Wizard of Oz

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This game received 765 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.390 /10

8.39

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #21 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.3

Artwork: 8.89

Sounds/Music: 8.086

Other Aspects: 8.168



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9.860/10
8 hours ago
This is one of my favorite games to play. I was surprised at how much I enjoy this game DESPITE the theme. I went to an arcade recently and found myself playing WOZ for several hours and not touching any of the other 15 or so top 20 rated titles they had available to play. JJP definitely has a winner with this one! In my opinion it should be much higher rated. I'd place it in the top 10 of all games that have come out so far.
8.314/10
12 days ago
Jersey Jack really has their stuff together. This is a nice pin.
7.475/10
16 days ago
I was really excited to play this game when I first saw it. I have played it at 3 different venues and the lighting on the game at 2 of them was too dark. This made it difficult for me to see what was going on especially with the upper playing field being blocked by secondary levels and toys. This game is challenging and will be a top game for many years. I just need to spend more time with it.
7.649/10
30 days ago
Interesting playfield, more light than a thousand suns, but the layout is so overly complicated that it hurts the game.
9.500/10
36 days ago
Fun game. It is built like a tank. Some of the toys and dodads are a little touchy but other than that the quality of the game is good. Mine is an older model EC LE and everyone complains about the 5V lights. I have had no problems and when I did have one go out it was very straightforward to track and replace. The playfield is beautiful and the light show is equally impressive. A few things feel a little half done--like the wizard head that just kind of sits there...there is a mod with some fire pots but that should just be part of the game. Plain targets feel like they should have stickers on them. These are expensive games, and that extra $5 that the factory could spend would make the game look $500 better. Cabinet art is nice. Mine is the painted version and is very nice. I can play the game for hours and really enjoy it. Great family game!
8.448/10
43 days ago
Great theme, love the clear/colorful lighting and overall play. Not a fan of the LCD and sometimes the playfield seems a bit too busy/flashy, but there are SO many cool features/gimmicks that I really enjoy playing.
9.516/10
50 days ago
I played this at a recent tournament and found myself coming back it even if there was a lineup. It was much more fun than I had expected. I regret not purchasing one back when they were being built.
8.760/10
51 days ago
This is a great machine - innovative, unusual and with the best light show by miles. Yes, the theme may not engage as much as others, but it is well integrated. And yes the ruleset is overcomplicated, but it's not alone in that. Overall as good as anything released in the modern era.
8.236/10
61 days ago
A work of art. In fact, probably the most beautiful playfield and toys I have ever seen. That does not mean it is a perfect pinball machine. I would have preferred a standard size cabinet, even if that means losing some toys, as it seems a little floaty and lacking direction at times. Also, rule set is standard modern day war & peace type stuff. I think this is the reason that TNA is such a fresh breath of air, it is the EXACT opposite if this game, for better or worse, depending on your perspective and what it is you are looking for.
8.180/10
77 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
81 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
3 months 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
3 months 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.
8.101/10
3 months 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. Just not a huge fan of the theme.
9.800/10
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago
One of my favorite games!
10.000/10
3 months ago
I tried to pre-order a WOZ in 2013 but gave up and cancelled my order because I did not think it would ever be produced. I WAS WRONG. But, I am glad I waited because I just received my WOZ 2.0 75th Anniversary Edition machine and it was worth the wait. Instead of getting an SE (all of the LE's were already gone in 2013) I got an LE and it is everything I had hoped for 4 years ago. Just proves the adage that some things are worth wait. Tons of fun to play and to look at.
9.480/10
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 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
7 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
8 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
8 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
8 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.
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