Quoted from chewiec:
Hey everyone. I am aware that is the Houdini thread but I am interested in both Houdini and Oktoberfest. For those that own or played both. What seems to be your preference? I enjoy modes, ramps, speed, plus good flow. Bottom line, which one is your favorite to flip? I haven't had the chance to play any of them and am restricted to just youtube videos of gameplay. They both look great so it is difficult to decide which one. Thanks everyone!
All three of our games are very different, in both rules and layout, by design.
Houdini and Okto are mode oriented games, Houdini has 15 between the stage and movies and Oktoberfest has 13. Both have multiple other objectives as well, so plenty of breadth.
Both games feature two main multiballs, with Seance on Houdini being easiest to start, by far. Houdini also has and three modes that either are or have MB potential (Bullet Catch, Man from Beyond and Straitjacket), while Oktoberfest has just one mode with MB (juggling). Both games have at least one mini-wizard mode with a MB (Duck Derby in Okto, Movie Binge in Houdini) as well as the main wizard mode. Both allow stacking of MB on modes, but only Houdini allows MB stacking on MBs, with three different triple stacks possible.
Oktoberfest has a very unique layout, with a ton of targets, and a rule set that really takes advantage of that as many modes are very distinct in which shots you are going for. Oktoberfest also feels a little more relaxed when you are playing it and makes you smile. The steins add a lot of layers to Oktoberfest as they give you so many different ways to approach the game and different strategies to try. I could easily list a dozen different ways to use the steins in very different approaches to the game.
Houdini is a bit more intense and challenging as far as making shots. But as others have said, the shots are no tighter than many other games, but when stepping up to the game, it takes a few games to get a feel for the shots. Once you get the feel, it provides a heart pounding playing experience.
As someone said, both make great use of magnets. Both also have multiple physical ball locks.