Just went to the Seattle Pinball Museum to play The Hobbit that they just got on location. I got there right when it opened and even though they said they weren't planning on letting people play it today, they made an exception for me cause I told them I had a pre-order and wanted to try it out (also cause it was my lunch break from work and that's the only thing I wanted to play there).
I played for about an hour, and it was a lot of fun!
The skill shots were awesome to try out. I found the roll-over target skill shot to be the best (most points and when you missed it you could sometimes get another chance if you didn't hit a switch).
The modes were great! I liked the modes that utilized the monster targets the best.
Maybe it's cause I have been watching all of these threads like a hawk, but I felt like I knew the rules instantly... Before the modes start, it kept the ball in the windlance and it gave you instructions on-screen.
At first I was just going for multiball, but after I slowed down my gameplay and tried for specific shots (story modes, dwarf targets, bumpers, etc...), it became super evident that this is a deep, challenging, and fun ruleset.
Colors are super vibrant, the sounds quality was fantastic, and I thought there was just a whole bunch going on and a lot of fun to be had. I have not played GB, so I obviously can't compare. I will tell you, however, that I am definitely keeping my pre-order.