessible.

Overall, a really fun game that is approachable to most, and can be set up to play fast and mean. Probably not going anywhere soon, but would be easy to move should that time come. Find a clean, well maintained example, and it will bring years of enjoyment. GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!
3 years ago
Everytime i'll see it, i'll play, that's for sure. Good times!
3 years 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.
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Fun game, love the call outs. Not a soccer fan, so it drops a few points off for me.
3 years 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.
3 years 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!
3 years 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.
3 years 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).
3 years ago
Never judge a pinball machine by its back glass. Because once you get past this, the game plays beautifully. GOAL!!!
3 years 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
3 years ago
WCS has cool toys but I have never liked the game because of it's theme and artwork.
4 years 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.
4 years 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.
4 years ago
One of our families' favorite Pin! One of the most underrated unit out there! This is of course assuming that everything works perfect and the soccer ball motor isn't loud. A must have!
4 years ago
WCS makes me ill.
4 years ago
This is really a one shot game and if the goalie is not working correctly you just score shot after shot. Still its a fun little game when properly tuned but I wish there was an alternate backglass.
4 years ago
A really well themed game. The goalie makes it a lot of fun with a variety of "kicks" to score. Some of the features like the magna-save and big spinning ball are lost on me. The gameplay is real easy to follow and even novice players can have a great time.
4 years ago
It's an ok game. Not as much fun for me as i think the theme sucks. I'm not a fan of soccer at all really.
Plays pretty well and has some nice shots but it doesn't really grab me at all.
4 years ago
I would like to see this higher up on the list. It takes some practice, but it is rewarding and I know I like a machine when I miss it after it leaves a location. I will miss this one.
4 years ago
Cool game, worth a shot
4 years ago
Looked campy and unimpressive, but actually very fun to play- especially for soccer fans. Was at a pinball show and this machine was constantly in use. Highly recommended, might even consider buying.
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