I haven't made a purchase since January. Longest spell since being in the hobby. I could squeeze one more in the dining room if I got rid of the dining table but I'm also looking to move house so saving hard.....plus there is Brexit just around the corner which is starting to look like one monumental screw up. A recession could be looming.
I`ve owned two, and think (only my personal opinion) that the game is well built, solid as a rock and good fun to play. The game was made when pinballs had a bit of individuality about them. Not like now when you have to pay silly money for average games with deeper rule sets and not much else.
I played it once and it was a badly broken example of a game. Impossible to make a judgement on a game in the state that it was, but I must say there are games that tolerate some bad switches okay, and some that become unplayable - this popeye was impossible to enjoy at all. It's a shame - I'll give any game an honest try and I usually find something to like about them. One day I'll be able to try it properly.
It's not the worst to play but when new it cost more than ST TNG but took zero on site and many operators in the UK got burnt . Signalled the end of the pinball early 90s boom. Many ops became hyper cautious and passed on gamea like WC94 and the distributors had to serious start price cutting. Williams bally were on a roll but you could argue Popeye was when the wheels started to come off
Herd mentality. Also a lot of newcomers have come to pinball collecting in the last few years - many of whom base their opinions on stuff like the Pinside Top20 etc ,.. without having ever formed their own opinion on games.
I mean the whole idea of 'best' games is pretty crazy ...if you are in the middle of playing a machine, any machine, and are having fun ..you aren't thinking ..'Oh boy this is ok but I'd be having so much more fun if I was playing the Top 5 rated machine on Pinside instead'
While we are on the subject of Popeye ...what is it with you guys ? , it's like you are obsessed with it or something, it's verging on unhealthy ...... here is my take on stepping away from the crowd and giving a game a chance...
I'll give it a go, as I will anything, I didn't like TAF at all, it's gone up in my estimations, but IMHO it isn't worth what it fetches, same for AFM - I enjoy that but would MUCH rather a MM.
It is of course horses for courses, but a Top WHATEVER does bench out more enjoyable games than others, so there is something to be said for that. That is why there is generally this concept in my mind of
Dialed In, Twilight Zone, Roadshow
World Poker Tour, Judge Dredd,
Scared Stiff, Ghostbusters, Attack From Mars, AC/DC
Iron Maiden, The Walking Dead, Medievel Madness, Monster Bash
So I disagree, I think there are BAD games, ones that I am playing and thinking, man I just don't like this game