Johnny Mnemonic (Williams, 1995)

Johnny Mnemonic

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This game got 383 approved ratings and currently scores 7.756 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #76 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

7.756

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.148

Artwork: 7.154

Sounds/Music: 7.426

Other Aspects: 7.891




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7.816

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7.935
1 year ago
Love this game. PLUS I love the movie so that helps. It has some great features/modes, cool call outs, fun toys. It's fun on a casual game as well as competition ready so that boosts up as well. Really well done mid-90's Williams. One of the best (I think better, deeper, and more fun than Medieval Madness and AFM...there I said it. I like those games but not as fan of 'fan' layouts. My two cents......PLAY THIS GAME!!!
7.358
1 year ago
Johnny, Johnny, Johnny. the film was absolutely bollocks but the pinball is one of the absolute fastest games out there. and it has one of the greatest ever playfield toys ever invented, in that haptic glove thingy.

alternating the ramps makes for a super speedy game, and when the spinner is ramped up for maximum points, it can be well worth raping that spinner shot to the exclusion of everything else - especially as most of the modes are (for me) unplayably difficult.

i wanted one for ages, but after i had it a month or two, i moved it on for the same price, satiated. it's a fine little player but too fast for me and not enough bite, not enough build up, not enough gameplay to let me feel like i was building up to, or even bothered about, reaching the wizard mode. that wizard is a bit of a letdown i thought, with different areas of the playfield 'powering down' so it gets not more exciting as it progresses, but less.

the highlights for me were trying to keep one eye on the glove and one on the DMD to see where the EB was hiding, and then placing those balls on the 3x3 matrix in a nice line to go for triple jackpots. spelling Mnemonic (or was it Johnny) to light the kickback at the left drain was fun too. but basically this game is 95% glove and 5% everything else, so if your glove isn't working perfectly, you're shit outta luck.

fun game but not a keeper for me.
6.895
1 year ago
This is another one that couldn't keep my attention. The artwork was not for me and the them could be forgiven if the game was better.
7.642
1 year ago
The scoring is quirky but the shots are fun. It goes fast and games don't last long, but it's really satisfying when it does.
7.484
1 year ago
This pin is okay... just okay. Given the theme, the toys and the gimmicks, I thought it would be a lot more fun that it is. Need more plays to give a full review, so an update is pending.

Update: finally spent a little more time on this machine and found myself enjoying this game much more. The ramps are kinda lame but it has some cool modes and gimmicks.
7.273
1 year ago
Fast and pretty fun for a while. Once you learn to exploit the spinner millions, scores get ridiculous.
7.456
1 year ago
This game can get so fast!

Repeatedly looping together those ramp shots is the most satisfying part of this pin. Sometimes it's a little frustrating but not so much that you want to quit. I find this game has a great balance between challenge and fun.

The glove toy is definitely unique, but it really stops the game cold. It's not too bad, but it takes more time than I feel it should to use the toy. Overall a cool addition though, and placing the balls in the 9-slot area has a fun factor to it.

The theme is lame, but it's based on a lame movie so I guess it's appropriate. The call-outs are all movie based so... they're lame and cheesy too.

Overall, a really fun pin that I feel is underrated because of the theme. Not quite top 10 material, but it's not too far off.
9.660
1 year ago
a very fast and fun game.
I played at a friend's house for 2 hours straight.
sound pretty cool.
list is to go into my collection.
9.600
2 years ago
Just as good as any of the top 10, underrated for sure. Great game
8.048
2 years ago
Very cool pin, although it seems that reliability is a bit low. Love the theme (and the movie) and think it works well as a pin.
7.976
2 years ago
Johnny is one fast game. The ball zings around the playfield like crazy if it's dialed in correctly.
The modes are cool and the ability to get to a "powerdown" mode that slowly shuts down the pin if you don't make certain shots is genius. Some criticize the slow down of the hand in moving a ball into the matrix, but I don't think it's too bad.
I don't like the way the ball comes out of the pop bumper area. Seems like a design flaw.
All in all, I love the pin.
8.600
2 years ago
What a sleeper. I have permanent keepers in my collection and some that I buy to play for a while and sell. JM is quickly crossing into the keeper category. Super fast and a lot to do. Lousy movie great pin. I have not seen such an underrated title since RS or Wh20. Clearly a better playing pin than either of those and those are also keepers.
7.192
2 years ago
I have never seen the movie, so maybe I have a hard time understanding the ruleset, since I don't know what is SUPPOSED to be going on! In all seriousness, I had never seen "Bram Stoker's Dracula" until having played the machine about 500 times. Once I saw the movie, my play on it got noticeably better since I knew what things meant. Would like to spend more time with this game (even though I threw up a "lucky two billion plus" on it during a recent tournament!
8.228
2 years ago
Love the layout on this one. So much flow and nice and fast. Theme doesn't bother me, but I know nothing of the movie so just treat it as an unlicensed game anyway.
6.942
2 years ago
Fun Theme not so much
8.211
2 years ago
Themed perfectly, movie is really brought through in the gameplay. Wicked fast!
6.134
2 years ago
I love how fast this game plays, but the shots feel off and I couldn't get into the theme.
7.032
2 years ago
Super fast. Great flow. Hand does nothing for me, just slows it all down. I used to like it more than I do now as it feels quite dated now.
8.318
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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!
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