(Topic ID: 175822)

Best 2nd Pin to buy


By Charger500

4 years ago



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“What's a good 2nd pin?”

  • Addams Family 6 votes
    11%
  • Indiana Jones; Pinball Aventure 14 votes
    26%
  • Elvira and The Party Monsters 1 vote
    2%
  • Twilight Zone 7 votes
    13%
  • White Water 8 votes
    15%
  • The Shadow 8 votes
    15%
  • Fish Tales 4 votes
    7%
  • No Good Gofers 0 votes
  • Dirty Harry 6 votes
    11%

(Multiple choice - 54 votes by 44 Pinsiders)

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#1 4 years ago

I have a Getaway; High Speed II. One day a few weeks ago, my wife asked me what I was doing on my phone. I said I was looking around on Pinside and Craigslist for another pinball machine. To my surprise, she didn't say. "We don't need another one of those.", but instead said "I don't know where it would fit in the game room." So, now the seed is planted. But, what to get? Many good choices. Right now, I'm liking Addams Family, No Good Gofers, Fish Tales, Indiana Jones, Elvira and The Party Monsters, and Dirty Harry. And if money was no object; Big Bang Bar. What's good 2nd pin?

#2 4 years ago

I would suggest Williams IJ, everyone that has one keeps it a long long time

#3 4 years ago

Since you already have a "Fast" game, I'd complement it with something with modes... The Addams Family , Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure , Twilight Zone , or get something pretty tough like White Water or The Shadow

#4 4 years ago

Whatever game does NOT complement HS2, so you can later sell your wife on a 3rd game

#5 4 years ago

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#6 4 years ago

Having only room for 3 machines myself, and also owning two of the 3 (TZ and Indy) games on your wishlist, I figured I'd offer up my two cents. I would definitely consider two main factors in your quest for a second machine: your budget and game variety.

Budget:
The games you've listed are all potentially great options, but they vary quite a bit in price. Indy and TZ are the most expensive at around $6000-$8000 (Indy tops out higher than TZ), then Addams ($5000-$6500), then Whitewater ($3500-$4500), shadow and no good gofers ($3000-$4000), and finally Dirty Harry which can be had fairly cheap ($2750-$3000).

Game variety:
Getaway is a fun game, but it's fairly shallow from a depth (ruleset, variety of shots, code) perspective. I'd definitely recommend a deeper and potentially more challenging game as your #2. You definitely want something that will hold your interest and will simply feel like a different experience from the getaway. Personally, the shadow is a tough and unique game and goes for a lot less than some of the others you've listed...people seem to love it (I would like to own one at some point) and it's definitely challenging. To me, whitewater is a bit shallow as well, especially for how much they're going for these days. It definitely has more complexity than getaway, but the shot selection isn't all that varied.

Hopefully that helps ya.

#7 4 years ago

There are currently nice examples of a Dirty Harry and Shadow for sale in northern va right now. Also, I know of an Elvira that is coming available soon too.

#8 4 years ago

Don't ask Pinside for help. Don't listen to the hype. Play some games locally, and pick the one you like. If you don't know of a local group of pinball players, find one. Local groups and networking are your easiest way to play a wide variety of games and in some cases, also purchase. It's the only way to decide what games should be in your collection.

It's like me asking you what kind of muscle car, painting, or Harley I should buy? The answer should be the one that makes me happy.

No one else's experience or opinion should really determine these things for you. Sure, others may be able to help you not pick a "lemon" but none of the titles you listed are lemons so get what makes you happy.

#9 4 years ago

To Snyper's point, there are 2 leagues near you, COTU has 4 or 5 pins, and you can play all those that you listed if you take a day trip to flippers. I'm with the others... get some game time on something deeper and see what calls out to you.

#10 4 years ago

addams family with indy a close second. both have lots more to do than getaway. but, there are lots of other pins to check out other than your list of games on the poll. go play as many different titles before making a final decision

#11 4 years ago

Since the Mrs. is interested then I recommend Addams Family. It's a great all around game for both experienced or novice players. The rest of the choices are Ok, IJ and FT being good also.

#12 4 years ago

Thanks for the tips. It's tough to chose because it's hard to test play all the games I'd like and then make a choice. The supply of available games to play in this area is limited. I never played Getaway before buying it and so had to rely on YouTube play videos and reviews. Phil per3per3 found me and convinced me Getaway was the right game. Good for him and me as I bought it from him. This is another big choic with some real money involved. If I'm spending around $6K for a pinball machine, it's needs to be the right fit for me.

#13 4 years ago

Go on the pinball locater and find some spots to play some of these games. Nothing is worse than getting a game in the house, playing it and having that "oh shit I hate this game and it must go as soon as possible feeling". Try to think of the attributes of the game you have and what would best complement it. If it is fast then get a slow mode based game. If it is simple, get something complex.

The bottom line for me is that you need a minimum of three games to cover the major categories.

And don't fall for the hype on the BW games. Yes they are good but you can get 2 just as awesome games for the same price you'll pay for an IJ.

#14 4 years ago
Quoted from Rondogg:

Go on the pinball locater and find some spots to play some of these games. Nothing is worse than getting a game in the house, playing it and having that "oh shit I hate this game and it must go as soon as possible feeling". Try to think of the attributes of the game you have and what would best complement it. If it is fast then get a slow mode based game. If it is simple, get something complex.
The bottom line for me is that you need a minimum of three games to cover the major categories.
And don't fall for the hype on the BW games. Yes they are good but you can get 2 just as awesome games for the same price you'll pay for an IJ.

Not sure what you mean about the Barb Wire game. She has some nice assets, but I'm not drawn to a game because of that.

I tried joining the two leagues here in town, but they are full and have a waiting list. I will seek out more games in the wild to play.

And when you say the three categories, you are referring to what three categories?

#15 4 years ago

for the price DH all the way!

#16 4 years ago
Quoted from Charger500:

Not sure what you mean about the Barb Wire game

Think he means Bally/Williams

#17 4 years ago

If you want to play test any that I own just give a shout. I have Addams, Fish Tales, Whirlwind, Taxi and some others.

If you only have space for one more then it makes sense to get one you really like!

#18 4 years ago
Quoted from muzikman:

If you want to play test any that I own just give a shout. I have Addams, Fish Tales, Whirlwind, Taxi and some others.
If you only have space for one more then it makes sense to get one you really like!

Thanks for the offer muzikman . Very kind of you. And same to you, but you choice is only Getaway. Looks like you have more than most anywhere in a 30 mile radius combined.

#19 4 years ago
Quoted from Charger500:

Not sure what you mean about the Barb Wire game. She has some nice assets, but I'm not drawn to a game because of that.
I tried joining the two leagues here in town, but they are full and have a waiting list. I will seek out more games in the wild to play.
And when you say the three categories, you are referring to what three categories?

LOL.

Regarding the categories. Each game has it's own fundamental attributes. There are maybe 15-20 attributes. I'm just saying that a good small collection should have games that are fun but different enough from each other that you won't get bored. For example, a collection of No Fear, the Getaway and Fish Tales for me would be miserable because they are very similar to one another.

I started out believing the hype about games because I really didn't have a lot of personal experience in the hobby. So I chose some of the highly rated games and tried it out. It became not a lot of fun because I discovered that there were a lot of overlapping attributes and the recommended games, for twice the price were really nowhere near twice the fun. My experience has led me to believe that a lot of new players own a lot of the same games because they are "highly rated" and they don't have enough experience to actually know what they want in a game. The longer, older collectors usually have the most exciting lineups.

When I choose a game these days I am looking to fulfill some need that blends with the rest of my collection. Does I need a fast game, a game with a lot of ramps, a game with cool toys, a tournament game, a game kids will like, a game my wife would like, underplayfield ramps, multiple levels, fun games, serious games, drop targets, balanced scoring, etc etc. No single game has all of the attributes so it takes a long time to mix and match.

Good luck with your search...

#20 4 years ago

Everything on your list are good pins that are easy to move down the road if you want something different. Consider price and whats available within driving distance.

#21 4 years ago

Of your list I voted TZ and IJ both are great!!

However I like less maintenance and I like newer pins (like new) so my go to rcomendation today is TWD pro, Met pro or if you prefer more deep and more stuff going on in pin Tspp or LOTR.

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