Pinball: Hurricane

"It's Clown Time!"

"Hurricane should be more appropriately named 'Clowns Go Crazy'."

Hurricane is a Physical Pinball Table designed by Barry Oursler with art by Python Anghelo and John Youssi. It was released by Williams Electronics in 1991.

As before, this pinball takes players to an Amusement Park filled with clowns, carnival games, clowns, rollercoasters, and clowns. Knock down the plush cats and duck targets for prizes, then shoot the Juggler to lock the ball or a Mystery Score. Hit the Dunk Tank Dummy, ride the two Ferris Wheels, then go by the Palace for the Palace Jackpot and free Fanservice. For the biggest thrills, ride the Comet and Hurricane rollercoasters, then light up the clown's face for the Clown Time frenzy — but don't get sick when the Hurricane hits the corkscrews on the backglass...

This was the final table in Williams' "rollercoaster" series of pinballs, after Comet and Cyclone. While the first two games were widely popular for their uncomplicated gameplay and thrill ride themes, Hurricane is more divisive, with detractors turned off by the overly complicated rules, flow-breaking ferris wheels, and heavy emphasis on clowns. On the other hand, its supporters praise its strategy-oriented design, particularly the need to master multiball for the best scores.

Has no relation to Whirlwind.

The Hurricane pinball demonstrates the following tropes:

  • Amusement Park
  • Balloonacy: The backglass shows a clown being carried into the sky with a handful of balloons.
  • Cartoon Juggling: The Juggler clown on the playfield demonstrates the "Shower" style, with objects suspended in an arc between his hands.
  • The Computer Shall Taunt You: The Dunk Tank Dummy from Comet returns to annoy players.
    Dunk Dummy: "My grandma throws better than you!"
  • Combos: Pregressively higher scores are given for successive shots to the Comet or Hurricane ramps.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Comet rollercoaster from Comet appears once more in the game.
    • Two of the rollercoaster riders on the backglass are wearing "Comet" and "Cyclone" T-shirts.
  • Culture Equals Costume: An (obscured) indian with a feathered headdress is seen riding the coaster on the backglass.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: The Hurricane rollercoaster car in the backbox spins whenever you shoot the Hurricane playfield ramp or the Mystery Score.
  • Ferris Wheel Date Moment/First Kiss: Seen on the ferris wheels.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The windows in the Palace tower show several big-busted women flashing themselves at the crowd below, as well as someone mooning the viewer. Outside there is an artist drawing the torso of a naked woman.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The player must complete six goals to light up the clown's face and activate the Clown Time frenzy.
  • Harmless Electrocution: One of the animations during Clown Time is a clown electrocuting himself while plugging in an amp.
  • Monster Clown: The cars of the Hurricane rollercoaster have the face of a manically grinning clown sporting razor-sharp teeth.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Lots of them, all over the game.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: One of the rollercoaster riders on the backglass is the Energizer Bunny.
  • Nuns Are Funny: A pair of nuns are shown riding the Hurricane on the backglass; one's cheering excitedly while the other is praying in fear.
  • Progressive Jackpot: On default settings, the PALACE Jackpot and the clown face lights carry over until someone claims them.
  • Sequel Escalation: Hurricane is Comet and Cyclone with two ferris wheels and lots of clowns!
  • Skill Shot: Launch the ball around the playfield, then immediately shoot the Hurricane ramp.
  • Slapstick: During Clown Time, making key shots will play clips of clowns performing various slapstick routines.
  • Spelling Bonus: P-A-L-A-C-E enables the Palace Jackpot at the Juggler.
  • Top-Down View: Once again, the playfield shows the park from an overhead view, looking down at the people.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: One of the backglass rollercoaster riders is a man vomiting into a paper bag.
  • Zonk: One of the Mystery Score rewards is "Absolutely Nothing".