Bad Cats (Williams, 1989)

Bad Cats

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This machine got 77 approved ratings and currently scores 7.426 out of 10 points.

This ranks this machine #126 in the Pinside Ranking.

7.426

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.338

Artwork: 7.996

Sounds/Music: 6.865

Other Aspects: 7.414



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7.432

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“Love feline's Great theme Want to own one”


“Meow, meow, meow, meow! Get used to hearing that...fun game, with a unique theme. I think it may get old after many plays but always worth a few quarters if you see one. The spinner in the middle is pretty cool. Rules are pretty simple.”


“Bad Cats has a great, fun theme with some really cool artwork. The back glass is fantastic and some of the sounds are really cute, but I found what little flow it had repetitive. Ramps can be tough to hit and usually thud off the rubber post at the base of the Tiger Ramp and Fishbowl Ramp. This pin would have really benefited from stand-up targets at the bases of the ramps. The 2 banks of drop targets were a nice touch, but I just didn't feel like it was integrated into the game all that well, the right bank of targets just seemed to get hit by luck. I thought the Fishbone target plunger was a unique cool feature, but would have liked to seen more variety of rewards.

Scoring was somewhat unbalance; Jackpots could get beyond huge in comparison to regular game scoring. Parts are almost impossible to come by and cabinet fading is very common. It did look beautiful decked out in LEDs. This could be a great game in the right collection, especially in with other system 11's (Although I personally found most System 11's to be considerable better). In my case this was sandwiched between 4 modern DMD games all in the top 30, so the competition was tough and Bad Cats showed it's age.

I should mention that my Bad Cats played great, but it was a player, and I really prefer near mint pins. That might have been a small turn off from the beginning.”

  • Toasterdog has owned this game in the past.

  • “Truly a unique machine made in the golden age. It is unlikely we will ever see machines produced with such risky themes ever again. The highlight of this one is the artwork throughout. Regardless of whether you like cats or not, you have to admit that Python did a great job incorporating all of the elements into a quirky and unique experience. From the amazing backglass to the art and toys on the playfield, everything seems to be in its right place and it is pleasing to view. The layout is interesting enough and most shots have a decent flow to them, with only a few requiring stop-and-go to hit. Sound effects are fantastic, including the FM generated meows.

    Some downsides are the game rules and the scoring element being odd. Some bonuses and shots make sense, others don't. The fishbowl ramp multiplier is too easy to get stacked quickly. The last ball 20 million shot is interesting, but makes the first few balls seem less meaningful. Spelling BADCATS is difficult and not worth the risk/reward. Changing the spell-out to score 20 million and turning the 3rd ball bonus into 5 million instead would instantly improve the game. The music, although it is catchy, is a bit repetitive and could have used more variation.”

  • thedefog has this game on the wishlist.

  • “My son and I were able to find a common ground with this pinball machine. It's got a very beautiful artwork package throughout. The sounds are very cute and fun with a decent amount of variety. It's not a very difficult machine to master, but I keep going back to play it!”

  • jonogo currently owns this game.

  • “Bad Cats is my first pinball, i bought it in the end of 90's.
    So it's a special pinball machine for me.
    Very beautifull pinball (backglass, cabinet, playfield, all is beautifull), . Nice gameplay, i've played it a lot.”

  • jef currently owns this game.

  • “Good flow to the actual play, but that's about it. Doesn't measure up to others from that time period.”


    “My wife and I originally played this at the best arcade ever (A. W.'s house, GA). His was in immaculate (basically) condition with an NOS crated PF installed and just sparkled. A fun game I really only played one quick game but my wife fell in love with it. I picked one up (with some crappy translite replacement - to be replaced) at the Atl pinswap 2013. After fixing a few issues and cleaning up the playfield (really makes it play faster and smoother) it is a lot of fun.

    First of all, the theme probably isn't for everyone. If you love animals (cats and dogs that is) you'll probably love the theme though. The sounds are great, the music catchy but not overwhelming, and certain moments just make you dance. When the S-E-A-F-O-O-D chorus plays or the Curiosity Spin goes off you just want to shake a bit with the spinning wheel tune. When you get the Fishbowl ramp and MEOW-MEOW-MEOW-MEOW...well, it's just a fun all around game. Some challenging shots. The ruleset is definitely not deep but it can be challenging enough to rack up scores beyond the 20M mark (jackpot can get up there). We have ours set to 5 ball, but we'll probably leave it there only till we are used to the game then use the Hard or Hardest ruleset.

    It's going to go in our living room, despite the fact that the cabinet decals are peeling (am planning to one day repaint the cabinet by hand). This one will be a keeper for us (unless we find one in better condition).”

  • shimoda currently owns this game.

  • “Bad Cats may be the most visually appealing pinball ever, in my mind. I love cats, and I love Python's artwork. The backglass animation is fantastic, the sounds are absurd (read: fantastic.) I may be biased, but this is likely my favorite theme ever on a pin.

    The gameplay seems like it is just SOME pinball (fun but nothing special) at first. Then, you realize there's actually a fair bit going on there, with Williams' version of the Gottlieb vari-target, the odd little pass through under the center ramp, the couple kick-out holes. There's more going on than meets the eye. It's not revolutionary, but it's different from the norm, and continues to grow on me.”

  • Collin currently owns this game.

  • “A favourite with my kids”

  • ianw currently owns this game.

  • “i like cats”

  • pinballjaguar has this game on the wishlist.

  • “This game has one of the best themes I've seen and the variation of targets and bonuses makes it a top 10ner for me. The backglass animation is funny the voice overs and music I think is great and will be attractive to future generations.”

  • fish4pins currently owns this game.

  • “I bought this game because I wanted a Python Anghelo game that was less popular (but not Popeye or Bugs Bunny). I couldn't be hapier. The game is fun, the artwork is second to none. It is a very challenging non-multiball game. I'm really glad I chose this game over any other. It's a keeper!”

  • awarner currently owns this game.

  • “One of my top-10 favorites, which would make sense since Cyclone is also in my top-10 and the design here is similar. The art and sounds remind me of a Tom & Jerry cartoon. It is on the simpler side compared to those 1990s pins everyone loves, but for me the mid to late 80s was the best pinball era -- a midway point in between the straight forwardness of the EM era and the complex, gadgety 90s. Bad Cats is a classic example of this design aesthetic.”


    “Bad Cats is a better game than Police Force. However, most games are better than Police force.

    The Pros:
    The Artwork is great! The Fish Bone-us is a cool build up shot in combination with 10x scoring can mean big points. Fish Bone-us kicker across the top of the pf into the bumpers is nicely done. The Left ramp is a premonition of BSD, all the way around the PF. This game has lots of character and the theme is incredibly well implemented. The BG animation is hilarious. Find the butterfly tattoo on the woman in the kitchen for extra bonus pinball culture points.

    The Cons:
    What is it with Oursler/Python and their rulesets from this era? A 2 and a half shot game... Fish Bone-us is often more valuable than the JP? BAD CATS can take time to spell and the drop targets are dangerous with the Oursler tm outlanes. Left ramp... 5 shots for 2 mil? At least it is not a complete game eraser like Police Force. Oh wait... the 20 million point shot on the last ball... I completely forgot about that feature of the game. Maybe I meant to do that...? At the same time, who forgot the multiball?

    The Takeaway:
    A fun game for the kiddies, not a players game. This game was in the collection for the girlfriend. Meow,Meow,Meow,Meow, she loved it!”

  • Caucasian2Step has owned this game in the past.

  • “Cool easy game, great backglass with animatronic effects. Fun theme and sounds but not great gameplay. Wife favorite so not going anywhere anytime soon...”

  • Deadlander currently owns this game.

  • “It's lovely to watch the reactions of my cats when I am playing this machine. They are looking for the "intruder". It's a nice game to play not difficult or complex but fun. Great artwork!”

  • caprifox currently owns this game.

  • “a great fun pin for all ages ...cats are cool on here”

  • accetta currently owns this game.

  • “Entertaining game, remember playing it when it came out, but never owned one... a pin I'd definitly pick up if one came along at the right price to play it more now! Like the backbox animation!”


    “I don't know why I love it. It's just fun and simple.”

  • Travelingblues currently owns this game.

  • “I love the layout and flow, but the theme just kills it for me. Bad cats? What were they thinking?”


    “Meow theme? Not the best and you'd really have to love bad cats to buy one.”


    “Really enjoyed this game - reminds me a little of Cyclone and that's a favourite - same design team? I don't like the theme of this though - Bad Cats? Don't get it!”


    “A simple, fun System 11 pin, with a strange theme. Great for cat owners I suppose.
    No multiball, but an easy game to score high on, just keep shooting that Tiger ramp that loops all the way round the outside of the playfield. Shoot this ramp 5 times in succession on the last ball for a cool 20M!
    A bright orange cabinet on this game, and with a detailed silvered backglass, also love that animation of the woman wacking the naughty cat with a broom!”

  • Outlane-Avoider has owned this game in the past.


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