Johnny Mnemonic (Williams, 1995)

Johnny Mnemonic

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This game got 351 approved ratings and currently scores 7.781 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #61 in the Pinside Ranking.

7.781

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.143

Artwork: 7.162

Sounds/Music: 7.459

Other Aspects: 7.859



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7.864

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8.318
Rating #51 of 12 1 year ago

I knew I'd eventually have one of these in my collection. It's an underrated & undervalued Williams game from 1995, & now I have one. No doubt it has that WMS quality feel to it, just a sturdy & strong game that plays fast. I like the depth of the rules because there is just enough there to have depth but also keep the game somewhat simple to understand & grasp.

The layout is pretty killer. Lots to shoot for & the combo's you can put together are satisfying. Lots of flow to the game which makes gameplay & shots more satisfying. As everybody else says, a clean & well maintained JM can be pretty damn fast. You also have different options at all times as far as how to score & progress in the game. So you don't have to play the same strategy all the time.

Crazy Bob's can slow the game down a bit but it doesn't have to since you can pop the ball back out hitting both flippers. I had concerns that the glove would slow things down but it really isn't too bad. Maybe my opinion will change on this over time but for now it isn't a bad break in the action & its fun to set the line of balls in different ways to get different shots set up for multiball & of course the mini game where you try to win the better prizes. Like I'm always looking for where that light extra ball is hiding.

People say this pin didn't do as well because the movie was a flop. But honestly this is 2014 as I write this. How many people even remember this movie? At this point it could almost be considered an original theme because the movie was so long ago & wasn't well known. I almost view the game in this way & it still has loads of cool hand drawn artwork.

What you are left with is just a cool sci-fi theme that works well with the game. Being a bit of a sci-fi & computer geek I'm into the theme regardless of the movie. Sounds & music seem pretty solid, no real complaints. & with this being a pin with DCS sound, the quality is great & the variation is more than games from a few years earlier.

7.237
Rating #51 of 8 1 year ago

Yes quick game. You need to slow it down some as,a player. Not always easy to do. Good games not great. I'm sure led would help.

7.520
Rating #51 of 47 1 year ago

I think this is a good game. I love the glove in this. It's a fast player too. Fun and worth adding to a medium sized home collection.

8.240
Rating #51 of 28 1 year ago

Fun and fast. Theme is cool...so what if you never saw the movie or did and think it sucked? It's a "cyber" themed game and presents it well. One of the faster games I've played. Wicked fast orbits and quick return ramps are awesome. Glove and matrix toys are awesome. Powerdown wiz mode is awesome. Rules are fine. They make sense and lead to enjoyable objectives. Nothing special like an LOTR, but as good as most games out there. Music, sound fx and callouts are very good...callouts are predictable but not annoying. And they can be funny. Dots are cool too. All in all a very solid game. Underrated for sure and excellent bang for the buck.

9.024
Rating #51 of 9 1 year ago

This is a great game! Needs to be up a little on the rankings. I think being based off a movie that wasn't too popular hurts this one. What's funny is that this game makes me think positively of the movie without ever seeing it. From what I've heard, I'm not going to see the movie so it doesn't negatively affect my impressions of this machine ;)

Very enjoyable and entertaining, great comprehensive shots and an all around excellent sci-fi package. Love the cheesy quotes, has driving and memorable music, modes and visuals are great and always excited to get touch tone and three in a row multiball on the grid! Data glove mechanism slows things down a bit but I'd rather have it than not. Very cool and unique that way. Video mode is a trip and that's always challenging; especially for a novice!

Whoa. This pin is totally excellent!

8.052
Rating #51 of 6 1 year ago

I like this pin. It is fast and while some people complain about the glove slowing the game down, I think it provides a slight break. The only thing about the game that I don't like is the mini pac-man game. The controls are not at all intuitive. It isn't hard but it is tricky for the wrong reasons. As others have said too, the spinner is not balanced.

8.126
Rating #51 of 31 1 year ago

When set up properly this game is fast and furious and loads of fun! I've played on some terrible Johnny's, and I'm glad to finally have been able to play on some you can really get going on. That being said there are several shots in the game that also halt the action giving you a chance to think about what's going on and plan your next move. Many of the shots bring the ball back to the flippers very quickly so when you get some combos going it's amazingly satisfying and sometimes blindingly fast.

With the ability to milk the spinner millions for mega-high scores the game can seem unbalanced, but it's still no easy task and the game has much more to offer in terms of game play and strategy. The power-down wizard mode is a reward worth the effort of completing the modes, and there is good incentive to actually beat the modes vs timing them out.

I'm more interested in how a game plays than how it looks so the artwork is not that big of a deal to me, and the theme is fine when you understand the world and time the story takes place in.

This is a fun game that can in one moment make a player feel like a hero and in the next moment completely chew you up and spit you out without mercy - I'm a fan!

8.700
Rating #51 of 114 1 year ago

one of my speedest pinball !!!

8.520
Rating #51 of 10 1 year ago

Still loving it! The gameplay is blazingly fast with an excellent flow - if you do hit the lanes. If not it can be really frustrating with the ball bouncing around the posts for minutes before finally draining. Very similar to No Fear in that regard.

The glove and matrix are real eye catchers and a really unique toy. They are the one thing beside the scoop giving you a break when you are on a run :)

Apart from that the game features 5 rather easy modes requiring arming and activation each before enabling the powerdown wizard mode.

The sound is scifi-y and driving matching the pace of the game, the art is consistent, well done and nice to look at.

I love the irony with which the game mocks the horrible movie it is based on. Like the dramatic music at the kinda ridiculous "get-through-the-crowd"-mode, the common fast-food references and the animations of the comic-hero-mode (a falling pinball machine labeled "Johnny" smashing bad guys with a "pinball can be dangerous" quote).

Having two awesome location nearby and having played lots and lots of machines the JM still is my favorite of the affordable ones and highly recommended!

8.688
Rating #51 of 25 1 year ago

The movie leaves a lot to be desired but Gomez did a fantastic job making the most of it and designing a great machine. I like the glove and matrix design. It does slow down the game but it's a welcome break and isn't that different than the lock timing in some other top games. I'm a new player but it does seem like the throwing spike awards of spinner millions and hold bonus along with getting to power down are the keys to a high score. But you have to work for all of them. The multiball is fun but typically doesn't put up big points for me. I've played a number of higher rated games and for me this is the top bang for the buck pin so far. I wouldn't put one in my living room but the game play and cool cyberpunk theme far out way looking at Keanu.

8.000
Rating #51 of 47 1 year ago

I got a chance to play this not too long ago, and there is a lot, and I mean a LOT, of flow in this game! I always keep comboing the ramps and loops at least five times each time! The glove is pretty cool as well, I don't really care that it slows gameplay down at that point. The buttons, though, which directions they move the glove, or in video mode, simply don't register in my mind. I have to look down at the apron each time to remember. The computer voice also annoys me quite a bit, because you hear those callouts pretty frequently. Still though, pretty good game.

8.188
Rating #51 of 45 1 year ago

Fast, Fast , fast. I have it next to Tron and both are just fast. Maybe my all time favorite bang for the buck game. The glove does slow down the game. I will probably adjust the software so it does not come into play as much.

8.196
Rating #51 of 25 1 year ago

Own this pin and enjoy all aspects including glove and matrix. Really pops with LED , lightning fast pin which is a super challenge to beat / reach Power Down mode.

7.970
Rating #51 of 38 1 year ago

You want fast? You want turbo charged? This game is for you :-) JM is a speed demon beyond any reason, the layout is top notch, the ramps and loops are beautiful. Re-themed this would be a top 20 pin, as it stands we have a great pin themed on a weird movie.

8.347
Rating #51 of 27 1 year ago

Johnny Mnemonic is very original. It plays super fast and keeps you coming back for more. I really like the strategy of the matrix. You want to lock the ball on a good reward, yet place it somewhere you can make the shot easy in MB that is set to that matrix location. On top of that if you get 3 balls in a row you get 3X jackpots. They took a great idea from STTNG by having you collect items at Crazy Bob's after completing missions. The "Power Down" wizard mode is awesome with the different sections of the playfield going out GI and all. Awesome game and a mystery to me why it is not in more demand. IMO George Gomez's best game.

8.388
Rating #51 of 14 1 year ago

Love everything about this pin except for the video mode and callouts. Its fast, addictive and keeps me coming back for just one more game. Midnight Multiball is a nice easter egg on this one and Power down is a blast. Now about that cabinet fade..... :/

9.532
Rating #51 of 6 1 year ago

Apart from being a drain monster, this is one of my favorite pins. The data glove and matrix are awesome!

5.595
Rating #51 of 105 5 months ago

Johnny Snoremonic: That stupid hand kills it. Fast flowy till you wait four years to get a ball back. Also the call outs are awful.

6.149
Rating #51 of 55 1 year ago

Theme kills it. Had this game been issued as the matrix it would be highly sought after. The hand toy is really cool.

9.760
Rating #51 of 33 2 years ago

Great pinball a lot of fun ......I could play it all day long ....

7.656
Rating #51 of 6 2 years ago

Johnny Mnemonic was my second pin. It stood for about 4 months next to my Whirlwind. JM is a lightning fast, but very enjoyable pin with a high sense of flow. (you can pair up those ramps and loops a couple of times in a row when you get used to this pin)

JM is a typical example of “the pin is better than the movie”. People that care for the theme, you should definately read the book, it’s way better than the movie. The pin would have been even better if they used the original voices for the speech. They are close the the originals, but you can tell it’s not Keanu Reeves talking. Close, no sigar. The rest of the sound is pretty decent for a WPC95.

If you happen to have a cabinet that is not faded, be happy. They are well wanted amongst people that look for this pin. Mine was slightly faded to a dark orange instead of the deep red it came in when they left the factory.

As far a maintenance goes, that’s where the pin lost me. The hand mechanism is so sweet when it works. But if the damn things breaks it’s a true pain in the *ss to break it down and fix it. I must say that i do not have any form of training in electrical or mechanical stuff. So perhaps for the more skilled people this might not be a big problem to maintain. Also, the bulbs underneath the matrix, where you drop the balls with the hand mechanism, do not have easy acces. So I would suggest, when you need to change one of the matrix bulbs: open it once, and change all the bulbs with leds for longer lifespan.

I ended up trading it, with the broken hand mechnism, for a working Judge Dredd in average condition. But honestly, when i see one on location, i will definately play it!

8.840
Rating #51 of 148 1 year ago

the glove is something unique , video mode is boring , fast paced pinball , not bad .

9.712
Rating #51 of 22 1 year ago

I can't believe this game isn't rated higher. I get the fact that the theme is ho-hum. But the game and layout... AWESOME! Add to that this is a late model Williams that only had a run of 2,700 units and you have real intrigue factor.

This game is wicked fast...but it is also a shooters game with some tight shots. It's also a thinking game, with a rule set that leaves open quite a few options of how a game goes down (just look at the strategy behind choosing where to drop the ball in the matrix). The modes are challenging...and Power Down is one of the coolest Wizard modes around.

The callouts and various sound effects in the game are fantastic. Lots of metallic clanking sound and whooshing sounds as the ball flows around. The light show is also well thought out. I'd, at the minimum, leave incandescences in the GI so the lights can fade.

Fantastic Williams game...it has to be the absolute best bang for your buck game out there.

For those of you that say the glove/crazy bobs is too slow, just hold double flippers down and the game speeds up.

Johnny is A+ stuff

9.900
Rating #51 of 22 2 years ago

Love this pin. Sits next to the top 20 pins in my collection just fine and 1/2 the price of some.

7.377
Rating #51 of 12 4 months ago

JM is a fun, fast game that is known for being a flow beast. If you're having a bad day or are new to the game, however, you'll end up bricking almost every shot right back between the flippers at lightning speed. Almost every missed shot - off the lower ramp, off the middle posts, etc. - has the potential to drain and drain quickly. There's nothing better than racking up three or four combos on this playfield, but that exhilarating speed is a double-bladed sword.

Skill shot is a joke (simple lane change), and the modes are all very similar (shoot this or that ramp or loop) so there's no real incentive to choose one over the other on your way to Powerdown. The Spinner Millions scoring anomaly might frustrate some players, but it's really just one more fun thing to shoot for and since it requires 3 combos and then not losing the ball while you hit the difficult spinner shot repeatedly, its not exactly a gimme. The polarizing glove feature is basically a sexy ball lock, but it does provide some interesting strategy on how you choose to load your balls up. Video mode is accessible through the glove, and while it's nothing to write home about, it's a mildly entertaining and slightly broken Pacman style chase game. My only complaint about the playfield is the narrow little alley behind the left ramp that the ball is forced down after leaving the jet bumpers. It's slow and clumsy and far more offensive than waiting for the glove in my opinion.

Which leaves us with the theme. I'll say this for the design team: they were given a crummy movie, told to make a pinball machine out of it and they did a heck of a job. All the movies elements are represented in ways that almost make you remember the movie fondly (almost). The voice actors do decent renditions of Keanu ("Who ARE all these people?") and Ice-T ("Don't be a zombie, play pinball!") and while things occasionally get repetitious, nothing really grates soundwise. And yes, the dolphin is on there.

Overall, a fun and often difficult game if you can tolerate the theme!

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