Junk Yard

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This game received 308 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.665 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #115 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Game design: 7.728

Artwork: 7.926

Sounds/Music: 7.157

Other Aspects: 7.55

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28 days ago
Epic game
87 days ago
Very good pinball
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
7 months 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.
9 months 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........
9 months 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.
11 months 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.
1 year 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?
1 year ago
Great Layout and artwork, but playing is boring. Also it is a outlane monster.
1 year 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 .
1 year 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!
1 year ago
Another underated game. Very unique, and building the jalopy/going to outspace is really fun. Definitely some strategy decisions as well - gathering fireworks, choosing junk, etc...Overall a great game!
1 year ago
Everything about Junk Yard is just good. There's nothing absolutely amazing about it, but the music, callouts, art, layout and rules are all perfectly good. Definitely a unique game, especially with no bumpers. Thank God the wrecking ball works so well because it takes up most of the game. Perhaps doesn't have the lastability of other titles from it's time, but a perfectly adequate game and would be good in a larger collection to offer some variety.
1 year ago
At first i find JY on Pinball Arcade and played it over and over again on my iPad. Then i found it in a pub and had the oportunity to play it for real one night. Because i fell in love with the pin i searched for it to buy for my collection, but it was very rare and never sold on the market. I Tryed to contact some owners thru ”pinballowners.com” but no one wanted to sell. Finally, in june 2018 i got i and im so happy to have it in my home! Now i can play whenever i want! Fantastic!
I think this pin will stay whit me all my life!
1 year ago
It's a fun game.

Outta Space is fantastic and so collecting junk becomes the sole goal.

Game is unbalanced as multiball's aren't really worth going for.

Time machine novelty wears off quickly.

Video modes are fun.

If the game had been more balanced, it would have been a keeper.
1 year ago
I have always really enjoyed Junk Yard, but it did seem to have a lot of problems staying in operation during its run on location. If you find one that's in good shape, it's an unusual play and a fun theme, if only medium-difficulty and a little repetitious (you better like the first two bars of the song 'Money' or you'll go insane).

The goofy make-Rube-Goldberg-contraptions by collecting junk part is fun, and the several multiballs offer some nice variation, but the main game here is the unusual side and long shots. The marquee shot is through a center tunnel guarded by the swinging wrecking ball; this shot was new with Junkyard and having the obstacle obey the same kind of newtonian laws of parabolas, is still unique as far as I know (obstacles going back and forth on tracks aren't nearly the same kind of challenge). Because the shooting playfield is basically an oval, there's a combination of tricky side shots and ramp shots.

The toys and the animations are pretty kid friendly (toilet humor notwithstanding), but the modes are a little out of balance. The wizard mode is fairly easy to get to, as these things go, if you've got basic ball control for the layout down (including the sewer shot). Animations are fun, and I'm still a fan of the time machine with its callbacks to earlier Williams / Bally games.

It's not a wizards or mavens game in the end, but it's extremely amusing, especially if you take a break to come back to it. Not the centerpiece of a collector's or player's stable but recommended particularly if you have kids.
1 year ago
Cool game. Don’t care for the theme though. Love all the subways in the game and the coding is pretty good too. Would love to own this pin someday.
1 year ago
This is a unique game. Less random ball action due to no pop bumpers. The game challenges you to think what to get in order to build items like a toaster gun to shoot toast at the dog. Due to the uniqueness it does take a few extra games above the normal to grasp the rule set. Once rules are understood it’s a blast. The time machine mode is out of place and detracts from the video mode of the actual game the video mode was copied from. Music tempo shifts to drastically. The interactive back glass adds to the game. Hop on the magic bus for the fun.
1 year 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.
2 years 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".
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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
2 years ago
Fun game! Keeps me coming back! I wouldn't be letting this one go for a long time
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