|Release date||January 1986|
|System||Williams System 11|
|Artwork||Mark Sprenger, Python Anghelo|
|Music||Bill Parod, Steve Ritchie|
|Sound||Bill Parod, Eugene Jarvis|
|Voices||Steve Ritchie, Larry DeMar|
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. He was finally caught in Lodi, California on Interstate 5 and accused of speeding at 146 mph..
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.
The game was noted for the following firsts:
- First pinball to play a complete song
- First Williams pinball game to use alpha-numeric displays
- First diverter in a pinball
- First "Kick-Big" (kicker and scoop) in a pinball
- First use of Auto Percentaging (for replay scores)
- First "Jackpot" in a pinball, during multi-ball
- First Jackpot that carried over between games
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.
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.
Digital versions of this game had been released on The Pinball Arcade for multiple platforms.
- IRC Chat with Steve Ritchie
- "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.
- My Pinball Blog: T2, Getaway, and Star Trek: TNG, by Dwight Sullivan. Retrieved on 23 October 2011.