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Junk Yard

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This game received 317 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.652 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #128 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.709

Artwork: 7.891

Sounds/Music: 7.132

Other Aspects: 7.549

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67 days ago
I miss non licence 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!
72 days 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)
3 months ago
Game is too wide open in the middle.
7 months ago
Just picked one up. Dont know yet if it's a keeper, but is fun change of pace
7 months ago
Fun until you can get to space and battle Bob over and over. Like the quirky theme and premise.
9 months 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.
11 months ago
Not a bad pin... But Williams has some of my favorite pins that are TOP NOTCH. This ones a bit boring. A unique atempt thougj. I like the junkyard theme but find the toys and gimiks a bit confusing at times...
1 year ago
Epic game
1 year ago
Very good pinball
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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........
1 year 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.
1 year 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
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
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?
2 years ago
Great Layout and artwork, but playing is boring. Also it is a outlane monster.
2 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 .
2 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 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!
2 years 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!
2 years 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.
2 years 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 ”” 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!
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
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