Cactus Canyon (Bally, 1998)

Cactus Canyon

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This game received 358 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.173 /10


Top 100 ranking

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

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.152

Artwork: 8.252

Sounds/Music: 7.646

Other Aspects: 8.234

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11 days ago
This was a game I thought I was really going to like in person (having played and enjoyed it on Pinball Arcade), but I finally got a chance to play the actual game and I was disappointed. It was't bad, but I thought I would like it more and actually started getting bored with it after several games.
26 days ago
Cactus canyon shoots very well and plays smoothly. It’s a shame that it was never completed correctly because even as it stands is a pretty sweet game. Theme is cool and what’s in the game is very fun.
33 days ago
I own a Cactus Canyon with the ‘Continued’ code installed. It’s an amazing game. It’s a basic layout and toys are minimal. There is a moving mine entrance, a bash toy and a train toy. Nothing fancy, but the ‘contiuned’ code takes it to the next level.

These games are worth a small fortune.
51 days ago
I’m a train buff so therefore I love Cactus Canyon. No two ways about it. I wish they would have finished the code but the continued version is awesome. I’m not the best player but I know what I like. Of all the western themed pins, this and thev1975 El Dorado do it for me. Not an easy game to locate but well worth it if you can. The pop bumper layout isn’t as good as I would like. The slingshot doesn’t really give the same effect as a third bumper would.
70 days ago
I have never been a fan of cactus canyon I don't think the game has good rules and I just don't like the way it plays but it does have some cool toys and music.
3 months ago
Cactus Canyon has an above average art package and a great theme. The playfield design plays well, but is not original and similar games have been much better in the past. The sound and code were never completed and it shows. The game is too easy and mediocre for a B/W game. By far the best thing about it is the quick draw drop targets. This part of the game is very neat and implimented well. I feel they should have brought out the enemy personalities to draw you in. Something similar to the quality of MM, CP or Capcom's Kingpin. Battling each member of the gang, having them talk to you leading to a final showdown with Bart was a missed opportunity. The backglass characters also is a disconnect as most are missing from the game / dmd animations etc. What we have is a game that was rushed out the door and never finished and it feels like it. No final bionic Bart, random quotes that feel forced and parts with no music at all. This game commands a high price because it's rare, and not because it's a must have pinball masterpiece.
3 months ago
Played this for the first time last weekend, and was the only pin I kept wanting to play again and again. Loved the callouts and unique toys. Somthing different to what I'm used to and I loved it. Hopefully can own one if they re-make it.
3 months ago
Overrated pin. Fun to play but shallow and repetitive overall. The rare factor makes this a game which is higher rates. Still a great game but not top 40

On the good side it is very original and the play is fun and dynamic
Super playable and a keeper if u can afford it but not a top 40.

On the plus side it's very flowy and satisfying and tHe sounds and art are top notch
4 months ago
I don't like the play field layout, lots of repetitive sounds, and the artwork doesn't do anything for me.
6 months ago
I love cactus canyon, and I'll never part with it...
...but yeah, they should have finished it. Please someone make a CCEE ROM.
6 months ago
really fun, but in need of code support. Remake with updated code would be great.
6 months ago
Literally the only thing bad about this game is that it is unfinished...the art, layout and sound are all superb and it only lacks in software depth. The theme is great, we'd had awesome Medieval, Alien, Arabian and Circus themes so a Western version of this classic game style was a welcome addition. The toys are great and work well, and the more ramps the merrier as far as I'm concerned! The lastability is a little weak again due to the software, but this game is very rare and very fun all the same!Always love giving it a go at Chief Coffee in London, as you just don't see them around. Drop targets are also fantastic - glad these came back for 24, Ghostbusters, Mustang etc., but they've been used best here!
7 months ago
Full disclosure, My scores are based on a nice CCC. I'll never understand why people complain about the guns blocking the playfield, they hover right over the slingshots and only partially hamper vision to the flipper lanes. No big deal at all as you don't need to see all of these lanes; if the ball is coming down the lane to flipper you should be well aware and skilled enough to time your return shots. In fact I think the guns are actually tactful. Awesome theme, great colors, perfect sounds and nice animations. No too giving on multiballs and it's not a drainer, but not easily mastered either. Well balanced machine and The CCC setup is very sweet; a beautiful machine overall. Will probably keep in my collection forever!
7 months ago
This game made me play it again and again. Some games might have more to offer but as for fun, this might beat them all.
8 months ago
I only had the chance to play this one night, but I fell in love with it! I know it is a very rare machine, and that the code is broken, which would affect replay value, but I would like to see this pop up in Seattle sometime soon!
9 months ago
This rating is with ccc
9 months ago
Love this with the continued setup. Theme, shots, humor. All on target!
Cheers Hombres
9 months ago
Played it at PHOF. Awesome gimmicks, fun game. I don't know if it would be so appealing if it wasn't as rare; I think it would probably fall short in its "lastability"
10 months ago
popular game. I don't get it. played it extensively. still don't get the allure...
1 year ago
Playfield drops are great! Why aren't the GB ones as good?
1 year ago
Great game. Nice original theme. Some great shots and modes.
1 year 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.
1 year 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
1 year ago
this games is not for me easy and fast boring play was good at the time but todays more exceting games
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