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What is the best Jersey Jack Pinball Machine?


By ilovegames

36 days ago



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    “What is the best Jersey Jack Pinball Machine? ”

    • Wizard of OZ 74 votes
      19%
    • Hobbit 46 votes
      12%
    • Dialed In 111 votes
      28%
    • Pirates Of The Caribbean 134 votes
      34%
    • Willy Wonka 31 votes
      8%

    (396 votes)

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    #51 35 days ago

    I didn't think a JJP game could be more beautiful than WOZ (Full disclosure: I'm a WOZ owner). But when POTC came out, I realized I was wrong. I've played it many times, but it just doesn't pull me in, though. I don't know why. Maybe I'm just not passionate about the theme, or the music doesn't grab me, or the callouts, or just the gameplay itself. I can't put my finger on it. But it just leaves me bored. Same thing with TZ for me...and I LOVE that theme. So to each his own, I guess.

    #52 35 days ago

    I bought POTC, DI, and Hobbit. DI was actually my least favorite of the three, but I can see why people like it.

    #53 35 days ago

    I don’t care for the floating head art on Potc PF.

    #54 35 days ago
    Quoted from ilovegames:

    Wow after an early big lead pirates is now only 5 votes ahead of dialed in! 67 to 62. I didn't see that coming!

    I did. POTC checks all the boxes for some but there are many that aren't into upper PF's. Also widebodies. while theres no doubt its a fine game DI has the old school PL feel. I won't be surprised if comes out on top in the end. The rest however don't stand a chance.

    #55 35 days ago

    Its always the next one.

    #56 35 days ago

    The Hobbit all the way. I found WOZ to be clunky, POTC felt dull as far as callouts/modes/movie assets. Haven't played DI or Wonka to have an opinion on them.

    Speaking of weight, I must be stronger than I thought. Everyone told me how heavy TH would be, but I got it up the stairs with my hand truck and my wife spotting me at the bottom. Basically weight of the machine plus my stainless steel appliance dolly (almost 40lbs). Maybe I should enter some competitive dead lift competitions.

    #57 35 days ago
    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    I didn't think a JJP game could be more beautiful than WOZ (Full disclosure: I'm a WOZ owner). But when POTC came out, I realized I was wrong. I've played it many times, but it just doesn't pull me in, though. I don't know why. Maybe I'm just not passionate about the theme, or the music doesn't grab me, or the callouts, or just the gameplay itself. I can't put my finger on it. But it just leaves me bored. Same thing with TZ for me...and I LOVE that theme. So to each his own, I guess.

    I owned a beautiful TZ for around 5 years and I was bored with it after a short time,but kept it because it impressed other pinheads.

    #58 35 days ago
    Quoted from Hazoff:

    I did. POTC checks all the boxes for some but there are many that aren't into upper PF's. Also widebodies. while theres no doubt its a fine game DI has the old school PL feel. I won't be surprised if comes out on top in the end. The rest however don't stand a chance.

    No to mention way more people have had an opportunity to play Dialed In compared to JJP POTC. Lots of people have never had a chance to play it at all or if they have, only a very limited amount of games.

    #59 35 days ago

    Dialed In Babee! Complete masterpiece, so refreshing to have a original theme, love the art, sound, Easter eggs throughout, love the humor. Complete package. Great shooting game. Would love to see a code update with a hint that Rudy is head of DIE, CRAZY!!!!!

    #60 35 days ago
    Quoted from Kingpin22:

    Dialed In Babee! Complete masterpiece, so refreshing to have a original theme, love the art, sound, Easter eggs throughout, love the humor. Complete package. Great shooting game. Would love to see a code update with a hint that Rudy is head of DIE, CRAZY!!!!!

    This is how I felt about DI until I bought Wonka and I can't stop playing Wonka

    #61 35 days ago

    This thread is letting me know I need to spend some more time with DI. I own WOZ and TH and love them. I have played DI on location a handful of times but couldn’t fall in love with the theme. Looks like I’m gonna have to give it another go if people love it so much.

    As far as POTC, I was bored to death every time I have played it and hate staring at a weird Johnny Depp. I guess the rarity makes people love it because they sure were not buying it was it was for sale!

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    #62 35 days ago

    Dialed In, the only game you can play via your cell phone. Not sure how much extra it cost to implement that feature, but would be interesting to have that as an option on future games. Make for a different kind of tournament.

    #63 35 days ago

    Its really hard to say which one is the best, and obviously it is subjective as well. JJP games are so varied , and unique, and all of them have aspects that really make them each stand out. And even the one I would rank as the bottom of the JJP offerings is still a remarkable game (and my wife's favorite).

    For me :

    Dialed In and Pirates are tied for top spot.
    Followed by Wonka, then Woz, then Hobbit.

    Even though Woz and Hobbit are at the bottom, they are both stunningly beautiful games, and both a heap of fun with fantastic assets.

    #64 35 days ago

    Own or have owned them all and Hobbit is #1 for me. Best theme integration of any game, ever. I enjoy the journey and getting through a game with points and high score secondary. The only JJP I have sold so far is Pirates. Exact opposite coding and feel of Hobbit. Yes, it has lots of shots, but horrible theme integration. When you start a multiball it just states the name. No real excitement or fanfare. All modes are identical in that you just hit the number of lit shots vs Hobbit with 33 uniquely coded modes. If only they had assets, Pirates would have been #1 by a mile. I would pick WOZ #2 because it is just beautiful. First game anyone walks up to in my home arcade, every time. Melting the witch is great fun and I love the upper playfields. Dialed In and Wonka are currently a tie for me. I enjoy Dialed In shots more but enjoy Wonka theme more. And of course POTC is last on my list. When the HUO prices soared, I sold...and took home a Wonka and another pin. Enjoy both more than Pirates and kids don't miss it either.

    #65 35 days ago
    Quoted from SLRage:

    This thread is letting me know I need to spend some more time with DI. I own WOZ and TH and love them. I have played DI on location a handful of times but couldn’t fall in love with the theme. Looks like I’m gonna have to give it another go if people love it so much.
    As far as POTC, I was bored to death every time I have played it and hate staring at a weird Johnny Depp. I guess the rarity makes people love it because they sure were not buying it was it was for sale!

    It took me some time to open up to DI. But it feels more like a 90'S B/W game to me than any modern pin. I think it is truly what JJP set out to do: give the classic B/W feel with modern technology. I am so glad I made a trade for it, because it is becoming one of my favorites.

    #66 35 days ago

    I’m really glad to see DI get lots of love in this thread. It’s seems like in other similar threads a lot of people are down on it due to the theme. It really is an awesome pin and one I’d like to own someday.

    #67 35 days ago

    About Dialed In, when I first saw one and played one I knew right then and there I had to own one. So yeah... game is legit. This was back when all I owned or bought were sterns and bally/williams.

    #68 35 days ago

    Dialed in!

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    #69 35 days ago

    For whatever reason my wife likes DILE most of any of my pins.

    I love the selfie camera and lottery scratch off, brings the person out of the box for a few seconds.

    #70 34 days ago

    Me:
    1. Pirates
    2. Hobbit
    3. Wonka / WOZ
    5. DI

    We have them all. Pirates is great and a lot of fun! Hobbit is so immersive and quite a workout. Wonka and WOZ are pretty much tied for me as pretty good ... for different reasons each has it's pluses. DI ... it's a keeper for now but lacks the excitement once the honeymoon is over.

    Wife:
    1. Wonka
    2. WOZ
    3. Pirates
    4. Hobbit
    5. DI

    My wife likes Wonka and WOZ the best. They are the easiest to get to some of the cool multiballs and light shows in the game.

    #71 34 days ago

    Maybe you're not a pirate.

    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    I didn't think a JJP game could be more beautiful than WOZ (Full disclosure: I'm a WOZ owner). But when POTC came out, I realized I was wrong. I've played it many times, but it just doesn't pull me in, though. I don't know why. Maybe I'm just not passionate about the theme, or the music doesn't grab me, or the callouts, or just the gameplay itself. I can't put my finger on it. But it just leaves me bored. Same thing with TZ for me...and I LOVE that theme. So to each his own, I guess.

    #72 34 days ago
    Quoted from Crile1:

    ... The only JJP I have sold so far is Pirates. ... Yes, it has lots of shots, but horrible theme integration. When you start a multiball it just states the name. No real excitement or fanfare. ...

    No real excitement or fanfare with multiballs?!

    (prototype game and code, but still valid)

    #73 34 days ago
    Quoted from cheshirefilms:

    Maybe you're not a pirate.

    Well, I've got both eyes, but I do have a parrot.

    #74 34 days ago
    Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

    No real excitement or fanfare with multiballs?!

    I've gotta say, I agree with him. Listen to it NOT as an owner. It's like he's saying, "Oh, and by the way, World's End Multiball." Not a lot of excitement when announcing the multiballs, and the music isn't very exciting either. That may be one of the things that I couldn't put my finger on when I was saying it didn't grab me. By no means a bad game; it's a great game, in fact. Just not very exciting.

    #75 34 days ago
    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    I've gotta say, I agree with him. Listen to it NOT as an owner. It's like he's saying, "Oh, and by the way, World's End Multiball." Not a lot of excitement when announcing the multiballs, and the music isn't very exciting either. That may be one of the things that I couldn't put my finger on when I was saying it didn't grab me. By no means a bad game; it's a great game, in fact. Just not very exciting.

    Excitement...Just have to get to Dead Man's Chest Wizard mode and kill the kraken. Told its the ultimate killshot in pinball, better than killing Smaug. Of course they made it waay difficult to get there. Like 20 loops or something plus the maphole shot.

    #76 34 days ago
    Quoted from cheshirefilms:

    Excitement...Just have to get to Dead Man's Chest Wizard mode and kill the kraken. Told its the ultimate killshot in pinball, better than killing Smaug. Of course they made it waay difficult to get there. Like 20 loops or something plus the maphole shot.

    Right. Like killing the witch in WOZ or getting to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. But that's JJP games for you--impossible to finish. I guess that's supposed to keep you coming back for more, but at some point you just say screw it because you realize you'll never get close. I like the games where you can just about get to the end...and then you drain. Those are the ones with the highest replayability, IMO. (But I'm still never selling my WOZ!)

    #77 34 days ago
    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    I've gotta say, I agree with him. Listen to it NOT as an owner. It's like he's saying, "Oh, and by the way, World's End Multiball." Not a lot of excitement when announcing the multiballs, and the music isn't very exciting either. That may be one of the things that I couldn't put my finger on when I was saying it didn't grab me. By no means a bad game; it's a great game, in fact. Just not very exciting.

    I listened to it plenty as a non-owner. THAT'S why I bought one.

    I think the callouts, music, audio, visuals, and yes - multiballs too - are all fantastic with plenty of excitement on Pirates! The current code is even better than what this older video shows too.

    #78 34 days ago

    JJP fan here. I have played them all as well. Mine are:

    1. Hobbit
    2. Wonka
    3. POTC
    4. WOZ
    5. DI

    #79 34 days ago

    OP when GNR is released, can u update the poll and add it.

    #80 34 days ago
    Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

    No real excitement or fanfare with multiballs?!

    (prototype game and code, but still valid)

    Were you trying to prove his point? Compare that to Hobbit mulitball start. Night and day.

    #81 34 days ago
    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    Right. Like killing the witch in WOZ or getting to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. But that's JJP games for you--impossible to finish. I guess that's supposed to keep you coming back for more, but at some point you just say screw it because you realize you'll never get close. I like the games where you can just about get to the end...and then you drain. Those are the ones with the highest replayability, IMO. (But I'm still never selling my WOZ!)

    A very good point....u can however adjust the settings to make it a little easier, but even doing that its a big challenge. I've been playing Wonka a lot and collecting golden tickets is a daunting task

    #82 34 days ago
    Quoted from pinlink:

    Were you trying to prove his point? Compare that to Hobbit mulitball start. Night and day.

    Hardly. On both counts.

    I own the Hobbit and appreciate its multiball starts. I also find myself still in awe of the elaborate visuals and audio that kicks off each of Pirates multiballs even after having viewed them hundreds of times. To dismiss them as unexciting is ridiculous.

    #83 34 days ago

    I’ve already planned on a JJP pin being my next pin. Tossing out POTC due to price, it’s really a tough decision, especially reading everyone’s thoughts in this thread.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on which would be the best to fit into my current collection? I have EHoH, Rob Zombie, Seawitch, Mousin Around, Joker Poker and a Close Encounters. I was thinking TH just because of the journey and the deep modes, which is something I don’t really have now.

    #84 34 days ago

    POTC has the best look, the coolest toys, the most interesting and deepest ruleset, but I never found the shots to have that level of mechanical satisfaction I'm always looking for. I think Hobbit is probably my fav, though I didn't like the movies very much so that corrupts it for me.

    #85 34 days ago
    Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

    To dismiss them as unexciting is ridiculous.

    Comparing POTC multi-ball fanfare to TH is also ridiculous. TH beats it...not even close. The flaw with POTC for me...and it took me like 500 plays to get to this conclusion....is it lacks some soul. It has all the elements of a top 10 game (which I think it is). But for me POTC is not more than the sum of it's parts. Which was one of the reasons I sold mine. Still an amazing game and worthy of the price it commands.

    #86 34 days ago
    Quoted from Palmer:

    Comparing POTC multi-ball fanfare to TH is also ridiculous. TH beats it...not even close. The flaw with POTC for me...and it took me like 500 plays to get to this conclusion....is it lacks some soul. It has all the elements of a top 10 game (which I think it is). But for me POTC is not more than the sum of it's parts. Which was one of the reasons I sold mine. Still an amazing game and worthy of the price it commands.

    comparing any two games is pretty much ridiculous....their all different for all the obvious reasons. For me POTC is a masterpiece because theres so much to do, and blowing up the ship is one of the best shots in pinball....

    #87 34 days ago
    Quoted from chad:

    Dialed In, the only game you can play via your cell phone. Not sure how much extra it cost to implement that feature, but would be interesting to have that as an option on future games. Make for a different kind of tournament.

    It is completely useless. The kind of app you install and try, then removes after five mins.

    I’ve unfortunately never played wonka or pirates. Both seems lovely, esp wonka.

    Hobbit is the best one, of the three i’ve tried. Woz is just lovely, but at the same time hard and frustrating.
    Dialed in which i currently have here at home, doesnt really grab me. I just dont see the point why im playing.
    It has lots of beautiful stuff, which none of interacts with the ball. It is completely unable to draw me in.
    Wife likes di and so does my youngest daughter, in her case because the selfie and emoji times.

    #88 34 days ago
    Quoted from Palmer:

    Comparing POTC multi-ball fanfare to TH is also ridiculous. TH beats it...not even close. ...

    If you say so. Regardless, any comparison has not been my point.

    Simply defending Pirates from what I consider to be unfair mischaracterizations has been.

    #89 34 days ago
    Quoted from KingBW:

    Me:
    1. Pirates
    2. Hobbit
    3. Wonka / WOZ
    5. DI
    We have them all. Pirates is great and a lot of fun! Hobbit is so immersive and quite a workout. Wonka and WOZ are pretty much tied for me as pretty good ... for different reasons each has it's pluses. DI ... it's a keeper for now but lacks the excitement once the honeymoon is over.
    Wife:
    1. Wonka
    2. WOZ
    3. Pirates
    4. Hobbit
    5. DI
    My wife likes Wonka and WOZ the best. They are the easiest to get to some of the cool multiballs and light shows in the game.

    Oh, yeah, didn't think of ranking this way. DI is last on my wife's list as well, "that stupid cellphone game," but she went from "I can't believe you're buying that" to enjoying it and laughing at its humor at this point. PotC is her #1 of the Jersey Jacks and everything else. If I ever put out a FS ad for that I should probably update my old dating profile at the same time.

    #90 34 days ago
    Quoted from VALIS666:

    Oh, yeah, didn't think of ranking this way. DI is last on my wife's list as well, "that stupid cellphone game," but she went from "I can't believe you're buying that" to enjoying it and laughing at its humor at this point. PotC is her #1 of the Jersey Jacks and everything else. If I ever put out a FS ad for that I should probably update my old dating profile at the same time.

    Why bother? Once the next prospect finds out you sold it, the relationship would be over.

    #91 34 days ago
    Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

    Simply defending Pirates from what I consider to be unfair mischaracterizations has been.

    They're just opinions. You never have to defend an opinion. You're entitled to it and it's no less valid than anyone else's. Cue the Lebowski meme...

    #92 34 days ago

    I wonder how much of the love for Pirates is fueled by the difficulty to obtain it. I was definitely guilty of this for MM and MB. They were rare and/or very expensive for a long time. After owning both remakes, that aspect wore off. They are both fantastic games, but maybe not as good as I thought. I probably only have a dozen games on Pirates so I can't give a fair review, but I'm surprised it's so high on the list.

    #93 34 days ago
    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    They're just opinions. You never have to defend an opinion. You're entitled to it and it's no less valid than anyone else's. Cue the Lebowski meme...

    Yes - thank you.

    And if you choose to share your opinion, others are entitled to disagree with it.

    #94 34 days ago
    Quoted from Shredso:

    I wonder how much of the love for Pirates is fueled by the difficulty to obtain it. I was definitely guilty of this for MM and MB. They were rare and/or very expensive for a long time. After owning both remakes, that aspect wore off. They are both fantastic games, but maybe not as good as I thought. I probably only have a dozen games on Pirates so I can't give a fair review, but I'm surprised it's so high on the list.

    You bring up a good point although it really is a great game that is really only appreciated in a home environment as it has a very complex rule set.

    #95 34 days ago
    Quoted from PtownPin:

    You bring up a good point although it really is a great game that is really only appreciated in a home environment as it has a very complex rule set.

    Wonka is better in home for the learning curve

    #96 34 days ago
    Quoted from romulusx:

    Wonka is better on home for the learning curve

    Hard to argue....I've had my LE for months and still not exactly sure how the rules work....I'm beginning to think that some GT's are almost impossible to get I've never got more than 3 (once)...I can usually get two, which is nice because u can get to Wonka's office

    #97 34 days ago

    I have Wonka CE, WOZ YBR and DILE. In our house, it’s Wonka followed closely by Woz. We never got into DILE but I am going to give it more time...

    #98 34 days ago
    Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

    Yes - thank you.
    And if you choose to share your opinion, others are entitled to disagree with it.

    I agree!

    #99 34 days ago

    Come on DI!!! Gaining ground.

    #100 34 days ago

    I've owned all but WONKA. Here are my rankings:

    1. POTC
    2. DI
    3. WOZ
    4. HOBBIT

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