Wizard of Oz (Jersey Jack Pinball, 2013)

Wizard of Oz

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This game got 610 approved ratings and currently scores 8.272 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #19 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.129

Artwork: 8.891

Sounds/Music: 7.867

Other Aspects: 8.033

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20 days ago
Before rating a game I like to play a game enough times to be familiar with the majority of it perhaps besides the wizard mode. It feels impossible to do that with WoZ. There so much here in code, gameplay, toys, shots, animations, callouts, it's dizzying. It's clearly a BIG step up from what other companies are trying, and I really appreciate them bringing pinball into the modern era finally.

Both mini playfields play well. I always feel like I can do the spinning house forever and I'm always wrong. Rescue is maybe my favorite single flipper playfield ever. I love the Sorcerer-esque RAINBOW targets. Important shots without safe return are great. All sorts of interesting modes that play with the technology, lights on/off, reverse flippers, weak flippers, etc.

There's No Place Like Home really sucks. It's hard and random to light it first of all, then on one ball, under a time a limit, with no additional scoring, you have to complete FOUR freaking goals to save your ball? It's unbelievably difficult to pull this off, barely worth trying, and really slows multiplayer games down. Really interesting idea, but perhaps the worst part of WoZ overall. TOTO is alright on the other side.

Light show, code, animations, BOM etc. all an enormous step up from an average Stern. It's obvious that this game is more than just a Stern-style game with more toys, there is a ton of extra design and development that had to be done.

For the record games being slow, floaty, or having no flow are not negatives to me which is why this is rated so high. I don't always like games just because they're fast and full of safe returns.
1 month ago
This is the best pinball machine I have ever played. Period.

Everything from how it looks from a distance, the beautiful screen, the sounds, the deep rule set, how challenging it is, everything. I hope to someday own one. It's a work of art.
1 month ago
I love what Jersey Jack did with this game. The lighting is wonderful. I found this game to be more challenging then most new stern games that are coming out. It is more like an old Bally/Williams game. I played it at a pinball show but I hope one comes to a location close to me.
1 month ago
I have seen the future of pinball and it is made by Jersey Jack. This makes every Stern look like a child's toy. The most beautiful machine I have ever seen. The LED lighting makes it glow like electric candy. The rules are super deep and there are dozens of items that demonstrate true innovation. Sterns just rehash the same tired and cheep tricks and layouts. I had a Twilight Zone and find this to be very similar but so much better. I am truly amazed. The only negative I can give is that the software is still not 100% free of bugs at version 5.05. Having said that, JJP are continuing to release updates quickly and have already replied to my report of bugs to say that they are working on it and will get fixes out asap. Really great bunch at JJP.
1 month ago
This is an underrated game. Easily a top 10. I own tz, mm, ijtpa, desw, some real classics. This is on par with them all. Admittedly I'm a technology guy, and I don't own woz, only played it on location, but this game is deep, fun, and replayable. I'm looking forward to th because I like that license a little better.
1 month ago
nice game, thought it was a little too busy.
2 months ago
One of a kind, LEDs and sound amazing, best pinball I've ever played.
2 months ago
Good machine overall. The lights show is the best of any machine so far with a near perfect use of color changing LEDs. The game rules should be more clear...so the first several game plays feel more like just "hit the ball" not "aim for this"....Both upper mini playfields lack any kind of skill play.

The Pros:
One of the most iconic movie theme of all time...Who doesn't remember growing watching The Wizard of Oz every holiday season !!
Overall very fun game for all ages.
Beautiful artwork, lighting and integration of movie clips & sound.

The Cons:
Rules are unclear/deep and take several repeated game plays to start to understand.
Upper mini playfields lack any sort of real skill.

The Takeaway:
With deep rule sets and beautiful theme WOZ is a keeper.
Game play may seem unclear at first but will keep seasond and novice players coming back for more.

Would I buy it? Yes...

Just a side note: This by far is my wifes favorite machine so I will be adding a WOZ 75th to my collection. I will update my post afterwards.
2 months ago
One of the prettiest games ever made. I had the pleasure playing one of those machines on a recent visit to Chicago. It could have been all that and then some but is isn't. The game play is somewhat uninspiring. The pop bumper after the ball drains one the left lane is a complete waste and somewhat symptomatic of the entire layout. No real game flow or much of a strategy. Too bad I really love to look at this game since it looks very impressive.
3 months ago
A really fantastic game. The lighting and artwork really are everything they are cracked up to be, and the integration of theme is exceptionally good. The LCD display adds a unique dimension, even if just for spectators (since it is hard to pay much attention to the screen while playing). Gameplay is certainly challenging, both in terms of learning the rules and then actually getting through all the various challenges. (I highly recommend reading a detailed rulesheet - it is easy to be lost without it.) I almost can't imagine ever completing Somewhere Over the Rainbow, but the challenge will keep me playing for a long time. Everybody in the family really likes the game!
3 months ago
The lighting for this game is ridiculous!!! In a good way.
3 months ago
Best pin I've ever played. When you compare it to the stock Stern product that is released these days, there is no comparison...and that's why these guys bailed on Stern! Amazing game. I was fortunate enough to play an LE on location in Vancouver. These guys are not fooling around; they know good pinball.
3 months ago
I've only played this game about 10 times. The problems I have with it: No ball save. The balls can drain in 2 seconds and you just lose the ball. The game typically only lasts a minute or less. I have won replays on this in that time. The point of a pinball is to get to play for more than a few seconds. The sound is repetetive and frankly, terrible. The flippers are kind of neat. Other than that, this game has very little going for it.
3 months ago
I didn't enjoy the game the first 5 times I played it, but then more and more it grew on me as I learned the rule set. I really enjoyed playing it. The thing I hated was the music, omg over and over, shut it off! Sound quality and sound effects are fine, the music just became so repetitive.
4 months ago
Very pretty and flashy game but boy what a snooze fest I owned one and sold it after only 2 weeks
4 months ago
First time I played it I wa impressed with the technology and lighting and modernization of a pin, but the next time I had a chance to get a number of games on it, I really liked the game play, theming and overall package...thinking about picking one of these up for sure...
4 months ago
Look, my whole family played this game for hours! The theme will be viable for years to come, and the lighting...come on! B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! Beautiful and incredibly disorientating at times. The art work is astounding. Game play is easy to get lost in and shooting just for shooting can still score points but not nearly enough to achieve high scores. Wife and kids now want one! Send money to.....
4 months ago
Every time I play JJ's Wizard of Oz, I have a blast. It's one of those games that seems to hypnotize me when I play it. I find it challenging, fun, and great to look at.

The modes are easy to start and there are so many toys and gimmicks (the left outlane "TOTO" alone is a neat feature) that the lastability of the game is improved by all the different shots the player can make.

I'm not all that into the Wizard of Oz lore, so I'm eagerly awaiting my chance to play JJ's The Hobbit (even though LotR is only slightly more interesting than WoO).

My only criticism is the brightness and quantity of the LEDs - the lighting can be overwhelming at times. WoO is a great game and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to play. Buying, on the other hand, is steep and probably won't drop much since the game is still fairly new.
4 months ago
Whole lotta crazy crap going on here.
On the surface everything about this table should point to being the greatest game of all time.
The table is beautiful, the sounds and movie clips are great, toys galore, two upper playfields and I seemed to say "Holy crap! Did you see that?" quite often.
However, once I got past the “WOW” factor, I found it to be a bit frustrating to play. Some goals were clear (like Rainbow & Toto) but others were not leaping out at me.
It didn’t flow all that well either. I felt like I had to work to set up every shot and be very, very careful if I missed. Which leads me to something I thought about while playing.
WOZ is definitely not a table for new comers, in fact something on this level may scare newbies off pinball for good and that’s never a good thing.

I did like it, quite a bit in fact but it's not something I would pay the premium for.
4 months ago
This game is the most polarizing game I've ever come across. The people who like it, can't get enough of it. The people who don't like it, don't want to be bothered it. IMO,this game needs Steve Ritchie. There's a few problems I have with this game. There's no flow to this game (note: Steve Ritchie is my favorite designer). The light show is rather amazing, but the lighting is terrible, there's no GI lighting. I need to see ball. Seeing the ball brings me to the 3rd flipper. You can't see ball coming to the 3rd flipper. Unless the magnet catches the ball for the shot, I won't use that flipper during gameplay. I'm also not a big fan of wide-body games. That isn't the game's fault, just my personal preference. Wizard of Oz is a great movie, but as a pinball theme it does absolutely nothing for me. I've read that people who usually don't play pinball are playing this game, that is a good thing for all of us. To sum up, I feel this game is a swing and a miss. However, it is clear that JJP have put a ton of effort into this game. IMO, effort like that will lead to better JJP games in the future.
5 months ago
I love this game, its not a typical pin but I am so addicted to this pin. I cannot wait to have this one in my house!
5 months ago
BEAUTIFUL GAME! That really should be the headline for any review of WOZ. JJP said they wanted to raise the bar for pinball machines and that's exactly what they did. this machine screams quality! The art is gorgeous, the hardware is solid, and the LCD is a long overdue addition. The theme is one of the best integrated of any machine. I'm no WOZ super fan, I enjoy the film for what it is, but I'm happy to say the music and callouts never seem hokey or annoying to me due to the association. Great code, very deep, but easy to understand after a few games. It might be slightly intimidating to novice players. Interesting modes available due to upgraded technology such as "No Hold Flippers" and "Weak Flippers are welcome additions. The only minor flaw is that some of the shots feel a bit difficult/unnatural, the wizard saucer and crystal ball spinner being the primary examples. Unless you have absolutely NO TOLERANCE for the theme, this is a must play for any pinball enthusiast!
5 months ago
WOZ is an amazing machine to look at. The lights are awesome(but can be problematic) the theme was done really well. I own this machine and even tho I really like the look of it I wish I enjoyed playing it more. It still is fun but I find myself playing other pins in my collection more.
5 months ago
This game has great artwork and theme. Amazing walking up to it but the play is boring. Play is repetitive and not fun.
A real pretty machine when all lit up with an amazing theme, but for me it is very disappointing. Technical support from Jersey Jack an issue too. A friend of mine called to ask about a problem and was told they just make them. I think this could be a technicians nightmare and who knows how long this manufacturer will stay in business. Compare that to Stern that is big and going strong with excellent customer service and support.
5 months ago
Great art and toys, but the game gets a little boring.
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