Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (Standard)

Pinside rating

This game received 171 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.315 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 3rd in the game group "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory". The group itself ranks #22 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.373

Artwork: 8.07

Sounds/Music: 8.193

Other Aspects: 8.454

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (Standard)".
The other versions are: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (LE), Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (CE)

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4 months ago
Pat Lawlor's nearly perfect game. Only a slight ding on the Standard edition, as it's missing the Wonkavator Ball Lock on the LE and CE versions.
5 months ago
Willy Wonka is a great JJP pin. I think it is one of the best pins, JJP has created. It is a brutal game at times, when attempting to stack the kids and then you drain your ball. The overall execution of this pin is fantastic, it's fun to play and beautiful to look at.
10 months ago
What an awesome game with the 2.0 update and now with scorbit! Just picked this game up a week ago and love it. Finally a game that uses all the movie assessets (unlike stern JP). The game play is fun bit also frustrating. The lights are crazy but also needs pinstadiums. Soooo much going on and the call oit help is great as you learn the game. Not one that you'll get 100 mil on. I'm stuck at 10 mil hahaha. Kids love it. It would be a pricey one to learn in a pay per play arcade but at home is great. Went with the tilt topper.
10 months ago
I wanted to love this table so much more than I actually do. It might just be my overall dislike for JJP machines. They just seem so heavy. That’s the only way I can describe it. It never feels like fast action. It always feels slow and clunky.
11 months ago
I had not played this one for quite some time but I finally got a chance to put some time on it and man it is a fun one! Definitely the stable deep ruleset coming from Jersey Jack which I always love. The layout is fun to shoot, with the upper ramp being quite a unique shot. The sounds design satisfying and the theme integration is quite good as well. One of JJPs best.
1 year ago
I had this at home for just over two months and was devastated I had to give it back to its rightful owner. Initially I thought it was an unrelenting beast but after several games and figuring out how and what to stack it became as addictive as anything I've played before. I would love to play and own an LE so I can have the physical Wonkavator ball lock as the standard just seems to be lacking in that top section. Just a heap of clear plastic and very dull lighting.

The rules and sound are the highlights. Not sure why the theme integration gets such negative reviews... I think it uses the phrases and movie modes really well. And it's Gene Wilder at his absolute best. The modes are fun and it is very challenging to get to the second golden ticket and beyond... particularly with that inner orbit sending the ball SDTM over and over!!! Plenty of risk and reward with kid multiball, stackable multiballs... just a heap of fun. BUT... it needs to be a home machine to be fully appreciated. You will not get satisfaction on location as it is too brutal.

I want an LE noooooow.
1 year ago
Killer Lawlor layout and visually gorgeous machine with great features. But I didn’t grow up with this film (grew up with the Depp version) so the theme doesn’t grab me as much as it would some, and I struggle to get excited about scoring tens to hundreds of thousands for things rather than millions, wish they’d inflate the scores on these!
1 year ago
A great machine, fun and replayability are off the charts. The only knocks are for a modern machine it is not well lit out of the box. It benefits heavily from aftermarket lighting. The SE has an overly basic cabinet. The loop coming out of the left through the pop bumpers is frustrating due to the need to make the shot during some modes and being rewarded for success with a SDTM. Nudging if possible into a pop bumper sometimes helps.
1 year ago
JJP and Pat do it again... I guess is one of the best gameplay you could find today. Fast, best shots and superb flow. Excelent quality. Fun fun fun
1 year ago
By far JJPs best game when it comes down to true pinball. The code is excellent, layout is one of best ever being designed by a true veteran. Wonka as a theme I wasnt to sure of but its made the game have a adventures magical feel to it. The game does have dark GI lighting so if your a dark room player pinstadiums were ment for this machine. The playfields do have issues with pooling and chipping unfortunately but thats normal with JJP unless you own a Hobbit. This game has grown on me so much its slowly creeping up to my number 1 of all time for me, MMr!
1 year ago
The Pro is missing the Wonkavator and the Cabinet Artwork is plainer, but otherwise this is a solid game. I like WOZ but my wife is drawn to this game, for good reason - it is very well integrated into the theme and has some good features. It would be the limited for me however because of the missing Wonkavator/Superball lock.
1 year ago
Pros: Colorful. Bright playfield. Sharp graphics. High quality sound. Tons of mods available to improve the visual experience. Cute animations. Average shots.

- Awful theme integration.
- Unimaginative "toy” - there is no innovation in a spinning gobstopper.
- Annoying, repetitive sounds.
- Why is there only one Oompa Loompa?
- Why did they only license a single image of Gene Wilder, airbrush him until he had the smooth soulless look of an influencer, and then paste it everywhere? I love Gene Wilder, but I can only take so much of this monstrosity staring at me.
- I’m surprised that no one has crotched themselves or had a child hurt their face on the pointy shooter rod on the collector’s edition.
- Lots of flyaway balls (for example, the one that broke off the plastic Oompa Loompa during the official release party).

I love Dialed In. I love other Lawlor games. I adore the movie and was so excited about this machine, but I cancelled my order after seeing/hearing gameplay. I’ve played it in several arcades since then but it is a discombobulated mess. This is a bland and uninspired use of a brilliant movie. I don’t regret my decision. Heartbreaking!
1 year ago
Great then, great play, fun for all levels.
1 year ago
I really have to think hard for a more friendly game. Will always be in my top 10.
1 year ago
I love the theme, and the integration seems like the effort was there, but it just did not come together as cohesively for me as something like Wizard of Oz for example.

Definitely a technical achievement, of light effects.. interesting shots, but didn't quick 'click' for me.
1 year ago
Wonka is a pinheads dream. Has that typical lawlor flow with butter smooth shots all over the playfield. The rules have such a nice variation that gives you multiple ways to approach the game. Stacking is where this game really shines and if you get multiple things going at once the light show is like your own lil ride on the Wonkatania.

This game is a pinball masterpiece. You won't be disappointed.
1 year ago
I wish I could rate this game higher, because I do think it is an excellent player, perhps one of Pat Lawlor's best, but the theme is just not my cup of tea, which makes it very tough to even try to be subjective. Re-themed, I think this could be a fantastic pin, but as it sit's can only truly be appreciated by those who enjoy the theme.
1 year ago
Amazing pin, one of the most fun I have ever played and it keeps me coming back. If you like the theme, this one is a keeper and will be a hit with kids of all ages and skills. Only "complaints" (super minor) are: 1 - backglass lighting is only across the top; there are kits that you can easily "remedy" this, but it just looks like the machine has lights that are burned out on the sides and below the monitor. 2 - sound quality lacks punch from lower frequencies; again, this is something that can easily be "fixed" by adding an external or internal subwoofer. The SE does have a fairly empty and dark spot at the top left of the corner where the Wonkavator sits in the other editions, but this is to be expected at this price point (and you can inexpensively add lights and toys / mods to that area to give it some interest). Finally, the balls drain easily on the outlanes, but that ALSO can be "fixed" with the included additional post on the left (and adjustable post on the right). Drains down the middle seem fair to me and are not excessive (but of course they happen, it's pinball yall!). Overall for the money I couldn't be happier with this game and plan on keeping it for life. Really is almost like having a beautiful museum piece of art that you can also play!
1 year ago
All around great game. Huge Gene Wilder fan, and I grew up with this movie, so I’m definitely a little biased on theme. The rule set, flow, and all around play is amazing. This is my first JJP. No issues so far after playing it heavily for a few weeks now, but I did have some problems out of the box. The sound quality is also pretty bad imo, and there are no mixing adjustments in the software to make it better. For the price, I expected more here. I’m more of a player than collector, and I have young kids, so I recommend the SE to anyone on the fence. I don’t think the upgrades really add anything significant enough to justify the hefty $2-4k more, and I highly recommend using your savings to add a subwoofer. A relatively cheap and easy upgrade that takes this experience to a new level more than any toys/other mods can. That said, if money were no object, I’d have a CE all day...:) An underrated pin for sure. Wonka fan or not, give it a few spins and I guarantee you’ll agree!
1 year ago
This and dialed in only jjp game I don’t enjoy.
1 year ago
This is one of those games that will grow in popularity the more people get a chance to play it. This game has it all with great shots, flow and mode depth. Not crazy about the cabinet art and they could have done more with theme integration with the video display.
1 year ago
Awesome game!
1 year ago
As a relatively newer pinballer, I have really enjoyed this game. We also have a WOZ which is fun as well but not as satisfying to play. I have played many new stern pins at a local place and honestly couldn't be happier with me buying Willy Wonka. It was a complete shot in the dark when I bought it but was a excellent decision. We have put over 1400 games on it since we bought it back a few months ago. The upper flipper shots are great. The hardest shot to me is hitting the saucer shot in the back right.
1 year ago
For me this is the perfect game. Shoots great, the theme is in my top 5 and it’s extremely deep.

Only negative for me is that god damn drain out of the pops.
1 year ago
Seriously such a pretty game and looks awesome love the bigger lcd and still wonder why other manufacturers aren't following suit. The game play is so good and reminds me of the movie constantly. Top 5 pinball for sure imo.
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