Junk Yard

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This game received 337 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.667 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #126 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.708

Artwork: 7.906

Sounds/Music: 7.158

Other Aspects: 7.559

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9 days ago
Somewhat repetitive but I like it just the same. I can see and agree with most all the reviews. Not the greatest theme yet I would always play just one more.
69 days ago
I’ve played Junk Yard twice on a physical machine and countless times on the Williams Pinball app. Most of the Williams plays have been daily challenges because I would never choose to play this game.

The theme is incoherent. Most of the callouts are someone’s girlfriend nagging him about raiding a junkyard (who knows…). She’s chased by a dog while in the bath (in the junkyard?). The video modes are random. There’s a time machine… And a devil…

Anyway, there’s a huge void in the centre of the playfield with a crane in it, which is the best bit, and most of the rest of the game is shooting some not interesting orbits.

The lighting on the physical version was also rubbish.

Honestly, my husband, for whom Junk Yard was the first Williams machine he unlocked in arcade mode on the app, now uses Junk Yard as the epitome of a bad pinball machine. For me, it’s in the sour zone of aggressively rubbish, rather than so-rubbish-I-can’t-be-bothered-to-be-rude.

We played it in real life, when we saw one, to see if it was that bad in reality. Reader, it was…!
4 months ago
If I look at the top100 then this pin is very very underrated. This is a good pin, fast and fun.
4 months ago
This is such a sleeper and way underrated game. The rule set in this game is what makes it shine. Truly would love to own this one day
7 months ago
Surprising to me, this game is a lot of fun! It is not a theme I would ever think I would like, but it is very well integrated between game play, animations and art. Super easy to understand the rules and the wrecking ball really works well with the game. It may get old after a while in the game room, but I would have no problem put a few quarters in this on location.
10 months ago
JY is a pretty simple pin to learn how to play. Its pretty fun playing together but I dont think its gonna be a keeper. Its pretty much to easy to olay it! The art work is really nice thou, and it has fun gimmicks.
1 year ago
I miss non license games like this, everything on this game works for me, the music, sound effects,art, toys, its all awesome. When i play this game i feel like im in a junkard. Its not the most flowing game in the world and it doesnt need to be. It give me that one more time feel!
1 year ago
The theme is certainly unique, and I feel like it would be a good pin for a location, but the gameplay is a bit repetitive. If you are seeking a mid-90s example to add to your collection, I would find another title unless you just come across this one very cheapy (which it isn't anymore)
1 year ago
Game is too wide open in the middle.
1 year ago
Just picked one up. Dont know yet if it's a keeper, but is fun change of pace
1 year ago
Fun until you can get to space and battle Bob over and over. Like the quirky theme and premise.
1 year ago
A great game, simple layout yet tough shots. Love the 3 video modes, and multiball modes.
Characters, voice over and DMD animations are solid.
Game is intuitive, collecting junk to escape the junkyard. Lighting is a tad dark towards the middle.
Playfield art is awesome, backglass is solid but could use a bit more contrast, imo.
Cabinet art looks great.
Really fun shots on the ball, and banging out video modes to sweeten the pot.
Game is very challenging to conquer. I've conquered my TZ and LOTR, but have yet to conquer the junk yard.
1 year ago
Epic game
2 years ago
Very good pinball
2 years ago
I owned this game for awhile many years ago because the price was right. At the time I only had 4 other machines, and since my White Water wasn't working, this got played a lot. The crane is the coolest toy in pinball (although I think George Gomez improved it for the Dark Knight), all the retro videos modes (Time Machine) are awesome and the concept of building a spaceship jalopy from junkyard parts is brilliant. The other toys are okay but mostly just window dressing.

Unfortunately, like others have said the game suffers from being a one-trick pony (shoot the crane to start multiball, other "toys" like the toilet and bus do nothing), no pop bumpers and tough side drains. But perhaps the worst feature is the music and callouts. I'd rather hear Rocky and Bullwinkle's "wrong hat" and Fish Tales' "gone fishin!" all day than to listen to this. It constantly grated on me more and more with each game I played. The devil and angel concept make absolutely no sense with this theme, and since they are the primary source of the callouts, they really hold the game back.

Don't get me wrong, I think the game would be fun playing on location for anyone else, I've just had my fill and moved on. With so many better titles available to put into the home collection, I only recommend it to a collector looking to add it to a large collection. In a small collection you will tire of it quickly. I guess the best thing I can say is that I made a decent profit when I sold it.
2 years ago
Played this originally in pinball arcade, thought it was ok, played the real machine, really didn't like it, pretty boring and clunky, just couldn't get into it.Lots of uninteresting shots. The theme is rubbish, build quality quite good, pity the game rules and play weren't up to the same.
2 years ago
This game to me is the one that I keep playing and seem to keep having the most luck getting long playtime's and scores.
2 years ago
A game that really makes a statement with it's crazy looks and tempting playfield design - but falls short due to linear game play and some really annoying music and call outs.

The playfield design is spectacular and I think that the whole idea with that swinging wrecking ball obstructing the upper targets, which btw blend in perfectly with the whole junk yard theme, is one of the coolest playfield toys ever.

Unfortunately this game really don't offer much depth and feels a little underwhelming once you look past the playfield toys.
This table was actually on my home collection wish list at first. After playing it - well: next please........
2 years ago
Just played this pin. Not bad. Keeps you wanting to play when you go down the toilet. Play the game an you’ll get that.
2 years ago
This game has been at my local arcade for the last 2 years I've lived here, and I haven't stopped trying to get him to sell it to me. I think it is a really fun machine, and definitely underrated. There are at least 10 machinesI can think of off the top of my head that are rated higher, and don't even compare. Building all the contraptions from the junkyard, the callouts, the shots, I just love it. I'd love to own one.
2 years ago
Underrated pin. Very original theme, none of the shots are difficult , but the wrecking ball is pretty unique. Fun comical pin , not deep be any means but fun in a larger collection. Cab art is good as well as playfield art. Recommended
2 years ago
Nice game play , looks nice, i didn't care for it much upon its release, crane is cool..i like the junk yard feel , i put lots of games on it late 90's, never cared to buy but probly would at a fair price.. I like it more now than back then..very fun to play ...i like it ..gets old fast...all pins do...on the fence.....keeper? Should be rated a bit higher?
2 years ago
Great Layout and artwork, but playing is boring. Also it is a outlane monster.
3 years ago
Have only played one game, but want to play again, that one game was enough to give me confidence to buy one if it became available again .
3 years ago
Great example of how unique Bally/Williams pins often were. White Water, Arabian Nights, Fish Tales, Scared Stiff, Indy Jones, etc. etc. etc. These pins were actually quite diverse and offered ORIGINALITY. Now, look at pins like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Iron Man, KISS, Guardians of the Galaxy. Many modern Stern pins feel too similar and they take few risks. This pin has no pop bumpers. It has a horseshoe shaped bank of standup targets, with an opening in the center for the junkyard entrance, and a huge crane and wrecking ball dangling. This pin will never be confused with any other. The theme is bonkers. Hippie art with VW bus and a toilet and junk and a time machine and a junkyard dog video mode(s). Plus you collect junk to build some kind of jalopy aircraft that will take you into...space. Just plain weird and unique and FUNKY. It oozes originality. Gameplay is good, not great. Shots are good, not great. It's a pretty good pin for what it is. My fiancé loves this pin. This was the first pin I ever beat to advance in my first pinball tournament. Shoot that toast!
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