My First Hands-On Wizard of Oz Experience

By Crash

September 09, 2013


5 years ago

I've been aspiring to play this game for months on end. Ever since I saw the pictures and read about people talking about how solid the game feels, how fun the shots are, the callouts, LCD, light show, etc. I was hoping to get the opportunity to finally try this masterpiece myself. I soon found out about Pintucky's WOZLE he had on preorder (this was over a year ago) and that got me stoked. Then just a couple of months ago Dale got one for his Chattanooga Pinball museum.


Yesterday I went to Pintucky's (this was my third visit) to play his game. Keep in mind that up to this point I have refrained from watching any gameplay videos as not to "spoil the surprise" if you will. I walked into his living room and saw it on the back wall with the playfield flooded with color. It was on free play of course, and I also noticed several fingerprints on the glass from his family members checking it out the 2 weeks before I came.


I spent about 2 hours trying to figure out what all the heck was going on while simultanously marveling at the look and feel of the machine. It is truly a work of art!! The machine feels like an absolute tank. The flippers, kickers, inserts, everything work flawlessly and feel great. Especially the slingshots. I have never seen such quick slingshots that feel like the soft sort of snappy "thud" that they do. Everything about the game gleams Williams quality. Even the playfield itself is quite heavy, heavier than even the renowned Sega ones.


Of course, being the techie that I am, I also had to look inside the PC box. There is simply so much going on in there that even I couldn't follow it all right away! I noticed the Micro ATX motherboard was mounted flush against the back of the box compared to early prototype games. This makes it very easy to get to various ports in the back verses taking the entire lid off if something were to come loose. The LEDs underneath the playfield wash out the underside in rich colors and the clean, easy to navigate service menu changes them to white so you can really see everything you would need to get to.


The ultimate idea here was to do a shoot similar to my Fish Tales video earlier in the summer (youtube.com/watch?v=7lQqo2HjBfI). Knowing that the system runs on a common off-the-shelf PC setup I decided to take the video a step further and capture direct signal feeds of both the display and the sound, and mix all of this together in editing. The result is below, done with nothing more than wires and cables strewn everywhere and my iPhone 4s zip-tied to a lamp. Pintucky and I eventually figured all this out, it took us a while. :)


Be sure to watch in 1080p and in full screen. I think it really turned out great. I hope to do this again in 2014 with a better capture box and more fleshed out rules. There is plenty of footage here to get a pretty solid idea of what we have right now (the game was running 1.17). Please give feedback, thanks, and enjoy! :)

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Comments

5 years ago
Thanks for putting time into this!
5 years ago
Very, very nice. Thanks for putting this together. Could be a great start for a JJP game play capture mode ... :)
5 years ago
Great story. Let me know if you'd like an exclusive interview with JJP and Dynamics CEO (Chief Pinhead) Jeff Mullen, re the new exclusive game modes for Wizard of Oz and upcoming The Hobbit games... Adrian (724-274-6484 x143), thx
5 years ago
I wonder if the 75th anniversary version will have noteworthy enhancements...
4 years ago
Great video!!! I got to work on one for a client I have here is SoCal and I was really amazed at the quality of this pin, and how well it played! It had a few issues out of the box that the tech support tried to talk my client through but he self admitted to me that he was not born with any kind of tech skills whatsoever! Haha- anyway, I adjusted some loose screws and switches that unplugged during shipping-got to adjust the power of some of the coils and such- very very cool! Question For all you pinball techs out there, do you think that 10-15 years from now if the PCB goes bad, will we be able to find spares?? Or any of the parts for the LED boards? Or?? What do you guys think about the longevity of these new pins? Just curious? - thanks- Byron
4 years ago
We have this game only its the 75th anniversary limited edition at timewarpbar.com in westlake ohio and its the best pinball machine ever!! how do i let people know that it is here that want to play?? any help would be appreciated thanks!!
4 years ago
I have been enjoying my preordered WOZECLE since July 1, 2014. I waited precisely three years for its delivery. In the last eight months, I have grown to appreciate the game immensely. Reading your article took me back to the WOZ yellow brick road journey that was all the rage among us preorder customers.

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