Quoted from Zablon:
I've found that people who are not familiar with R&M don't even want to play it. It doesn't have the bling of the toys of the 90's or fancier newer games, and the content means nothing to them. They may play a game or two and move on. I suppose it doesn't help that it plays differently than most games (in terms of how you shoot the modes) and the game itself is on the difficult side.
Basically..all the things I love about it.
Yes R&M is definitely the Inside Baseball of, er... *ahem* oops let's just call it Insider's Pinball It's a fantastic masterpiece to those who've been around a while, or who appreciate its specific nuances. But objectively it is far too difficult, too plain, and too weird: definitely a niche package.
Of all our guests, the only ones who bother to try it more than a couple times are the ones who know and like the show. If they don't know it they pass on by; some who do know it have an unfavorable opinion and skip for that reason. But even the ones who like the show tend to give up after only a few more rounds because almost any other game is far more approachable. I have other fast-tuned asskicking games too, but they don't cheat, rob, and mock you like R&M does.
This is sad because R&M is such an amazing riot of theme integration, hilarity, and challenge that deserves to be seen. And no other game has made me laugh the way R&M does! Of course you have to grind and/or be warped enough to experience the humor, so I understand why an average, casual, or newbie pinballer (especially one with no affection for R&M-the-show) is neither compelled to be drawn in, nor sees an incentive to keep at it. I mean if you put this game next to GnR or Godzilla, it's no contest: the other two are just as, if not more familiar in terms of licensing; far more colorful and dynamic in sound, art, and mechanics; and ultimately far easier to play and feel rewarded for doing so.
Personally I think GnR is abysmal: after giving it a fair shake I've no desire to play it ever again, but I realize I'm in the minority. Godzilla roars for itself with near universal acclaim, and even has some humor going for it - not gonna lie, I almost wish I got that instead. Can you imagine if R&M integration was applied to a more polished layout like GZ??
I have found it kind of amusing that even after all this time there seems to be a R&M put up for sale on a weekly basis; they seem to trade hands quite a bit. I wonder when they will finally find their forever homes like TNA eventually did. That title cycled around a lot at first too but now rarely comes up for sale.