I was able to check out
Water (WW, WH20 or WH2O) at
that had been just been "shopped". After playing it in Jay's showroom I
can see why its such a popular pin. The fun atmosphere is immediately
apparent from taking a glance at the translite and cabinet artwork.
WH20 was voted one of the top 10 most enjoyable and collectable
pins in 2003 through 2006 voted by pinball enthusiasts. To see all top 50 pinball machines visit
From top to bottom, WH20's imaginative
artwork, playfield and rule set is used to recreate taking a country white water river
adventure on the way to Wet Willies. The topper for this pin features a very cool animated
waterfall. To achieve the effect, the topper has a string of chasing lights at the bottom that reflect off of the top marquee.
The blinking lights make the water appear to be flowing (polar motion).
Greg Freres remembered the idea for designing the topper from his experience in
advertising. The playfield has 6 translucent ramps and one wire frame ramp
for fast action that is truly gratifying to play, especially shooting a pinball
down insanity falls. The whirlpool ramp slowly funnels the pinball
around until it finally disappears into the playfield and shoots out of the lost
mine. There is even an encounter with Big Foot to top off your outdoor
country adventure. Big foot will try to prevent you from entering the cave
all while keeping a devilish smile on his face. The fury Big foot toy
moves his head and arms on certain shots for added fun. WH20 is an
incredibly fast paced pinball that requires quick reflexes. The pin balls
are constantly on the move in a loop somewhere on the playfield.
Multi-ball on WH20 is just plain madness. WH20 is one of the better lit
pins that I've seen as you can view the entire playfield even when playing in
the dark. The jam-packed playfield comes with a healthy amount of challenging
shots and features that will have one coming back
to explore its nuances for a long time.
I owned this WH20 a few
months then traded it for a
Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The game was eventually sold to good friends of mine. After eight years it
was repurchased and now resides in the collection again. What an extremely
fun and exciting pin to play. It's no wonder why it's such a popular pin.
Did you know?
Cow 1: During Attract
mode, with no credits, press the following sequence:
3L, 1S, 15R, 1S, 23L, 1S
Cow 2: During Bigfoot
Hotfoot, the fifth item in Bigfoot´s Cave is a cow.
Cow 3: When the cow in
Bigfoot´s Cave has been collected, getting the Mystery Canyon as a Whirlpool
Award will show a picture of the Spirit pulling a string on the legless cow. A
loud "moo" is heard.
This picture can also be seen very briefly in the Vacation Bonus award.
Cow 4: When you shoot
"Disaster Drop" there's a display effect where you see a splash of water coming
at you. At the end of the effect, when the water splashes, there it is: in the
lower left corner of the display.
You have to look very carefully because you can only see it in a fraction of a
On the backglass, the
man with the surprised look on his face is artist John Youssi.