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Cactus Jack's

Pinside rating

This game received 37 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.952 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #279 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.067

Artwork: 6.595

Sounds/Music: 7.156

Other Aspects: 6.904

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77 days ago
It’s no twilight zone, but that would be comparing apples to oranges.
What we have here is a campy game that doesn’t even try to take itself serious.
Worthy of a place in any collection, but the keyword is “collection”. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone only looking for 1 machine.
3 months ago
I really don't understand the seemingly overwhelming disdain for Jack's. While it's certainly not the deepest game in the world AND it can be made into a one-shot wonder via the pretty easy-to-hit left ramp, if one actually plays the game as intended it's got enough variety to entertain and it's certainly amusing. I can agree that the music and callouts could get annoying and repetitive after a while and that's why I wouldn't recommend Cactus Jack's for a single-pin lineup, but as a part of a 4-5+ pin row I think it can hold its own.

Kids love the wackiness and the easier approachability of Jack's, but it can certainly offer a challenge just as well.

I enjoy this game and I'm happy I was able to add it to my lineup. I'll probably never understand those who absolutely hate this game, because I think it's a good amount of fun. Time will tell if it has staying power in the lineup.
2 years ago
fun !!
3 years ago
A very colorful and loud game. Some interesting shots, but this game can get repetitive and the sounds/music/call-outs can get annoying after a while.
3 years ago
I wish I could own this table, it is my girlfriend and I's favorite to play together. It is easy to get a mutiball, and has all of the elements a modern pre DMD table should have. It is very similar in feel of play to Class of 1812, only it is WAY more colorful. This reason I rate this so highly is its theme. I love this era Gottieb tables because they didn't need to license EVERY table to some band or movie, they excersized creativity and they had the guts to market WACKY themed tables like this. Its whimsical, light hearted, and JUST PLAIN FUN!

For one second, please, think about this with me: You are driving across country, say route 66, on your own quest of self understanding. The sun is setting, your throat is feeling dry so you pull off and into the loose gravel lot of some wooden saloon that's seen better days. Waking past the other parked motorcycles, trucks, horses you hear banjos and tuba's and as you kick open the swinging doors you don't know what to expect. What you walk into is a classic American Honky Tonk filled with cowboys, fruit people, and beautiful women in the middle of a GIANT FOOD FIGHT to the amazing POLKA tunes cranked out by a band of German Cacti.

Whoa, seriously, who comes up with this stuff? I'd like to shake their hand. This table is a freakin' goldmine of fun. hands down.
4 years ago
This pin is a good example of Gottlieb in this era. It is vibrant and colorful. The game play is pure fun. The real deficit is the game quality. One of the things we look for when we consider a game for renovation is playfield. It never works out if the playfield needs extensive restoration to deal with wear down to the wood. It is for that reason that we have not seen one that would make a good candidate for restoration in a few years. I would love to find one new in the box just to protect it properly. The game is that fun.
4 years ago
This is not a great game but, it also doesn't take itself seriously and I love seeing the dancing cactuses.
5 years ago
Never even heard of this before playing at PAPA this week....where has it been! This is awesome. There are dancing cacti in the back....yes, dancing cacti. It kinda reminds me if you gave a sixth grader the chance to make a pinball this is what they would have done.

Very simple ruleset, however it is odd. Tossing fruit? Yea, that's a mode. The art is also odd at best, not all that appealing backglass.

It is very fun. I tottally enjoyed it...will play again. Wouldn't mind owning either.
6 years ago
Surprise tenderfoot! I've only had the opportunity to play this game once, but I'd really like to spend more time with one-- I enjoyed it immensely.
7 years ago
Cactus Jack's is a game that comes highly recommended from some players that I have a good deal of respect for. As a side note... this game sets the record for the amount of inserts placed into a PF.

The Pros:
Great shots, great light shows and a very well done original theme that is pulled off quite well. This game feels like a party. I wasn't sure of what to make of the cacti in the back of the game as it shortens the PF, but the dancing desert plants are a great part of the whole theme of this game. Playing this game, I think this is the only time in my life that I can say that I like listening to polka music.

The Cons:
I really don't like the BG on this one. It works with the theme, but the execution looks like everyone is made of silly putty.

The Takeaway:
A solid playing game that I am getting to know better. Not the deepest table, but so what, it's fun. And that's what it's all about isn't it?
7 years ago
That game is not as bad as its ranking suggests !
The theme is well..odd. Music changes a lot depending on game phase - which is nice -. Scoring is imbalanced by the left loop, which can score millions again and again. Bonus scoring is a bit too simple. But the game has flow and I kind of like its artwork - that's a minority report, I know!

Edit: played it again... found it even better. Now my ratings are way above average (but I do not own the machine!)
8 years ago
Goofy and therefore a blast. Have a good laugh.The dancing cacti alone make this thing fun. These Gottlieb games are tanks too. Quite durable and dependable machines in my limited experience. Kind of wore out on it a bit though. Didn't have the repeat play staying power I hoped for.
8 years ago
8 years ago
what can i say ,dancing cactus is sooo cool and fun .. a great pin to play .. graet for all ages
9 years ago
Played one in great shape. All I can I say is this game is lame. Horrible theme too.
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