I got a WoZ today. How I got it is subject for an entirely different discussion (covered here: http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/so-i-decided-to-pickup-a-woz-today-2-in-fact#post-1019860). But in this thread I'd like to actually talk about the game.
Starting with the unboxing, the game is packed very similarly to a Stern NiB game. Opening it up, it felt just like unboxing a stern for the first time. Pleasantly surprised to get some nice felt leg protectors. The initial setup and boot up was rather smooth.
A couple issues out of the box: The center post was not attached. I had to find a 3/8" nut and screw it down. The flippers were not aligned properly. Luckily they are B/W flippers and I was able to align them. The right upper flipper button did not work right. It intermittently triggered. It was simply a leaf switch that needed adjustment. Solved quickly. All in all, the Q/A was fine. This is about how a NiB Stern is as well. It's not no issues, but there were no major issues.
The cabinet is solid, the cabinet artwork is super smooth and looks clear coated. Very nice. I really like the internals. The full pinball 2000-like rails make the game easy to work on. I also like the ball protector (also just like pinball 2000) that allows you to lift the playfield without all the balls falling down.
The game is pretty fun. I pretty well agree with everything Borygard said in his review. I won't repeat all that here. If you want to read it, it's here: http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/wooz-random-thoughts-by-borygard-8. My thoughts exactly.
My gameroom is dark. There's no ambient light. Games need to be self lit in order to play. WoZ is the darkest pinball game I have ever seen. There is no GI at all. There seems to be some sort of RGB fiber tubes, but not many of them. Currently, they are very dim and not intense. However, I doubt they will give off much light even when software cranks them up. In a well lit room, the game looks fine, great in fact. In a dark room, it is completely unplayable. In my case, I could not play the game in my gameroom. I had to play it in my workshop and properly light it up before I could play it.
Here are before/after pictures of the game in my dark room. As you can see, it's totally unplayable in the left pictures, and nice and bright in the right
To light this game took 9 spotlights, 1 lightstrip, and a special power supply. See, the spotlights that are included in this game are 12vdc spotlights. Therefore, you cannot just patch into those and run more LEd bulbs (unless you have a bunch of LED flashers). I found several unused 5v connectors under the playfield and was pretty stoked about that. However, LEDs like to run at 6.3v not 5vdc. They typically run well at 5v AC in normal GI. But running 5vdc they were under driven and did not do the job. Once I cranked up the voltage to 6.5v using a separate power supply, the spotlight bulbs did their job and did it well.
I am giving all this to pinballbulbs to make a WoZ brightening kit. Not sure when it will be available. However, if anyone wants to tackle this on their own, I'd be happy to share the very specific details of it all.