Wizard of Oz

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This game received 767 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.424 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #17 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.337

Artwork: 8.907

Sounds/Music: 8.132

Other Aspects: 8.21

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14 hours ago
Just do NOT get this game. I do not find it even remotely enjoyable to shoot. Beautiful game. Not even slightly fun to me.
24 days ago
Best looking and super fun pin around! Love it!
63 days ago
Really cool machine, although I wish companies wouldn't keep releasing different versions of the same machine. I get that its a money maker for them but I miss the days when all machines were released with the same toys and features. But great play regardless!
72 days ago
This game is challenging, the more you play the more you want to continue playing. There is dept in completing the requirements in completing your objectives. There plenty of toys and the pinball is stunning to observe.
82 days ago
The first few times I played WOZ was on location. Every time, the games were not functioning properly. I was finally able to play in a few home environments. I fell in love soon after! I love Keith Johnson's deep rules, always keeps you coming back for more. I find great value in a deep game that always has something to strive for! WOZ is also a game my wife enjoys playing. Which makes me happy when I can find games that allow us to share the hobby!
85 days ago
Such a great game. Would recommend for an established collection as it can be a long player and can get repetitive. Absolutely perfect game for a family.
86 days ago
Beautiful game, but just didn’t click with me and my family.
3 months ago
I initially drug my feet buying a WOZ but my girlfriend and kids convinced me to get one and I’m so happy they did. While the theme is not for me the game itself is amazing and deep, shoots smooth and the light show is second to none. This is one that I could see lasting a long time in anyone’s lineup regardless of what other games you have.
3 months ago
I've played this machine at shows and arcades and finally bought one for myself. I've had it for a few weeks and the more I play it, the more I love it! There are so many objectives and features that it never gets old. The lighting, HD graphics on the backglass monitor and artwork are incredible. Without a doubt, I'd have to say that this is my favorite pinball game of all time and I'd highly recommend it.
3 months ago
This game is immediately appealing due to the beautiful screen and great art package. While the theme would never be my first choice for a pin, it's a refreshing change of pace from the comic book and action movie themes that seem to dominate this hobby. The game play is very stop and go, which is by design. I actually find it to be a nice change of pace from other pins. The software is extremely deep and very polished. I honestly don't think I'll ever see everything this game has to offer and I'm nowhere close to getting to the final wizard mode after months of ownership and hundreds of games. The LCD screen and animations are still stunning and definitely raised the bar for the rest of the industry.

On the negative side, the lighting is a bit dark on parts of the playfield. I also found the learning curve on the rules to be almost too steep. Scoring big requires a decent amount of planning, game knowledge and mode stacking. While somebody brand new to this game can step up and have a good time just banging the ball around, getting a good score and progressing thru the game takes a lot of strategy. This certainly seems like the type of game that would excel more in an home environment.

Overall, I find this to be a stunning game with lots of challenge to offer. It may never rise to the position of being my favorite game, but it's a pin I always have fun with enjoy coming back to.
4 months ago
Destined to become one of the greatest games in pinball history. Super-gorgeous, tons of fun, gloriously complex and most of all (despite what some absurdly contend here) just about THE GREATEST THEME one could incorporate into a pinball machine. What is greater than the most beloved American movie of all-time, the 1939 classic that remains in so many's deepest affections--a cultural institution. No matter how many times you play it there is so much more to discover.

A work of art and an aesthetic masterpiece. The TV screen is a magnificent addition and groundbreaking.
4 months ago
greatest game of all time they swung for the fence and a home run was the result
4 months ago
This is one of my favorite games to play. I was surprised at how much I enjoy this game DESPITE the theme. I went to an arcade recently and found myself playing WOZ for several hours and not touching any of the other 15 or so top 20 rated titles they had available to play. JJP definitely has a winner with this one! In my opinion it should be much higher rated. I'd place it in the top 10 of all games that have come out so far.
5 months ago
Jersey Jack really has their stuff together. This is a nice pin.
5 months ago
I was really excited to play this game when I first saw it. I have played it at 3 different venues and the lighting on the game at 2 of them was too dark. This made it difficult for me to see what was going on especially with the upper playing field being blocked by secondary levels and toys. This game is challenging and will be a top game for many years. I just need to spend more time with it.
5 months ago
Interesting playfield, more light than a thousand suns, but the layout is so overly complicated that it hurts the game.
6 months ago
Fun game. It is built like a tank. Some of the toys and dodads are a little touchy but other than that the quality of the game is good. Mine is an older model EC LE and everyone complains about the 5V lights. I have had no problems and when I did have one go out it was very straightforward to track and replace. The playfield is beautiful and the light show is equally impressive. A few things feel a little half done--like the wizard head that just kind of sits there...there is a mod with some fire pots but that should just be part of the game. Plain targets feel like they should have stickers on them. These are expensive games, and that extra $5 that the factory could spend would make the game look $500 better. Cabinet art is nice. Mine is the painted version and is very nice. I can play the game for hours and really enjoy it. Great family game!
6 months ago
Totally awesome game! A masterpiece in every way!
6 months ago
Great theme, love the clear/colorful lighting and overall play. Not a fan of the LCD and sometimes the playfield seems a bit too busy/flashy, but there are SO many cool features/gimmicks that I really enjoy playing.
6 months ago
I had the opportunity to borrow this game from a friend and have in my collection for a few months. I think the game is way overrated and in my opinion very lame shots, too repetitive and they could of done more in a wide body game. I don't like JJP games, but this is actually the best one they made so far (IMO). The electronics in the machine is the worse design and couldn't keep in running for over a week before another light board needed to be replaced ... it was very frustrating. The good news is that their support is very good, but the bad news is you will need to pay for any board replacements now. So if you buy one of the early production ones, make sure to check with JJP - provide s/n and get some details on how many boards have been replaced on the game.
6 months ago
I played this at a recent tournament and found myself coming back it even if there was a lineup. It was much more fun than I had expected. I regret not purchasing one back when they were being built.
6 months ago
This is a great machine - innovative, unusual and with the best light show by miles. Yes, the theme may not engage as much as others, but it is well integrated. And yes the ruleset is overcomplicated, but it's not alone in that. Overall as good as anything released in the modern era.
6 months ago
A work of art. In fact, probably the most beautiful playfield and toys I have ever seen. That does not mean it is a perfect pinball machine. I would have preferred a standard size cabinet, even if that means losing some toys, as it seems a little floaty and lacking direction at times. Also, rule set is standard modern day war & peace type stuff. I think this is the reason that TNA is such a fresh breath of air, it is the EXACT opposite if this game, for better or worse, depending on your perspective and what it is you are looking for.
7 months ago
Great looking machine and I really wanted to like this one from the start, but it just feels so cold and not enough soul to really care about. It seems to rely way too much on everyone's sense of nostalgia for the film. Not a bad thing if tastefully done, however this just doesn't work at all for me. I keep trying it at different locations every few months and each time I finish the game disappointed and not feeling like it was worth the quarters to play. My kids and wife seem to agree and they love all things Wizard of Oz. It just feels like the designers were trying way too hard and ended up with a massively over-produced light show. Not enough fun.
7 months ago
A few randomized observations about WoZ:

- This may be the "oldest" licensed theme ever...74 years after the movie was released?
- The game obviously broke huge new ground in incorporating video, and it was done well, which means the gimmick didn't take over the gameplay.
- One of my favorite Jersey Jack features is: SIGNIFICANT DIGIT SCORING! The ones digit means something!
- A complex, detailed, and well-thought out rules set for overlapping modes, but...
- not so complex that you can't have fun and a good game by just shooting away and finding the sweet spots.
- My nickname for this game is "Swiss Army Knife" - it seems like the goal was to somehow get "one of everything ever put into a pinball machine" into the game, and they pretty nearly succeeded.
- This is also the first really successful all-LED machine by design, by my reckoning, and the color design was well thought out.
- That said, the lighting is still dim; I have a hard time following poor GI games with bright LED lighting. I don't know if that's my age or the nature of the beast, I suspect a combination of the two factors.
- and, with the whole movie's "plot" well integrated into the rules -- pretty much every major scene -- (but not the book) -- it gets championship points for faithfulness to the theme.

The playfield may qualify as the most complex ever made in some ways, and that can be both a blessing and a curse. I'm not swooningly in love with this the way I am with Dialed In, since in the end I find it a bit busy, but it's definitely not boring. But it deserves a place of honor in the pantheon for moving things forward a step or two and providing a great starting point for the full-screen-animation-backglass era.
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