Junk Yard (Williams, 1996)

Junk Yard

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This game received 298 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.661 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #101 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.701

Artwork: 7.931

Sounds/Music: 7.243

Other Aspects: 7.545

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34 days ago
I really like creative themes and this one is a fine example. Reminds me of a kooky theme from the late 80s. I love the strategy involved with selecting junk. Playfield layout seems wide open, but I do like the shot selection. Left ramp can be a challenge. I dig how they included modes from games released a few years prior to this one. Music is decent. Some of the songs will get stuck in your head. Some of the callouts can get repetitive, but didn't bother me too much. I had fun playing this one.
5 months ago
For some reason that is hard to pinpoint I kind of like this pin. It doesn't beat your butt, but still makes you want to play a few games on it. It has a theme that isn't super exciting or sought after, yet they incorporated the theme into the pin very well. It's just "different".
6 months ago
I love Junkyard. Building all the components of the machine and collecting junk is really fun. The modes are decent and the final fight against Crazy Bob is fun, with a great animation at the end. I also really love the inclusion of game modes from other pinball machines like the mamushka from Addams Family and move your car from Creature from the Black Lagoon.
6 months ago
I love Junkyard. Its theme is unique and honestly doesn't make much sense, but I like that about it. My favorite parts of the game are the junk collecting and building aspect, the time machine, and the crane toy. It has some great shots and there is always at least three shots you can go for from each flipper. Building up a large score takes quite some time and skill. The outer space wizard mode is a challenge to achieve, but always feels possible once you start racking up the junk. The ball gets moving very fast on this game and the shots are very satisfying.

Some of the things I don't love about JY are the difficulty of the toilet shot. Fortunately this shot is mainly used for collecting junk and building up the toilet jackpot. When you do hit it though, its a very satisfying shot and can be lucrative if you can build up the toilet jackpot for use during toilet adventure mode. I understand that the strobing is intentionally done due to the theme, but it's very hard to see the ball in a dark room and I don't like that personally. My final gripe is the skill shot, it's not the best and mainly just ignored.

Definitely pick up this rare pinball if you see one for sale and decide for yourself. I searched for quite a while for mine and don't think it will be leaving for some time.
9 months 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
9 months ago
Fun game! Keeps me coming back! I wouldn't be letting this one go for a long time
10 months ago
its a good game butt it alway's drains the ball fast...sooo i sold it :)
10 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.
10 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.
11 months ago
Some cool innovative ideas but it gets boring quickly.
11 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.
1 year 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
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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
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!!!
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
A sleeper hit, and a "thinking man's" pinball machine. You need to understand the ruleset THOROUGHLY to get the most out of the machine in terms of scoring and features, particular creating items out of junk. Its more complicated than most realize, and that nearly killed it at the factory from the start. Operators did not like it, because it did poorly in "bar scenes" (really? No kidding, dumb #$@#!) Yes, you can just bat the ball around, but if you want to get out of the Junkyard, you will need to learn how to play pinball, WELL. Low production makes it hard to find in really nice shape now. Maintenance is not bad at all, but protect those PLASTICS! I sold my last one in 2007, and this time I am not letting this one go.

What collectors are going to realize fairly soon just like games similar to BSD, FT, WH20, RS, and several others, the cost of machine titles like this one are going to rocket upwards as people figure out the game does not "suck".
Unfortunately, at that point, certain game specific parts will already be unobtanium, and owners will be SOL.
You will left with a bunch of subpar quality versions of the same title and no way to restore them back to their former glory.
We got really lucky for a while when the Junkyard "Car Plastic" was repoed in PETG.
I have watched this phenomenon over and over again over the past 30 years.

Old Simple 2005 Review:
Understand how to combine junk or get out of the yard.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Excellent game very quirky cool theme
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