SECOND WIZARD OF OZ
Date: 4th May, 2011
Following the announcement of a model of Dorothy's house as the first playfield toy on the upcoming The Wizard of Oz game, Jersey Jack Pinball has shown the second playfield mechanism to feature in the game.
The Wicked Witch of the West, as played my Margaret Hamilton in the movie, stands in an enclosure which opens to reveal her to the player. Beneath her are three targets.
As in the movie, the Witch can be destroyed. This causes her to slide down the pole which supports her, as she 'melts' into the bottom of the cabinet.
The enclosure then shuts while the witch is reset inside.
Jack has described how the mechanism could integrate into the gameplay. "The three targets are at playfield level and the witch sits above them. The witch can appear when we want her to, either randomly or by achieving some goal. She can also disappear when we want her to, either randomly or by some series of shots. She can also melt by slowly sinking into the playfield. She won't be available for 'Melting Mode' until some other goals are met - perhaps meeting Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion, and the player going to OZ, first."
"There are three targets in front of her, two one-inch and one half-inch in between them. When she appears, there could be a bonus amount that is shown on the LCD. Hit the half inch target only to make her disappear right away and collect the full bonus. If one of the yellow targets is hit first, the bonus starts decreasing and both of the other targets must be hit to make her disappear and collect the decreasing bonus. The bonus will decrease to X amount, never to 0."
"Some possibilities may include if the player hits only the small red target each time she appears, X number of hits will start WITCH FIREBALL MULTIBALL."
You can watch a video of the mechanism in operation here:
The mechanism here is a concept model designed to show how the final device might look and work.
In addition, Jersey Jack has made available an improved quality version of the game's opening music we first brought to you in our Texas Pinball Festival report.
You can hear the music created by Chris Granner here.
As always, keep checking Pinball News for the very latest on Jersey Jack Pinball's The Wizard of Oz.