Wizard of Oz

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This game received 881 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.459 /10

8.459

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #25 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.372

Artwork: 8.914

Sounds/Music: 8.222

Other Aspects: 8.237



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This game is part of a group

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Wizard of Oz".
The other version is: Wizard of Oz (Yellow Brick Road LE)


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10.000/10
5 days ago
The game is absolutely memorizing. The colours.. callouts.. everything is just amazing... good flow.. and challenging. Love it... never...ever.. selling.
9.504/10
37 days ago
Amazing. I've seen people who don't like pinball play this game and get hooked. A theme every human on Earth of all ages knows and loves. Ok, you might've grown up and lost the wonder of your childhood innocence, but you'll never forget Dorothy and the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

JJPs first and best game so far.
9.440/10
40 days ago
I only rate machines I have played over a long period of time. I’m in California and pinball has always been a hotbed where you can play anything you want. If the game passes perfect 10 with me and my fam, I buy it. Joe Balcer and Ted Estes make a great team with designing this pin as with Hobbit. Many of their designs are incorporated and becoming Jersey Jack superstars. It’s challenging and rewarding and really, really fun! WOZ theme will stand the test of time. The sound and music is fantastic, the callouts are amazing. This one stands out like Hobbit vs JJ pirates as movie scene cuts are generated throughout and must have. The upper playfields are great and love they added these features. Lighting is as good as it gets especially on special editions. I thought adding the monkey to lock the ball was awesome on EC model.
6.943/10
42 days ago
Pretty to look at. Fun for a game or two here and there.
6.590/10
55 days ago
Lighting on game was hard to see in the back
9.080/10
57 days ago
a classic from the first minute. keeper!
9.780/10
85 days ago
I can’t believe I went this long without owning a WOZ. I acquired a Emerald City Limited Edition with the upgraded boards and super low plays. This game is visually stunning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful pin. From the artwork to the apron to the led light sequences this game is incredible. Gameplay is fun and keeps me wanting to play over and over. The more you play the more you understand the rules and what you need to do. Not a really high scoring game but really fun and challenging. The mini playfields are a great touch and the different modes are really fun to play. Some people think this game is like chopping wood but I’m not getting that thus far. I would highly recommend locating one of these pins. To me it’s a really fun pin to play and an even better one to just marvel at what Jersey Jack has accomplished with this title. Follow the yellow brick road to the WOZ ECLE. You won’t be disappointed. Just make sure it has the 7.5 volt boards or upgrade to the 2.0.
9.340/10
3 months ago
WOZ is a beautiful pin! The lights are amazing, however I find it a little hard to know where I need to shoot and use the status more often than I’d like but the family LOVES the theme and gimmicks are cool. Personally I think the scoring is a little unbalanced and the drains can be brutal but the ball saves are a nice touch. I just wish I didn’t drain to the Dorothy side so often.

Overall this a a keeper!
8.282/10
4 months ago
I didn't play too many games on this one. But man! The lighting on this thing is stunning. I can't say I've ever seen another pin like this one. The RGB LEDS in attract mode do their job and then some. I didn't feel attached to this machine, but it was fun to play. I believe this was the limited edition model.

I really enjoyed all the figures, the playfield layout, and art. It's just beautiful.
I can see why people want this in their collection, but for me...I'd take most modern Stern pins over this one.
9.495/10
4 months ago
A flawless example of perfection in pinball. Hands down an amazing game. The creativity and ingenuity that went into this game is unreal. Every square inch of this wide body is used very well!!
10.000/10
4 months ago
For me, this game is everything I never knew I was looking for in a pinball machine. First played on location and was distracted by the theme and how pretty the machine was. It seemed less masculine and more an ornate piece of art compared to the pinball machines i owned or had played. As often in my experience my first impressions of a game are almost completely influenced by how well I perform. WOZ beat the shit out of me each and every visit. It wasn't until the 4th visit and maybe 20 game attempts that I was able to somewhat figure out the rules and even have the opportunity to use the upper playfields and then the game opened up. I had a 100k score and my eyes were opened. I knew there was something magical to be discovered in this game if only I had the time to invest in it.

I found one to purchase locally about a month ago and have played almost non stop. Im still learning the rules and different approaches to gameplay. There is so much depth in this machine and I feel I've only scratched the surface. I hope to find a similar experience in another JJP pin in the future, but unfortunately I think I may never have the same amount of quiet time with a machine to truly get a feel for it. This shines at home in a way I never understood before. Hope I feel the same 6 months or 6 years from now.
9.380/10
5 months ago
Beautiful machine. Rule set could use some work. Very fun game that has some very malleable shots. Great toys and amazing lighting.
9.115/10
5 months ago
My review is of my 2019 RR WOZ re-release. It's been a grail game for me for many years due to the awesome theme and integration.

CONS: If you power the game on and off and back on again too quickly, it goes into a protect mode which requires an annoying "reset" by jumping 2 pins inside the metal box, inside the head. A $9500 game that can't handle being power cycled without going into protect mode SHOULD have a reset button on the inside of the coindoor. The left side of the PF is a bit "busy" and the pop bumpers aren't machine gun fast and crisp like on so many other games. The crystal ball has died on my game in just a few 100 plays. The flippers (even on full power) aren't powerful enough for my liking. It's really hard keeping the ball in play in the upper PF. The game is pretty dark. I had to put on $500 pinstadium lights to make it shine. It's playable without them but it's too dark. Even used, this game is still just a few hundred less than it cost brand new. That's a pro if you own it and a con if youre trying to buy one.

PROS: The monkey toy is awesome! Sorry YBR owners! LOL. The fit and finish of the ruby red game is the best in the industry. JJP games are so beautiful! The sound system is incredible. The callouts and use of realistic actors voices is wonderful. The amazing RGB lighting is way ahead of it's time. It weighs 350 lbs because they didn't skimp when they made this game. It's 100% quality. JJPs customer service is really good. They seem to stand behind their products better than any other maker. I like the daily high score option.

I doubt I will ever sell this game. It was very hard to find on the used market because people just don't sell them often. You almost NEVER see a WOZ out in public for anyone to play.
7.997/10
6 months ago
Pretty game with extremely long ball times. Plan at being at this one for a long time. JJ does a great job.
9.080/10
6 months ago
Very fun game would like to add a copy of this to my collection at some point.
9.092/10
7 months ago
I had one of the first WOZ delivered. It is a very good pin. The theme may not be for everyone but, nobody can't deny how immersive and entertaining the game is. Wether you're a fan of the movie or not it's a great game. The game is so deep with so many modes. I love the spinning house. I mean looping the ball around the house to get it to spin is classic! The monkey is cool. The castle is very fun to shoot too. The multi-ball intros are excellent and JJP games shine with audio quality and video. The game is work to play and may not be the best for a quick game but, I always enjoyed. it. I would recommend it for the home for sure.
9.640/10
7 months ago
A classic, that changed the pinball and one of the bast codes and toys out there.
it will stand the test of time to be one of the greatest.

Once you completely understand the code it becomes a fun game to play for progress or stack and get points.
ball times can be long as you learn where to shoot and where not to shoot.

Right upper flipper is only used to melt the witch and on very specific times and it adds a lot of drains if you use it a lot.
7.940/10
7 months ago
Only got about 5-6 games in on this. And not very knowledgeable on the rules and shots yet, but visually its a beautiful game. Im not a fan of all the lighting changes during play, but I get it for the different modes. Some of the shots took me by surprise in a good way. Very innovative. I def want to get more time on it.
Might be the first modern era game that I actually think about buying.
9.380/10
8 months ago
When I first got into pins, WOZ was off-putting to me based on its difficulty.

After a few years in the hobby (and a brutal Wonka machine that forced me to learn better nudge and ball control skills) I find it's a completely different experience.

I bought a mint one-owner HUO ECLE and I'm very happy with it.

The game itself is a stellar package. It has amazing sound, glossy direct printed clearcoat art, and dazzling light shows (probably their best!)

If I had one thing to criticize it would be the shots. It's kind of a two shot game between the ramp shot and castle shot, both of which are the bread and butter of the gameplay. The software does a fine job of mixing in other goals though to make that less repetitive.

This game has the JJP magic I've come to love - stacking multiballs, long-lasting challenge, large over-arcing goals to shoot for.

I doubt this game will leave my collection, but if it does it will be for a YBR because I love that color scheme.
9.340/10
9 months ago
Prolly a little homer in me but this is my first pin and I already told my 11 and 12 year old it’s theirs when I’m gone! I don’t have many comparables as I just started playing this year but I study a lot ,watch a lot,play as much as possible,and apps for toilet time.Since I joined pinside I’ve always wondered why it’s not a top 5/10 pin.I have played the 3 CGC all great but no way all 3 should be looking down at WOZRR.Played Metallica ,I’m a metal guy , and again as a whole doesn’t make sense as as I’ve read from these forums this game changed pinball forever.The rush of multi ball tracking 2 upper play fields With opposite flippers , the lcd to see what’s up,and scanning bottom 1/3 is exactly what draws me to this sport !!!
9.220/10
9 months ago
A classic. Bolted to my parent's game room floor. Having played the game for 5+ years, there are certainly things about the game that could be improved or we would complain about. That said, it is an amazing game. The first time I saw it I thought it was a work of art. My parents and friends agree they will never get rid of that game. It is amazing to display and play.

The screen, sounds, world under glass are gorgeous. Kids, adults, and seniors hop on to play. For a time, we found the game pretty difficult and the rules hard to follow. A few YouTube videos solved that. The short orbit shots are very tough to hit, but rewarding and fun (especially the Wizard). It does feel like we're going to the center a lot, but the two upper play-fields are very cool. I would rank a little higher on toys, etc, but we have had some pretty significant maintenance costs. We had to disable the flying monkey to make the game work. Still, it gets played every time there is a gathering.
9.540/10
9 months ago
This is the game that changed the modern pinball machine. First use of color changing LED's and LCD. Insane amount of mechs on this game. Crazy deep code. Animations and sounds are top tier. This game is gorgeous. I will admit, when I played it on location, I didn't understand the appeal, even though I'm a huge WOZ film fan. But made a trade for a Ruby Red version because my wife loved the game and everything changed. Having this in the home environment (with better lighting) makes all the difference. Once you figure out the ruleset and get the shots down, it becomes an amazing game to play. So much to do and lots of strategy. Melting the which feels iconic and amazing if you can get to it. It is hard, but not unreachable. Kind of like destroy the ring in LOTR. I don't think I will ever get to Somewhere over the Rainbow, but I can try. Love this game. only negative is despite all the amazing lights, it is dark. This is the only game I have Pinstadiums in (and I don't generally like these), and it makes a huge difference.
9.740/10
9 months ago
The entire family loves this game! Challenging pin but it keeps us coming back because it is beautiful, deep, and fun.
9.325/10
9 months ago
The Wizard of Oz is for me one of the best pinball machines ever made.

The pinball is beautiful, it's really a work of art. Beautiful playfield, rainbow lighting, the castle, the spinning house, the flying monkey, the tree bumpers, the animations, the voices, the music - it all fits together!

Gameplay is fantastic, there is an incredible amount of things to do, another pinball machine of the category: I need a perfect game to finish everything. I love to melt the witch :)

For me the only flaw of this pinball is the quality... I have one of the first generations and unfortunately I have problems with my playfield (I'm one of the unlucky ones) The color is crumbling... another problem were the LED boards... They burned through... I also have problems with the castle doors (I can remove the upper playfield blind now)

If I didn't have quality problems, I'd give this Pin a 10!
9.720/10
10 months ago
This will end up being as classic as the movie upon which it was based. I think the only reason it is not rated as high as JJP's POTC is that the theme is from an older movie and perhaps not as "masculine" as POTC but the game is truly amazing for all ages.
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