Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons (WhizBang Pinball, 2012)

Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons

Pinside rating

This game received 8 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.291 /10

8.291

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #14 in the Pinside EM Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.868

Artwork: 9.161

Sounds/Music: 6.375

Other Aspects: 8.233



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7.795/10
3 months ago
Modern EM machine that is great for league since most younger players will struggle with the difficulty. Nudge this bad boy to keep the ball alive and you will do great.
8.297/10
1 year ago
One of the best looking modern pins that I've seen, art is fantastic. The audio and music is top notch. The quality is out of this world, I've never held and felt a more more sturdy feeling Stern in my life.
The gameplay?
Depending on the player it's either hit or miss.
Like it slow and retro? This is for you.
4.360/10
2 years ago
This has to be the worst modern pinball I've played to date.
8.300/10
2 years ago
Just plain old fashioned fun.
8.878/10
2 years ago
(note: I played the EM version)

This is a really cool game. Plays unlike any other em, but plays like an em nonetheless. The game has some really nice shots available, such as a shot up to the top, and the "Big" n "Juicy" fat standup targets for 200 points when lit. Nudging feels great on this table, it's very easy to choose which top lane you want the ball to fall into. I like how you can get a lot of points just from bouncing in the bumpers in the upper left corner, it is just a lot of fun to watch the ball float around up there as your score shoots up. Lower playfield configuration is my favorite type, inlanes with mini flippers. Nudge saves from the middle are frequent, if you get the hang of it. Scoring goes really high without turning over, it's almost impossible to roll it. I don't like gobble holes, but this one isn't too bad, it's usually the player's fault for shooting it.
Art is cool, I love the speech bubbles and jokes, but the ladies on the playfield don't look all that nice to me for some reason. Probably because the ladies are unrealistically thin, it's an unrealistic/cartoonish art style, but the game does look really nice overall.
If you ever see one, play it! Definitely fun to play a few times, and it seems like the playfield has a good depth of challenge as well.
7.560/10
3 years ago
Whoa Nellie is a repackaging by Nordman/Freres that was based on the Gottlieb Continental Cafe game.

The Pros:
This game looks absolutely fabulous. This is a frivolous and fun pinball endeavor that will make players re-think about what older designs are really about. inside pinball jokes (and some blatant ones as well) are all over this table. This has to be the best cabinet design I have ever seen!

The Cons:
The novelty wears off quickly. I understand what collectors are looking for in a game like this and I'm glad I had the chance to play a game or three, but I would not want to spend the $$$ that this game demands for the amount of game I get out of it.

The Takeaway:
Find one if you can and play it. Then you can say you played it. This rating is Dave Mercer approved!!!

Update:
I recently listened in on a conversation about Whoa Nellie from a number of people who had nothing but bad things to say about it.

1) The Price. $6500.-
2) An EM Design that has been "updated" and nothing more
3) Sentences that started out with the statements: "I find it offensive." "Who do these guys think they are?" and most telling: "As a feminist..."

All valid reasons for the people engaged in the conversation to not (in their humble opinions) play this game. I disagree on all counts.
1) Don't buy it if you don't want to.
2) There hasn't been anything released like this game in decades. For that alone it should be celebrated.
3) Greg and Dennis are two of the NICEST, KINDEST, SWEETEST, HAPPIEST, AWESOMEST pinball people you have ever met. Ever. To hear the PC crowd show nothing but utter disdain for this theme showed me a level of ignorance and self righteousness that I had never seen before directed towards a pinball game and the people who produced it. Ever.

Consider that pinball art packages for as long as we know, have always been heavily influenced by sex. We would not have pinball today, if it wasn't selling sexual fantasies throughout pinball. Even today... pinball is sold with rock and roll, horror and sex. Heck, WoOz has a Dorothy Upskirt shot as she is trying to escape from the flying monkeys. Feel however you want to about this game. I'm still gonna play it, enjoy it while I laugh and smile the whole time while I'm doing it.
6.887/10
3 years ago
Is this a real EM? Dunno? Has lots of great ideas but doesn't really play that great.
The jury is out on this game. Well done to the makers for making it though, shows guts.
9.014/10
4 years ago
Wildness, a modern made EM! whoa nelly!
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