Cactus Canyon (Bally, 1998)

Cactus Canyon

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This game got 455 approved ratings and currently scores 8.148 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #31 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

8.148

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.121

Artwork: 8.249

Sounds/Music: 7.62

Other Aspects: 8.187




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8.368

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6.006
24 days ago
popular game. I don't get it. played it extensively. still don't get the allure...
7.376
77 days ago
Playfield drops are great! Why aren't the GB ones as good?
9.900
87 days ago
This is for the CCC rating. I heavy modded my CCC. Made a custom lighted train mod, pistols that flash when the flipper buttons are pressed, plus many others. Overall the game is great. The continued software really completes it. I wouldn't part with my CCC for less than $15k.
8.958
5 months ago
I think the game is pretty fun. Great theme of being in the wild west. IMHO very difficult (maybe it was the table at Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas). Still, I enjoyed it.
8.368
6 months ago
I rate the CCC

The CCC Version is an awesome update for CC.
You got a lot oft new sounds, modes, dmd aanimation and stuff. Love the AvC mode - which is well integrated.

The game is now perfect for me. Far better then normal CC.

+ music and call outs
+ a lot of new modes
+ dmd animations
+ theme
+ cool layout with the Bad guys standup targets

- a bit repetitive
- bashtoy "Bart" is o.k but not special
5.394
8 months ago
this games is not for me easy and fast boring play was good at the time but todays more exceting games
8.499
10 months ago
What a fun game! I hope they make a remake of it. Nice artwork and lost of cool shots. I love how the hat flies up when I hit the outlaw or the foam on the beer. The gun fight is cool when the targets of the bad guys pop out of the field. Overall the machine is pretty easy but very entertaining.
The one I played had the 2 guns in the lower playfield which are blocking the view. I though to myself, what a stupid mod. But looking at pictures it seems to be part of the game. That's why I rated "lighting" only as a 2/6. Why you would want to block the view of the ball near the flippers is beyond me.
9.400
11 months ago
Cactus Canyon Continued!
10.000
11 months ago
I am rating this with also Cactus Canyon extended installed.

I am addicted to this game!
Both classic and extended are awesone.
Pros:

great music
funny callouts
I like the theme but this is personal taste
Lovely flow and layout. Easy to play
Stand up targets are epic. Love shooting the bad guys

The extended version adds much more modes, multiballs etc. So if you get bored by the regular version you can play this.
Drunk multiball, the exra polly missions and the colorDMD implementation are done very, very well!

On top of this there are a bunch of cool extra's like several party modes.
This is epic! Switched flippers or reversed flippers. Awesome fun with friends.


Cons:
-Can be easy and perhaps boring if you only have the normal version
8.156
11 months ago
Great original theme, the rules need finishing, great shots, hard game to master
8.329
11 months ago
I had a good chance to play multiple games on this machine during my last trip to the Pinball Hall of Fame. I can't speak to it's lastability, but in terms of fun this game is right up there. Each shot felt very rewarding with some type a physical movement for completing a shot. For some reason, I really enjoy little details like the beer glass moving after striking the target.
9.180
11 months ago
Here is one of those simple layout games that just begs to be played over and over again. I am by far not a fan of old west themes, but this one had to be in my collection. Why? Because it's fun! Plain and simple. The flow is spot on, the jackpots aplenty (similar to medieval madness and monster madness) make me feel like I'm on top of the world, and the callouts are hilarious and seem to never get old. Add in the fact of the drop target shootouts being one of the most amazing things put in a game, alongside 3 other fantastically implemented toys that scream "hit me" and you've got a sure fire winner.

The art package is stellar, and the colors are pure pinball heaven...with my only gripe being the somewhat barren backglass art. It's not bad so to speak, just not really in the same league as something like EATPM or Mystery Castle, which are two of my faves. I love the art in the very back of the playfield and on the back wall. Vivid, and perfectly lit!

Many will say that the software is a big miss since it wasn't fully completed... but it really isn't that big of an issue to me. I haven't found any real noticeable bugs, and the only part I wish had been fully finished would be during match and while entering initials. I do wish it had more depth with some of the rules, but I'll just upgrade it to Cactus Canyon Continued and call it good if it ever truly eats at me.

Yes, I agree it's super expensive for being such a simple game, but the value of something like this is always based on collectability, and this one truly is mega collectable due to it's very limited run and the fact that it really is Bally/Williams last game (I don't count Pinball 2000 as it just never resonated with me). I never thought I'd even come close to getting one of these games due to price, but once you get to a point of collecting games, you always find a way as I've found out.

In conclusion I'd say you gotta try this game out if you haven't already (and Pinball Arcade doesn't really count as it's just not the same feel). It's one of the pure and simple "fun" games in the world of pinball that I wish WMS would have never given up on.
8.536
1 year ago
Finally had a chance to play one. I really enjoyed it. If they were not so expensive I would definitely try to pick one up. Solid game.
9.160
1 year ago
Fun pin to play and the comedy never gets old. Would be good to find one that is reasonably priced though.
7.916
1 year ago
Decent game with cool theme, not deep enough to own especially at the crazy prices asked.
8.280
1 year ago
hard to find one but when you play it, it is very fun... shooting the pop up targets bad guys takes skill,fun..mine shaft,train bad guy,get to high noon,love it..too bad they didnt make more,easy rules easy to learn .i wish i could afford one!! i did find myself getting tierd of it after getting replays over and over .ive only played it three times at three diffrent locations had a blast everytime...holy grail? no, over priced yea but since there are only 903 made very rare to find and play one... it is a great machine and a keeper for that reason...very fun, very nice western theme im so happy to have played c.c ill play it again if i find one. you got to play it once to do the holy grail!
10.000
1 year ago
I put a perfect note 10/10. I explain, now my CC converted in CCEE all in LED+ mug beer LED, alien strobe, shaker motor and stereo audio with 3D sound effect. Programming upgraded now the game is more deeper + animation, sound and music added but remains simple to understand. WPC95 + cowboy title + the return of the drop target in addition randomized it's simply the best mixed. Now, this title is completed can be appreciated at his real value.
7.468
1 year ago
Cactus Canyon certainly has a mystique to it. It's rare, has a great layout, and is full of toys. Western themes aren't for me, maybe I would like CC more if they were.
7.828
1 year ago
Not a bad game but unfortunately you will realize that the software is not finished....this is sad as the pin has huge potential. I don`t know how good the new software Cactus Canyon Continued is, maybe this would change the rating. Very rare but if you get the chance "shoot the bad guys"...do it!
6.672
1 year ago
While it is a fun theme; it does not compare to IJ.

It gets old very quickly.
8.340
1 year ago
This is an excellent machine all-around. The premise is simple... take out bandits and collect your reward. Pretty rinse and repeat, but this is a difficult game to score big in. I was just shooting the ball around aimlessly for the most part, and I found that this is when I got my best score. When trying to specifically make shots, I struggled. Keys on this table are gunfights and quick draws, where you hit pop-up targets on the table as quickly as possible to get big points, get rewards, and advance your rank. While I still haven't figured out what good advancing your rank is, there are five key medals on the table that you need to get to activate "High Noon", which is a mode I've yet to get in my limited time with this game. What makes this game so great in my opinion is, not only the premise, but the table layout, and especially how easy it is to understand the rules. Cactus Canyon makes it simple to understand, but at times difficult to execute when it comes to the quick draws and gunfights. The sound and music isn't all that great, but just about everything about this table is. Watch out for the bumpers... they are really fast and if you tend to hold your flippers up to catch balls off the bumpers, you'll drain balls quite often.
8.226
1 year ago
you don't see a lot of these machines around but if you do play this one as much as you can. so much fun! few spots where it is hard to see the ball but other than that its a great machine
10.000
1 year ago
the best game ever .I have some top machines but none compares to this .Really this pin is spectacular .We wonder of this cactus canyon and medieval madness.
I chose cactus canyon and even had to think twice.
i love this pin
7.996
1 year ago
Cactus canyon is a good game with good artwork, cool toys, good sounds and callout, and good theme but for some reason I don't really care for the game
9.800
1 year ago
A near perfect game in my humble opinion. There is little that could be improved. Of course there is the code, but in terms of design and variation it is solid. In fact, this is a tough review to write because there is little to say other than the game should be in the top 5.
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