Junk Yard (Williams, 1996)

Junk Yard

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This game received 297 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.641 /10


Top 100 ranking

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

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.672

Artwork: 7.918

Sounds/Music: 7.172

Other Aspects: 7.527

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66 days ago
I have it in my collection and i think it's great. Different from most pins,very open and unpredictable with its ball returns but holds up well.. Underrated
3 months ago
its a good game butt it alway's drains the ball fast...sooo i sold it :)
3 months ago
Fun game -- for some the video modes get old, I enjoy them. Not too hard or very deep tiles but it's got a lot of fun factor and would do well in a larger collection vs smaller.
3 months ago
I've only had a chance to play this game maybe 10 times, but just from those times I can say it has earned it's B ranking. I usually don't like rating games I don't fully understand, but I think I have the gist more or less. It's weird I don't hear more about this title since its pretty fun.
3 months ago
Some cool innovative ideas but it gets boring quickly.
4 months ago
I love the idea of the wrecking ball, but the game just felt odd. The theme was a bit confusing. Why is he building a time machine? Things aren't exactly co-cohesive. Not my favorite but I would give it another shot if I saw it in the wild again.
6 months ago
Not the best theme cause it's kind d of just wonky. Gameplay though is alot of fun. Love love the time machine aspect. When you've played alot of pins it's really some nice cameos. The bash toy is cool and I really enjoy some of the shots. The toilet ramp still makes me laugh. I like the video modes alot, good variety and entertaining. Pretty good game and really at no point to do I feel like I'm not achieving anything like in some games. You have to take all reviews as purely one person's view. I love this game
6 months ago
Used to like this game a lot at the local fun park 15 years ago. I always like bash toys. However, can't stand that awful music when returning to this machine today. The theme is meh and goal of the game is uninspiring to me.
7 months ago
The DMD interaction is neat and the wrecking ball toy is creative. I'm not convinced I would come back for more as the lasting "draw" isn't there for me.
9 months ago
Very original theme. Crane is cool but takes up a lot of room. Alot of fun building parts and doing the modes. Have not played too much but could get old with too few modes to play.
1 year ago
Great pinball...
1 year ago
The first time I played this I immediately knew that I absolutely had to have one. I honestly can't think of anything negative to say about it. It's just a great game in all aspects. I find hitting the crane ball extremely addictive and is my favorite thing to do while playing.
1 year ago
Fast fun game. Lighting is different then most games, no real on all the time, GI lighting. The action of the wrecking ball, keeps the action going. Flipping around. Toys and sounds great too. Glad I got one, much more fun than I thought.
1 year ago
Great theme, the rules drag it down a bit.
1 year ago
This is a very fun and quirky game. Real imagination at work here!!!
1 year ago
Interesting looking game with a bunch of cool looking decorations on the playfield. The field is wide open with a few ramps and the wrecking ball up top. The game play, flow and fun factors were all about average. Not a bad pin for looks, but nothing I would put in my collection either.
1 year ago
Pros: Balanced playfield with a unique layout, a fair challenge, shots to the wrecking ball are satisfying, plenty of modes and collecting junk adds a strategy element.

Cons: Playfield artwork is busy and sometimes distracting, angel and demon facet is out of place here, and the music is forgettable and repetitive. The many video modes often distract from actual gameplay.

Overall: A very fun game, definitely recommended. Seems to be overlooked by many.
1 year ago
Some interesting ideas here  (the Time Machine being the best of them) but nothing cohesive.  The game is an assembly of ideas rescued from the junk heap.  And they don't work well together as a whole.  Toilets, angels, devils,   toaster guns, women in showers, hippie buses, time machines....it just doesn't present well.  The game carries many of Oursler's signature designs (raised orbit, centre bash toy) but add nothing to depth or interest.  Game often gets a pass because of the Williams logo on the speaker panel...it shouldn't.
1 year ago
I want to like this one but I really don't. The concept and theme is really nice: collecting junk to create contraptions to unlock different modes. The rules really drag it down. Multiball is shoot crane a bunch, then shoot crane for jackpot, then shoot crane for super jackpot. The modes simply aren't worth playing in terms of score. Timing them out to get to the wizard mode is the best option which is always a huge bummer. Video mode all day is one of the best possible strategies. It has increasing score every time, is a safe shot, and it collects junk! Once you make it to space you can just time out the 4 adventures again to get back to space.

It's one of those games you pick whether you're going to play completely inoptimally for "fun" or for score. I like playing pinball to beat my high scores. If you're playing for score, it flat out sucks.
1 year ago
Excellent game very quirky cool theme
1 year ago
Great different and original theme. Music and sounds are catchy. Animations are very good. Midnight Madness is fun. Recommend in a large collection
1 year ago
If you can ignore the odd objectification, this is a fantastic game with a great theme. Pick devil or saint, build your machine, hit that crane.
1 year ago
The minigames occur a bit too often and take away from the experience because of it, but it's still a very fun and unique machine -- the wrecking ball is a fantastic feature... score max "gimmick" points for that one. There are plenty of satisfying shots on this table as well. I can see why this is a bit of a love or hate machine. I really enjoy it though.
1 year ago
I really wanna love this game as the idea of a wrecking ball in a pinball machine is killer, and the flow of this one is super fun, but man, the music and speech are terrible! If I could personally go in and put my own sounds in I would own this game as I love all the throwbacks to old machines, and the idea of collecting junk to build things is perfecto. Oh well, I'll still play it, and still give it a pretty good score.
2 years ago
The wrecking ball is a good toy and provides challenging shots.
An average game over all.
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