Cactus Canyon

Pinside rating

This game received 362 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.190 /10

8.19

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #41 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.193

Artwork: 8.244

Sounds/Music: 7.606

Other Aspects: 8.272



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8.396

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9.480/10
34 days ago
I picked up CC over a month ago added continued and wow it funny, challenging and lots of fun. I am enjoying it immensely and highly recommend. I feel this pin would be rated higher in the ratings category.
8.514/10
58 days ago
Maybe its because I only get a chance to play this machine once a year but it is in my top 15. It's just a fun shooting machine that doesn't take itself too seriously. The code is weak and the machine is currently overpriced. Hopefully both of those will be corrected with a remake and I will add it to my collection.
7.800/10
3 months ago
I have only had the opportunity to play this game on 2 different occasions but both were very nice specimens & I really dig it because its so different some entertaining callouts & nice shots , very much looking forward to see what the remake that is rumored to be coming out will be like
9.460/10
3 months ago
This is a great game.Always fun to play and very pleasant to look at.Shot the bad guy is great,but how cool is "High Noon"Would have to agree it's not quite finished but still awesome.Thats on CC I've never played CCC
7.215/10
4 months ago
The rules are easy and the game is a bit hard it can go down the middle easy
9.760/10
4 months ago
I am surprised this game is not ranked much higher. It is a classic right up there with the humor and game play of Monster Bash, Medieval Madness and Scared Stiff. It is in my collection and one I will never tire of or relinquish.
7.532/10
4 months ago
I've tried and tried to get into this one and it just doesn't grab me. Life is not fair because I know many people are going nuts wanting to play this, and there's one in an arcade not far from me. (I can't believe the owner lets it sit there like that, but on the other hand I thank him because people get to play it. With that said, I don't think I've ever seen a stranger on it.)

Ok this is a lame review but that's all I've got. I'll give it a few more quarters next time I'm there. The theme is cute, nothing wrong there.

*Wife approval* She may have played this once during one of our early trips to the arcade, but I haven't seen her on it since.
8.884/10
9 months ago
Very fun and unique game. These are tons of fun to play, but you better be prepared to shell out the bucks if you want one in your gameroom. You rarely see the for sale, either. Great shots, fantastic callouts, awesome gimmicks/toys.

If you have a chance to play it, do it. If you have an opportunity to buy it, don't hesitate.
9.580/10
9 months ago
Outstanding game! I bought an original CC, I havent installed continued yer! But I am sure my rating will be ome higher!!! This is my Holy Grill
8.336/10
10 months ago
Owned a CC for a while: super fun game to play occasionally, friends and family love it each time they put their hands on it.
unfortunately, code is incomplete and pretty shortly, you finish the game and its wizard mode.
...and the more often you play CC, the more often you will get to achieve "High Noon" and on and on.
it is an "easy" game to finish, but very fun to play and the toys are really cool (Gold Mine, train, Bart etc.).
I would say am not the biggest fan of the artwork/color scheme and so not sure it can stay super long in a small collection.
Anyway: a classic game, rare, and very, very fun to shoot.
6.180/10
1 year ago
It was a serious blow to be a pinhead in the late 90's, when after a spectacular run of games by Williams/Bally, and a few decent ones by their competitors, even Williams went boots up. Yes, technically they stayed around, and while Pinball 2000 didn't save anything, neither at the time did the now-respected Revenge from Mars seem like anything but a step backward, like the hybrid video game units of the early 80's. Then that too died a quick death and we had virtually nothing but s few Sterns every now and then. It sucked.

Why am I yammering on, codger-like, about the bad old days of the bust? Because Cactus Canyon became a grail machine. Low production, barely distributed, not quite finished, it promised to be another in the line from Addams Family to Tales of the Arabian Nights via Attack from Mars and everything else wonderful that flowered in the most fruitful half decade in pinball design. It had been announced, people knew it was out there, but damned if you could find one to play. It was like a ghost. The legend grew.

And fast forward a dozen plus years, I finally got to play one, at the same place most people can play a Cactus Canyon, at a show. And that's the only place I've ever played one. Never seen one in the wild.

And it was...dang, pardner, I have to say it was a bit of a disappointment. The retro theme didn't seem to have its own weird mind, like Medieval Madness, or synthetic retro flare, like Attack from Mars. The original theme wasn't quite so original -- western themes are as old as pinball, and it wasn't even copping off a popular theme. And what there was on the playfield, seemed derivative of the 90's Bally/Williams run, not the next (or last) great step up. I'm sure a lot of that, as documented elsewhere, had to do with it not getting the TLC it needed while Williams geared up for the Pinball 2000 project.

Now, be that as it may, it's still clearly a decent machine of the ilk of that era; it's no stinker. But that said I've still been left a bit cold playing it when I've been able to. Maybe I need a hundred plays instead of the ten or so I've had to appreciate it. But as far as grail machines go, its interesting qualities aren't responsible for its price, only its rarity. And it's strangely way too valuable to ever put out on location now, so I suspect it will always remain the kind of oddity that, say, Hercules is - a machine you must try to play once, at least, but you can safely move on without having it in your collection or having put $500 of quarters into it (HELLO, High Speed).
8.669/10
1 year ago
Played a bunch of games. Great shots, fun toys, and loved the speech/call outs. Defiantly want one, but major expensive. That said. The one I played was dirty and some lights were out. Most things worked, but sad to see such an expensive machine not taken care of.
9.460/10
1 year ago
I played a version that had a computer installed to run the game. It contained classic and extended mode, I tried both and I have to say that no matter which code you play, this game is a freaking blast. It is one of the few games that still feel modern and it can compete with the very best there is in pinball - great and fluid shots, the rules are nice and it generally is a ton of fun to play! There is so much happening and whenever you shoot the ball somewhere, it feels pretty satisfying. One could argue about the train and the guns, but to be honest - I've seen worse stuff going on in games. The duel is super-cool. JJPs the Hobbit borrowed a bit from that mechanism.

I was lucky to play an extremely well maintained machine which felt very polished and new. If you ever have to opportunity to play this one, you shouldn't miss out!

I also feel like this one is under-rated.
6.690/10
2 years ago
Even in the continued version it was just ok in my opinion the guns on the lower apron are in the way the train is kinda boring it is a good theme it definitely needs more code don’t think I’d spend what they sell for on it
9.280/10
2 years ago
CC is probably one of my favorite games of all time. We play this at Level Up in Downtown Raleigh all the time. Call outs are awesome! Just a really fun game that doesn't get boring. It feels like any shot you make, it will hit something.

Shoot the bad guy!
8.060/10
2 years ago
Rating it on the original code it's ok, obviously it leaves a lot to be desired. However running it with continued code and it makes all the difference. This game with the continued code is a lot of fun and one of my favorite.
9.080/10
2 years ago
Was wery suprised over this game.Cool and fun to play.

Good shots.And nice animations on the dmd.

Wery rare pin,so it is wery fun to own this classic.This is pinball history.

A must have in a collection,if you can get one.


Play it if you can.Wery nice pin.I like a lot.

The unfunished rouls,is not a problem.
6.572/10
2 years ago
A good one, but not great. . .spoiled that I have one on location close and get t0 play it.
8.920/10
2 years ago
Got a chance to play my brothers home use only Cactus anyon. What a blast.
8.316/10
2 years ago
The continued code made this game soooooooo much better and I really like the toys. Great theme
6.614/10
2 years ago
I wanted to love this game, but just could not. It is a good game if you like really long ball times. I gave it a good go at an arcade and got bored of it really quickly. I can see why so many people like it though. Theme is different.
7.400/10
2 years 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.
7.916/10
2 years 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.
10.000/10
2 years 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.
9.480/10
2 years 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.
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