High Speed

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High Speed
High Speed Full Machine.jpg

ManufacturerWilliams
Release dateJanuary 1986
SystemWilliams System 11
Designer(s)Steve Ritchie
Programmer(s)Larry DeMar
ArtworkMark Sprenger, Python Anghelo
MusicBill Parod, Steve Ritchie
SoundBill Parod, Eugene Jarvis
VoicesSteve Ritchie, Larry DeMar
Production run17,080
 
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High Speed
High Speed Full Machine.jpg

ManufacturerWilliams
Release dateJanuary 1986
SystemWilliams System 11
Designer(s)Steve Ritchie
Programmer(s)Larry DeMar
ArtworkMark Sprenger, Python Anghelo
MusicBill Parod, Steve Ritchie
SoundBill Parod, Eugene Jarvis
VoicesSteve Ritchie, Larry DeMar
Production run17,080

High Speed is a 1986 pinball game designed by Steve Ritchie and released by Williams Electronics. This game was based on Ritchie's real-life police chase inside a 1979 Porsche 928.[1] He was finally caught in Lodi, California on Interstate 5 and accused of speeding at 146 mph.[citation needed].

During its design, High Speed was jokingly called "High Cost" by some rival Williams designers due to its then-high production cost. The advances in the mechanical design that went into High Speed, coupled with the machine's popularity, led to many machines being kept in service much longer than was previously the norm. The play surfaces of the machine were not initially given as much attention, leading to many High Speed machines seeing service to this day in extremely worn condition. Williams rapidly addressed this issue by making mylar playfield covers available and later adding hard clear paint coats to their playfields. Canadian specialist Classic Playfield Reproductions is currently working on an officially licensed High Speed 13-color Reproduction Playfield, which is due for release in 2013.

Notable features[edit]

The game was noted for the following firsts:

Reception[edit]

High Speed sold 17,080 units.

High Speed was one of the games (along with 1986's Pin*Bot and 1984's Space Shuttle) that helped revitalize the pinball industry, which had become stagnant due in part to the North American video game crash of 1983.

Notable pinball designer Pat Lawlor[2] and pinball programmer Dwight Sullivan[3] stated that High Speed is one of their favorite games.

Sequel[edit]

A sequel to this pinball was released by Ritchie in 1992. Called The Getaway: High Speed II, the game also featured some new pinball innovations.

Video game[edit]

Rare Ltd. adapted High Speed into a video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System; Tradewest published the game, which is also called High Speed, in 1991.

Resources[edit]

  1. ^ IRC Chat with Steve Ritchie
  2. ^ "My favourite machine besides my games is High Speed by the great Steve Ritchie." -- Pat Lawlor. PinballNews.com: Lawlor Talks. Retrieved on 23 October 2011.
  3. ^ My Pinball Blog: T2, Getaway, and Star Trek: TNG, by Dwight Sullivan. Retrieved on 23 October 2011.

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