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Adams or Theatre

By locksmith

4 months ago

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    #1 4 months ago

    May be buying one of these soon.Adams is in great condition and May be HUO it’s that nice.It has one mod,uncle Lester and plays fine.Theatre is nice with clearcoated Playfield,mirror blades and Leds.Both are about the same price wth Adams $200 cheaper.Which one gets the nod under this scenario.And why are so many Theatres up for sale?Thanks

    #2 4 months ago

    Theatre of Magic is a good game but it gets old quick in a home setting. I owned mine less than a year and don’t miss it. I’d choose Addams Family out of the 2 that you mentioned.

    #3 4 months ago

    I never was a big Addams fan, but played the crap out of TOM in the arcades. In home use though, that music especially gets tiring pretty fast.

    Although I don't care for Addams, there are plenty that probably think of it as the birth of pinball for them although T-2 was killing it on location before it came out, so if you buy it and don't like it, it shouldn't be too hard to unload and get your money back if you don't overpay for it.

    #4 4 months ago

    I own both and oddly enough they were purchased about twelve years ago at the same time. Both heavily routed and needed much work. Each game is a keeper in different ways.You cannot go wrong with either machine. I suspect that the rumours about TOM being remade by Chicago Gaming is pushing some owners into selling their games.

    #5 4 months ago

    Addams, some of the best call outs and theme integration in pinball. Good rule set too.

    #6 4 months ago

    Another Addams nod here. I think you’ll be happier long term.

    #7 4 months ago

    I'll vote for TOM, even in home use. Fun shots and great for kids/wives/friends who aren't super into pinball. There are some good scoring strategies that make it a good shooter for more advanced players, and there's a new ROM out there you can load that takes it up another notch. Excellent flow too!

    #8 4 months ago

    Owned both..addams

    #9 4 months ago

    Addams great theme and sound effects TOM gets boring left orbit.

    #10 4 months ago

    Twilight Zone.


    That choice, I'd go Adams Family every time.

    #11 4 months ago

    Addams. Never leaving. Great flow. Classic! Played TOM. Not as good.

    #12 4 months ago
    Quoted from drummermike:

    Addams. Never leaving. Great flow for me. Classic! Played TOM. Not as good.

    #13 4 months ago

    Addams vote here as well. I do own one so I do have skin in the game but TOM in my humble opinion feels like a novelty pin. The theme makes you go "ooooohhh!" and the trunk is cool the first few times but after that the rest seems pretty darned mediocre. Doesn't mean it's not fun, just not as fun as TAF IMHO.
    "It has to warm up, SO IT CAN KILL YOU...SHOWTIME!"

    #14 4 months ago

    Addams if I had to pick one. TOM is a great game though, just doesn't have longevity in my opinion. Buy whichever one comes up at a reasonable price first. When you get sick of it I doubt you'll lose much if any on either of these games.

    #16 4 months ago

    I've owned both - TOM left years ago. Get an TAF now, play it and then wait for CGC to do a remake of TOM. Doubt you'll ever see TAF remade due to licensing issues.....

    #17 4 months ago

    The topic needs a poll.

    #18 4 months ago

    TBH neither. Both are boring.

    #19 4 months ago


    #21 4 months ago

    Addams every day and twice on Sunday.

    #22 4 months ago

    I own both and to my surprise I tend to play TOM much more than TAF even after owning both for more than a year. Also, of my five pins TOM is the only one my wife really likes (so much that she paid for a new topper for it) so that fact only makes it a keeper for me.

    I've also noted that many guests starts with TOM when choosing what to play first, so it does seem to have a great visual appeal. The cabinet art is just great and the magic theme is cool so I do understand them.

    #23 4 months ago
    Quoted from WackyBrakke:

    Both are boring.

    #24 4 months ago

    Any other choices? Lol. You have a great large collection so both wld be fine . Both are pretty easy and on the shallow side but they are super fun to play. Probably get taf as it wld be eaiser to sell down the road especially if its in amazing original shape.

    #25 4 months ago
    Quoted from WackyBrakke:

    neither. Both are boring.

    Agree with this. Both are not good home games. Had Addams and sold it. Have not missed it at all.

    #26 4 months ago

    I've owned both and I could never get the Adam's out of here fast enough, never saw the fascination with that game.....UGH!! Theatre has been here for 17 years I think and will never leave, great everything. But you should decide for yourself.


    #27 4 months ago

    Addams all day and every day. Think about it this way. Which game has more variety of shots and harder shots. I personally really enjoy games with a 3rd (and 4th) flipper for that extra challenge. Hitting that side ramp while juggling the other balls in multi-ball keeps me coming back for more.

    #28 4 months ago

    Have both. Addams is a no brainer here.
    TAF, IMO, best DMD pin ever built.

    #29 4 months ago
    #30 4 months ago

    Both are great games, but if its down to one, id go TAF

    #31 4 months ago

    Throwing out a good 3rd option.
    Johnny Mnemonic + $4k left over for beer.

    #32 4 months ago
    Quoted from OldSchoolBlood:

    Throwing out a good 3rd option.
    Johnny Mnemonic + $4k left over for beer.

    Or even a Judge Dredd. You can buy a lot of beer with what is leftover after $1400.

    #33 4 months ago

    Addams all the way. I have owned both and TOM is gone and I dont miss it a bit.

    #34 4 months ago

    Both are great. Depends how much you play maybe, and how long you prefer a game to last.

    TOM can become a grind, with marathon games that leave you out of breath and late for work or appointments.

    TAF is much less forgiving and you'll rarely have marathon games / be late / overcook something because of a game that goes forever.

    You can't go wrong either way, both are in high demand and you can sell/trade if you want to change it up.

    #35 4 months ago

    Had both twice sold both twice ...
    If I had to choose again ...AF ... best start to a multiball ever! ....Showtime...

    #36 4 months ago

    Addams for me as well. I've had both - sold both. I'd get another Addams - I have no interest in getting another TOM.

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