Dialed In

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This game received 428 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.619 /10

8.619

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #8 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.978

Artwork: 8.344

Sounds/Music: 8.187

Other Aspects: 8.562



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9.280/10
5 days ago
Feels like the ultimate Lawlor game. A true instant-classic for Pinball, and an ultimate return to form for Pat Lawlor after a few (in my opinion) not-so-great Stern titles. There's so much to do, and so many call-backs and tributes to previous games: "Dialed-In" is a love-letter to the Pinball fandom. I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I could afford it.
7.616/10
5 days ago
This game perplexed me at first..a cell phone based game? how out of date will this bad boy be when we all have cerebral implants in our Googleglasseyeballs and no longer know what a cell phone is? that being said..it's fun, has a decent flow and a few tough shots, but suffers from all the distractions of a cluttered play field and modes that take your attention from the game (selfie)..I will give it an A for effort and B for execution
7.836/10
7 days ago
It is a beautiful pin, well designed, fast play, and good rule set...but i find the theme to be lacking, which really takes away from it IMO.
It is worth playing, but I would not want to own one.
7.787/10
11 days ago
Good game. Play it every time I can find it.. Cant wait to add it to my collection.
8.811/10
13 days ago
Fun game! Addicting!
6.967/10
46 days ago
I wanted to like this better. Game just does not do it for me. I know there is lots to do but it feels dull. No energy to it. Shots are good and art is nice. I am jusy not a fan of the theme. Sounds and music are a little boring.
9.016/10
52 days ago
I have played this game at multiple locations for hours. The first time I played it, I really didn't like it. The theme didn't do much for me. Then I gave it another chance, and then another, and it really sucked me into its world.

Its main virtue is that it is incredibly fun to play. The theme still isn't my absolute favorite, but I find myself not caring because I always have a blast playing it. Great rules, great variety, great toys. An all around very fun pin that I intend to buy one of these days.
9.560/10
55 days ago
This has to be Lawlor's best game to date. The layout is nearly perfect. I find the left loop shot a little bit clunky, but the shot itself is gaping wide, so that sort of makes up for it. The rules accompany the layout perfectly. Though it is a mode driven game, the modes are meaningful and in order to score well, you need to actually complete modes and collect Sim cards. This is in stark contrast to classics like TZ and TAF where you can qualify and start modes, but there are points elsewhere, so you can essentially time them out and still get to the final wizard without too much effort. Dialed In takes that rule progression, but makes it so that the better you do in a mode (ie complete the mode), the higher each subsequent mode will be worth, in the form of Sim cards acting as score multiplier for modes.

The shots are buttery smooth. The whirlwind combo is awesome! The Theater is very innovative, as well as the camera built into the backbox. Never before done in a game, and a JJP trademark. There's also the Bluetooth feature, but it feels more like a "this is what we can do" type of feature, as opposed to fully integrating it into the game. I would like to see some more features added into the bluetooth capability of the game.

The light show is second only to TNA, and the sounds, music, and callouts match the "news cast" theme perfectly. This game has to be one of the best pinball games produced to date.
10.000/10
61 days ago
Dialed In is one of the top three games of all time. After all it was designed by the same guy whom a couple of decades earlier designed such hits as Adams Family, Twilight Zone, Party Zone, Earthshaker and Whirlwind, to name a few. Dialed In is the third disaster themed pinball machine made by Pat Lawler to round out the trilogy. Dialed In is buttery smooth and has great game depth, with over 20 shots to hit. This is a true pinball dream machine and just may be Jersey Jacks best asset to date. It is a treat to play and if you keep thinking the theme is lame, you simply don’t understand the brilliance of this theme integration. It is soooo much better than movie themes and it shows. The money we spend when we purchase Dialed In is going to the toys, playability, quality build, etc. and not to the movie license. Wish more tables were made like this one. I want original themes, not copy and paste movie or music themes with a couple of toys on them, with subpar playing experience (looking at you Stern). Thanks Jack and Pat for stepping up the Pinball hobby and bringing us into the 21st century! This game should be ranked at the top of the charts here. I think there are some people who have given it unfair ratings, because of pricing and a cell phone tool used to communicate so well, what is happening in the game. The cell phone is not what this game is about. I challenge anyone to show me a better playing game than this one. MM, MB and AFM are good Ol’ games, but that’s it, they’re old games. They don’t hold a candle to what we can and should expect in the 21st century and yet because of being old, people rate them higher. I suspect in 20 years time, Dialed In might just take the top spot and be recognized as the top gem in pinball. As long as Jack keeps updating the software code, it just keeps getting better.

I just purchased Dialed In and all in on the fab and funny theme. The game has high energy and is on the upside of making you feel good, while making and taking the great satisfying shots found all over the place. The theme is great fun and the new code adds to the flow of the game with better balancing. Light show is marvelous. Truly a masterpiece of a pinball game. When you watch others play it, they have smiles on their faces instead of frustration. What makes this game work on all levels; is that it is so approachable no matter your skill level. The new code enhances all areas. If you think of it as a “Get Smart” style of a theme, which has plenty of disasters happening, along with slap stick humor, think you’ll have more fun playing. Who doesn’t like Maxwell Smart and agent 99?

Added comparison review to other JJP tables 10/19/18:

A. WOZ - Never liked the movie and the table doesn’t seem to have the same DI satisfying shots.
B. TH - Never played I so don’t know.
C. DI - could be the best designed game ever, certainly in this century. Great purchase and theme: “Oh, and for those still unsure, DIALED IN! IS NOT A GAME ABOUT A CELL PHONE. Sheesh.”
D. POTC - Really didn’t need the IP expense on that table. Could have themed it as a Pirates table and sell even better, because all license money could have gone into better table experience
E. Toy Story - YES, new movie next year, will be first in line to buy! Would not be good JJP company strategy to launch WW first and have hype train steam lessen by moving to 2020 release date.
F. WW - we’ll see - if it is original movie might be fun.
8.246/10
66 days ago
Terrible theme, but an awesome game with a really satisfying layout and good rules/lighting. They should just retheme this one and make it a 10/10.
8.905/10
68 days ago
Fun game to play. Awesome flow and layout. I'm not too crazy about the theme and artwork. JJP has set the standard in modern day pins. Great game to add to tour collection.
9.376/10
73 days ago
You can never get bored of this pin... greatest shooter in the market... great rules with a vibrant rich playfield....
The theme isn't Godzilla but u csnt win them all....
7.996/10
82 days ago
Not impressed by this pinball... i think it is too repetitive and some lack of fun...
9.340/10
3 months ago
I absolutely love this game. Pat Lawlor is a pure genius. So many great and rewarding shots, just a ton of fun in this game. Rules are good, but I see them getting even better in the future. Love the quality of JJP games, can’t compare to Stern, they are on a completely different level. This game is a keeper for me! Can’t recommend it enough.
9.136/10
3 months ago
dialed in is a masterpiece jjp hit homerun
9.092/10
3 months ago
Pat Lawlor has made some great games and this nears perfection if it had a theme that related to me more. I give credit to the original theme and the characters that they created, maybe it will become a classic like Medieval Madness or Attack from Mars. It has incredible flow and shots. The SIM card shot is as difficult and challenging as I’d like, the modes and use of the magnets is top notch. The hidden chutes and subway keep keep new players curious of what is happening. Some of the gimmicks like The Bluetooth integration don’t bother me but I question who actually is using them. A+ title
9.284/10
3 months ago
IMHO Dialed In holds Up to the hipe. The game has an easy flow to it. It’s easy for the player to understand where the game what’s you to shoot. So many of the newer games are beautiful and have more great themes but you need a to read a book to under stand the what to do. Extremely well built machine. Hard to image that if you buy this game and play it for a couple of years that you won’t lose any money and make you will have a fun game to play ! Game gives that one more feeling
9.720/10
3 months ago
Wow, I played this Game the whole Night at the local pinball supplier. I am completely in love. The Pin is on my wishlist.
8.089/10
3 months ago
Fun game that I've only gotten to play a few times. I get the idea this has a really deep rule set. I am not a huge fan of the theme but it is fun to play. I get the idea this machine is going to be a pain to maintain in a decade or two. Compare the complexity of this against a twilight zone. All in all it is fun, and I think if I had unlimited access to one and could learn the rule set it would be even better.
9.580/10
3 months ago
Wow. This game kind of feels like a sleeper, which is most likely due to the initial impressions of the theme. Admittedly, I also had the same reservations but liked the layout and general progression that I observed playing briefly on location. When a Standard model came up for sale in my area at a fair price, I decided to try it out and was not disappointed.

First of all, the game itself is absolutely loaded with toys, features, and gimmicks, even on the Standard model. Lawlor's layout is fantastic. He was able to fit in so much stuff and still provide great flow and buttery smooth shots. The layout allows for so many variations that can be used in the modes, that each of the 11 modes feels unique and not overly repeated. The lighting effects and shaker motor also add to this. I generally do not gravitate towards mode based games, but this one has me hooked. The modes are fun and varied.

The art is overall pretty great. I like the translite artwork the most, but the style and composition of everything work well together. It's kind of like a sci-fi movie pop art from the 50's/60's but with a futuristic twist. I can't think of anything I'd really change other than maybe some additional lighting behind the translite. The main character guy's outfit is kind of dad-ish, but it's not really super prominent. It's a goofy game anyway.

As for the theme, it actually grows on you quite a bit and works well for the features of the game. There's several cameos from previous great 90's DMD games in there that are interesting to see. It definitely doesn't take itself seriously and is generally light hearted during most of the game play. It's been beat to death, but it's definitely more of a goofy city disaster theme than a cell phone theme. The cell phone, of course, comes into play for starting modes and dealing with Bob's side modes, but nearly all of the gameplay is directed towards Quantum City events or disaster events. New players really like the cell phone components to the game.

At v1.52, the code is outstanding. Apparently JJP is planning on additional updates to finish the character animations on the smart phone display and add a theater multiball, among other things. It feels complete. In general, I've told new players to shoot the QED guy to charge the phone and then shoot the phone to start a mode. That's enough to get through most of the game, but there's so much more to achieve. I appreciate the way that JJP made the game simple to jump in but also very deep and strategic. Once you understand how things work, there's several ways to progress. I'm thrilled how great the code is on this game. If I had to pick something to complain about, it'd have to be the simplicity in achieving the first multiball. Pretty minor, but it's tough to avoid when you're chasing modes.

Overall, this game truly does feel like an incredible 90's Bally/Williams DMD game with a very refined layout and features appropriate to our time. I'm kind of surprised this title hasn't gained more traction in the community. If you're on the fence due to the theme like I was, I would recommend seriously looking at this one. Time will tell, but I think this is one of the best, if not the best, game of our time.

My favorite part: Layout and mode variety

The good: Outstanding layout and code, so many things to do, absolutely packed with features, doesn't take itself too seriously

The bad: Theme has a bad first impression for some, some callouts are underwhelming
9.720/10
3 months ago
If you could look past the theme's first impressions, you'll find one of the greatest games ever created.
8.838/10
3 months ago
Great layout, odd theme but executed well. Maybe my favorite JJP game to date.
9.816/10
3 months ago
Quite possibly the best game I have ever played. Truly a modern masterpiece. Sim card can be a little frustrating, but not being able to hit it on demand keeps me coming back for more!
6.616/10
3 months ago
Hmm, what to say about this game, it looks great with the lighting used in with the boardsets, but it is so busy and for me just wasn't that much fun. Nice idea, but I wasn't blown away. Sorry.
7.676/10
4 months ago
A very fun Lawlor design. The light show is second to none. The Sim City like world feels great but the sound design and some features like the selfie cam gets old quickly. I like how it plays though and usually come back after pausing for something else.
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