Wizard of Oz (Jersey Jack Pinball, 2013)

Wizard of Oz

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This game got 559 approved ratings and currently scores 8.229 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #20 in the Pinside Ranking.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.087

Artwork: 8.879

Sounds/Music: 7.836

Other Aspects: 7.997

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“Wizard of Oz. so much to see, so much to say, so much to like. and yet i hate it.

when i first saw it 3 years ago i was in awe of there being a new manufacturer who was making things that weren't all about cutting costs. i still think there are some aspects to it that are fantastic - deep ruleset, excellent 'crystal ball' idea (could be so much more - why not a little camera and little screen, to put the player inside there), and clearly the machine is a thing of beauty that lights up like a Christmas tree ..... but unfortunately there is also just too much about it that is meh in the extreme. oh, and i like that it has rollovers too.

firstly the boring up-and-down and up-and-down play. it's just slow and boring, really repetitive. then there's the annoying music and sounds, and the horrible LCD screen that is just too big and gaudy and slows things down too much. i don't like the fact that i keep seeing games with things that are broken or chipped or not functioning. i hated the fact that this Jack guy is very salesman-slick and is clearly out to milk the public for their money - i mean why else release a second new LE for even *more* money, just to piss off the people who paid for an LE? oh, and i'm not a fan of the outlane saving features that go on for ever either.

so in summary i think it looks fantastic but sounds awful and plays boring. very disappointing.”

“This is a top-tier table that certainly belongs in the top 20. There is absolutely no doubt that you are playing one of the best tables ever when you are controlling the flippers. From the spinning house and the ball-capturing flying monkey to the ball-saving "Save Toto" mode starting by the right drain, there is a lot to love about this game. This is one machine you must find.”

“[FWIW I self-rate my skill level as medium] After seeing all the hype and raves I was not surprised the line for this was the longest at Expo. Sadly, even though I had a decent game compared to many of those I watched ahead of me, I didn't really come away wanting more.

I must say, the light show is breathtakingly astounding: the color shifts and mood swings and sparkling effects due to the color-changing LEDs are simply stunning. So too are some of the gameplay tricks, like when the witch snatches the ball - seeing it instantly stop, whirl, and shoot across the playfield is a true moment of disbelief! There are TONS of shots, and the detail of the toys is incredible. It's truly the most lavish playfield I have ever seen.

But the gameplay is so... disjointed. Too many distractions, too many interruptions, too many breaks in the music and soundtracks. There is simply no flow, and it began to seem repetetive. The backglass LCD seems like a logical evolution and while it's used well on one hand... it's information overload on the other. 4 quadrants competing for attention while bonus modes pop out of the middle. Which am I supposed to do?

The movie tie-in is better than I expected, and there are plenty of modes which are clever, but too many of them get repetitive very quickly. It's obvious there was only so much film footage that could be looped for an effective tie-in. It's like trying to read an internet comment thread with too many meme-gifs: once the novelty wears off, you wish they'd just stop. They could have done so much more... as it is, IMO the limited pallete of traditional DMDs has forced much more creativity and interest in those spaces. Honestly, the WOZ screen was just too much bright, visual noise. How much MORE compelling would that stunning playfield be if paired with a traditional backbox?!

I *do* appreciate that the scoring is low! All the arbitrary million/billion point shot nonsense on other pins is just that: nonsense. From a sense of scale, WOZ points actually mean something... a low 6-figure score is more an achievement than an 8-figure one on other machines. So that's something.

All in all, a mixed package. I really truly do understand and appreciate what the WOZ pin represents, and what was achieved. It really is stunning. My hat is off to all involved. It's just not something I enjoyed as much as I hoped.

(Played at Louisville Arcade Expo 2015)”

“Great pin,Love the LCD,Layout and toys.Very fun to play.”

  • scooter has this game on the wishlist.

  • “The game played better than I thought it would. It is very dark though. Good looking game, just the theme kills it for me, and I live in Kansas. Not in my gameroom Toto.”

    “There should be an extra 4 points in the GAME LIGHTING aspects category just for this game. Incredible lightshow. The game is a bit quiet where I play so not all shots are as clear as they should be, for me. This pin has an incredibly deep ruleset. JJP should consider a course for this game hehe. I've started playing more and more and my initial disdain for this game has subsided, once you know what you should be going for. Incredible technology and design here on this one. WIN.”

    “Wifey's Favorite for sure. Loves the movie....”

  • NicToria currently owns this game.

  • “looked awesome, and i had hoped it was going to be awesome, but after playing felt very here nor there. not one to be added to our collection”

    “I really like the theme and it's integration. A lot of interesting and extravagent features, the light show is terrific and the rules are incredibly well thought out and deep. But what makes this game really enjoyable is trying to stack the Emerald City, the Rescue and the Crystal Ball Multiball modes.”

    “My favorite game in my collection”

  • surfinvet currently owns this game.

  • “Great family theme, fun to know it was JJP first game... Sadly with the issues of the light boards all the time I never really got into it as much as I would have liked... Hope they find a final solution to the ongoing problem.... How else do ha know what u are shooting at”

    “Love this pin. Had so much fun playing. Has long ball times and "one more ball" appeal”

    “Overall quite impressive. Theme implemented well.
    A lot of stuff packed in this pin.
    Controlled lighting is awesome.
    One problem for me is that the playfield is too dark when being played in a dark room. Needs more general illumination on playfield.”

    “This game is a lot of fun. The toys and playfield are very well done. I am very impressed with the build quality of this game. It is one that I would certainly love to have in my collection. I've played it a lot at a friend's house.”

  • PinFan4Life has this game on the wishlist.

  • “How I got it
    Had the chance to trade my nib walking dead (my wife didn't like the theme for our kids), for a mint - 30 plays on it Wizard of Oz - Emerald City Limited Edition #753. It came with the following extra's: side mirrors, couple of mezel mods (winkie target / tornado / emerald city), a broom mod, al cliffy's installed and the original castle walls from back alley creations. Produced in May 2014, so with the new led boards in it and most of the teething troubles solved.

    Looks, build- and finish quality
    What a beauty this pinball machine is! Unmatched in terms of build and finishing quality. It stands in my game room next to my acdc premium and star trek le. Still like those games a lot, but not comparable to WOZ in terms of build / finishing quality and bang for your buck in my opinion. Even can't imagine anyone thinking otherwise, if played both (JJP-WOZ and Stern) in a home environment. For the money you'll get a lot more pinball machine (lcd / invisiglass / shaker / lots of toys / lots of flippers / lots of magnets / RGB leds) than with Stern, but all comes down to liking the theme and the rules, shots of course.....

    Playing the game
    If it comes to playing / liking WOZ in terms of theme, looks and layout, that's personal taste. A lot of the (more or less) negative comments on WOZ are because the gameplay is more stop and go, then it is fast (like a lot of recent sterns). Also ball times can be long, especially for more advanced pinball players. If I have friends over WOZ gets the most attention, play and positive reactions over acdc and star trek. It's such fun to work through the modes trying to get to over the rainbow. The lcd screen is a big plus in my opinion. It looks great but it also gives you very detailed instant info where you can see what's done and what's not. The modes are very variable and do not give you a repetitive feeling. I'm still learning the rules and must say the more I understand them, the more I like the game. WOZ is often compered to Twilight Zone and I think those games are indeed comparable. I loved my TZ, when I had a couple of years ago. Like WOZ more because it’s brought a TZ like pinball machine to the 21 century!

    Final thoughts
    I really love my WOZ (duhhh I made that point clear didn’t I? ;-), in my opinion it's one of the best pinball machines out there. In my small collection of three games, it‘s great beside two fast(er) games like acdc and star trek. Some of the negative comments on WOZ really surprise me. Maybe the difference in experience is explainable in the fact if you play on location or in a home environment. Last year I played a standard WOZ at a local arcade, beautiful game to see, not so to play (flippers where to weak, monkey didn’t work, couple of led boards were broken, had no idea what to shoot for, etc.) Then played one at a friend’s house and after a reasonable amount of games really got into the rules, understood how to play the game and really began to like it at that point. In the end liked it so much that I have one at home now :-). That could explain the difference in reviews scores on WOZ on Pinside, on the other hand there is no accounting for taste of course! Only thing that I can say (and that counts for every game you want to review / own): “play a machine that is technically ok and play it for more then let’s say 10 games or so, you get into the rules of the game. Then decide if it’s for you or not! For this moment WOZ is my opinion one of the best or maybe even the best.”

  • marvinmax currently owns this game.
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  • “Cant get over the theme. Enjoy the game though.”

    “A beautiful game. Fun to play. Very challenging. I have owned the game for about 8 months. Unfortunately my game from day one was plagued with issues. The metal box was dislodged. The game would not start. All the wires were disconnected. They also forgot to attach the metal rescue ramp. The ball would just fly off. The rescue play field has been off five times. The right door sticks.It appears they rushed the game out. Poor QC.Lloyd is the only saving grace for me. He sent me the parts I need. Hopefully I can finally fix the door issue. I am tired of taking the rescue play field off. I am taking a pass on any more Jersey Jack machines.”

    “This pin is absolutely gorgeous. Hopefully will prove to be the "future of pinball". Only negative I can really say is that the upper playfield is pretty dark (hard to play in the dark). I primarily bought this pin to encourage the wife and kids to play pinball, but that didn't work. Theme doesn't really work all that well for me.”

  • Bigbossfan currently owns this game.

  • “WOZ is by far the best pin ever made so far. It has raised the bar to the next level. The color changing LED's are awesome. The playfield was to dark originally but when you add the extra spots it takes care of that. The LCD screen is outstanding and I can't imagine that before long every new pin that comes out will have one. Ever since I got mine I hardly ever play any of my other pins which include TOM and TOTAN. They just are not as much fun, kind of like comparing modern pins to an old EM. Get one if you can!!”

  • bearsfan27 currently owns this game.

  • “Bad theme, fun game. Bad lighting, but great light show. Wide body makes for slow action, but the rules are great.”

    “As a bold new step in pinball, this table is really exciting. As an actual table, it's a little underwhelming.”

    “I've enjoyed this much more than any of the new Sterns I've played. Despite the video screen and the crazy amount of gimmicks it feels like an evolution of the great 90s tables and really made an effort to add unique elements to pinball such as the outlane ball save modes.”

    “Took me several months to warm up to this table, but now that I am used to it, I can safely say that it is one of the best ever made. The innovative outlane saves ALONE make this a modern classic!”

    “This game is either a masterpiece or a dog depending on your skill level. For novices, there is no better machine- a universally recognised theme, a variety of cool toys, unparalleled lighting effects (they really are spectacular), a forgiving layout, excellent playfield art and an LCD screen. Great for getting new players interested in pinball.

    Unfortunately, when I say this game is ideal for novices, I really do mean novices. Even casual players will find this far too easy and ball times tediously long. The ruleset is bloated and confusing. Serious players will find the LCD screen unnecessary and some other features gimmicky. Special mention should go to the outlane features which give the player a chance to save the ball (presumably included to discourage bangbacks) by giving the player another ball to complete a series of playfield tasks before continuing with the game. Ball times are long enough without stupid innovations like this.”

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  • “This game is to bright”

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