Wizard of Oz (Jersey Jack Pinball, 2013)

Wizard of Oz

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This game got 611 approved ratings and currently scores 8.242 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #19 in the Pinside Ranking.

8.242

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.096

Artwork: 8.881

Sounds/Music: 7.875

Other Aspects: 7.991



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7.515

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4.259
Rating #26 of 13 2 days ago

Very pretty and flashy game but boy what a snooze fest I owned one and sold it after only 2 weeks

7.939
Rating #26 of 67 19 days 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.

4.940
Rating #26 of 6 20 days 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.

10.000
Rating #26 of 6 1 month 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!

8.888
Rating #26 of 6 1 month 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!

8.800
Rating #26 of 8 1 month 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.

6.978
Rating #26 of 8 1 month 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.

8.253
Rating #26 of 120 1 month ago

Great art and toys, but the game gets a little boring.

6.800
Rating #26 of 14 1 month ago

The play field is too crowded--that just RUINS it for me.

6.766
Rating #26 of 6 1 month ago

At first glance this game is gorgeous. Lights, artwork, and sounds are all gorgeous (excluding the out of place and overly cheap topper on the ECLE.) But then you play the game. Zzzzz. One tiny ramp at the top of the playfield is about the most exciting shot and it's nothing to get excited about. I can't think of any great feeling combo shots in this game. The toys are terribly weak (the central witch looks like an elementary school child made it). The state fair bumper upon exiting is just dumb (I think it was a neat idea but just doesn't work at all in the end.) The T-O-T-O rollovers on the other exit were another interesting idea but just doesn't play well in the end (too limited control from the player to hit them ... you just get them automatically 80% of the time.) Overall, this game looks amazing but the fun factor is just not there.

5.656
Rating #26 of 14 2 months ago

A friend has one. I was really excited to visit him to play this WOZ machine for the first time. Now that's about 6 months ago and I really wanted to give it a chance and played one game every time I was at my friend's house. But EVERY TIME it ends the same way. I play ONE game and I walk away. I often even don't play the 3rd ball because I just don't like it.

It is a quality built game, don't get me wrong. But the theme sucks to me and it just has too much bling for my taste. And i think the playfield is really overpopulated. I just like flow games better.

8.176
Rating #26 of 109 2 months ago

It feels like a bit of a spiritual successor to Twilight Zone, and that's a good thing! This game has some really fun shots, some imaginative modes, and top notch presentation. I need more time with it to understand it better, but it's a winner.

9.760
Rating #26 of 12 2 months ago

Purchased this game 6 months ago and just love it. It sits next to my MB, AF and MM. The sounds, colors and play are truly fantastic. When friends come over they gravitate to WOZ and MM. Quality of the machine is great. Don't plan on selling this one.

9.676
Rating #26 of 11 2 months ago

Extremely beautiful to look at and fantastic to play. Lighting is superb and the 3 playfields are well laid out. The toys are top notch and the translite with built in LED display really sets this machine apart from the others. Jersey Jack has made an excellent machine from top to bottom and this will remain in my collection. Oz is a timeless classic like its movie.

9.320
Rating #26 of 16 2 months ago

Very fun game and an excellent start to Jersey Jack's business. Only played a few times, but I know it's great. I just need more practice on this machine...

8.140
Rating #26 of 10 2 months ago

Fun game although it is a bit weird on the scoring and such.

8.257
Rating #26 of 57 3 months ago

Beautiful and deep. Pretty fun. Takes some time to figure out how to play, but not as confusing as some recent Stern titles. I wouldn't kick this one out of bed for eating crackers.

8.148
Rating #26 of 19 3 months ago

So many lights! So many toys! Such sounds! Such visual nice!

Aside from the multimedia experience, it just doesn't do anything for me. The playfield provides me only with a sense of claustrophobia. It's a wide body, so they packing in all sorts of stuff. Too much stuff and not enough fun.

9.440
Rating #26 of 19 3 months ago

Awesome game really like the feel of it well made pin really fun to play keeps you coming back for more

8.213
Rating #26 of 6 3 months ago

A simply sensational machine as the visual aspect , but the gameplay leaves much to be desired in relation to the machines of Bally and Williams . Super important to have a current new title for this manuteção this hobby that we love so much.

6.624
Rating #26 of 31 4 months ago

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.

9.900
Rating #26 of 9 4 months ago

Wow. ..the flow of this machine is great. .plays really smooth

9.140
Rating #26 of 6 4 months ago

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.

7.975
Rating #26 of 15 4 months ago

[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)

9.760
Rating #26 of 175 4 months ago

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

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