Dialed In (Jersey Jack Pinball, 2017)

Dialed In

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This game received 107 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.536 /10

8.536

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This game ranks #10 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

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Game design: 8.942

Artwork: 8.22

Sounds/Music: 8.16

Other Aspects: 8.479



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10.000/10
3 days ago
I was one of the people who were initially skeptical about "Dialed In", with it themed around a phone. Having never read the comic book or about what this game is truly about, I passed it off until some time earlier this year. I've heard that it was a blast to play, from time to time, and it was eventually shown at Summer Games Done Quick 2017. I wasn't there, but I watched footage of it. Dialed In looked like an absolute blast to play.

Come ReplayFX 2017, Dialed In didn't disappoint. The shots felt really good, the callouts were CRAZY, and everything just seemed to come together. It's a classic Lawlor disaster-themed pinball machine. We need one in my neck of the woods; this is too good not to pass up, even if the prices seem unsettling at first.
9.440/10
4 days ago
I've played this game enough to feel I can rate it, but I don't feel like I can properly review it, given that I swoon with joy every time I hit the start button. I haven't gotten through full wizard mode so I can't comment on its lastability, either, but the tremendous variety of shots and multiple levels of play suggest I won't be bored with it anytime this century. Gimmicks? It has invented whole new categories of gimmicks. Playfield layout? Among the best ever. Surprises, overlapping modes, an extremely large number of permutations on how to maximize scoring, a variety of multiballs, and an array of combos. It doesn't quite incorporate the "one of everything" aspect of Wizard of Oz (which may be a good thing) and it's an incredibly busy playfield, so it's hard to call it perfect (if such a thing will ever exist), but it's clearly the best design of a generation, with only Lebowski possibly giving it a run for the money for having a superior theme and integration. (Are you the good guy or the bad guy in this pinball, with its hommage to Lawlor disasters of previous machines? Who knows? Who cares? It's only the lack of coherence in the theme that really keeps the design from pure nirvana levels).

The best.
8.156/10
5 days ago
Great that someone finally decided to do a non-licensed themed pinball. The fact that this game has one of the best playfield layouts since Tron is a bonus. There are great and satisfying shots everywhere. There's also some sort of smart phone app you can use with the game but i don't know. The back glass animation is somehow related in but having only played a few times i'm not sure what the tie in is. I suspect it would be somewhat distracting to actual play.
9.196/10
16 days ago
This is a really nice looking game that is loaded with shots and features. The code is complete and has lots to do. The light show is the best so far in pinball. The shots are really smooth and combo very nicely. The game simply shoots great. I'm not a fan of the theme but it doesn't bother me. The biggest complaint for me are the call outs just don't really build up any excitement. I think they fall really flat. The toys are also very kiddy looking and rather silly but they do function very well.

Overall this is a loaded full featured game that pretty much everyone is going to enjoy shooting. It's super smooth and even if you hate the theme and look of the toys they game play more then makes up for that. JJP's best game by an landslide. WOZ is good, TH was a huge step back, DI really brought them back to the front of the line.
10.000/10
22 days ago
This is an epic game kudos to PL and JJP
9.560/10
23 days ago
Odd theming but plays great, the only bad thing is the price...
9.264/10
31 days ago
Not a fan of the misleading name or cheezy toys but wow is this fun to get into.
9.520/10
35 days ago
I bought one at Pintastic and have been hooked on it since I came home . Its really a great game, awesome music and lay out, shots are fantastic !
9.860/10
40 days ago
This might be the best pin ever created. I know the theme kills it for some, but please put your guard down and put some time on this. It is pure genius. Loaded with shots, has awesome magnet action, code is already very good, and the game is just beautiful.
6.562/10
48 days ago
Hard to define this game.

Plays like any JJP would. Solid feel, good shots, interesting and original layout. However..... Super confusing rules and what to do.

And if you play it somewhere that you cant hear the callouts (like a show or arcade/bar) be warned you will have no idea what to do or where to shoot.
8.554/10
50 days ago
I think the game play is a 10, this will be a classic!!! jjp hit it out the park with everything this game does!!!! The theme kills it for me, cartoon like...not trying to hate on it but I have to. I would like to own one because it's very fun,fast,smooth ,the limited edition I played reminded me of a brand new Williams from the early 90's, solid game play!solid machine!, not much to complain about, like the little ball jump on the middle of the playfield from the moving guy side to side and the ball kept jumping off the ball guide on to the pop bombers, ;my only two complaints and theme 3, price make that 4, all in all great game!!!!! at that price for l.e I will always play it at the arcade. it is definitely worth the trip for me..oh 40 selfies,big lcd screen.and the magnets are great too.love it!!...great job jjp, hope to get one some day, best newer game out? Definately the best jjp to date!!! Hobbit, wozs are just ok,.nice looking not as fun....
9.340/10
51 days ago
Very creative original concept! Plenty fast with good flow and lots of shots and toys. The game seems "mature" in its overall design owing to the vast experience of its designer.
As with the "WOZ", JJP has done it again- nice work!
7.984/10
52 days ago
First feelings are average but decent one.
Nice and smooth shoots in general. Rules are confused, at least not intuitive enough
Need to be set up to get short ball time otherwise it could be very very long..and this is not my tastes.
Need more games into it but not a keeper in my opinion.
9.421/10
56 days ago
This is my first review. I really enjoy playing Dialed In, since we just got it at Boxcar in Raleigh, I've been playing it every day. Jersey Jack really did an amazing job with it, my favorite part is how well lit it is at night. Some machines are hard to see but this one is bright! The play field is great and goes well with the game rules. The phone gives the player great detail in what you must do to complete tasks. The attack feature is interesting, it will make you drop the flippers if you hold on too long, which is pretty cool! Hopefully i'll be able to have one in my house one day.

-Collin
9.380/10
57 days ago
Put a bunch of games on this the other day. Game had decent flow. Seemed to be more action with the right flipper than the left due to modes. Everything seemed to be integrated well. I didn't find the phone annoying but it was loud in the room. Kept thinking of JM when it would ring, though. The theme is not bad to me, it is no different than Earthshaker or Whirlwind, but the name is dumb. However, I don't play the name and the game is fun as hell to play. I like this better than Aerosmith and GB.
8.908/10
57 days ago
Ok. I figured I would hate this game due to the theme. And at first, I did hate it - really hated it. But after many, many plays, I have come to admire the subtle brilliance of the shots, the ball flow, various modes and score stacking. This is a masterpiece. Definitely was not my opinion early on. The disaster theme works - just don't get fooled by the cell phone.

I hope that JJP puts their considerable talents towards a fun theme like Alien or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They may be the only serious challenger to Stern. Spooky is making a good run at Stern, but I don't think they have the resources to match Stern's depth of talent. All and all, with each release, JJP improves. If Heighway fails to deliver Alien, I hope JJP can get the rights. What a killer combo that would be! JJP's team polishing Alien. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it.
9.660/10
64 days ago
Dialed In is the game that Jersey Jack has been needing to make since day 1.

The Pros:
A great looking, sounding and playing game that proves once again that Pat Lawlor is the most creative pinball designer to design modern pinball. Give that guy some resources, and he is going to run with it! A players layout with lots to shoot for and even more to consider and stack up for righteous playability. The animations are in line with the theme and while a few might not "get it" at first, this is a theme that everyone can relate to. The immersive qualities of this tech are self evident when the selfie mode starts. the camera looks for the player's and other people's faces when the game starts to crank out pics on the screen. Bringing people in... that's how you do it! There are lots of modes, multiballs and the wizard mode is in there already. John Youssi brings the look and Keith Johnson at the help of the programming team means that a player's player is making this game play as it should. Just like the rules, the theme is layered as well. Natural disasters and all sorts of strange occurances are happening. How do you deal with them with the thematic tools of your celphone? I feel like this harkens to Roadshow where the game was about travelling across America and all of these interesting things happen as you go. This is all up to you and makes me believe this is a thinking man's game. With nearly 20 shots and a true skill shot on the PF, this game has got it all.

The Cons:
Some of the thoughtless knee-jerk reactions from people who haven't really considered what this game is really about. That and being able to afford it. At the same time, 8k for a game seems to be the going rate for something built as solidly as a JJP pinball game.

The Takeaway:
Is Pat Lawlor the secret sauce that needed to happen at JJP? I'm going to say yes. This game has the layout, an accessable theme for all ages and the wow factor that hasn't happened in pinball since The Addams Family. Here's to the engineering woes of the past being in the past and let's see how this game earns on the street. I for one, can't wait to really get to know it! This may be my first NIB game.
10.000/10
66 days ago
Of all the games I played at Northwest Pinball show this was one of the most fun, 2nd only to WOZ. Quite disapointed with many competitors new units out there. Great job Jersey Jack!
10.000/10
66 days ago
I was fortunate to put a lot of time on one that was on location. All I can say is that it makes every other pinball machine look bad. I can't find a flaw with it. Every shot feels great. You always have an obvious spot to shoot for. It looks beautiful. The call outs are funny. The theme is even incredible!

I have noticed many people bashing the theme. They think that it is all about a cell phone. Well that's not the whole picture. The idea of Dialed in is to save a city from numerous disasters that strike. (The third and ultimate Pat Lawlor disaster game if you must). The phone simply acts as a tool. A original theme like this is refreshing in comparison to all of the watered down licensed games we keep getting. (Now don't get me wrong I think that both Stern and Jersey Jack have been putting together great games in these last few years. Just the licenses are getting tiring). Especially with the use of lcd screens and modern pinball technology it is easy to bring a original theme to life.

What standee out most to me were the shots. They were all so smooth and perfect. Even if someone didn't understand the rules at all, they would be entertained by just shooting around. This game has the flow that we all have been looking for, for years!!!!!

After spending some time on dialed in, I will play other games that I thought were outstanding and I'm finding them less entertaining because I still remember how great Dialed In was. (Not sure if thats a good thing :)

The bottom line is that Dialed in is an outstanding pinball machine that I think is going to become a classic for years to come.
9.000/10
66 days ago
Played this at TPF 2017 and was surprised how much I enjoyed this game! Some really interesting features and good uses of screens without making them completely overpowering and distracting like other games I've played. At first I didn't think I'd enjoy the cellphone theme of this game, but was pretty quickly drawn in, and watching people hit the seflie mode was pretty hilarious. I definitely think this game excels as a multiplayer experience and I hope that it's success inspires more non-licensed titles in the future!
10.000/10
72 days ago
Jack took the time to bring this machine across the country to Pin a Go Go in Dixon California so I figured I could make the 45 minute trip to check it out. Visually, the game is stunning-- it looks state of the art, the colors are excellent, and the screen is visually impressive (as is JJP's style.) The playfield also looks like considerable time was spent planning both the flow, and the placement and quality of the toys.

I spent more time watching than playing and believe that the overall reaction was significantly positive. There was lots of chuckling at the selfies, and lots of positive reactions as folks realized the depth of play and began to notice the weaving of the disaster story from the screen animations into the playfield.

This game sets the bar, period. Guaranteed the folks at Stern are going to see Dialed In and realize that the days of the templated games are limited.
9.520/10
73 days ago
Most fun I've had playing a pinball machine. Rules are plenty deep but still approachable to the casual player. Playfield artwork looks great with an amazing light show. Let's talk flow. Shots are silky smooth and fast. Magnets whip the ball around and great LCD animations. Definitely JJP's best game to date but maybe Pat Lawlor's as well.
8.300/10
82 days ago
Unique theme and gameplay. Shots are fun and satisfying. Quality of animations and music are top notch. If there is any time I get a chance to play this machine again, trust me, I will be playing it.
8.949/10
85 days ago
A really fun game to play with smooth shots and a great design. I don't really care for the way it is themed ... probably should have just been called "Quantum City" or something else. I would love to own this game some day because of how fun it is and how great the game play is. I've only played this about 50 times to date at the various shows over the last year, but the various modes and plots and playing within them make this game very entertaining ... so much so that you don't really think about the theme while playing. Very entertaining to play.
8.940/10
3 months ago
A wonderful game. A lot of shots and things to do that I felt like I only scratched the surface of it after playing for 30 mins.
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