Wizard of Oz

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This game received 750 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.397 /10

8.397

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #20 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.303

Artwork: 8.892

Sounds/Music: 8.067

Other Aspects: 8.183



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4.848/10
15 days ago
Great looking machine and I really wanted to like this one from the start, but it just feels so cold and not enough soul to really care about. It seems to rely way too much on everyone's sense of nostalgia for the film. Not a bad thing if tastefully done, however this just doesn't work at all for me. I keep trying it at different locations every few months and each time I finish the game disappointed and not feeling like it was worth the quarters to play. My kids and wife seem to agree and they love all things Wizard of Oz. It just feels like the designers were trying way too hard and ended up with a massively over-produced light show. Not enough fun.
8.180/10
18 days ago
A few randomized observations about WoZ:

- This may be the "oldest" licensed theme ever...74 years after the movie was released?
- The game obviously broke huge new ground in incorporating video, and it was done well, which means the gimmick didn't take over the gameplay.
- One of my favorite Jersey Jack features is: SIGNIFICANT DIGIT SCORING! The ones digit means something!
- A complex, detailed, and well-thought out rules set for overlapping modes, but...
- not so complex that you can't have fun and a good game by just shooting away and finding the sweet spots.
- My nickname for this game is "Swiss Army Knife" - it seems like the goal was to somehow get "one of everything ever put into a pinball machine" into the game, and they pretty nearly succeeded.
- This is also the first really successful all-LED machine by design, by my reckoning, and the color design was well thought out.
- That said, the lighting is still dim; I have a hard time following poor GI games with bright LED lighting. I don't know if that's my age or the nature of the beast, I suspect a combination of the two factors.
- and, with the whole movie's "plot" well integrated into the rules -- pretty much every major scene -- (but not the book) -- it gets championship points for faithfulness to the theme.

The playfield may qualify as the most complex ever made in some ways, and that can be both a blessing and a curse. I'm not swooningly in love with this the way I am with Dialed In, since in the end I find it a bit busy, but it's definitely not boring. But it deserves a place of honor in the pantheon for moving things forward a step or two and providing a great starting point for the full-screen-animation-backglass era.
10.000/10
21 days ago
Game is complex and varied with multiple levels and multiple objectives, definitely not an easy game either. I don’t love the low scoring, but I mean, maybe I just like the word million because a pinball machine is the closest I’ll ever get to that word in real life. Definitely not repetitive as it feels like a different game every time. The lack of linearity can make it a bit confusing at first, and I’ll admit I don’t love such a complex back glass full of complex instructions. It’s a bit overwhelming for the first few times through. Love how the sound of the song for over the rainbow mode pairs with the bumpers hit, adds some musical depth that most games lack. Really enjoy the save Toto option where you get a second chance to come back from the right sink hole if you hit the ramp. I enjoy the multi ball, the spinning house, and saving Dorothy by smashing the wooden doors. I’m a fan of the cut scenes from the no place like home left hole. I admit I find the ruby slippers distracting when you’re playing, but I got used to it eventually. The plunger action is a little blah, no really obvious skill shot that I always love. I enjoy the munchkin land but admit the magnet by the witch isn’t something I’m a fan of, though it helps that she’s a which, so it gives it a little more magic, I guess but it’s a frustrating way to lose a ball. Honestly not that big of a fan of the movie, but this game is pretty legit. Love how the right bumper is lowered so you can get it even if your shot doesn’t have as much velocity as other game’s ramps do. Would love to own this game someday. It’s a must play every time I see a machine though again, took more than a few plays before I was hooked.
7.736/10
32 days ago
So many things I like here. Earned ball save is one, however the state fair on could be a little easier. I appreciate that it was the first to bring in long overdue innovations such color changing factory LED's, headphone jack, and video screen. Made Stern step up to the plate. Visually stunning. Just wish I liked the theme better.
8.738/10
32 days ago
This game used to be on our heavy wishlist because everything about it is amazing. The lights are the best we've ever seen and are just mesmerizing. The screen and integration of animation into the game is phenomenal. I'm not into the theme, but I can appreciate it because it's done so well. Also, the inclusion of two upper playfields with awesomely gimmicky toys is so much fun.
My criticisms are the music and the reliability. The music does NOT change seemingly at all. Wizard of Oz has so much in variety of music, so why does it constantly play "Off to See the Wizard" incessantly? The pin is also constantly broken down at our local arcade and they fix it daily. It's broken twice from playing it myself and every time it's broken it seems to be a different issue. I'd be completely afraid of investing in this machine.
8.905/10
38 days ago
WOZ is a beautiful game. It’s not my favorite theme but I love the theme integration. JJPs have a certain feel to them and I absolutely love it. Widebodys can be a little slow at times but they crammed a lot of toys and awesome shots and at the same time it has a great flow. The art is amazing and it incorporates everything from the original movie. Once you get past the over 400 pound weight of the game when you are trying to get it in your game room, it will probably stay there for a while.
9.800/10
45 days ago
By far one of the best pins I've ever played. Extremely complex with rules and goals that you can still discover long after you feel you've somewhat mastered the machine. There are ton's of features and toys. The artwork is incredible on the playfield. The LCD integration is a perfect match. I'm not much of a WOZ movie fan, but would love to someday own this in my personal collection. Whenever I have the chance to play one I give lots of time towards one.
9.680/10
48 days ago
This game has so much variety, such great theming, so much fun. The whole family can get engaged with a brand that all ages appreciate if not love. Yet challenge and a very deep ruleset to keep hardcore players fully engaged. I am sure I don't understand all the rules yet, but the ones I figured it kept me plenty busy.

The game drips if quality and makes me want to keep hitting the start button one more time. If it wasn't for the pricetag, this would have been my first machine.
9.080/10
49 days ago
One of my favorite games!
9.480/10
78 days ago
Wide body is great. It's a beautiful pin to just look at. Very deep ru leset....love the interactive screen...
Can never get to wizard mode though... it's definitely early a keeper
9.440/10
85 days ago
This game is an instant classic. This will eventually go down as one of the best pins ever made. I wished I owned one.
7.357/10
3 months ago
Game play does not do a lot for me, It seemed to be a bit cluttered for me. The light show is awesome and lots of toys but I just don’t have much fun playing this pin. The theme is not all that bad. Maybe I just need more time on one but for the price I’m just not sure I’ll get a chance to pick one up locally. I had a chance to pick between TH and WOZ and I went with TH.
10.000/10
5 months ago
Its pretty mindblowing! No complaints. A must for any owner, for at least a while, and hopefully a keeper for me - but I made the mistake of getting married before I got into pinball - ugh! Super deep rules. Love the big LCD screen! Stern should move to the larger in fact jjp way ahead of the Curve although I do like how Highway puts an LCD in the middle of the Playfield better than either. Tons of toys and things going on. Pretty good flow. Certainly not clunky. Tons of shots to make which gives you plenty to think about. Things can get really fast particularly when coming at you from the left side of the playfield' Haunted Forest. No issues. Never broken and keeps on working. Super high-quality and awesome freshman effort. In fact it reeks of expensive and of quality. One can tell the whole team worked really hard on this release. Theme also is a winner and works for me. What's not to like? This pan exceeds expectations and in no way disappoints.
9.500/10
6 months ago
Absolutely in love with this pin. It has so much going for it. The ruleset is extremely deep and it is a real challenge to make it to somewhere over the rainbow wizard mode. There are lots of cool toys on the playfield and lots of shots to make. The sound design is great with plenty of your favorite music and sound bytes from the film and awesome original sounds. Super sharp looking with all LEDs in the playfield and the LCD monitor has great animations and movie clips, plus wonderfully shows your progress on multiple goals at once. One of my favorite pins, and still my favorite Jersey Jack game.
9.260/10
6 months ago
This game is truly stunning. The art package and theme are really well done, even if Oz isn't your thing.
The light show and integrated video really complement this them well.
The scoring is a bit on the low end, and I have yet to find a machine on route that wasn't either not 100% functional, or just plain poorly tuned.
9.396/10
6 months ago
What can you say about this game. It one of the bast! A must have for every collector. The only thing I have a problem with is what everything is. It's like I have to read the manual to understand what to shoot for and what it is that I just did. Lighting is incredible.
This game pushed other game makers to make better games. It truly is a pioneer in pinball machines.
Thanks Jersey Jack for making the industry understand that we can make better pinball machines from today's technology rather that staying with 90ies style pinball machines.
10.000/10
6 months ago
Incredible !!
9.600/10
6 months ago
This is a beautiful pin. Maybe the most beautiful ever made. The theme is very good, the rule set is deep and, while not easy to follow on the LCD full color screen, is pretty easy to understand once you play it several times. A better game for home collections. It is a game with long ball times and a huge play field. Plenty of toys and things to do. The only cons are the "No Place Like Home" mode is almost impossible to complete. I really loved the concept of this mode and Save Toto, which each save your ball from the left and right out lanes if successfully completed. But only the Toto mode is fairly achievable. You can tweak the game settings to make it more user friendly, which I strongly recommend.

This was my first pin purchased new, and it was a great choice. Now if only Jersey Jack would make Alice in Wonderland...a theme just dying to be made into a pinball machine. Think of the modes! Tea Party Mode, Battle the Queen of Hearts, Down the Rabbit Hole, Tweedle Dee and Dumb drop targets, Find the Cheshire Cat...maybe someday.

Until then, WOZ is a fun, deep, very well-built pin. Stern must keep it's build quality up to avoid falling behind JJ.
8.660/10
6 months ago
Really cool game and I would love to own one somday. The lighting is amazing. Unfortunately all 3 machines I have played have had some sort of major technical issue that ended my game early.
8.760/10
6 months ago
I am revising my comments after owning this game for a while. I have put about 40 games on this machine, and its just an incredible machine. The rules are very deep, the light shows are truly amazing, the upper play fields are very fun, the upper castle is great, and the spinning house is amazing. On top of all that the customized bumper sounds are truly exceptional. I have several pins in my collection and the WOZ, and Hobbit are the first two I go to every time (along with the kids). This game is the real deal. My only regret is not buying one sooner. Stern can learn a lot from JJP, and the quality of build. This game is built like a tank.
7.022/10
6 months ago
This is a tough game for me to rate. The light show is seizure-inducing extraordinary and there is a ton to this pin in both rules and toys. But, in some ways, there is too much going on, as if they wanted to throw every idea in there, making the experience potentially too busy. It would never be a pin that I'd own, but I can see how it wou appeal to others. All-in-all, a good game, that's really different than most anything else, and better than JJP's sophomore effort as well.
10.000/10
6 months ago
100%, one of the best machine, all is perfect on this pinball.
9.776/10
7 months ago
LOVE Wizard of Oz. Best of the JJP games out there in my opinion. Dialed In is a close second (more play needed). Beautiful machine, great theme and keeps me wanting to play "one more game." Once used prices decline a bit more, I would consider this for my home collection.
9.900/10
7 months ago
I am still learning the rules but really love the different modes and lighting effects. Fun and interesting layout and toys, plus there are so many modes and special features (it's like Tspp on steroids). I've owned a lot of great pins but Woz is in a class of one. TZ had a baby with Tspp and it is Woz. I have the newest 2.0 lights with RR plus RadCals.
9.460/10
7 months ago
This game is so much fun! I love the theme and playability. My only real complaint is the game is dark and jjp should have added a huge amount more lighting.
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