Cyclone (Williams, 1988)


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This game received 231 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.627 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #103 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.727

Artwork: 7.678

Sounds/Music: 6.911

Other Aspects: 7.705

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10 days ago
One of my favorites. Growing up in the 80's I played this non-stop across the street from my house at Armondo's pizza. This game never got old. Esp for 1988 it was a fun game, great great artwork on the cabinet, backglass and playfield. A true classic and in my top 10.
86 days ago
This game is seriously shallow, I have no idea why it rates so highly, maybe nostalgia.
3 months ago
a great pinball game..worth playing at least once
3 months ago
I can't even comprehend how ugly the PF is. Grey background with spots (people). That alone is enough to never stand in the presence of it. Oh my god just gouge out my eyes already.
4 months ago
A decent entry into system 11 pins. Fun for beginners, but loses its appeal as you better. A great location pin to play a few games on. Art/theme are solid, and the gimmicks are great for the era.
5 months ago
The ramps and ferris wheel are cool gimmicks, but the rules and gameplay don't hold lasting appeal for me. The theme is cool but the art package is lacking. Sounds and speech were decent.
5 months ago
Pretty well everything I look for in a pinball game this is it. From the theme/artwork to the funny sounds 'you with the face' and the 'ride the ferris wheel ''s challenging and simply1 of the best pins I recall playing. It is 1 game that I hope to have in my collection..very addictive
6 months ago
I had this game several years back. I know it's highly rated, I got bored of this game rather quickly. It was my first pinball machine I owned, but I wasn't thrilled. It's good for a couple of games, but after that, It' gets old fast. I know it's one of the classics.
7 months ago
I love the theme, the call outs. the lack of multiball is a big disadvantage. Anyway its a very fun pinball
8 months ago
Classic Sys11 title.

No multiball but that doesn't detract from the game play as you try to loop the Cyclone and the Comet ramps. Try and get double playfield running before you hammer the Comet ramp. :)
9 months ago
No multiball hurts this one. Got old quickly. Good artwork and retro feel.
9 months ago
The gameplay is better than most newer games but somehow I got bored with this game quickly. Maybe it is the repetative music or the lack of multi-ball or just because I have to look away to avoid eye contact with the clown and drain the ball (good excuse). I advice everybody to play a few games on location but never buy this machine.
10 months ago
Love this Pin. We used to play the heck out of this after it took the place of a Comet. We were bummed Comet was gone but this made up for it. Great Shots. Amusement Park #2. Art by Python. RIP. Barry Rocked this one.
10 months ago
Really fun game, and the best of the 3 rollercoaster themed games. Awesome PF art and unique and fun layout. This game is all about the fun factor. I wouldn't want to own it in a smaller collection though, it might get tiring after a bit.
1 year ago
This was the game we always played at our local pizza place so I've got a soft spot for it. It can't compare with anything that was made after it, but is up there with Taxi for me in that era.
1 year ago
Easy to follow and fun to play. Single ball game is the only shortfall. Overall a fun pinball machine and backglass wheel is a cool gimic for the theme.
1 year ago
classic...the best single ball game of all time !!! probly coulda been better with multi ball but a great game as is, i enjoyed playin this wen it came out in 88 and thru the early 90's it held up well for game play vs dmd machines... i prefer to play a taxi now in life but have had a great time wit cyclone,always wanted both in my collection jus couldnt find a nice cyclone at the time, im past that now...deffinately a keeper if you have space in a small collection ..i do like cyclone alot!! im sure if you can of u get past playing a single ball u will love it..easy game play, classic ! intro to the best pinball to come !!!! 1988 and on ..hey you with the
1 year ago
Cyclone is an ok game rules are not to deep and I don't really like the artwork on the game but the ferris wheel toy is pretty cool.
1 year ago
Good System 11 game. Could use multi ball, but it plays just fine without. Fairly easy to understand with decent ruleset. Love the Mystery Wheel in the backbox. Comet and Cyclone ramp shots along with the jackpot shot are fun. VERY busy playfield in terms of artwork. Overall a fun single ball game with ramps, a ferris wheel, a subway and the Mystery wheel. Lighting looks very nice when LED'd. Owned it for about a year and that was about long enough. Would own again if space permitted. Game would work better in a bigger collection. Great theme and callouts, just beware of the outlanes, that elephant can be a bit annoying...."Hey You With the Face!"
1 year ago
Even with the creepy clown and python's trademark "needs more grey" on the playfield, this a drop dead gorgeous machine, kinda like big guns or bad cats i imagine some people could keep this around just because it's so good looking.

Ruleset compliments the layout exquisitely but there is so much ball on post action in this game, it falls a bit flat for me, probably not an issue for a diehard but for a scrub like myself that makes it much too hard. Why doesn't it have multiball, that bonus multiplier looks and feels like it ought to be a ball lock.

While the music fits the theme like a glove, it's just too minimal for it's own good, really could stand to be a lot livelier cus as is it's incredibly boring.

This may appear to be a kiddie game but i think it's more of a zen thing for seasoned veterans.
1 year ago
nice and classic pin
1 year ago
This is really a fun, single ball game. The ramps are challenging, the Ferris Wheel is a neat touch and fast play. I don't know why, but I love the carnival barker who says "Hey you, with the face" I am not sure what that means, but it is funny. I would own this game above of any System 11 (expect maybe Earth Shaker or Space Station)
1 year ago
Cyclone has tons of squiggly clear plastic ramps, which really helps visibility during play. The spinner in the back box is fun, as is shooting the center hole. The orbits are just okay, but the overall feel (kinematics) of the game are pretty decent. The Skill Shot is a real Skill Shot - even if it looks a little cheap - hitting the 100k is fun.

I like enough that I'd let it take up space in a large pinball room. Weird clowns aren't really my thing (not creepy, just don't do much for me), but the game is fun enough to merit a few plays on location to judge its playability for your self.
1 year ago
Fun theme, fun shots, cool toys like the ferris wheel and mystery wheel. Great backglass with fireworks effects and the Reagans on the rollercoaster. The carnival barker callouts are classics ("Hey you, with the face!"). Scoring can be a little unbalanced - the plunge skillshot carries a lot of weight and the size of the gate jackpot is a huge swing factor. Overall a great looking, fun game.
2 years ago
A solid system 11 for its time. The sounds and music fit the theme and the Ferris wheel and ramps and mystery wheel round out a well themed game. The ramp shots are rewarding to hit but the game just feels so shallow. Lacking a multiball to spice things up really hurts the game. It is fun to play (and there are far worse games out there) but the play just a little flat.
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